Koh Samet is quite at night. There is a bar with a small hifi-equipment at Ao Phai, other than that there isn't much. So if you feel like shaking your rear all night long this isn't the place.
I suggest you chose a table at one of the many restaurants right out on the beach and have a nice meal. When the tidal waves come in you are sure to have to move if you pick the tables closest to the water, but that's part of the fun!
Ko Samet's nightlife is concentrated along Sai Kaew Beach. You've got all the usual beach bars here with cushions on the beach and torches around. All places I tried here were pretty much the same, prices for drinks may vary a bit though.
Some bars have the popular fire shows at night.
Dress Code: none
It's on Ao Pai...just ask people around for where it is or follow the sound of music...it will lead you the way :p This place is the most packed at night. The space is big alright with a dancefloor and tables and seats on the beach area to sit. The music is hiphop...the drink? if you don't mind sharing, get a bucket of something...ours: a bucket of a vodka redbull was the tradition.
Dress Code: Whatever that not so easy to take off when you get drunk....or vice versa (if ya' d like)
This was my favorite place on the island to hang out......they have their busy nights and the more calm nights. The best thing was the lay down seats....it was like a bamboon table but the legs half cut off, and on top of that a rug with big hard pillows. There is no dance floor here, just a lay down spot inside and on the beach are the lay down seats. In the busy season they run a bbq for dinners and serve all kinds of drinks. In the low season its just usually drinks. The owners are from england, good guys and will give you good service.
There is a big area to lay down inside by the bar....in that area is a tv where you can come and choose some movies during the day and watch a show. Enjoy a drink and what not.
Check out their website for more pics and info on the bar.
Dress Code: I usually wore shorts and a cut off, but you can wear whatever you like.
After checking in, I made sure to have a shower first before going out as I stink as hell finding a place to where we'll sleep..After awhile, we had a dinner and a little drinks outside as they have tables near the beachside..It's packed with alot of people..There were also children running around. As I recall, they have a festival nearby as it was their Kings' birthday and a day after is Samet Island Festival so most of the locals too are hanging out with their families and friends..
Anyhow, I honestly saw a "Falling Star" and I wished..I wish..Well, I hope that my wish will turn out as "Yes"!
See, you don't need to go anywhere to be more happy...You can be more happy if you're where you want to and with you love..=)
Dress Code: Beach, shorts..
At night they pull out the tables and fire up the grill on the beach. Just walk down the main beaches and you can see what they got, and ask how much. Prices are fairly close but I found was a little more further south on the main beach??? forgot the name already... prices go from 300 on up, but both times i ate good for around 400 including beer and was stuffed....
Dress Code: Come as you are, you are on a beach...
Don't expect to dance your heart out here. It's more like a relaxing spot. A place to chill. Evening time you go out and have some seafood BBQ or other yummy Thai dishes. Drink and chill. Restaurants are lined up on the beach. Just walk around and pick which interests you the most. But like mentioned in the restuarant tips, most restaurants have the same standard of food, drinks and price.
Dress Code: Casual
i ve been here twice on 2 separate visits to this island. on the second time when i was there, there was some staff at the bar who was leaving to his hometown for good. hence there was a farewell party going on among the staff. to say there's heavy alcohol consumption will be such an understatement. in fact there was some major alcohol abuse going on :-)
during my first visit, it was much quieter. like a regular day. this bar has a good selection of cds and u could ask them to play something that interest u after going thru their collection.
This bar usually gets busy around 9ish. They serve all kinds of drinks and buckets.....for cheap, and especially cheap during happy hour every night from 10pm-12pm. This place is super packed on weekends as all the thai's come during this period. Had one problem during a weekend here but ill get to that after.
You can lay down on the beach with a little table next to you, right on a big rug right in front of the fireshow. Or they have tables with chairs on hardground above the beach. Right next to that is the dance floor and the bar. Across from the bar you will also find a little shack that sells sausage, hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, and what not, it stays open as long as the bar does. Its the only place open with food after midnight. Except 7/11 which is quite far from silversands, especially after a bucket or two.
About that problem at silversands.....we met some english guys on the island and one of them went to the bathroom, they are kind of stalls outside, english guy turns around and a thai guy knocks him out. He got kicked 2 or 3 times and they walked away. No word about it after. This was on a weekend though and its packed with thai's. I preferred the weeknights at this place.
Happy Hour and Flip a Coin
From 10pm-12pm. You get buckets for much cheaper and the flip coin....bartender flips a coin you call it, if you get it, the drink is free if not then you pay. Drinks are from 100-200 Baht. The flip a coin does not work with the buckets.
Dress Code: From a shirt and tie to beach bum clothes. You would look weird in a shirt and tie tho.
THis place is very chilled out, Reggae music playing all the time. They have a little room where you can lay around with some low tables and hang out. They also have a bigger back room where there is alittle stage and they hold Karaoke. I was here in July and this bar was never busy, so dont expect big crowds, but its a good place to hang out and have a beer or 2.
For the herbal lovers, this is the place to go, but you will get ripped off compared to another place which is right next to the silversands bar. Just be really carefull with that anywhere on the island.
These are awesome, every night most of the bars have happy hour and the buckets go for 100 Baht per piece. Inside the bucket is Sang Sum Thai whisky, a little bottle of red bull, and the rest coke. I have heard and read that on other islands around thailand the buckets arent strong at all. Then i read that on Ko Samet they are much better, and after testing them out i agree, they really do poor quite a bit of booze into them. Two bukets was my limit after trying 3 the first night on the island. Normally if it is not happy hour the buckets go from 150-200 Baht depending on the bar.
You can also get other kind of buckets for a higher price, SangSum buckets are the cheapest. The buckets also come in all kinds of western type drinks for a little higher price, anywhere from 250-230 Baht.
At night on Vong Duen beach you can have a great meal in comfort and then dance on the beach or just talk to the locals in one of the many bars.
My friend Jody here (see other pics behind) helped some local resturant waitresses and other tourists to peel back the lotus flowers to offer at the Buddhist temple the following day.
Dress Code: Whatever you like just be free asnd comfortable.
On all the beaches there are small little beach bars that look something like this. They are usually open all day and most of the evening. Serving cold drinks and what not. Some of these also offer little beach chairs next to the bars with music playing, a good way to spend an afternoon or an evening on the island.
Dress Code: From Half naked to a suit i guess.
Fantastic Party place. Seems like the whole island is here to drink and dance. 100 baht for a bucket, saengsom or vodka with red bull. Mixed crowd, got a little of all kinds of people here with the same theme of getting wasted and enjoying themselves doing it.
Dress Code: Anything goes. Very casual dresscode. Good for the beach.
This is I found quite attractive. Full house with local and tourist people especially tourist. The music is out loud compare to the other bar. Mind that this just for un peak season though but during peak season I bet every bar is open and more people around. This time of season, is just cool and relaxed.
Dress Code: It's ok if you wear whatever you want to wear as there is no restriction on that.