LAMAI LEISURE

Koh Samui

This coconut-clad Gulf of Thailand beauty is one of Thailand’s largest and most developed islands, humming with tourists year-round and offering a huge range of activities and entertainment for every kind of visitor. Best of all, Koh Samui has some of Thailand’s best beaches, which are well and truly in the ‘tropical’ bracket and feature stunning holiday resorts.

While Koh Samui is mostly about the beach and water, it also has a striking interior of high mountains and lush scenery. The entertainment factor is also appealing, with a hectic nightlife in Chaweng and Lamai and also a huge number of high quality hotels and resorts. These two friendly beach towns in particular have the pick of the accommodation, especially Lamai which has world class resorts right on the beach.

Activities are numerous and typically revolve around the beach, with some nice swimming and snorkelling potential and a host of traditional water sports options like jet-skiing and parasailing. The northern beaches are quieter, but also have fewer options, plus you can also head inland for elephant trekking or swimming at waterfalls and even enjoy a game of golf on a spectacular palm-clad course.

There are a couple of excellent golf courses here, including a nine-holer right in Lamai and an 18-hole course in the north of the island. Kids can also have lots of fun in Koh Samui away from the beach as it has a zoo, an aquarium and a water park in Lamai.

Daytrips are also hugely popular, especially boat trips to neighbouring islands like Koh Phangan or to Koh Tao which has world class scuba diving. There is also some class kayaking offshore at the world renowned Ang Thong Marine Park. As to when to go to Koh Samui, most people visit during the dry season after February (which is opposite to much of the rest of Thailand), although it remains quite busy year-round. Just avoid the November to February wet season to miss most rain, though deals can often be had at hotels at this time-Christmas and New Years are the exceptions.

Koh Samui has an excellent little airport that receives a multitude of daily flights from Bangkok, as well as from Chiang Mai, Phuket and Singapore. Taxis and shuttles run to hotels and beaches, with main hotels often providing courtesy transport. The other option is by ferry to the terminal in the west of the island. Local transport is a combination of pick-up trucks, meter taxis and motorbikes.

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Nestling along the east coast of Koh Samui, Lamai is home to one of the island’s two…
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One of the quintessential Thai experiences you can indulge in while on Koh Samui is Lamai elephant…
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For Lamai entertainment, simply head to the centre along Lamai Beach Road. Here are four main bar areas known as: Beer Bar Central…
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The Koh Samui resort town of Lamai provides holidaymakers with a dizzying array of activities that have been designed to cater to all tastes and age groups…
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Had Rin Beach hosts the Koh Phangan full moon party. The party attracts up to 30,000 visitors…
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From Lamai, Guan Yu shrine is just a few kilometres south down the coast in Hua Thanon…
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Giving a quieter experience within an almost bohemian atmosphere, Lamai is the perfect choice for your honeymoon…
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Hotels in Lamai are found along the beach road from the southern end to the northern, narrower sands close by therocky headland…
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Koh Samui is a foodie s delight and provides holidaymakers with culinary experiences that will remain fondly treasured memories…
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Hotels in Lamai are found along the beach road from the southern end to the northern, narrower sands close by therocky headland…
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There are a few motorcross options on Koh Samui, though for true motocross it typically requires having your own bike…
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Lovely Lamai Beach is lined with boutique-style resorts offering long and short stays on this ever-popular holiday island…
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Resorts on the beachfront at Lamai have their own restaurants and outdoor terraces. These patio restaurants face the pristine waters of Lamai Bay…
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Although a profusion of international restaurants have opened in the main resorts of Chaweng and Lamai…
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Lamai shopping in the local boutiques, souvenir outlets and street markets is a shopaholic s dream with haggling fun as a bonus…
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Some of the most popular offerings for visitors to Thailand are the traditional Thai therapies used at the luxurious spa…
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The resort town of Lamai is the second most popular holiday destination on Koh Samui…
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Buddhism and Islam are the religions of Koh Samui, with Buddhism in prominence and its glittering temples and shrines found all over the island…
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The Thais are mad about their national sport, Muay Thai boxing, and it is possible to watch bouts in Koh Samui…
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The quieter and less frenetic neighbour to Koh Samui s famous Chaweng Beach, Lamai Beach is perfect…
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Set on lovely Lamai Beach, Samui s more laid-back, peaceful answer to nearby Chaweng, a Lamai villa is the perfect tropical hideaway for your dream holiday in the sun…
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A great day out for the kids and a welcome distraction from the beach and town is the Coco Splash…
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While not as lively as Chaweng, you can certainly enjoy buzzing Lamai watersports activities here…
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