Koh Lanta nightlife is not the same crazy all-night madness as Phuket and Koh Phi Phi, but there’s plenty of partying if you know where to go.
The Ozone Bar – Party every Thursday night
Koh Lanta is well known for being one of the most chilled out islands in Southern Thailand. But there is still plenty of nightlife on Koh Lanta if you know where to look, with different parties and live music events every night of the week.
Irie Bar and Restaurant – Enjoy live music on a Monday night
Koh Lanta Nightlife Weekly Schedule
- Sunset Sessions – Long Beach
Watch the sunset slowly disappearing into the sea, with Live DJs playing from 17:00 until midnight. Sunset Sessions is at the The Ozone beach bar Monday and Tuesday.
- Irie Bar – Long Beach Road
Irie Bar and Restaurant has some of the best live music and laid back friendly atmosphere on Koh Lanta. Live bands start at 20:00. If you go early, it’s a great place to eat. The kitchen is open until 20:30.
- Quiz night at The Irish Embassy Pub – Long Beach Road
Without a doubt, one of the busiest, friendliest and fun nights out on Koh Lanta is at The Irish Embassy Pub. Happy hour starts between 16:00 and 19:00. Free to join in the Quiz at 20:00, free shots and 1,500 baht bar tab to be won all help to make the night a little more fun.
- Sunset Sessions – Long Beach
Watch the sunset slowly disappearing into the sea, with Live Dj’s playing some really nice chilled out music. From 17:00 till midnight Monday and Tuesday. Sunset Sessions is at the The Ozone beach bar.
- Liberty Beach Bar – Klong Khong
Right on the beach in the middle of Klong Khong Liberty Beach bar party starts at 9 pm. Live DJs, neon body painting, fire dancing show on the beach and, as advertised on the posters, a ticket to the moon lets you know it will be a fun night.
- Pangea – Long Beach
The very established Pangea party sits on the beach. It always creates a good vibe. with live DJs sets playing deep house and tech house building up the sets and crowd to a frenzy. Pangea is one of a handful of places where some DJs can still spin vinyl. The party starts at 21:00 until very late the next morning. Pangea is also a great place to hang out in the day and watch the sunsets from the bar.
- Lighthouse Beach Bar – Klong Khong
Lighthouse beach Bar party nights start at 21:00 with Live DJs playing deep tech house. The music is quality and a really nice chilled vibe in and around the bar. Live five shows are on the beach with seating set out too. A definite must-see place to check out.
- The Irish Embassy Pub – live music and open mic – Long Beach Road
As a pub The Irish Embassy enjoys many regular nights which your local would go back home. Live music and open mic night starts at 20:30 with Magners cider and Guinness.
- Fusion Bar – Relax Bay
The Fusion Bar located on the beach offers music for all tastes. Hip Hop, Funk, Soul, and Reggae. Party starts at 20:00. Staff are very friendly and welcoming its a great place to hang out in the day with a nice restaurant.
- Koala Bar, Live Music – Klong Dao beach
Live music at sunset at the Koala Bar set at the front of Ocean View Resort. Music starts at 18:30 until 21:30 with the Dynamic band.
- The Ozone Party – Long Beach
One of the longest running party nights reaching 18 years The Ozone Party is one of the best. With live Dj’s pumping out house, Tech house, and deep house music. The party starts at 10 pm until around 4 am with an amazing sound system and lighting show, it’s like Lanta’s first super club on the beach. If you want to stay close to the Ozone party, the Ozone has their own accommodation Ozone House tucked away in a private gated garden area 40 metres away from the beach.
- Fusion Bar – Relax Bay Beach
The Fusion Bar offers a beach party playing house, tech house and progressive music. Fire shows will keep you entertained too. The real party starts at 9 pm until 4 am but you can go earlier to watch sunset and enjoy drinks and food in the restaurant.
- Cheeky Monkey Bar and Grill – Klong Dao Road
Set along the roadside in Klong Dao Cheeky Monkey is a nice late night bar with friendly staff and owner. An expat and local hangout makes it a nice mix of people. Cheeky Monkey gets really busy on a Friday night with Live music. Bar opens at 5pm, kitchen starts at 6pm and live music from 9pm.
