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Best Nightlife Tours in Chiang Mai

Hold your hopes low for the nightlife in Chiang Mai is not as enthralling as Bangkok. The city has the notoriety of being moderately conservative since there are specific alcohol regulations. Maximum clubs and lounges close around midnight. There are no alcohol zones in and around Tapae Gate and no legal trade of drinks during national and local holidays. So what's intriguing about this place? 

Firstly, it has a relaxing environment, much calmer than Bangkok. The wine bars, reggae bars, local Thai bars, cabaret shows, and nightclubs here represent different perspectives of Chiang Mai culture. Then clubs and drinking options here are much affordable than any other city in Thailand. You'll seldom be charged for venue entry around the old city. Also, live music is an attraction at various venues as there are usually many bands in one night.

You can have a fun and frolic time by visiting destinations like Loi Kroh’s Go-Go Strip, Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar, THC Rooftop Bar, Baan Jangarpor, and more. So, you just need to follow some laws, and you are good to go. Unusual Chiang Mai nightlife can consequently heave your experience to the next level.

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  • Q. What are the things to do at night in Chiang Mai ?

    1. Dinner Cruise on the Ping River

    Far from the city’s hustle and bustle, unwind for a short time, sailing along the calm waters of the River Ping. Visitors on board within this wooden boat are presented with a sumptuous selection of traditional Thai dishes prepared in different districts of Thailand. Further, have the joy of witnessing mesmerizing Chiang Mai around night time from the Ping River. 

    A unique culinary night adventure, to enjoy the nightlife in Chiang Mai along the riverbanks.

    Location: Mae Ping River

    Timing: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

    2. Loi Kroh’s Go-Go Strip

    Loi Kroh is situated toward the south of The Pae Gate. In case that you need an extraordinary spot to indulge in adult activities and watch the unique Chiang Mai nightlife environment, Loi Kroh is the spot to be for a complete fun night. 

    It is packed with massage parlors, go-go bars, and especially girlie bars with young ladies outside alluring the clients. 

    Location: Loi Kroh Road

    Timing: 7:00 pm – 12:00 am

    3. C.M Entertainment Complex

    A place to visit the girly bars and enjoy a couple of pool games with your gang. A rectangular plaza with around 25 girly bars including a Muay Thai ring in the centre where you can catch on a fight held every second day. 

    The bar girls and well hundreds of young ladies around the streets in the Chiang Mai Entertainment Complex are the sultriest in this place. It is an ultimate hub to enjoy the adult nightlife in Chiang Mai. 

    Location: Loi Khor Road, Changklan, Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 7:00 pm – 1:30 am

    4. Cabaret Show

    Chiang Mai's Ladyboy Cabaret Show is the most popular show in the city. Situated in the Night Bazaar area, this daily show includes some of Chiang Mai's most attractive and liveliest ladyboys. 

    The entertainers here sing and dance while dressed up in over the top dresses, wigs, and full makeup to put on an excellent show for the audience. They liven up the aura of the nightlife in Chiang Mai. The show costs THB 290.

    Location: Anusarn Night Market, Night Bazaar, Chang Klan Road

    Timing: Daily 9:30 pm & 11:00 pm

    5. Visit the Night Safari

    After dusk has fallen be prepared to get close with animals in this nocturnal zoo. The completely encased tram ride with dim yellow lights which is entirely secure enables the creatures to wander straight up to the vehicle. 

    This night tour goes for around an hour and is a fascinating venture to observe predators in their natural habitat like the lion, red kangaroos, zebras, spotted hyena, giraffe, and a white tiger. Don't miss it as here you get to see more than 130 animal species.

    Location: 33 Moo 12 Nong Kwai, Hang Dong District, Chiang Mai 50230, Thailand

    Timing: 6: 50 pm – 10 pm

    6. Live Jazz by the Riverside

    For those who would like to cherish nightlife in Chiang Mai with jazz, this is the ideal place for you. Riverside, as it's affectionately recognized, is a lovely location beside Ping river to savour delicious meals and cheeky sundowners. The ambiance here is vigorous and radiates a community feel.

    Stay on until the live cover band appears, who do incredible performances but also manage to gather a crowd.

    Location: North Gate, 91/1-2, Si Phum Road, Si Phum, Mueang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timing: 7 pm – 12 am

    7. Clubs and bars

    Chiang Mai is abundant of bars and clubs with prices being a lot cheaper than Bangkok. Nimmanhaemin Road has a vast number of trendy bars to enjoy the nightlife in Chiang Mai such as The Warm-Up Cafe and The Monkey Club – these are frequently visited by locals, expats and tourists alike. 

    Thapae Gate is one more famous location for drinking with Zoe’s bar loading up every night. Chiang Mai nightlife goes until midnight in these places.

