Chiang Mai: 24-Hour Itinerary
Spend the days exploring the city on bicycles, calling into beer gardens and cute cafes for lunch and checking out the amazing temples. Or if you’re the adventurously fit traveller, take a hiking tour in the mountains, cooling off under secluded waterfalls and resting your exhausted body under a bamboo-hatched roof in one of Thailand’s hill tribe homestays.
Come night, put on your dancing shoes (or no shoes) and have a famous mojito at Chiang Mai’s North Gate Jazz Club, grab a feed at one of the local restaurants on the river (literally – your table is on stilts over the river) followed by a trance sesh at the rooftop bar. The 7-11s scattered around stop selling cheap alcohol at midnight, so if you’re still up for a party you’re best bet’s Chiang Mai’s Zoe in Yellow: a cluster of bars just off Thanon Ratchaphakinai road in the old city. A colourful courtyard with everything from a hip hop bar, to reggae, live bands and street art and performers. Chill out with a drink under the starts and fairy lights and chat to the young and fun or dance til your heart’s content til morn.