All visitors to Chiang Mai looking for sex or a good time will head to Chiang Mai Loi Kroh Road at one point or another. This happy-go-lucky street in the centre of town has many beer bars and prostitutes and can easily be done on foot. Most of the bars open to the street at the western end of the road, while farther on down (east), and within earshot of the Night Bazaar, is a walk-in arcade full of bars.
The head of the west to east Loi Kroh Road begins at the intersection with Kotchasan Road (outer moat road), which runs south from Thapae Gate. This spot is 200 or 300m south of the gate and has in the region of 20 bars next to one another on either side of the road. Some are fun and well open to the street, others down-at-heel with disinterested and/or pushy/ugly women.
The corner bars are fun, one having an upstairs area with pool table, while Stairway to Heaven is also well setup. Walking down Loi Kroh Road (heading east) are girlie bars dotted here and there, along with massage shops, standard pubs, and cafés and restaurants. There are also sois going off to the south that harbour bars, such as No.1 Bar on Loi Kroh Soi 1. This place is particularly popular with expats and has loads of women.
If you continue walking down Loi Kroh, you’ll eventually come by the walk-in arcade, titled the Chiang Mai Entertainment Centre. It sits out well in front of the Imperial Mae Ping Hotel and is a covered arcade of 20 or 30 bars, some of which surround a Muay Thai boxing ring. Most bars are girlie bars, some with pool tables, others with sports screens, plus there is also a (pushy) ladyboy bar here. You are free to mingle from bar to bar apart from when there are legitimate boxing matches on when you’ll need to pay entry.
There is just the one go go bar on Chiang Mai Loi Kroh Road, although it’s a bit crusty. Known as Star Xix, it resides on Loi Kroh Soi 3 (opposite the arcade) and comes with a cover charge and a dreary atmosphere. Better go go bars are Foxy Lady (Thapae Soi 1), which is not far from here, and Spotlight (Kotchasan Road), also not far from Loi Kroh proper.
Loi Kroh Road also comes with some decent drinking options that are devoid of bar girls. Although you’ve come for the sex, they can be a welcome break for a decent beer while going between the main bar areas of Loi Kroh. The Olde Bell is a British-style bar with beers on tap near the top end of the road, while the Texan-style Chiangmai Saloon is next to the Chiang Mai Entertainment Complex and is good for sports on screen and burgers.
Loi Kroh beer bars
Bars come and go and will change names at a whim on Loi Kroh Road, but some of the most notable are Linda’s, Stairway to Heaven, Best Bar Gain, and Number One. There are also obligatory Why Not and What Bar’s, plus a Marin. The girls in these charge about 1,000 baht short-time and up to 2,000 baht all night, though on slow nights at the quieter bars you may get away with 500 baht short-time and a grand for all night, plus the bar fine (300 baht).
Number One: perhaps the best looking beer bar in town, featuring numerous bar girls and a laid-back atmosphere. It straddles a small soi going off Loi Kroh and comes with a pool table, music, pool table and free internet. Especially popular with expats and, get this, the girls are not allowed to ask you to buy them a drink! No.1 is located down the first soi on the right while walking east down Loi Kroh (plus another branch south of town on the river).
Chiang Mai Entertainment Complex: Located near the Night Bazaar, there are 20 or 30 bars in here with lots of girls, loud music and a boxing ring. Boxing exhibitions go most nights as well as classic Thai dance and ladyboy cabaret. 96-98 Loi Kroh Road.