Things to do in Chiang Mai at night

Nightlife in Chiang Mai brings you a different view of an old citadel. During the daytime, you may be amazed with spectacular landscape in Chiang Mai. When the sun goes down, it is time for you to rest your weary bones. But if you are a night owl, then nightlife in this old citadel city never fails to satisfy you. Check out some suggestions of things to do in Chiang Mai for a sleepless night in such a gorgeous city.


Shop at Chiang Mai Bazaar – Things to do in Chiang Mai at night

Night bazaar in Thailand is always a must-see place of all shopping lovers. The place provides both the products at reasonable price and the time for you to experience the city at night and learn somehow about the way of local life. Chiang Mai is located in the ground zero at the intersection of Loi Khro Road and Chang Khlan Road. The bazaar covers an area of two blocks in either direction. The opening hour is from 6:00 pm until mid-night at about 10:30 pm. One highly suggested direction is to start from Tha Phae Road and then go southward to Loi Khro. When you want to come back, you can cross the street and then go along the opposite site.

Bazaar at night
Bazaar at night

The bazaar offers countless stalls selling various products stretching along the sidewalks namely clothes, shoes, Thai silk, wallets, purses, handicrafts, CDs, DVDs, watches, videogames, luggage, furniture, spices, souvenirs, samurai swords, silver, jewelries, etc. Quality of these items differs from vendors to vendors. Low price means you will enjoy good value of money. The best offered item here is normally the clothes from handmade Thai silk. If you wish to buy some handicrafts, you can trust the items here because of their authenticity and durability. One more note, if you want to have good price, let be the early bird. Come to the bazaar early to seek for what you want. If you are the very first customer, the vendors can give you a very good treat. Other time to hunt for reasonable price is near the closing time when the vendors are about to pack up their items. When shopping at the bazaar, remember to try bargaining because most of the items’ prices here are not fixed.

Wander at the Walking Street (Sunday Walking Street Market) – Things to do in Chiang Mai at night

The market is located in the center of Chiang Mai. The market stretches for 1 kilometer starting at the Tha Phae Gate to Ratchadamnoen. Sunday Walking Street Market – the name itself tells that the market is open every Sunday only. The opening hour is from 4:00 pm to midnight. Every year, the Sunday Market is becoming bigger and bigger that now has spread to many side streets off the main road. During this time, those streets are blocked to traffic.

This market is very crowded at night
This market is very crowded at night

Sunday Market is an ideal place for art and craftsmanship showcase of the Northern Thai people. Here, there are many stall vendors making and selling their own products and yes, the quality of the craftsmanship is incredible. The items offered vary in kinds and patterns including silk, fabric, wood, metal, glass, ceramic, paper, etc.

When darkness covers the atmosphere and the colorful lights turn on, Sunday Market becomes a gathering place of street musicians, performers, Thai dancers, puppeteers and bands. If you want to treat your feet well after wandering the market, a 30-minute Thai massage surely makes you much relaxed.

Explore the rooftop bars – Things to do in Chiang Mai at night

Bars never appear in missing spot list for any nightlife activities. When in Chiang Mai, you surely should try experiencing the feeling in some of its most famous rooftop bars. These bars are as not high as those in Bangkok, but the views are still spectacular. Choosing rooftop bars as a place to spend your night, you can both see the whole city and enjoy the tasty drinks and who knows you may make friends and open your network.

The Rooftop Sala Lanna is the ideal place to enjoy nightlife in Chiang Mai
The Rooftop Sala Lanna is the ideal place to enjoy nightlife in Chiang Mai

Depending on your taste of city view, you can choose rooftop bar opening to mountain view like Xanadu Rooftop Pub & Restaurant, or The Roof – Sala Lanna to enjoy the pretty banks of Ping River, or Blue Bat where you can see the hustling and bustling night markets and the scenic views of the whole city. All promise to bring you most memorable experiences to stay awake with the city.

Watch live Muay Thai show – Things to do in Chiang Mai at night

Things to do in Chiang Mai - Boxing
Loi Kroh Stadium is the favorite place of many tourists

If you are a fan of strong Muay Thai boxers and wish to watch a live Muay Thai show, then let spend a night at Chiang Mai Entertainment Complex. The place is located in Loi Khor Road, Changklan, Mueang Chiang Mai. Most night, this is the place hosting kickboxing bouts. You need to pay about 400 baht to get in but the price can be negotiated. The boxing bouts here are not as attractive as you often watch on TV, but they are still worth your time and money. Added that, there are many bars near the complex. If you want to find a place to rest for a while, let drop at any bar on your way. The bars here offer kinda same services at nearly similar price.

The complex opens from 7:00 pm.

Dinner by Ping River – Things to do in Chiang Mai at night

Ping River is the perfect dating place in Chiang Mai
Ping River is the perfect dating place in Chiang Mai

Another idea for spending a night in Chiang Mai is to dine while cruising on Ping River. There are plenty of cruise providers here. The cruises mostly start around 6:30 to 7:00 pm and you need to book before 5:00 pm. This dinner cruise tour takes one and half hour. When cruising on the river, you can both enjoy the beautiful views of the Ping River, experience the magic and romance of Chiang Mai ancient capital and enjoy the various delicious Thai foods and drinks. The sample menu for dinner Ping River cruise tour includes spring rolls with minced pork, chicken in coconut milk soup, fried chicken, brown rice with sausages, mixed fruits. The price for this dinner cruise tour ranges from about 300 baht for children and from about 600 baht for adult.

Many choose to work hard play hard during the daytime and spend their whole night recharging their batteries. But once visiting a place, we are highly recommended to live to the fullest in every moment. Hence, nightlife in Chiang Mai now is not an exception in your to-do list, isn’t it?

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