Our list of the 10 best nightlife venues in Khao Lak will give you the opportunity to enjoy a drink and meet other vacationers as well as local residents after dark, while on holiday in this increasingly popular destination in southern Thailand. Khao Lak was almost totally undeveloped for tourists some 30 years ago; today it features all that is required to spend a comfortable holiday with a very decent nightlife scene, although not comparable to the bright lights of Phuket or Bangkok.
The best places to go at night in Khao Lak are, for most of them, located along Phetkasem Road, the highway that links Phuket to Ranong along the Burmese border. The best bars and clubs on display below provide vacationers with excellent options to spend the evening in good company – some of them featuring live music in high season. Check them out!
Please note that many venues are closed during low season (May-November) in Khao Lak.
Happy SnapperLa On Village
Opened in 2002, Happy Snapper is a central attraction after nightfall in La On Village. Located on Phetkasem Road, this lively place was established by Pitak Srisang, a renowned Thai bassist who has played in many bands in Bangkok, before settling in Khao Lak. Happy Snapper is a colourful venue dedicated to all types of music (Rock, Funk, Soul) that features a large stage which often welcomes the Snapper Brothers Band, as well as other ensembles in high season. A good choice of reasonably priced drinks (cocktails, beers, and mixed drinks) and snacks (burgers, French fries, fried chicken and spring-rolls) are available here. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 17:00-02:00
- Location: On Phetkasem Road, towards the northern end of La On Village.
- Tel: +66 (0)76 485 500
Khao Lak Monkey BarLa On Village
Located in the heart of La On Village, Khao Lak Monkey Bar is a rather small venue by size but a big one by popularity. The atmosphere of this colourful bar is extremely friendly, and the live music played every night in high season (mostly Reggae and Rock) of excellent quality. With table football, fire shows, potent cocktails, and great ambiance, Khao Lak Monkey Bar is a great place to party until late in Khao Lak. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 18:00-02:00
- Location: On Phetkasem Road, in the centre of La On Village
- Tel: +66 (0)84 846 2635
Ayisha Fine Art Fine WineBang Niang
Ayisha Fine Art Fine Wine is a classy yet unpretentious bistro located on Phetkasem road in Bang Niang. It sits just a short walk to the south of Bang Niang Market. The sophistication of this venue is a welcomed addition to the otherwise simple dining scene of Bang Niang. Read More...
- Opening Hours: Daily from 16:00 – 00:00
- Location: 60 m south of Moo Moo Cabaret on Phetkasem Roadside in Bang Niang
- Tel: +66 (0)87 275 2725
Memories Beach BarKhuk Khak
Memories Beach Bar is the perfect place to spend a lazy evening with toes in the sand, chatting with friends while sipping a cocktail. Located to the northern end of Khuk Khak Beach, this unpretentious laid-back venue has all that is required for everyone to spend a good time, and this, not only in the evening. Featuring bungalow accommodation, restaurant, Thai cooking classes, surf shop and school, tour desk, and more – Memories Beach Bar is really a venue worth a visit. At night, beach parties with a fire show are occasionally organised. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 10:00-00:00 in high season from September to April
- Location: Toward the northern end of Khuk Khak Beach, before Pakarang Cape
- Tel: +66 (0)89 729 2251
Mr Chay's BarBang Niang
Mr Chay’s Bar is the right place to take a break when visiting Bang Niang Market. Located on the southern side of this very popular market, the bar is made of various recycled materials and serves an impressive list of cocktails mixed with skill (try their lemongrass Mojito). With cool music, friendly staff, smiling owner with strong personality, Mr Chay’s Bar has almost become a landmark for many returning visitors in Khao Lak.
- Opening Hours: 17:00-02:00
- Location: Off Phetkasem Road, on the side of Bang Niang Market
Gecko BarBang Niang
Viewed from Bang Niang Beach Road, Gecko Bar looks pretty tiny. Fortunately, it’s bigger than it looks and is one of the most popular places to have a drink and play pool after dark in Bang Niang. Frequented by a lively throng of vacationers and expatriates, Gecko Bar is also known as the place to go when everything else has closed in Khao Lak. The owners and the staff are very friendly, the music played is cool (you can even request a song if you want to), the vibe is chilled - in short, Gecko Bar is the place to go if you love meeting people in a festive ambience after dark.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 17:00 - Late
- Location: On Bang Niang Beach Road, some 180 m after the intersection with Phetkasem Road
- Tel: +66 (0)81 415 4167
Build FactoryBang Niang
Build Factory is a large bar and dance club on Phetkasem Road, in the north part of Bang Niang. Featuring both indoor and outdoor areas, it’s a stylish place to party until late in Khao Lak. Inside, you can dance ‘til you drop to energetic music played, depending on the night, by DJs or a live band. The outdoor terrace is the place to chill out around a drink and a good selection of snacks and local dishes. Karaoke rooms and TVs showing major sport events are also available.
- Opening Hours: Daily from 18:00 – 02:00
- Location: On Phetkasem Road, 1,200 m north of the Tsunami Memorial Park
- Tel: +66 (0)87 893 9074
Clef BarLa On Village
Clef Bar is an intimate venue run by Robert, a very talented guitarist/singer, who knows all the classic sing along songs originally performed by bands such as The Beatles, Eagles, Jimi Hendrix, Dire Straits, and others from the same era. Assisted by a skilled bar tender (who also play drums), Robert is a friendly entertainer who knows how to please the audience and make it sing. The atmosphere of Clef Bar is really pleasant, and the decent size of the venue permit a great interaction between punters and hosts.
- Opening Hours: 18:00-02:00
- Location: Just south of Spinach Restaurant on Phetkasem Road in La On Village
- Tel: +66 (0)85 299 0410
Mars Bar/CaféBang Niang
Mars Bar/Café is a good old English grub located on Phetkasem Road at the entrance of Bang Niang. Famous for their Sunday roasts (reservation mandatory) and for its festive ambiance (Ladies’ night on Thursdays), Mars Bar is a great spot to dine, drink, and gather information about what’s up in Khao Lak. Featuring pool table, darts board, and dance floor, this venue is fun and reasonably priced.
- Opening Hours: 10:00-00:00
- Location: On Phetkasem Road, 300m to the right before to reach Bang Niang Market
- Tel: +66 (0)84 746 5951
Moo Moo Cabaret Show & BarBang Niang
Moo Moo Cabaret Show & Bar brings a bit of quirkiness to the otherwise rather tranquil Khao Lak area. Thai Lady-boys’ cabaret shows are very popular in the most established tourism destinations in Thailand - Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Koh Samui – and the Khao Lak’s version of these colourful transgender shows offers a cool alternative to the normal bars in the area. Even though Moo Moo’s show is for free, the lady-boys performing it have at heart to please their audience: with little means regarding sound and lighting, they succeed to offer a pleasant moment to the crowd.
- Opening Hours: 18:00 – 00:00 – Show at 21:45
- Location: On Phetkasem Road, diagonally opposite Police Boat 813 memorial in Bang Niang
- Tel: +66 (0)81 084 2335