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.

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Chaweng Bars, Clubs and Other Venues

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 Read More...

  • Location: 159/89 Moo 2, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 961 333
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Amaya Bar

Part of the Amari Palm Reef Resort, Amaya Bar 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. The bar is also only a few metres from the sea.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 11pm
  • Location: 14/3 Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 300 306
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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 6pm to 2am
  • Location: 61 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)89 651 2777
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Chaweng Night Market

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, Read More...

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 11pm
  • Location: 14/102 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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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: Tuesday and Friday from 9pm to midnight
  • Location: 166/16 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Rd, Soi Solo Bar, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 300 514, +66 (0)77 413 504
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Chaweng Walk

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 4.30pm to 10pm
  • Location: Moo 2, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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Dream Girls

The only Thai-style go-go bar in the whole of Soi Green Mango, Dream Girls is quite small and simple. It features comfortable tiered seating around the outside of the room and a ring of bar stools right by the revolving stage. That’s about as racy as it gets because there are no raunchy shows or special acts. The girls are quite shy about coming to sit with punters, but are nice and friendly once they do. With a local beer costing 130 baht and a drink for your female companion costing 190 baht, it is one of the pricier places on the street.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm to 2am
  • Location: 167/1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

Elephant Beach Club Koh Samui

Elephant Beach Club Koh Samui is situated on Chaweng Beach, between the renowned ARK Bar and Cha Cha Moon. Specialising in hip-hop and RnB tunes, lively pool and beach parties and high-quality food and drinks, it is a popular place for having a great time and attracts a young and fun-loving crowd. Read More...

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Galaxy Samui

Styling itself as a “world class erotic cabaret club”, it is effectively a high-end go-go bar with Russian and eastern European dancers. Significantly more expensive than Thai-style bars like Dream Girls, you do at least get what you pay for, with bottle service and exciting special dances and performances, as well as private rooms for individual performances (that’s not an innuendo). Located in one of the darker sections of the street, opposite Hush bar, the interior is very plush and swanky.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9pm to 3am
  • Location: 162/3 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)85 573 3430
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Happy Bar

Happy Bar is the largest of the beer bars on the darker side of Soi Green Mango and is pretty much archetypal. It has a couple of neon-lit bars serving cheap drinks (including vodka buckets from 150 baht), with TVs showing international sports, two football tables, four good pool tables and young ladies calling out to passing punters. In fairness, the people are very friendly – arguably too much so – and it helps to create quite a fun atmosphere.

  • Location: 195/3 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Address: +66 (0)81 978 0586
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Henry Africa's Bar

Henry Africa’s Bar started life as just a single unit backpackers’ bar. It now five times that size and is the largest, most popular beer bar on the whole street. Its runaway success is attributed to a great party atmosphere, with a good selection of current pop and dance music. You will also find a few pool tables and widescreen TVs showing international sports. Drinks prices start from a mere 70 baht for a local beer, with buckets and great offers on shots also available. The service is good and the notorious “ladies of the night” are the exception rather than the rule.

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Hush is one of the smaller bars on Soi Green Mango, yet also one of the most popular. It features live DJs playing the best hip-hop, creating a fantastic party atmosphere. Drinks are reasonably priced, with buy-one-get-one-free on buckets during happy hour (from 21:00 to 02:00) as well as great deals on shots, such as 200 baht for four of tequila. They have their own signature shots, with names too fruity to write here. To some extent, that is the tone of the bar, which has scantily-clad staff and its fair share of bar girls.

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KC Beach Club

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.

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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.

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Monkey Bay Beach Bar

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: Daily from 9am to 10pm
  • Location: Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 222 777
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On Street Bar

On Street Bar is a little gem settled right at the entrance of KC Beach Club & Pool Villas on the lively Chaweng Beach Road. This tiny and quaint nook is perfect for people who love art as well as all those who are looking for a place to unwind and relax after a long day on the beach. The place offers skillfully mixed drinks and you can feast your eyes on the artworks that are being crafted and changed daily.

Made of recycled materials, the place holds live band performances every Friday and Saturday nights from 22:00 until midnight. Aside from the quality of the band’s performances, many tourists frequent this bar because of the affordability of the drinks and mostly for the welcoming crew.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 5pm to 2am
  • Location: 12/7 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 552 3524
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Our Bar Irish Pub

No nightlife hub in Thailand is complete without an Irish bar, it seems, and Soi Green Mango is no exception. Our Bar is one of the better examples, with more focus on creating the fun, friendly and welcoming atmosphere (the “craic”) than the theme pub-style décor. A simple sort of place, its enduring popularity comes from friendly staff and great service, as well as good prices and a good selection of drinks – naturally including draught Guinness.

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Paris Follies Cabaret

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 Read More...

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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: Daily from 5pm to midnight
  • Location: 155/4 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Chaweng, Koh Samui 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 300 200
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Reggae Pub

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 Read More...

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Samui International Muay Thai Stadium

Also known as the Hat Chaweng Boxing Stadium, this is the smallest and most obscure of the three Muay Thai stadiums in Chaweng. Ticket prices are around 1,000 baht each, depending on where you choose to sit, with fights every Monday and Friday (and Sunday during high season). The stadium has a lively atmosphere, good live commentary and an international array of fighters, whose bouts are interspersed with traditional Thai music.

  • Opening Hours: Thursday and Sunday from 9.30pm
  • Location: 3/2 Leam Din Rd, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)62 645 1245
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Soi Bar Solo

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 Read More...

  • Location: Soi Bar Solo, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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Soi Green Mango

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 Read More...

  • Location: Soi Green Mango, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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Soi Reggae

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 Read More...

  • Location: Laem Din Rd, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
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Starz Cabaret Samui

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


  • Opening Hours: Shows start at 8.30pm, 9.30pm, 10.30pm
  • Location: 156/22 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)84 744 9074
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Sweet Soul Café Samui

Sweet Soul Café Samui is a well-established and extremely popular bar right at the heart of Soi Green Mango – Samui’s main nightlife hub. Directly opposite the Green Mango Club, it has a busy party atmosphere and great nightly drinks offers, uniquely including the Jägermeister shot vending machine at the back of the bar.

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The Green Mango Club

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


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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: Daily from 8am to 2am
  • Location: 166/79 Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)87 280 3605
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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.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 9am to 1am
  • Location: 14/40 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Rd, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)77 413 614
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Viking Bar

With a name like Viking Bar and a distinctive yellow and blue colour scheme, the Swedish association is a strong one. The popular Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and English music also attracts the Scandinavian travellers, though all are welcome to this friendly little establishment. It has a fun atmosphere, created in part by the various drinking contests, including the yard of ale challenge. Drinks prices are pretty competitive, with a bottle of Chang costing 69 baht (one baht cheaper than Henry Africa’s) and buckets starting from 140 baht.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 7.30pm to 3am
  • Location: 91/6 Moo 2, Soi Green Mango, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand
  • Tel: +66 (0)81 956 5482
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Nearby 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
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