An LGBTQ Travel Guide to Bangkok

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The Land of Smiles directs a most welcoming grin towards LGBTQ visitors and residents alike, and Bangkok , also known as the City of Angels, with a population of approximately 12 million, is one of Asia's most essential, exciting, and rapidly evolving metropolises. The city became host to the first official Asia-set spin-off of RuPaul's Drag Race, " Drag Race Thailand ," which has launched numerous queens' international careers in its two seasons (so far!) including its English-speaking, UCLA-educated half-Taiwanese Bangkok-based co-host, Pangina Heals . Transgender identity is also a thread woven into the society's fabric, with celebrities including pop music stars Gene Kasidit and Belle Nuntita , model Kulchaya "Candy" Tansiri, and filmmaker turned MP ( she was elected to the House of Parliament in May 2019 ), Tanwarin "Golf" Sukkhapisit, who is determined to follow Taiwan in bringing legal marriage equality to Thailand.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT)'s English language Go Thai Be Free website and campaign is rich with information and resources, including dedicated sections for its major cities and islands, including, of course, Bangkok .

April's Songkran, Thailand's New Year celebration, sees the entire city turn into a jubilant, water-drenched playground, with plenty of queer folks getting in on the action. During this time, Bangkok also hosts the annual gCircuit , a four-day series of jam-packed LGBTQ dances and events, including pool parties for bears, muscle boys, and everyone in between, with an impressive line-up of both global and local DJs. And the city's famed Silom Soi 2 and Soi 4 strips remain buzzing LGBTQ nightlife (and all-male massage joint) meccas with their bevy of bars, nightclubs, and drag cabarets.

Bangkok is also home to a significant and visible lesbian population, including the masculine-appearing "toms" (short for tomboys). Check out the online short documentary, " Toms: The Complex World of Female Love In Thailand ," for more on this scene and LGBTQ subculture. Women can also get their groove on at the monthly LESLA lesbian party.

For other LGBTQ what's ons during your visit, check out Time Out Bangkok , BK Magazine , and Bangkok 101 .

The Best Things To Do

There's no better way to get a true sense of place in Bangkok than a cruise along the Chao Phraya River, lined on either side by iconic structures and temples (and luxury hotels!). The gay-owned 40-seat Supanniga Cruise ship is one of the classiest ways to take in the sights and atmosphere and offers a daily choice of a cocktail and champagne cruise (with an optional "afternoon tea" style set) or a full six-course sunset dinner excursion that includes a glass of bubbly and authentic Thai dishes. You're sure to spot both Thai and farang LGBTQ couples enjoying the romance, food, cocktails, and sights, and it's a welcome alternative to the gaudy disco-blasting, buffet-serving vessels that overtake the river after sundown.

Opened in late 2018, IconSIAM is the Chao Phraya's newest addition and the first major, glittery, top-end shopping center on the other side of the river. Home to Bangkok's first Apple store and a ground-level food court, Sook Siam, the shopping center also boasts a mix of major international prestige brands and local artisanal goods alike, including aromatherapy and spa brand Thaan. There are also dozens of restaurants, including the casual, fun, and delicious Thai-Italian fusion restaurant Greyhound Cafe (a big favorite of local and visiting Asian LGBTQ folks, from bears to Toms to drag queens!). Greyhound has multiple locations around the city and is a must.

One of Bangkok's most underrated attractions is its Museum of Contemporary Art, MOCA Bangkok . Although outside the city center and requiring a taxi or Uber ride to access, its five floors are dedicated to the stunning breadth of Thailand's contemporary artists—quite a few being LGBTQ—and their work. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Art & Culture Center , located right off the BTS Skytrain and just next to major shopping centers MBK and Siam Discovery, recently hosted Asia's largest art exhibition of regional LGBTQ work to date, " Spectrosynthesis II — Exposure of Tolerance: LGBTQ in Southeast Asia." Resembling New York's Guggenheim inside with its spiral-like architecture, the building is also home to cool local shops and cafes.

