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The information has largely been provided by the Radchada Cafe and gayinchiangmai.com. We acknowledge and appreciate their help in keeping us updated and urge you to visit their sites. Their blog in particular has interesting and up to date news.

Sophet-Gold-Place-480x64029/03/14 We have just learned that the Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai is closing at the end of the month. As a result Secrets and C.U. Bar have been given just two days to move. They have found a new place at Somphet Gold Place on Chaiyaphum Road. Read about it here – http://www.nickysgaythailand.com/gay-blog/night-bazaar-chiang-mai-end-of-an-era/


orion01/03/14 There’s a new bar in the nightmarket area of Chiang Mai. Sort-of gay, but certainly gay friendly and a lot of gay men go there. Read about Orion Bar here


Fire-See-Man-Pub04/02/14 We just learned today that See Man Club in Chiang Mai has been closed for a while for a refurb. They were due to reopen on the 10th, but apparently there has been a big fire there and so they are not sure what’s happening now. See http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2014/fire-men-see-man-pub/ for the details.


cruising-plus18/10/13 There’s a new sauna in Chiang Mai. This is the first one that’s open all night at weekends. It’s called Cruising Plus. To read all about it click here.


g-star-chiangmai12/04/13 Thanks to our friends – Gay in Chiang Mai - for keeping us up to date. There’s a new bar opening today in the Chang Puek area called G Star. They have great hopes for it and think it should do well. We have little doubt they will publish a review of the opening night which we will bring you on our blog. In the meantime, read their report here – http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2013/g-star-comes-to-chiang-mai/


03/04/13 From our friends at Gay in Chiang Mai news. Many thanks! “We don’t always mention stuff that closes so here are some updates to your Chiang Mai listings:
Cosmos Cafe  – Closed
Darling Wine Bar – suggest you add it to Pern’s Restaurant as it is now part of this.
Glass Onion  – Closed
Metro Bar  – Not really gay any more (though it’s still in our listings and handy for an Adam’s pre-show drink)
Milky Way  – Closed
Twin Peaks  – Closed
Adam’s Apple – no Karaoke any more (but obviously still open as go-go)
Spicy Disco – now called “le Spice” moved to a new location and reports it’s not frequented by the gay crowd any more.
Seven Suns – was closed for a major rebuild.  Not gay any more.
M Massage – Closed/Not gay – there were actually two M2M and M in Chiang Mai – one is definitely closed, and the other only girls.
Would also be good if you can list Radchada Garden Café under bars as well as restaurants – it’s getting more evening trade than it used to.”

Thanks guys and glad you can continue to help us.


Perns_staff-240x18001/04/13 Pern’s Restaurant in Chiang Mai is closed for April, reopening on 2nd May. We have heard via Gay in Chiang Mai news from the owner, Brian that “as well as taking a spring break we will be conducting a major re-refurbishment including a new bar with extra seating and a new menu with plenty of surprises”. He went on to say, “every one is welcome to come and see the new venue at our opening event on 2nd May starting 5p.m.” Maybe see you there?


17/02/13 On the second Monday of every month West’s Restaurant in Chiang Mai is featuring a special set menu highlighting the food of one particular cuisine. On March 11th we are preparing a French set. The menu is as follows: Salade Nicoise OR Chestnut soup : Coq au Vin Rouge OR Filet of Fish Veronique : Chocolate Mousse OR Creme Brulee OR Pear and Almond Tarte.
The cost per person is  400baht and we recommend reservations. The number for reservations in English is 080 832 4613 and for Thai 080 497 9398.


anchan16/01/13 There’s a new gay-owned vegetarian restaurant in Chiang Mai. Anchan Restaurant has had a write-up from our friends Gay in Chiang Mai, and based on their review we have now listed it. If you call in and see them, let us know what you think!


19/11/12 There’s a new massage place in Chiang Mai Land. Called Sixty Nine Club, it’s getting great reviews and has  nice website. Read more about it here and on our blog here.


11/10/12 Radchada Garden Cafe Chiang Mai has announced free pizza on Mondays. Starting 7.p.m. every Monday there will be a free buffet with a selection of Pizza slices from the Radchada Garden Café menu. Eat all you can – first come first served! (Note: minimum spend at the bar 75Bt to participate in the Buffet). See http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/free-pizza/ for all the details.


