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Lamai Central Plaza

Lamai Dining and Nightlife Hub

Lamai Central Plaza is a 2,000-square-metre plaza hosting a dozen 'beer bars' (as they're called in Thailand) in the heart of Lamai resort town. It has 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. It keeps 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 6pm and 8pm to hard-core revellers after 11pm.

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Dining at Lamai Central Plaza

Lamai Central Plaza is 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, among 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 1.5 metres in 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.

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 6pm 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, Lover, and others that are 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, male 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 2 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: Daily from 6pm until late
  • Location: Lamai Central Area, Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 422 671
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