Koh Samui entertainment guide

When the sun goes down, Samui’s guests drift off the beaches and into the many restaurants and bars that are found in the main tourist areas. Whether you expect one of Samui’s trademark boutique resorts, a beachside bar, five-star gourmet restaurants, or a lively dance venue full of pretty ladies, you won’t be disappointed. The island caters for all.

Samui is now almost entirely a leisure island, with an excellent range of accommodation to boot – from exclusive, Zen-like resorts to ramshackle bungalows on the beach. We’ve compiled a wide range of recommended options and you can make reservations online here.

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Hotels
Whether you prefer boutique, family or budget, Koh Samui has a great selection of hotels and resorts, some near the action, others with a slice of private beach – find and book here….more
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Bars & Nightlife
This leisure and tourism island is all about enjoying yourself and there are plenty of lively bars and music venues in which to congregate; especially in Chaweng and Lamai…more
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Restaurants
From fresh seafood to spicy Thai tastes and every imaginable type of cuisine in-between, you’re spoilt for choice at decent prices; here’s some suggestions…more
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Spas
Spend an afternoon being pampered in one of the many affordable hotel and independent spas across the island; the Thai are especially good at massage and pampering…more

Whether you fancy fresh seafood, a spicy Thai curry, or your favourite dish from home, there are oodles of restaurants, cafes, fast food joints and snacking outlets. Many are right on the beach in Chaweng and all budgets are catered for. Many more options are found in North and South Chaweng, as well as in Lamai if you get tired of the menu in your resort.

As no-one has to go to work in the morning, bars are popular and open late. They offer fun company, cheap drinks, imported beers, live sports, and dance floors for the energetic. Lamai is known for its ‘naughty nightlife’ (though not quite like Bangkok) and there are plenty of upmarket places which catch the sea breeze.

Thailand is also gay and lesbian friendly and Samui is particularly popular, with several gay-friendly guesthouses, bars and restaurants, which we have listed in this section.

Samui entertainment and hospitality isn’t confined to the evenings and most restaurants and some bars open for lunch, too; sometimes also breakfast. By day you might want to retire to a spa and receive a Thai massage.