Live acts are big in the Chiang Mai nightlife scene and not all are loud and raucous. Chilling out at a riverside bar while the live band entertain with classic blues, jazz and rock tunes is popular. A hip, brash clubbing zone is found among the alleys of Nimmanhaemin Road, while a host of strip clubs, go-go bars and massage parlours are concentrated along Loy Kroh Road, just southeast of Tha Pae Gate. In this peaceful city it's paradoxically not that difficult to party hard, soft - whichever way you want it.
- Wat Doi Suthep & Hmong Hill-Tribe Village
- Doi Inthanon National Park Tour
- Ping River Dinner Cruise
- Khantoke Dinner with Traditional Dance Performance
- Old City Half-Day Bike Tour
- Flight of the Gibbon™ Zipline Tour
- 2-Day Whitewater Rafting & Ziplining
- Full-Day Countryside Bike Tour with Lunch
- Aroy Aroy Thai Cooking School & Market Tour
- Full-Day Excursion to Chiang Rai & Golden Triangle
Night BazaarIntersection of Chang Klan and Loy Kroh roads
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is the place to shop, eat, drink and just people watch after sunset. Countless stalls pack along the sidewalks and spilling out into the street, selling almost everything you can think of. Like the goods on sale, the nightlife here is varied. A handful of side-walk bars and western-style pubs are perfect for stopping and having a mid-shopping drink or resting while someone else wants to shop. Read More...
Walking StreetsRatchadamneon Rd, Tha Pae Gate (Sunday), Wualai Road (Saturday)
First it was the Sunday Walking Street, then the Saturday Wualai Walking Street. Closed to car traffic after midday, the Walking Streets are the best places to see and experience Chiang Mai in its own skin. All kinds of vendors and crafts fill the entire stretch. Street food, drinks and cultural entertainment are all part of the experience – it's one of the best ways to spend an evening in Chiang Mai. Read More...
The best rooftop bars in Chiang Mai may not offer the dizzying heights of Bangkok’s, but the views are no less spectacular. Although Doi Suthep Mountain might boast the most famous vantage point of the city, there’s an ever-growing number of alfresco spots offering almost-as-nice views. Unlike the mountaintop, they also offer refreshing cocktails and delightful dining, too. The following is a rundown of our five favourites, from golden oldies 24 floors up, to swish new terraces where the molecular cocktails will have you thinking you’ve swapped cities for the night. The styles and atmospheres available are extremely varied, going from high-end cocktail bars to rough-and-ready backpacker haunts. Read More...
While the club scene in Chiang Mai is nowhere near the level of Bangkok, there are still a few places to shake it like a dry martini. The music is loud and thumping and the dance floors are usually packed with a mixture of Thais and foreigners. If you want to party like the Thais, pick up a bottle at a local shop and bring it to the club with you. Most places don't charge corkage fees, as long as you buy your ice and mixers from them (at suitably increased prices). Read More...
Live Jazz by the RiversideCharoenrat Rd (between Charoen Muang and Kaew Nawarat)
Across the River Ping from the Night Bazaar, Charoenrat Road runs parallel to the riverside and is home to a line-up of atmospheric resto-bars with the city’s best live music, with jazz, soul, reggae, and classic rock and roll tunes. Team this great atmosphere with the magnificent views and tasty food, and you can see why the Riverside is home to Chiang Mai’s most sought-after nightlife spots.
Bars and PubsOld City
Nightlife inside the Old City wall has a more subdued vibe to it than the Riverside or the Night Bazaar, but still has potential for meeting people and the promise of live music. The U.N. Irish Pub on Ratvithi Rd (open 9:00-1:00) is laid-back, has good pub food and occasional open-mic nights. THC Rooftop Bar opposite Tha Pae Gate (open 18:00-late) is where you can lie down on some comfy cushions, get caned and listen to electronic music. Read More...
Like Phuket, Bangkok and the rest of Thailand, in fact, Chiang Mai has its fair share of pretty ladyboys, and cabaret shows are the best places to spot the prettiest and most talented of them all. Themes range from the glamorous to the hilarious, but the shows are always entertaining. Check out Blue Moon Cabaret at 5/3 Moon Muang Road. Read More...
- Location: Blue Moon Cabaret at 5/3 Moon Muang Road, Simon Cabaret at 177 G Building, 1st Floor, Chang Peuak Rd.
C.M. Entertainment ComplexLoi Kroh Road, near Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
An entire warehouse dedicated to adult nightlife, definitely not a place to bring your family. Easily spotted by the glowing red neon sign that says “Free Show”, the complex houses some 30 girlie bars with pool tables and loud, throbbing music. There’s also a cabaret show and a Muay Thai (Thai kick boxing) stadium in the middle where free shows are staged on most nights. Read More...
- Opening Hours: 19:00 – 24:00
- Location: Loi Kroh Road, on the way to Night Bazaar
Loi Kroh’s Go Go StripCity Centre
Just south of Tha Pae Gate, the short strip leading towards Night Bazaar is a jungle of girlie bars, massage parlours and go-go pubs with their prettiest staff members outside beckoning patrons like sirens. While some have labelled the strip brash, loud, with an in-your-face attitude, it’s the place to go if you’d like some easy ‘company’. For something with a little more style, head to Foxy Lady A Go Go behind Dusit D2 Hotel.
Enjoy scenic views of the Ping River and experience a few hours of romance on a dinner cruise. If you booked the tour, you will be picked up from your hotel around dusk and taken to a pier to board you transport for the evening. The menu available has plenty of options, but you can expect Thai classics like spring rolls, chicken in coconut milk soup, fried chicken, pork, or beef in red curry paste and stir-fried morning glory with oyster sauce. You order your food before you board.
You can enjoy your authentic Thai cuisine while drifting past old temples and houses illuminated by twinkling lights. Before your boat departs from the dock, choose from a wide variety of delicious Thai foods and drinks. After your idyllic ride, return to the pier, where a transfer to your hotel awaits. Read More...