A Cheaper Party Alternative To Bangkok
While it may seem like Bangkok has a monopoly on nightlife in Thailand, that simply isn’t true. It’s also not very budget-friendly, which is to be expected for a city of its size and renown party scene.
If you’re looking for a cool party destination that’s not as expensive, or you’ve already tasted the nightlife in Bangkok and want something new, you may pack your bags and head up north. There, you will find a city so beautiful and charming that they’ve given it a very telling title: the Rose of the North.
Chiang Mai is a popular destination for young tourists, including those traveling Thailand alone. Quite expectedly, the reasons for that are low prices, delicious cuisine, and most importantly – amazing nightlife. There are more than a few options available, and you’ll certainly find what you’re looking for here.
Obviously, the first thing that you should do is find good accommodation. There is probably no better solution than Riverside. This hotel will enable you to stay close to all the best nightlife hotspots. Not only that, but you will also be able to go on extraordinary river cruises that begin at 8 o’clock at night and last for more than an hour. This is certainly an excellent place to start a high-quality night out in Chiang Mai.
Zoe in Yellow
Feel like dancing? Make a stop at Zoe in Yellow, a nice little club that has an outdoors area, is often equally populated as the dance floor inside. Expect to hear music by contemporary pop artists, and a relaxed, casual vibe. Sometimes they also play hip hop, which might not be up everyone’s alley, but at least it’s surrounded by at least a dozen other bars and clubs, so there’s a choice.
They open in the afternoon, and the party usually ends at midnight.
This place is a more serious party destination. There’s no pop or hip hop, instead, prepare for a great beat of different genres of electronic music. It also boasts an indoor and outdoor area, so there’s plenty of room for all the partygoers. Space inside is dominated by a dance floor overlooked by DJ’s stage. You’ll also find the perfect mix of tourists and locals here, all of whom are looking to have a blast together.
It’s another venue that officially closes down at midnight, but you can expect the party to rage on for a couple of more hours if there’s still plenty of people ( which is often the case).
THC Rooftop Bar
The name of this place is slightly misleading in that there is no marijuana to be had here (at least not legally). More precisely, it has reggae music and a chill atmosphere that surrounds this place. You can still have a couple of beers and have a good time though, especially since this bar is located on the roof and offers a great view of this spectacular city.
Don’t get surprised if music suddenly switches to trance!
Like most other places in Chiang Mai, you’ll be able to access it after 6 p.m., until midnight.
If you’re not into wild nightlife and are looking for more sophisticated options, check out Deck 1. It’s a great place when you want to wind down, try some delicious local cuisine and wines. This exclusive night out will be accompanied by sounds of smooth jazz and people chattering.
Bonus Round: FoxyLady a Go Go
Most people agree that you would be amiss if you visited Thailand without having a bit of adults-only fun. FoxyLady a Go Go is the perfect place to do so, with gorgeous, exotic dancers wherever you look. It’s the right place to see some beautiful, young people and have a couple of drinks. There’s no entrance fee, so be prepared to pay a bit more for the drinks.