Nightlife and Thai girls at Koh Chang

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. It’s 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.

Content

1: Beer Bars with working girls
2: Best bars in Koh Chang
3: Ladyboys on Koh Chang
4: Karaoke bars
5: Sky bars
6: Big parties on Lonely Beach
7: Where to buy marijuana

 

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

White Sand beer garden
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

Chai Chet beer bars strip
Chai Chet beer bars 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.

Walking Street Koh Chang
Walking Street Koh Chang

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.

1000 baht bungalow Koh Chang
1000 baht bungalow at Koh Chang

I met a lot of cute Khamer girls here, and I traveled around with a 21-year-old cutie on Koh Chang for three days with my motorbike and as the night came we banged all night in my 1000 baht bungalow on Klong Kloi beach.

Good times! 😀

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.

 

Normal 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.

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. 🙂

 

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.

 

Karaoke Bars

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

Sky Bar Koh Chang
Sky Bar 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

Marijuana is sold in TingTong Bar at Lonely Beach quite openly. Just ask the people that hang out in the street outside TingTong Bar about marijuana and they will sell it to you.

They also sell ready-made joints that you can smoke inside TingTong Bar in the chillout area.

Prices:

1 joint = 200 baht
3 gram brown weed: 300 baht

The weed here was not that good to be honest. One night I smoked 2 joints in the TingTong Bar with a Thai girl. I got medium high. 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.

But if you like indica you will have no problem with that. It’s probably possible to get sativa weed somewhere on the island too.

 

Map of Nightlife in Koh Chang

Video of Nightlife at Koh Chang





Location Report | Koh Chang – Thailand

Happy New Year guys! 😀 

Time to start the new year with a fresh location report straight from my new favorite island in Thailand; Koh Chang! 😀

Holy shit did I have a great time. The vibe on this island was absolutely fantastic! 😀

I spent one week here. The three first days with a hot girl from Bangkok, after that she had to go back to Bangkok to work, which gave me a great opportunity to explore the more dirty aspects of the island (hookers, dirty massages and booze 😀 ).

In fact. I’m seriously thinking about packing my shit and get my ass down to Koh Chang for a longer period. I’ve been in Bangkok way too long, and I find myself thinking more and more about the time I lived at Koh Pha Ngan. I really miss the simple life, that was after all why I moved to Thailand.

Island life in Thailand is really amazing and I think I just found my new home. I love the relaxed lifestyle and vibe.

 

Koh Chang explained

Where to stay at Koh Chang?

Where to go at Koh Chang

 

Westside of Koh Chang

This is were 99% of the stuff is going on. The entire westside is filled with resorts, bungalows, restaurants, bars and beaches in varied degree. But to be more exact:

Northwest Koh Chang

This is where you’ll find white sand beach. The beach was great, but personally I didn’t like this area of the island. It’s too crammed with resorts, bungalows, annoying beach sellers, malls and other shit. Tourism have trashed this area completely. 🙁

Not to mention that it’s extremely expensive to stay here in high season. I looked at some 4-5 stars resorts and they demanded 15.000 baht per night. Fuck that shit…

I remember I was at Koh Chang back in 2012 and this area was not nearly as developed as it is now. They’ve really raped the beauty of this once little charming town. In 2012 you could see the beach from the main road, today you can only see 2-3 floor buildings stuffed with Pizza Company’s and Family Marts. It’s really sad.

Midwest Koh Chang

I didn’t explore this area so much. Seems to be just like white sands beach, but with less development, more high-end resorts and a shittier beach. Nothing to see here.

Southwest Koh Chang

This was my favorite place on the island. It had the perfect balance between developments and nature. Not so much development that it destroyed the beautiful surroundings, but not so little that you were practically out in the jungle.

This area also had several beautiful and relaxed beaches. Nature Beach, Lonely Beach, Lisca Beach and BangBao Beach. The beaches in south also had much less beach sellers, which was nice.

