Koh Samui is an exciting place to explore during the day, with plenty of beaches, shops, historic villages and temples to see – but at night a whole new side of the island is revealed. Here’s our guide to the top 5 nightlife attractions in Koh Samui.
The Green Mango Nightclub - Chaweng
Location: The Green Mango Club, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand
Details: Located on the buzzing beach district of Chaweng, the Green Mango club is one of the most popular nightclubs in Thailand.
Green Mango has a unique tree-house design; multiple bars and dance floors are all dispersed around a huge open air space and they are all connected by wooden bridges that pass over the Mango River.
Additionally, it features a fantastic sound system which blasts out contemporary music all night long, live shows, big screens, giveaways and games to keep everyone dancing and having a great time. View the Green Mango website for more information.
Swing Bar at Lamai Beach
Location: Swing Bar, Rich Resort Beachside Hotel, Maret, Koh Samui Suratthani Thailand
Details: Located inside the Rich Resort Beachside Hotel, the Swing Bar is the largest bar and restaurant at Lamai Beach and is close to many of the local attractions.
Its name comes from the fitted swing seats in the interior where guests can lounge comfortably with a cold beer or cocktail while enjoying a 180 degree ocean view. In the evenings, there is a fire show every night and beach parties on Monday and Friday.
Cocktails are priced at 100 baht from 6am to 8pm every day. The menu includes a wide range of breakfast, curry, burger, salad and local cuisine options – why not spend the whole day at the Swing Bar and Restaurant for some serious holiday fun! View the Swing bar website for more details.
Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan
Details: Some time ago, a group of tourists thought the full moon in Koh Phangan was the most beautiful thing they had ever seen and decided to have a party on the crescent-shaped beach of Haad Rin. Since then, the full moon parties in Koh Phangan have become legendary, attended by over 10,000 people each month.
If your visit coincides with a full moon this is a night you will not want to miss. At dusk a yellow moon makes its appearance and descends over the sunset. By late evening the whole island falls under a spell and dances into a frenzy.
Food stands and jugglers are there to entertain those who want to rest their dancing feet and just enjoy the magical atmosphere of the evening. See their website for package deals, travel information and dates of the next full moon.
Ladyboy Cabaret Shows in Koh Samui
Details: Ladyboy Cabaret shows are popular in Thailand because there are more ladyboys in Thailand than in any other country in the world. Here they are considered to be a third sex, viewed to be equally valid to both men and women.
Most cabaret shows consist of lip synching to popular songs, the ladyboys poking fun at each other and occasionally on an audience member. All shows are wonderfully entertaining and make for a unique night out.
There are three cabaret shows to choose from, the Starz Cabaret, Christy’s Cabaret and the Moulin Rouge Cabaret, which can be found along the Chaweng Beach Road, in the area not too far from the Centara Grand Beach Resort and also next to the Soi Green Mango. Each have their own unique attraction so look on the website to find the evening that best suits you.
Lava Lounge in Koh Samui
Location: Had Lamai 1, Lamai Beach, Maret, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Thailand
Details: When you have explored all the music bars and danced at all the nightclubs, the best end to the evening can be to wind down at a chilled out bar with a high quality drink.
Lava Lounge is an Irish owned and managed bar serving premium cocktails in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. It is located close to the Lamai Centre Plaza and other nearby restaurants, making it a convenient location for after-dinner drinks.
Come here to sip cocktails with travelling companions or talk to the friendly staff about the best attractions of Koh Samui. At the Lava Lounge you will find no bar girls or loud music, just simple and pleasant conversation and some of the best cocktails around. Visit the Lava Lounge website for more details.