Lamai Beach is the second most popular beach on Koh Samui after Chaweng beach
Lamai is about 4 kilometres long on the east coast of the island. The bay is horseshoe shaped and the beach is fringed by palm trees. The sand is a golden colour.
At the southern end of the beach are the famously naughty looking “Grandmother and Grandfather rocks” (locally known as Hin Yai & Hin Tai).
The northern end of the beach is quite rocky, making it the better end for a spot of snorkeling. You may see parrotfish, wrasse, clown fish and trumpet fish.
The central part of the beach is the busiest area, with parasailing and jet ski rental available. You can also rent speedboats, kayaks, mask and snorkel, wake boards and windsurfers.
The vendors along Lamai beach are pretty chilled out, no one will hassle you. Cold beer, ice cream, soft drinks and snacks can all be brought directly to your sun lounger from the nearest little bar shack.
In the early evening most beach bars will have happy hour cocktails. They will also put tables out so you can have your evening meal with your toes in the sand.
Lamai beach is narrower than Chaweng beach and it drops off quite quickly into the sea. It’s a good swimming beach although non swimmers can get out of their depth quickly here.
Lamai Beach is quieter in the evenings than Chaweng beach but it still has plenty of restaurants, bars, café’s, coffee shops and shops. Lamai is excellent for young families and couples of all ages. Because it’s only 10 minutes drive to Chaweng many people choose to stay in a resort at Lamai and visit Chaweng in the evening for nightlife.
Lamai accommodation options range from budget backpacker to luxury million dollar villas.
A little further north than Lamai and towards the airport, you will find Bophut which is an even quieter beach.