There’s plenty of scope to enjoy Lamai activities in Samui. It is much more laidback than Chaweng, but still has lots of options to go a bit crazy or chill out and enjoy life. The beach is beautiful, for one, and has all types of water sports, while myriad boat operators head out on scuba trips and various other tours.
The southern part of Lamai Beach is best for kicking back and swimming. There are also plenty of resorts, restaurants and other amenities in this area, too, and the curious grandmother and grandfather rock formations are not far away. The northern end of Lamai beach is a bit less pretty, with mudflats and rocks, though generally has better snorkelling, especially at Coral Cove.
Water sports activities in Lamai include everything from banana boat rides for the kids to jet-skiing, waterskiing and parasailing. Scuba dive trips go from Lamai, off to nearby dive sites as well as to Koh Tao island, which is the launch point for the Chumphon Pinnacle and other noted quality dives.
Bophut Diving School is based in Lamai (and Chaweng and Bophut beaches) and is one of the most reliable dive operators here. They operate to all of the top sites with their own vessels and also cater to snorkellers looking for a bit extra.
Kayak trips from Lamai are also hugely popular, with the bigger resorts offering free rental to their guests. There’s some good near-shore paddling around the headlands, while a boat ride away is the absolutely stunning Ang Thong National Marine Park, which offers some of the most stunning sea kayaking potential.
Back on land are a number of fitness centres in Lamai, plus there is also an accredited Muay Thai camp here (with accommodation) for learning Thai boxing. You can see fights in the Lamai Variety Centre at night, which is a popular bar area in town, or hit Chaweng Stadium for ‘real’ fights.
Activities in Lamai that involve jungle trips are all the rage, with four-wheel drive tours getting visitors right up into the mountains for excellent sea views and waterfalls dips. There are some fine gardens and trekking trails up here and you can go with a jeep tour or rent a trail bike or scooter (in the dry season) and go on your own.
Other worthwhile Lamai activities include elephant trekking, deep sea fishing or perhaps kicking back and heading to the local water park, Coco Splash, to enjoy its fun slides and big Jacuzzi.