Today, Lamai is better known for beer bars than Chaweng. While it has loads of go go bars, they are generally not the quintessential type you’d find in Patong or Bangkok. That is, most Koh Samui Lamai go go bars are open to the street, like a typical beer bar, but with the addition of a pole.
Lamai is smaller, quieter, and more laidback than Chaweng, though it has just as much in the variety stakes – beer bars, go go bars, pubs, discos, live music, and Thai boxing. The best of it is that the bars are all pretty much crammed into one, easy to negotiate area.
Lamai go go bars are mostly located between the one way Lamai Beach Road – which connects with the road from Chaweng – and the main ring road (behind and parallel).
There are four main sections in this area: the Lamai Variety Centre, Soi MacDonald’s, Lamai Night Plaza, and Beer Bar Central. Lamai Variety Centre is the first area you come to with Koh Samui Lamai go go bars, looking south. It features a dozen (mostly) beer bars around a boxing ring. Next is Soi MacDonald’s, which is across Beach Road and runs towards the beach. There is a combination of beer bars and go go bars running down this street, with Sexy Lady and Holly-Wood being popular go gos.
The Lamai Night Plaza is virtually across from Soi MacDonald’s and below the Variety Centre, and is centred on Walking Street. There are more Lamai beer bars and go gos here than the Variety Centre and Soi MacDonald’s put together. Across the road (going south) is Beer Bar Central, which has even more Lamai go go bars again.
Most of these bars are open to the street and have ladies hanging out of them, though they’re not sleazy and there are no pimps (barring the mamasan, supervisor). You won’t see ping pong shows or the like, but freelancing prostitutes and ladyboys also mill around these areas.
Go go girls in Lamai – how it works
Lamai is even more relaxed than Chaweng and you will find the sex scene very easygoing. The girls will come up to you on the street and in the bar; you don’t actually have to do anything to get their attention. Even folks who consider themselves not good looking will not have a problem.
However, go go girls in Lamai are a little choosier than regular beer bar girls. They also tend to be prettier compared to the bar girls, plus they are more expensive, although are still easy to get in the sack – money talks!
Just walk in and order a drink; they will start chatting. You won’t need the gift of the gab or even be charming, but it does help if you smile. Any girl on stage or who is working in a Lamai go go bar is potentially available. Simply get their eye and buy them a drink.
To get them back to your hotel, ask how much it’d be for the night. It’s as simple as that. You’ll need to pay a ‘bar fine’, which goes direct to the bar and is about 500 baht, and pay the girl in the morning. Some will also go ‘short time’, meaning an hour or two of sex.
The price for all night is around 2,000 baht for a standard looker up to about 3,000 baht for one of the pretty go go girls. In our experience, it’s best to avoid the real lookers as they can be overly vain and don’t like much past straight sex.
Note. It has to be said that the quality of the go go girls in Lamai is not as good as in Chaweng.