If you’re into smoking weed Southwest seems to be the place too. You had Rasta beach and Rasta View. The last one a restaurant with a Rasta / Bob Marley theme. Weed was not at the meny, but it smelled weed everywhere in this area. So it can’t be hard to get. 🙂

I was also told, by several people, that police never went south of white sand beach. So it should be very safe to smoke here. 🙂

 

Eastside of Koh Chang

Nothing happening here. Mostly Thai people living in this area.

Southeast of Koh Chang

This is where I spent the three first night with my Bangkok girl. We spent the on a hideaway bungalow resort all the way down south on the island. This resort is not on Agoda or Booking.com. You can find it here on Google maps. It’s called Tantawan Bungalows.

1km north of Tantawan Bungalows you have Long Beach. If you really want to hide away this place is for you. The beach is about 1km long and the days we were there it was maybe 10 people on the beach.

North of Long Beach there was a small restaurant selling refreshments, coconuts and Thai food.

 

Available girls (3/5)

Koh Chang had a lot of cute girls around the island. This kind of surprised me because the local girl situation on most islands in Thailand is complete shit. Maybe the fact that Koh Chang is on the east side of Thailand, next to Cambodia, have something to do with it? Just a thought…

There is no secret that the longer south you go in Thailand, the uglier the local buffe becomes. 🙁

Regular girls

If you want to hook up with regular girls on Koh Chang. Online dating, the malls and Bang Bao pier is your best bet. There are Tesco Lotus and BigC malls all around the island. Here you can enjoy AC while you try to hit up some local cuties.  

BangBao Pier is also a pretty good spot. This is a gigantic pier southwest on the island with its own marked..! The pier is about 1km long and on each side of the pier there are small houses with shops and restaurants. A lot of hot girls here. 🙂 They even have their own hospital on the pier.. Wtf…

Hookers

In each town down the Westside of the island you will find bars with bargirls. The biggest bar complex is in the town of white sand beach, Had Sai Khao. Then the bar complexes get smaller and smaller the more south you go on the island. When you get all the way down to Lonely Beach, there was just one bar with bargirls…

I did see some hot girls in the bars, but it’s limited. If you’re staying at Koh Chang for more than 2 weeks you will have to use the same girls over again.

Farang girls

There are a lot of farang pussy on white sand beach, BangBao beach and Lonely beach. In fact, there are a ton of farang pussy everywhere on this island. Unfortunately, it seems like a lot of them are coming here with their boyfriends from back home.

Party situation (2/5)

The party situation on Koh Chang is relaxed. There are no crazy nightclubs here that are full every night of the week. The nightlife here mainly consist of small bars with a laid back vibe. Some bars will have live music x amount days of the week.

Southeast on the island reggae seems to be the main theme. I love reggae, so that doesn’t bother me.

Lonely beach seems to be the place where young tourists and backpackers gather to have beach parties. A little bit like Full Moon party at Koh Pha Ngan, but on a much smaller scale. I spent the new years eve on Lonely Beach, and it was hundreds of people there. Great fun!

 

Stuff to do (5/5)

Oh man. This island is epic! There is so much fun stuff to do.

Chill on the beautiful beaches, flirt with Thai girls, go on crazy motorbike adventures, explore the rain-forest and the waterfalls, go on a mountain-hike, go scuba-diving, bang some hookers, play guitar on an open scene at the reggae bars, relax, go on beach parties, get to know new people, try amazing Thai food, buy an old dirtbike for 3000 baht and fuck it up offroad, go shoot guns at the shooting range.

It’s a lot of stuff to do here. 🙂

But I’m happy with just the fact that it’s a beautiful tropical island with just enough hot Asian babes for a man to get by. 🙂

My favorite thing to do on Koh Chang however was to drive the motorbike. I even rented a 600cc sport bike for two of the days. GREAT FUN! There are a lot of fun curvy mountain roads on the islands to test your riding skills.

On the eastside of the island there are many straight roads with zero developments where you can push the throttle to max.

I met a lot of other bikers on the island, and one of the days I was following them all the way southeast on the island back to where I spent my three first days with the Bangkok girl.

