Lamai Central Plaza is, as its name implies, located right in the centre of Lamai resort town, opposite McDonalds. It is a 2,000sqm plaza hosting a dozen beer bars (‘bar beers’, as they are called in Thailand) with a Thai boxing ring in the centre, an extremely popular street food court, and half a dozen venues – mostly bars and restaurants – on its sides.
Lamai Central Plaza starts to get lively after sunset when things cool down a bit, and keep partygoers and night owls awaken until late in a bustling ambience rocked by the loud music played in the bars producing a lively atmosphere. The clientele is quite hard to define as the type of people frequenting the plaza changes all evening long, from families with children between 18:00-20:00 to hard-core revelers after 23:00.
Dining at Lamai Central Plaza
Lamai Central Plaza is indeed a crowd-pleasing place for affordable and unpretentious outdoor dining; paraphrasing a famous quote ‘when in Thailand, do as the Thais’, the most frequented place for dining at Lamai Central Plaza is a small food court hosting about 20 stalls selling all the favourites of Thai street food. Spring rolls, satay, barbecued seafood and meat, Indian food, noodle soup, vegetable tempura, banana pancake, papaya salad, and fruit shakes are, amongst others, the dishes that you can find here at rock-bottom prices.
Please note that the high attendance of the place makes the food ordering a fun, ‘hustle-bustle’ experience as the lane between the food stalls does not exceed 1.5m width and has obviously not been planned to host such a crowd. Diners can enjoy their meal at tables and benches set on a refectory-like terrace located right next to the stalls. Besides the food court, a good choice of bars and restaurants – Café Madrid (all cocktails at 89 baht), The Austrian Bar & Kitchen, Brazilian Munchies, and Kebab King Café (cocktail and shisha bar) offer an excellent alternative.
Party Time at Lamai Central Plaza
After a hearty local meal, and once kids are in bed, party time can start in the central area of the plaza. Bar girls have been dressing and making up in a relatively quiet ambience since 18:00, and are now ready to welcome customers in the dozen beer bars they work at, some sporting dancing poles, with names like The Sexy Sex, Hollywood, The Lover, Why Not, The Super Girls Bar, Longhorn Bar (this one is a long-established water hole in a bar scene which is in constant evolution).
These girlie bars are a happening place – mostly in high season – and a great people-watching place even for non-customers of this kind of business. The competition is tough between these venues and gets even more on Saturday nights (in high season) with lady boxing, men boxing and if you're really lucky the hilarious sight of ladyboy boxing – once seen never forgotten – on a small ring set in the middle of the plaza; it’s all free, just buy a drink or two at one of the surrounding bars. The party lasts until the latest reveller leaves or falls asleep on a bar counter.
Lamai Central Plaza
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – late
- Location: Lamai central area
- Remarks: All prices mentioned are of August 2014
- Tel: 077 422 671