Ko Samui is so big, we’ve split it up into areas, select one of the below for detailed accommodation and food listings in that area. Sights and general overviews for Ko Samui as a whole can be found via the icons above. Don’t know where to start? Read an overview of Ko Samui’s different areas.
Lamai is Ko Samui’s second largest beach after Chaweng, and lies on the southeast coast, with Chaweng Noi to its north, and Hua Thanon to its south. Driving from Chaweng to Lamai offers an eagle’s view along the 4169 ring road of the coves below, as the route winds over steep hills and around giant boulders high above the bay.A real wish-you-were-here kind of view.Lamai hosts its walking... Read our full review of Best places to stay on Lamai beach, Ko Samui.
Starting from Jungle Park and heading south to Sand Sea, the northern stretch of the beach is not the best Lamai has to offer as it's mostly mudflats at low tide and a boat breakwater is built halfway along its length, in front of Spa Samui. The beach though is fine for sunbathing and it's not too far to walk down to the better swimming area. Just to the south of Sand Sea and right by New Hut, water from inland empties out to sea -- after heavy rain this swirling torrent of brown water carrying with it all manner of flotsam spoils the beach for swimming for large stretches of the northern portion of Lamai beach. Some very popular budget places call this stretch of the beach home. There are also some fair midrange and top-end resorts. If you are feeling like a good work out Wech Pinyo Muay Thai school is open to the public near Spa Samui, on the opposite side of the road. Northern Lamai is only a few minutes' walk by road or beach to the centre of town.
Grand Manita offers rooms in a main building with not-so-private patios, or villas with verandas dotted in a lush garden. Both options offer good value for money. Rooms are large with indoor seating areas, air-con, WiFi, fridges and TV and are furnished with wood and rattan pieces including a dressing table, plus crisp white bedding, black and white photos and hardwood floors. The large bathrooms... Read our full review of Grand Manita Beach Resort.
Formerly known as Buddy Oriental Samui Resort, Manathai re-opened with its new name in July 2015 and boasts friendly staff and great service. It has kept the same basic structure and the old architecture it was known for. You can't miss it if you try: a pedestrian crossing with a security guard to help you cross joins what looks like a massive concrete wall on the beach side of the road to what... Read our full review of Manathai.
Poolsawat Villa offers a simple and well-priced set of rooms and villas set around a good-sized swimming pool looking out onto the beach, with deckchairs and an ice cream and drinks cabana. The air-con rooms have twin or queen beds plus flatscreen TV, teakwood closet and benches, safety box, fridge, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. The rooms have basic white walls, clean white linen and... Read our full review of Poolsawat Villa.
Beachside Sand Sea Resort offers several accommodation types, including rooms in a building block next to a pool, cheaper standard timber garden bungalows, and beachfront options. A good swimming pool with a children's section and pool bar are located next to the beach, as is a timber restaurant that serves consistently good Thai and Western food. The air-con rooms offer WiFi, TV, minibar and... Read our full review of Sand Sea Resort.
The Spa Resort, set on the beach side of the main road in North Lamai just a short walk from town, is best known for its detox, massage and spa rather than for its accommodation, although its rooms are fine. The dark timber A-frame bungalows are set around a pool and are small, but have everything you need including air-con, mosquito net, drinking water and a safe. They also have standard... Read our full review of The Spa Resort.
You will find New Hut Bungalows just past Manathai on the sea side of the road if coming from Chaweng. A sign on the road points you to walk over a small footbridge, where a stream empties into the sea (surprisingly, it didn’t smell, at least when we stopped by). You cannot miss the brightly coloured A-frame rows of bungalows, freshly painted like candy as part of a much-needed facelift in... Read our full review of New Hut Bungalows.
Rose Garden is next door to Grand Manita on the Lamai side, with its reception and entrance on the roadside heading toward the beach. It offers bungalows along its sandy dusty pathways, plus two beachside concrete bungalows. The air-con timber bungalows have twin or double beds, while the concrete ones are larger with mini-fridge, TV and a couch. There isn't much in the way of atmosphere here but... Read our full review of Rose Garden.
Central Lamai stretches from Samui Laguna to Mira Mare, and is home to great swimming and sunbathing, with some of Lamai's finest sand, though it's still grainier than Chaweng. This is where you'll find most of Lamai's top-end resorts, along with a smattering of budget and midrange options. Some hotels are affected by noise in the evening to various degrees. The beach has massage areas, jet-skis for hire and more and more deckchairs are taking up the beach.
Amarina Residence is a three-storey hotel smaller than the many resorts around but it offers good value for money. All rooms have air-con, hot water, TV, mini-fridge and comfortable beds. A small splash pool is the central point to the property and can be seen from all floors. It may not have the bells and whistles of other places but offers everything you need for a comfortable enough stay. Two... Read our full review of Amarina Residence.
Lamai Inn 99 is a big complex with air-con rooms on the beach plus a pool, lawn, children’s play equipment and restaurant. Most rooms however are across the small road away from the sand, and vary in size, view and price. The standard and garden villa rooms we saw were practical enough but old fashioned, particularly compared to the many modern resorts nearby. They have tile flooring, old box... Read our full review of Lamai Inn 99 Bungalows.
Lamai Wanta has bungalows close to the beach but the bulk of the resort is in larger buildings on the other side of their reception by the road. The buildings are surrounded by lush trees and paths. Air-con rooms are decent but not as extravagant as many other resorts in the area. They do still have flatscreen TV, hot water, minibar, tea and coffee-making facilities and an indoor lounge to chill... Read our full review of Lamai Wanta.
The Pavillion Samui Boutique Resort cannot be missed with its large on-street yellow painted timber and grey stone entrance, which looks more like a weird fort than anything else. It has extended to include rooms across the road (with pedestrian crossing), overtaking what was once a backpacker hostel. The rooms are all as fancy as they sound with titles such as ‘deluxe jacuzzi’ and ‘hydro... Read our full review of Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort.
Samui Jasmine Resort isn’t much to look out from the outside and from reception you still can't determine its size. But nestled down to the beach are 35 large, air-con rooms, with garden view rooms downstairs in a hotel-style building and sea view rooms upstairs – you can see the sea (just) through the lush garden and over the top of the villas. The interiors are more beautiful than you would... Read our full review of Samui Jasmine Resort.
The staff here weren’t so friendly and didn't speak much English when we were here, only showing us the bungalows out the back and failing to mention they have deluxe and superior rooms in a hotel-style building above reception, even after being asked. The bungalows behind reception have simple tiled balconies and old-fashioned rooms with large pale pink tiled floors, ancient mid-size fridge... Read our full review of Lamoon Lamai.
This is the quietest stretch of Lamai beach, with grainy sand and occasionally quite big seas, but when the weather is calm, the swimming is excellent. Towards the far-southern end of Lamai there are fewer accommodation options and at the very end of the beach there's some fair snorkelling. Most tourists come this far to visit Hin Ta and Hin Yai, Grandfather and Grandmother rock, just off the coast.
Rummana is about a kilometre past the centre of town right near Hin Ta and Hin Yai. If you are looking for a bit more peace and quiet (and maybe a little romance) then this is the place for you. It is an enormous resort of shaded jungle pathways winding all the way from reception through the villas, passing numerous water features, a pool with sun-loungers, restaurant, bar and beach. Air-con... Read our full review of Rummana Boutique Resort.