06/10/12 A new massage place in Chiang Mai has opened. Thanks to Chiang Mai Gay News for this. Called Heaven, it is in Chiang Mai Land, opposite the Blues Club. It is smart and clean and welcoming. Read more here.


26/08/12 Anyone expecting the old Coffee Boy in it’s former teak lanna house in Chiang Mai will be disappointed. Welcome to Chiang Mai 19. Our man in Chiang Mai went along to the opening night and you can read how he fared here. Let’s just say a shack in the car park didn’t meet his expectations quite!


04/08/12 Coffee Boy in Chiang Mai, one of the oldest entertainment bars there closed in 2009. Today it re-opened. We announced it on our blog – http://www.nickysgaythailand.com/gay-blog/coffee-boy-in-chiang-mai-is-back/. As soon as we know what the new place is like, we’ll report more!


23/07/12 Our friends in Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai Gay News, have told us that Mandalay late night disco is closing. You can read all about it here in our blog. What will replace it?


19/07/12 There’s a new website on the block! ChiangMaiHotmale.com has joined the other Hotmale sites and is giving its own particular take on gay life in Chiang Mai. CHECK IT OUT!


04/07/12 Low Season decline? This is the title of an article from our friends in Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai Gay News. They are publishing a good news story on what is open in Chiang Mai, but they also mention one casualty. “According to their website Ram Coffee Shop is now closed and will only open in the evenings as a bar from 4 p.m.” Read the full story here – http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/low-season-decline/


31/05/12 The Radchada Cafe in Chiang Mai have just launched their updated menu including a full range of Italian food, Pasta and Pizzas. You can see the full article about this at our friend’s website http://www.gayinchiangmai.com – click here for the full article link – http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/radchada-garden-caf-new-menu/. If you click the thumbnail alongside the article you can download the full menu in pdf format.


23/05/12 Our new Property Website – NickysGayProperties.com is now live. We have two properties we’d like to draw your attention to in Sunee Plaza, Pattaya.

The Former Euroboys is for sale at just 500,000B. You can read all the details here - http://www.nickysgaypattaya.com/property/gogo-bar-in-sunee-plaza-sp02f/

There is also an very reasonably priced apartment block. Already popular with sitting tenants at the corner of Sunee Plaza and Soi Yensabai. Read about that here. http://www.nickysgaypattaya.com/property/3-condos-in-sunee-plaza-c08f/

If you’re interested in either place, the contact details are on the web page and please mention you saw it on Nicky’s Properties if you make contact with them.


17/05/12 Our friends in Chiang Mai – http://www.gayinchiangmai.com – have published details of a special offer at Pern’s Restaurant. “Every Wednesday night Pern’s Restaurant is running a special offer giving 50% off selected house wines.
With a convenient location on Huay Kaew Road near to Soho Bar, Pern’s Restaurant is a great place to enjoy a classy range of Mediterranean food in a relaxing ambiance at reasonable prices.” If you like a glass of wine – pop in and see them!


10/05/12 There have been a number of changes in Chiang Mai, some of which we have already told you about, but we got notification from our friends there – Gay in Chiang Mai – and wanted to mention them to you. Please check out http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/gay-scene-updates/ for more links.

The biggest new venue for some time to arrive on the scene is See Man Pub. This large, purpose built, modern style venue is located on the Canal Road near Phucome intersection with Huay Kaew Road and opposite the Phucome Hotel.

Two new Guest houses have opened in the Santitham Area, QI 68 is on Santirak Road and Mansfield Residence on Viang Bua soi 4.

At the Night Bazaar, CU Bar and Secrets bar have moved to new locations and seem to be doing better business there. Meanwhile, in the old Sleaze Alley, Milky Way moved to the front of the Soi and Twin peaks recently re-opened. These are the only bars left here and it’s very quiet.

There is one new Massage place, Spa Tacus, but some others have disappeared, notably The Wall, Club M-Massage, and Five on Chiang Moi.

Several bars have closed: Cheerleaders Bar, Memory by Doi Boy, La La and DTs; however, the bar at one-2 come massage has re-opened under new management

Ram Coffee is a nice new place to get a coffee down near the river. Last but not least don’t forget our friends at Radchada Garden Café. Radchada Garden Café is now open until 10 p.m. as well as a full service bar where you can sit and enjoy a drink, Radchada has an excellent menu of Italian food including thin crust Pizza


06/05/12 This week saw another opening party in Chiang Mai for yet another Massage parlour cum Spa. SpaTacus Spa for men is situated in the tourist part of town on Loy Kroh Soi 2. You can read what our friends said about it here – http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/spatacus-spa-for-men/.


