Chiang Mai Nightlife is Finally Dead
The Chiang Mai nightlife has changed since this article was written, read the latest article, Chiang Mai Nightlife no longer dead.
When I left Chiang Mai at the end of last year most people I knew told me that "I'd be back" that Bangkok sucks and I wouldn't like living there. I tried a few times to live in Pattaya but it just didn't work out for me, the place is great for a visit, but honestly Pattaya is smaller than Chiang Mai and if you take away all the tourists and prostitutes there's not really many people. Most of my friends they thought I'd be back in Chiang Mai within 6 months hating on Bangkok but the opposite has been true, I'm really enjoying myself down here, things are a bit more expensive yet the move here has provided me with the opportunity to make thousands of more dollars a month, in fact I dare say I'll be here for a long time to come.
Last week I went to Chiang Mai to visit friends and family and was shocked by what's happened to this great Northern City, if you thought Chiang Mai had crappy Nightlife befor,e wait till you see what's happened to it now!
Some of the highlights
- Spicy & Jack Van must close 1am
- Loh Kroh bars shut midnight on the dot
- Foxy go go shut (renovations but will open again)
- Zoe Bar shut down
- Karaoke Prices risen by 20% and fake shut at midnight
- No more late night clubs...at all!
- All the bars in Zoe bar area all shut midnight on the dot.
- Monkey nightclub completely gone.
Although some of these deathly nightlife events have unfolded over this past year and that some will even re-open later, the fact is the nightlife in Chiang Mai is the worst it's ever been, at least the 7 years straight I've been here. Zoe closing is quite surprising and the not so false rumor that a tourist died after being clobbered in the place (yet no news reports) definitely has something to do with it. Under construction my ass!
Zoe will reopen and I've been back to Bangkok for a few days now so maybe it already has, although honestly Chiang Mai and especially that area was always better without it. The real reason for this "crackdown" on nightlife in Chiang Mai was the drunk Thai lady driving her car after a drunken rampage and mowed down a bunch of cyclists. This is when the trouble started for bar/club owners in Chiang Mai. Since then the local government has put pressure on the police to enforce closing times and when the police didn't, news broke that they were transferred, now all the police are too scared to allow venues to stay open after midnight for fear of repercussions.
Several brothels have also closed, karaoke's "fake close" at midnight and prices have risen so sharply that my favorite nightlife venue is now more expensive than a high class soapy in Bangkok!
For guys who enjoy the clubs and going out for a drink you really have to ask yourself why would you continue living in Chiang Mai? Bangkok isn't that much more expensive and in fact if you know where to go it can be cheaper and better value than most any nightlife venue in Chiang Mai! I'm glad I left Chiang Mai when I did and more than likely except to visit friends I won't be back to live, if you're still there consider relocating.