This list of the 10 best night spots in Koh Phangan gives you some hints about where to go to enjoy a memorable night out on this small island which see its popularity growing year after year. Until the ‘90s, Koh Phangan was only visited by backpackers and young travellers in search of a back-to-the-roots type of holiday. At this time, nightlife on Koh Phangan offered only a few bamboo shacks on the beachfront, at which you could enjoy a beer or a glass of Mekong while listening to folk songs played on an acoustic guitar.
The event that made Koh Phangan world-famous is the Full Moon Party. The first ever Full Moon party was held in 1985 for only a few dozen hippies. Nowadays, it attracts on average of 5,000 people each month. The development of Koh Phangan for tourism has also seen the creation of a great range of bars, clubs and lounges, at which every visitor can unleash their hedonist side. Check out the best places to go at night in Koh Phangan, and enjoy yourself all night long!
Full Moon Party & other moon partiesKoh Phangan
The celebration of moon phases undeniably made Koh Phangan famous all around the world. Partying on the beach or in the jungle to the modern beats of house and other techno music while drinking and dancing ‘til you drop allows punters to fully enjoy themselves. The success of the Full Moon Party has led to the organisation of half moon, black moon, and other unbridled jungle parties. Koh Phangan has become a Mecca for party-goers as such no-limit blasts are now held almost every week on the island. Read More...
Merkaba Beach ClubHaad Rin
Located on a private beach at the entrance of Haad Rin, right next to Blue Hill Resort, Merkaba is a modern beach club offering a great place to chill out and party both inside and outside. You’ll find a DJ booth shaped like the head of a tiger, a swimming pool, a comfortable lounge area, a patch of sand on which you can relax between dancing sessions, and what is considered the best sound system on the island. Top local and international DJs perform here, the management is professional and friendly and drink prices are affordable.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - late
- Location: On a private beach at the bottom of a steep staircase located about 800m before to enter Haad Rin resort town
- Tel: +66 (0)89 462 2513
The Jam BarHin Kong
The Jam Bar offers the dream destination in Koh Phangan for musician from all around the world. It is located right on the beach of Hin Kong, just after the bridge when you come from Thong Sala. Mostly made of wood, bamboo and thatch, this cool venue has musical instruments at hand for exciting jamming sessions. A meeting point of all the most talented musicians in Koh Phangan, The Jam is also a great sundowner spot, at which you can eat and drink for decent prices.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - late
- Location: Hin Kong, 10 minutes’ drive north of Thong Sala
- Tel: “Can’t hear the phone, the music is too loud!”
Fubar is a guesthouse, lounge and party place situated right on Haad Rin Beach East, the exact place where the Full Moon Party is held every month. Boasting a 6,000-watt sound system, you certainly can hear Fubar before to get there. With quality house, techno and progressive music played here on a daily basis, Fubar is often mentioned as the best party hostel in Koh Phangan (in fact, it’s the only one). Run by a team of passionate party-goers, it’s a good venue to visit if you like to shake your booty. Italian food and drinks are available in the lounge.
- Opening Hours: always open
- Location: Right on Haad Rin Beach East
- Tel: +66 (0)98 037 7908
Infinity Beach ClubBaan Tai
Infinity Beach Club Hostel is one of those places where the party never seems to end. Located on the serene Baan Tai beachfront, between Thong Sala and Haad Rin, Infinity is a modern beach club that occupies no less than 1,000 sqm of land. It features three bars, two restaurants, a rooftop terrace and a giant swimming pool. The food served in the restaurants ranges from fresh seafood to Asian and western fusion cuisine. Get there for the happy hour between 17:00 and 18:00 for great discounts on sundowners. DJs rock the Infinity Beach Club from sunset until 01:00.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 02:00
- Location: On Baan Tai Beach, 1.5km south east of Baan Tai Pier
- Tel: +66 (0)62 323 3357
Sandcastle ClubHaad Rin
Sandcastle Club is another popular venue for partiers. Located right on Haad Rin Beach East, it features plenty of indoor and outdoor space to dance and relax. Each day seems to be a new event at Sandcastle Club, which works with local and international DJs mostly specialised in Deep House and Techno music. Dining in the lounge area is very pleasant, and the long list of cocktails available at fair rates will certainly allow you to quench your thirst in style.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 - late
- Location: Right next to Fubar on Haad Rin Beach East
- Tel: +66 (0)86 138 8604
Pirates BarSri Thanu
Pirates Bar is a pirate ship on the beachfront just north of Laem Son Lake in Sri Thanu. Made of wood, bamboo and thatch, it features different levels, including a terrace overlooking the sea that offers a great sundowner spot. Pirates Bar takes its pirate theme seriously, with its skull and bones flags flapping in the breeze all around the venue. The atmosphere is nevertheless pretty cool here. Featuring live music and a good list of cocktails at 150 baht, you can chill out or dance until late at this very agreeable seaside joint. Moon Set Parties are held here a few days before the full moon, so do not miss them if you’re around.
- Opening Hours: 16:30 – 02:00
- Location: in Sri Thanu, on the beach front just north of Sweet Water Lake (Laem Son Lake)
- Tel: +66 (0)99 284 0554
Rasta BabyThong Nai Pan Noi
Rasta Baby is a bar and restaurant chain that can be found all around southern Thailand, from Patong to Koh Phayam to Koh Phangan, and in other locations. The green, yellow and red Rastafarian flags, the Bob Marley portraits and the triad chords played just off the beat at decent volume makes Rasta Baby the perfect place to chill out. Serving excellent Thai and international food, Rasta Baby is a friendly, unpretentious venue that exceeds the average expectations one could have for a reggae bar.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – midnight
- Location: At the entrance of Thong Nai Pan Noi
Ku ClubBaan Tai
Ku Club is an open-air discotheque right on the powdery sand of Baan Tai Beach, a mere 10-minute drive south from Thong Sala. Part of The Beach Village – Hostel, it hosts a good list of international resident DJs who bring a different music style every night. The small size of the venue itself gives it an excellent vibe. Food and drinks, ping pong tables, very friendly staff and affordable prices make Ku Club one of the favourite venues to party in Koh Phangan.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 01:00
- Location: Part of The Beach Village – Hostel on Baan Tai Beach, just south of Thong Sala
- Tel: +66 (0)77 238 855
Loi Lay Floating BarBaan Tai
If you like house music and quirky venues, you should head to Loi Lay Floating Bar in Baan Tai Pier on Sundays. Floating on the sea by Baan Tai Pier, Loi Lay is a cool place to relax while listening to modern beats and enjoying a drink. Local and international DJs come and go one week to the next, creating a unique musical vibe every week. Even though it can get pretty crowded in high season, the atmosphere of the place is really cool and unique as the dancefloor moves along with the dancers. Prices are pretty reasonable.
- Opening Hours: Every Sunday night from 21:00 into the morning
- Location: Along the jetty of Baan Tai Pier
- Tel: +66 (0)84 454 7240