Not only Koh Chang offers fun and frolic in the sea, sand and sun, another kind of fun and frolic awaits as the island undergoes a drastic metamorphosis once the sun hits the ground. Most beaches on Koh Chang have their fair share of nighttime establishments, ranging from cosy cafés, relaxing pubs and lively beach and beer bars. Some resorts feature great facilities like karaoke rooms, in-house pubs and restaurants with live music or nightly movie screening.
Be it a game of pool with a group of friends, watching a live broadcast foot ball match or simply just enjoying the atmosphere (and drinks, of course), nightlife in accommodates to almost every idea of a fun night out. Most cafes and bars have a pool table, board games, big screen cable TV and a dartboard. Beach bars also count among the most popular nocturnal hangouts, most of which feature exhilarating fire shows.
If you’re looking for a wild night out on Koh Chang, White Sand Beach and Lonely Beach are probably the best places to head to as they are home to many legendary beach bars like Sabay Bar and Lemon Bar, where large crowds congregate on weekends and long holidays. They also offer a bevy of beach bars and pubs - most with live music, fire shows, pool table and a big projector showing the latest sport match. For the raunchier side of things, make your way to the aptly dubbed ‘Little Pattaya’, a small concentration of beer bars located on the southern end of the White Sand Beach (just before the road goes up the hill).
Bars on Koh Chang come in three different categories. The first one is roadside bars, usually found along the main road of each beach. These places offer cheap cocktails and beers, and some also serve a choice of local and international snacks. Then there’s a beer bar. A misnomer, beer bar also serves cheap cocktails as well as other kinds of drinks like whiskey and spirit. It’s a great place to hang out, especially if you’re a single male traveler looking for a companion for the night. A clutter of formulaic beer bars can be found in almost every beach area. The major ones one are located towards the end of the White Sand Beach (also known as ‘Little Pattaya’ for obvious reasons) and in the middle of Kai Bae Beach. Perhaps the most popular ones of all three are beach bars. Often with low chairs and seats (some places provide rubber mats for guests to sit right on the very beach), beach bars are extremely famous, and have become synonymous with Koh Chang nightlife. Delight in great live music, affordable drinks and exciting fire shows, which are featured on a nightly basis.
Usually come with Internet access service, cafés on Koh Chang are a great place to chill out, check your emails, watch the world go by while nibbling on a blueberry cheesecake or sipping on your favourite coffee concoction. Most cafés also provide a great selection of books and magazines for you reading pleasure, and some stay open until late. Most recommended is Papa’s Deli in Kai Bea Beach, where a freshly-baked array of pastries, croissants and barquettes are available daily.
Satisfy your inner divo and diva and belt out your favourite tunes at the karaoke facilities offered by major hotels and resorts in popular beach areas like White Sand Beach, Klong Prao Beach, Kai Bae Beach and Lonely Beach. Although some resorts and hotels may not have a large selection of western songs, attempting to sing in Thai can be just as entertaining – a great evening entertainment ideal for everyone in the family.
A firm favourite hangout for most people, pubs on Koh Chang, like anywhere else, offer a selection of beers and other alcoholic beverages as well as the usual pub grub menus like shepard’s pie and fish and chips. Expect a dartboard, large TV featuring latest sport matches, a pool table and sometimes live music. The most notable on the island is Paddy’s Palms, the island’s first Irish pub located in White Sand Beach serving imported beers like Guinness and Kilkenny. Many pubs also double as a restaurant, making it a great place for both family dining or a serious drinking night out.