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Koh Tao Night Life

Nightlife in Koh Tao is fun and laidback, but at times can be pretty wild. The bars are generally a little more chilled, and a lot less crowded than the huge full moon parties on the nearby island of Koh Phangan, but with a bucket of Thai whiskey being passed around the dance floor you can quickly find yourself lost in a party that will continue through to the early morning.

Professional DJ's from all over the world spin theit very best. Fire jugglers frequently perform on the beaches. Each night of the week will find a different party. Look out for flyers at shops and taxis. Most of the bigger clubs have dance floors on the beach, a couple up in the mountains.

There are also plenty of more relaxed, chilled little bars along the beaches in which to warm up for the parties or just unwind and get into the music.

Some places show live sports, some have pool tables and now & then places with daily changing movie programs invite you to come in and enjoy. Thai boxing is performed at irregular times,- check for flyers on the street. Don't miss it!

For the more low-key clientele there are also a few pub-like venues and cocktail lounges with chilled tunes. Some show live sports, some have pool tables or darts and you will easily find an expat to join a game of Backgammon.
Most restaurants have a daily changing movie program, advertised on white boards at the entrance.

Thai Boxing is performed frequently, there are flyers and quite audible announcements from cars informing about date and place. You can even participate, if you dare.
Look out for new places which are opening all the time.

Mae Haad Harbour

Koh Tao's harbour town, sloping uphill with almost all restaurants lining the upward slope this place is of the more family orientated mindset. No girly beer bars exist but a few bars with pool tables in by the beach make up for it.
Sairee Beach

Once a marshy swamp and now a scuba-village, this is where a lot of the nightlife for single divers is. On the main road into Sairee village and on the 7-11 road there are a few girly bars here.
Chalok Baan Khao

The southernmost beach on Koh Tao which has a very subliminal atmosphere. The bars here tend to be low-key and fairly tranquil.
Venus Park

The biggest venue in Koh Tao for partying is Venus Park. Situated in the middle of the jungle (south central geographically), it is only opened for big party's like the Half-Moon Party, Xmas or New Year. Getting to it is a challenge. Doable on a trail bike and pick-up, a bit hairy coming back drunk as a monkey with the muddy road winding and wending up and down!
Half-Moon Party

The half-moon party is Koh Tao's answer to Koh Pha-ngans rave-fueled extravaganza. It takes place at a hilly out-door venue not far from Chalok Baan Khao (about a 10 - 15 minute bike ride). More civilised, with usually house-style music instead of rave yet retaining a lawless edge, the half-moon party enjoys a limited degree of success. But it isn't really a bit hit with mainlanders who aren't 'in the know'. Most people who go are Koh Tao divers and visiting tourists who pick up it by word-of-mouth.