01/05/12 The boys at Radchada Garden Café, Chiang Mai have announced that, by popular demand, from 1st May 2012 they will be opening in the evenings as well as daytime. The new opening hours 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. A full service bar is available with Happy hour from 5 – 7 p.m. The full food menu will be available in the evenings too (kitchen closes at 9.30 p.m.), they also told us some new additions to the menu will be announced very soon.

Radchada Garden Café is a great place to enjoy a quiet evening drink in a quiet, music free environment. Their food speciality is thin crust Pizza, so this is a great new evening Pizza option for Chiang Mai.

Update and photo from our friends in Chiang Mai – http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/radchada-garden-caf-new-opening-times/


17/03/12 There’s a brand new gay hotel in Chiang Mai called QI68. It’s got a nice feel to it and we’ve taken a look. You can read all about the place on our website here.


05/03/12 Our good friends at GayInChiangMai have told us about a new bar. One 2 Come massage have just told us about a new bar they have opened at the same place. It’s separate from the massage and has a nice garden. You can read all about it on our site here, or read the full article with more pictures on Gay in Chiang Mai, here


19/02/12 Pern’s Restaurant has just opened a new website. You can look at it here www.pernsfood.com As well as all the expected stuff (where they are, their menu and wine list etc), they have an interesting section on Burma and some of the things they do to support the people there. Pop over to the site and have a look – but don’t forget to come back now!


17/02/12 See Man Pub is the name of a new place in Chiang Mai. Our friends at Chiang Mai Gay News reported it and we’re happy to pass it on to you. Read what they said here.

 


11/02/12 This week saw the grand opening party for RAM+ Coffee and Bar A daytime coffee shop which becomes a bar by night. Their smart and modern premises are fully air conditioned and located down by the river in front of River House Massage. RAM+ is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for coffee and bakery, after that it becomes a full service bar with a range of drinks and Cocktails. They have very friendly staff too. The Grand Opening was well attended by the good,the great and a few old dames from the Chiang Mai Gay scene. The also had a great selection of handsome young men there. Information kindly supplied by our friends at http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/ram-coffee-and-bar/ – check the link for some really nice pictures!


04/02/12 The Playhouse in Chiang Mai has lowered the curtain for the final time. News has come in from our partner website www.gayinchiangmai.com that this is the end of the show Sequins and Dance at the Playhouse in Chiang Mai. They are closing down and moving to a new venue in Bangkok. It seems like Simon Cabaret before them at the same location, they couldn’t make it in Chiang Mai. We wish them luck with the new venture in Bangkok. For the full story see http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/the-final-curtain/


02/02/12 There’s news from Chiang Mai. Last night saw the packed opening of CU Bar and Secrets Bar which have moved to new locations outside the old Sleaze Alley. Judging by the number of people there they got off to a good start with partying going on well into the early hours. The new location is very close by the old one in the strip of bar/restaurant units adjacent to the old alley. If coming from Loi Kroh road along Thapae soi 1 the bars are on the left at the end of the Night Bazaar parking lot. Secrets is at the end of the row with CU Bar in the middle. For all the information see http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/cu-bar-and-secrets-move-to-new-location/


21/01/12 Our friends at GayInChiangMai.com have put an interesting post on their blog about the bars in Sleaze Alley. There are now just three left. You can read all about it here. They have also advised us that M2M massage in Thapae Gate has changed its name to M Massage and taken in girls as well as the boys. Finally they have told us the the Guitar Man has changed its name to the Bear Pub and is apparently not gay any more. Thanks to them for the update.


19/01/12 We have received an email from Chaya Spa in Chiang Mai. They have introduced a new range of mini-packages to give people good value treatments. These are very good value and do call in and try them if you’re in the area. The mini-packages provide a nice change if you don’t want to spend the time on one of their exclusive packages. They are very nice people up there and provide a good service. All the details are on their website – www.chayaspa1.com


02/01/12 Just opened in Chiang Mai is the new Boutique City Resort, Mansfield Place. Located in the Santitham area of Chang Puek in the North of Chiang Mai city Mansfield Place is set in a peaceful garden setting on a quiet and discreet side road. We were told about this thanks to our good friends in Chiang Mai – www.gayinchiangmai.comYou can read all about it here, and it is listed on Nicky’s Gay Chiang Mai here.


