Photo: Lamai: Not as busy as you'd expect.

Lamai Beach

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Lamai Beach, on Samui’s southeast coast, is the island’s second most popular after Chaweng and when you’re on the sand, as with Chaweng, this is truly a beautiful beach with fine sand and crystal waters hemmed in by boulder-strewn headlands at each end.





Lined for nearly its entire length by hotels and guesthouses, this is, after Chaweng, Samui’s most developed beach. You’ll see clutches of deckchairs and umbrellas at regular intervals for its entire length. Southeast facing, Lamai gets nothing in the way of a sunset, but sunrise can be pretty dazzling. The resorts generally look after their beachfront and have done a good job in rehabilitating the beach, with the middle section in front of the larger resorts such as the Pavilion or slightly further along at Lamai Wanta being in notably good condition.

Jellyfish warning on Lamai beach. Photo taken in or around Lamai Beach, Ko Samui, Thailand by Stuart McDonald.

Jellyfish warning on Lamai beach. Photo: Stuart McDonald

The beach is quite exposed, with the best swimming at the centre and southern reaches of the beach. Heading north from the centre the water gets quite dirty in places, in part due to a festy creek that empties out into the ocean from near New Hut. There’s also a hemmed in anchorage for a small fishing fleet in the same area, and the further north you go the more mudflattish it becomes, adding to the reasons why you’re better off swimming at the other end of the beach. The beach itself is fine – great for walking or running on – we’d just head south for a swim.

Box jellyfish can be a risk factor when swimming on any beach on Ko Samui, especially in wet season. Lamai Beach is lined with emergency "vinegar stations" and there are plenty of warnings signs up and down the beach. With tentacles up to three metres long, the jellyfish swim deeper than other jellyfish and can be difficult to see – swimming at night in particular is not advisable. Their sting is excruciating and an increasing number of people have died as a result of ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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Lamai Beach
Eastern Ko Samui

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