A guide to nightlife in Khao Lak
The charming region of Khao Lak isn’t as well known for its choice of nightlife options as some of its neighbours, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be lost for things to do on your holidays to Khao Lak come nightfall. The area is home to a small selection of clubs, bars and lounges that each boast a very different vibe, making it possible to find your ideal night out. Read on to discover a few of our favourite late night haunts in Khao Lak.
A leisurely atmosphere at Khaolak Monkey Bar
Cheap drinks and superb rock music define Khaolak Monkey Bar, located along Khao Lak’s main street. You’ll find live music here most nights, while enthusiastic waiting staff are on hand to cater to your every need and ensure that your entire party has the best night possible.
Visit during the day and you’ll be able to sit back and relax with a cool cocktail in hand, but it’s at night that this place really lights up. Many of the regular bands here play covers of well-known rock favourites, while the laid-back ambience makes it the ideal venue to enjoy after dinner drinks with friends.
Try something different at Nature Bar
A visit to the serene Nature Bar is sure to be an evening to remember. This primarily outdoor venue is as chilled as they come and serves a varied selection of exotic cocktails to boot. Be sure to try their variation of a ‘Sex on the Beach’, which really packs a punch.
With ambient lighting and a playlist of relaxed reggae tunes, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a laid-back evening with friends and family. Take a seat in the open air or under the shelter of the thatched roof and wile away the hours with cheap drinks served throughout the evening.
Wild nights at BUILD Factory
Nightclubs may be few and far between around Khao Lak, but BUILD Factory certainly makes up for it. Live DJ sets are a regular occurrence here, while strobe lights and an impressive sound system ensure that every visitor gets in to the party spirit.
Drinks are served at a discounted price after 11pm, so head here a little later if you’re hoping to really get into the action on your Khao Lak holidays. Considered locally as the best nightclub in the area, a night out here is a must during holidays to Thailand.
Take in the house band at Happy Snapper
Western-influenced Happy Snapper is one of the most popular bars in Khao Lak – and for good reason. The resident band here play hits long into the night and is always willing to take on audience requests, making it one of the best places to experience live music in the area.
Reasonably priced drinks and friendly staff round off great nights at this bustling venue, which is just as popular with locals as it is with tourists. You’ll find a great selection of cocktails on offer here too, with everything from daiquiris to the aptly named ‘Mad Dog’ shots on the menu.
Take a break at Mr Chay's Bar
Located in the centre of the action and close to the market in Khao Lak, Mr Chay’s Bar is the perfect place to stop off for an ice cold beer after a busy day exploring the local area. There’s always a great atmosphere here and this popular venue can get busy during high season.
The music is a particular treat, with favourites from the likes of Bob Marley and Bob Dylan lining the speakers as guests enjoy some of the best cocktails in town. The lemongrass mojito is delicious, while complimentary peanuts and cooling face cloths also make a welcome addition.