30/12/11 There’s a new spa and massage place open in Chiang Mai. Chaya Spa is gay friendly and offers a number of massage packages. They are well worth having a look at. You can read all about them here.


15/12/11 The Royalflora Ratchaphruek 2011 exhibition has opened in Chiang Mai. Our partner website in Chiang Mai, www.gayinchiangmai.com is carrying news of it. Their article starts: Although originally scheduled for 9th November, and much delayed by the flooding around Bangkok, yesterday finally saw the Royalflora Ratchaphruek 2011 expo in Chiang Mai open it’s doors to the public. The Expo, located to the South West of the city in Tambon Mae Hia, covers 80 hectares of landscaped gardens and exhibitions nestling at the foot of the mountains. It provides a lush and refreshing display of colourful plants and flowers and greenery from Thailand and 30 countries.

It gives a great deal of information about the event. If you want to read the full article, click here.


19/11/11 We are delighted to announce that the team behind our partner in Chiang Mai (Chiang Mai Gay Guide) have opened the Radchada Cafe in the Chang Phuak area. Pop along and say Hello and you will be made very welcome. This is great to see them back on the scene. I’ve written this one in as a definite “must visit” next time I’m up in Chiang Mai.


04/11/11 Our friends at Chiang Mai Gay News have an excellent article on Loi Krathong or Yee Peng as it’s called in Northern Thailand. It explains many of the customs and what will happen. In Chiang Mai they make a lot more of it than we do in Pattaya. It’s a great event with parades and it lasts over several days. You can read all about it here. I’m seriously thinking of going next year to see it in Chiang Mai. Anyone want to join me? Check out their pictures and then decide!


07/10/11 Shauna and Krathai from Soho Bar, Chiang Mai have announced their newest venture, the Soho Restaurant, offering New Orleans Cuisine will be open from from noon until 7: PM starting tomorrow (Saturday 8 October). Since taking over Soho in August, Shauna and Krathai have been making a number of changes of which this is the latest, and biggest.
The menu includes: Fried Seafood Platter, Chicken Fricassee, Red Beans And Rice, Braised pork roast, Seafood Gumbo and Southern Fried Pork Chops all freshly cooked to order in an authentic New Orleans style. it sounds like a great new food option for this part of town, go along and give it a try. We wish them well with this new addition.
For this last piece of information we thank our partner in Chiang Mai – Chiang Mai Gay News. Read all about it here!


04/11/11 Our friends at Chiang Mai Gay News have an excellent article on Loi Krathong or Yee Peng as it’s called in Northern Thailand. It explains many of the customs and what will happen. In Chiang Mai they make a lot more of it than we do in Pattaya. It’s a great event with parades and it lasts over several days. You can read all about it here. I’m seriously thinking of going next year to see it in Chiang Mai. Anyone want to join me? Check out their pictures and then decide!


03/10/11 From our Chiang Mai partner – Chiang Mai Gay News – we quote the following: “Latest bar news is Chiang Mai Gay bar La Vie En Rose has closed down. Owner Krit had already sold the adjoining restaurant some months ago and has been trying to sell the bar too; seems he gave up and shut the doors. We understand the restaurant is still open, but under the new ownership and all the gay staff have gone. ” For their full article and some pictures click here.


06/09/11 DT‘s bar in the so called “sleaze alley” in the Night market in Chiang Mai has closed. There is a rumour the site will be redeveloped in the coming months so these bars may not have a long term future anyway. Of course, as with the Peak Bars further along the soi it took a couple of years from the announcement of closure until the bulldozers finally moved in so this may be another slow and painful death. From the general state of the place re-investment in cleaning and maintenance has obviously already ceased. Information from www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2011/bar-news


05/09/11 Further to our previous announcement on the future of Mike formerly from La Cage in Pattaya, we have more information now. Mike is apparently opening a new up-market beer bar. It has been rumoured to be at the former Doi Boy location in the Chang Puek area of Chiang Mai and will be called the “Sky Club“ though we haven’t been able to confirm that. His idea is to surround the drinker in a lavish environment, and he has a backer to help set the place up and take care of local issues. His “no expense spared” approach will ensure that you can get the best drinks in a great setting, and the staff will make sure your every desire is taken care of. We understand they also intend offering a show late in the evening. More details when we get them.www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2011/bar-news


27/08/11 We hear that the Immigration authorities are getting stricter again. We have heard that one year multiple entry “O” Visas have been discontinued in England. You can now only get 6 monthly ones. We also hear the requirements for the 60 day Tourist Visa have been ramped up. You now need copies of a Hotel reservation showing your check-in and -out dates and also a copy of your airline ticket showing your onward travel out of Thailand. There currently appears to be no change to the misleading named “Visa on arrival” rules. Maybe this will herald the start of an even greater clampdown. Watch this space for news as we receive it.

UPDATE – there is a lot of confusion over the new Visa requirements. Some places are requiring some things, others different things. My best advice is check before you apply for the current requirements at the place you are applying. When/if the requirements settle down, I’ll try to post some clarification.


24/08/11 Soul bar, Chiang Mai – changed owners again and doesn’t seem to have many boys there.


24/08/11 La La Bar, Chiang Mai – Seems to open at random during rainy season. If anyone knows more please let me know.


24/08/11 Oasis Karaoke, Chiang Mai – closed already! Apparently the payments exceeded the income – not surprising given the location.


22/08/11 News from Clubilicious in Chiang Mai – this Saturday will be their last party at Shangri La. See the Chiang Mai page for all the details of this event!


05/08/11 There’s a new massage place in Chiang Mai near the Thaphae Gate. Five on Changmoi has not been open long but is already getting great revues. If you go there let us know what you think.


04/08/11 Powerboys in Chiang Mai has closed. If anything happens with this site we will let you know! The old Lavender Lana Hotel became the Sri Tokyo some time ago.


26/07/11 Soupasteak in the Huay Kaew Road in Chiang Mai has closed. It’s re-opened as “Pern’s Mediterranean Restaurant” – upscale, new interior, new menu and new feel. Although not gay, it’s a favourite of the gay crowd.


26/07/11 The rumours flying around the last two weeks have finally been confirmed; gregarious Chiang Mai socialite and owner of the popular Soho Bar and Guest House, Scott Taylor is selling up! The deal is done and the new owners Shauna and Rabbit will be taking over from 1st August 2011. For all the information on this see our friends in Chiang Mai – Gay news.


Before the production of this website, gayinchiangmai.com has recorded the following closures:

Bars

  • Inspire Club (Now Soul Bar – not so Gay)
  • Lavender Sky – no longer Gay
  • Cruise bar
  • Fit Bar (Closed August 2010 – now re-opened as LaLa)
  • Cream Bar (Closed August 2010 – remodelled – now Twin Peaks)
  • Lanna Cabaret (Closed March 2010)
  • Post Club (Closed May 2010)
  • MTVee Bar (Closed November 2009)
  • Paradise Bar (Closed November 2009)
  • Friendship Bar (Closed November 2009)
  • Yum Boi Boi (Closed September 2009)
  • Happy Dicks (also Known as Cockpit – scheduled to open mid 2009 but never made it!)
  • Paradise Bar (Moved to Loy Kroh Road August 2009 – not gay anymore)
  • Club Grooves (Formerly Doi Boys – Closed July 2009)
  • Dragon King (Closed 2009)
  • Coffee Boy (Closed 2009)
  • Chameleon (Now Jungle Juice bar)
  • Cupid Bar (Closed August 2008)
  • Chez Nous (Closed August 2008)
  • Escape (closed June 2008)
  • Club9
  • Munro’s Showbar
  • Kudos Bar (Closed Sept 2007)
  • Lanna Corner
  • Fan Club
  • Hot Boy
  • DD Club (now karaoke)
  • 2 Style
  • Bar 66 (Closed August 2006)
  • Simon Cabaret (Closed end of July 2007)
  • M2M Bar
  • Jackpot Bar (Now “C U”)
  • Chicago Bar
  • Friends Bar
  • Bars in the small alley next to the Chiang Inn Hotel and adjacent to the Peak – these disapeared when they converted the Chiang Inn into D2 Hotel.

Late night venues

  • Bubble (Closed January 2010)

Massage Places

  • B-Beez (closed November 2010)
  • Release Club
  • Chakkha
  • Maple House
  • Art of Massage
  • Ken’s Massage
  • Man Massage

Saunas

  • Nagaraj
  • Freeman
  • Sparoma Sauna (Closed April 2009)

Hotels

  • Chez Allan Guest House – Now New location of Souvenir Guest House – see above
  • Cherry Tree Guest House
  • Lavender Lanna – reverted to Sri Tokyo hotel.