I take a seat at the bar and my Thai lady friend orders me a Leo beer without enquiring as to what I might want. That’s Thai hospitality at work! There are 4 different beers commonly provided in most Khao Lak bars – Leo, Chang, Tiger and Singha. I usually drink a Chang or Leo when I spend time in a bar, but I am no expert on the ins-and-outs of different beers. Sometimes I have a Thai rum (SangSom) with coca-cola. I once tried Thai whiskey (HongThong) but it affected me quite adversely. I have seen people act more strangely than they ordinarily do after they have imbibed sizable quantities of HongThong, so, even though it’s cheap, I strongly advise Westerners not to drink it. Drink it at your own peril!
The Star Bar is surrounded by restaurants lining the main street, as well as several restaurants that are part of Bang Niang Market. That’s a good situation for people like me with weak bladders. I always eat a large, heavy meal before I drink any alcohol, even if it’s just one beer. On my first trip to Thailand I went to Phuket and ended up sitting on a stool in a Patong Road bar. A rather amusing story about needing to pee and misguided navigation ensued. I wrote it up as a chapter for my sort-of-memoir and chose the title of the piece as Bangla Road, Patong.
I like the Star Bar because it’s in a great position, and yes, because there are pretty Thai girls to be charmed by. It’s not in any way seedy, however, so whether you are single or come as a couple, having a drink in the bar or on one of the tables lining the footpath is a great way to enjoy the Thai experience. I don’t always know what to do in Khao Lak, but tonight I’m in the right place at the right time. Hopefully, I’ll make it home in the right place at the right time as well!
Been to any good bars in the Khao Lak area?
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