Time to make another guide here at Goodbye Boring Life. This time it will be the nightlife in Chiang Mai.
In this post I will cover:
- Tha Wan Deng
- Go-go bars
- Karaoke bars
- Thai Boxing
If you’re coming to Chiang Mai from Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket, and expect the nightlife to be anything like those places, you’re going to be disappointed.
I’m not saying nightlife in Chiang Mai is bad, it’s just much more calm and relaxed, and you have fewer options for sure.
When that is said. Nightlife in Chiang Mai have its own charm. People are very friendly and relaxed. I’d rather go on partying in Chiang Mai, than lets say Phuket. But that’s just my taste.
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Chiang Mai a paradise for single men coming to Thailand. One of Thailands biggest and best universities are found in Chiang Mai. Girls from all over Thailand, especially north-Thailand (the most beautiful ones). Comes to Chiang Mai to study.
In fact. Most girls that I approach in Bangkok where I live now because I find them beautiful, tell me that they are from somewhere up in North.
At the bottom of this post you’ll find map of all the places I’ve been talking about in this post.
Beer-bars with working girls in Chiang Mai
Loi Kroh Rd is the place you want to be. It’s a 300 m stretch of road with a mix of beer-bars, massage shops and restaurants. There are even a beer-bar complex here with around 30 bars scrambled together (see daytime picture above).
In the middle of the beer-bar complex there is a Thai boxing ring with almost daily fights (just for show, not actual fights)
The beer-bars in Chiang Mai are nothing like you find in Phuket and Pattaya. The beer-bars you’ll find in Chiang Mai is just a side soi in Walking Street Pattaya compared.
Last time I was in Chiang Mai (June 2016) I’d noticed a new trend with the beer bars. They close very early. As early as 23.00 you’ll see some of the bars starting to shut down. At 01.00 everything is closed. A few bars will take the chance and stay open regardless. They will just close the rolling grilles with the customers still inside and turn down the music.
I’ve asked some of the girls why the bars have started to close so early. All they said was “government very strict now” with a sad face.
Regardless. The beer-bars in Chiang Mai can be great fun. The girls are not nearly as pushy for ladydrinks as girls in lets say Bangkok or Phuket. I’ve had a lot of great conversations with Chiang Mai bar-girls. I’ve even befriended some of them.
Prices for sex in Loi Kroh Rd:
Barfine: 300-500 baht
Short-time: 1000 – 1500 baht
Long-time: 1000 – 2500 baht
Tha Wan Deng in Chiang Mai
This establishment deserves its own heading. 😀
This is probably the most awesome place in Chiang Mai when it comes to having fun and drinking. It’s a place catering to Thai people, but I’ve seen foreigner here too. Exactly what this place is, is hard to explain. I don’t know anything just like it in the Western world.
Let me try to explain.
Some will come here early in the evening to eat food. Most Thai people come here in big groups. Everyone will buy 1-2 dishes of Thai food, and share it with everyone. This place can throw up the most amazing Thai dishes.
When people are done eating, the staff will clean up everything. As the venue start to fill up, the staff will also remove the tables people where eating on. Turning it in to a big dance floor.
People will start to buy the heavy stuff, like whisky and rom, and mix it with coca-cola and ice.
The main stage
Here is the cool thing about this place. The venue has a gigantic stage with all types of entertainment. It can be anything from a rock band that plays Thai hit music, to some traditional dancing with a big band playing in the background.
The entertainment at Tawandag is top-notch, and will go on the entire night. Occassionally the entertainers will take a break, and the DJ will take over the show, turning the whole venue into a nightclub.
This place is really something unique to Thailand. I’ve not seen anything like it in the Western world, so you should not miss it!
Going here alone is kind of lame, so if you are traveling alone you should probably pick up a girl at Thai Cupid or Thai Friendly, or a bar girl at Loi Kroh Rd. No Thai girl will refuse the offer to go here. They love it.
Check out the video under. It’s from my last stay in Chiang Mai at Tha Wan Deng. This was quite early in the evening, so the energy was pretty lame. But just imagine this place filled up with a lot of happy Thai people going crazy on whisky and liquor. Good times. 😀
Prices at Tha Wan Deng
That’s kind of hard to estimate, as it really depends on what you eat and drink. It’s fairly cheap compared to a lot of other bars in Thailand (like gogo bars in Pattaya or nightclubs in Bangkok).
There is no cover to get in, which is kind of strange considering the entertainment that goes on all night. Can’t be cheap to operate such a massive show every night.
It’s normal to buy an entire bottle of booze, and mix it with soda and sparkling water. You can get the cheap whisky named Blend, for 600 baht, and drink on that all night if you want.
You can also buy expensive stuff like Champagne, exclusive whisky brands etc. It’s really up to you.
Nightclubs in Chiang Mai
There are several nightclubs in Chiang Mai. They are spread all over town so you better choose wisely before you go to one, as it can be a pain in the ass to get to another one late at night.
Zoe in Yellow
This place is great if you want to pick up freelancers. A lot of bar-girls, gogo-girls go here late at night if they didn’t get a catch in their bar. I’ve also seen regular university girls offer sex for money here. Good if you don’t have time, or want to game girls.
This place is actually a good mix over everything. You will find freelancers as I just mentioned. You will find regular Thai girls just having fun, you’ll find old mongers, young backpackers, hippies from South-Africa. There is not a single group I haven’t seen in this club.
