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Updated by Lavinia Woolf on Jan 13, 2015
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What to Do At Night in Chiang Rai – Enjoy Tranquillity Bliss and Light Entertainment

Beautiful Chiang Rai loved for its pristine surroundings, borders the Golden Triangle region of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Although night life here is limited it is enough to entertain and relax.


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Bar Lamyai – Punyodyana Lane

Bar Lamyai – Punyodyana Lane

Located on Punyodyana Lane this bar is frequented for its range of inexpensive drinks and free WI-FI. Do not expect an extensive menu but go there for the relaxing atmosphere delicious snacks and well-priced drinks.


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Cat Bar – Jet Yod Road

Cat Bar – Jet Yod Road

Plenty of entertainment is available at the Cat Bar. Get there by 10.30pm and enjoy the jam-sessions courtesy of the owner – Sam – who is quite talented on the guitar. Relish the friendly vibes and laid back atmosphere where you can opt to join in the song and dance sessions or relax with your favourite drink. A pool table tucked away in one corner of the bar provides entertainment for a relaxing evening of friendly chatter.


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Chiang Rai Night Bazar – Jet Yod Road

Chiang Rai Night Bazar – Jet Yod Road

If bar hopping loses flavour with you plan to spend an evening at the vibrant Chiang Rai Night Bazar, located southeast of the clock tower the bazar covers an expanse of four street blocks. The market gets active by 7 pm and offers a range of stalls selling silver jewellery, hill-tribe handicrafts, wallets, fashion accessories, traditional carvings, sneakers and much more. Make an evening of your stint here by browsing the food court and hanging around for the scheduled evening's entertainment.


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Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace – Anantara Resort

Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace – Anantara Resort

Choose to spend an evening at one of the Chiang Rai's five star resort restaurants or bars, lookout for a hotel Chiang Rai that offers luxurious dining options such as the Elephant Bar and Opium Terrace at the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort. This bar is well known for its signature gourmet delicacies such as Prime Angus Beef on toasted sesame and gourmet burghers. The safari type atmosphere and tribal décor within the bar makes it an ideal spot for gathering with friends and family for enjoying sunset cocktails. The hotel is also home to the Sala Mae Nam traditional Thai restaurant for savouring the best in regional cuisine while affording you a chance to dress up for an evening out.


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Coconuts Bar – Jet Yod Road

Coconuts Bar – Jet Yod Road

This laid back restaurant is ideal for enjoy a few drinks while listening to music, watching sports or indulging in a game of pool. The mainly British style cuisine is complimented by other delectable favourites such as burghers, potato wedges, tacos, Greek salads and lasagne while a range of drinks from beers to cocktails are freely available. Enjoy evenings at one of the sidewalk tables where you can people watch and relish the cooling evening breezes. Take note outdoor tables fill up pretty fast.


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Easy House – Jet Yod Road

Easy House – Jet Yod Road

A homely atmosphere prevails at this cosy bar café sporting Thai and western style décor. Enjoy a quiet evening interlude at this restaurant serving traditional Thai cuisine together with favourites such as spaghetti and steak. Relish a beer or cocktail here while indulging in a game of darts, catching a movie on the cable telly or listening to some soothing music.


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Kaffee Hub – Banprapakan Road

Kaffee Hub – Banprapakan Road

Located within a 3 storied historic complex the Kaffee Hub is based on a loft style concept with a café on the first floor, lounge and bar on the second floor and airy terrace for sipping sunset cocktails on the third floor. By evening the atmosphere of the café changes to that of laid back period style cocktail bar where many go to spend a mellow evening.


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Leelavadee – Kwae Wai Road

Leelavadee – Kwae Wai Road

Located along the Kok River this restaurant is a lone ranger in an area scattered with five star resorts. Offering garden seating and scenic river views the restaurant has a live band that dishes out international and local pop music together with some much loved folk songs.


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The Turntable Jazz Bar – Close to Night Bazar

The Turntable Jazz Bar – Close to Night Bazar

A family run jazz restaurant the Turntable bar offers cosy confines to relax in while listening to the soothing vibes of jazz tunes - both modern and dating back to the 60's. Books on the subject together with delicious cocktails and other drinks are available to make evenings at this bar quite a hit.


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Massage Parlours and A Go-Go Bars

Massage Parlours and A Go-Go Bars

Not as vibrant as those in Pattaya or Patpong the Go-Go bars and massage parlours here offer some if not all of the lively entertainment witnessed at its better known counterparts.