Photo: A quiet stretch of Lamai.

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Eat and meet

Lamai has a good range of Thai and Western restaurants, ranging from cheap street food through to decent cafes, Thai barbecues and fine dining in some of the fancier resorts.

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At the most northern end of Lamai and up in the hills toward Chaweng and near Coral Cove is The Cliff with herbs and veggies grown on site and good quality imported meats. Here too is Dr Frogs for Italian and Thai food -- both boast spectacular views – as well as La Fabrique French Bakery.

Once you make it out of the winding hilly road in to north Lamai you will find the Radiance at Spa Samui serving raw, vegetarian and vegan dishes, with delicious salads costing around 200 baht. A short walk towards town to Manathai Resort and you will find Mulligan’s Irish Pub, but if you are in need of some cheap but delicious authentic Thai food, Kun Chai is directly opposite Poolsawat in an open kitchen, where you can watch the chefs in action from the simple but clean plastic chairs and tables. Dishes are 100-140 baht. Cooking classes are also offered.

In the centre of Lamai is back to back cafes and restaurants, both down the street as well as beachfront. For some good Thai food and barbecue head to the three-in-one restaurant with no sign on the other side of the street past Amarina if coming from the main road, and directly opposite Seefah pharmacy, which has a brightly lit sign. Here you will find tasty authentic Thai food for 80-120 baht and friendly staff.

For the best in tasty, healthy vegetarian and vegan mostly organic Thai food, head to Lamai Veggie on ‘no name street’. From the Ring Road turn into the main street that leads to Lamai town and right at the first street, and it is about a one-minute walk up on your left. This one-woman cafe run by Khun Bee produces one set menu per day for 50 baht or 80 baht and makes her own Kombucha tea.

For something a touch fancier further south by the sea, try Baobab restaurant.

Baobab 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). T: (084) 838 3040.
Dr Frogs T: (077) 448 505; F: (077) 448 506; M: (083) 5001 728.
Kun Chai Thai food and cooking classes. T: (080) 532 9005.
La Fabrique French Bakery 105/1 Moo 6, Lamai Ring Road, Ko Samui. T: (077) 961 507
Lamai Veggie 134/14 Moo 4. T: (089) 723 2061.
Mulligan's Irish Pub In through the carpark entrance to Manathai Resort.
Radiance Spa Samui Resort, Lamai Ring Road. T: (077) 230 855; F: (077) 424 667.
The Cliff Ring Road (between Chaweng Noi and Coral Cove, well signposted). T: (077) 448 508.

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Where to next?

Where are you planning on heading to after Lamai Beach? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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