By day, Krabi’s white-sand beaches are the perfect spot to relax on a sun lounger, paddle in the sea and laze away the day staring out at the turquoise sea. When the sun sets, it’s time to grab a cocktail, admire the views, and sample some of the buzzing bars and clubs on the main drag at Ao Nang.

We’ve rounded up the best spots to party in Krabi.

1. Best For A Laid-Back Night: Arty Mama Rasta Bar

Oozing that mai pen rai (no worries) vibe that hippie travellers in Thailand usually embrace, Arty Mama Rasta Bar is the perfect place to wind down with a cold beer. Reggae cranks away on the speakers and if you feel like getting up off the squishy floor cushions, you can grab any of the ukuleles or guitars lying around for an impromptu jam.

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Address: Pak Nam, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
Open: Daily, 15:00 pm to 03:00 am

2. Best For Dancing: Chang Bar

If you want to dance up a storm and throw yourself into the frenzy of a thumping nightclub, then Chang Bar at Ao Nang is where you need to be. At the weekend, this place fills up and you’re sure to have a crazy night. DJ sets blast out rocking tunes and drinks flow until 2am.

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Address: Tambon Ao Nang, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi
Open: Daily, 09:00 am to 02:00 am

3. Best For Craft Beer: Hobby Hops Craft Beer Bar

Promoting Krabi’s blossoming craft beer scene is a surprisingly easy job for the folk at Hobby Hops. Flavoursome IPAs and refreshing indie lagers are on offer here. This hole-in-the-wall-style bar has an extensive menu of international and imported beer, as well as local craft numbers. If you’re overwhelmed with choice, the friendly and knowledgeable staff are always on hand for recommendations.

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Address:  2 Khongkha Road, Pak Nam, Krabi Town
Open: Daily, 17:00 pm to 02:00 am

4. Best For Meeting Fellow Travellers: Balcony Hostel Pub Crawl

Throw away your inhibitions and bond with fellow backpackers on the Balcony Hostel Pub Crawl. Visit five of Ao Nang’s best bars and make new friends over karaoke, shots and drinking games. Finish the night in a buzzing club and end with memories to last a lifetime. The hostel donates THB10 to the Krabi Pitak Pracha Foundation for every person that signs up for the pub crawl.

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Address: 423/19 Moo.2, Aonang Maung Krabi
Open: Pub crawl begins at 20:00 pm

5. Best For Live Music: Boogie Bar

In the heart of Ao Nang, there’s always something going on at the Boogie Bar. You might catch the lilting rhythms of a live reggae band, dance the night away to a ska-folk duo, or just sit back with a beer and tap your toes to country music. Vintage music memorabilia covers the walls, so music lovers will feel right at home here.

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Address:  Ao Nang, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi
Open: Daily, 17:00 pm to 00:00 am

6. Best For Cocktails: 79 Bar & Grill

Sample art in a glass with a cocktail made by expert mixologists at 79 Bar & Grill. If you’re looking for a classy, laid-back night out, look no further. Staff are friendly, happy hour is cheap, and cocktails keep flowing late into the night.

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Address: Maharaj 8 Alley, Tambon Pak Nam, Amphoe Mueang Krabi, Chang Wat Krabi
Open: Daily, 15:00 pm to 01:00 am

7. Best For A Wild Night: The Krabi Pub Crawl 

Running on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, the Krabi Pub Crawl takes in the liveliest spots in Krabi. Meet fellow travellers over buckets of cocktails, shots and drinking games. End the night dancing until your feet hurt in a thumping club.

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Address: Slumber Party Hostel, 376/41 Ao Nang, Krabi
Open: Pub crawl runs Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays at 20:00 pm