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Koh Samui’s Nightlife Guide

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Koh Samui is well known for it’s endless markets, secret beaches and of course, it’s vibrant night life.

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More so, Koh Samui is the stepping stone to the island Koh Phangan, where the infamous full, half and black moon parties are held.

If one of these parties are on your ‘must do’ bucket list, then revolve your trip to Koh Samui around them. Check out the dates on the links above before booking!

You’ll find many websites warning tourists not to attend these parties. So here’s a little advice from someone who has attended two half moon parties on Koh Phangan. DO. NOT. WORRY.

As long as you drink responsibly, look after each other and stay away from trouble makers, you will be fine. Like any organised party, they have a strict no drugs policy. These parties used to be a haven for narcotics, which is why they have such a bad reputation.

However, having recently attended the November 2015 Half Moon Party, I can safely say that strict policies and security are taken seriously.

If you’re not looking to transfer over to Koh Phangan and would prefer to party closer to your accommodation, then here are the most popular places in Chaweng, Koh Samui’s most popular tourist location. samui, thailand, ark bar

Ark Bar Beach Resort
Host to Chaweng’s well known beach and pool parties, Ark Bar is the centre of Chaweng’s night life. With daily music played by local and international artists from 2pm until 2am, you’ll never miss out on a good night here! Wednesday and Friday’s are always the biggest nights at the Ark Bar.

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Green Mango Club

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If you’re still charging on after 2am, most people head on over to the Green Mango. Located on the other side of the main road running through Chaweng, this two-level club hosts large floor space for those wanting to dance the night away.

TIP: Drinks are pretty expensive at all clubs and pubs in Thailand. While we do not encourage drinking in public, it is very much overlooked in Thailand. All 7-Eleven and Family Mart stores sell alcohol for a fraction of the price that the clubs charge. A lot of people on a budget will pre-drink in their hotel rooms or go in and out of clubs to drink on the streets.

Images via Ark Bar, islandinfokohsamui

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