- Rasta Baby – Klong Nin Beach
At the northern part of Klong Nin beach is the Rasta Baby. A very friendly rasta bar offering some great vibes and music from 9pm. Rasta baby is also open every day and is a lovely place to watch the sunset to.
- Koala Bar, Live Music – Klong Dao beach
Live music at sunset at the Koala Bar set at the front of Ocean View Resort. Music starts at 18:30 till 21:30 with the Dynamic band.
- Korner Bar, Insomnia Party – Long beach
Another very popular beach side bar party venue is the Korner Bar secluded in the southern part of Long Beach. The party starts at 9 pm with progressive, tech house and techno music been played. A small bar and cool dance floor open to the front where the beach area is with some large boulders where you can sit watching the waves.
- Liberty Beach Bar – Klong Khong
Right on the beach in the middle of Klong Khong Liberty Beach bar party starts at 9 pm. Live DJs, neon body painting, fire dancing show on the beach and as advertised on the posters a ticket to the moon lets you know it will be a fun night.
- Deep Sundays Pangea – Long Beach
Deep Sundays at the Pangea Bar is all about unwinding and relaxing. Music starts from 5pm until around 1am. One of a handful of places where some DJs can spin vinyl. To get you relaxed whilst watching sunset Happy Hour is extended from 5 pm until 9 pm.
- Pirates Pool party – Sang Kha Ou
The only pool party on Koh Lanta starting at 14:00 unti late, with a fire show at 7 pm. Sang Ka Ao is the furthest southern tip on the east coast of Koh Lanta. The Pirates Pool Party recognise people driving to and from the pool party may have problems, so responsibly provide a free pick up service and free drop off service at night. If you don’t want to travel back and forth to the party you can stay in the Pirates Paradise Adventure Resort
- Lighthouse Beach Bar – Klong Khong
Lighthouse beach Bar party nights start at 21:00 with Live DJs playing deep tech house. The music is quality and a really nice chilled vibe in and around the bar. Live five shows are on the beach with seating set out too. A definite must place to check out.
- Mushroom Bar – Klong Khong
The Mushroom Bar in the middle of Klong Khong beach has Full Moon and Half Moon parties with glow in the dark party nights on a Sunday. Please read the Mushroom Bar reviews on TripAdvisor although a popular place for many the bar is getting some bad reviews and comments, so be aware of that.
- Why Not Bar – Kantiang Bay
The Why Not Bar sits at the front of Kantiang Bay View Resort on the beach. Live music and a fire show (some claim the best on the island) happen every night and, with an inexpensive menu of food and cocktails compared to Kantiang Bay’s resorts and other beach bars, the Why Not Bar is busy. You have to go early if you would like a nice seat either inside the bar area on raised flooring or oversized bean bags on the beach – it is a very relaxed atmosphere. The only weird part is that it seems the bar and kitchen work separately if you buy an alcoholic drink you have to pay for this upfront when they bring it to you.
- Funky Monkey – Long Beach Road
The Funky Monkey in the past few years has become a karaoke night for tourists. The venue is packed every night so they are definitely offering something fun and special for all the family. A free shot for every song you sing and 2 winners will enjoy a free cocktail bucket. Karaoke starts at 7 pm with a happy hour in the venue from 5 pm till 8 pm. Funky Monkey also has live music from there regular band to, look out for posters on Koh Lanta promoting this event.
- BuBu Lanta hostel sits the closest to Traveller Lane with exceptional owners taking care of guests, 8 bed mixed dorms and also laptop safes are available when you’re out.
- Non La Mer hostel with its very friendly staff offer 6, 8 and 10 bed mixed dorm rooms. It has a large bar area downstairs where groups often drink too.
- Hub Of Joys regular have comments stating the best hostel people have stayed in on their travels. They offer dorm rooms with an only female, only male or mixed bunk beds available.
