Chaweng Beach Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Chaweng Beach

Chaweng is Koh Samui's Party Central. All along the Beach Road you will see sois (streets) leading off into warrens of bars and pubs of varying appeal and popularity. The epicentre of all this hedonism and fun is undoubtedly Soi Green Mango in Central Chaweng, with Soi Reggae, by the lake, coming in a close second.

Before we get too hyperbolic about Chaweng's nightlife it's best to remember that bars close at 02:00 by order of the police so the party curve zooms upward past midnight and peaks a little earlier than some would prefer. And yes, some bars stay open later – those whose owners have friends in high places. Here are some Chaweng night areas to check out.

Most Popular Nightlife Venues in Chaweng

Q Bar Samui Q Bar Samui

Samui’s Q Bar is set on a hillside above Chaweng with views out over the lake and town, the place is perfect for sunset, even if it is facing the wrong way. Here, you’ll dance to top international DJs. Read More...

Soi Green Mango Soi Green Mango

Soi Green Mango is the equivalent of Phuket’s Soi Bangla or Bangkok’s Patpong. It’s loud, it’s brash, and surprisingly it’s pretty compact, so much so that before you know it you’ve walked through it to the other side. Read More...

Soi Reggae Soi Reggae

Out on the street leading to the Reggae Pub you'll find bar after small bar lining the passage with the usual cast of friendly girls. The two-storey Reggae Pub offers a live music stage and pool tables. Read More...

The Islander The Islander

The Islander doesn’t do things by halves. It can handle 200 covers, has an incredible 22 large-screen TVs, the cheapest Guinness on Samui, free Wi-Fi and free pool tables upstairs. Read More...


Chaweng Beach Road

All along the Beach Road in between the restaurants and shops, pubs, clubs and bars offer nightly fun. The range is tremendous and there is something for everyone, even families with children.

Ark Bar

Another Samui institution, the Ark Bar has been at it for quite a few years. Even though it's changed hands several times the bar/restaurant still uses the same methods to draw people in with fire dancers, ambient music, dining and dancing on the beach and a relaxed atmosphere that extends to a child-friendly vibe, even late at night.

Location: Ark Bar Beach Club, Chaweng Central Beach Road

Bar @ C

Part of the Amari Palm Reef Resort, Bar @ C has obviously had no expense spared in its creation and has a fashionable appeal more readily associated with Bangkok bars than other hotel bars on Samui. There's a variety of seating areas including large day beds and giant sofas. In the evening discreet spot lighting is to the fore and a long wall shelf light slowly pulsates different hues, to add to the lounge-style ambience. As the name suggests, the bar is also only a few metres from the sea.

Opening Hours: 08:00 - 01:00
Location: Amari Palm Reef Resort, Chaweng Beach Road

Q Bar Samui

If you’ve ever been to Bangkok’s Q Bar then you’ll know of its groovy, chic, hi-so reputation. Samui’s Q Bar may have the same name but most similarities abruptly end there. Set on a hillside above Chaweng with views out over the lake and town, the place is perfect for sunset, even if it is facing the wrong way. Read More...

Opening Hours: 17:00 - 02:00
Location: Above north Chaweng – look out for the huge ‘Q’ sign on the hillside
Remarks: Live Percussion everyday
Tel: 086 940 8667 or 077 962 420

Red Snapper

With a big screen and a nightly live band you'd think that Red Snapper wouldn't exactly be totally be focused in on its food but you'd be wrong.  Part of Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, Red Snapper fronts onto the Beach Road and is great for that laid-back meal, while watching the passing throngs. Modern fusion and healthy dishes prevail with more of a leaning towards cocktails than wine on the drinks list, the décor is pleasant and this is definitely a happening place to be.

Opening Hours: 17:00 – 01:00
Location: Chaweng Regent Beach Resort, North Chaweng

Solo Bar

Bar Solo has a cool, sleek interior and a great music policy as well as a pool table and six plasma screens showing major sporting events. Solo Bar is a good option to start a night out, when you can take advantage of their 1/2price cocktails from 14:00 – 20:00. Later in the evening, the bar gets lively with DJ's spinning funky, uplifting house and chilled lounge tunes.