Most cocktails go for 150 baht here, and you can get a bucket for 300 baht. You can also buy a entire bottle of something and drink on that all night. Up to you!
Zoe in Yellow closes at around 2 am.
I’ve only been to this place once. That was 5 in the morning drunk as fuck! I don’t remember anything so I can’t tell you much.
It’s the only nightclub in Chiang Mai that’s open late, very late. I think they close their doors 6-7 in the morning. Of course, this is not legal in Thailand, but you know, money talks down here. I’m pretty sure they give the police some money under the table to don’t get in trouble. 🙂
This place is slightly more expensive than Zoe in Yellow, but I guess that’s the price to pay off the police. 🙂
Nightclubs that caters to Thai people
Except from Spicy Club and Zoe in Yellow. There are several night clubs that cater to mostly Thai people. Of course, Westerners are welcome too!
Don’t be confused about the name. This place has nothing to do with porn, except the hot ladies dancing on the stage. 😛
This place is not far away from Loi Kroh Rd. It’s a quite small avenue, but I had fun when I was here. There is a stage that plays live music every night. When the entertainers have breaks, or a new band will come on stage. The DJ will take over with house and EDM music.
I’ve seen some of the hottest girls in Thailand dance on this stage. Just watch the video under. 🙂
You also have other nightclubs in Chiang Mai like Warm Up, Monkey and Bubble. I’ve not been to these places, so I can’t say anything about them. But I’ve put them in the map under so you can find them.
Gogo-bars in Chiang Mai
I’ve only been to two gogo-bars in Chiang Mai. One was fucking awesome, the second one was pretty lame. If you are a person who likes gogo-bars, you are in the wrong city for sure.
Anyways. Here are the two gogo-bars I’ve been to.
Spotlight A Go-Go
This place is pretty depressing. If you are in Loi Kroh Rd, and walk towards the main road, take right when you are at the main road and walk for 100m. There you have Spotlight A Go-Go.
The place haven’t been renovated for ages, and when I was here last time there was only two girls on the stage. One was overweight, the other one was ready for a museum.
If you want, you can check it out, maybe I was just unlucky that night.
This was one of the first go-go bars I ever went to in Chiang Mai. I met a dude outside my hotel that lived in Chiang Mai. He asked me if I wanted to see something really awesome that would blow my mind.
He was right. This gogo-bar is awesome, and is probably one of the best gogo-bars I’ve been to in Thailand.
The girls here are super-hot, friendly, not too pushy and they can actually dance. The venue is fresh looking, with dimmed blue light (not the typical red light).
I’ve not been to this place. But from what I’ve read online. It’s a mix between gogo-bar and nightclub. I’ve also read that the girls here are just dancers (coyote), and not gogo-girls that will go with you back to the hotel. But in Thailand everything is possible, and money talks. So I guess its worth a shot?
Coyote dancers are usually pretty hot, so if you can persuade one back to your hotel, you’ve shot the golden bird for the night. 🙂
I’ve put the location for all the bars in the map at the bottom of this post.
Karaoke bars in Chiang Mai
I don’t have much experience with Karaoke bars in Thailand, and the experience I have is pretty bad. Unless I meet some expat that tells me he knows about an amazing karaoke bar. I will probably never go inside one again.
Apparently, you walk inside the bar. Choose the girls you want, and bring them to a private room upstairs. This room has TV, comfy sofas and other types of entertainment.
You have to ‘rent’ the room and the girls for the hour. I don’t know if you can bang the girls, take them back to the hotel or anything. I think karaoke bars are mostly just for ‘innocent’ fun with hot girls. I guess anything is possible as long as you have money.
The karaoke bars in Chiang Mai are found along ‘Chang Klang Rd’. It’s pretty far out from the tourist track of Chiang Mai. I’ve been driving past them several times and the girls outside are pretty damn hot.
I’ve also heard about people being scammed pretty hard at these places. They will tell you that it’s only 400 baht per hour for the room, but when you leave, they will say it’s much more, and they will try to intimate you to make you pay.
I was inside a Karaoke bar last time I was in Chiang Mai in June. I just sat in the sofa downstairs talking with one girl. For that I had to pay her 400 baht. I don’t get it…
Thai Boxing in Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai have two Thai boxing establishments as far as I know. One of them I have already mentioned further up in this post. So I wont go into that here.
The second Thai Boxing place is not far away, but is much better in my opinion if you want to see a real fight. It’s called Thaphae Boxing Stadium.
Check out this video form Thaphae Boxing Stadium. 🙂
Nightlife map of Chiang Mai
Click the square in the upper-right corner to make the map bigger. Much easier to navigate that way. 🙂
Nightlife in Chiang Mai
As you can see, you have some options in Chiang Mai. The choices are of course fading if you compare Chiang Mai to Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket. But it’s still a good place in my opinion.
I’ve said it before on this webpage, but there is something magical about Chiang Mai. The city lies trapped between the mountains. It’s a very green city and it feels so alive, unlike Bangkok which has the nickname “the concrete jungle”.
I’ve lost count all the times I’ve caught a hot little 20-year-old university spinner on Thai Cupid in Chiang Mai, brought her to Tha Wan Deng, and ended up with her in my king-size bed at Imperial Mae Ping Hotel.
Good life for sure. 😀