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Mai The Sky Bar, Chiang Mai
The highest sky bar in Chiang Mai
In July 2023, we had the pleasure of visiting Mai The Sky Bar, located on the 22nd floor of the Meliá Chiang Mai Hotel. At 63 meters high, this sky bar is the tallest in Chiang Mai and offers impressive views of the city and surrounding area. For visitors not staying at the Meliá Hotel, there is an entrance fee of THB 250. However, this is immediately refunded in the form of a voucher, which you can use for food or drinks at the sky bar.
Our visit was short, as we were passing through. Earlier that day we had a relaxing four-hour spa treatment at Zira Spa in Chiang Mai’s old town. Later that evening we were guests at Kiti Panit, an excellent restaurant in Chiang Mai specializing in Northern Thai cuisine. The evening promised to be a wonderful end to our last day in Chiang Mai and our adventure along the Mae Hong Son trail.
The design and interior of Mai The Sky Bar
Mai The Sky Bar, which is spread over two floors, offers fantastic views of Chiang Mai and the surrounding areas. The second floor, also called the “Lower Rooftop,” houses a modern bar surrounded by sleekly designed chairs. Low round tables with comfortable chairs complete the space. Here we enjoyed cocktails while admiring the view of Doi Suthep.
The atmosphere at Mai The Sky Bar in Chiang Mai
During our visit to Mai The Sky Bar at sunset, the atmosphere was casual and calm. It seemed that most visitors were guests of the hotel and it was not overcrowded. However, this may also have been due to the fact that our visit was on a Sunday. Despite the quiet ambiance, this contributed to a relaxed and pleasant experience.
Different theme parties
The atmosphere will therefore change considerably during the themed parties organized on Meliá Chiang Mai’s rooftop terrace. These parties, featuring Thai and international artists/djs are usually organized on Friday and Saturday nights from 8 p.m. onwards.
According to a number of expats we met in Chiang Mai, Mai The Sky Bar transforms into “the place to be” in Chiang Mai during these events. So it is definitely worth planning your visit around one of these lively and energetic themed parties.
The service at Mai The Sky Bar in Chiang Mai is absolutely outstanding! As soon as you enter the rooftop terrace, you are immediately given a friendly welcome by a professional and extremely amicable team. The staff is very attentive and ready to inform you about the range of delicious dishes and drinks and about the sights you can see from this sky bar . Their expertise and hospitality contribute to an overall fantastic experience.
The Mai The Sky Bar menu, what can you eat and drink there?
Mai The Sky Bar’s menu is compact and includes an assortment of Spanish tapas, pinchos, satay sticks and desserts – mostly perfect for sharing. In addition, the drink menu offers a selection of about 20 cocktails, some with a Spanish twist. Of course, there are also options for soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits.
During our first visit to this impressive sky bar in Chiang Mai, we unfortunately did not have much time. Since we were invited for dinner at a nearby restaurant, we opted to order only a small snack to go with our cocktails.
Check out Mai The Sky Bar’s menu.
For our snacks, we chose the Tostas Platter with crab and avocado, as well as the pulled pork with a red onion compote. Both were delicious and we would definitely order them again. Unfortunately, the snack we were most looking forward to, the croquetas with Khao Soi filling, was a disappointment. Too much flour had been used in the roux, resulting in a mealy filling and the distinctive Khao Soi flavor was unfortunately overshadowed.
On our next visit, we already had our eye on the Dulce de Leche Tiramisu. On the table next to us, it looked delectable and the couple who ordered this dessert clearly seemed to enjoy it. We look forward to trying this delicacy for ourselves!
Our chosen cocktails were simply exquisite! We began the evening with two drinks from the ‘Bartender Tailored Cocktail’ section, named after the forests and mountains of the Chiang Mai region.
The first cocktail, ‘Bosque de Chiang Mai,’ is a delicious blend of whiskey, cranberry juice, lime juice, honey, cinnamon and pasteurized egg whites. The second cocktail, ‘Frambuesa,’ combines vodka, orange juice, lime juice, raspberry syrup and pasteurized egg white, among other ingredients, into a delectable drink.
While talking to a bartender, we learned that he was pursuing mixologist training. We spontaneously asked him to prepare two special cocktails for us. The result, two delectable and unique cocktails whose creations we hope will appear on the menu in the future.
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What does a night out at Mai The Sky Bar cost?
For non-hotel guests of Meliá Chiang Mai, the purchase of a ‘Lower Rooftop’ ticket is required. This costs THB 250 per person, but you get a coupon of the same value to spend on food and/or drinks.
