An ambitious beachside location, Beach Republic incorporates poolside dining (with sun loungers, sofas and cabanas), chilled-out music, very modern design, and pioneering tapas and mains menus.
The scene at Beach Republic is decidedly cool as it regularly hosts international DJs and movie nights. You can find it on the northern end of Lamai Beach, where you can relax with excellent views of the Andaman Sea.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 7 am to 10.30 pm
- Location: 176/34 Moo 4, Maret, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Chill Inn Beach Cafe and Hostel
Chill Inn Beach Cafe and Hostel is very popular for its relaxed atmosphere, chilled-out music and range of seating areas. It's located right on Lamai Beach, and you can choose to chill on large comfortable bamboo chairs, swing in a hammock, or lie on the beach on a traditional mon (a Thai-style triangular cushion).
Chill Inn Beach Cafe and Hostel also serves food all day at fairly reasonable prices, along with a satisfactory drinks menu.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8 am to 2 am
- Location: 438/118, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Kelly’s Tavern is a rather large venue in the centre of Lamai town. Blending in style a sports bar, a cosy lounge, and even a guesthouse (they have a few rooms for rent at reasonable prices in their backyard), this cool venue is stylish yet unpretentious.
Apart from the many TVs broadcasting international sports events, the tavern has dart boards and a professional Brunswick pool table at the back of the bar. You can even enjoy an all-day happy hour and Friday cocktail nights. All in all, Kelly’s Tavern is a great place to spend a nice evening chatting and drinking with friends on Koh Samui.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 9 am to 3 am
- Location: 124/494, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Outback Bar & Grill
Outback Bar & Grill is a fun venue on Lamai Beach Road. It's styled like an outback saloon without walls, with lots of bar stools for those looking to unwind and watch the world go by. It also has TVs airing live sports matches throughout the day.
If you're up for a filling meal, Outback Bar & Grill offers classic steaks, burgers, grilled lamb chops, meat pies, and chicken parmigiana. There's also a good range of Australian and Thai beer on the menu.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 8 am to 1 am
- Location: 124/149, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)92 824 9982
TawaNN at Renaissance Koh Samui Resort & Spa is one of the island's best cocktail lounges. The bar seats about 30 and has a small but concise cocktail list and a fine wines and spirits menu.
The decor is an impressive mix of Thai and contemporary design. As the bar looks out towards the beach, you'll enjoy spectacular sunset and sea views. If you're visiting in the daytime, TawaNN serves delicious light snacks and a good range of afternoon teas and coffees.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 6 pm to 11 pm
- Location: 208/1 Moo 4, Maret, Lamai Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Lamai Boxing Stadium
Lamai Boxing Stadium is one of Koh Samui's best places to watch Muay Thai, Thailand's most famous sport. It's mostly famous for organising lady fights – participants usually work at the beer bars set all around the ring.
The centre runs fights on Monday nights, from 8.30 pm. Expect to see lots of hopping around, the occasional bit of action, and enthusiastic cheers from the crowds. The stadium is around 550 metres north of Lamai Beach.
- Location: 124/62 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand