Chiang Mai’s Riverside is a popular after-hours district known for its live music venues and rustic atmosphere. It’s
a popular place to be based, as hotels in Riverside are close to the city center but removed from the backpacker
scene in the old city.
The most popular entertainment district in Riverside is due north of Navarat
Bridge, which spans the Ping River and connects the old city’s Tha Pae Gate to
the train station. The bridge marks an area known for its dining, drinking and music venues. Good View and Riverside
restaurants dominate the riverfront. They feature live bands playing a mix of pop music, western covers and jazz.
North of Good View is Vieng Joom On Tea House, with its river terrace and relaxing atmosphere. The Ping River itself
is a popular place to play during the day. Long-tail scorpion boats can be chartered, or active types can rent
kayaks and see the river themselves.
Accommodation in Riverside is sophisticated, and it’s joined by condominiums that are popular with retirees and
expatriates. This means the foreign restaurants and international markets in this area stay busy year-round and
offer a great selection. Guests can follow the iron bridge across the river to find the Night Bazaar, a tourist
magnet that convenes every night. Further north along the river is Yaowarat Market (Kat Luang), where Thais buy
clothing, furnishings, spices and snacks.
Aside from a few Buddhist temples, there aren’t many historic attractions in this part of town. All that’s needed is
a short ride by tuk-tuk or songthaew to reach the old city, where ancient temples and the remnants of the old walls