Located on the beautiful Ping River, 700 kilometers north-west of Bangkok, Chiang Mai is the city proving itself to be a fantastic entertainment center and rightly regarded as the ‘culture capital’ of Thailand. Chang Mai literally translates as ‘new city’ or in this case new capital, a name that reflects the growing status of this modern gem.
The beauty of Chiang Mai is that it brings together both the customs and ancient culture of its Asian heritage and the modern conveniences and needs of today’s young traveler. Thailand is a top spot for teenagers and students and Chiang Mai appears to have embraced it both willingly and competently, as the old and new elements that can be found within the city coexist perfectly.
Part of the appeal of this city is of course this heritage, culture and the beauty of the landscape. Chiang Mai has over three hundred temples within its boundaries so tourists are never short of wonders to see. The natural appeal of the area can also be experienced through the Night Safari, with its nocturnal tours and light shows involving illuminated fountains. Alternatively they can try the spas and mountain resorts for a more relaxing way to appreciate Thailand scenery and customs, or one of the many shops. Shopping is just one of the ways Chiang Mai has modernized and it now holds many high end establishments. Western influences can also be found in bars and restaurants for those less adventurous tourists craving western food.
Chiang Mai has so much to offer as an entertainment center, including a variety of bars that generally stay open until 1am and clubs that provide live music. The Playhouse Theatre on Chang Puak gives regular Thai entertainment performances, ranging from cabaret, musicals, ballet, and musical recitals and also had the benefit of its own restaurant. For those who prefer their entertainment to be free they can choose to visit the Galare. This entertainment center provides displays of national, customary dance and music with no charge. If neither option takes your fancy there is always the option of showing how it should be done at one of the many karaoke bars the city has to offer. If film is more your style, there are many cinema complexes and screenings available to you. Film Space is a great project to discover while visiting, committed to bringing film to a public audience, they hold free screenings in the open air theatre of Chiang Mai’s Art Museum with free admission.
Away from the more conventional form of entertainment in Chiang Mai, the Tapae Gate Area is the best place to find late night establishments, with many bars and clubs on. For the more adventurous explorers of the city there are clubs and parlors available that cater for a variety of needs.
With all this to offer, Chang Mai is certainly a diverse and thriving entertainment center within Thailand, a most see for all culture enthusiasts and visitors to this glorious nation.