As seen on the menu at Mai The Sky Bar, the prices are reasonable, especially considering the quality of the rooftop location at Meliá Chiang Mai. A cocktail costs between 300 and 350 THB, a Chang beer costs 180 THB and for a soft drink you pay between 80 and 100 THB. Snacks start at 300 THB for three sticks of satay or a serving of sweet potato fries.
For a cozy evening of a few hours, as a couple you will spend about THB 3,000, including 7% government tax and service charge, as is often charged in modern hospitality venues. The fantastic service and phenomenal views are absolutely free!
If you expect to spend 3,000 THB, you can also take a seat on the “Upper Rooftop. This place offers completely free and fantastic 360-degree views of Chiang Mai. If you spend 5,000 THB as a couple (two people), you can even take a seat on ‘The Mai Peak,’ the very highest point of Mai The Sky Bar in Chiang Mai! For a group of four to six people, the minimum spend is 7,000 THB for the ‘Upper Rooftop’ and 10,000 THB for ‘The Mai Peak’.
The daily promotions of Mai The Sky Bar
Every day of the week, Mai The Sky Bar has a fun promotion running. Ask about it during your visit!
Although our visit was short, we felt right at home at Mai The Sky Bar. The staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Although we felt the food could be slightly improved, the cocktails were absolutely sublime! Of course, the main attraction of Mai The Sky Bar is the unobstructed view of the Chiang Mai skyline. We thoroughly enjoyed the setting sun and the twinkling lights visible into the distance after darkness set in.
We are sure that on our next visit to Chiang Mai, we will book several nights at Meliá Chiang Mai, if not just to visit the team at Mai The Sky Bar more often.
A fun detail: all the staff at the hotel have a “Spanish” nickname. From left to right; “Gracias Romina, Andres, Gonzalo, Maya, Franko, Valentino, Martinez, Tack and Jam. “Lo pasamos muy bien con vosotros!”
Five reasons you should visit Mai The Sky Bar in Chiang Mai
- Highest sky bar in Chiang Mai: Enjoy the unique feeling of being 60+ meters above the ground in Chiang Mai, with breathtaking views of the city.
- 360 degree view: Experience a panoramic 360-degree view of Chiang Mai’s skyline, taking in the beautiful sights from every angle.
- Delicious cocktails: Taste the delicious cocktails served at Mai The Sky Bar. Indulge your taste buds with creative and flavorful drinks.
- Friendly and service-oriented staff: The team at Mai The Sky Bar is known for their friendliness and excellent service. They go out of their way to make sure you have a great experience during your visit.
- Combination with Chiang Mai Night Bazaar: A visit to Mai The Sky Bar can be perfectly combined with a visit to the nearby Chiang Mai Night Bazaar. Enjoy an evening of shopping and culinary delights first, then finish off with a visit to this fantastic rooftop bar.
Where in Chiang Mai is Mai The Sky Bar located?
Mai The Sky Bar is easily accessible from Chiang Mai’s old city center, even on foot. From Tha Pae Gate, it’s about a twenty-minute walk. You walk straight past the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar, where you will find the bar about 60 meters above the ground. It is part of the luxurious Meliá Chiang Mai hotel. From the 23rd floor, this rooftop bar offers 360-degree views, including views of the Ping River to the east of the city and the famous Doi Suthep temple to the west.
Meliá Chiang Mai
Meliá Chiang Mai is a luxury five-star hotel that opened its doors in April 2022. The hotel is part of the Meliá Group, a well-known name in the hotel industry since the first hotel opened in Majorca in 1956. The hotel features eight different room types and a total of 260 rooms. In addition to a swimming pool, gym and spa, Meliá Chiang Mai also offers several restaurants where guests can enjoy food and drinks.
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What is the dress code of Mai The Sky Bar in Chiang Mai?
Please note that sportswear, flip-flops and (beach) sandals are not allowed at Mai The Sky Bar. Gentlemen are requested not to wear sleeveless clothing.
General information such as the address and opening hours of Mai The Sky Bar in Chiang Mai
Mai The Sky Bar is open daily from 6 p.m. to midnight from March through September, and from 4 p.m. to midnight from October through February.
Please note: Guests under 20 years old can only access the 22nd floor when accompanied by an adult until 8 p.m. By law, alcohol is only served to guests 20 years and older. Identification may be requested to verify age.
Mai The Sky Bar is open daily from 6 p.m. to midnight from March to September and from October to February from 4 p.m. to midnight.