If you like Thai boxing like I do, then chances are you be near this bar. It is one of two bars that are located right outside the main boxing stadium on Chaweng.
I met one of the owners Emma at a different bar during my first trip, and just by chance ran into "her" again when I went to the boxing on my second trip.
The bar is owned by Emma and her boyfriend and it is a great place to have a few drinks before and/or after the boxing. It is not a very big bar but the staff is very pleasent and you can listen to music or watch TV if you like while drinking.
On my latest trip to Samui this bar was closed for my first few nights, but luckily opened up for my last few. I had a chance to visit with her again, and had a blast here with some other guys I met at the boxing.
Emma has become a good friend and a great person to talk to for me, great for some laughs, and I will keep in contact with her on future trips for sure.
Dress Code: None required, it is an open bar, so the cooler the dress, the better.
The Sportsman's Inn Walk About Pub is Samui's premier sports bar and is located in central Chaweng. It boasts a huge 25 square feet projector screen and 7 smaller TV's spread around the enormous inside bar area, so you are guaranteed never to miss the sport of your choice as each TV is tuned into a different channel. The only thing is, the power kept tripping when I was there (probably due to the number of TV's!) and so you miss what's happening for a while each time!
As well as 'standard' bars and pubs, there is an area of girlie bars in Chaweng, off the main beach road on the other side of the large lake - you can see the neon pink glow of the lights from a distance. The bars are small and staffed by pretty hostesses, usually from the north-east of Thailand. Buy them a ‘girlie drink’ and you’ll be in entertaining company. The bars offer pool, Connect4 and other popular bar games which you can play with the girls over a beer.
Legends Bar is located on the main road in Chaweng, and is a great place to hang-out, have a drink, and reminisce about the times before techno, hip-hop and trance. It reminds me of a cross between a British Pub, an American Biker's Bar and a backpackers' cantine or diner.
Regular competitions to test your knowledge on music such as Queen, Aerosmith, Blondie, Def Leppard, etc.
The cocktails are great, and major sports events (past & present) are shown on tv screens around the pub.
Kick back and relax at Legends, especially if your feet are sore from dancing at the Green Mango :-)
Dress Code: Basically walk off the beach and into the bar!
We were here on various nights, and Legends was always busy. This is also the place where I became addicted to playing Jenga (which gets tricky after a few Mai Tai's...)
I found this short advertisement about Legends in a nightlife brochure at our hotel desk:
"No Techno, No Spice Girls, No Boy Bands! That's a promise we make at Legends Bar. From our collection of over 200 Cds and more than 50 music videos, we play only the best from the 60s to the 90s."
Oh yes, music from a time before "X-Factor" and "American Idol"... sounds good to me :-)
Bar ice samui is the worlds only ice bar, 40 tonne of ice from canada, carved as amazing statues. When you buy a ticket you get the hat, coat and gloves and enter the -9 bar.
A fun night out for all ages and a real amazing experience. A camera is a must. Then theres a great bar and garden to sit and chat over one of their lovely coctails.
Dress Code: Warm shoes so your feet dont get cold or buy some socks
I have visited this bar on previous trips, however this time it had changed from what it was like before. The bar is now actually in two locations not far from each other. The bar area I remember was still a short walk from the main road, but now there is also a new addition right on the main street.
The new location is a two level area that is not really all that big, but it's fun and I enjoyed this new addition. The area that I had been to before seemed to stay the same, open late until 8:00am. This time I think they had more "drinking games" then I remember, but as last time the food sure hit the spot after a long night of drinking.
Dress Code: Nothing special just what ever you feel comfortable wearing.
With a name like "Billabong" It has to be an Aussie pub but the owner is American ?The first thing you will notice are all the rugby pictures and jerseys on the wall (some of them signed by players) .Billabong is a good little bar if you like to watch sports or listen to live music.Plenty of western food and booze.The bar is right on the water too and we had a great view of the full moon while we were drinking and listening to the band.I almost forgot I was on Koh Samui.
Unfortunately we missed the full moon party on Koh Pha-Ngan but we did go to the half moon party in Chaweng. Really good music (house, trance) and a really friendly atmosphere. Of course there's a fair amount of drugs around too which you would expect at these kind of events but it's easy to avoid. They sell buckets of drink (vodka and redbull etc..) and there are a number of stalls to get some food. There are temporary toilets put up for the event but they don't provide loo roll, you have to pay for it, so keep some in your pockets!
It starts getting busy around 1-2 in the morning. Really well organised, plenty of cabs to take you back to your accommodation. Dance til sunrise!!
I found the main nightlife in Chaweng a bit like the Costa del Sol. Lots of drunken louts and prostitutes everywhere. I much prefered chilling out on the beach at night. Lots of low slung tables with candles and chill out music.
Keep you ears open for various beach parties that happen on Chaweng Beach (normally at the Ark Bar around near there), although you probably won't miss it as the cars drive round constantly announcing when the parties are. There's some good music, lots of drinking and a wicked atmosphere. The Ark Bar is also a restaurant.
Dress Code: Whatever you are comfortable in
Smaller than Chaweng, Lamai has hostess and normal bars throughout the whole town but grouping in certain areas. Most of the normal bars have live bands playing...........the best i found was Samui Shamrock in the middle of town.
There are at least 3 nightclubs here all open very late in the early hours
Dress Code: Anything
You can't go anywhere in the world without coming across an Irish pub which says a lot for their popularity and Tropical Murphy's certainly attracts a crowd. Situated in central Chaweng Beach Road it has a really great atmosphere and also serves good food especially if you're looking for those dishes that remind you of home.
They have live music every night of the week in the upstairs bar from traditional Irish folk music (which will get you up dancing) to more modern rock/pop. There are also some big screens which show most major sporting events. Great night out, so pop in for a guiness!
Open from 9am-2pm
night life here is varied and in Chaweng it is centered around the green Mango which is a small loop road in the centre of town, there are two GoGo bars here a nightclub and a few hostess bars.
Throughout the town there are many other hostess bars and also normal bars a few nigtspots the most famous is the reggae bar which is near the lake.
Also worth seeing are one of the caberet shows...........one of the best is Christies which is near Starbucks and has 1 show a night.........free entry
Dress Code: whatever you want
Sweet Soul is located just opposite the Green Mango. Both Sweet Soul and Green Mango attracts the young crowd. There is always plenty of dancing and latest tecno and hip hop music. Although the cost of the drinks are the most expensive (a vodka bucket in Green Mango costs as much as 600 baht), you will find that these two bars have the biggest concentration of those who love to party.
If you lack a companion, don't worry. You can find any type of companion that you want in these two bars. Since they are located just opposite each other, the most crowded space is the road that seperates the two of them.
Life in these two bars starts typically after midnight and ends at about 2.30am. If you are early, you will not see any action at all.
Dress Code: Casual
A must see when coming to Thailand and such a good night out. The Star Club caberet starts around 10-10.30 and is great entertainment. Watch the Lady boys prance up and down and sing to classic camp songs. Absolutely gorgeous figures so ladies try not to get too jealous! ;)
Dress Code: Anything
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