Just came back from Samui and found this great bar&restaurant combination near the big supermarket Tesco.
Cha Cha bar has a free pool table and we had a blast trying to learn the tricks of winning. The bartender is wizard with the drinks and but they don't change even close as much as the clubs on the beach road. They stayed open late but there was absolutely no hassle like in Soi Reggea or Soi Green so we were able to get really drunk without worring about the way back to the hotel :) And what is even better; they let us choose what music they played!
Dress Code: Dress casual, it's like being at home.
Viking Bar is a Scandinavian themed bar. It is a place where people can come in to meet with friends (old and new) and just have a pleasant time without being hassled by the staff.
Although this happens to be the bar that my husband and I own, we have many testimonies from customers from all walks of life who have enjoyed themselves in our bar. Many actually come back to visit us whenever they are in Samui.
Viking Bar also has the best happy hour deal in this hotspot. And the best thing is that you can choose to listen to your own favourite music from the 3000+ list of songs that are available. But do remember that others would like to listen to their choice as well. So, we would really appreciate consideration in that area.
And if you feel you are a very fast drinker, have a go at our Shots Competition. You can also try our Yard Of Ale competition if you are more of a beer drinker. Or just have half a yard if you do not feel like having one yard.
Dress Code: Casual.
Every time I went to the Reggae Pub by foot, I always passed by this bar. After about the 4-5th walk past, I decided to sit down and visit with many of the people that I had seen that week.
It is a small bar, but offers great hospitality and service. The two owners(Nick and Poon) are very nice and offer tons of great information, and friendly advice. Nick is also an independent advisor for property/land purchases on Samui.
This is an English type bar and provides up to the minute stats on the football (soccer) matches, as well as a fair selection of beer.
This is a new bar since my first trip to Thailand, and I took many of my "first timers" here after this visit. I will try and go back for sure on my next holiday to Koh Samui.
***UPDATE#1***On my third trip to Samui I came back here again for another visit. It was only for a few drinks and to see how the owners were doing, but it is always a good place to stop, after the "Go-Go strip". One thing that has changed that I enjoyed, was that they now have Chang beer on tap.....haha. On my next trip I will try and visit this place once again, it should be good as always.
***UPDATE#2***I once again stopped into this bar for a visit. The first time I walked up I noticed that it had changed very much compared to the last time I saw it. The name and staff are the same, but the whole bar was rearranged and much bigger. They now have a much larger area to sit in as well as a couple of new pool tables in the back, and a new sound system.
***UPDATE#3***Kiki and I went here on our way to the Reggae Pub for a short visit. The bar was the same as the last time but it seemed to be quite busy. The owners were suprised to see me after such a long time; after introducing them to Kiki, having a couple of drinks, we said goodbye to continue on with the night. It was good to chat with these people once again and as always is a nice place to come and visit.
Dress Code: Whatever you like while you are out at night in Samui.
THE WAVE BAR IS A GREAT BAR TO CATCH A BITE TO EAT.. HAVE A DRINK..WATCH A MOVIE..OR READ UP ON SOME OF THEIR HUNDREDS OF LONELY PLANET GUIDES.
IT WAS THE LIBRARY THAT FIRST CAUGHT MY EYE, THEY REALLY DO HAVE HUNDREDS OF LONELY PLANET GUIDE BOOKS AND OTHER BOOKS FOR THAT MATTER, AND FOR A SMALL FEE YOU ARE FREE TO BORROW SOME OF THE BOOKS...THE BAR OWNER TOLD ME ONE OR TWO OF THE BOOKS ARE QUITE RARE AND THAT BAR REALLY PUTS A LOT OF TRUST IN THE FACT THAT THEY WILL BE RETURNED SAFE AND SOUND. THIS REALLY IS A FAB LITTLE BAR WITH SO MUCH GOING ON IN WHAT IS NOT THE BIGGEST BAR IN THE WORLD..BUT THEY REALLY DO PACK A LOT IN.. YOU CAN EVEN BOOK TRIPS FROM HERE PLUS YOU CAN ALSO GET YOUR FULL MOON PARTY TICKETS FOR THAT WILD PARTY TO KO PHA-NGAN. AND IF ALL THAT WAS NOT ENOUGH YOU CAN EVEN GET A ROOM HERE AT THE WAVE..I THINK THEY JUST ABOUT HAVE EVERYTHING COVERED.
MEALS AT THE WAVE START WITH BREAKFAST AND YOU CAN CONTINUE EATING WELL INTO THE EVENING, ALL FOR A VERY GOOD PRICE.
WE FOUND THE WAVE BAR RIGHT AT THE START OF OUR TRIP TO KO SAMUI AND WE'RE SO GLAD WE DID.. IT PROVED TO BE A MINE OF INFORMATION PLUS THE BAR OWNER AND BAR STAFF ARE ALL REALLY FRIENDLY AND HELPFULL.
SO WHEN IN CHAWENG MAKE SURE YOU STOP AT THE WAVE.. YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID.
Dress Code: ANYTHING GOES AT THE WAVE..
The most famous places to chaweng beach are Reggae pub and Green mango.
