Chiang Mai nightlife guide
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The best nightlife areas in Chiang Mai
Before we hit you with a detailed list of the best clubs, let's discuss the best areas in town where you can find some late night delight!
The main nightlife destinations in Chiang Mai are concentrated around 3 main areas:
- Old City: you'll find some of the most famous nightclubs here, as well as laid-back bars and live music venues
- Riverside: great for high-end, expat-oriented bars and nighttime restaurants with a view of the Ping River
- Nimmanhaemin (Nimman) Road: a popular area for students and casual late-night dining
Best nightlife in The Old City and Tapae Gate
The Old City area is home to some of the best bars and clubs in Chiang Mai such as 'Zoe in Yellow' and 'Spicy' - the most famous nightclubs in Chiang Mai.
Spicy: tourists normally head to Spicy after 'Zoe In Yellow' closes at midnight for some after-hours partying. It's the longest running nightclub and late night establishment in Chiang Mai. The place has a very laidback vibe, there is no cover charge, no dress code and drink prices are reasonable! Spicy Club is open from 10:00pm – 3:00am and it’s probably the last place in town to close at night!
Infinity club: is a large, well furnished and stylish nightclub. And although Infinity looks like a high-end and expensive club (the type of nightclub some tourists/backpackers might avoid), it's not anything like that! In fact, the drinks are reasonably priced and cheaper than in many fashionable spots in Chiang Mai.
THC Rooftop Bar :is a backpacker-friendly rooftop bar with affordable drinks overlooking the Old City
Lost Hut: is a relaxed little bamboo bar with live music.It's a great place to chill out and talk with fellow travelers, expats and locals
Bus bars: for people who don't like clubbing (or for those who want to pre-game) but still want to get a (cheap) drink, bus bars are the way to go! These are, quite literally re-modeled buses that go around the city selling essential mixes and spirits at very affordable rates.
Best nightlife in and around Nimman Road
Caravan bar is probably one of the most beautiful bars in Chiang Mai where you can, after a day of exploring all that Chiang Mai has to offer, grab a table with a group of friends and listen to the tunes from the resident DJ. The bar offers a curated wine list, a fine selection of single malts, spirits from all over the world and a tempting assortment of craft beers.
Monkey club: is a trendy place in Nimmanhaeman that feels like a posh restaurant in a resort town in California. You can come for dinner or drinks and enjoy live music in two different rooms.
Parallel Univers: This small rooftop bar has got a good view around Chiang Mai and nice cool breeze on a cooling night. It's a good place to go if you enjoy crafted beers or ciders!
Warm Up cafe is the place to be for a younger crowd. You can relax in 3 separate zones within the club: the outdoor area surrounding a stage for live music, the lounge room with DJs spinning hip-hop and house music and the main area with pop-rock live acts.
Best nightlife in Riverside
The Bus Bar is great if you’re looking for something more simple: you can grab a drink and sit down on insta-perfect garden tables and chairs in front of a remodeled double-decker.
The Riverside Bar has great scenic views of the river, great food and live music on some nights
Sala Lanna Chiang Mai: the Rooftop At Sala Lanna is housed on top of an upscale boutique hotel of the same name. The bar has open-air cushioned seatings for ultimate comfort with a panoramic view of Chiang Mai’s night markets and river at night.
Deck 1: This hotel is situated on the east bank of the river Ping and is one of our famous places in Chiang Mai. An exquisite atmosphere, posh design and an excellent food, complemented well with drinks is the main attraction here. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, there’s a live band which plays the finest jazz in the city.
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Other nighttime activities in Chiang Mai
When you are done with the partying and drinking scene, know that there are plenty of other activities you can do at night in Chiang Mai! So why not explore some Thai-specialty experiences like ladyboy cabarets, night markets or even watch some muay Thai kickboxing?
Visiting nighttime street markets are a fun way to spend your night and soak in some culture while eating cheap and delicious street food. The most famous market is without a doubt the Night Bazaar! It's the best place in Chiang Mai to buy your souvenirs at the absolute best prices. Printed tees, candle holders, shawls and other everyday items are overflowing from the endless stalls in this area. Along the way, you can find plenty of foodstalls offering snacks, drinks and delicious Thai desserts.
Ladyboy cabaret shows are a classic late-night Thai experience and it is a super fun way to spend an evening in Chiang Mai.The show features a number of performers who are all lip syncing, all dolled up with amazing outfits and outrageous wigs and makeup. Be prepared to be picked out of the crowd to participate in the show as it is a very interactive show! :)
Witness a Thai kickboxing match: You’re going to be up close to the action when you watch Thai kickboxing’s centuries-old martial art — now called a national sport. Fights take place every day except Sunday at Chiang Mai Boxing Stadium, from 9.00PM till midnight.
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