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.
Chaweng Bars, Clubs and Other Venues
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. Read More...
- 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
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. Read More...
- 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
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. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 14:00 - 02:00
- Location: Central Chaweng Beach Road, next to Starbucks
- Address: 166/5 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, entrance to Soi Bar Solo, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)7 730 0466
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/SoloBarSamui
Cha Cha Moon Beach Club
Opened in 2013, Cha Cha Moon Beach Club is a stylish bar/night club located right on the beach of Chaweng between Ark Bar Beach Club and Montien House. The access to Cha Cha Moon from Chaweng Beach Road is a journey in itself: punters have to walk through a long sandy path flanked by an abandoned resort under construction before to reach the vivid colourful light of the beach club entrance. Wide open on the beach and built mostly with natural materials, Cha Cha boasts a modern architecture which successfully integrated the existing coconut and palm trees fringing Chaweng Beach.
Cha Cha Beach Club is only a bar/disco for now (August 2014); a restaurant is planned to open toward the end of 2014. Punters can find here the usual suspects in matter of alcoholic or not beverages at prices slightly superior than in standard bars - all beers at 140 baht, and cocktails at 250 baht. Full & Black Moon Parties are the climax of Cha Cha: national (Nakadia, Mung Kunt, Bata Live percussion) and international (Joe Rickard, DJ A, Darragh Casey) DJs set the beat and entertain a crowd of dancers on the beach. Special events at Cha Cha are wildly advertised on large posters displayed all around Chaweng.
- Opening Hours: daily from 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: on Chaweng Beach 50m North of Ark Bar Beach Club
- Tel: 086 007 8850
Chaweng Night Market, despite its name, is not exactly a full and proper market. While there is a fantastic array of dining options, there is very little else, with only a couple of stalls selling clothes and souvenirs. Established behind the large and popular fitness centre Star Gym, the market is effectively a large food court, with a choice of local Thai food as well as European and international choices and even a couple of small bars. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 23:00
- Location: 14/102 Moo 2, behind Star Gym, Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng
Chaweng Stadium – The Event Center
Chaweng Stadium – The Event Center is the latest addition to Chaweng’s Thai Boxing scene. Located at the back of Soi Solo Bar off Chaweng Beach Road, this stadium (slightly smaller than Phatchabuncha Stadium) organises major Muay Thai events with local and foreign fighters twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 21:00 until midnight (or earlier if fast knock-outs occur).
Paradoxically at the same time gracious and brutal, Thai Boxing is the promise of an evening filled up with adrenalin and emotion. The throbbing and acute Sarama music that accompanies Muay Thai matches has a hypnotic effect on the audience as it increases in speed and volume according to the intensity of the boxers’ engagement.
- Opening Hours: 21:00 – midnight on Tuesdays and Fridays
- Location: off Chaweng Beach Road at the back of Soi Solo Bar
Chaweng Walk is a recent addition to Chaweng’s shopping/dining/nightlife scene; opened in 2013 on a large empty plot linking Chaweng Beach Road to the beach located between Banana Fan Sea Samui and Tradewinds by Lawana, Chaweng Walk is a daily market in the same vein as Chaweng Walking Street (their rather similar names can be slightly confusing).
One side of Chaweng Walk is open-air while the other is covered with a corrugated iron roof; the open-air area has a paved trail flanked by something like 30 stalls selling an eclectic choice of beach wear, handcrafted souvenirs, spa oils, cheap jewellery, and souvenirs while the covered area features a food court (tables and chairs) with a dozen stalls selling Thai snacks and street food from chicken satay to grilled sausages and squid to smoothies, and more. Live Thai music is performed on a small stage set towards the beach. Chaweng Walk is Thainess at its best as it offers a good way to mingle with locals in a friendly atmosphere, and to sample local delicacies at rock-bottom prices.
- Opening Hours: daily from 16:30 – 22:00
- Location: off Chaweng Beach Road in the central area of the beach
The Green Mango Club Samui has been the most famous and iconic nightclub on the island for more than a quarter of a decade. The star attraction of Chaweng Beach’s nightlife, it gave its name to the street it effectively dominates – Soi Green Mango. It is a large, colourful, fun and lively place and an absolutely essential stop on any night of partying in Chaweng.
Found right at the end of Soi Green Mango, the partying only really gets started at midnight. There’s usually a big boost to the crowd at around 02:00, after the nearby ARK Bar closes. This is also the time officially listed as Green Mango’s closing time, but the club routinely stays open until 05:00 and beyond. Despite being one of the biggest dance floors in Koh Samui (assuming you don’t count the beach), the place is packed most nights. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: 195 Moo 2, Soi Green Mango, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)7 730 0672
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheGreenMangoClub
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
KC Beach Club is a popular pool party venue located right on Chaweng Beach. Part of the KC Pool Villas resort, its large freeform swimming pool is the home of regular parties featuring international DJs while the surrounding facilities provide great food, cocktails and massages.
