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The beautiful Lamai Beach is the quieter version of Chaweng Beach. Also here are quite a few restaurants, bars and accommodations. Still, the atmosphere here is a bit more friendly. Lamai has a number of lovely luxury resorts right on the beach, where you can pamper yourself and enjoy your well deserved rest. As for example at the Le Meridien Resort & Spa. Yet Lamai Beach is not a beach of just luxury resorts, on the contrary! There are also many good budget options such as the popular Best Resort with swimming pool and close to the beach! But wherever you stay, there are more than enough sunbeds on the beach for a relaxing day by the sea. If you prefer to lie on a towel at a spot of your choice, you’ll sometimes have to walk an extra bit. Some hotels have appropriated Lamai Beach with sunbeds and do not always allow direct access to the beach. At many restaurants and accommodations the use sunbeds is free if you order something to eat or drink.
Sunday Night Market in Lamai Beach
Every Sunday Lamai Beach has a cozy night market, it starts around 5 PM and ends around 10 PM. A lot of stalls sell clothes, souvenirs, tasty snacks and complete meals. Many dishes are freshly made for you on the spot. The food for sale here varies from mealworms to sushi for 10 baht each. Of course the usual pad thai and satay are also represented here. In between there are (musical) performances.
If you are in the neighbourhood of Lamai Beach the Sunday Night Market is definitely worth a visit. Remember that this market is a real tourist market and the asking price of souvenirs and clothing is quite high. You will have to use your negotiating skills to get a reasonable price. The prices of the food are very reasonable. On the other days of the week there is also an evening market but it is a lot smaller. But still fine for some nice affordable (Thai) snacks.