When you land in Koh Samui you may find the tour groups and flurry of travellers in popular spots like Chaweng a bit overwhelming. If you were expecting a peaceful island getaway then you may prefer a quieter spot like Lamai. It is south of busy Chaweng and is just as spectacular with its white sandy beaches and clear blue waters.
Lamai is less developed than Chaweng but has many private villas to choose for your holiday accommodation. It is situated in a growing town catering for tourists. Lamai has retained its picturesque island settings with all the services and amenities you would need to make for the perfect Thai holiday. Any visitor to Koh Samui is expecting the picture perfect beaches seen in travel brochures and Lamai will not disappoint. With the second largest beach in Koh Samui, Lamai's coastline is just as stunning as Chaweng, studded with coconut trees and spotted with huge granite boulders.
Lamai is significantly quieter than Chaweng but you can still expect to see other travellers in the streets, restaurants and shops around the town. Sporting activities are also widely available and you can expect first class services whether you want to go kayaking, snorkelling, scuba diving, or kite surfing. For the more reserved traveller, you can opt for a quiet stroll in the beach and even wade out into the ocean, as Lamai has some of Koh Samui's most calm and shallow waters. Surrounded by a number of smaller fishing villages, you can expect some of the best seafood in Lamai, Koh Samui, tinged with distinctive Thai tastes.
Lamai may be smaller but does not lack in services, facilities and entertainment. Whether you opt for a quiet night in your villa overlooking the calm ocean or explore the town's offerings, you will not be disappointed with the nightlife, as scores of restaurants, bars and clubs are available in Lamai. When planning your trip to Koh Samui, make sure that Lamai is on your itinerary and enjoy a dose of island life without the hustle and bustle of Chaweng.