Nightlife in Koh Lanta

The nightlife in Koh Lanta is reasonably tame, but the island still has plenty of great bars to enjoy after the sun goes down. The island is big and has many different places to drink, which is why we are going to equip you with all the knowledge you need to discover the best bars in Koh Lanta.

Koh Lanta is in the southern providence in Krabi. The island stretches across 22 miles, which covers a lot of ground to search for the best nightlife in Koh Lanta.

Below are our recommendations to all the bars worth visiting in Koh Lanta:

The Top 5 Bars in Koh Lanta

Why Not Bar

why not bar

The Why Not Bar is one of our favorite bars on the list, most popular for its laid-back and chilled out vibes. Located along the beach, the bar boasts exciting fire shows, affordable drinks, comfortable seating, and a lively atmosphere.

Live music is often playing throughout the day, with an exciting fire show performed at nights. If you’re looking for somewhere entertaining yet relaxing, then don’t miss Why Not Bar.

Where: 9 M.5 T, Ko Lanta District, Krabi 81150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am (7 days a week)

Freedom Bar

freedom bar koh lanta

An upbeat beach bar in Koh Lanta; Freedom Bar is a popular choice for its cheap cocktails, sea views, and friendly atmosphere.

The bar hosts free pool tables, fire shows, delicious cocktails, and great music.

A fantastic place to grab a beer and watch the sunset.

Where: 2 77/1 Sala Dan, Ko Lanta District, Krabi 81150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3am (7 days a week)

Funky Monkey

funky monkey koh lanta

Love karaoke? Then you’ll love Funky Monkey! There is a karaoke night every Friday – and everyone is encouraged to join in.

Other nights can involve live music, a game of pool, and plenty of cocktails.

The drinks are reasonably priced, and the staff are always friendly: a great mix for the perfect night out.

Where: 641 Phra Ae, Saladan Ko Lanta District, 81150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 5pm – 2am, 7 days a week. Sunday closes at midnight.

Mushroom Bar Koh Lanta

mushroom bar koh lanta

Most famous for its glow and the dark parties, The Mushroom Bar on Klong Khong beach.

One of the only real nightclubs on the island, hosting loud music, mushrooms shakes (as suggested by the bar name), UV paint parties, and a ton of fun.

They seem to have mixed reviews, with some reports of drinks being spiked and shady staff members. Please be responsible and take caution and care.

Where: Lanta, Ko Siboya, Amphoe Nuea Khlong, Krabi, Thailand
Opening Hours: 10am – 4am

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Pangea Beach Bar

Pangea Beach Bar

Pangea Beach Bar is one of the best party bars on the island.

Located directly on the beach, the vibe here is always fun. Local DJs are featured throughout the night, mixing both popular house and tech music.

Where: Tambon Sala Dan, Amphoe Ko Lanta, Chang Wat Krabi 81150, Thailand
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2am

Things to do in Koh Lanta besides partying

Besides the nightlife, Koh Lanta offers a wide range of activities to enjoy during your trip. The laid-back vibes, empty beach stretches, delicious food, and incredible sunsets.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Koh Lanta for budgets of all sizes. Below we are going to list some of our favourite activities on Koh Lanta besides partying:

Diving in Koh Lanta

koh lanta diving

Although diving in Koh Lanta isn’t as popular as diving in Koh Phi Phi or Koh Tao, the island still offers some of the best dive sites in all of Thailand.

Immerse yourself in an abundance of marine life, coral reefs, and even the chance of sighting a Manta Ray or Whale Shark.

There’s a variety of dive sites to choose from, catering for all levels of experience. If you’ve never gone scuba diving before, Koh Lanta is the perfect place to learn.

Lanta Animal Welfare

koh lanta animal welfare

Visiting Lanta Animal Welfare is certainly a very emotional experience. The work that these guys/girls do is nothing short of incredible! Not only do they look after the cats and dogs at their shelter, they also do a lot of work in educating people on the island about caring for animals.

The shelter is home to around 30 dogs and 60 cats. Through medical care, feeding, love, and rehoming, these animals can go onto live a long and healthy life.

The centre is always looking for volunteers to come and help at the shelter. Volunteer placements can be both short or long term, which you can find more details on their official website.

Visit Koh Lanta Lighthouse

koh lanta lighthouse

One of the most iconic attractions in Koh Lanta is the Koh Lanta Lighthouse, located in the South in Koh Lanta National Park. Ticket prices are 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children.

The lighthouse is surrounded by a long stretch of beach, a spectacular place to get that picture-perfect shot. There are a series of paths at the National Park which take you up the hillside, providing some great viewpoints of panoramic views of the park.

The lighthouse is pinpointed at the very top of the cliff and usually takes about a 10-minute walk. From the top, you can witness the waves crashing against the rocks, along with an incredible view of the horizon.

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Stroll Around Lanta Old Town

lanta old town

Located on the east coast is a small village; Lanta Old Town. Old town is the new district capital and offers an interesting array of culture. 

The old town is picturesque. Most of the homes are built from wood and overlook an amazing ocean view. The village is rich with history and culture. Historically, the town was created by sea gypsies, who still live in the village today.

During your trip make sure to stop for some food as there are plenty of lovely restaurants to try.

Lounging around on a nearby beach

koh lanta beach

Our all-time favourite activity: lounging around on one the empty nearby beaches. Koh Lanta is renown for its stunning, quiet, and picture-perfect beaches.

There are plenty of beaches to choose from: Long Beach, Secret Beach, Nui Beach, and Klong Khong Beach are amongst the most popular.

The best thing is that the beaches are always quiet, meaning you won’t have to share them with loads of other people.

Sometimes, we could all use a day off to do nothing but soak up the sun on a deserted and sandy beach.

How long should you spend in Koh Lanta?

How long you should spend in Koh Lanta is different for everyone, but we wouldn’t recommend staying here for any more than 5 days. 

Five days will allow you plenty of time to visit the main hotspots, and also discover some of the lesser-known parts of the island.

You can stay longer, but be prepared to spend a lot of time lounging around as a beach bum.

Best time to visit Koh Lanta

The best time to visit Koh Lanta is between January and April.

In Koh Lanta, the seasons are split into two halves. The rainy season, which is between May and December, and the dry season, which is between January to April. 

June to October is considered one of the worst times to visit due to heavy rainfall and extreme weather conditions, resulting in most places being closed and travel to and from the island more difficult.

The dry and hottest months are between January to April and is one of the best time to visit Ko Lanta.

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James Ardimento has spent the last 12 years journeying around the globe ! With its precious experiences and tips he gained around Asia, South America, Europe and the US he is a precious asset for this blog and for its readers