Despite its restricting nature, the large population of expats and backpackers are offered a range of places where they can enjoy a pleasant night out. Also, the island is propped up by resorts like Anantara Chiang Mai Resort – the idea of finding a Chaing Mai hotel to suit one’s requirements is never far-fetching.

Nightclub closing times

Certain laws ensure that the bars and nightclubs close when the clock strikes midnight. However, there are a few places that defy the rules.

The laws on alcohol

There are certain alcohol-free zones, and some places stop selling liquor after midnight. On certain holidays and during elections, alcohol cannot be sold.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar

There are several bars surrounding the bazaar. Most of these bars are of various themes, and they attract many tourists.

calflier001, CHIANG MAI NIGHT BAZAAR THAILAND FEB 2012 (6869571256), CC BY-SA 2.0

Van and Car Bars

Quite the novelty for first-time visitors, these van and car bars are a much cheaper option. Most of the van bars are found inside Tapae Gate, though some of the vans drive away during the night.


Roland Lefevre is a travel writer who specializes in creating features on leisure as well as business travel destinations across the globe. Google+