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Lamai Beach Attractions

What to See in Lamai Beach

If you are based in Lamai, it is worth hiring a jeep or motorbike to explore the surrounding environs, as a lot of the interesting attractions are located on the outskirts of Lamai itself. Some of the island's most popular tourist sites are located in this locality, such as Hinta HinYai and Wat Khunaram, so if you can drag yourself off the beach, you could easily fill a couple of days exploring the area.

To the South of Lamai, it seems as though the rapid development of the majority of the east coast abruptly ceases, and after the Muslim Fishing village of Hua Thanon you can step back in time to the Samui before mass-tourism, with verdant jungle-clad hills, water buffaloes grazing by the roadside, and little shack-cafes selling soft-drinks and simple Thai food.

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Hua Thanon

Hua Thanon is a fishing village that’s home to a large proportion of Samui's Muslim population. The village still retains a quaint, old-Samui feel, with rickety teakwood houses lining the road, as well as some decent seafood restaurants and boutiques selling ethnic clothing and jewellery. 

You can find the village just south of Hin Ta and Hin Yai Rocks. While you may not see too many long-tail boats setting off to cast nets these days, it’s worth checking out the teak houses put to modern usage, with the Playstation arcades and cars parked in the front rooms.

  • Location: Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
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Laem Sor Pagoda

Laem Sor Pagoda is a cultural landmark at the southernmost tip of Koh Samui, which is also the end of Bang Kao Beach. Its golden hue, glowing in the sunlight, makes for an astonishingly beautiful contrast to the blue sky and the turquoise sea behind it.

The entrance is guarded by 2 Yak (“giants” in Thai) warrior statues with immense swords, colourful clothing and scary faces. Buddha stands in the doorway to the rear of the statues. This one is always a great photo opportunity as there is absolutely nothing obstructing your view and it all fits on one photograph. It's located 11 km south of Lamai.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: 99/9 Laem Set Rd, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)63 813 8109
  • Tour Available: Half Day Samui Adventure
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Thong Krut Fisherman's Village

Thong Krut is a peaceful shallow-water bay where you can charter long-tail boats out to neighbouring islands. Prices are usually fixed but it doesn’t hurt to bargain with a smile.

Thong Krut, like a lot of Samui, is in a state of flux, with many buildings going up and just as many being demolished to make Read More...

  • Location: Thong Krut Village, Thong Krut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Wat Laem Sor boat temple

Wat Laem Sor is a very large boat with the temple sitting astern and surrounded by a pool of water to make it appear as if it's in the ocean, which is actually about 200 metres away. The view of this temple is especially impressive when seen from the Pagoda Khao Chedi on the hill above Bang Kao Beach. What you'll see is a large, beautiful, bright blue, boat sailing amongst the coconut trees. When seen together with the beach and Bang Kao Bay, it makes a wonderful sight indeed.

As you enter the temple complex, look to your left and you will see, growing along the ground like a snake, a large palm tree. When you combine your visit to this temple and the 2 Laem Sor Pagodas with the beach and nearby ATV Adventure Park, it will make for an exciting day of sightseeing, 4WD adventure, swimming, relaxation and fun. At the end of the day, you can then enjoy one of Thailand's fabulous and romantic sunsets.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
  • Location: Laem Set Rd, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
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Wat Lamai and Cultural Hall

The Wat Lamai temple is the social epicentre for the local Thai community in Lamai. Alongside weddings, funerals and religious festivals, it plays host to some lively temple fairs throughout the year with concerts, fairground games, food and even an outdoor cinema. The temple fairs last for over a week and if you're in Lamai when one is being held, it is certainly worth checking out.

The musty, dusty Cultural Hall inside the temple complex houses a quaint and unique collection of artefacts from Samui's past. These range from brass and earthenware vessels and cooking implements to wooden agricultural tools, armadillo skins, dried pufferfish, swords, muskets, ancient bicycles, and an amazing 2,000-year-old metal ceremonial drum unearthed in Lamai village. The fact that there are no explanatory notes in English means that you have to use your imagination to compose mental images of Samui's bygone days.

  • Location: 64/12-15, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 230 561
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