Koh Chang is my favorite island in Thailand. In my opinion there is no island above or beside.
The island is not too developed like lets say Koh Samoi where you don’t really feel like you’re on an island anymore because of all the tall buildings and developments, but you’re not out in the middle of the jungle either.
Koh Chang is perfectly balanced between preserving the beautiful wilderness but still have some of the craziness and debauchery that we all love. 😀
I think my tourist guide map says it the best: “The island of Koh Chang is a tropical marine national park. Its hinterland consist of over 70% virgin rain forest and is the best preserved holiday destination in Thailand.” 😀
I don’t know about you guys, but when I go to an island I want to relax. I want to feel the nature. I want to be by myself, maybe together with a cute girl I found in a bar the night before. If I want to party hard I can go to Pattaya or Bangkok.
At Koh Chang you can relax on the beach. No beach sellers will harass you, you will hear the waves and not the traffic in the background from the beach promenade and you can hear the wind in the palm trees behind you while you sip coconut juice. That’s what island life is about! 😀
If you want to stay in big fancy 5 star resorts you can do that up north along White Sand Beach, if you want to have a beach for yourself stay all the way south near Bang Bao that have easy access to Klong Koi beach.
If you want to be totally isolated you can go to Long Beach.
When that is said. Koh Chang do not lack nightlife in any matters. Yes it’s not like Bangkok or Pattaya in intensity but you can for sure have your fun here.
Nightlife in Koh Chang
All of Koh Chang’s nightlife is happening on the West coast along Rural Rd all the way from White Sand Beach in north until Bang Bao in south. The nightlife varies from beer bars, regular bars, nightclubs, karaoke bars, small hippy huts and nice restaurants on the beach with live music, flame shows and games.
Bars and nightclubs on Koh Chang
There are several good bars spread all over the island. Here are some of the bars that I liked the most.
This bar is located at White Sand Beach. Really nice bar with a good vibe. In daytime they serve all kinds of food. Thai food, Korean food and Western food. This is a very popular place to eat while you watch the sunset over the horizon.
After sunset there will be live music in the stage and the atmosphere and decoration is just really great.
Filou Cocktail Lounge
This is probably the bar with the coolest interior I have ever seen anywhere. Very nice atmosphere and great live band. A little bit expensive for Koh Chang, but it’s easy to see where your money was spent.
I guess you get what you pay for.
There are also a ton of bars all around the island that I see no point mentioning as they are pretty much the same. Along most beaches at Koh Chang you have many hidden bars along the beach with chill live music, food and cocktails. Take your pick.
Himmel and TingTong Bar
These bars are as close as you get to nightclubs on this island. They are by no means Bangkok or Phuket standard, and you will be siting on dirty chairs while sipping your 80 baht Sangsom cocktail. This is not a place to meet up in suit lol (yeah one guy did just that 1 hour before I’m writing this).
People here are a good mix between backpackers, mongers, regular girls, both Thai and foreign and freelancers looking for customers.
Himmel and TingTong bar are just a stone’s throw away from each other. If one sucks, just check out the other one. 🙂
Beer bars with working girls
Is there one thing Koh Chang doesn’t lack, its beer bars with working girls. In fact, that’s what this island is all about if you ask me. You will find beer bars along Rural Rd from the town along White Sand Beach and all the way down to Bang Bao. That road is no less than 15 km and you will find small beer bars all over the place.
It’s almost no point making a beer bar guide for Koh Chang as they are literally everywhere and pretty much all the same. However, there are some beer gardens with bigger gatherings that I will tell about here and you also have a small walking street on the island with 20-30 beer bars.
Most bars are open until 2 am, but the bars will gladly hold open longer if there’s money to be made. It’s not like in Chiang Mai where the police will come and force close everything if it’s not closed by 1 am.
White Sand Beer Garden
I don’t know if this place have an official name, but the beer garden is located in the town along White Sand Beach.
This is the biggest gathering of beer bars on Koh Chang with around 40 ber bars in a cluster.
This place is the most high energy area on the island. It’s loud music and high energy all night.
