Lamai is the second most frequented resort town and beach in Koh Samui after Chaweng. Located in the central area of Samui’s east coast, the beach at Lamai is considered by many visitors to be the most beautiful one on the island. Downtown Lamai is pretty small and features an agreeable dining, shopping and bar scene; a great place to wander round after sunset.
Our Top 10 Attractions in Lamai’s list presents what makes Lamai so popular and attractive: strangely shaped rocks and large boulders in an unusual position; beautiful temples and pagodas; amusement and animal parks; a genuine fishing village and Thai-style night plaza – there’s something for everyone to enjoy in Lamai.
- Ang Thong Adventure Tour
- Ko Tao & Ko Nang Yuan Snorkeling Tour
- Jungle Adventure
- Sea Kayaking at Ang Thong Marine Park
- Around the Island Tour
- Temples & City Tour
- Big Game Fishing Full-Day Tour
- 4-Wheel ATV Adventure
- Red Baron Junk Sailing Tour with Transfers
- Guided Photography Tour with Golden Pagoda & Big Buddha
Silver Beach is a 250m-long tropical beach paradise set in a charming little bay facing northeast located just north of Lamai Beach, at the foothills and cliffs separating Lamai from the more popular Chaweng area on the east coast of Koh Samui.
Also known as Haad Thong Ta-khian (which in Thai means ‘the beach of the Ta-khian Trees’) Silver Beach hosts four long-established hotels and restaurants: Crystal Bay Beach Resort, Silver Beach Resort, Thongtakian Resort, and Crystal Bay Yacht Club which occupy the full length of the beach. Nevertheless, and according to Thai law, even if you’re not staying at one of the hotels you’re still free access to this tranquil strip of sand which offers some particularly good sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Read More...
Hin Ta and Hin Yai, some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast, have been a source of mirth and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years back. Art often imitates Nature, but less common is Nature imitating Art, especially the Art of the Ribald. But in Thailand anything is possible and these rocks, known as Grandpa (Ta) and Grandma (Yai), look, respectively, like male and female genitalia.
Set on the rocky coastline between Lamai and Hua Thanon, Hin Ta and Hin Yai raise indulgent chuckles or embarrassed titters from those who go to see them. This unusual and titillating sight has, naturally, given rise to a colourful legend explaining how the rocks came into being. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Entry to the rocks is free of charge and available all day in daylight hours
- Location: at the southern end of Lamai Beach
Lamai Night Plaza is a mini-version of Bangkok's Patpong night market located in the centre of Lamai town, diagonally opposite McDonald's and leading to a bar beer square. At first glance, Lamai Night Plaza seems like Knockoff Paradise but after a stroll up and down the lines of stands it becomes plain that there are also local goods on sale here from lots of pirated goods to copied clothes to trashy 'Swiss' army knives to the usual displays of flip-flops. It's a fun place to get your shopping in.
This night bazaar is not as noisy as Chaweng’s version and even has a food centre, café and a pub to the side. Take your time and remember to smile throughout transactions and bartering. Do not pay the original asking price; you’re expected to bargain. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every day from 17:00
- Location: Lamai centre
Coco Splash Adventure & Water Park is a 10,000sqm amusement park offering a great range of fun activities for the whole family. Located off Samui Ring Road in the soi leading to Amarina Residence, the park features a long-list of activities and attractions apt to entertain little ones as well as their parents. The main attraction is the Waterpark which counts seven water slides and four pools.
For those who want to enjoy a big thrill, the Air Bag Jump and the Bungee Trampoline will surely boost the adrenaline level; Bumper Boats are waiting those who like to push, bump, shove and spray in a wave of fun; Tree to Tree Adventure is a playground in the trees featuring aerial ropes courses, zip-lines and tree top obstacles (different courses are available according to participants’ age and size); two Go-Kart tracks are waiting for the would-be Michael Schumacher, while the Inflatable Castle will entertain the little ones for hours. Food and drink are available onsite. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 10:30 - 17:30
- How to get there: From Samui Ring Road turn left at the Mc Donald sign (you will see a Coco Splash Sign as well) then 200m ahead, turn right at second Junction (Coco Splash sign).
Wat Khunaram is the last residence of Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk. It is an unusual sight; a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position and ever since his body has been on display in an upright glass case at the temple. Remarkably, even more than 30 years on, the monk’s body shows little sign of decay. For some visitors, having a dead man in full view might be a shocking sight, but for Thais it is something to reflect upon and revere.
