What to Do in Chiang Mai After Dark

Chiang Mai After Dark

Wondering what to do in Chiang Mai during the evening? We've got you covered. The city is filled with unique attractions and activities, but some of the most memorable can be found once the sun goes down. Free from the heat of the day, the town comes alive in the evenings with busy markets, cultural shows, excellent street food and more.

1. Stroll the Sunday Night Walking Street

Probably the most well-known market in Chiang Mai, the weekly Sunday Night Walking Street is a longtime favorite among both locals and tourists. Every Sunday afternoon you’ll see stalls starting to pop up along Ratchdamnoen Road in the center of the Old City selling just about everything, from kitschy key chains and Singha T-shirts to elaborate wood carvings and handmade purses…plus plenty of food! The market really gets going around 5:30 or 6:00 p.m. and runs until around 11:00 p.m.

2. Take in a Muay Thai Fight

Thailand’s national sport is known as the dance of the eight limbs as fighters use both their arms and legs to swing, strike, punch and kick. Fights run throughout the week at different stadiums around town and are always entertaining, especially if it’s your first time witnessing this unique form of combat. Intrigued? Get your tickets here.

3. Enjoy a Dinner Cruise

On the east side of Chiang Mai runs the Mae Ping River, home to many riverside bars and restaurants. While having dinner at one of these popular establishments is fun anytime, you can't beat relaxing right on the river during an intimate dinner cruise. Float down the Mae Ping as you enjoy traditional Thai dishes and excellent company. Seats are limited, so you'll want to book ahead here.

4. Visit the Night Safari

Explore the teeming wildlife of Chiang Mai’s Night Safari coming face-to-face with wild animals such as exotic white tigers and fierce lions. Tours runs every evening starting with pick up from your hotel around 6:00 p.m. and are great fun for the whole family, especially young animal lovers. .

5. Listen to Some Jazz

If you’re looking for live music, head to the North Gate Jazz Co Op located at the moat’s north gate (also known as Chang Pheuak Gate). Here musicians jam every and you’ll mingle with a unique mix of locals and expats, backpackers and students. Music usually starts around 9:00 p.m. but get there a little early if you want to snag a seat.

6. Wander Through the Nimmanhaemin Neighborhood

Chiang Mai’s most trendy neighborhood around Nimmanhaemin Road on the west side of town is chock full of small cafes, restaurants, boutiques and bars. Whether you’re looking for a crazy night out or simply a cool place to grab a bite to eat, you’ll find something to suit your tastes and fill your stomach here. Meander down the street and through the surrounding sois to find something that catches your eye!

7. Experience a Traditional Khantoke Dinner

Part show, part dinner, part cultural celebration, Chiang Mai’s traditional Khantoke dinners, a specialty of the north, are an experience you’ll never forget. Step back into time as you sit on the floor and are served an array of northern Thai delicacies like naam prik ong, a tasty dip made from tomatoes, roasted chilies and minced pork, and gaeng hung lay, a rich curry with succulent pork belly. Sample the delicious dishes as you enjoy the show of traditional dances and energetic drumming and get to know Chiang Mai’s culture just a little bit better. To make reservations for a Khantoke dinner visit here.

Now do you have a better idea of what to do in Chiang Mai when the sun goes down? What will be first on your itinerary?