    Location: Various locations

    Timing: 5: 00 pm – 12 am

    8. Rooftop bars

    A lot relies on your choice of how you desire to spend the nightlife in Chiang Mai. Are you willing to dress up for the special evenings high above the city in one of Chiang Mai’s extravagant hotels, or simply a spot you can hang out with your buddies?

    Rooftop bars in Chiang Mai offer a stimulating setting for an evening’s pleasure with bars positioned in a way that visitors get spellbinding views of the iconic Doi Suthep and Thanon Thong Chai Mountains.

    Location: Various locations

    Timings: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

    9. Walking Street

    The walking streets in Chiang Mai include multiple food carts, vendors, clothing shops and much more lined up along the street side. Chiang Mai has a total of 8 walking streets. You’ll get everything in the reasonable rates ranging from souvenirs, handicrafts, garments to seafood and beverages. 

    So, if you’re seeking for some sites to chill and shop together during your vacay, go to the walking streets like WuaLai Walking Street, Tha Phea Walking Street, Saturday Walking Street, etc.

    Location: Various locations

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

    10. Night Bazaar

    Chiang Mai is a shopper’s heaven, and nothing beats buying by bargaining at famous Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. In these bazaars, you will discover an assortment of clothing, belts, shoes, jewelry, watches, DVDs, and local Thai products at truly low costs. 

    A few of the prominent Night Bazaars include Kalare Night Bazaar, Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, and Asunarm Markets. In these markets, you'll also find a lot of mobile food stalls for a quick snack and furthermore plenty of bars.

    Location: Various locations

    Timing: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

  • Q. Which are the night bars and clubs in Chiang Mai?

    1. Zoe in Yellow

    Zoe In Yellow is the most famous in the Old City, notable for being an incredibly happening venue. It’s most of the time full of youth, particularly remote explorers and backpackers who want to party in the budget. 

    Beverages are free-streaming since costs are meager, the reason this location is an exciting party stop in Chiang Mai. Also, a wide range of music genres always keeps this place pumped, such as electro-funk, reggae, hip-hop, and pop spreading great vibes all around.

    Location: Rajvithi road, Old city, Chiang Mai

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

    2. The Lost Hut

    This little but enchanting bar is established in a bamboo hut. Lost Hut is set in a kind of a forest ambiance, and this gives some sort of unusual vibe as compared to other lounges in the city – overall, the site is pretty relaxing. 

    The music is kept at a high volume to enjoy the nightlife in Chiang Mai. The Lost Hut serves tasty drinks and Thai cuisines for a great value.

    Location: Moon Muang Rd Lane 1, Tambon Phra Sing, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Timing: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

    3. Baa(N) Din Cocktail Bar and Restaurant

    The bohemian style bar situated in a side road is a comfortable venue that draws in a lot of happy go lucky people, hoping to kick back and unwind or rejoin with comrades. 

    The simple bar with its uncovered stone wall decor and rustic furniture offer a choice of delicious blended drinks and spirits at an extraordinary price. Alongside, guests can discover a few signature ones of Baa(n) Din. 

    The staff is fantastically generous and will gladly participate in a friendly conversation with the guests. The music shows range from rock to reggae and electronic.

    Location: 16/2, Soi 13, Nimmanhaemin Road, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand, +66 85 618 1141

    Timing: 11:00 am – 12:00 am

    4. Northgate Jazz Co-Op

    Most travelers and locals call it the best live music location to enjoy the nightlife in Chiang Mai. The vibe is all around happening here because of its regularly changing programs of traveling and local artists – you are surely going to enjoy the most at this club. In case, you need to demonstrate your talent as well, visit on a Tuesday night for a free jam session.

    The drinks are reasonable, and the setting is cozy here.

    Location: Sri Phum Street, close to Chiang Puak Gate

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

    5. The Writers' Club Wine Bar

    The Writers Club and Wine Bar is not just a pub, yet it likewise presents art exhibitions. The bar dedicates its displays principally to Myanmar art and is one of a kind in Chiang Mai. It’s popular with travelers as well as expats searching for a more low-key drinking event.

    Also, it developed swiftly into the city’s informal press club and a preferred retreat of anyone associated with the media or want to know how local journalists’ function.

    Location: Rachadamnoen Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timing: Sun to Fri: 12:30 pm – 12 am

  • Q. Which are the night rooftop Bars in Chiang Mai?

    1. The Roof – Sala Lanna
    At a mystical point, roosted above the breezy rooftop enjoy an enchanting Chiang Mai nightlife here. Watch the sun going down with an icy mixed drink. From stools to long benches with tables along with pool loungers, the ambiance provides a perfect relaxation mode at this venue.

    The Roof is also decorated with candles and lanterns after dusk with frequent live music arrangements on a stage near to the pool. Here you'll find some thoughtfully-selected Chilean and Italian menu.