If you are looking for something more relaxing where you can sit down and talk with the girls you should probably go further south on the island.
Chai Chet Beer bar strip
In Chai Chet (roughly 2km south of White Sand) there is a long strip along Rural Rd with 30 – 40 bars.
This place is much more relaxed than White Sand Beer Garden. I rarely hear loud music here and you can talk with inside voice in most of the bars.
Walking Street Koh Chang
In the small town along Kai Bae Beach you’ll find Walking Street.
It’s a parallel street of Rural Rd where you’ll find 30-40 beer bars. It’s a big black sign pointing to the street so it’s hard to miss.
There is also a bar here that pretty much worked as an outdoor nightclub. Every night I was there it was full, loud music and people was dancing on the outside dance floor. 😀
The beer bars here are relaxed and laid back. There is a big probability that you’ll get a bar for yourself here with 2-5 working girls for yourself eager to go with you.
There are also a lot of solo bars spread all over Rural Rd on the West side that I won’t mention in this guide as they’re all the same, and I think it’s totally random who is good. You just have to drive around until you find a place that you want to spend your night in. If the name is Boom Boom Bar or Yes bar doesn’t really matter.
The southern most beer bar I found was in the town along Lonely Beach, Kamrai Bar, but this bar seems to be only ladyboys.
Khamer girls on Koh Chang
Just as you’ll find a lot of cute Lao girls in Nong Khai and Udon Thani, cities that are close to the Lao border. You’ll find a lot of cute Khamer girls on Koh Chang as it’s very close to the Cambodian border.
Khamer girls are really interesting girls as most of them speak very good English and it’s possible to actually have an intelligent conversation with most of them. I’m impressed by Khamer girls. Many of them speak 4 languages (Khamer, Thai, English and Vietnamese).
I think finding a Khamer girl once in a while is a nice break from the average Thai girl who speak very little English, only eat Thai food and think Thailand is number 1 in everything.
Ladyboys on Koh Chang
Ladyboys are working in the same bars as the girls. No need to go to a special place on Koh Chang to find them. I’m not into ladyboys personally, but I have to admit there was some pretty hot ones in the beer garden at White Sand Beach.
Koh Chang have a small strip of karaoke bars along Rural Rd near Chai Chet beach. Check map under to see where to find them.
Soapy Massage on Koh Chang
There are no soapy massage on Koh Chang yet.
Sky bars on Koh Chang
Koh Chang have only one sky bar. Calling it a sky bar is probably a little bit pretentious as it’s only five floors up but hey this is Koh Chang so I’ll let that slip. The skybar is on the top of The Gallery Hotel, check the map.
The place is top-notch modern and has a pretty good view out towards the ocean. Absolutely enjoyed this avenue.
There is another place a little bit longer south called Lighthouse Cuisine, it’s a restaurant but they have very good view towards the sea and you can get the sunset there while you enjoy your food and drink.
Big parties at Lonely Beach
In high season (December until February) there are several big parties on Lonely Beach. You have the New Year’s Eve party 31st of December every year, then you have Winter Sensation every February that is sponsored by Bacardi + smaller beach parties that is going on every Saturday most of the year.
They are really good at putting up posters all over the island so you wont miss it if something is going on at Lonely Beach.
Where to buy marijuana on Koh Chang
I DO NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TO BUY, POSSESS OR USE DRUGS IN THAILAND. DRUG PENALTIES IN THAILAND ARE HARSH.
YOU COULD RISK BIG FINES, PRISON OR / AND DEPORTATION.
Marijuana is sold in a few bars at Lonely Beach quite openly. Just ask the people that hang out in the street outside some of the bars and they will help you.
They also sell ready-made joints that you can smoke inside the bar. I SAW MANY PEOPLE DO THIS.
1 joint = 200 baht
3 gram brick of hashish: 300 baht
The weed here was not that good to be honest. One night I smoked 3 joints in one of the bars with a Thai girl. I got medium high but very baked and tired. The weed here was not like the sativa weed in Vang Vieng that would send you on a journey to the moon.
I only found indica weed on Koh Chang and it just made me really sleepy honestly.