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Lamai North offers a mix of accommodations from backpacker-style to super-luxury
Lamai North as displayed in this map does not have the best of Lamai's sand and water, but it sells itself with atmosphere. The beach is generally narrow here and the water becomes quite shallow as we move north along the beach. It is not a particularly good swimming beach, with almost no water remaining at low tide.
The beach here is, however, much quieter than the busy areas to the south. Here there are also lots of large trees along the beach, making it shady and pleasant for relaxing through the day. The small stream seen in the middle of the beach sits stagnant and polluted most of the time, emptying over the beach and into the sea following heavy rain.
Most of the beachfront accommodations here are budget, and among them we find many leftovers from Samui's heyday as a backpacker haven in the 1980s and 90s. The cheapest rooms on Samui's east coast are found here, still attracting quite a lot of young travellers. Most of the old-style bungalows cannot be booked on-line, and while some take e-mail and telephone bookings, most are accustomed to travellers simply turning up to get a room. We show the various booking engines for the few that do have them.
This area is just a 15-minute walk from Lamai's main shopping district, while the tourist village with its plethora of restaurants, bars and Western food is just a little further. There are just a few shops along the main road behind the bungalows here. See more info and photos of this part of Lamai beach in the Guide to Lamai Beach North.
by John Everingham