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When I first visited Koh Samui back in September, my family read my trip coverage very carefully as they knew that they too would be visiting the island soon. When we arrived I asked them if there was anything I had posted about that they were interested in seeing. The beautiful waterfalls? The majestic temples? My dad and sister responded in unison: THE KOH SAMUI ICE BAR!

Fair enough. There is something pretty darn cool (pun fun!) about being in a 20 degree Fahrenheit room, drinking out of ice glasses, on an island in the Gulf of Thailand. is shockingly not the only ice bar in Thailand, with other frosty drinking holes appearing in Bangkok and Pattaya.

The bar has been around for a while but is basically being rebuilt from scratch after the devastating floods one year ago. They have been slowly rebuilding the sculptures, like this famous ice tuk-tuk, which wasn’t around for our first visit.

Along with the tuk-tuk there is a dragon, a geisha, and an elephant sculpture. The floors, walls, seating and the bar are also all completely constructed of ice.

The bar is in a kind of out-of-the-way location, but there is a free taxi that runs through Chaweng between 4 and 11pm every 20 minutes or so. Or you can walk like we did, but be warned that you will pass through some fairly seedy areas. Nothing dangerous, except to, you know, the innocence of your retinas.

Entrance ain’t cheap. Just walking in the door will set you back 375 baht (about $12USD). A much better deal is the 500 baht ($16USD) package, which entitles you to one free drink, or two free drinks if you arrive in a group or with one of the flyers being handed out along the Chaweng strip.

However, super stylish cold-weather gear like these amazing hats are rented free of charge. You can also buy them as a souvenir in the gift shop if you want to take a bit of authentic Thailand home with you (ha.)

While I’d recommend this bar to anyone who loves a good fun photo-op or a quirky pit-stop as much as this group, it’s definitely a limited time attraction. Once you down your drinks, snap a few shots and compliment one another on how good you look in a parka, you’re flip-flop clad feet will start to turn blue. It’s cold in there!

Also, this is the only ice bar I’ve ever been to so perhaps they are all like this, but Bar Ice Samui is basically a giant freezer. It’s a very small room and there is only so much to look at and admire. I can only imagine the cost of keeping even a small room in Thailand this cold though, so perhaps it was the only practical size!

Have you ever been to an ice bar? Where was it? Were you wowed or left a little cold? (MORE pun fun!)

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18 Comments...
  • John
    March 16 2012

    Wow, count me as one of the shocked to learn that there are ice bars in Thailand! That AC bill must be ridiculous.
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    • Meihoukai
      March 16 2012

      I know… I have to admit the environmentalist hippie in me is a bit turned off by the idea of the eco-cost of keeping this place open!

  • Olivia
    March 16 2012

    Brrrrrrr!

  • Dad
    March 16 2012

    It was a cold blast. loved it

  • Toni
    March 16 2012

    I missed out on the chance to head there when I was on Samui but it looked great and your photos are ace – glad to hear it was as ‘cool’ as it looked šŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      March 16 2012

      I like the way you are picking up on my Pun Fun! šŸ™‚ You’ll have to use it as an excuse to come back.

  • Grandma Burr
    March 16 2012

    One of the few places I really don’t want to visit

    • Meihoukai
      March 16 2012

      It’s definitely not for everyone šŸ™‚

  • Dani
    March 18 2012

    We went to the Ice Bar in London – I loved it! Such a COOL experience šŸ˜‰
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    • Meihoukai
      March 19 2012

      I have a friend who used to be the manager there! Maybe someday I’ll get to a few more and I can do an “Ice Bars Around The World” post!

  • Laura
    March 20 2012

    Meihoukai you look beautiful in these pictures

    • Meihoukai
      March 20 2012

      Thanks Laura! Your comments are always my favorite šŸ™‚

  • Camels & Chocolate
    April 29 2012

    I have always wanted to go to an ice bar, but I admit I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to being cold (even though I LOVE skiing)!
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    • Meihoukai
      April 30 2012

      Hey, weren’t you just telling my how much you like Iceland?! It’s actually not so bar in the ice bars, as long as your can down your drink pretty quickly!

  • Jael
    November 6 2015

    Been to the ice bar in Melbourne. If you ever visit Australia, don’t bother! Entrance costs a fortune and they only allow you to take photos with their 2 cameras that are attached to the ceiling and operated with a button that you press and have a couple of seconds to pose before the camera snaps. Bar itself was tiny and there’s really nothing much to see. And that, being my first ever ice bar, should have had more than enough “novel” factor to cover up for any disappointments!

    • Meihoukai
      November 8 2015

      Oh man, I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t allowed to take my own photos! I wonder why they have that rule?

      • Jael
        November 8 2015

        So that they can maintain a mysterious feel to the bar and draw in curious travelers? I probably wouldn’t have gone in if I had seen other photos of it. In contrast, that ice tuk-tuk above looks so tempting!