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Chiang Mai Nightlife - Where to Party
To new tourists in town, the Chiang Mai nightlife may look dull and limited. They just don't know where to go! Though not as plentiful or varied as the scene in Bangkok, Chiang Mai does have its own vibrant hotspots. Depending on how adventurous you are, take your pick from those entertainment scenes that cater mainly to farangs (Westerners), or those that attract throngs of locals every night. Check out these popular clubs, bars and pub cum restaurants.

Local Scene

Here's why you should check out the local nightlife scene: young, beautiful and trendy Thais partying like there's no tomorrow! They are mostly students from the nearby universities in Chiang Mai, or young working adults. And the place to be is called Nimmanhaemin Road. There are two top clubs to see and be seen here.

The first stop is Warm Up. The huge premises are designed typical Chiang Mai style: restaurant on the outside, pub and disco on the inside. The live music from the band alternates with DJ spots. You get a mix of hip hop and Thai music. This club is always hip and happening with beautiful local crowds. Not many farang yet.

The second is Monkey Club, which is slightly smaller than Warm Up, also with similar design. It's a trendy establishment with a beautiful outside area. Inside, you have a live band playing with DJ spots too. This nightspot is also always crawling with the young and beautiful people of Chiang Mai.

In Betweens

If you're looking for Chiang Mai nightlife with a little more local flavour, try Fine Thanks, a pub/restaurant on Nimmanhaemin Road. The usual crowds are mainly locals, with a few single tourists. The draw of this nightspot is the very attentive and sexily dressed team of young Thai waitresses.

Farang Scene

When you ask about Chiang Mai discos, the first name on anyone's lips will be Bubbles (or Space Bubble) at the basement of Porn Ping Tower. Mentioned in many travel guide books, this nightspot is always crowded and plays loud thumping music. It gets a good mix of tourists and locals, including gays and lady boys.

The Riverside and The Good View are the most popular riverside pub cum restaurants among tourists and locals alike. These two are located side by side on the banks of the Ping River. You can enjoy waterfront dining, with live music from the local bands. They play mostly Western songs, with some local Thai songs.

As you know, the nightlife scene changes rapidly. Same same in Chiang Mai. The above information is correct as of early 2008.
About the Author
Jaxon Toh loves to travel and share his experiences with others. If you're looking for more information on Chiang Mai nightlife, travel and accommodation, visit: GuideChiangmai.com. Get a free Thai holidays calendar too.
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