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Chiang Mai, Thailand Travel Guide, Tips & Info



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Deejai Backpackers

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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.

Two Gals and the Pig Boutique Hostel

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Tiny single rooms but comfortable and cheap.

Nightlife, bars & cafés

Zoe in Yellow Bar & Night Club

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Popular bar and club. It can get really busy but it closes at midnight, except for special occasions like Songkran.

48 Garage


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.

The Coffee Club - Thapae

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I actually had some fairly good wine here. Although having any wine that's not disgusting is a bonus in SE Asia. 

However they are very sneaky and add 10% service (which apparently isn't optional) and 7% tax to the listed prices.

I had the Eggs Benedict which was average and overpriced.

The North Gate Jazz Club

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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.

The Riverside Bar & Restaurant

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Lively bar with a massive restaurant area and late-night live music full of Thai locals.

Glass Bar & Kitchen

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Craft beer pub with a large selection but almost entirely bottles and it's expensive.

Akha Ama Coffee

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Cute little cafe which mostly had tourists. They had a bottles of "black juice" which is strong cold coffee. I probably shouldn't have had a whole bottle to myself though.

kaffe 151

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Overpriced but a great place to sit in the A/C to relax or work.

THC Rooftop Bar

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Moved from their old location on the other side of the moat. I used to visit them regularly but I haven't seen the new place yet. It was a great place to relax with some beer or cocktails.

My BEER Friend Market

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Tiny place with a pretty good craft beer selection. Most aren't cheap but when I was there they had a keg of wheat beer on special for 100B per small glass.

Monmek Nimman Soi 5


Craft beer and coffee.

My Beer Friend

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Thai craft beer. They have a happy hour between 5pm and 7pm: buy two craft beers and get a small one for free. Although that doesn't include their bottle of "My Beer Friend" pale ale (170B).

It's a really nice space with wifi, A/C and friendly staff.

Last Updated: 1st June, 2017