Samui Wining & Dining
After Dinner Entertainment

The fun doesn’t have to end after your evening meal.

 

14You’ve eaten a delicious meal. You are full of fresh seafood (which can be found all over Samui), you’ve enjoyed a nice glass (or maybe more) of wine, and cheekily ended it with something insanely sweet. Your stomach is smiling, you feel content and you glance at your watch. No! It’s far too early to go back to your room. So what now? What do you do on Samui when you’re finished indulging in some of the finest dining in the world?

      The truth is that the island only really goes to sleep in the very early hours of the morning, and sometimes not at all - which is good news if you’re a night owl. So what is there to do? Let’s see what we can find.

      If you’ve overindulged and you fancy walking it off, try one of the many walking street markets. Small streets are closed off to cars and bikes and lined with stands selling food (sorry!), cocktails, jewellery, hand-made crafts and seemingly everything else. The markets move around so you’ll catch it in Maenam on Thursdays, in Bophut on Fridays and in Lamai on Sundays. If you can resist the tempting smell of barbecued food, this could be a nice outing after dinner, although bear in mind, they do start packing away around 10:00 pm.

      Perhaps chilling on the beach would be better. If you head to Bophut, Bangrak or Maenam, you will probably find a ‘laid back beanbags on the beach’ experience where you can sit back, relax, order a drink and watch the waves quietly lapping the shore. If you head to Chaweng, you will find a more vibrant, party atmosphere. Some of the resorts have sun loungers laid out on the beach until the early hours, with fantastic DJs and an endless supply of cocktails to make sure your night ends in the best possible way.

      If it’s just a simple walk on the beach you’re after, you’re spoilt for choice. The sand is soft, the waters calm and the restaurants (okay, you might be feeling peckish again) and bars plentiful. Walk along the water’s edge, breathe in the fresh sea air and smile - after all, you’re on Samui.

       Releasing a fire lantern is also popular. Vendors can be found walking along most beaches selling these beautiful lanterns, and often you can see the little blobs of orange floating in the sky for miles. Simply made of thin paper, a simple wire frame and small receptacle for fuel, they are lit and when enough hot air fills the lantern, they slowly expand and are released into the air.

      If you’re a sports fan, there are many bars where you can sit back and enjoy watching ‘the latest game’. The Fire Station in Maenam is a modern but chilled-out sports lounge with four 50-inch screens showing live sports from around the world. They also have a great sound system which plays some funky tunes in between games. They have a free pool table and free high speed Wi-Fi, and are open until the early hours of the morning.

         If you’ve had an early dinner, you might be able to catch the incredible fire show at the tiny little bamboo-structured Reggae Bar near Big Buddha. The star of the show, Champ, is just 13 years old and will amaze you with his various fire tricks. You’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole way through the show.

         You could always head into the heart of Chaweng and practise your bargaining skills while shopping for some souvenirs, or you can head to a cabaret show. There are a few excellent ladyboy cabarets in Chaweng. Singing, dancing, miming, semi-covered bodies and very long legs are all guaranteed.

         How about watching a Muay Thai boxing match? Most start around 9:00 pm which gives you plenty of time to enjoy your dinner and get to a stadium. At Petch Buncha Stadium, fights are held on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday nights, and at Chaweng Stadium every Tuesday and Friday. A buzzing atmosphere, live commentary and a healthy splash of Thai music all contribute to a great evening.

         If you’re hyped up from the boxing, dance it all off at one of the many clubbing venues, Green Mango being the most well-known on Samui. Here you can dance, boogie, jive and generally move your booty until the club throws you out at around 2:00 am. Housed in a large warehouse type building, it has two main areas with one playing hip hop and mainstream and the other more house and techno music. Sound Club in Chaweng (which is open until 6:00 am!) is another popular club with an inside area (playing hip hop and R&B) and an outside area (playing house). There are both resident DJs and visiting international guests.

         You could always adopt the ‘I’m on holiday and refuse to move’ option, and on Samui, this is entirely doable. Most hotels and resorts have some form of entertainment every night, from Thai dancing to live music or cabarets. Smaller bars and pubs have pub quiz nights and even karaoke evenings.

         So, we’re sure there is more than enough to keep you occupied after your meal. One thing you will never, ever be on Samui is bored. That much we can promise you.

         

Colleen Setchell


 


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