What we say: 3.5 stars

If you’re looking for a place to dig your toes into the sand while enjoying a coffee or a meal, then Baobab in Lamai is a good option. Lamai is where a lot of the French crowd hang out on Samui, and this quaint little beach cafe is no exception.

They forgot to sweep the floor!

They forgot to sweep the floor!

Although a bit hard to access from the main road, it’s easy enough to find on the beach. From central Lamai, walk towards Grandfather Grandmother Rocks, and shortly before the big boulders, look for the white umbrellas.

The restaurant itself is a basic structure, knocked up of wood, trellis and a few roll-down plastic blinds to weatherproof it when necessary. Plenty of white tables and umbrellas are set into the sand, and a few steps lead up to the restaurant, which also has a sand floor, so feels like a natural extension of the beach.

The Thai serving staff were exceptionally friendly on our visit and told us that we were more than welcome to use the sun beds and free towels after our meal if we liked.

Those sunbeds are free.

Those sunbeds are free.

There seemed to be a regular clientele of French expats here – always the case when an establishment is French-run on Samui — but a few tourists were also enjoying the free sunbeds.

Although the restaurant serves Thai food, Baobab seems to be most popular for its all-day breakfasts, which go for 60 to 150 baht, and filling baguettes, for 150 to 190 baht. There’s a good selection of fillings for the baguettes and other sandwiches, and they were happy to adapt one to our liking. A neighbouring table ordered a salad, which was a sizable bowl, filled to the brim with ingredients.

Passed by the building inspector.

Passed by the building inspector.

There’s a parrot in a cage at the back of the restaurant, and during our visit his cage was open so he could come and go as he pleased. Our only complaint was that on the day of our visit, there seemed to be a lot of flies – even though the restaurant was clean.

While you’re in the area, go see the ‘rude rocks’ for a few photo opportunities and a browse around the stalls. The local garamear coconut candy sold there is delicious.

Contact details
On Lamai beach, near GrandFather Grandmother rocks (Coming from the street, look out for the small sign near Lamai fitness, opposite a muay Thai training studio)
About the author
Rosanne Turner relocated to Thailand in 2010 from South Africa. She enjoys sharing her discoveries of Samui after walking every beach, hill, coconut grove and forgotten path in search of that memory-making beach bar. You can follow her blog at Travelling Pen.
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