Chiang Mai

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When the sun goes down, an entirely different side of the city is revealed. ShermansTravel experts sort through the dives and overpriced cocktails to show you the best bars and nightspots that really give a taste of the local vibe, while also pointing out the jazz clubs, theater performances, and dancehalls that travelers might not find on their own.

Chiang Mai Nightlife


The best live music venue in Chiang Mai, period. As soon as guitarist Took takes over the stage at 10:30pm, the tiny, smoke-filled locals’ joint is rocked with renditions of Hendrix, Dylan, Clapton and other classics.

37 Charoenrat Rd.,
Tags: nightlife | local favorite | rock music

Khum Khantoke

More than just a tacky dinner show, authentic food and entertaining performances provide insight into Northern Thai Lanna traditions. Finish the evening by setting mini candlelit floats on the river. Book ahead.

139 Moo 4; Mong Pakrung, 011-66-53-304-121,
Tags: family | nightlife | smart splurge


This multi-story venue gets busy after dark. A stiff cover charge keeps backpackers away, but don’t expect Bangkok’s glam. DJs and shows are good but not jaw-dropping. Still, it does have the city’s largest dance floor.

Moonmuang & Katam Rds.,
Tags: nightlife | dancing | local favorite | nightclub | dj

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