Big Buddha Nightlife

The area around the Big Buddha Statue, which is located in the north of the island, is probably the one of the quietest in terms of nightlife. There are certainly no girlie bars or nightclubs to be found here.

However, don’t write the night time scene at Big Buddha Beach off just yet. Popular with many expats who live on the island, the area around the Big Buddha statue and Bangrak offers a handful of places that provide great locations to enjoy a couple of beers, whilst taking in wonderful sea views.

If you are looking to escape from Chaweng or maybe and the scene at Lamai isn’t for you, then the area around the Big Buddha Beach can be an appropriate place to take it easy during the evening, whilst still having an enjoyable night out.

Here is a selection of some of the bars, pubs and cafes that can be found not far from the Big Buddha Statue:

Premier Sports Bar
This is Samui’s number one sports bar and one of the best places on the island for watching live Premiership football. The Premier Sports bar in Bangrak has five HD flat-screen TV’s, each showing a different game on Saturday and Sunday evenings. You will also find 2, 3 metre high projector screens, which are perfect for watching those all important games. Inside there is also free pool and free Wi-Fi. During the week there are also regular events such as a pub quiz on a Thursday and a ‘killer’ pool competition on a Friday night. English and Thai food is served all day.

Open: 12pm to late
Where: Big Buddha Beach, just opposite the Samui Mermaid Resort
Tel: 080 145 8060

Big Buddha Cafe (BBC)
The location of the Big Buddha Cafe makes it a perfect location for a cocktail whilst watching the sun go down. Some people even say that this the best place on the island to watch the sunset and they might just be right. Situated next to the entrance to the Big Buddha Statue, the BBC is popular amongst families who visit the area. The menu consists of European and Thai cuisine and they also serve a wide range of seafood dishes.  Complete with its friendly and relaxing atmosphere, you won’t disappointed if you choose to spend an evening here.

Open: 12pm to late
Where: The entrance to the Big Buddha Statue
Tel: 077 425 089

Cat Can Doo
This is very much the bar where the cats come out to play. Or so the promotional flyer says outside! A popular bar in the area and famous for serving up great pizzas and ribs, Cat Can Doo also shows live sporting events and is known locally as a venue that is popular amongst fans of Formula 1. Whether you like F1 or not, the pizzas that are available here are amongst some of the best on the island and well worth trying (they also have a takeaway menu). The drinks are very reasonable indeed with draught beer available from 49 Baht. There is a nice atmosphere here and whilst this is certainly not the trendiest bar on the island, is still a fun and relaxed place to enjoy some good food and a beer or two.

Open: 10am to late
Where: Opposite the Seatran Pier in Bangrak
Tel: 077 448 138

M&M Bar
A regular haunt amongst many expats on the area the popular M&M Bar serves ice cold beers, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Open: 11am to 2am
Where: Not too far from the Big Buddha, on Route 4171

Cosmic Bar
Located close to M&M Bar, Cosmic Bar is another one of Bangrak’s bars popular with expats. A nice joint, Cosmic is a good place to stop if you are doing a bar crawl of the area.

Open: 12pm to late
Where: Not too far from the Big Buddha, on Route 4171

Ocean 11
The trendy Ocean 11 is one of Samui’s most pleasant venues and is not only a great bar but also serves up really good food too, including fresh seafood, as well as some favourite dishes from Thailand and around the world. The tasteful interior and spectacular surroundings means that Ocean 11 is a place you would be more than happy to spend the evening in.

Open: 2pm to 10:30pm
Where: On the beach at Bangrak
Tel: 077 245 134

Cafe Uno
Formerly known as The Picnic Basket, Cafe Uno is undergoing somewhat of a second coming and is a popular with both tourists and expats alike. Serving good international food, Cafe Uno is also a beer. The staff re friendly and the service is nothing short of attentive. If you are looking for a good cooked breakfast then this is the place to go.

Open: 8am to 6pm
Where: Not far from the Seatran Pier, close to Big Buddha beach

Tuk Tuk Bar
The newly opened Tuk Tuk Bar looks very inviting from the outside and the inside is just as good. The bars modern and trendy interior is nice and with regular live music and karaoke events, Tuk Tuk Bar looks to have a promising future. Give it a try today

Where: Main road, not far from Big Buddha beach

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