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Chiang Mai’s Live Music Scene – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai’s Live Music Scene

Chiang Mai Thailand

Lots of river front tables at more than 10 restaurants in this area
Lots of river front tables at more than 10 restaurants in this area
Chiangmai has an exciting nightlife. Live music of all kinds can be found in the city, from classical Thai to jazz, rock, and country. Unlike most pubs in western countries, excellent food can be enjoyed as well.

Chiangmai is famous for its nightlife, as well as the charming city and beautiful surrounding countryside. There are discos, karaoke bars, and live music everywhere.

The area I like to go is along the east bank of the Mae Ping River on Charoenrat road.

This is the area famous for jazz, rock, pop, Thai and country and western live music, along with fabulous restaurants serving Thai, western, and Chinese food.

From the Narawatt Bridge, the first place you will come to is The Chiangmai Riverside Restaurant, 9-11 Charoenrat Road, Everyone who has been to Chiangmai eats at least once here. There is a large menu of Thai and western food. If you want a good homemade hamburger, this is a good place to get one. The live music starts around 7 p.m. with dinner music from the Eagles, Beatles, or soft jazz. Starting at 9 p.m., the music changes to more rock and pop songs. Full bar service serving wine, beer, and spirits are available. The Chiangmai Riverside restaurant gets very crowded, so get here early to get a table.

One of the bands performing at a Ping Riverside restaurant
One of the bands performing at a Ping Riverside restaurant
If Thai food is more to your liking, no worries, just walk to the next restaurant only a few meters away to The Good View, 13 Charoenrat Road. Thai and western varieties of rock, jazz, pop and country music entertain in the evening. Their extensive menu offers more than 150 Thai, Chinese, and western dishes, including curries, noodles, rice, and pizza. Soft drinks and a full bar serving wine, beer, and spirits are available. Again, if you want a good, riverside-view table get there early.

Now you’re full of excellent food and want to really rock, no problem, just continue walking down the street to La Brasserie 37 Charoenrat Road. This riverside venue is well known for nightly performances by a talented guitarist named Took and his band, who plays renditions of old Hendrix, Dylan, Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and other favorites. Sit outside in the lush garden setting where acoustic guitar is played (7 p.m. to midnight) or inside at the bar and catch the famous Took and Friends (11 p.m. to 2 a.m.). There is also a good selection of cocktails and spirits. Not famous for food but the music is great.

Most bands in Chiangmai play at one venue for about an hour, and then move on to another restaurant or pub. Don’t be surprised if you see a band playing at the Chiangmai Riverside and, one hour later, at The Good View.

Dress code is not strict in Thailand however you should wear long pants or dress along with a nice blouse or shirt. When Thai people go out in the evening they do not wear T-shirts and/or shorts. If they feel you are not dressed properly you may get a table in a corner or next to the bathroom.

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