A comfortable off-beach option
Set right on Lamai Beach Road, Lamoon Lamai has smart modern rooms across two floors in a streetside building along with some cheaper fan-cooled and air-con bungalows around the back.
The main advantages of staying here are that the location is very central (so expect some racket in the evenings), the price is fair for the standard and as a guest here you’re permitted to walk through the Aloha Hotel opposite for easy access to the beach. This last point is a bit of a deal as many of the beachside hotels on Lamai leave no public access to the beach when building and do not allow non-guests to walk through their grounds to reach it. The deal Lamoon Lamai have with Aloha saves you a bit of a walk.
The upstairs rooms are smart, modern and clean and come with WiFi, air-con, hot-water bathrooms (with tub), cable TV, minibar and safe. They each have a small veranda with a couple of chairs overlooking the street and we’d imagine into the evening this could make for some interesting people watching.
Bungalows out the back are not in such good shape and we’d suggest heading across the road to Seabreeze (where you can get a rundown old fan-cooled bungalow for as little as 400 baht) rather than taking a bungalow here. This is a little cheaper than our preferred off-beach option i-Samui, but it is considerably closer to the beach. A further off the beach option is Amarina Residence, a little to the north of the centre of Lamai Beach.
Address: 128/18 Moo 3, Lamai (south of Will Wait Restaurant, along Haad Lamai Rd)
T: (077) 418 424; (081) 124 9156;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º2'31.46" E, 9º27'35.76" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Bungalow fan private bathroom||600 baht||749 baht|
|Bungalow air-con private bathroom||890 baht||1,100 baht|
|Superior double room||900 baht||1,250 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,150 baht||1,450 baht|
Stuart McDonald co-founded Travelfish.org with Samantha Brown in 2004. He has lived in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia, where he worked as an under-paid, under-skilled language teacher, an embassy staffer, a newspaper web-site developer, freelancing and various other stuff. His favourite read is The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton.
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