Looking for a piece of home while you travel, or are you an Aussiephile in search of VB? With great beaches and nice people in common, Koh Samui has its share of Australian influence.
Koh Samui Aussie bars
We recently counted a total of 6 Aussie pubs on Samui – or one bar per 36 square kilometres. Take out the island’s central jungle and Koh Samui’s Aussie bar offerings resemble the Northern Territory’s population density: one new friend every few kilometres. Try one or try them all – it’s no great challenge in a week’s holiday. What are the odds you won’t run into your favourite Bruce or Sheila?
Chaweng and Lamai
All are variations on a flag-draped G’Day theme: tempting happy hour specials, barbie-heavy menus with western and Thai options, and ample opportunities to make new friends (or people-watch from behind your beer). Some take their sports more seriously than others – if watching a specific match or game is life & death to you, we advise that you scope out screen sizes and ambient noise in advance. Chaweng is noisiest amongst your nightlife options (possibly to the detriment of crucial sports commentary).
Bondi is perhaps the best-established; certainly the most visible with large ads on many island billboards. Locations in Chaweng and Lamai.
Whether you need somewhere to watch AFL, the Australian Open or celebrate Australia Day (or just a friendly base from which to enjoy another island event) – there’s an Aussie bar on Koh Samui to sort you out.
Incidentally, take a look at Koh Samui’s size when dropped in your corner of the world. How does Koh Samui compare, size-wise, to Sydney, Fiji and more? Answers await!
Need more variety?
Get all the details you need to
see eat and drink the island’s highlights, including over 60 bar and restaurant ideas – all of which we’ve tried ourselves – in The Koh Samui Guide. Enjoy!