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Lamai Beach

Guesthouses, hotels and resorts

Long Lamai Beach boasts a handful of affordable bungalow outfits to the north; pricier resorts around the better swimming area towards the centre; and a luxury spot along the quiet southern stretch.

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Northern Lamai Beach

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.

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 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.

Southern 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.

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