Koh Chang is good for a bit of nightlife, with plentiful cafés, roadside bars, beach bars, and beer bars. The latter is of the girlie type where you can pick up prostitutes, although there are no Koh Chang go go bars. Those coming from Pattaya or Bangkok will find it decidedly dead on this front, yet you can always short-time bar girls.
If you’re looking for the liveliest place in Koh Chang, it is best to head for the main resort of White Sand on the west coast. This area has the most hotels and bars and there is a group of beer bars at the southern end. They call this complex of bars ‘Little Pattaya’, though there is no comparison.
The other types of bars in Koh Chang are roadside bars where you can have cheaper beer, cocktails and snacks. There are also many fun beach bars that spill out onto the sand and have fire dancing and parties. These are fun for meeting other foreigners as well as for meeting freelance prostitutes later on. During full moon parties, the best beach bars are on Lonely Beach (further south).
Beer bar means women for sale, and they also serve spirits and cocktails by the way. They differ from Koh Chang go go bars in that they contain almost fully-dressed girls that simply mingle around the bar awaiting customers. The go go bars feature scantily-clad girls dancing onstage in a closed-off environment. Pattaya is best for these.
With most of the bars and girls in White Sand, competition is heavier here so you can often get a good price for the women. They’ll usually start at around 1,000 baht short-time, though this can often be talked down. There are one or two short-time hotels nearby, too, so you can take the girl direct there instead of back to your hotel (not all Koh Chang hotels accept bar girls).
Kai Bae Beach is also good for bars and girls. There’s not very many, but those in the middle of the resort are a laugh. There is also a small cluster of bars at Lonely Beach. Don’t expect gorgeous women at Koh Chang go go bars as they’re mostly girls that have not got on in Pattaya or come straight down from Isaan.
You’ll also discover a lot of ladyboys in Koh Chang. If they are your thing, then great, you can also rent these out, too. However, they can be quite pushy and in your face. Koh Chang ladyboys are similarly priced to the girls and you can also meet them in places like Sabay Bar, White Sand Beach, in the early hours.
Where to go
White Sand Beach has bars and beer bars down both sides of the road and there are plenty of hangouts, including live music and sex for sale. You’ll also find many of the bars have sports on TV and they get especially lively here on weekends, when holidaying Bangkokians come down for fun. Sabay is one of the top bars, along with 15 Palms, Casamarina, Lee Bar and Lek Bar.
Kai Bea Beach is the next best for girlie bars and is nice and compact for getting around fast. The main road has half a dozen beer bars, including Catz Bar and Relax Bar; the latter of which even has short-time rooms! The small complex known as Butterfly is also worth a look as it has a couple of bars. Lonely Beach has just a few Koh Chang go go bars and girls.