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Koh Chang nightlife comprises serious partying, Thai ladies, cool bars and old school live music.

It’s concentrated around Lonely Beach, White Sand Beach and Kai Bae Beach but other areas also have pockets of action worth exploring.

At A Glance

  • If you want to dance on the sand or lose yourself in a bass speaker, head to Lonely Beach.
  • For Thai female company, your main port of call is the southern end of White Sand Beach but Chai Chet has its own clusters of beer bars too.
  • Kai Bae Beach is best known for its very decent selection of lounge bars but it too has a Walking Street.
  • You can find live music all over the island – Filipino bands, the ex-pat music scene, Thai musicians and open mic .
  • For the Thai hippie vibe, head all the way south to Hat Sai Noi and Bang Bao Beach.  
  • Assume full scale (huge speakers, fireworks) competing parties in multiple venues on New Year’s Eve. You do get Full Moon parties too but on nothing like the scale of those in Koh Phangnan.
  • Don’t expect any large/mega EDM nightclubs such as Kolour in Phuket – not Koh Chang’s thing.
  • During the season, look out for the various one-off festivals – clubbing and DJs (Winter Sensation), big name Thai singers and bands.

We take you round each area in our snippets below but you can then also dig deeper by following the links to the specific pages for Lonely Beach, White Sand Beach and Kai Bae Beach. 

Due to the pandemic, nightlife has suffered immeasurably – frequent alcohol bans, curfews, lockdowns. We have marked certain venues as currently closed meaning that even if allowed to re-open, we are not sure if they will.


Lonely Beach – Koh Chang Nightlife

From its humble smoke hazed origins, Lonely Beach has now become the thumping-bass and bone-shaking core for Koh Chang’s good times.

Dj’s from different far flung places throw down familiar tunes each and every night of the week, at a whole host of different venues located either on the beach or up in the village.

There are parties to celebrate pretty much anything, openings, closings, National holidays, phases of the moon that even the moon didn’t know it had, whatever.

The bars meanwhile open up till the wee small hours to draw in any other lost souls wandering the streets.

Love it or loath it, you certainly can’t deny it and all in all, it’s great, good-natured, unwholesome fun.

Recommendations

  • Party: Cancun, Ting Tong, Himmel, Nature
  • Live: Stone Free
  • Bar: Margaritaville, Lonely Beach Bar, Gu’s Bay
  • Sports: Beach Jungle (currently closed)

White Sand Beach – Koh Chang Nightlife

White Sand Beach has a different feel to Lonely Beach in keeping with its more touristy development.

A loud and very proud mini-Pattaya sits up at the southern end. It’s not a walking street as such but a few rows of tightly packed bars, a handful of girls in each. Lady drinks are 100bt to 150bt, bar fines at  around 500bt. There’s also a small nightclub now as well, Babylon.

For live music, Oodies is by far the most popular and the best, but there are also house bands at Sabay Bar (and a fireshow) and Rock Bar.

For a decent beach bar, 15 Palms has a prime location on the sand at the northern end, with our favourite, the tiny Tapas Bar a couple of hudred metres further along.

White Elephant is the sole pub in White Sand Beach now that Paddy’s Palms has downsized to 15 Palms.

Recommendations

  • Party/Club:  Sabay Bar (currently closed), Babylon (currently closed)
  • Live:  Oodies (currently closed), Rock Bar (currently closed), Sabay Bar (currently closed)
  • Bars: Tapas, 15 Palms
  • Beer Bars:  Mini Pattaya (currently closed)
  • Pubs and Sports: White Elephant, 15 Palms

Kai Bae Beach – Koh Chang Nightlife

Nightlife in Kai Bae Beach combines some of Koh Chang’s best places to have a drink with a small concentration of beer bars.

Starting with those beers bars, if that’s your thing, then Walking Street at the northern end is the place to head. It’s relatively low key in comparison to White Sand Beach’s mini-Pattaya but the handful of establishments still lay on all the usual for your entertainment – beer, pool, games, loud music and girls.

The main street, on the other hand, gives you a different scene completely. Wine Gallery serves up terrific wine,  imported beers and food in the centre of town, with the relaxed and new lounge bar, Jellyfish a near neighbour. 

Further along, you can get all the sports and a pub-like atmosphere at Morgan or numerous cocktails and happy hours at Filou.

