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You don’t visit the island of Koh Lanta to club or to visit big (Full Moon) parties for the simple reason, there aren’t any! But Koh Lanta is certainly not boring and you can go out there but it’s all much less crowded. When it comes to cozy bars, Koh Lanta is the place to be, especially in high season. Some bars are also open in low season but there are less special evenings organized. In high season many bars have at least one day a week a special night with a live band or DJ. Also with holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Eve there are often fun themed parties.
The Full Moon and Half Moon are also celebrated, but this is not comparable to how they do it on the island of Koh Phangan, for example. But that is often exactly what people love about Koh Lanta! When a bar organizes a special themed party, like for example with Full Moon or Songkran, you’ll see signs along the road with announcements. So keep an eye on them if you’re looking for a party! Usually the bar also advertises along the roadside if there is a live band or DJ every Saturday. Checking out the bar’s Facebook page is also a good idea!
Almost all bars are located on the western side of the island and most of them are directly on the beach. Going out on Koh Lanta is therefore often just chilling out, getting to know new people. Many bars on Koh Lanta have happy hour at sunset, so just add a few delicious cocktails or ice-cold beers. Who knows where the evening ends? Maybe at one of the nice bars below!
Via the links below you go directly to the corresponding bar on this page.
– Majestic Bar Koh Lanta (Klong Ning Beach)
– Why Not Bar (Kantiang Bay)
– The Reggae Bar Crown Lanta (Saladan)
– Rasta Baby Bar Koh Lanta (Klong Ning Beach)
– Big Bang Bar (Klong Ning Beach)
– Freedom Bar / Liberty Lanta Beach (Klong Khong Beach)
– Funky Monkey (Long Beach)
– Pangea Beach Bar (Long Beach)
– Cheeky Monkey Bar (Klong Dao Beach)
– What else is there to do on Koh Lanta?
The Majestic Bar is a cozy cocktail bar with fun homemade decorations and of course delicious cocktails! This bar is located at Klong Ning Beach on the west coast of Koh Lanta. This also means that you can see beautiful sunsets over the sea! The spots on the beach are super cozy so you will linger for a long time. If you want to have something to eat besides a nice drink they can order it for you at the adjacent restaurant, no problem at Majestic Bar Koh Lanta!
Majestic Bar is visited by all kinds of age groups. Probably partly because this bar runs beautiful classics combined with new indie. Also the friendly staff is open for request numbers, so in the end everyone has a great time in this nice beach bar! The Majestic Bar is part of the adjacent Lanta Paradise Beach Resort.
This bar is famous all over Koh Lanta and it’s located at Kantiang Bay in the south of Koh Lanta. The Why Not Bar plays regular live music and if you like you can also sing a song during the Open Mic night! There are no mega parties here, but you can relax on cushions. The music is tuned to the time of day, during the sunset you will hear mainly deep house. This is followed by live (guitar) music. The fireshows around 20.30 are impressive and entertaining to watch.
The Why Not Bar is a cozy bar where you keep coming back. You can also use showers there during the day. If you’re on your way to or from Mu Koh Lanta National Park you’ll pass this nice bar, so why not stop for a nice drink?
The Reggae Bar Crown Lanta is a special bar on Koh Lanta not far from Saladan Village. You don’t just sit here at tables. Instead you sit / hang / lie in semi private cabins with carpets and pillows on the floor. From your own cabin you have sea views and the most beautiful sunsets of Koh Lanta! The cabins with their own fan are suitable for 4 to 6 persons. There are also two cool tree houses with sea view. To make an order you ring the bell that is in your cabin and your order will be delivered in the tree house!
It is advisable to book in advance if you want a tree house, otherwise there is a good chance that you will be fishing next to the net. There are also normal tables on a wooden deck if you prefer or if you are with a large group. Besides cocktails, beer and wine, you can also order the nacho dish and other tasty tapas. Happy Hour is from 18:30 to 19:30. Every week there are live performances and fun fire shows from the rocks along the sea.
Would you like something other than a mojito or pina colada for once? At Crown Lanta they also have fish bowls full of sangria or a tom yum cocktail, yes indeed the famous Thai soup! There are the same ingredients in this cocktail as in the original soup, but different! It takes some getting used to, but still surprisingly tasty!
The Reggae Bar Crown Lanta belongs to the beautiful Avani+ Koh Lanta (formerly Crown Lanta Resort and Spa), when you want to go to this special bar, please indicate this at the reception of the hotel. You will then be taken by bus to the bar, this is also possible if you are not a guest of the luxury resort.
