Located at Thailand’s southern west coast, the province of Krabi is all about picturesque beaches, friendly locals, and one of the best nightlife in the world.
From adventurers, couples, to jetsetters, the islands have something for everyone. You may think that all the fun just happens when the sun is high in the sky. But it’s just the tip of the iceberg.
In this sun-kissed corner of the world, things begin to heat up right after sunset. Check out all the best things you can enjoy in Krabi Thailand after dark.
Sunset Cruise from Railay Beach
Railay is perhaps one of the most gorgeous and laidback parts of Krabi. After a bit of rock-climbing in the morning, you can hop into the classic 4-island tours in the afternoon – just in time for that unforgettable Thai sunset.
This sunset cruise will take you to Chicken Island (also known as Kai Island), Tup Island and Koh Mawr (connected by sand bar during low tide), before reaching your last stop, Poda Island. Depending on the weather and the tides, the order of how you’ll visit them may change. But that’s cool!
The best part about going in the afternoon is that there are fewer crowds, so you can swim and explore to your heart’s content. Unlike other beaches in Thailand, you will hardly experience swarms here. Don’t forget to carry your own cold beer with you! Then just sit back, relax, and let the salty sea breeze blow your worries away.
Shop ‘till You Drop at Krabi Town
Don’t leave Thailand without a few souvenirs and trinkets. The weekend night market at Krabi Town is famous for super affordable cuisine, crafts, and fashion that you can still bargain for.
From Friday to Sunday, the ‘walking street’ night market (or Thanon Khon Dern in Thai) is open from 6 to 9.30PM (but some stalls are already open at 5.30PM). It’s one of the best ways to take a peek at Thai market culture – all while getting your shopping done. Go either before 7PM when activities begin to peak, or at 9PM when crowds start dispersing for the night.
You can even save a lot of money by getting dinner here, too! Don’t worry; street foods at Krabi are clean and safe. Don’t stick to the regular pad thai (although that’s delicious) either. Treat your taste buds to something different such as roti pancakes, coconut puddings, fresh spring rolls, hot and spicy fishcakes, as well as yellow chicken biryani.
Soak in the fun atmosphere as students and other street performers sing, dance, or do stunts. You can also have your caricature drawn for just 100 baht! Once you’ve bought some handicrafts, customized shirts, and jewelry, you can choose to stand on the sidelines and watch passersby.
Go Bar-Hopping at Ao Nang
Don’t want to go to bed yet? Ao Nang has got you covered. Whether you’re here to party or to simply while away the hours, there are a good number of bars, clubs, and cafes to satisfy.
Start your sojourn at Ao Nang Center Point. This busy entertainment complex has three storeys of bars, restaurants, shops, and lady bars. Go ahead and explore as you’ll find something different in every floor. This place is also within walking distance from convenience stores and other dining options. But who would want to leave when you have pool tables, friendly hosts, and lots of dancing?
Another great option is Soi RCA Entertainment, the clubbing capital in Ao Nang. From midnight to dusk, you can drink and make new friends here. This 100-meter long street is host to 12 bars, one of the best being Amy’s Bar, where the hostesses are pretty and the drinks reasonably-priced.
Not in the mood for girls or people-watching? The Last Café is a wonderful option located at the southern end of Ao Nang beach. There are beachside BBQs, cold beer, DJs, as well as the occasional fire show. If you’d rather be sipping a cold one while munching on Thai seafood at midnight, then this place is perfect.
Party with Fire at Phi Phi
You may be familiar with the Phi Phi Islands for their stunning white-sand beaches and turquoise clear waters. But most people will argue that it’s just the beaches that make this place memorable – it’s the hip and lively parties.
There are three main areas to enjoy a night of drinks, loud music, and lots of fire: Tonsai Village, Tonsai East, and Loh Dalum Bay. Each will have their own popular hotspots, so it’s nice to walk around and discover which one you really like.
Phi Phi Reggae Bar is one of the oldest and most well-known for its unique experience: offering live Muay Thai with your drinks. Of course, even with the large TV screen, guests still prefer the boxing happening at the center of the floor. A bit drunk from that bucket? You can be invited to have a friendly match in exchange for, you guessed it, more drinks.
Meanwhile, Carlito’s Beach Bar and Nightclub is another golden prospect. Located on the eastern side of Tonsai Bay on Phi Phi Don Island, this place has everything a party animal needs. From learning ‘fire poi dancing’ to free Wi-Fi, you can also enjoy yoga sessions (during the day) and of course, fire shows. From 9PM onwards, this bar turns into a wild beach party with loud tunes and lots of cocktails.
Chill by the Beaches at Klong Muang
Not into loud, techno music? Then hop into the more laidback night scene at tranquil Klong Muang. But just because it’s less developed than its counterparts (Ao Nang for instance) doesn’t mean you can’t have your own fun here. There’s something here for folks who don’t want to suffer from a hangover in the morning.
The Irish Embassy for example, is a neat little escape for those hankering for a slice of the English ambience. Serving English hearty meals, you can play darts and pool here, too. Pretty casual and relaxed, with a beautiful front garden terrace for watching the Andaman Sea in the distance.
Little Jamaica on the other hand, is a hidden gem you won’t want to miss if you’re craving some serious rest and relaxation. Set right on the beach of Klong Muang, this bar offers friendly service, cold beer, and reggae beats along with the gentle waves of the sea.