Best Things to Do In Chiang Mai At Night
Last updated on February 12th, 2024 at 04:07 am
Discover the 10 best things to do in Chiang Mai at night and you’ll realize it’s a city that never sleeps. Bustling “walking streets, bazaars, and markets during the day become even more vibrant and atmospheric as the sun goes down. The best temples become illuminated and there are many ways to see the city by road and water before hitting our favorite all-night bars and clubbing spots.
There are so many things you can do to fillup your evenings with fun in Chiang Mai that we’ve made a ‘bonus’ section below with a bunch of other stuff we love doing at night in Chiang Mai.
1. The “Walking Streets” of Chiang Mai
Nestled in the Thai Highlands, in northern Thailand, Chiang Mai is steeped in history. Along with its air of tranquillity, it also offers a modern, dynamic vibe.
Chiang Mai after dusk has to include strolling along the aptly named ‘walking streets’ where your senses are bombarded with sights, sounds, and smells that will linger in your memories for years to come.
These streets are closed off to traffic at night so pedestrians can enjoy a leisurely pace and sample the delights of Chiang Mai.
Street food, arts and crafts, live entertainment, and modern bistros can all be found on the three most popular walking streets in Chiang Mai; Nimman Road, Wua Lai, and The Phea walking street.
2. Tuk-Tuk Night Tour
Tuk-tuks are a fun and informative way to get around at the best of times. Even better is tuk-tuk-ing under the stars to explore Chiang Mai nightlife.
Your guide will search out the best of Chiang Mai’s historic old city, venturing through its lively markets and stunning temples lighting up the night sky.
A guided tour makes sure you get the background information that uncovers the very foundations on which Chiang Mai stands and will truly leave you feeling like this is one of the most interesting things to do in Chiang Mai at night.
3. Doi Suthep Temple at Sunset
After a long day in Chiang Mai, rise above it all to recharge your batteries. Doi Suthep Temple sits majestically on a mountain overlooking Chiang Mai.
It’s the best place in Chiang Mai to soak in a bird’s-eye view of the sprawling city below.
The golden structure itself is lit up by the Sun’s dying rays allowing you to absorb your surroundings and contemplate life in a way only sunsets in a great location can do.
Doi Suthep is included in a temple tour, initially exploring the underground tunnels of Wat Umong temple before climbing the 306 steps to catch the sunset on the mountain. Combined with a traditional ceremony performed by monks it is an unusual and unforgettable experience.
4. Clubbing Into the Early Hours
On the nights when the last thing on your mind is to chill then head for some of the best clubs in Chiang Mai.
Differ Inc. has live bands as well as DJs in a neon-lit, high-energy industrial setting. Zoe In Yellow is located in the middle of the old city – it’s a great spot with an impressive dance area.
It also boasts a lovely beer garden.
If you’re looking for something a little different, head to Mad Murphy’s where as well as the usual beers and cocktails on offer, you will find a large array of whiskey and traditional Irish food.
One more that has to get on the list of best clubs in Chiang Mai is Sound Up which is rated the biggest nightclub in the city and one of the best if you’re on a tight budget.
5. Late Night Cabaret
A description of Chiang Mai’s nightlife wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include a cabaret. So, if you prefer watching the dancing rather than taking part, then you might consider taking in a cabaret show.
Various themes are available ranging from the spectacularly glamourous to the utterly hilarious. Among the top venues are Chiang Mai Cabaret, Miracle Cabaret Chiang Mai, and Siam Dragon Show Chiangmai.
6. Dining at Dusk and Beyond
Experience amazing food at some of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai.
Traditional Thai dishes can be found across the city. But for a special dinner, visit the open-air restaurant, Tong Tem Toh.
There is also Ginger Farm Kitchen which sources its organic produce from its nearby Farm.
For something truly unique, try The Gallery, a fine dining experience surrounded by paintings and artifacts by local artists and craftspeople. This is truly one of the best restaurants in Chiang Mai.
To take the uncertainty out of finding good food jump on board a Songthaew truck courtesy of the Lanna Food Tour.
Feast on over 15 Northern Thai dishes and snacks while learning about the history and culture of Thai cuisine.
7. Ping River Night Kayaking
There is something incredible about taking a Kayak down the Ping River enveloped in the darkness of night.
The relaxing, six-kilometre journey takes you past traditional riverside homes and the famous giant Mai Yai trees.
Follow the natural current under beautifully lit bridges as you hear echoes across the river of Chiang Mai nightlife, venturing into the heart of multi-coloured Chiang Mai. It’s an unforgettable way to spend two hours
8. Chiang Mai Traditional Khan Toke Meal & Cultural Performance
Northern Thailand has a cuisine and culture of its own and you can get a real insight into the local minority groups that live in the mountains around Chiang Mai by exploring their traditional dishes and their fascinating.
Explore the largest fresh market in Chiang Mai with an amazing variety of fresh produce. Then head for the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center where you can taste the delights of a northern Thai dinner served on the classic small round tables called Khan Toke.
End the night with a dazzling performance of tribal dancing, including the Thai Fingernail Dance, the Thai Sword and Candle Dance.
9. Chiang Mai: Chiang Mai Bar Hopping Guided Night Tour
Riverfront, old town or rooftop? Be sure to seek out some of the best bars in Chiang Mai in each of these locations to soak up the atmosphere and experience incredible, warm Thai hospitality.
Chiang Mai nightlife down by the river can be experienced by bar hopping with an experienced guide who will introduce you to the city’s popular riverfront spots for live music.
Both tourists and locals consider these the best rooftop bars in Chiang Mai.
Ton Goom Riverfront, Sai Ping Bar, and The Good View are just part of the tour’s itinerary, along with live jazz and a plethora of other activities to enjoy before the sun comes up.
10. Sightseeing Night Bike Tour
Sightseeing on a bicycle is one of the most fun and practical ways to experience the city at night. Venture off the beaten track and explore the heart of the old town’s quieter backstreets.
Cycle to illuminated temples in the Mueang Chiang Mai District, hear monks chantin,g and keep up the calorie intake by enjoying some delicious street food and a refreshing drink as the night ends.
Tip: You can’t beat mango sticky rice for a quick
If you’d rather do it with a guide, you can book the Chiang Mai Sightseeing Night Bike Tour here.
Bonus Things to Do at Night in Chiang Mai
The night markets and the night bazaar
The Chiang Mai Night Bazaar is probably the first thing travelers do when they get to Chiang Mai.
You can read about it and all the best spots for eating on the street at night in our Best Chiang Mai Street Food Guide.
The night safari
Even if you don’t have kids, the Chiang Mai Night Safari is incredible fun.
White tigers, lions, jaguars, a safari train and lots of exotic animal experiences make the night safari one of the most popular activities for both locals and tourists in Chiang Mai.