The Rasta Baby Bar is a super fun bar on Klong Ning Beach. As the name suggests the atmosphere is very chill and mainly jungle and reggae sounds from the stalls. The bar has a very creative interior, of course complete with peace signs and Bob Marley posters. There is a wooden deck built on the beach where you can lounge and relax on the pillow. Also on the beach are nice spots and dresses to relax on.
The Rasta Baby Bar is run by a friendly family who makes you feel immediately welcome! A few times a week there is live music and sometimes special bands are invited to perform and then the feet come off the sand! Between 16.00 and 19.00 all cocktails are 100 baht and sometimes 2 for the price of 1.
The Big Bang Bar is a little paradise on Klong Nin Beach! What makes this bar so different from other bars on Koh Lanta is that they sell special local craft beers here. Craft beers with names that will make you curious anyway. How about Butterfly Pea Wheat, Coconut Cream Ale and Tuk Tuk Cream Ale (240 baht). Of course there are also the usual Thai beers like Chang and Leo (80 baht) and tasty cocktails. At the Big Bang Bar it’s happy hour every day from 16:00 – 19:00 all cocktails are 100 baht.
Tables are set up on the beach, so something to eat and enjoy the fire shows is also possible. The friendly owner (Bang) makes you feel welcome right away, if you’ve been here once you keep coming back!
Freedom Bar, also known as the Liberty Beach Bar, is one of the most famous bars on Koh Lanta and is located at Klong Khong Beach. Regularly Full Moon and Half Moon parties are held here with different DJ’s. These parties are of course not comparable to the mega big beach, waterfall and jungle parties on Koh Phangan. But that’s all part of the charm of Koh Lanta! Even when there is no moon at all, it’s a regular party here! Especially in the weekends. On the other days you can also enjoy yourself in the very cool bar which is decorated with all kinds of typical island decorations. A lot of the furniture is painted with neon paint and if you like you can also decorate yourself to blend in with the interior. In any case, it is a cozy colorful gang! You can also play a game of pool or lounge in a hammock or colorful cushions. Because the Freedom Bar is so popular the prices in this bar are a bit higher than in surrounding bars, but the beautiful bar, the great fire shows and the rasta vibe make the high price more than worth a visit!
Funky Monkey is a large bar and has a special cave-like interior. This bar is for a change not on the beach but on the road that runs parallel to Long Beach (Phra Beach). The Funky Monkey Bar is known for its good band that sings all kinds of cool covers. Even if you want to sing or play a tune yourself, this is possible! Because Funky Monkey is also a karaoke bar! That guarantees a lot of fun and coziness, especially after a few nice drinks! Regularly singing contests are organized and prizes are given away to the best singer or singer! Children can also take part in the karaoke contests earlier in the evening and win fun prizes.
A great location to see the sun set and see it rise again! Pangea Bar Beach Bar is one of the few bars on Koh Lanta that will continue while otherwise bars close. Every Tuesday it’s techno time with DJ’s until 04.00. On Sundays it’s Deep Sunday with chill deep house until 02.00.
The beach bar is exactly as a beach bar should be, lots of wood and with your feet in the sand. On the beach are nice plateaus with cushions to sit / lounge on. Happy Hour is from 17.00 to 21.00, so all the time! Keep an eye on their Facebook page because there are regular special evenings with international DJs. You will find Pangea Beach Bar halfway the bay of Long Beach.
Pangea Beach Bar
Beach: Long Beach (Phra Ae Beach)
Facebook: Pangea Beach Bar
Open: Monday and Thursday till Saturday from 11:00 – 00:00 | Tuesday 11:00 – 04:00 | Wednesday 16:00 – 00:00 | Sunday 11:00 – 01:00 | Open all year when the weather is good, but smaller menu in low season.
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Cheeky Monkey is a super cozy bar! You can find Cheeky Monkey on the main road on Koh Lanta parallel to Klong Dao Beach. In this bar you can also watch soccer, rugby and other sports games on multiple screens. Cheeky Monkey is therefore also called a sports bar where a free game of pool also is possible. Many visitors love the Cheeky Monkey bar because of its nice owner (Aussie) and friendly staff. If you get homesick while traveling they will make you feel at home here. On Friday a good house band plays here regularly and you can have a dance. There are also free drinks and shots to win because once a week every guest can spin the wheel of fortune for great prizes!