Opening Hours: 14:00 - 02:00
Location: Central Chaweng Beach Road, next to Starbucks

The Islander

The Islander doesn’t do things by halves. It can handle 200 covers, has an incredible 22 large-screen TVs, the cheapest Guinness on Samui, free Wi-Fi and free pool tables upstairs. Here, you can get all-day breakfasts (the ‘Full Monty’), pub grub, and even Mexican food on its predominantly British menu. Read More...

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 02:00
Location: Opposite Pizza Hut central Chaweng

Tropical Murphy's

If you're looking for a happy-go-lucky evening with lots of beer choices, good food, great music, pool, quizzes and an Irish ambience look no further than Tropical Murphy's. Owner Paul Watson takes no prisoners in his quest to be the top pub in town and he ensures that everything runs smoothly. Murphy's Thai staff members speak good English and the extensive choice of seating means that you can take in the live music upstairs in the air-con, watch sports downstairs or enjoy the night air and the street sights on the outside terrace.

Location: Opposite McDonald's Central Chaweng


One of the most spectacular dining options in the south of Thailand, the Brazilian-themed Zico's is an on-fire mixture of entertainment, glam cocktails and skewer after skewer of freshly prepared meat served from sword-like serving knives by strolling waiters. To the side lies a salad bar to balance the all-you-can-eat fixed price meats. Entertainment takes place on a central stage and consists of bottom-wiggling sexy samba dancing girls in outfits that leave little to the imagination, live percussion and sax players. Read more about Zico's Diner & Show...

Opening Hours: Restaurant 18:30 – 22:30 Bar 17:00 – 01:00
Location: Opposite Centara Grand Beach Resort
Tel: 077 231 560-3

Nearby Chaweng

Three examples stand out when it comes to non-central nightspots: The Bar Ice, on the northern road leading out to Bohput and high on the hill above the Bar Ice, Q Bar entices people to admire the views over Chaweng and enjoy its unique vibe. Springers, on the southernmost part of Chaweng's Beach Road leading out to Lamai, is another nearby hotspot.

Bar Ice

One of the coolest places in town – in more ways than one: The walls, bar, sculptures and seats are made from Canadian ice and are permanent fixtures. And no, it's not the usual tiny, fridge-like arrangement that many ice bars go for; Bar Ice is big enough to hold elephant and tuk tuk sculptures and has separate rooms.

The chilliest is kept at -7 degrees, lit by an atmospheric LED lighting system with a full colour spectrum. You can chill in the pub-like part and even sit outside in a beer garden if you wish to smoke. A unique and worthwhile experience.

Opening Hours: 16:00 – 21:30 Happy Hour with two-for-one cocktails.
Location: On the road heading out of northern Chaweng to the Ring Road. A ten-minute walk from Central Chaweng

Black Moon & Escape Parties

Three huge rave-like parties are held in a similar spirit as the world-famous Koh Phangan Full Moon Party every month in Koh Samui: the Black Moon and two Escape (Half Moon) Parties. Some of the world’s leading DJs have played at the Black Moon Party, including Brandon Block, Judge Jules and Timo Maas. The parties start as soon as the night falls and last until the wee hours.

Originally organized at Phru Chaweng (aka Chaweng Lake View, a park in the northeastern corner of Chaweng Lake which has a capacity for approximately 4,000 people), the location changes from one event to the other; these parties are sometimes held at Samrong Bay (aka ‘Secret Beach’ near the northern tip of Koh Samui, near Plai Laem) but this location is not very popular due to the difficulty and cost of getting there, and lately it was held at Chaweng Event Centre. Precise information about dates and locations can be obtained at most travel agencies and night clubs in Chaweng.

Opening Hours: Black Moon and Half Moon nights every month

Springer Pub

Unusual, eclectic or just plain wacky? Springer Pub is based in a garage outlet and has auto parts strewn around in places where there shouldn't be places. With a funky interior sporting seats made out of car parts, a bonnet and headlamps emerging from the wall above the stage, live music past 22:30 and a loosely fitting biker's atmosphere Springer Pub is a welcome relief from the highly charged and sometimes mercenary atmosphere of Central Chaweng.

Location: Beach Road heading south out of Chaweng towards the Ring Road.

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