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Northern Lamai Beach

Starting from Jungle Park and heading south to Sand Sea, the beach is not the best Lamai has to offer as it's mostly mudflats at low tide and has a boat breakwater 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 fresh water from the 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, and while there are some fair mid-range options, the top end is sorely lacking.

  • Grand Manita Beach Resort

    Grand Manita Beach Resort

    Good all-rounder on the beach

    146/58 Moo 4, Lamai
    T: (077) 418 939; F: (077) 418 940

    Grand Manita consists of two accommodation types, namely lower or upper floor rooms in the main building with private patios, or villas with verandahs dotted in the garden. Both types offer excellent ... Read the full review of Grand Manita Beach Resort.

    4 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort

    Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort

    Large resort, tasteful rooms

    173/41 Moo 4
    T: (077) 458 560; F: (077) 458 555

    Buddy Oriental's rooms are beautifully furnished with a colonial Asian feel. Mosquito nets, whitewashed wood panelling, black and white photos, crisp white bedding, and book-stacked shelves in the ... Read the full review of Buddy Oriental Samui Beach Resort.

    3.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Spa Samui Resort

    Spa Samui Resort

    Detox on the beach

    Lamai Ring Road
    T: (077) 230 855; F: (077) 424 667

    The Spa Resort is ideal for the budget traveller wanting to detox after too many of Thailand's infamous buckets. Quaint A-frame bungalows surround the pool and overlook the beach, and rooms are also ... Read the full review of Spa Samui Resort.

    3.5 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker
  • Sand Sea Resort

    Sand Sea Resort

    Affordable and family-friendly

    155 Moo 4 Lamai
    T: (077) 231 126; F: (077) 424 415

    Sand Sea Resort offers several accommodation types, including rooms in the building block next to the pool, cheaper standard garden bungalows and beachfront options. A good swimming pool with a ... Read the full review of Sand Sea Resort.

    3 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • New Hut Bungalows

    New Hut Bungalows

    You mean 'old hut' right?

    Lamai Ring Road, just after Buddy Resort, on the sea side of the road if coming from Chaweng
    T: (077) 230 437;

    New Hut Bungalows in Lamai are, as the name implies, a collection of huts, though these days they are not so new. They are little thatched A-frame structures with a small overhang in front, and ... Read the full review of New Hut Bungalows.

    3 stars Under 600B 6 votes Backpacker

Central Lamai

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 a lot grainier than Chaweng. This is where you'll find most of Lamai's top-end places, along with a smattering of budget and mid-range options. Most places are noise-affected in the evening, to various degrees so try to get a room as close to the beach as possible.

  • Samui Jasmine Resort

    Samui Jasmine Resort

    Charming resort with quirky features

    131/8 Moo 3, Lamai (a few 100 metres past Pavilion Hotel, along Haad Lamai Road)
    T: (077) 232 446; F: (077) 232 450

    Samui Jasmine Resort displays quirky charm, with special touches and interesting furniture and art pieces. Features include an oversized chess set, located at the restaurant overlooking the beach, a ... Read the full review of Samui Jasmine Resort.

    4.5 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 1 vote Midrange
  • Lamai Wanta

    Lamai Wanta

    Outstanding value

    124/264 Moo 3 Lamai Beach, Ko Samui
    T: (077) 424 550; F: (077) 424 218

    For the money, Lamai Wanta represents excellent value for money in a very central location on Lamai Beach. If you are willing to forego the beach view, the standard rooms, which are in a trio of two ... Read the full review of Lamai Wanta.

    4 stars 1,500B to 4,000B 2 votes Midrange
  • Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort

    Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort

    Luxury at a price

    124/24 Moo 3, Lamai (Opposite ibed Hostel)
    T: (077) 424 030; F: (077) 424 029

    The Pavilion oozes contemporary Asian luxury and style. Rooms and suites are designed with relaxation in mind with features such as oversized beds, reading corners, luxurious body products, dressing ... Read the full review of Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort.

    4 stars 4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
  • ibed backpacker hostel

    ibed backpacker hostel

    Contemporary clean backpacker rooms

    155 Moo 4, Lamai (Opposite Pavilion Samui Boutique Resort)
    T: (077) 458 760; F: (077) 950 308

    ibed Samui offers stylish backpacker accommodation in central Lamai. There are options of mixed or female-only dorm rooms, as well as studio rooms with two bunk beds, which offer privacy. The dorm ... Read the full review of ibed backpacker hostel.

    3.5 stars Under 600B 1 vote Backpacker
  • Lamoon Lamai

    Lamoon Lamai

    Clean, comfortable budget accommodation

    128/18 Moo 3, Lamai (a few hundred metres past Will Wait Restaurant, along Haad Lamai Road)
    T: (077) 418 424; F: (077) 418 424

    Lamoon Lamai offers two types of accommodation, in the form of small basic rooms above shops, with some bungalows tucked behind. The hotel is not on the seafront, but only a 100-metre walk to the ... Read the full review of Lamoon Lamai.

    3 stars 600B to 1,500B 1 vote Flashpacker

Southern Lamai

This is the quietest stretch of Lamai beach, with very grainy, rather yellow 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 some fine backpacker options and at the very end of the beach there's some ok snorkelling.

  • Rummana Boutique Resort

    Rummana Boutique Resort

    Pleasing villas in a rambling garden

    124/10 Moo 3, Lamai (near Grandmother Grandfather Rock)
    T: (077) 418 418; F: (077) 424 028

    Forty villas, comprising 38 deluxe and 2 Rummana villas, are positioned for privacy amid a garden that offers water features and a winding stone path. The villas appear quite traditional from the ... Read the full review of Rummana Boutique Resort.

    3.5 stars 4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange


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