    Location: Sala Lanna Chiang Mai, 49 Charoenrat

    Timing: Fri to Sun: 6:00 pm – 11: 00 pm

    2. Myst – Maya Shopping Mall

    Myst rooftop bar at Maya Mall is situated close to the mainstream Nimman territory. It's amongst the most famous rooftop bars here due to their variety of drinks. On weekends they organize live bands and DJs, which makes it more happening.

    Snacks and non-alcoholic cocktails are also available here. Drinks are somewhat costlier than you would pay in the underneath lanes; however, the view and ambiance can't be beaten. 

    Location: 55 MAYA Shopping Center Huaykaew Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50300, Thailand

    Timing: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

    3. Xanadu Rooftop Pub and Restaurant

    An outdoor rooftop restaurant with scenic views of the city and the popular Doi Suthep in a serene environment is an ideal spot for a romantic getaway or an intimate time-out with friends. 

    The venue offers a fascinating vibe, serving a great variety of traditional Thai cuisine that you can relish along with live entertainment.

    Location: 54 Huay Keaw Road, Muang Chiang Mai 50300

    Timing: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am

    4. Blue Bat

    On the 24th floor of Pornping Tower Hotel – as high as you can go while in Chiang Mai to enjoy a drink. You need to take the lift till the 20th floor, then hike up through the staircase to reach the open-air rooftop. 

    With amazing views all around you, the bar serves an extensive range of cocktails alongside Thai and International cuisine. It's one of the best Chiang Mai rooftop bars one can visit for a drink or two.

    Location: 46 48 Changklan Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 11:00 pm – 12:00 am

    5. THC Rooftop Bar

    As the name itself signifies, another eminent rooftop bar giving a totally chill out feel. Nestled practically around the edge from Tha Pae Gate, the lounge has been a staple in Chiang Mai nightlife scene for a long while.

    THC Rooftop Bar is the spot for the backpacking crowd. The unconventional setting at a perfect area in which you can recoup from the scorching day and where you can become acquainted with some other explorers. 

    Location: 19 Mun Mueang Road, Tambon Phra Sing Chang Wat Chiang Mai, 50300, Thailand

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

  • Q. Which are the places I can shop at night in Chiang Mai?

    1. The Night Bazaar
    One of the most important markets in Chiang Mai is Night Bazaar, which is open seven days a week. Thousands of individuals reach every night here to walk and shop something from a huge variety of vendors selling various goods.

    Both local, as well as branded products, can be found here, such as clothing, accessories, electronic items, household items, and much more.

    Location: Chang Khlan Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

    Timing: 5pm – 12:00 am

    2. Kalare Night Market
    The Kalare Night Bazaar is a less hectic location for shopping which hosts several shops. Basically, it's a big undercover arcade ample of shops with an open-air food court as well as an entertainment zone presenting a unique Chiang Mai nightlife backdrop.

    Wander around all the shops where you'll locate better quality goods varying from chic jewelry, clothing, and shoes. Also, some remarkably talented sketch artists can draw a full canvas print from a photo for you to take as a souvenir.

    Location: 89/2 Changklan Rd, Tambon Chang Moi, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

    3. Saturday Walking Street Market
    This market is also called Wui Lai Market, which is another famous shopping destination in Chiang Mai. The area is closed for traffic on Saturday at this place so that the visitors can comfortably stroll around and buy products they like.

    You'll discover an assortment of silverware shops here that offer enthralling silverware items and sculptures. Additionally, housewares, woodwork ornaments, sketch artists, street performers, candles, lanterns, and clothes shops all make this market delightful.

    Location: 100 Wua Lai Rd, Tambon Hai Ya, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

    4. Chang Puak Gate Night Market
    Also recognized as the North Gate Market, Talat Phlu Chang Phueak is ideal for foodies. Shops lining the street here are sizzling the atmosphere with traditional Thai food, particularly seafood. The market is visited by several travelers who want to experience real Thai cuisine at reasonable prices.

    During the day, there’s also a small fresh food market where one can buy vegetables, fruit, and snacks.

    Location: 248/70 Manee Nopparat Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

    5. Kat Rin Kham Night Bazaar
    Since Chiang Mai nightlife is also about shopping and cheap food, it’s one more spot that can serve you well. People start to flock the Kat Rin Khan night market near Maya Mall every evening to browse the open junction of vendors trading clothes, tattoo studios, craft items, food, and other daily items. There is hardly anything that you won't get in this market.

    Location: 248/70 Manee Nopparat Rd, Tambon Si Phum, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

    Timing: 5:00 pm – 12:00 am

  • Q. Which are the places to eat at night in Chiang Mai?

