Chiang Mai beer bars now closing at midnight
The girly bars in Chiang Mai are now closing before midnight! The change has conspirator's and corruption callers in a fuss at the new closing time changes and the ones who will suffer are the many bar owners as they are now missing out on up to 45hours of lost trade per month at their busiest times too.
The change came about a few days before this years Loi Kratong festival. The changes were immediate and swift and as one bar owner who wants to remain anonymous put it "A death sentence to the girlie bar scene in Chiang Mai".
Meanwhile the rest of Chiang Mai's Thai bar scene still enjoys the 1 am closing times they have enjoyed for as long as I've lived here. What is the difference between the two and why are they making the girly beer bars in Chiang Mai close before midnight?
The beer bars in question are on the Chiang Mai nightlife map along the loh kroh road and Thai Boxing bar area marked with a red line.
I'm not sure if it's coincidence or not given the re-opening of Bubbles disco around the same time or not but if you really think about it, the only two places that bar girls go after they finish work would either be Spicy or Bubbles. Some might say that if you close the bars earlier these places will fill up earlier and since they don't close until 4am in the morning it works out good for the nightclub owners Spicy and Bubbles.
The real truth will probably never be public so what theories we do have will only ever be theories.
This is a good lesson for anyone who wants to do business in Thailand. The rules of the game can change instantly and suddenly without notice.
Chiang Mai has never been a mongers paradise or those seeking thrills at the beer bars for that your best off going to Pattaya or even Phuket. However if your seeking thrills at karaoke bars that's a different story. Chiang Mai has more karaoke bars per head of population than anywhere else in Thailand, in fact the whole concept of the Karaoke bar first emerged in Chiang Mai before it went elsewhere in Thailand. Chiang Mai has more working girls at Karaoke bars than they do the beer bars because Chiang Mai girls are too embarrassed to be seen at the beer bars and most of them prefer Asians and Thai people.
Some might say that Chiang Mai isn't the place to get working girls but it's not true, the beer bars in central Chiang Mai are just a small subsection of the whole sex industry in Chiang Mai.