The pace at KC Beach Club is extremely variable. When it is not a special party day, it has a very relaxed vibe, where the most you’ll move is lifting your drink to your mouth – the service staff will look after almost everything else. The themed parties are almost the mirror opposite, with high-energy house music, live DJs and musicians and even show dancers to add to the party atmosphere. Read More...
- Location: KC Beach Club & Pool Villas, 11/9 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)7 791 5155
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/kcbeachclub
Legends Bar is a long-established water hole on Chaweng Beach Road; located in the heart of Koh Samui’s prime resort town, in proximity with Soi Green Mango, this cool bar has for motto: "no techno, no Spice Girls, no boy bands!” The music played at Legends Bar includes all the classics from the ‘60s to the ‘90s: rock, pop, hard, blues, Legends is the right place for those who love original music played with real instruments.
The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, and the décor of the bar features vintage memorabilia hanged on the walls around the bar. An outdoor terrace at front of the venue offers a great people watching spot on the constant hustle and bustle of Chaweng’s main street. Cool place indeed to step back in the past, chill-out, and enjoy the all-day & all-night happy hour (all cocktails at 100 baht!).
- Opening Hours: daily from 14:00 – 02:00
- Location: on Chaweng Beach Road, right next to The Islander
- Tel: 081 747 0937
Lipsmackers Beach Bar
One of the two bars to carry the name (the other being on Chaweng Beach Road), the original and most popular Lipsmackers Bar is on the beach, by Al’s Resort. A simple palm-thatch hut with plastic garden chairs and tables on the sand, a rough wooden sign beckons drinkers with the promise of 100-baht cocktails during the happy hour between 15:00 and 20:00. Even outside of this, the drinks prices are good and the atmosphere is fun yet very laid-back, with easy-listening and reggae music playing. They sometimes also have live music and fire shows.
- Opening Hours: 15:00 - late
- Location: Near ARK Bar on Chaweng Beach, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)84 445 7520
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Lipsmackersbeachbar
Monkey Bay - Beachfront Bistro & Bar is a cool and unpretentious venue located right on Chaweng Beach at the end of Chaweng Walk (between Banana Fan Sea Samui and Tradewinds by Lawana). Featuring a small open-sided one storey building, the central attraction of this bar is the pleasure of having a drink with your toes in the sand under the cooling shade of tall, tropical almond trees.
The drink-list hosts all the usual suspects regarding soft drinks and beers (Singha, Tiger, and Leo are at 90 baht for a small bottle), and also features a long list of classic and long drink cocktails (180 to 200 baht), and ‘detox healthy drinks’ (for instance, the Strawberry Mojito – strawberry, pineapple, lime, mint leaf, and ginger – is rich in antioxidant, enzymes, and vitamin C). Monkey Bay is indeed a great spot to chill-out before or after dinner, and in case you would like something to sample while drinking, Chaweng Walk’s food court is just a few metres away.
- Opening Hours: 16:00 – late
- Location: Right on Chaweng Beach at the level of Chaweng Walk
- Tel: 077 422 777
On Street Bar
On Street Bar is certainly the most original venue in Chaweng’s tremendous nightlife scene; this tiny venue set on a small piece of waste ground right next to the entrance of KC Beach Club Hotel is made of corrugated iron and recycled wood painted in bright colours – without them, its one metre wide façade would be totally unnoticed as the stall/shop next door sells vivid paper chandeliers. Made with any old things and featuring recovered furnishing and décor set on the open ground, On Street Bar is a very popular water hole, a proof that the trendiness of a venue is not always related to the amount of money invested to make it shiny and attractive.
Run by a charming Thai couple, this place is perfect to spend a relaxing evening chatting and drinking with friends, while listening to the acoustic live music performed by a talented guitarist/vocalist. Affordable prices, good vibe, unpretentious friendly atmosphere and good music, On Street Bar is an arty place at which punters are sure to spend a great evening in Chaweng.
- Opening Hours: daily from 19:00 – late
- Location: on Chaweng Beach Road at the entrance of KC Beach Club & Pool Villas
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
Paris Follies Cabaret is probably the most bawdy and risqué of the Koh Samui ladyboy shows, with the most buxom dancers wearing the most revealing costumes. They star in a one-hour show filled with humour and exciting dance routines.
Formerly Christy’s Caberet, then Moulin Rouge Cabaret, the show at Paris Follies features music from (and impersonations of) Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Madonna, Britney Spears and more – all performed by women who used to be men, of course. If you happen to be in the front row, you’ll need to have a healthy sense of humour because you can expect to become part of the show, including being invited to jump up on stage and dance! Read More...
