Lonely Beach nightlife brims with bars, parties and general decadence. If you want to dance or drink, then this is the place on Koh Chang to hit.
From humble beginnings, with its backpacker reputation and cheap accommodation, it has developed into the centre of all things wild and wonderful once or the sun goes down.
Not much of an excuse is needed for a party, an anniversary of when you opened seems a good start, but half moon, full moon, Christmas Eve, Valentines Day, New Year’s Eve, Thai New Year will see some pretty big bashes, where even the most churlish might find their feet tapping – the music has improved over the years from when the same tape seemed to do the rounds at each place.
Useful provisos for Lonely Beach nightlife are the buckets are strong, swimming when drunk is a worse mix than vodka and red bull and some things are still illegal even if you are only wearing flip flops. Have fun!
In the Village
The main focus of Lonely Beach nightlife is up in the village at Soi 1, where the bars and party venues, Himmel and Ting Tong, face each other about half day down. Much smaller bars, Shanti Shanti (currently closed) and X Bar are at the top and bottom end of this section.
Open every night except specific government holidays and elections, the bars put on happy hours, fireshows and more besides to get you through the door, where bucket in hand, you can then dance the night away to a house soundtrack – assume at least one party per week at Himmel and Ting Tong respectively.
Over on the parallel street, Soi 2, Stone Free forgoes that pumping bass in favour of live blues music at its ramshackle bar, whilst Om Bar, its neighbour, is a chilled out spot to sup a beer or two. Still on the same soi, you can head down to Roxy Bar at Warapura to watch the sunset, with its low level tables and chairs looking out over the ocean.
Back on the main street and at the far southern end, you get another different atmosphere again at Margaritaville, where in-house DJs serve up a proper good time vibe to a hip crowd. A little before Margaritaville, Lonely Beach Resort has recently revamped its own bar (with pool table), giving you another option and Beach Jungle usually has the sports on its big screen behind the bar. Incidentally, Carpe Diem, down Soi 2, shows all the Aussie Rules games.
Look out too for Gu’s Bay Bar near the bridge, run by a Lonely Beach nightlife veteran, San.
On The Beach
Not the on the actual beach but in the LB Complex development area next door, the ever expanding Beautiful Bar is down on the seafront, with its near neighbour, Titanic, a lounge/cocktail bar housed in, you guessed it, a specially built boat. Rude Boy, meanwhile, a reggae bar constructed out of recycled wood, offers a different laid back vibe at the far end on the rocks.
Lonely Beach is not really a beer bar (with girls for ‘company’) kind of place but a few have started to pop up along the street – To The Beach Road as it is called – which leads down to the above three.
Meanwhile on the sand itself, the northern end is home to the daytime and sunset spot, Lonely Beach Bar. With Djs playing relaxed house, a weekly reggae spot, bean bags and makeshift salas for chilling, it’s deservedly popular with the locals and tourists alike. Next door, Himmel, same group as in the village, has another outlet. Incidentally, they also run a third bar in White Sand Beach at Koh Chang Princess.
Finally, in the centre of the beach, the resort and restaurant, Nature, has a full bar too which gets going at sunset and carries on into the evening. Further to that, at various times of year, it will throw a decent enough party, with its New Year’s Eve bash in particular now a Lonely Beach institution.
Bands and Festivals
Bands do come down from Bangkok, just keep your ear to the ground for all live music and guest DJ’s pop in and out throughout the season.
Look out too for Koh Chang’s answer to the mega Koh Phangan parties, The Winter Sensation festival which usually takes place over a couple of days. It will be an all nighter with different stages, DJs coming in especially to play alongside the local ones and all in all, a terrific full-on event for the party crowd.
Recommended Bars and Party Venues – Lonely Beach Nightlife
North to South
Himmel on the Beach
On the Beach
Towards the northern end by Siam Beach Resort, offshoot bar of the main venue in Soi 1 – see below. Fireshows, cocktails, full bar, cold beers. Parties during the season.
Lonely Beach Bar
On the Beach
Tiny bar next door to Himmel playing cool sunset tunes to LB’s hip local crowd and tourists. Cocktails and cold beers, seating on the sand. Revolving roster of DJs, odd party and birthday celebrations. Great for sunsets, nice vibe. 12.00 to 20.30
On the Beach
Bang in the middle of Lonely Beach, resort, restaurant and bar by the sea, which throws large parties throughout the season. Normally the biggest draw on NYE with its huge stacks of speakers and dancing on the sand. Good sundowner spot too.
On the Seafront – LB Complex
Located at the bottom of To The Beach Road in the Lonely Beach complex, between the beach proper and the village, specially built boat housing an intimate cocktail bar, with seating both inside and upstairs. Full bar, bistro food, great views.
Soi 1, in the Village
Down the first soi in the village, ever expanding buzzing venue occupying both sides of the street, with all the huge variety of drinks, buckets, fire shows and blazing tricks from the bar boys. Numerous party nights throughout the season.
Ting Tong Bar
Soi 1, in the Village
On the opposite side to Himmel a little further down the soi, very popular bar and party spot with resident and guest djs. Live music too with frequent visits from Bangkok bands. Goes late as standard and usually all night on the big occasions.
Soi 2, in the Village
Down the second soi, ramshackle venue with lots of wooden tables and a hippy bluesy vibe. Live music from the Sticky Blues Band, full bar, older crowd, cats and dogs. Linked to Thale Guesthouse, all together a friendly hang-out.
Far Southern End, Main Street
Next door to BB Lonely Beach at the far end of the village, deservedly popular small bar, with good selection of cocktails and excellent food. Friendly atmosphere, fun vibe with great music mixed nightly. Parties during the season. Open from 17.00. Rooms out back too.
UPDATED JULY 22 for 22/23 Season
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