Nightlife in Khao Lak - 14 Hubs to Seal the Perfect Night in Thailand
Now, in the tranquil city of Khao Lak, you might think there is not a lot to explore at night. But presumptions are stereotypical. Khao Lak is not only infused with a range of pubs and bars, but also adult clubs legally operated. Here is a list of some of the places that you must visit during your stay at Khao Lak.
Bars and Beaches
1. Monkey Bar
Monkey Bar’s laid back atmosphere, fashionably cheap drinks and location make it a primary hangout spot for locals and tourists alike. Furthermore, the live music performances that include everything from Jamaican music to electric zeal make it a frequent destination for music lovers. Its Raggae style décor only mingles with the mood of the people and helps them enjoy their stay more. Quite often, people come here to jam or polish their music skills.
Price: Cocktails at THB 99 onwards Time: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM Location: On Phetkasem Road, in the centre of La On Village
2. Memories Beach Bar
Memories Beach Bar is made out of nothing but bamboo and thatch. Its primary attraction is its location, and a casual menu serving hamburgers, salads and sandwiches. If you want to spend your night eloquently by the beach, sipping your cocktail and listening to the waves of the sea, then this is your elite spot. They also have a separate space for organising private events such as birthday parties, weddings and the like.
Price: THB 200 - THB 1,100 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Location: Toward the northern end of Khuk Khak Beach, before Pakarang Cape
3. Gecko Bar
Gecko Beach bar might look a little constricted from a distance, but appearances are after all deceptive. Fortunately, this lively bar is bustling with people playing pool and chatting in the festive light with drinks in their hands. Its chilled-out vibe is a common attraction for youngsters and expatriates.
Price: Beer at THB 100 onwards Time: 5:00 PM onwards Location: On Bang Niang Beach Road, some 180 m after the intersection with Phetkasem Road
4. The Bar
If you are looking forward to a night spent with an attractive Thai girl, then The Bar is the place for you. After buying beer to one (or more) of the twelve girl employees – which will cost you nothing more than THB 100 – they politely ask you if you would like to go ‘upstairs’. Here, you will have to pay THB 500 at the bar and come at a negotiable price with the girl – usually THB 1,000. The Bar also has a pool table, sports and movie screenings, comfortable stools and bar chairs and half the place is open-air thereby giving a view of the sparkling city of Khao Lak.
Price: THB 1,500 - THB 2,000 Time: 7:00 PM – 12:00 PM Location: On Phetkasem Road, diagonally opposite Police Boat 813 memorial in Bang Niang
5. Rose Bar
Rose Bar might differ in their lady employees, depending on the day of the week you go there. At times, you might encounter just one while at other times, you might bump into five attractive ladies at once.
Price: THB 1,000- THB 2,000 Time: 7:00 PM – 12:00 PM Location: It is located in the lane behind Monkey Bar, which is at the center of Bang La On.
6. Sparrow Bar
People playing pool, dart games or chatting on comfortable bar chairs are a common sight at the Sparrow Bar. If you like someone, buy them a drink, and things will escalate by themselves. Their cocktails and live music nights will make your time there memorable.
The Moo Moo Cabaret Show and Bar pose as an alternative to Khao Lak’s tranquil surroundings. This transgender show enlivens the atmosphere and brings about a variation in the nightlife at Khao Lak. It starts at 10:00 PM and is 1 hour 20 minutes long. The entry is free for everyone. The combination of the on-stage performance along with drinks that cost THB 120 – THB 200 form the equation of a night well spent.
Price: THB 120 - THB 800 Time: 6:00 PM – 12:00 PM Location: On Phetkasem Road, diagonally opposite Police Boat 813 memorial in Bang Niang
Pubs for Quiet Drinkers and Families
8. Happy Snapper
If you are looking for a post-hippie Buddhist architectural pub that serves hamburgers, french fries and spring rolls paired with cocktail and beer outlandishly attended, then Happy Snapper is the place for you. The two-storey Thai style house provides for a live music concert that gives it an electric feel with its abstract décor.
Price: Cocktails at THB 99 onwards Time: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM Location: On Phetkasem Road, towards the northern end of La On Village
9. Mr Chay’s Bar
Mr Chay’s Bar offers a low-key Thai experience. Their friendly staff, pliant menu and series of cocktails make for a casual night spent in Khao Lak. If you visit, then don’t forget to try their lemongrass mojito.
Price: Drinks at THB 109 onwards Time: 5:00 PM – 2:00 AM Location: Off Phetkasem Road, on the side of Bang Niang Market
10. Clef Bar
A guitarist runs clef Bar, and so it won’t be uncommon to find music and décor resembling songs and bands like The Beatles, Dire Straits, Jimi Hendrix and Eagles. The decent menu and its friendly host will introduce you to new forms of music.
Price: Drinks at THB 100 onwards Time: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM Location: Just south of Spinach Restaurant on Phetkasem Road in La On Village
11. Mars Bar/Café
Mars Bar/Café’s Sunday roasts (reservations mandatory) and Ladies’ Night on Thursdays make it a pleasant place to go to. If you want to know what’s up in Khao Lak, or want to spend your night sipping beer and playing pool, or dartboard games, or maybe dance a little on the dance floor, then Mars Bar is what you are looking for.
Price: Drinks at THB 130 onwards Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM Location: On Phetkasem Road, 300m to the right before to reach Bang Niang Market
Dance all night at Discotheques
12. Zantika Pub
Zantika Pub frequently organises performances by DJs and bands that are bound to make you tire yourself with dancing! They have something new to offer every night and paired with their Thai drinks; you are deemed to have a Thai night experience all to yourself.
Price: THB 1,080 for 1L whiskey Time: 7:00 PM – 1:00 AM Location: It is located right before Moo Moo Cabaret Bar in Bang Niang.
13. Build Factory
Build Factory invites you for a steamy night with amplified music on the inside, while the outside looks welcoming with comfortable furniture and splendid Thai cuisine.
Price: Beer at THB 150 onwards Time: 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM Location: Phetkasem Road, Bang Niang Beach
Wines & More
14. Ayisha Fine Art Fine Wine
At this elegant yet unpretentious place, you will find an extremely homely vibe as you sip onto some of the most beautiful varieties of wine. And well, what is sipping on wine without art? Ayisha has dedicated a part of its space to an art gallery while the other part is a lounge that serves 30 labels of wine from all around the world. The jazz playing in the background only enriches your experience.
Price: THB 360 for two glasses of Chardonnay Time: 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM Location: 60 m south of Moo Moo Cabaret on Phetkasem Roadside in Bang Niang
Khao Lak is bustling with music and life even at night. Enjoy some of Thailand’s specialities – in both food and women – along with a great variety of food and drinks.