Chiang Mai nightlife can be whatever you want it to be, the city offers a broad scope of drinking and dancing options but for the most part live music venues have the monopoly. Riverside drinking is a popular past time where residents and visitors settle down by the Ping River with a chilled drink and some good company, while the live band entertain with classic blues, jazz and rock tunes – a hallmark of any Chiang Mai visit.
The Nimmanheimin Road area has emerged as a popular haunt with the city’s younger set, in particular the Monkey club where live music and great food go hand in hand. Within the walled city there is a multitude of backpacker and hotel bars that cater to a range of budgets, from the cheap and cheerful to boutique-chic. As with the rest of Thailand there is quite a high concentration of reggae bars where cheap beer, cushion laden floors and chilled out beats make for a laid back evening.
The Riverside is a really fun area and it won’t burn a hole in your pocket. A cheap night spent drinking, eating and dancing is easily achieved. It is common in Thailand to buy a bottle of a spirits and leave it on the table for the course of the evening, sharing with friends. This is mostly due to the fact that it’s more economical and also the communal aspect of drinking and eating is a prominent idea in Southeast Asia.
As far as being a nightlife area the Mae Ping’s banks are home to Chiang Mai’s best live music venues with everything from jazz to classic rock and roll tunes being played. Team this great atmosphere up with the magnificent views and you can see why the Riverside is home to Chiang Mai’s most sought-after nightlife spots.
There are a few good places to head to in Chiang Mai’s Old Town, hidden away down sub sois there are guesthouses playing host to the backpacker set who are generally game for a drink or two. It has a more subdued vibe to it than say the Riverside or the Night Bazaar but nevertheless has potential for meeting people, enjoying a few drinks and the promise of live music. Fringing the Old Town there are a some lively pubs with pool tables and big TV screens showing sporting matches and the odd Rasta bar where the vibe is literally laid back with cushioned floors and cheap beer.
Ban Salak Phet is the large and oldest communities on Koh Chang. It’s located on the south of the island and also has historical significance because in the region of King Rama V, King Chulalongkorn comes to Ao Salak Phet when he visited Koh Chang several times. Ban Salak Phet is the location of “Wat Salak Phet” which is the importance of community was built in the fifth reign. The inside of the temple have an important Buddha statue “Luang Por Phet” and also has an ivory royal which is the seal of Luang Salak Phet Pattanakit who received it from King Rama V, King Chulalongkorn. In addition to, the temple also has a collection of antiques from the fifth reign for visitors see them.
Nearby Wat Salak is Klong Nanai which Rama 5 had come through the trip Ban Salak Phet. We ride the bike across Klong Nani along the path in coconut garden to see “Mangrove forest Ban Nanai” which have the path to study the nature of Mangrove forest around two kilometers.
During the path study the nature, we will see various mangroves plant whether, Mangrove, Small edible sea crab, Excoecaria agallocha. In the middle of the path is the Prong tree which is the yellowish green leave. When it sunlight, it’s becomes beautiful bright golden yellow.
When you want to buy souvenirs, Ban Salak Phet has One Tambon One Product such as the coconut shell product. “Ban Rak Kala” is a shop to sell the coconut shell product that make as a appliances and jewelry such as lamp, basket, necklaces, earrings, etc., You can visit and purchase product from coconut shells as souvenirs before come back home.
At 100 metres tall the stunning Khao Khanab Nam Mountains are Krabi’s most distinctive landmarks acting as a kind of gateway to to the town, the river running between the two limestone cliffs.
The mountain on the right hand side is home to caves containing formations of stalagmites and stalactites as well prehistoric cave paintings. The location is also well-known for the large number of human skeletons that have been found here. There are a variety of theories as to how they came to be here and how these people met their deaths, flooding being the most likely. A visit to Khao Kanab Nam can also be combined with a visit to a nearby mangrove forest and a traditional Thai fishing village called Ko Klang. Villagers can demonstrate cotton weaving, the making of local tools and utensils as well as captive fish breeding. You can also buy souvenirs and gifts here directly from the local people.
Although it may seem strange to mention department stores in a ‘things to do’ section, it’s worth mentioning that one of the good things about Krabi Town is that one has access to all the normal things a small town should have. This is not true of heavily touristy resort areas where prices are high and availability of practical goods is low. Both the Big C and Tesco Lotus are huge department store complexes selling everything you might need. They are both about 5km from town on Highway 4 heading towards the airport.
Krabi Cozy Place Hotel is a neat small and well designed hotel is very centrally located, built around a swimming pool down a leafy lane. The rooms are simple, immaculate and well designed with all mod cons. We found the staff to be unusually surly however, but we might have caught them on an off day at the height of hot season. Another very major drawback is that they don’t offer free wifi. They charge 60 baht an hour for that or 200 baht a day.
Dee Andaman Hotel Pool Bar is a hotel which perfectly pulls off the trick of understated good taste. Even though it is brand new, it has an old world colonial feel mixed with the northern Lanna style of dark wood and large airy spaces. The rooms are large and bright with four poster beds that could almost be described as art deco.
Nowhere in Krabi Town could exactly be described as busy, but the Dee Andaman adds to its charm by dint of its location, which although central is down a leafy lane on a hill and is very peaceful indeed. It is a little far from the centre though so you will need transport or a fondness for hiking in order to get about.