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Koh Samui - Lamai or Chaweng

Posted by thaitime on 16/9/2010 at 19:05

Anyone going to Koh Samui will quickly find out that the 2 most happening places on Samui are Lamai Beach and Chaweng. Having stayed at both I found Lamai far better for those that like to visit the girly bars in the evening, yet in the day not be bothered by the back packer crowd. As far as accommodation goes, Lamai Inn has some great bungalows on the beach at very competive prices ranging from 1,500 - 2,500 BHT depending on the season. Chaweng I found had a dirty feel to it and althought it does boast some very nice upmarket resorts the price compared to Lamai is way over the top. Let's here your views: Lamai or Chaweng

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Posted by Nokka on 16/9/2010 at 20:07

From what I've read, neither.

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Posted by arundown on 20/9/2010 at 19:35

I was havin e same feeling when i got to samui.but rentin a scooter t a dirt cheep price and riding around lamai n Chewang threw some light up on me and ended up choosing chewang.Was staying beach is nt that close either but Acc was damn cheep.and nice & cool bars from e place which i stayed :) day time u culd meet alot of back packers ( Chewang is more famous in samui )

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Posted by arundown on 20/9/2010 at 19:36

I was havin e same feeling when i got to samui.but rentin a scooter t a dirt cheep price and riding around lamai n Chewang threw some light up on me and ended up choosing chewang.Was staying beach is nt that close either but Acc was damn cheep.and nice & cool bars from e place which i stayed :) day time u culd meet alot of back packers ( Chewang is more famous in samui )

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Posted by Joss369 on 20/9/2010 at 22:29

The last time I found Chaweng to be much more relaxed, (2005) than Lamai, I did hire a bike and had no trouble moving around, I found the nightlife better in Chaweng as it did not have the swarms of pestering prostitutes than Lamai, which though can be a laugh, wont let you leave and go home alone.

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Posted by tezza on 23/9/2010 at 15:10

I rate them about equal and I rate them worth a visit and okay places to stay. All the knockers have not checked the places fully.

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Posted by exacto on 23/9/2010 at 22:07

I figured that the OP was thinly-veiled spam for the hotel they mention. Plus, I didn't know who they were trying to impress with that not be bothered by the backpacker crowd comment.

Samui has a lot more going for it than just Lamai and Chawaeng. Maenam Beach, for example, on the north coast, has a laid-back feel. Good for families as well as the all-day-in-a-hammock crowd.

We enjoyed our last stay on Lamai, particularly at night listening to the waves and enjoying a drink at a restaurant or at one of those fly-by-night bars that set up on the sand. Good water and sand. Good food courts. Lots of inexpensive massage places. Didn't feel bothered by the backpacker crowd even a little bit. Cheers.

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