Heart & Soul Bar and Grill is Samui's first venue dedicated to the smooth and groovy sounds of Northern Soul and Jazz. Owner Lee Hughes draws on his
extensive CD collection to give patrons a taste of the music that laid the foundations for the UK's rave scene. If names like The Velvets, Mickie Champion, The Ojays, Gladys Knight or Sheila Ferguson don't mean anything to you, then Heart & Soul is a great place to discover them. The bar also serves a fine range of cocktails and a tasty selection of marinated steaks and kebabs fresh from the charcoal grill. Big Buddha Beach, Outside Sunset 2 Resort. Open 11 am. - 2 am.
Run by husband and wife team Mikko Vuori and Krista Stockberg, Sibelius is the place to come for Scandinavian treats such as "Lightly Salted Beef Carpaccio" with tomato & pepper salsa & wasabi sauce, Creamy Scandinavian Soup with homemade dark rye bread and Dijon & Garlic Marinated Lamb with red wine & mint sauce. The superlative dessert Deep Fried
Camembert with raspberry coulis is particularly highly recommended. What's more it can be all be enjoyed in fully air-conditioned comfort, which probably helps make the restaurant feel just like home for visiting North Europeans.Nordic Complex, Big Buddha Beach.
As the name suggests, sunsets are pretty spectacular when viewed from this Big Buddha bar. Attached to the bargain priced Sunset 2 Bungalows, the bar is one of the last refuges of
backpackers in the area and is a popular stop off point for those en route to, or returning from, Koh Phangan. The staff are very friendly, the atmosphere is very mellow and the music tends towards very chilled house. Big Buddha Beach, close to the Koh Phangan ferry pier.
Secret Garden Festival
Now entering its thirteenth year, the Secret Garden Festival's formula for success has changed little over the years: barbeque food, cheap beer and a succession of local and guest musicians
performing blues and rock songs. The crowd is more or less evenly split between tourists and expats and it's all very relaxed and family-friendly. There's also accommodation available at the attached bungalows. 5pm every Sunday at Secret Garden Bungalows, Big Buddha Beach.
What to drink?
Beer anyone? Local or international, you’ll find plenty of choice in all the bars and clubs you encounter. Most places will also feature a cocktail list as well as all of your favourite spirits. For the truly adventurous, try a bit of the local
Thai Whiskey served in an iced bucket with Red Bull. If this lethal concoction doesn’t get you going, then nothing will. Just don’t expect to be moving too much the next day. Beer is generally cheap in Thailand and a favourite with locals and foreigners who drink both locally brewed and imported brands. The Thais like to sit around and share a bottle of whiskey, wine is far less popular and although widely available in hotels and good restaurants it is hardly good value. Most bars do cocktails, some far cheaper than others.