Koh Samui: [Food] Lamai Walking Street

Travel Period : 9th Jun – 13th Jun 2011

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Exploring Lamai’s Walking Street

After missing out on the ‘Walking Street’ events at Fisherman’s Village (every Friday) and Nathon (every Saturday), our last and only chance to experience this event before we returned to Singapore was to be at Lamai Town, which is held every Sunday, usually starting from the late afternoon onwards till night. Fortunately, the weather was great.

When we left the resort again at around 5pm, we felt some commotion going on a distance away to our right. This street was usually quite quiet and sleepy except for the occasional vehicles passing by but at that moment, many people gathered there with the roads cordoned off.

As we walked closer towards that direction, we started to see numerous stalls set up and selling things ranging from toys, clothing, shoes, souvenirs and all kinds of interesting stuff, with both locals and tourists walking about to check out their wares. Yeah! The Lamai’s ‘Walking Street’ begins!

As they were still setting up, we walked to the lake beside it with a long bridge to head towards the Lamai Beach. There was a clump of trees in an interesting way and the view of the beach was great. We decided to return to eat there with our street food.

lamai beach walking street

We looked through the various clothing and products stalls as we walked. Their wares did interest us but we wanted to explore the rest of the street first.

After we walked to a cross junction, we realised how grand this ‘Walking Street’ was. There were many stalls set up on all the connecting streets!

Food Street

We decided to turn towards the ‘food street‘ first, where many food vendors had set up stalls selling tasty-looking foodstuff, many we have not seen before. There were in fact so many different food stalls to choose from that we were overwhelmed. We were mindful to find out what the food item was made of first before buying them, after our bad experiences at the wet market the day before (by the way, I actually had a stomachache later that stormy night, though I’m not sure if it was related to that food I ate).

We started off with something we were more familiar with — satays, of course making sure this time that they were made from the meat and not some internal organs or something. Still, wanting to play safe and to avoid filling our stomachs too quickly since we would like to try as many varieties of food as possible, we only ordered a few sticks from the stall.

Moving on, we came across a stall selling ball-like stuff made from coconut. They looked nice so we bought a pack of six of these ‘coconut balls’. They tasted very nice indeed and reminded us of those Nyonya’s ‘Ondeh Ondeh Kueh’ back in Singapore.

We then passed by another satay stall which was selling a different kind of satay. Instead of skewering several small meat pieces, the man actually mould them together into one big piece before skewering and grilling it over the flame. We decided to try one and wow, it was very yummy!

Moving on, another food stall selling fried potato caught our attention. The potato was cut in a spiral shape before it was strung through a long stick and fried. We were given a choice of which powder to put onto the potato (we tried BBQ) and it turned out to be very tasty and crispy!

(Side-note: When we were back at Singapore, we found out from a friend that the A&W outlets in Malaysia were selling similar foodstuff like these too)

As we continued to walk towards one end of the food street to find a place to sit down and enjoy our food, we passed by a drinks stall and bought a bottle of soft drinks to go with the food. We went back to the beach area to settle down and enjoy our food by the sea.

To our right on the bridge, a beautiful lake view reflected with mountain backdrop

After finishing our snacks and drinks, we headed back to the street again to explore the rest of the street, buying some more satay along the way from those same two stalls. It was hot walking under the high humidity and carrying Dar (too crowded to walk). I finally got a sugarcane drink to quench our thirst.

After walking for a while more, we felt we had seen enough and decided to return to our room.

Vintage Toy

Along the way, Dar was starting to get more and more restless. We had forgotten to bring any of his toys along for this trip so we had nothing to keep him distracted and occupied. We then recalled coming across a toy stall earlier selling a unique looking toy train made of metal, which we believed he would like.

When we got to the stall, we picked up the train to take a closer look. Spotting it, Dar immediately grabbed hold of the train and refused to let go of it.

We have not seen anything like this in Singapore before and we initially thought it was locally hand-made, probably by the stall owner. After we had bought and examined it again later, we believed it was made in China instead, given the Chinese characters we found underneath the train (it was made from the metal box with the brand of a type of batteries). Nevertheless, it was a good buy as Dar could finally keep himself occupied with it while we walked around at ease. It was not expensive too and looks vintage.

Earlier on, we had reserved our dinner at the resort’s restaurant at 8pm, which came free of charge along with our resort package. I had intentionally set the timing to be later since we knew we would be rather full after eating all the various food from the ‘Walking Street’.

We still had time so we decided to continue down the street to the left of our resort, the same path which we had taken during the day. We had seen a signboard at one of the alleys earlier, writing ‘Lamai Night Market’ and were interested to find out how that place would be like in the night, and how different it could be from the ‘Walking Street’ that we had just visited.

Next Post: Night Market and Dinner