Top 10 Samui Nightlife
Most Popular Nightlife Spots in Koh Samui
As one of the prime holiday destinations in southern Thailand, Koh Samui hosts a great choice of nightlife entertainment options. The undisputed Ground Zero of nightlife on Samui is of course Chaweng, which is the Samui version of Patong Beach in Phuket; featuring a myriad of lounge clubs, naughty bars, beach bars, and discos, it is definitely the place to have fun at night.
But where is it really kicking apart from there? Each of the main resort towns in Koh Samui - Lamai, Bophut, and Maenam - also has interesting night spots to be discovered. Have a browse through our Top 10 nightlife recommendations to find out where the best places are to plan a really great night out.
1Soi Green Mango Chaweng Beach
Chaweng is Koh Samui's Party Central. The epicentre of all this hedonism and fun is undoubtedly Soi Green Mango. A classic Chaweng night out wouldn't be complete without clubbing around and on to cool places such as Solo Club, Sweet Soul Café, Mint Bar, Ark Bar and Sound Pub. Read More...2Soi Reggae Chaweng Beach
The main attraction of Soi Reggae 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. Read More...3Lamai Central Plaza Lamai Beach
Lamai Central Plaza is, as its name implies, located right in the centre of Lamai resort town. It starts to get lively after sunset when things cool down a bit, and keep partygoers and night owls awaken until late in a bustling ambience rocked by the loud music played in the bars producing a lively atmosphere. Read More...
Ark Bar is another Samui institution that has been at it for quite a few years. It is a lively cosmopolitan beach-front venue (almost 150m wide!) that offers its punters food, drinks, a chill-out groove in which to mingle and party to the DJs’ latest live mixes amongst like-minded travellers from all around the world. Even though it's changed hands several times the bar/restaurant still uses the same methods to draw people in with fire dancers, fire shows, dining and dancing on the beach and a relaxed atmosphere that extends to a children-friendly vibe, even late at night. Read More...5Ladyboy Cabaret Shows Chaweng Beach
It’s hard to believe that some of these beautiful show girls were not born as women. They look terrific sporting fabulous costumes and tiaras when singing, dancing or making fun of themselves. Check out the famous nightly shows at Moulin Rouge (+66 (0)82 815 4843) and Starz Cabaret (+66 (0)84 744 9074). Read More...6Swing Bar Lamai Beach
No, Swing Bar is not a wife-swapping venue, as the name suggests. Rather, it’s a big beachside affair with rope-suspended swing chairs facing a well-frequented bar right on the beach itself at Lamai. Here, you can enjoy a whole raft of cocktails or even a Sang Som or vodka ‘bucket’ while watching the nightly fire dances. Read More...7Thai Boxing (Muay Thai) Chaweng Beach
Thai boxing is Thailand's National Sport and is developed from the ancient Muay Thai martial art. Before getting in the ring, fighters train hard and learn many skills to be able to combat successfully. Visitors can catch Muay Thai bouts at Phetch Buncha Stadium on soi 13 in Chaweng three nights a week. Read More...8Q Bar Chaweng Beach
Here, you’ll dance to top international DJs but people don’t start coming in till late so Q Bar really doesn’t start happening until at least 23:00. But when it happens here it really does swing, with live strolling guitarists and saxophonists mingling with the crowds. Read More...9The Emerald Irish Pub Bophut Beach
Irish-owned The Emerald offers draft Guinness and Kilkenny. Fan cooled, the pub has live sports on three screens and occasional live music. Décor wise, The Emerald has genuine Irish pub fittings and on the walls hang historic photos of Dublin while some of the bricks are stripped, lending the place a suitable rough-and-ready feel. Read More...10Lava Lounge Lamai Beach
Lava Lounge is not the only bar in Samui sidestepping bar girls and loud music but it’s one of the best that does so. Quite simply, Lava Lounge has the ‘it’ factor in spades in that it’s friendly, tasteful and actually brews up some great cocktails with a smile. Tune into some great music while rubbing shoulders with the friendly punters. Read More...