Lamai's northern-most bay and headland may be a continuation of Lamai Beach, but this area is so different it should be considered an entirely different beach. Also, the two mini beaches on the north and east of the headland are indeed entirely separate worlds of their own, both exceptionally beautiful.
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The main part of this map is a shallow, rocky back facing directly south. You can look right down Lamai's long straight beach from the rooms of beachfront hotels here. The whole area within this map has shallow water. It can be fun and relatively for children to play in at mid or high tide, but it is not a real swimming beach as the south of Lamai is. At very low tides the sand dries out for a couple of hundred metres. All of the better resorts here have swimming pools, which keep most guests happy.
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This area is definitely quieter than the busy southern end of Lamai, and quite pretty in its own, understated way. In the mid sector of this map the beach has lots of big granite boulders sticking out of the sand like decorative features. In the east the whole shore is rocky. On the western side, where we see side-by-side resorts, the beach is sandy and quite nice, if narrower than the rest of Lamai.
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As is clear on the satellite image below our map, the road follows the beach in the southern sector, running about 70metres behind the sand at its closest, but moves far away in the north. This gives the resorts further up the beach significantly more space and tranquillity.
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The two beaches on the headland are small but exceptionally pretty, and each has just one very up-market resort. On the north shore the Banyan Tree completely surrounds its own beach, while in the east Silavadee Pool Resort has exclusive access to one of the island's most beautiful, miniature beaches. The Guide to Lamai Headland herein show photos of just how pretty these beaches really are, along with shots of the main south-facing beach in the bay.
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by John Everingham
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