I stayed here for about a week. It's a nice place in a handy location (especially if you have a bicycle or scooter) with a separate location on the same road with a nice swimming pool.
Nightlife, bars & cafés
Zoe in Yellow Bar & Night Club
Popular bar and club. It can get really busy but it closes at midnight, except for special occasions like Songkran.
A camper van converted in to a bar on the corner of a road, right next to one of the busiest bars for backpackers (Zoe in Yellow). I enjoyed getting there around 6pm for the first few drinks in an evening. 60B for a Chang.
THC Rooftop Bar
Reminds me of being down on the islands. Sitting on the floor with no shoes allowed, a DJ and neon paint, etc.
The Coffee Club - Thapae
I actually had some fairly good wine here. Although having any wine that's not disgusting is a bonus in SE Asia.
The North Gate Jazz Club
Live music bar. It gets very crowded and spills out in to the street but sometimes there's seating upstairs with a view over the live bands.
Microkosmos Chiang Dao
Really nice chilled craft beer bar. They also have 2 rooms. We stayed 2 nights. Nice owners!
The Riverside Bar & Restaurant
Lively bar with a massive restaurant area and late-night live music full of Thai locals.
Glass Bar & Kitchen
Craft beer pub with a large selection but almost entirely bottles and it's expensive.