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SilapaThai Lounge and Bar


HM King Chulalongkorn the Great

Fond memories of a Great King


SilapaThai Lounge and Bar

The new place to see and be seen!

Andy Archer
Last Thursday saw the opening of a new venue in town, the SilapaThai Lounge and Bar at the Shangri La Hotel – and what an amazing and memorable night it was! Over 200 selected guests, Thai and foreigners, the “Night Owls” of Chiang Mai, enjoyed the lavish occasion with great music and delicious drinks, dancing well into the night to some great, and extremely loud, sounds.

Mom Luang Preeyapun (3rd right) opens the Shangri-La’s new SilapaThai Bar.
The emphasis was on fun – both for the guests and the staff.
Luckily, the rain stopped half an hour before the opening, just as guests were encouraged to mingle in the gardens whilst sipping some very colourful cocktails. At 8 p.m., Mom Luang Preeyapun officially declared the SilapaThai open, everyone was allowed in to admire the stylish décor, and the party began in earnest. Wine and more cocktails flowed freely, “Thaipas” (the SilapaThai’s version of Tapas), were served and the cabaret began with dancers, followed by the famous chanteuse, Wiyaada, who gave an amazing performance of songs old and new, including “YMCA” and a stunning rendering of Edith Piaf ‘s classic theme song, “La Vie en Rose,” to the delight of her fans!
SilapaThai is open Mondays through Saturdays from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. and offers a place to lounge in style both indoors and outdoors, enjoying creative drinks and ‘Thaipas’ along with daily DJ performances – all the makings of a fun-filled evening. Every four tables will have their own host or hostess looking after them personally; the hosts’ uniforms will change from more conservative attire in the earlier part of the evening to casual dress after 10 p.m., reflecting the mood of the evening.
A wide selection of ‘Thaipas’ is available, with signature dishes and a variety of cocktails and other drinks. Prices are reasonable, with, for example, a basic Chang beer costing less than in many old city and night market venues. The Shangri-La seems to have found a niche in the market and filled it with the SilapaThai – stylish, affordable and fun.

Elaine Yue, GM Shangri La, welcomes guests to the opening of the SilapaThai.

The ‘Care for Dogs’ crowd with their supporters,
 but minus their four legged friends.

Prince Malhotra (right) GM of the Chiang Mai Mail,
 networking at the SilapaThai Restaurant & Bar.

Ladies from around town enjoying the festivities.

Wiyaada (centre) brings the house down at the SilapaThai.

JoJo (right), who certainly knows how to throw a wonderful party,
 with Anges from the Shangri La Hotel.

Elena Edwards (Chiang Mai Mail) with friends John and Lois Richard,
at the opening of the Silapa Thai Restaurant & Bar.

Girls just wanna have fun!