Aside from the Mummified Monk, Wat Khunaram is a fairly typical Buddhist temple, where local people come to make merit and pray daily. Amulets and other Buddhist artifacts may be bought, and visitors are welcome to join or observe the daily rituals and have a look around. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Every day during daylight hours
- Location: Wat Khunaram is on Route 4169 (the ring road) between Na Muang waterfalls and Hua Thanon, 13 kilometres south-east of Nathon Pier and about six kilometres west of Lamai Beach.
Lamai Viewpoint is a selection of three natural attractions and an exciting ride, all in one well-developed location. Found just off the main Koh Samui ring road, close to the access road for Hin Ta and Hin Yai rocks, it offers impressive views and great photo opportunities within easy reach of Lamai Beach.
The multi-lingual staff offer you a choice of two packages. For 100 baht, you can see the Valentine Stone, Siva Tara Waterfall and Lamai Viewpoint itself. For 800 baht, you get all that plus a zip line ride across the nearby valley, giving you an exciting and unique view across Lamai. The park also has a restaurant by the entrance and a bar at the viewpoint. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:30 – 18:30
- Location: 127/199 Moo 3, off Route 4169, Lamai
- Tel: +66 (0)80 890 9755
- How to get there: Take the 4169 to route 4170 and make a left. There’s another left at Laem-Sor Road and then about one kilometre to the pagoda.
Thai Boxing is the national sport in Thailand, and as in most villages in the country, Lamai hosts Thai boxing schools as well as an original Thai Boxing Stadium. Slightly less popular than Chaweng’s Petchbuncha Boxing Stadium which is the heart of Samui’s Muay Thai world, Lamai Boxing Stadium has some great fights every Saturday from 21:00 onwards. The originality of Lamai Boxing Stadium comes from the fact that lady fights are organised here for the great pleasure of visitors: the ladies who fight usually work at the beer bars set all around the ring.
For those who would like to be initiated to the ancestral art of Thai boxing, the most popular place available in the area is Lamai Muay Thai Camp located in the southern area of Lamai, near Lamai Buri Resort. Other Thai boxing camps based in Lamai are Wech Pinyo Muay Thai Gym (on Samui Ring Road, near Lamai Temple) and Jun Muay Thai (off Samui Ring Road on the soi leading to Montra Hotel). Read More...
Lamai Overlap Stone
Lamai Overlap Stone is located on a cliff top high above Lamai. It is a challenge to get up to these impressive balanced boulders, but the spectacular views on arrival make it worthwhile for the adventurous travellers.
The steep, rough, dirt-track road leading to the viewpoint should only be attempted on a dirt bike or with a 4x4, and the last stretch may have to be walked, depending on conditions. Alternatively it is a hard 20-minute climb on foot, but there is a refreshment stall at the top and it is an exhilarating experience.
- How to get there: Look for the signs on the right-hand side of the ring road one kilometre south of Hin Ta & Hin Yai road.
At the Samui Aquarium & Tiger Show, get up close and personal to an array of marine life, colourful birds and exotic wildlife all in one stop. This family-friendly attraction certainly has enough to keep kids entertained on an afternoon outing. The aquarium features mostly creatures native to the Gulf of Thailand and its series of large tanks are filled with a range of marine life including nurse sharks, leopard sharks, manta rays, catfish and many kinds of tropical fish, and there is an area where visitors can feed the sea turtles.
At the zoo, the main attraction is Bengal tigers and leopards, which provide some thrilling displays of strength and agility in the daily live shows. There’s also an opportunity to take your photograph with some of them for an extra charge. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Seven days a week from 09:00 to 18:00
- Location: Samui Orchid Resort on Ban Harn Beach, Laem Set Road (Route 4170), Hua Thanon
- Tel: 077-424017-8
Pagoda Khao Chedi
The Pagoda Khao Chedi (White Chedi Pagoda in Thai) is a 'Srivijaya' style chedi situated on a hill above Laem Sor. It is also named Laem Sor Pagoda, which can be a bit confusing for newcomers to the island as there is another Laem Sor Pagoda below it on Bang Kao Beach, but this one's golden. You get outstanding views to all sides from this vantage point including mainland Suratthani, Bang Kao Bay all the way to Laem Set Point and Koh Taen and Koh Mudsum in addition to Wat Laem Sor.
It is, without a doubt, one of the best sundowner spots in Koh Samui. Mix in a little ATV riding adventure, swimming and general relaxation on the beach for a full day of pleasure away from the usual tourist crowds. It's worth it to lie in the hammock at the top and watch the sunset.
- Location: Eleven kilometres south of Lamai take the 4169 to route 4170 and make a left.