Koh Chang has a lot more to offer than beautiful beaches and tropical rainforest. The nightlife on Thailand’s second largest island is wild, diverse and thriving. There isn’t anything to do on the island’s quiet and unspectacular east coast (apart from some remote five star resorts), so if you are out exploring this part of the island by motorcycle you better return before 6pm unless you want to join the locals for a fishing trip out in the ocean.
All the action in Koh Chang after sunset is going on in the beach towns of the west coast.
The first thing you will notice when going up and down the main road from beach to beach on the west coast is how many beer bars there are. Almost every town or village has at least a couple of those Farang-oriented bars with mostly young Isaan girls waiting for guys to hang out with them, buy them drinks and go home together in exchange for paying the bar fine and some pocket money.
By the way: Supply by far doesn’t meet demand in Koh Chang even in high season so it’s not unlikely that you are surrounded by three or four girls in these bars all giving their best to make you having a good time.
Beer Bars on Koh Chang
White Sand Beach (Hat Sai Khao), the most developed beach on the island, has by far the highest concentration of these girl bars. Hat Kai Bae also has plenty of options and they even got a small bar strip calling it “Walking Street”. Look at the map below for the exact locations of those beer bar hubs. I have marked only the areas where there is a high concentration with at least ten or more beer bars.
As mentioned, almost every tiny village on Koh Chang’s west coast has a few girl bars and they are all kind of the same so it doesn’t really make sense to give you a list of “the best five beer bars on Koh Chang”. It doesn’t matter if they are called “Jungle Queen” or “Sabai Sabai Bar”, they are all kind of similar usually with a pool table, bar stools, lots of cute chicks and sometimes a live band.
Night Clubs on Koh Chang
Believe it or not, there is only one proper indoor nightclub on Koh Chang. It’s called The Bar (formerly known as One-Nightlub) and is located on White Sand Beach (see the map below). They advertise their parties all around the island, so it’s well visited by a hip and well dressed party folk at any night of the week. The cover charge is usually between 100 and 200 baht and it gets busy from around midnight till late. Check out their facebook page for the latest events.
Another nightlife hotspot is the backpacker mecca at Lonely Beach. You can compare it somewhat with Khaosan Road in Bangkok, parties here start in the late afternoon end end somewhere around dawn. Needless to say that a lot of local Thai girls with ordinary day jobs like hotel reception or spa head there to hook up with Farang guys after they finished work. Two of the most popular outdoor bars on Lonely Beach are Himmel Bar and Skandal Bar right opposite.
Apart from all these beer bars, night club and backpacker spots there are obviously countless of beachside restaurants that make great party spots at night too. Again most of the venues can be found on White Sand Beach, Hat Kai Bae and Lonely Beach.
Map of Nightlife on Koh Chang
You see the nightlife on Koh Chang has something for everyone. If you come as a couple you rather want to stick with the beautiful beachside bars and restaurants at White Sand Beach or Hat Kai Bae or the multi-culti parties on Lonely Beach. And if you are a single foreigner it doesn’t really matter where you have booked your hotel – you can find fun and accompaniment on almost every corner of the west coast.