The best things to do in Lamai include beautiful natural attractions as well as cultural features of this 2nd 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 around after sunset.
Our Go Guide to the best things to do in Lamai 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? Read on and find all these and more, and that there's something for everyone to enjoy in Lamai.
What are the best things to do 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
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Silver BeachA tranquil coastal stretch in a little bay
Silver Beach is a 250 metre-long tropical beach set in a charming little bay facing northeast, just north of Lamai Beach. The beach lies 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 several long-established hotels and restaurants 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 still have free access to this tranquil strip of sand which offers some particularly good sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling opportunities. Read More...
- Location: Silver Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Hin Ta and Hin YaiUnusual rock formations on the south coast
Hin Ta and Hin Yai are some fascinating rock formations on Koh Samui’s south coast. They've been a source of mirth and wonder on the island since they were discovered by the locals many years ago. 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: Sunday–Friday from 8.30 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday from 8 am to 7 pm
- Location: 126/92 Moo 3, Lamai, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Lamai Night PlazaA fun place to shop in Lamai
Lamai Night Plaza is a mini version of Bangkok's Patpong night market located in the centre of Lamai town. The place would easily seem like a place that dominantly sells knockoff items. But after a stroll up and down the lines of stands, it becomes plain that there are also local goods on sale here. It's a fun place to get your shopping in.
This night bazaar is not as noisy as Chaweng’s version and it even has a food centre, a 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 hard. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays)
- Location: Lamai Centre, 139/24 Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)84 695 3502
Wat KhunaramA unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture
Wat Khunaram is the last residence of Koh Samui’s Mummified Monk. It is an unusual sight and a unique insight into Buddhist and Thai culture. The monk Luong Pordaeng died in 1973 in a seated meditative position and his body has been on display ever since 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 typical Buddhist temple, where local people come to make merit and pray daily. You may buy amulets and other Buddhist artefacts, and you’re also welcome to join or observe the daily rituals and have a look around. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from sunrise to sunset
- Location: Route 4169, Na Mueang, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand
Lamai ViewpointGreat views and an exciting ride
Lamai Viewpoint is a selection of 3 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 multilingual staff offer you a choice of 2 packages. One allows you to see the Valentine Stone, Siva Tara Waterfall and Lamai Viewpoint itself. The other lets you get all that plus a zipline 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: Monday–Friday from 9 am to 6.30 pm, Saturday and Sunday from Saturday 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
- Location: 127/199 Moo 3, Haad Lamai Rd, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)80 890 9755
Thai Boxing in LamaiAn ancestral Thai art
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 9 pm 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. Another Thai boxing camp based in Lamai is Jun Muay Thai (off Samui Ring Road on the soi leading to Montra Hotel). Read More...
- Location: 124/62 Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
Lamai Overlap StoneImpressively balanced boulders
Lamai Overlap Stone is located on a clifftop high above Lamai. It is a challenge to get up to these impressively balanced boulders, but the spectacular views on arrival make it worthwhile for 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.
- Location: 438/35 Moo 1, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)62 120 7838
- 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.
Samui AquariumMarine life and exotic wildlife
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: Daily from 11 am to 4 pm
- Location: 33/2 Moo 2, Laem-Set Rd, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand
- Tel: +66 (0)77 424 018
Pagoda Khao ChediOutstanding views in many directions
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. Even so, this one's golden. You get outstanding views to all sides from this vantage point including. These include mainland Suratthani, Bang Kao Bay and to Laem Set Point, Koh Taen, and Koh Mudsum in addition to Wat Laem Sor.
The chedi 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.
- Opening Hours: 24/7
- Location: Khao Chedi, Taling Ngam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand