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Nightlife on Samui

This page describes the nightlife on Koh Samui. If you're interested to get information about day activities on the island, you'll find the information here and here.

Koh Samui, and particular Chaweng, has become a top entertainment metropolis in Thailand, just behind Phuket and Pattaya.

After a day on the beach, many are in the mood to head for the discos, clubs and bars on the island for a little relaxation and fun. Most bars close about 02.00 AM, but some clubs have special permission to be open few hours longer.

Whiskey and brandy
WHISKEY IN A BEACH BAR - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Alcohol in Thailand

If you consume alcoholic beverages, there are a range of international drinks, wine and beer available, and if you want to try something local (Thai), these are the most popular options:

Beer Chang

Beer Chang is a strong, cheap beer with 6.4% alcohol volume. Chang is unlikely to be found in "exclusive" bars and restaurants. Beer Chang means "elephant beer" in the Thai language.


"The original beer" in Thailand. Before 6% alcohol, but now an alcoholic strength of 5%. Pronounced as "beea singh" in Thai.


A light and "easy-drinking" beer. Not served in all bars and clubs however.

Sang Som

Thailand's equivalent of rum. Cheap and popular among both tourists and some locals. Mix advantageous with sodas, Coca Cola / Pepsi and ice.

Mekhong Thai "whiskey"

Made from rice. Often mixed the same way as Sang Som (with soda and / or cola). Referred as "Thai Whiskey" and a classic, cheap spirit.


Thai brandy that has become very popular among the Thai middle class, as an alternative to cognac. Drink it with or without mixers (soda and ice).

Spy Wine Cooler

Very sweet and colorful. Generally popular among Thai women.

Lao Khao

Means "white spirits" and probably the cheapest alcohol you'll find in the Kingdom. This drink not for everyone though. The smell and taste is very... ...special.

Yah Dong

Thai spirits mixed with red herbs or powder. Not found in trendy bars or clubs.

Foreign, Locally Brewed Beer

Some foreign (but locally brewed) beers brands are available in Thailand, such as Heineken (Holland), Tiger (Singapore / Malaysia), San Miguel (The Philippines), Corona (Mexico) and Asahi (Japan) is commonly found in the country as well.

Chaweng Area

Green Mango Club

Green Mango Club

One of Koh Samui's most popular nightclubs. Several dance floors, bars, pool tables and TV screens broadcasting live sport etc.

 Location: Chaweng Beach Road (in the center of Chaweng), Soi Green Mango. 195 Moo 2, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui
Reggae Pub

Reggae Pub

An almost legendary nightclub on Koh Samui. Many international DJ´s and live bands.

 Location: Behind Chaweng Lake, 3/3 Moo 2, Tambon Bo Phut, Koh Samui

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Reggae Pub on Chaweng

The Chaweng Nightlife

Chaweng is the beach on Koh Samui where you will find most bars, discos, clubs and pubs. This is where you should head if you are a "party animal". Chaweng Beach Road is 6-7 km long, so it may be wise to consider a taxi if you are going between two places. Remember to always negotiate the price before you enter the taxi so you don't end up in a minor scam situation.

The two largest discotheques or clubs in Samui is called Green Mango (located on Soi Green Mango, in central Chaweng) and the Reggae Pub (Situated behind Chaweng Lake in central Chaweng).

Live music and live performances is commonly seen on the Irish pub Tropical Murphy's (central part of Chaweng Beach Road) and Coco Blues Company (the northern part of Chaweng Beach Road).

If you would like to enjoy a drink or a beer in the relaxed environment, we can recommend Brazilian Zico's with samba dance performances in the bar (found in southern Chaweng, near Soi Colibri).

Fashionable Q-Bar is a nightclub located high on a slope in north of Chaweng, overlooking the Chaweng lake. Not that cheap, but nifty and trendy if you enjoy the jet set style of hanging out.

Young Thai woman singing
WEDDING PARTY SINGER - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

The Lamai Nightlife

Lamai's nightlife is not at all as intensive as in Chaweng, but there are a lot of bars and a couple of smaller nightclubs and English pubs found here as well. We would like to recommend Fusion and Seed, which both are located in central Lamai.

The Nightlife Elsewhere

The other beaches do not offer that intense nightlife, but smaller bars and pubs can be found almost everywhere on the island.

If you feel to have a romantic evening with your partner, we would recommend a romantic dinner at one of the northern beaches; Bo Phut (Fisherman's village), Choeng Mon or Maenam. Do you prefer a beautiful sunset as a background, it is the beaches on the west coast you should head for. BBC Restaurant at Lipa Noi is a cozy place, with a stunning sunset when the weather is ok.

Heineken with ice
ICE IN BEER IS COMMON - Photo by Jens W - Kohsamui.org

Bar girls

Prostitution is present in almost all parts of Thailand, and also on Koh Samui. However, the phenomenon is mainly confined to a few bar areas in Chaweng and Lamai. If you want to avoid these areas, it is no problem at all.

Prostitution is formally illegal in Thailand, but still fairly widely accepted. However, it is strictly forbidden to buy sexual services of people under eighteen years of age and this can result in a very significant term of imprisonment.

Do not forget to venereal diseases (STD) including HIV and AIDS also are present on Koh Samui. We urge everyone to be careful and not to get anything unwanted with you home.

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