Reggae pub is the oldest disco in chaweng with a very big dance floor and the main road is full of bars .Green mango is a soi also with many bars,go-go and karaoke, very famous places are also the islander (pub and restaurant)tropical murphy’s(with live music)and sound pub (playing hip-hop, r&b and house)
Cha Cha has so far been the only place (in my opinion) where a new customer feels like home from the first second. I guess it's because of the fiendly and peopleloving owner who speaks suprisingly good English to be Thai. To me, it looked like he was working because he wanted to entertain the customers and not just to make money out of us. They also had a restaurant and the food was great!
Cha Cha is a bit difficult to find as it's not located on the Chaweng beach road but on the mainroad, next to Tesco Lotus so tourist may never see it if they are not renting a motorbike. Lucky us that we found it :-)
Dress Code: Any style seemed to be ok.
Over the Christmas and perticularly for new years eve there would have been hundreds of these things released into the night sky everywhere around Samui.
They actually look like a giant condoms which float slowly into the night sky and are visable for seemingly kilometres and you can watch it rise for a good 15 minutes or so .
The idea is that you light a small circular burner at the end of the cone and then hold the cone down for 2 minutes while fills the cylinder with smoke and gas which causes the cones to rise slowly into the night sky.
I'm told that you should make a wish before letting it go,which is why they were so popular with couples on new years eve.
Dress Code: Whatever feels comfortable.
Lamai town has a lots to offer, it is very small.. it just about 500meters long, but it hidden from the main road or from the beach... if u walking to this small town, just dont be shy to ask people where the town is... expacially you walk during the night.
The pub here will be operation from 1pm onwards till 2am... this what i got before get a taxi to the airport... hehehe. By the way, when u got sunburn dont forget this green gel... sunburn after lotion.. or after sunburn lotion... well i dont know how to say it... but u know what i mean right ?
Irish bar or pub are every where in the world i guess, there are a lots of people will come for drinking and dining here in the everning till late night... i am not sure what are the food that their serve, but the drinks are from the same menu from any other bar u go.. not all the same but almost.
Dress Code: if you ask me what to wear, i will say, short and baby T also sandles
I was in Samui last March and stayed in Chewang Beach, it was far to noisy and smelly so we checked out Lamai beach.Much more chilled and relaxed with far less hassle from vendors on the beach.We dont normally go to irish pubs when on holiday but we were drawn to the Samui Shamrock by the sound of a cracking band.They were playing Thin Lizzy[my favourite band] and lots of other great tracks.The pints of Guinness were also a big attraction served up by a lad from Tipperary,i think his name was Brian.Anyway a great lad full of local knowledge,hes a chef as well so no wonder we had the best steaks we ever had while in Thailand.The girls were happy too,very clean bathrooms!!We will be back again next year.
Dress Code: No dress code i think.
If you like to dance and you will be in Koh Samui during a full moon, you have to attend the Full Moon Party. It takes place on an island close to Koh Samui called Koh Phangan. You can take speedboats over from Bophut or Chaweng Beach to Koh Phangan. There are accomodations on Koh Phangan but they tend to fill up quickly when there is a Full Moon Party. Basically what happens is that all of the clubs/restaurants off of the beach have live djs playing bumping music and serving cheap free flowing drinks, some even concoctions that you get out of a bucket. I must admit the crowd is a little young (college kids) and a bit ravey but none the less if you love to dance it's still a fun time. You will find that it is more commercial then you may imagine and I pictured djs having booths way out on the actual beach, but you will find that they are in the businesses that are on the beach so you basically jump from one club to the other. Don't wear any sandals while at the Full Moon Party because there are a lot of broken things out there because of people's drunkeness and also people are using the bathroom in the water and on the beach so you don't want to step with barefeet on this beach. All kinds of music is playing from hip hop and top 40 to trance and house. There are even bars that play 80s music and heavy metal. One last thing, go with an open mind and don't take anything too seriously while there. Remember you are trapped on an island with a bunch of young drunk tourists so anything can happen. While I was dancing with my husband, a European tourist goosed me and I thought my husband was going to kill him. Just chuck it up to people acting stupidly because they are drunk.
Dress Code: Anything goes.
Well this is the tiniest of bars right next to Green Mango club, and it's probably this unique location which helps it get a lot of the business which it does. If people are sick of mango, they go back to MOO bar and its friendly staff. All of which i remember fondly. They guys who work there will openly flirt with all the ladies and table service is available
Dress Code: Casual
Soi Green mango is a street full of bars and clubs which are soo good to dance to. None of them want an entrance fee (unles u wanna go to a club where ladies / men are dancing for you).... But there are lots of good looking people, and lots of alcohol if thats what you're looking for... Great night!!
Ends kinda early though, at 1 am!
Dress Code: Dress as comfortable....
Magic Light Bar is 3 bars next to each other situated towards the southern end of Chaweng if your heading south it`s about 50 metres past Banana Fan Sea Resort on the right & is seriously the cheapest drinks I have found on Samui.
The catchphrase here is "Happy Hour All Day"& you can drink a small bottle of Chang for 30 baht & also they have a basic list of cocktails (screwdrivers,Tequila Sunrise,White & Black Russians etc) for 50 baht all day & night.
Magic Light is staffed by the local lasses so if your a single male entering or walking past expect the normal friendly banter (hello hansum man) from the girls but if your with your girlfriend or wife (as I was) you will be treated courteously & served promptly.
Dress Code: None
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