Lamai Beach

Lamai Beach

Samui's second most popular 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.

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Jellyfish warning on Lamai beach. Photo 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 being stung.

Great weather! Photo by: Stuart McDonald.
Great weather! Photo: Stuart McDonald

Despite being as built up as it is, Lamai lacks the hectic vibe of Chaweng, especially off the beach in the village itself. Aside from barbecue corn on the beach, the food scene here is lacklustre – think cheap cafes offering "all Thai food 79 baht"-style deals. The downtown area is packed with tourist restaurants and bars offering everything from pizza to pasta to steaks to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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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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