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 Koh Samoi where you don’t really feel like you’re on a 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 in the middle regarding development and taking care of the natural beauty.
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 dont 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 just 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. That is what island life is about! 😀
If you want to stay in big fancy 5 star resorts you can do that up in 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. That’s where I usually stay.
Of 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. It’s not like Bangkok or Pattaya in intensity but you can for sure have your fun here.
Nightlife in Koh Chang
Most nightlife is going on on the West coast of Koh Chang along Rural Rd all the way from White Sand Beach in north until Bang Bao in south.
Beer bars with working girls
Is there one thing Koh Chang don’t lack, it’s beer bars with working girls. In fact, that’s what this island is all about. 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 then 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 are 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. I counted them and it’s exactly 37 of them.
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.
There seems to be some karaoke bars here too and a big avenue with live music a little bit hidden inside the forest.
This place is much more relaxed then White Sand Beer Garden. I rarely heard loud music here and you could talk with inside voice in 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 point in to the street so it’s hard to miss.
There is also a bar here that pretty much worked as a 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 their all the same, and I think it’s pretty random who is good. You just have to drive around until you find a place that you want to spend your time in. If the name is Boom Boom Bar or Yes bar is not really important.
The southern most bar I found was in the town along Lonely Beach, Kamrai Bar.
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.
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.
Khamer girls are really interesting as most of them speak very good English and it’s possible to actually have a intelligent conversation with most of them. I’m impressed by Khamer girls. Many of them speak 4 languages (Khamer, Thai, English and Vietnamese).
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 on the bottom to see where to find them.
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.
Normal bars on Koh Chang
There are several good bars spread all over the island in varying quality. 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.
Parties at Lonely Beach
In high season (December until February) there are several big parties on Lonely Beach. You have the New Year party at 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 on Lonely Beach.
Map of Nightlife in Koh Chang
Video of Nightlife at Koh Chang