Clubbers guide to Samui - where to party

Samui’s clubbing scene is getting more sophisticated

With new venues popping up on a weekly basis, Koh Samui is steadily gaining a reputation as one of the top nightlife destinations in southern Thailand. The possibilities for a memorable (or unmemorable, depending on your alcohol consumption) night are plentiful, with pumping nightclubs, trendy lounges, beachside bars and friendly pubs flooding the island’s most popular party areas.

Chaweng is undoubtedly the most renowned party spot on Koh Samui, attracting internationally acclaimed DJs to its crowded nightclubs. A night out on the town can easily last until dawn, despite the law mandating a 02:00 closing time. With countless venues to choose from, there are plenty of clubs known to bend the rules. Conveniently, abundant taxis roam the streets, making the ride back to your accommodation easy at any hour.

Kick off the evening with some casual drinks and dinner at one of the various bars lining the main beach road. The music starts fairly early, setting the scene for a night of revelry.

Chaweng’s most famous disco, The Green Mango, appeals to party-goers of all types with its massive dance floor, billiards and lounge area with tables and chairs. This nightclub attracts globally known DJs and is consistently filled to capacity with a lively crowd determined to have a good time. For those seeking out a more modest joint, the street in front of The Green Mango is crammed with a series of small bars blasting out music to suit all tastes. More on Samui bars.

The island has an international flair

Koh Samui’s oldest nightclub, Reggae Pub, still holds one of the most popular parties on the island. At the start of the night, reggae music creates a chilled out atmosphere that is slowly phased out as the house music and crowds take over after midnight.

Travellers not looking to break in their dancing shoes can head to Sweet 'n Soul Bar, where the smooth music is complemented by a dark and seductive setting. The Jazz Junction is another lounge-type venue, known for its fantastic cocktails and jazz music. There’s also a Brazilian bar which is proving popular with its imported dancers.

Lamai is the little sister of party animal Chaweng - smaller, a bit cheaper, and with a friendlier vibe. Besides the standard nightclubs and bar beers, Lamai has also become known for its raunchy mud wrestling contests and racy lady-boy shows, which now attract a wide range of people looking for offbeat fun. Nightlife guide to Samui

The Night Plaza and Round Bars areas are the centres of nightlife in Lamai, filled with bars and clubs that have a beach party feel. For live music, Bikers and Rockers Pub is the place to be, well known for its high quality rock shows.

Big Buddha Beach holds the consistently popular Sunday festival at The Secret Garden, boasting excellent live music acts (both local and visiting), open jam sessions, food stalls and stands selling souvenirs and crafts. Held weekly from 16:00 to 20:00, this party guarantees a good time.

Travellers looking for a more low-key night should head to Maenam, which has a relaxed but solid nightlife. The Bophut area is also less raucous, drawing more of a local crowd to its pubs and bars, which offer high quality drinks.

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