Koh Samui Nightlife Guide
The highlight of Koh Samui nightlife is the atmosphere, after dark, along Chaweng Beach Road. This is where most of the night spots congregate – restaurants, clubs and bars, in a central area. The streets are lively and the ambience is probably what you’re looking for from a night out in Thailand. The highest concentration of clubs is based around the airy Green Mango club, so famous that it has a street named after it. Close to Green Mango is Sweet Soul, which plays hip hop, and Mint, which is dark and serious and plays techno. There are two go-go bars in the area competing for attention. Sound bar has recently reopened in the area, a trendy place to hang out, and The Islander, Three Monkeys and Tropical Murphy’s are all laid back, traditional pubs with tropical island charm. See list of Bar and Discotheques in Samui
Pubs & Bars
There are also many excellent Samui bars that offer a variety of themes and music styles. If you prefer listening to Jamaica tunes then a visit to the Chaweng based Reggae pub is a must. This famous Samui nightlife venue is well known for its great staff and an awesome live band.
Q Bar presides over the lake with some great views. It’s your traditional Samui bar, middle aged guys getting an unrealistic kick out of attention from girls on the game, but the budget is about ten times higher. It also serves food on the upper floor.
Samui discos are very popular with tourists visiting the island and the Green Mango is the most popular of all the Samui disco nightlife venues. The Green Mango disco in Chaweng Beach opens at around ten and the famous Samui nightlife spot closes in the early hours of the morning. DJ’s at the Samui discos play a variety of music with most clubs playing mostly top 40 music and lots of house and techno music.
Ladyboy Cabarets might not be everyones cup of tea but for the fans among you, Chaweng beach has plenty to choose from! Thailand's Katoeys or the third sex are world famous, partly because there are so many of them and also because they are so feminine. Most of the cabarets in Chaweng are located near the Central hotel which makes for interesting competition before the show. The girls hand out flyers and sometimes drag you in to their bar forcibly! Keep an open mind and enjoy the show!
Christy's Cabaret is one of the oldest cabarets in town and also one of the best. The girls at Christy's are very practised at lip syncing and the show is very professional. Christy's has a small cover charge and reasonably priced drinks. The show starts at 10pm every night.
The Beach Pub at Secret Garden has become one of South East Asia's leading venues during the last 5 years. Musicians, both pro and semi-pro have the chance to play stress free, on a wonderful beach, with other musicians from all over the world. If you're a musician and are planning a visit to Thailand, come and join us. These sessions take place every Sunday afternoon from 4p.m. until 8p.m. and usually attracts a crowd of 2 to 3 hundred people, all in a party mood.
Full Moon Party at Koh Phangan is not just a normal party but monthly Haad Rin's dance music festival which is famous worldwide, with everything from drum and bass to full-on psy-trance. Paradise Bungalows, the site of the original Full Moon Party, consistently puts on the biggest show with inspired decor and a combination of superb resident and international guest DJs.
Back Moon Party at Chaweng Lake View is a monthly festival feel and stunning uplit palm trees, January kicks off an incredible list of Lake View gigs with DJ Dave chambers, a self confessed hip-hop and breaks freak since he was knee high. Dave’s recent transition into one of the UK’s most exciting DJs proves just how lucky Samui is to have him gracing the island’s shores. With residencies at Space Ibiza and Ministry of Sound, his famous phat beats will be resounding across Chaweng Lake creating a dance energy all of their own.