Long beach restaurant
Long beach restaurant

 

Cost of Living (5/5)

Koh Chang can be very cheap and very expensive. It depends on where you stay. The most expensive area of the island is Had Sai Khao where you’ll find 5 stars resorts that goes for 15.000 baht per night in the high season. You can get a good deal if you book your hotel early from agoda.com or booking.com.

If you go more south on the island around Lonely beach or BangBao beach, you’ll find a lot of cheap bungalows with ok standard. I saw bungalows as low as 150 baht!!!

You won’t find these super cheap bungalows at agoda.com or booking.com as far as I know (correct me if I’m wrong). You’ll have to go there yourself and ask for room. The cheapest I saw was at Rasta View Bungalow for 150 baht per night, you can see location at google maps here.

Food was very cheap too. I ate most of my food in the small local Thai restaurants. I ate my usual dishes like fried rice, pad krapow and Geang Ped. I paid between 30 – 60 baht for these dishes.

I also ate a really tasty pizza at a restaurant called Sleeping Owl. See location here.

50 baht fish :)
50 baht fish 🙂

It’s completely possible to live of 400 baht per day on Koh Chang, with accommodation included. If you want motorbike make it 600 baht. That’s pretty good if you ask me. It won’t be fun to live that cheap forever, but if you are making an online business it can be a great way to save money while you work, for a while. 🙂

If you have a local girl to have fun with, you have everything you need! A place to sleep and work, a tropical island, cheap healthy food, transport and pussy.

 

Safety (5/5)

I have nothing to say really. The only thing I would be careful with are the songthaew taxis at night. Especially when it’s raining. There are some crazy mountain roads between the towns at the island.

The worst road are between the west-side of the island and the ferries to the mainland on the east side. Consider renting a motorbike by the ferry if you want to drive that road yourself, and not in the back of a old beaten up pickup truck.

Thai people have no fucking clue about road safety. I prefer to drive myself whenever I have the opportunity.

Southeast of Thailand, Koh Chang included is the area of Thailand with the highest malaria risk. So if you are staying in a cheap bungalow you should probably buy a mosquito net.

 

Conclusion

As I said in the beginning of this post. I’m seriously thinking about moving to Koh Chang. I’ve been in the big city for too long. I’m ready to live the laid back lifestyle again with beaches and coconuts. I also miss riding bikes on a regular basis. You can’t do that in Bangkok because of all the traffic jams.

Hot season is right around the corner too, and I’m not very keen on living in Bangkok. When it’s 40 degrees celsius it really helps with an ocean and a motorbike to cool off. 🙂

My nasal congestion gets worse by the day living in Bangkok from all the pollution too. You can’t even see the sky here because of all the skyscrapers. I need a break from that. If I need to go back to Bangkok it’s only 5 hours away with bus. It’s not that bad, there is even an airport in Trat if I need to get to Bangkok fast.

I really liked Koh Chang. It had a good mix between developments and maintaining nature (except white sand beach). The local people here where really friendly, the ‘regular’ tourists stays at white sand beach and the backpackers where not as annoying as on Koh Pha Ngan. Maybe Koh Chang attracts a different type of young backpackers? I don’t know..

I also know that I will save a lot of money if I move to Koh Chang.

The only part that makes me skeptical about living on Koh Chang is the rainy season. I’ve heard it’s really really bad, with the most rainy days in all of Thailand. I can believe that because when I was driving my motorbike around the island a lot of the roads where broken or limited because of flash floods or heavy rain.

Rainy seasons is still 5 months ahead in time, so I should not worry about that right now. 🙂

If you want to be a butterfly and go nuts with a new girl every night. Forget about this island. The island is just too small, and the population is to low. A key to being a successful butterfly is staying low. As soon as a local girl on this island start to date a farang, I’m sure the entire island knows it in two days. Be careful.

 

Total Score

Available girls:     3/5
Party situation:   2/5
Stuff do to:           5/5
Cost of Living:      5/5
Safety:                   5/5

Goodbye Boring Life Score: 

       20 / 25

 

Have you been at Koh Chang? What did you like about the place? Tell me in the comment section.