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Enjoy the beauty of Koh Samui’s coastline as you relax on Lamai Beach, discover the Buddhist culture at temples and wander market stalls to taste the local coconut sweet called galamae.
Lamai Beach has a bustling southern end, full of bars and markets, and a quieter northern end where the beach tapers into mud flats. The area has a diverse range of resorts, from high-end yoga retreats and spas, to cheap and simple bungalows.
There’s plenty of beach for sunbathing and swimming, but for those keen to do some dives, there are several dive shops in Lamai Beach which run trips to Koh Tao. To see some of Thailand’s typical green fields and fishing villages, head south.
Have a giggle at the Hin Ta and Hin Yai (Grandfather and Grandmother Rocks) near Hua Thanon fishing village. These genitalia-shaped rocks are said to be the transformed bodies of an elderly couple shipwrecked in a storm on their way to negotiate a marriage for their son.
For a more reverential experience, visit the Wat Lamai temple’s Folklore Museum to see the historic collection of items that tell a story of Koh Samui throughout the ages. In the Wat Khunaram temple you can encounter the miracle of the mummified monk Loung Pordaeng, whose body, encased in a glass coffin, has remained largely undecayed for over 40 years.
In the evenings there’s plenty of nightlife options to explore. Head to Central Plaza, to enjoy a beer from one of the many outdoor bars, grab some street food and catch a round of Thai boxing. If you’re after a more relaxed, upmarket atmosphere, head to one of the cocktail lounges.
On Sunday there is a night market in Lamai, offering up some of Thailand’s tastiest treats such as the caramelized coconut sweet galamae, fried insects and freshly caught fish which you can eat as you browse the souvenir stalls and enjoy the live music.
Situated in Koh Samui, this hotel is close to Lamai Beach, Hin Ta and Hin Yai, and Coco Splash Waterpark. Also nearby are Lamai Night Market and Wat Lamai.
Located on a hillside in the popular town of Bophut, Mantra Samui Resort offers guests some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Koh Samui's beautiful coastline. Guests can enjoy these views in peace while being only a short distance from countless shops, an array of local restaurants and some of the most stunning beaches you have ever seen. The complimentary shuttle bus service allows ease of travel to all of these local hot spots.
Nestled on the beach, this Chaweng City Center resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui and Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium. Chaweng Thai Boxing Stadium and Tesco Lotus Koh Samui are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Wat Plai Laem, Big Buddha Statue, and Bangrak Beach. Big Buddha Beach Pier and Jungle Minigolf are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Chaweng City Center, this beachfront resort is in the city center and within 1 mi (2 km) of Central Festival Samui and Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium. Bangrak Beach is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in Chaweng City Center, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Chaweng Thai Boxing Stadium and Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium. Central Festival Samui and Bangkok Hospital Samui are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Koh Samui, this beachfront resort is in a shopping district and within 3 mi (5 km) of Samui Football Golf, Big Buddha Statue, and Bangrak Beach. Jungle Minigolf and Mini Golf International are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Koh Samui resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Samui Crocodile Farm, Big Buddha Statue, and Bangrak Beach. Phetch Buncha Thai Boxing Stadium is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) away.