The best things to do after dinner in Koh Samui are mostly concentrated around Chaweng Beach. Among the great choice of nightlife entertainment options, you'll find a myriad of lounge clubs, bars, pool parties, and discos. It's definitely the place to have fun at night out in Koh Samui.

    But where else is it really kicking? Each of the main resort towns in Koh Samui – Lamai, Bophut, and Maenam – has interesting nightspots to be discovered. Have a browse through our recommendations to find out where are the best places to go in Koh Samui at night.

    What are the best things to do at night in Koh Samui?

    Soi Green Mango in Chaweng is Koh Samui's 'party central'. Here, a classic night out wouldn't be complete without partying in the Green Mango Club, with stops at the surrounding venues like Bar Solo, Hush Bar, Sweet Soul Café, Mint Bar and Sound Pub.

    Soi Green Mango is easy to find on Chaweng Beach Road, surrounded by hotels, shops and restaurants. At night, all life seems drawn to this small soi and you'll hear it before you can see it. 

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    Location: Soi Green Mango, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, 84320, Thailand

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    Ark Bar

    Chaweng

    Ark Bar is a lively beachfront venue that offers food, drinks, a chilled groove. It has been a Samui party institution for quite a few years. It's a good place to mingle and party to DJ sets with like-minded travellers from all around the world.

    Even though it's changed hands several times, the bar/restaurant still uses the same methods to draw people in, with fire dancers, fire shows, dining and dancing on the beach. Ark Bar has a relaxed atmosphere that extends to a children-friendly vibe, even late at night.

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    Location: 159/89 Moo 2, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Phone: +66 (0)77 961 333

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    Coco Tams

    Bophut

    Coco Tams is a fun and popular beach bar in Bophut, just outside The Wharf Samui. The venue is very much an open-air arrangement, with only a couple of palm-thatch buildings to find once you enter the well-maintained area, with a neat little garden separating it from Bophut Beach Road. 

    Coco Tams's look and feel are that of an easy-going rustic beach bar, with beanbags on the beach, swing seats at the bar, cabanas, shisha and even a large projector screen. Come here around 7 pm to enjoy fire shows on the beach.

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    Location: 62/1 Moo 1, Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 1 pm to 1 am

    Phone: +66 (0)91 915 5664

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    The central Lamai beer bars occupy a 2,000-square-metre plaza in the town centre. Each bar plays its own music at various volumes, so it can get quite loud at times.

    These bars are happening places in high season and the plaza is a great people-watching place. The competition is tough between these venues and gets even more so on Saturday nights, with Thai boxing contests in a small ring, set in the middle of the plaza. It’s all free – you just buy a drink or 2 at one of the surrounding bars.

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    Location: Lamai Central Area, Haad Lamai Rd, Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 6 pm until late

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    Nikki Beach Koh Samui humbly describes itself as the “sexiest place on Earth”. Located in Lipa Noi, on the western coast of Samui, this trendy beach club offers expansive buffets, live performances, beach barbecues, and film screenings.

    Thanks to its festive atmosphere, top-notch catering, and deliciously potent cocktails, Nikki Beach Koh Samui is a fashionable venue that has all you need for a memorable day (and night) on a cool tropical beachfront.

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    Location: Nikki Beach Resort Koh Samui, 96/3 Moo 2, Lipa Noi, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84140, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 1 am

    Phone: +66 (0)77 914 500

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    SEEN Beach Club Samui

    SEEN Beach Club Samui is a swanky, retro-themed venue on Chaweng Beach, just south of Koh Samui Airport. There are plenty of colourful cushioned seats spread across chequered floors, as well as a Cali-style metallic trailer next to a swim-up cocktail bar. It's enough to make you think you’re back in the roaring ‘50s in Koh Samui.

    The beach club’s piece de resistance is its infinity pool, which rolls right out to meet Chaweng Beach. You can enjoy an extensive food menu of chilled oysters, sushi, and pizza, along with your choice of cocktails, champagnes, top-shelf spirits and wines. Pool parties often take place at SEEN Beach Club Samui, which gets packed with well-dressed locals and travellers until late.

    Location: Sala Koy Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 10 am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)77 956 800

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    Woobar

    Maenam

    Woobar is part of the stylish W Retreat Koh Samui, a modern upscale resort on a small cape separating Bophut from Maenam. The bar has a stunning contemporary style enhanced by the panoramic view over the sea, along a large outdoor deck with a swimming pool. Even though Woobar doesn’t directly face the sunset, it's still a pleasant sundowner spot in Koh Samui. 

    Location: 4/1 Moo 1, Maenam, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84330, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to midnight

    Phone: +66 (0)77 915 999

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    Paris Follies Cabaret is a popular cabaret show in Chaweng. It hosts 3 performances nightly, with around 20 performers decked out in colourful and extravagant costumes. Songs dedicated to almost every nation, excellent lighting and sound system, and great performances from a group of glittering dancers whose genuine smiles show that they are happy to show their talents on stage.

    Modern and vibrant, Paris Follies Cabaret show is a must-visit venue for anyone coming to Chaweng.

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    Location: 166/92 Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Road, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily at 8 pm, 9.30 pm and 11 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)87 030 8280

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    On Street Bar

    Chaweng

    On Street Bar is one of the most original venues in Chaweng’s tremendous nightlife scene. This tiny venue, located right next to the entrance of KC Beach Club Hotel, is made of corrugated iron and recycled wood painted in bright colours. 

    This ramshackle design helps to draw in the crowds. Without the catchy display, the 1-metre-wide façade would be totally upstaged by its neighbour, a shop selling vivid paper chandeliers.

    Location: 12/7 Moo 2, Chaweng Beach, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +66 (0)87 552 3524

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    Samui International Muay Thai Stadium

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    Samui International Muay Thai Stadium is the smallest and most obscure of the Muay Thai stadiums in Chaweng. The stadium has a lively atmosphere, good live commentary and an international array of fighters, whose bouts are interspersed with traditional Thai music. Fights usually take place on Mondays and Fridays (and Sundays during the high season). 

    Location: 3/2 Leam Din Rd, Chaweng, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11.30 pm

    Phone: +66 (0)62 645 1245

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    Cinemas in Samui

    On Koh Samui, you'll various cinemas, with the major ones being the triple-screen cinema at the Tesco Lotus complex and the Major Cineplex Central Samui. Showing both western and Thai movies, the cinemas are a big hit with locals. Reasonably priced and with comfortable and spacious seating, the cinema is the same as any in the west.

    The only notable difference is that everyone stands up during the Thai national anthem, which plays before each feature. As with most Asian cinemas, the air conditioning is set at freezing – remember to bring a jumper!

    Location: Tesco Lotus Samui, 1/7 Moo 6, Tawirat Phakdi Road, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84320, Thailand

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    Stephan Audiger | Compulsive Traveller

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