Posted by: ghostdawg2 | July 21, 2009

Nightlife in Chaweng Beach,Koh Samui,Thailand by Asia Web Direct

Chaweng deserves its reputation as the place to party on Samui. There is a huge range of venues to sample on a night out, everything from relaxed lounge bars to full-scale dance clubs.

In the warm-up to a night on the town, a stroll along the main beach road offers ample choice of European style pubs and bars where you can while away the after-beach hours, grab a bite and a drink, watch world sport or just let the world go by.

If you prefer to sit on the beach for a sundowner, any of the beachfront restaurants will happily serve drinks without dinner but as the night moves in, most of the action takes place in the bars and clubs around Soi Green Mango.

Green Mango Square

Green Mango offers a street scene characterized by an 'anything-goes' ambience, merry tourists and local revelers bar-hopping and bopping, while fortune tellers set up shop on the pavement, street-side noodle stalls and barbeques do a roaring trade, and sleepy pythons are draped around foreign necks for photo souvenirs.

Despite the chaos, the overall atmosphere is always friendly and relaxed. In fact, you should have no trouble making new friends on a night out here and fights and trouble relatively rare. Theft does occur, however, as with any nightlife location and the 'Sang Som buckets' made with local whiskey are very potent, so if you want to sample the local liquor it's often best to have a  sober buddy.

At the Southern end of Chaweng Beach Road, there are a number of great spots. Located towards the very furthest end of the beach road before joining the ring road south to Lamai.

Music Pubs

Chaweng has a good live music scene, and most of the bands play cover tunes of old favourites, so check out some of these places and experience the great atmosphere that only live music can create.

Tropical Murphy's Irish pub is now a firm favourite on the live music scene, Regular acts include OVADA, a tight outfit playing some classic sing-a-long tunes and Thaitanic, who cover everything from U2 to James Brown: 077413614

Outdoor Bar is located near the one-way turn-off to the south Chaweng Beach Road and has live Thai bands playing rock covers most nights. The street side location provides a laid-back ambience ideal for watching the world go by with a cold beer.

Springer Pub is an old-school rock pub that has a cool, eclectic music policy for those looking for an alternative to the ubiquitous house and R'n'B at the clubs. Varying from blues to indie, rock and reggae, with biker-chic decor, friendly staff, and a laid back atmosphere.

Springer has live bands on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.30. Open 2.30pm-late: 0848529606. It's located at the very furthest end of the beach road before joining the ring road to Lamai.

Red Snapper restaurant has an up-market wine and cocktail bar with a great Colombian house band playing Latino grooves for the post-dinner crowd. Located in North Chaweng at the Chaweng Regent Hotel.

Beer Bars

Soi Reggae also boasts a long stretch of beer bars, which offer a more laid back experience. The girls shriek welcomingly at passers-by, and you can play pool or watch sport and engage in stimulating conversation with the lovelies.

The only area in downtown Chaweng with beer bars is located on the side street back to the main drag leading from Sound Club, around the corner from Soi Green Mango. There's a collection of small bars there with friendly ladies on hand to flatter you and  challenge you to a traditional game of 'Connect Four'.

GO-GO Bars in Koh Samui

While there are not quite as many hostess clubs in Chaweng as other beaches such as Lamai, there are still quite a variety of places to hang out with fun, pretty girls, or watch a dance show. The action is mainly concentrated around Soi Green Mango, and Soi Reggae.

Dream Girls is a busy venue, right in the heart of Chaweng's nightlife district on Soi Green Mango. The club is full of lovely ladies waiting to entertain. Check out the amazing revolving go-go podium, ensuring you never get bored of the view.Charlie's Angels: New, classy venue in the middle of the beer bar area of Soi Sound, for those requiring a little more discretion. The club has a lively atmosphere, attentive waiting staff, and plenty of bouncing belles.

Polo Coyote is a large indoor club, located on the ring road near the PTT gas station and attracts a mainly Thai clientele. They have live bands and dancing girls, with various entertainment styles throughout the week, including the famous "body-painted' show. Open until late.

Moulin Rouge is a huge new, up-market GO GO Bar on Soi Reggae, behind Chaweng Beach Road, by the lake. There you can indulge in a drink or two and watch the dancing babes into the early hours.

Lounge Bars

Samui's nightlife central is located on the middle stretch of Chaweng Beach Road around the Soi Green Mango. Unique Bar is a nice street-side bar with an upstairs lounge that hosts UK DJs playing funky, uplifting house 7 nights a week. Open from 10am-2am:077231002

Bar Solo has a cool, sleek interior and a great music policy as well as a pool table and 6 plasma screens showing the major sporting events. Bar Solo is a good option to start a night out, when you can take advantage of their 1/2price cocktails from 2-8pm. Later in the evening, the bar gets lively with DJS spinning funky, uplifting house and chilled lounge tunes. Open from 2pm-2am, Central Chaweng Beach Road, next to Starbucks.

POD bar sits at the end of Soi Colibri, opposite the Centara Grand Beach Resort and it is a real hidden gem. A great designer interior, kicking cocktails, a friendly vibe and guest DJs throughout the week playing funky tunes you won't find easily elsewhere. This bar is well worth searching for. Open 6pm until late every night of the week. Call 0896614091.

Right next to Chaweng Lake is a hip little newcomer called DUST bar. The owner is passionate about broadening Samui's musical options so treat your ears to an eclectic mix of Afro, Soul, Disco, funk and Balearic, while tickling your taste buds with lush herbal cocktails.

Discos and Nightclubs

Chaweng has many great venues to party the night away, and the variety of music on offer has improved in recent years, with Chaweng's Clubs regularly hosting international DJ talent. Most of the clubs have an open- air layout, and a lively atmosphere, which has given Samui a reputation as a party island.

Sweet soul is on Soi Green Mango on the left hand side at the end of the street and has a lively party every night that spills out onto the street: expect to hear hip-hop and R'n'B.

The Green Mango Club itself is hard to miss in a huge warehouse building at the end of the road. It has two main areas with the entrance space playing hip hop and mainstream tunes, whilst the main pumps out some banging house and techno music.

Sound is a great outdoor venue, the front bar plays hip-hop and R'n'B to a packed crowd, while the dance floor at the back has djs spinning harder house, and there's a big swimming pool separating the two dance floors, which sets the scene for some late night water fights.  This is a really popular venue for the late night crowd, and doesn't really get going until after 1am when it is crammed with high-energy revelers. Open 12-5am.

Solo Club is Samui's famous after-party venue that keeps the crowds rocking till the break of dawn. A laid back, good value late night drinking and dancing spot, open from 2-6am. Located behind Starbucks in Central Chaweng.

Q BAR brings chic, urban-style clubbing to the island. The great-looking downstairs club has nightly House DJ sets, and is host to international visiting DJS, while the stunning open air terrace upstairs offers panoramic views over the lake and hosts the Thursday Lounge Sessions with chilled, funky hip-hop and soulful old-school. Open 6-2am.

source : http://www.kosamui.com/nightlife-in-chaweng/index.html

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