The What’s Up Guide to Enjoying a Day at the Horse Races in Chiang Mai

Last Updated: June 2019

Chiang Mai is one of the few places in Thailand and Southeast Asia to stage regular horse racing. A day at the races in Chiang Mai is an action packed and fun occasion. There are typically eight races with about the same amount of runners on race days. The races attract a good crowd of spectators and they can be very vocal in cheering the particular horse they backed as it nears the finish line.

Saturday is race day and the first race is usually about 13:30. Spectators have a choice of the public grandstand or the air-conditioned VIP pavilion. Admission prices to the pavilion are dearer than the stand yet still far cheaper than in the West. Both options come with facilities to bet on the horses. Standard bets are ‘win’ and ‘place’ and the bookies know enough English to understand these words. 

Race programmes are available and show the race schedule but it is rare for the races to actually start as scheduled. The programmes show the horse numbers and how they fared in previous races. Vendors rent binoculars out near the VIP pavilion. Thai snacks, beers and soft drinks are on offer at several locations at the race course. The race track is located in Chang Phuak and a few kilometres north of the Old City. People heading for the track by taxi, songthaew or tuk-tuk can ask for Sanam Ma Nong Ho (in Thai สนามม้าหนองฮ่อ’).
Nong Ho Horse Racing: – T. Chang Phuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 | Open: 12.00-21.00 (Sat) | Admission fee: 20 B | Tel: +66 53 221 974, +66 83 482 9547