From sophisticated high end night clubs/bars to the famous full moon parties around the island, Koh Samui has some of the best nightlife in Thailand. Samui’s night life caters for all tastes, ranging from gourmet restaurants/bars to Discos, clubs, beer bars, live music, classical Thai dancing, cabaret shows (Lady boys) and Thai boxing. There is also a wide range of fantastic restaurants throughout the island, producing some of the best cuisine within Thailand.
Koh Samui’s most popular nightlife area, provides an extensive range of clubs/bars ranging from air-conditioned venues (large sounds systems and international dj’s), to outdoor bars offering a wide variety of both Thai and international live bands. Chaweng also offers the option for beach partying (Ark Bar), which is a major attraction to tourists on the island. Chaweng deserves its reputation as the most popular place within Samui, as its vibrant nightlife continues on till the early hours of the morning, providing entertainment for all ages.
To begin a night out, most tourists head to the main street of Chaweng to sample the wide range of cuisine offered, followed by a selection of cocktail, local, or sports bars and even European style pubs. Chaweng also shows all major sporting events which can be watch on large TV screens within most bars. Although there is a huge range of venues to select from, the most popular party scene is Soi Green Mango. This street has all types of bars, both local and international and has two very vibrant night clubs (Sweet and Soul, Green Mango) playing all types of popular contemporary music styles.
Lamai offers a slightly different scene to that of Chaweng, however is becoming increasingly popular among all tourists. Although Lamai is a lot quieter and smaller than Chaweng, it still offers a wide range of entertainment ranging from large night clubs to small beers stalls as well as many cocktail lounges. Lamai offers four energetic night clubs hosted by excellent resident DJ’s playing a wide variety of music styles from techno to pop music, jazz to house, giving the opportunity to party the night away until the early hours of the morning. Lamai also provides the chance to view all sporting events with large TV screens situated in many bars as well as a beer garden. For a slight change of scene, Lamai hosts a foam party (Bauhaus), offering cheap drinks as well as popular pop music, providing an extremely entertaining night out.
Like Chaweng, Lamai offers Thailand’s most famous sport, Muay Thai, which is an unmissable sight for any tourist. Lamai offers two types of boxing, firstly paying costumers can view Muay Thai in the Lamai stadium, watching both Professional and Semi – Professional fighters. On the other hand, still extremely entertaining, is the possibility of experiencing the small boxing ring on Lamai main road. Entry is free, and bouts include lady boxing, men boxing as well as lady-boy boxing, which is a once in a life time opportunity. Lamai offers a slightly different party scene, however the wide variety of bars/clubs mixed with Thai boxing provides a vibrant night out, ensuring a different but great time.
Fisherman’s village (Bo Phut)
Fisherman's village is fast gaining a reputation of elegance within Koh Samui, and is one of the most well preserved places on the island. In strong contrast to the westernized likes of Chaweng and Lamai, Fisherman’s village remains distinctly different. Bo Phut village consists of old wooden Chinese shop-houses (Build by Chinese immigrants in the 20th century), modern buildings to match the tone; however while retaining a somewhat Mediterranean feel which adds to the charm, making Fisherman’s village a very popular destination.
Within the vibrant street of Fisherman’s village, both the local and international cuisine are exceptional. There are numerous quality dining options overlooking Bophut bay (with views of Koh Phang Ngan & Koh Tao), which provide a charming setting accompanied by exquisite food with a touch of style.
Fisherman’s village offers the laid back option to the party scene on Koh Samui, which is the main appeal among tourists as well as locals, both Thai and expats. If you’re looking for great live music, vibrant and friendly beach front bars, Fisherman’s village is definitely worth a look. The great atmosphere, free flowing drinks, live music and live sports makes Fisherman’s village a great place to spend the night, or start your night before heading into Chaweng of Lamai till the early hours of the morning.
The Full Moon PartyThe famous “Full Moon Party” sees 10-15 thousand people descend on the neighboring island of Koh Phangan every month for a fantastic “once in a life time” beach party. People from all round the world come to Koh Phangan for this world famous event, which sees the partying continue past sunrise! Koh Phangan is only a 40 minute ferry ride away from Koh Samui, or a 15 minute speed boat, making the island very accessible to get to and from at any point.