Railay Beach Nightlife

What to Do at Night in Railay Beach

Railay in high season is quite the place to be, with beach fire dancing, full moon, half moon and black moon parties, impromptu get-togethers and bars with organised live music, Thai boxing and drinks specials.

Again, there’s a gulf between what goes on in Railay West and East and if lazing around on Thai cushions, listening to ambient music or the inescapable Bob Marley is your thing then East Railay is for you while Railay West has more of a beach appreciation scene – logical if you consider how beautiful this beach is with a full moon rising over the breathtaking surrounding limestone cliffs. 


Railay East

Joy Beach bar

Joy Beach Bar is a long-established watering hole in Railay East. The bar (and now restaurant) went through a major refurbishing in 2012, with the addition of a second storey. Entirely made of wood and thatched-roof, the rickety construction is totally open-sided and overlooks Railay East mangrove. It can host up to sixty punters seated on Thai triangle pillows and fold-out mattresses around low bamboo tables: lie back, chill out and feel the calming ocean breeze!

Many claim that Joy Beach Bar does the ‘best cocktails in Thailand’ – the Mojito is a must-try. All hype aside, Joy’s is actually one of the best bars on the peninsula and seems to cover all the bases with ease. Its pizzas also earned an excellent reputation and are considered the best in Railay. With its stunning beachfront location, relaxed atmosphere, chill-out music, Wi-Fi access, great cocktails, and friendly staff, Joy Beach Bar is a highly recommended place for night owls in Railay.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
Location: Railay East beachfront


 

Lucky Restaurant & Last Bar

So named because this used to indeed be the last bar on this strip (the cement footpath was extended two kilometres further north in 2013), the Lucky Last Bar has an all day dining menu and goes until late, featuring live music and Muay Thai demonstration in high season. The venue also hosts a tattoo studio (So Good Tattoo). Here is the place to go for full moon parties on Railay East and to its credit the restaurant is kids-friendly, but at night the music is turned up high and the UV lights are switched on to create the closest thing to a rave as you will find on Railay.

There is a care-free, backpacker vibe at Lucky Last Bar that ensures a good party. The open-air terrace overlooking mangroves is a perfect place to relax, and its menu features a great choice of Thai, vegetarian and western favourites at affordable rates. Perhaps the best thing about the Lucky Last Bar, besides its constant entertainment, is the price of its drinks (happy hour from 15:00 – 21:00: all cocktails and gin/rum/vodka + mix at 100 baht) – kept low to ensure a happy and busy house.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
Location: Railay East, at the end of beer bar strip

Skunk Bar

Skunk Bar’s bar position in Railay East moved one row toward the beachfront during the construction of the concrete footpath that has been built all along the shore as a way to protect it from erosion. Skunk is now located opposite Joy’s Bar, and next to Pranang Cuisine. The two-storey wooden building is a bit shaky (most venues in Railay are built in a provisional way) but could not be more relaxed; the open-air terrace with cushions and low tables on the second floor is indeed the perfect place to spend an evening with friends.

Skunk Bar serves food, has a DJ booth, a pool table, a bamboo-stick tattoo studio and is one of the only bars along this strip that doesn’t churn out chugging reggae hour after hour.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
Location: Railay East beachfront, opposite Joy Beach Beach

Railay West

Of course the biggest draw on Railay West is the electrifying sunset view framed by verdant limestone cliffs. It’s a magic moment and everyone stops to admire the orange-and-gold vista and pretty much the only sound you’ll hear is that of electronic lens’s opening and shutting.

The most popular bar along this strip is Flame Tree Bar & Restaurant, a cool open-sided place with a good line in music. Otherwise people chill on the resort terraces. In high season impromptu parties with fire dancing spring up and last until late at night.

Flame Tree Restaurant

Flame Tree Restaurant is an unpretentious and laid-back venue flanking the two sides to the entrance of the Walking Street in the central part of Railay West just where the long-tail boats moor. It is a classic southern Thai place made of drift wood, bamboo, steel pole and corrugated iron roof which also hosts a fruit shake/smoothie booth and a coffee shop. Flame Tree is a popular sundowner spot and its drink-list counts no less than 57 cocktails (from 180 baht for a Casablanca to 295 baht for a Coco Loco).

Serving Breakfast, lunch and dinner, it seems that Flame Tree is busy all day long. Its menu features great choices of western and Thai delicacies at prices which might seem a bit steep at first sight (hamburger at 195 baht, panang curry at 225 baht, fried rice at 150 baht) but which are in accordance with most other eateries in Railay, due to the seclusion of the place. At night, it is a cool joint at which take a drink (or several) in good company.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – late
Location: in the middle of Railay Beach West

Utopia International Delights

Utopia International Delights is an original restaurant/bar/movie theatre/bamboo-stick tattoo studio/yoga centre located in the central area of Railay, between the West and East beaches. Haphazardly built with drift wood, bamboo and a vast assortment of recuperated materials, it has, at first sight, a certain run-down arty touch but delivers the goods in style as stated by its popularity. Every night at 19:00 a movie is run on a large screen for free. ‘Texas Hold’em Poker games’ are also organized once a week.

Featuring culinary delights from various origins – western, Thai, Italian, it is famous for its Indian menu which presents a delectable choice of specialties from the Bharat subcontinent, such as samosas (vegetable at 120 baht, chicken at 180 baht, and lamb at 220 baht), and succulent chunks of chicken tikka served with onions and mint chutney at 200 baht. Drinks are reasonably priced (Tiger beer at 80 baht, Singha & Leo at 70 baht, and Chang at 80 baht).

Opening Hours: 10:00 – late
Location: central part of Railay; just follow the footpath from Railay Walking Street that leads to Diamond Cave and Railay East

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