Discover Chiang Mai Old City nightlife - Chiang Mai
The Chiang Mai Old City is a well-known area for their cultural and religious conservatism. Even today, this oriental value is still practiced in the Old City and within in the sacred temples and other religious areas in Chiang Mai. Despite this, during the evenings, the Old City transforms and becomes one of the best spots for entertainment, with a variety of shows, partying, live music, bars, and clubs that entice locals and tourists alike to come and visit.
For backpackers and tourists who enjoy dancing, a visit to some of the Old City’s best nightlife areas is definitely in order. One such pub is the Zoe in Yellow, a bar, and club that is first heard before it is seen. There’s a tree-lined courtyard perfect for cooling off after a wild night of dancing, inviting casual conversation from backpackers and tourists alike. Be reminded, however that there are also a handful of bars that can get pretty wild and rowdy. These are just some of the popular tourist destinations within the Old City of Chiang Mai.
The simplest way to get to the Old City is to begin at the Chiang Mai City center, where you can walk, rent bicycles or motorcycles so you can also avoid the traffic along the busy streets. Additionally, you can get a songthaew or a tuk-tuk to take you there, as well. Make sure to bring along enough money, although, in the case of taking a tuk-tuk, you can usually negotiate with the driver to get down to a fair price you both can agree on.
At the Old City, nightlife begins around 6:00pm and closes on or before midnight, but for the more serious partygoers, you can usually find clubs and other entertainment that stays open well past that. Zoe in Yellow is open from 5:00pm to 2:00am and is found along Ratchavitti Road, near the Rasta bars. A tuk-tuk can take you there from Chiang Mai Center—just make sure to tell them you’re headed for the “Zoe in Yellow Bar.” Visitors are sure to feel safe as long as you keep your wits about you, and bring a friend or someone you know along.