Bar-hopping: 6 bars in Koh Samui you must visit – Updated 2019

#1 Chi Samui

What: Who doesn’t love a good swim-up bar? You’ll find Chi Samui on Bang Rak’s pristine white beach. This beach bar and restaurant serves up Mediterranean vibes, modern cuisine, hand-crafted cocktails and an extensive wine list. Chi boasts a 25m saltwater swimming pool, tons of live music and DJ sets, and a brilliant fireshow. Plus, guests of The Luxe Nomad and Luxury Villas & Homes receive a 10% discount at Chi when reservations are booked through their concierge service.

Find it here: 16/4, Moo 4, Bophut

Stay here: Upni Duniya. 4-9 bedrooms with direct beach access, infinity pool overlooking the ocean, private gym and cinema, and in-villa chef. From USD 1,300++/night.

#2 CoCo Tam’s

Coco Tam's Koh Samui bars
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What: Anyone who has had a good time bar-hopping in Koh Samui is likely to mention CoCo Tam’s, a rustic beachfront club near Fisherman’s Village. They offer great drinks, beanbags, fire shows, and Instagrammable spots – the makings of any young social media-savvy Samui-goer’s haunt.

Find it here: 62/1, Moo 1, Bophut

Stay here: Villa M. 2-4 bedrooms with daily breakfast, direct beach access, private pool, rooftop Jacuzzi and private chef. From USD 630++/night.

Read also: 5 Samui restaurants for your next foodie trip

#3 On Street Bar

On Street Bar Koh Samui
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What: This deliberately ramshackle bar sets itself apart from other Samui watering holes by keeping it a no-frills experience that’s all about the good drinks, art and music. Where else are you going to find drinks served out of large buckets?

Find it here: 12/7, Moo 2 Chaweng Beach Road

Stay here: Villa Kohia, 4 bedrooms with daily breakfast, ocean views, private pool, and private chef. From USD 450++/night.

#4 Ark Bar

Ark Bar Koh Samui

What: Day in, day out, you’ll find many bikini-clad or boardshorts-wearing tourists lounging by the beach at Ark Bar Beach Club. If you’re not up for the noise, stay clear; otherwise, you’ll love soaking in the pool parties, and fire shows as you sip on a drink from their extensive cocktail menu.

Find it here: 159/89, Moo 2, Chaweng Beach

Stay here: Sangsuri Villa 1, 2-8 bedrooms + 2 dorms with daily breakfast, private chef, 22m pool, outdoor cinema, yoga studio and direct beach access. From USD 1,250++/night.

#5 Tiki Box Bar

Tiki Box Bar Koh Samui

What: Some of Samui’s hospitality can be found at Tiki Box Bar, where friendly bartenders wearing floral-print shirts handcraft great cocktails (sometimes served in coconut shells) you’ll definitely be back for. Bar-goers have come away feeling like they’ve had the time of their lives, even though Tiki Box is easy-going – and we guess that’s the point.

Find it here: 25/112, Moo 6, Chaweng Beach

Stay here: Baan Jakawan. 4-7 bedrooms with 39.5-metre infinity pool, ocean views and in-villa chef. From USD 745++/night.

#6 Gecko Bar

Gecko Bar Koh Samui

What: Samui’s not just about beaches. High up in the hills is Gecko Bar, which is best enjoyed in the daytime as it provides panoramic views of the island. Food choices include Thai and continental favourites, while the bar serves juices, alcohol and even coffee.

Find it here: Bophut Hills, Mae Nam

Stay here: Ban Kinaree. 3-5 bedrooms with expansive open-air terrace, lush tropical gardens, private pool and in-villa chef. From USD 580++/night.

Read also: Dine your way through Koh Samui’s Fisherman’s Village at these 12 Eateries

Andrea Tim

Andrea is a serial kopi peng drinker (for fun, not for the caffeine; coffee doesn't wake her up) and believer in keyboard shortcuts. She sees The Dress as blue and black, and hears both Yanny and Laurel. Make of that what you will.

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