Khao Lak After Dark

The Sparrow Bar

The Sparrow Bar

he Sparrow Bar is a spacious new and well-decorated music bar located opposite Khaolak Inter Clinic at the top end of Bang Niang Beach Road (Food St). Opened in October 2013 by friendly Dutchman Jack and his lovely Thai wife Son, the bar welcomes everyone all year round of any age or nationality. Six nights a week there is live acoustic music played from 20.00-21.00hrs followed by a live house band going until late (Jack is the drummer). We also hear rumours of a Cocktail of the Day for 80 Baht sure to pay them a visit to find…

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Mar 18 2014
25 December 2013

Mars Bar & Café

Mars Bar & Café

A Guide to Khao Lak Bars and Night Life

After Dark in Khao Lak

Visitors coming to Khao Lak expecting to find the kind of raunchy night life seen in some of the larger Thai tourist destinations will be sorely disappointed.

Instead, the vibe in Khao Lak after dark is more akin to that of a small village rather than a racy metropolis, and generally a leisurely walk around town after dinner and perhaps a cocktail or two are the order of the day for most visitors.

Many European guests also like to retire early to their hotels armed with takeaway beer from the ‘7-11’ and sit and enjoy a drink with friends on the balconies of their rooms.

So even at the height of the tourist season by 11p.m. the centre of Bang La On will be almost deserted, except for a handful of bars where a few customers will drink and perhaps watch live music or a fire show.

That said there are a few venues where visitors can party into the early hours... whilst trying to forget, of course, that 08.00hrs day trip they have planned for the following morning.


Drinks in Khao Lak

Never rowdy, Khao Lak has numerous small friendly bars where it’s easy to chat with the owners or enjoy a drink with family and friends without any hassle. Many visitors return to their same ‘local’ year after year, but if you want to move around it’s easy in the central areas to walk from one to another.


Mr Aek Restaurant is one of the few spots to get some fresh Thai food prepared throughout the night and is popular with locals. On the mountain side of highway 4 halfway between Khao Lak town centre (Bang La On) and Bang Niang. Open daily from 17.00 - 05.00.


Once a month in high season there are usually also one or two very small-scale ‘Full Moon Party’ events hosted by one or more of the beach bars in the region.


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Featured Live Music Venue

Happy Snapper live music

Happy Snapper lies just north of the town centre and is a well-established Khao Lak institution.When it comes to live music during high Season (Nov - May), this is the place to go. Owner and bass guitarist Khun Pitak and his house band rock the place six nights a week from 22.00 ’til 01.00 - with a house DJ taking up the slack on Sundays. Especially popular with the diving and backpacking crowd, so be warned - it’s often standing room only if you arrive late. Simple BBQ food (fried chicken etc. ) is available just outside the front door for hungry partygoers. Open nightly from 20.30 - 02.00.

Getting There

Walk or drive north (towards Bang Niang) along Highway 4 from Bang La On/ Nang Thong town centre for 200m or so and you will see Happy Snapper on your right, close to the SCB Bank branch.

Thai-Style Nightclub

Live Thai Music

Zantika Nightclub is a few hundred metres North of the Bang Niang Beach Road turn-off (7/11) on highway 4, on the same side of the road. Aimed more at the local Thai market than Westerners, the disco is still popular with a core of visitors wishing to party into the early hours. As in most provincial Thai discos, a live house band on stage is a regular feature - as are the earsplitting decibel levels they perform at. Starts filling up from about 23.30. Open nightly until very late.

Moo Moo Cabaret

Moo Moo Cabaret

Moo Moo Cabaret show & Bar is located in Bang Niang, beside the bridge on the beach side of highway 4. Khao Lak’s answer to Simon Cabaret in Phuket, this daily cabaret show features lip-synching ladyboys in glamorous costumes. The show starts at 21.45 daily and entrance is free.


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