The bars selected by us are well regarded, yet it may of course be the case that the quality of the location deteriorates due to new management, for example. We would love to hear from you! If you have a favorite bar on Koh Lanta, please let us know via email, Instagram– or our Facebook page.
Besides a visit to the above mentioned nice bars, there are of course many more fun things to do on the island! Think of good restaurants, nice beaches, nice sights and good accommodations that we think you should not miss. You can find them all in the InfoBox below! We hope this will make your visit to Koh Lanta even more fun! Have a good trip!
Spending the night on Koh Lanta
On Koh Lanta you can sleep as cheap or expensive as you want. The range of accommodations is very diverse. From luxury resorts to back to basic in a nice small bungalow, the choice is yours! In general, the price-quality ratio on Koh Lanta is better than on the surrounding islands.
This is our selection of the best places to sleep on Koh Lanta:
- The best luxury resorts on Koh Lanta
- The beste mid-range hotels on Koh Lanta
- The best cheap places to sleep on Koh Lanta
Also read our reviews of:
Good dining at Koh Lanta
- Yang Garden TIP
This is without a doubt our favourite restaurant on the island! Everything’s right here! Of course the food is great but also the location and staff get a big 10/10 from us! Do it!
- Drunken Sailors
Near one of the most beautiful beaches of Koh Lanta (Kantiang) lies this gem! You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner here. Already eaten? The cocktails are also great here, just ask those swaying sailors who walk out the door…
- The Reggae Bar TIP
All the way to the north of Koh Lanta and not far from the village of Saladan you can enjoy great dishes and powerful cocktails in your own private (tree) hut on a rocky beach! This special location belongs to the beautiful Avani+ Koh Lanta Resort.
- Rareview Coffee & Restaurant TIP
Not only the dishes and drinks are here to savour, also the view is very appetizing! The team at this restaurant in Koh Lanta’s Old Town is super friendly and will do everything to make sure you have a great time!
- Global Local – Home of the serious burger
They take the hamburger seriously here, very seriously! Taste it yourself!
- Pad Thai Rock n Roll
Dance for joy as you taste the toad thai or other dishes here! Located just before Kantiang Bay in the south of Koh Lanta.
- Di Farina Pizza
The best pizza of Koh Lanta can be found in Old Town, unfortunately closed in low season but if you are here in the months November to May then you know where to go!
If you want to know more about the above restaurants read our article about the best restaurants on Koh Lanta.
Koh Lanta is a lovely island to explore by scooter or car. You bypass the high taxi prices and you can visit nice places at your leisure. We have a very good experience with Lanta Sky. You can rent a scooter or car from them that they bring and pick up again when it suits you best. If you want to rent a car you have to leave your passport, that is Koh Lanta everywhere. Renting a scooter without your passport is often possible when you pay a few thousand baht deposit. Are you going to Mu Koh Lanta National Park? Then ask for a powerful scooter, especially if you want to go with two people on a scooter. The roads to the National Park go up a lot and that calls for some extra power.
What else to discover on Koh Lanta?
- Saladan Village & Pier
Almost everyone arrives at the pier in the village of Saladan. The small village has everything a traveler needs.
- Klong Dao Beach
Klong Dao Beach is a nice long and wide beach near the village of Saladan where beautiful resorts such as Twin Lotus are located.
- Long Beach
Long Beach is the most popular beach of Koh Lanta, you have plenty of choice of nice bars and good restaurants.
- Klong Khong Beach
Klong Khong Beach, also known as Relax Bay has a hippie vibe, you will find nice bars and budget accommodations at the beach.
- Kantiang Bay
According to many visitors of Koh Lanta, Kantiang Bay is the most beautiful beach on the island.
- Bamboo Bay
Small paradise beach with not much more than a white beach and a blue sea.
- Ao Nui Beach
Lovely small beach with a few nice beach bars for a cool drink.
- Mu Koh Lanta National Park
The Mu Koh Lanta National Park is a beautiful area all the way south of Koh Lanta. Just the ride on the scooter is already worth it!
- Old Town
Old Town has beautiful authentic houses, souvenir shops and nice restaurants with the famous Instagram swings by the sea.
- Time for Lime
You can find the best and most enjoyable cooking course at Time for Lime! And the great thing is that a large part of the proceeds are donated to Lanta Animal Welfare!
- Lanta Animal Welfare
Straight dogs and cats get a better future thanks to Lanta Animal Welfare! A must visit if you are on Koh Lanta.
Take a look at our selection of some impressive pictures of Koh Lanta through our ninth Picture This article.
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