- The Metallic Hostel is very clean with great staff and If you’re looking for the good internet connection it rates 10 out of 10 from all guests
- Best Stay Hostel At Lanta has mixed dormitory rooms. The staff, breakfast, comfortable facilities, a great place to easily meet people make this a popular place to stay.
- M Hostel Lanta sits the furthest away maybe 250 meters in a more quiet area. The hostel has modern clean rooms but it doesn’t have much of a hostel atmosphere compared to others.
- Ozone House is the only hostel on Koh Lanta which sits near Long Beach. It’s 30 to 40 metres walk to the beach offering 4 and 8 mixed bed dorm rooms. Ozone house is part of the Ozone beach party complex, if you stay here not only can you enjoy a short walk to Traveller lane you can also enjoy Monday and Tuesday evening Sunset Sessions at the beach bar and on Thursday your right at the Ozone party too.
- Blue Sky Bungalows is recommended if your traveling as a couple or with children. These spacious bungalows sit next to the beach in a garden area, balconies with hammocks on the porch are a bonus too.
- Aule Guesthouse And Bar offers a very cozy, chilled vibe and very cheap hostel experience. Although its quite basic, rooms do offer all the comforts of stay with shared bathrooms. The owners, location, vibe, and friendly travelers make this a truly great place to stay.
How To Find The Party
If you’re not sure where to go on Koh Lanta, look on the noticeboards outside 7-11 shops, as all events will have posters up a few days giving details a few days before. If you are driving along the road at night and see a driveway lit up with many candles and lanterns that is an indication of a party in progress. Most local taxi drivers will know where the parties are at on certain nights too.
Live Music Every Night
Traveller Lane – Long Beach
In the past few years, a road to Long Beach has evolved into a mecca for people to congregate together. Now it’s been named as Traveller Lane and is also featured on maps. Only 100 metres away is the beach, but with higher prices and it being less easy to meet people, Traveller Lane has become a real hot spot.
It is a long strip of sandy sometimes dusty road around 300 metres long running from the main road to the beach. There is a selection of cool bars like the very popular Cannabis bar. Dotted along the road are small cheap restaurants selling food at 50 baht a plate. A tattoo shop sits at the bottom of the road where you will find a nice mix of Thai and foreigners hanging out chatting together.
At the bottom of the road on the left side, there is a small convenience store selling cheap alcohol with seating outside the shop. This has become a daily hangout place depending on when you travel ranges from 20 to at least 100 people. If your traveling in a group or on your own it’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. No one sits here on mobile devices ignoring each other – everyone sits drinking and chatting the way it should be when travelling, adding to your Thailand experience.
Stay Near to Traveller Lane
Most people who socialise on Traveler Lane stay within walking distance. There are a number of great Koh Lanta backpacker hostels which line the main road to Traveler Lane.
Stay Near The Beach And Traveller Lane
If you prefer to stay nearer to the beach and close to Traveller Lane staying at the properties will let you enjoy the best of both worlds.
Koh Lanta Pubs
There is only one place on Koh Lanta which can call itself a pub. The Irish Embassy Pub set along the roadside in the middle on Phra Ae or Long Beach.
The Irish serve all your pub favourites like bangers and mash, fish and chips, burgers and their legendary Sunday roast dinners. With cider and Guinness on tap The Irish offer a true taste of home whilst away.
Monday is Pub Quiz Night which gets very busy, Wednesday live music open mic, Thursday Retro night with retro music and retro prices, Friday name the tune or killer pool. A great place to watch live sports on the many TV screens over the weekend, or play pool, throw darts or listen to the wide selection of music.
A popular hangout with the expat community and travellers to creates a very friendly atmosphere. Darren and Jamie the owners will make you feel like part of the family. If you’re traveling alone there are always people to meet here you won’t be solo long.
Koh Lanta Beach Bars At Night
If you’re staying in the beach areas listed below, walk along the beach or roadside and you will find some great bars.
