Ark Bar – Koh Samui

The Ark Bar is more of an area than a resort with an attached hotel, two restaurants and three bars, located directly on the sand of Chewang beach. If you are strolling down Chewang Beach it will be impossible to miss this ‘bar’. There is also a hotel as part of the resort, though this may be a bit loud and rambunctious for most people, with many better options located within walking or taxi distance.

The menu is an incredible 20+ pages with local Thai favorites, fresh seafood from the grill that you can pick out yourself as well a myriad of European dishes from Schnitzel to Fish and Chips. The prices are a bit higher than you would pay at most other restaurants on the island, but the food is good and the atmosphere is great. They are also open later than most of their competitors on the beach.

In the evening this place will be swarming with people and the music will be pumping – though the closer you sit to the water the more you will be bombarded with locals trying to sell you touristy items, inlcuding sky lanterns, which you can alight and let lift off into the sky, and children offering to make bets on whether you can beat them at playing Connect Four. The bars do close around 1.30 but there are plenty of options within a block or two if you are not ready for bed yet.

Location: 159/89, Moo 2, Chaweng Beach Bophut, Koh Samui Suratthani 84320
Phone +66 (77) 961 333
Fax +66 (77) 961 334
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