Northern Thailand drinking and nightlife

Top Choice Cafe in Chiang Rai

BaanChivitMai Bakery

In addition to a proper cup of joe made from local beans, you can snack on surprisingly authentic Swedish-style sweets and Western-style meals and sandwiches at this popular bakery. All the profits go to BaanChivitM…
Bar in Mae Hong Son


This friendly bar-restaurant is a crossroads in every sense, from its location at one of Mae Hong Son’s main intersections to its clientele that ranges from wet-behind-the-ears backpackers to hardened locals. And th…
Cafe in Chiang Rai

Doi Chaang

Doi Chaang is the leading brand among Chiang Rai coffees, and its beans are now sold as far abroad as Canada and Europe. The flagship cafe is a comfortable place to sip and offers a short menu of snacks and light me…
Bar in Pai

Don’t Cry

Located just across the river, this is the kind of reggae bar you thought you left behind on Ko Phangan. Soporifically chilled out, featuring both live music and a club, it's open until the last punter goes home.
Bar in Sukhothai

Chopper Bar

Travellers and locals congregate at this restaurant-bar from morning till hangover for food (mains 30B to 150B), drinks and live music. Take advantage of Sukhothai’s cool evenings on the rooftop terrace.
Cafe in Lampang


The first sign of gentrification? Perhaps, but we're still happy to enjoy this sophisticated cafe. Stop in for excellent espresso drinks, a refreshing nitro coffee or simply to pet the shop's fat cat.
Bar in Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai Ramluek

For a Thai-style night out on the town, consider this popular place. There's no English-language sign, but follow the live music and look for the knot of outdoor tables. Food is also available.
Cafe in Chiang Rai


This ‘drip bar’ treats local beans with the utmost respect.Th Sankhongluang is a block south of Chiang Rai Technical College, about 1.2km from the centre of town.
Bar in Phitsanulok


A biker bar as perceived through the Thai lens – which means it's a heck of a lot friendlier. There's live music most nights and a menu of Thai-style bar bites.
Bar in Phitsanulok

In Town

With eight beers on tap and about 50 different bottles in the refrigerator, this is the place to come if you want to forget about Chang or Singha for a night.