This is primarily a family beach and all along Klong Dao beach outside every resort you will find many beach bars playing various styles of music. All the bars have chairs on the beach and small candles to give it a warm atmosphere. There are not many parties here. However, there are two great bars: the Indian Bar, located at the Banana Garden Home, and also the Koala Bar which is situated in the Ocean View Resort which serves the best food, coldest beers on draught and also amazing cocktails. There’s also the famous Time For Lime restaurant, which is always a pretty spot for dinner or just a drink.
Along the roadside Cheeky Monkey bar is a small bar which offers live music on Friday nights. It is a very popular bar with the expat community.
Koh Lanta is quiet compared to the go-go bars of Phuket or Centerpoint entertainment complex in Ao Nang. The most wild Koh Lanta nightlife gets is the small strip of Karaoke Bars along Klong Dao road. Just look out for the twinkly Christmas lights where the ladies will give you a warm welcome, but the downside to this is you will have to listen to some appalling singing which they think is good – better stick to Mr. Guitar.
Mr.Guitar is found near the karaoke bars in Klong Dao is a place go listen to some great live music. The one advantage is they have an open mic so if your good with a guitar, or percussion and can sing it’s all yours. Some nights it really does rock and can be impressive with the vibe.
Along Long Beach there are many bars all clustered together along one strip of 500 meters of road check out the Irish Embassy, The Galaxy Bar, Bajen Sports Bar and the Kandi Lounge which is a great place to watch sports with many TVs scattered around. All these are very small bars and are dwarfed by the two storey Funky Monkey with an upstairs dedicated to free pool tables. The Funky Monkey offers live music and Karaoke.
Long Beach itself is pretty long and all the bars and party nights are in the northern part of the beach. The big daddy of Lanta nightlife is The Ozone beach bar which is open every night of the week but on a Thursday night has a party night. Here you can enjoy electronic music, dancing on the beach or even on top of the bar. It is one of my favourite haunts where the music builds up all night. Next door to the Ozone is Mr. Wee’s Pizzeria – it’s a great place to start your Thursday night with some delicious food.
In the middle of Long Beach Pangea is not just an amazing cool beach bar by day but transforms into an amazing party venue at night – check it out on Tuesday nights.
Then in the far south on Saturday nights just off the beach is party night at the Korner Bar.
Nearly all the resorts around Klong Khong beach are family run offering a very friendly relaxed atmosphere. The resorts in this area are also a lot cheaper and many young backpackers and travellers can be found enjoying the parties, Sound Shack, Somewhere Else, Chocolate Bar, Fishermans Cottage, Ting Tong bar, Mushroom Bar or the The Fins Stoned Bar. At the very end of Klong Khong is Klapa Klum which is a restaurant in the day and party place at night.
A road runs directly behind Klong Nin beach so beach bars face one way onto the beach and the other way onto the road – very convenient! There are many beach bars to wander between like Rasta Baby, Ottos Bar and Grill and one bar not to be missed on any night is Mongs Bar. A nice shake or tea is to be taken with friends any time of the day or night.
Koh Lanta hosts a few full moon parties. They are not as crazy as Koh Phangnan but still good fun – they can be found on Top View resort in Kantiang Bay. There are also regular half moon parties and black moon parties which can be found around the island. You will normally see large banners along the roadside and posters promoting these. If you are in Kantiang Bay turn right along the beach and you will find the Shroom Bar which is an interesting party spot.
If Koh Lanta nightlife is still not enough for you, consider travelling over to neighbouring Koh Phi Phi for the Koh Phi Phi nightlife which goes on all night every night in Tonsai Bay – many people like to party on Phi Phi for a few days and then come to Lanta to chill – and maybe party a bit more, but a bit more gently. It’s only an hour’s ferry journey between Koh Lanta and Koh Phi Phi.
How To Travel To And From A Party
Many party nights do not get going until around midnight. Koh Lanta is very long and if you have to travel to a party please take a tuk tuk. Drink driving is not allowed in Thailand. Simply tell the Tuk Tuk driver where you want to go, negotiate a price and enjoy the evening.
When the party is over there should be tuk tuk drivers waiting along the road side or just outside the party areas. However in Klong Nin and Kantiang Bay they may be scarce at 3am so living close to the party where you can walk home is recommended.
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