The Lamai nightlife scene offers a great choice of night entertainment opportunities. Lamai is the second most popular resort town in Samui Island – behind Chaweng – and hosts an impressive number of cool bars and clubs despite its relative small size. Of course, the nightlife here is not as busy as Chaweng’s but a few long-established venues do their best to prove otherwise.
Our Top 10 Night Spots in Lamai’s list features an eclectic choice of places; from shaky wooden beachside venues to naughty-but-nice bars at which female company is easily found to trendy clubs – they are all here in Lamai, a resort town for partygoers in Koh Samui.
Right in the centre of Lamai, opposite McDonalds is a 2,000sqm plaza hosting a dozen beer bars (‘bar beers’, as they are called in Thailand) some sporting dancing poles, with names like Sexy Lady, Hollywood, 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) – all playing their own music at various volumes – producing a head-splitting cacophony.
These girlie bars are a happening place 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 Thai boxing contests in 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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – late (the plaza starts to get lively after 21:00)
- Location: Downtown Lamai, opposite McDonalds
Swing Bar is a big beachside affair with rope-suspended swing chairs, low tables and cushions facing a well-frequented buffed-concrete-and-wood bar right on the beach itself at Lamai. Here, you can enjoy a whole raft of cocktails or even a sugar cane rum or vodka ‘bucket’ while watching the nightly fire dances (19:00, 21:00 and 23:00) as well as at the Friday and Monday night parties. If smoking a shisha pipe is your thing then this is where to head to.
It’s also a great place for dining with sand between your toes at a bamboo table on the beach and to enjoy seafood, burgers, sandwiches, baguettes, and a Thai menu. There are also three pool tables and in effect, this is two places in one, with two entirely different atmospheres. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 07:30 – late
- Location: At the Rich Resort, Lamai Beach
Lava Lounge is not the only bar in Samui sidestepping bar girls and loud music but it’s one of the best that does so. Quite simply, Lava Lounge has the ‘it’ factor in spades in that it’s friendly, tasteful and actually brews up some great cocktails with a smile. Choose from over 40 cocktails and from the wine list, to say nothing of the range of Belgium beers and tune into some great music (Bill Withers, classic Motown and company) while rubbing shoulders with the friendly punters.
As its moniker hints, lava lamps abound here as well as bamboo sofas, an atmospherically lit bar and 60sqm of open-sided fun. In a quiet soi leading to the beach and Lamai Wanta Resort, Lava Lounge is a one-off for those who seek good company and a good drink. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – 02:00
- Location: Diagonally opposite Lamai Wanta Resort
Beer Bar Central is the largest concentration of beer bars and nightlife entertainment in Lamai. Located a few hundred metres away from the more renowned Lamai Central Plaza, it consists of dozens of bars along two interconnected streets, all competing for the chance to make your night. The ladies of Beer Bar Central are considerably friendlier than any others in Lamai, and are more determined to get you to sit at their bar and buy them drinks. It is worth noting that not all of the ladies are 100 per cent female, particularly not those on the unmade road section of the complex. Read More...
- Location: Soi Haad Lamai 1 (and adjoining streets), Lamai
Samui Shamrock is a large Irish pub located downtown Lamai and has dominated the local night scene since 2005. It features two distinct areas: an outdoor terrace and a typical pub interior. For sports lovers Shamrock provides four separate satellite feeds on six large-screen TVs and the place is big enough to absorb them all without descending into audio mayhem.
Shamrock also has pretty feisty live music five times a week (in high season) on a centrally located stage. And if you’re after a game of pool the pub has genuine slate pool tables. The atmosphere is fairly peaceful early evening but things pick up in style later on when the band starts up. Expect a good welcome and happy faces here in this family-friendly joint. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 02:00
- Location: Central Lamai
- Tel: 081-5978572
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: the participants 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...
Samui Rock Bar
Samui Rock Bar is the image of a typical beach bar in South Thailand: built from bamboo and thatch, driftwood and other recovered materials, this cool venue is set right next to the famous Grandpa and Grandma Rocks (Hin Ta and Hin Yai) at the southern tip of Lamai Bay. The bar features a small terrace built between huge granite boulders and has great sea views, Thai triangle pillows and low tables and its atmosphere could not be more laid-back if it tried.
Samui Rock Bar has a rather misleading name as the venue is more a Rastafarian temple than a rocking place. Hosting occasional live Reggae performances, nightly fire shows (in high season), and a tattoo studio (Samui Bamboo Tattoo Studio), it is a great place to chill out and get back to the roots. Samui Rock Bar also serves food (Thai and international) at very reasonable prices.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
- Location: right next to Hin Ta & Hin Yai
Ocean Club at Beach Republic incorporates lazy poolside dining, chilled-out music, very modern design and pioneering tapas and mains menus, all of this set in a stylish and outstanding beachside location.
The scene here is decidedly cool and the Republic hosts events with international DJs on a regular basis and also has movie nights. With a good wine list, impressive cocktails and 'mocktails' in addition to a chic, urbane feel to the place, beachside lounging doesn't come much better than this. Call for information. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 23:00
- Location: Beach Republic The Residences - North of Lamai Beach off the Ring Road – look for the signs
- Tel: 077-458100
Down this small street, you will find a handful of beer bars. These establishments follow the same general pattern as the bars in Lamai Central Plaza – a roughly round, roofed structure with neon lights, loud music, a couple of chrome poles and cheap drinks served by a small staff mostly comprised of young Thai ladies. Bar names include Winner Serene Bar, Naree Bar and the Mermaid Bar. The other side of the road is home to a spa and a couple of small restaurants. Read More...
- Location: Alongside McDonald’s Restaurant, Lamai
Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill
Bondi Aussie Bar & Grill is a popular chain restaurant in Thailand. In Lamai, Bondi is situated in the heart of all things, diagonally opposite the busy Lamai Central Plaza and its beer-bars and outdoor Thai Boxing ring. Set in a long one-storey building blending Thai (thatch roof) and contemporary style (modern furnishing and lighting), Bondi is a cool and lively joint at which punters can follow premier league football or other live sports on their flat screen TVs, or listen to energetic live music performed by a local band every Friday from 22:00 ‘til late.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 01:00
- Location: Lamai centre
- Tel: 077 601 738