- Opening Hours: 20:00 – 24:00
- Location: 166/92 Moo 2, off Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)98 720 1895
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/parisfolliescabaret
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
Reggae Pub Koh Samui is among the top-rated nightlife destinations in Chaweng Beach, second only to the Green Mango Club in terms of international fame and sheer size. The large nightclub is the focal point of the street it gives its name to – Soi Reggae – and attracts a huge tourist crowd for its easy-going style and rhythms.
As the name suggests, the main choice of music is reggae, with some rock ballads thrown in for good measure. The house band and live DJs sometimes throw in a few funky dance tunes and hip-hop as the place fills up. Despite being the second-largest establishment on the island, it really does fill up, particularly from 23:00 onwards. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Address: 3/3 Moo 2, Soi Reggae, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)7 742 2331
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/ReggaePubKohSamui
Soi Bar Solo follows the pattern set by the other major nightlife hubs in Chaweng of being named after the biggest and most renowned club, which usually marks one end of the street. In this case, it is Bar Solo, which is at the Chaweng Beach Road end of this 100m long soi, which is the main attraction. Chaweng Stadium Event Center, at the other end, is also a big draw (particularly on a fight night) and results in the place sometimes being called Soi Chaweng Stadium Event Center.
Despite its small size, Soi Bar Solo has quite an impressive choice of very laid-back bars, almost all of which have a mostly gay clientele – a fact made all the more self-evident by the rainbow flags and names like Pride Bar. There is also a limited choice of clubs, massage bars and restaurants while the two main transgender cabaret shows in Chaweng are found in adjoining streets. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00 – 02:00
- Location: Near the end of Soi Bar Solo, Chaweng
- Address: 166/15 Soi Bar Solo, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)88 753 2921
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/pridebarsamui
Soi Green Mango is to Koh Samui what Soi Cowboy is to Bangkok and Walking Street is to Pattaya, albeit on a smaller scale. It is the beating heart of the island’s nightlife, home to cheap drinks, loud music and good times. The highlight of the street is the namesake establishment at the very end of the road – The Green Mango Club, which has been an institution of Chaweng’s nightlife for decades.
There are a good few beer bars and couple of go-go bars to be found, all with the compulsorily scantily-clad girls stood outside trying to lure you in. The popularity of the street has started to slip in recent years, particularly with the rise of Samui’s beach clubs and especially ARK Bar. However, Soi Green Mango still has a lot to offer once it comes to life after midnight and into the small hours of the morning. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:30 – 03:00
- Location: Soi Green Mango, Central Chaweng
- Address: 91/6 Moo 2, Soi Green Mango, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)81 956 5482
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/Sweetsoul-Cafe-179664628713875
Out on the street leading to the Reggae Pub from Chaweng Centre you'll find bar after small bar lining the passage with the usual cast of friendly girls, not very original music, a pool table here and there and a general air of seediness. This is Soi Reggae and it used to be a very busy area with bars staying open all night and many punters wandering through but since a few years it has been losing its snappiness.
The main attraction of the area is the huge, two-storey Reggae Pub with a live music stage and pool tables but then again this place has not moved with the times and only seems to attract the type of people who actually like to hear Bob Marley imitations and even Hotel California played night after night. Things only get hopping here after midnight when the reggae finally stops and techno takes its place.
Things get pretty desperate in the surrounding bars the later it gets and the girls get more 'aggressive' in their tactics. You have been warned… Still, it can be a lot of fun if it's all approached with a sense of humour and fun. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: at the entrance of Soi Reggae
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.
Starz Cabaret Samui is quite a compact little ladyboy theatre, but makes up for it with its high-quality performances. The 45-minute-long show features a mix of song and dance routines featuring traditional Thai dances alongside impressive impersonations of Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Beyonce and others.
Located right on Chaweng Beach Road, near to the Escudo Beach Club Hotel, Starz Cabaret is certainly the easiest show of its kind to find and, with entry costing just 200 baht, it is also the cheapest. You can also choose to forgo the entry fee if you buy a cocktail, but these are inevitably more expensive than the entry ticket and are not particularly tasty. However, you will not be pressured to buy a second one.
The glamourous dancers at Starz Cabaret Samui are very professional and their handmade costumes are fantastic. The show includes a lot of laughs as well as internationally-inspired dances such as Bollywood-style and belly-dancing, making it a thoroughly good time. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Shows start 20:30, 21:30 and 22:30
- Location: Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng
- Tel: +66 (0)84 744 9074, +66 (0)89 291 3242
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/StarzCabaretSamui
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...
- Opening Hours: Restaurant 18:30 – 22:30 Bar 17:00 – 01:00
- Location: Opposite Centara Grand Beach Resort
- Tel: 077 231 560-3
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