For sunsets or lazy afternoons, hit the hip bistro bar down by the sea, Cabana. The restaurant at the long established Porn Bungalows is an excellent alternative. 

Finally, Deep Island (currently closed) puts on frequent acoustic sessions at its tiny bar by the bridge, whilst the in-house band at Sea Breeze belts out the standards most nights of the week – it’s roadside down at the southern end.

Recommendations

  • Live: Sea Breeze, Deep Island (currently closed)
  • Bar: Jellyfish, Wine Gallery, Filou, Cabana
  • Sports: Morgan
  • Beer Bars: Yak Yak

Other Beaches – Koh Chang Nightlife

Beyond the three beaches above , Koh Chang nightlife is much more low-key, but we summarise what’s on offer below.

Wherever you stay, you’ll still be able to get a drink, and maybe listen to some music without having to search too hard.

Cheers or as the Thais would say, Chok Dee!

North to South

Pearl Beach

Between White Sand Beach and Chai Chet, the area of Pearl Beach is certainly not somewhere you go for nightlife but we should mention the live music at Ju Ju.

Every Tuesday, local musicians get together for a jamming session from 17.00 onwards and you are welcome to come along to listen – there’s a bar too. Ju Ju is at the far end of the little street by the Honda showroom.

Chai Chet

Nightlife in Chai Chet is either a couple of good bars or Thai female company – that’s your lot.

  • For a regular, friendly bar, the reggae themed Malibu in Coconut Plaza has been the go-to choice for many years.
  • Down by the sea at the southern end , the resort Flora I Talay offers a beachside bar with plenty of chilled out seating areas and decent music. Great for sunsets, it also throws DJ parties on the big occasions.
  • For the Thai female company, you need to head to the northern end and its long row of beer bars offering you know what. Opening from lunchtime onwards, choices include Airport Bar, Pillow Bar, Princess, Get Lucky and King Kong (all currently closed), though they come and go with a fair frequency. As to which is the best for entertainment and female company, that’s outside our scope, so maybe just head on down there, suck it and see.

Klong Prao Beach

Perhaps because of its spread-out nature, the large Klong Prao Beach area actually has very little nightlife.

  • At the northern end, Sapparot Bar and its neighbour, Moley’ Guesthouse are two decent spots on the canal, very relaxed and definitely worth a look.
  • Further south, Alchemy (currently closed), stands out as the hip bar of Klong Prao Beach, with mixology their speciality.
  • Around the next corner,  just by the turning to Emerald Cove, Na Chung (currently closed) puts on the sports.
  • For female  company, there’s a few bars in the same area as Alchemy or some welcoming Thai smiles in the cluster of beer bars across the road from Choc Dee and Magic Resort – the far southern end.
  • For sunset, you could also dip into the beach-side bars at one of the big resorts such as Dewa or The Splash.

 

Bailan Beach – Koh Chang Nightlife

Even though the near neighbour to Lonely Beach, nightlife in Bailan Beach is almost negligible.

  • Down on the sand at the southern end, Lisca Beach is a lovely location for a sundowner.
  • For sports, the English owned 3 Trees Guesthouse shows all of the Premiership games.

Bang Bao

Like Bailan, you don’t head to Bang Bao to party but there are still a couple of spots worth exploring.

  • For sundowners, head along the pier to Buddha View (currently closed).
  • Cliff Cottage too has a great sunset terrace looking over the bay at the rear.
  • Rasta View, just past Tranquillity Bay at the far southern end, occupies a prime location with views down onto Bang Bao bay – cold beers, shakes, mellow music and all round louche vibe.

Bang Bao Beach

Hat Sai Noi, the little beach before Bang Bao Beach and Bang Bao Beach itself do offer a couple of bars to kick back in – Thai hippie being the main theme. 

  • On Hat Sai Noi, Djembe House is somewhat of an institution – a ramshackle, smoky kind of joint which also throws occasional parties and enjoys many a drum-a-thon.
  • Next door, Indie Beach hosts acoustic nights most weeks.
  • On Bang Bao Beach itself, the old school beach veteran, Mr Tee, has now left Koh Chang, with Green Garden Restaurant replacing his bar.
  • On the sand, The Beach and Coco Chacha (currently closed) at Chivapuri give you a couple of alternatives, whilst on the trails behind the sand, Chan Siam (currently closed) takes up the Thai hippie reins.