    1. Baan Jangarpor
    A 150-year-old teak house that has been meticulously refurbished serves delectable Thai food. The setting is the main attraction of this spot, which is a blend of Burmese and Northern Thai architecture. But the food is also top-notch.

    Baan Jangarpor has a family-run vibe with humble staff. This romantic teak house restaurant is ideal for couples to enjoy the intimate nightlife in Chiang Mai while relishing an assortment of tasty delicacies.

    Location: 36 Loi Kroh Rd, Chiang Mai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

    2. Anusarn Food Court
    Anusarn Market is the place you can appreciate for low-cost dinners. Other than Thai Food, you’ll discover Seafood, Asian, and Indian variety at a few big open eateries.
    Ping Restaurant, Best Taste Kitchen, and the Sea Food Restaurant are recommended venues due to their quality service and tasty meals. It's an incredible little spot to have some food and relax for away from the buzzing city.

    Location: 149/24, 149 27-28 Changklan Rd, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 4:00 pm – 12:00 am

    3. Al Hussain
    Al Hussain is famous as an Arabic food restaurant in Chiang Mai by the chef. The flavorful choices of dishes comprise of biryani mutton, mutton masala, paneer, mixed vegetables, paratha, and garlic naan.

    The whole menu is made with ingredients imported from India and Pakistan. It genuinely is a heaven for the individuals who like Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine.

    Location: 149/18 Anusarn Market, Chang Khlan Road

    Timing: 9:00 pm – 12:00 am

    4. Favola at Le Meridien
    For sumptuous treat head to Le Meridian. This extraordinary destination serves famous dishes from the northern, southern, and central locales of the country. One can go for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, this charming restaurant and bar is the ideal spot for couples to start or end your day in Chiang Mai.

    Location: 08 Chang Klan Rd, Tambon Chang Khlan, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 11:am – 11:00 pm

    5. Kalare Food Court
    There are many dining choices here. The primary one is the outside eating region covered by food stalls. A wide range of meals is available in this food court to satisfy everyone's tastes, such as Thai, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Seafood, and so on.

    Every food vendor sells his own specialty foods with generally around 6-8 dishes available to purchase. Have a walk around and choose whatever you fancy.

    Location: 89/2 Chang Khlan Road, Chang Khlan Subdistrict, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand

    Timing: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

  • Q. Is Chiang Mai a safe place to party at night?

    Due to the lively Chiang Mai nightlife environment, it has a friendly, safe vibe almost wherever you roam. But obviously, as being a tourist, it’s necessary to follow some basic safety precautions. So, just for safety's sake, pay close attention to your surroundings, stay in groups, and avoid isolated regions.

  • Q. Can we get local buses or transportation facilities in Thailand at night?

    Getting around Chiang Mai in the night is almost smooth. There are various transportations like taxi, songthaew, modern RTC Smart City Bus, or tuk-tuk. Taxis are less and can only be found near hotels or airports.

    The RTC City Bus covers a huge area of the city and charges only 20 Baht/ride.

  • Q. What are the romantic things to do at night?

    1. Stay at the Luxurious Resort
    At Four Seasons Chiang Mai along the mystical scenes of Mae Rim Valley couples can soak in comfort, leisure, and tranquillity. It includes authentic activities to enjoy during the stay like candlelit dining under the shimmering moonlight at the Barn, luxe pool villas, and private rice fields tour.

    2. Spa Treatment
    The city has several authentic Thai massage centres, which are budget-friendly. And for a luxury treatment, go to Panviman Resort that will give you a royal feel

    3. Go to Doi Suthep Viewpoint
    The best way to impress your better half is to take them to the Doi Suthep viewpoint at night. You can hire a taxi to reach. Couples enjoy the sunset views here along with the stunning city panorama.

    4. Romantic Riverside Dinner
    At Huen Huay Kaew Restaurant settled beside the Huen Huay Kaew River, you get to relish dinner together around a lovely backdrop. At night soft lighting illuminates the restaurant to add an enchanting romantic feel to the gorgeous surroundings.

    5. Shop Together
    For those who desire to shop together, night markets are a great option. Visit the Chiang Mai Gate Market, where you can taste various Thai street food and can likewise purchase all varieties of souvenirs.

  • Q. Where can I go at Chiang Mai with family at night?

    1. Elephant Nature Park
    One of the most regarded elephant conservation parks which house above 35 free-roaming elephants. Spend a day at Elephant Nature Park with family, which is enlightening and fun.

    2. Zipline Tour
    Wear a helmet and harness, and you climb up the hills, hike into the tree line, fasten yourself to cables going through the canopy and bounce. For the thrill-seeking children, it’s probably the best activity in Chiang Mai.

    3. Siam Insect Zoo
    Looking at the creepy-crawly population found at the Siam Insect Zoo is another fun scientific activity to do with kids in Chiang Mai.