Koh Chang Nightlife - Island Beach Guide
The west coast, with the higher number of developed areas, is the part of Koh Chang where you will find the venues for drinking and eating. It is relatively quiet, and there have always been concerns that this island will not be overdeveloped with noisy bars and nightclubs. But there are a few places to dance and drink till the small hours, many along White Sands Beach and Klong Phrao
Pubs & Bars
One special drink you can get here is a "bucket" which is made up of a can of coke, a can of Red Bull and a half bottle of Thai whiskey. All delivered in a bucket and away you go!
Many of the bars have tables, mats and chairs set up on the beach and put on a fire shows. Paddys is an Irish style pub serving western and Thai food. Other pub and bar venues visitors have enjoyed are the Dolphin Bar with music, food and booze. There is pool, internet and sports TV at the 15 Palms bar on White Sands
As a national pastime, Karaoke is high on the Thai list of nighttime things to do on holiday. There aren't a huge number of Karaoke bars in Koh Chang, but the developed west coast has a number of places for the sing a long, with The Milky Bar leading the way.
Again, not too many venues but Oodies Place has nightly music, whilst KC is very popular as a venue for general disco music. On Lonely Beach there is the Backsound club which attracts many of the backpacker visitors.
On Hat Mai Kook beach the Skybay Pub has predominantly Thai music, as well as a Thai band, The Sabay bar and restaurant has a Filipino band playing nightly.
The Tantawan Italian restaurant features The Poor Band, with the restaurants owner performing. The Lek Bar has live music and has nightclub to the rear of the restaurant
Eating out is the most popular evening activity on Koh Chang, and the choice of cuisine is growing month by month. The bigger hotels will offer international cuisine, but lots of travelers prefer to seek out the smaller venues where maybe the ingredients are fresher and the cooking traditional.
By far the best seafood restaurants are at the southern end of the island at Bang Bao. The seafood here is caught by the local fishermen that day and, as in many Thai restaurants and street cafes, is cooked right in front of you, usually at lightening speed. Beach barbecues are all along the sands in the evening where a dish will cost very little.
In the newer more developed places of Klong Phrao and White Sands and down to Kai Bei the list of restaurants includes Italian, German, Swedish, French and Indian as well as Thai.
Spa Koh Chang is a vegetarian restaurant which has been awarded a credit by a UK restaurants magazine as being "One of the Worlds Best Vegetarian Restaurants" Not a bad recommendation at all.
At Bai Lan bay there is the intriguingly named Miss Naughty Bar for Thai and western food which includes apple crumble, homemade bread and pizzas.
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