The entire sixth floor of shopping center Central Embassy is home to the incredible gay-owned Open House Bookshop by Hardcover , a photogenic, beautifully designed series of shelves packed with mostly art-themed tomes and goods surrounding a fabulous variety of cafes and restaurant outlets as well.

More than just a gay bathhouse, Babylon is an internationally beloved, well maintained gay men's Bangkok institution with sauna facilities, a swimming pool, gym, and full-service spa pampering services. It's frequented by both locals and visitors alike. Also popular, the creative and hipster Ari district's Chakran celebrates its 21st anniversary in 2020, while 39 Underground , just one BTS stop north in nearby Saphan Khwai, draws an almost exclusively local Thai crowd.

Bangkok is also home to a family-friendly, excellent Japanese-style onsen facility, Yunomori . It's a perfect day and night indulgence, with full massage treatments, food (the beer with a sweet ginger shot is delicious), and wet areas (nude and gender-segregated).

While the term "ladyboy" has finally been tossed in the rubbish, one can still see Thailand's talented transgender women perform in a cabaret performance at Calypso .

The Best LGBTQ Bars and Clubs in Bangkok

Silom Soi 2 and Soi 4 continue to be hotspots for Bangkok's for LGBTQ nightlife and are extremely friendly to travelers. Sadly, local rumors have it that these iconic strips may be redeveloped entirely in the coming years, so enjoy while you can!

Check out "Thailand Drag Race" stars in action at Soi 4's The Stranger bar, including Jaja, Angele Anang, and the show's English-speaking, wickedly funny co-host Pangina Heals, also known as Pan Pan Nakprasert, who helped popularize the queer dance style, waacking, in Southeast Asia.

See and be seen (with a beverage and even some grub of course) at an outdoor table at Soi 4's 30-plus-year-old Telephone Pub or neighbors The Balcony , Connections , and G's . Just up a flight of stairs, the three-year-old HUGs caters to bears, cubs, and their friends.

For elaborate drag production numbers (replete with choreography and back-up dancers) and dancefloor action, head to Soi 2's long-running, multi-level DJ Station , neighboring Disco Disco , and G (formerly known as G.O.D.).

Although the upscale, chic Maggie Choo's discontinued its weekly gay night in early 2020, promoter Ken Kreangsak Lieng continues to throw new, exciting gay parties and events throughout Bangkok via his G-Spot Entertainment .

If you're wanting a lower-key spot with stunning design, craft cocktails, and mixed crowd, check out the Iron Balls Gin Parlour & Saloon , serving locally distilled Iron Balls Gin, the trendy Thonglor district speakeasy J. Boroski (no menus: just cite your favorite spirit and flavors and they'll whip up something with seasonal market fruits and herbs), and Silom's Vesper .

The Best Places to Eat

Openly gay Thai restauranteur Thanaruek Laoraowirodge, known as Khun Eh, is behind Somtum Der , a buzzy, cute, casual, and affordable Isan-style restaurant near the Silom nightlife—you might even spot a few LGBTQ Thai celebs here! Since 2011, he has since expanded the brand to New York (where it received a Michelin star), Vietnam, and Japan, and other locations across Bangkok. Sister venue Supanniga Eating Room , with locations in Sathorn, Thonglor, and Charoen Krung, takes its menu from his grandmother's Eastern Thai culinary repertoire.

Also a gay-owned favorite, 22-year-old Silom restaurant Eat Me is a consistent presence on culinary "Best Of" lists, thanks to both to New York ex-pat chef Tim Butler's inventive, upscale fusion cuisine (there's a vegan menu as well!), fresh contemporary vibe, and edgy art exhibitions. Local LGBTQ foodies also magnet to locavore and organic-centric (and very LGBTQ-inclusive in both the kitchen and front of house) upscale venues Le Du , Bo.Lan , 80/20 , and one of the hardest tables to snag in Thailand, Sorn . Awarded two Michelin stars in 2020 and included on Asia's 50 Best Restaurants list, Sorn is situated in a gorgeously renovated mansion and presents some of the most upscale, time-consuming, utterly delicious preparations of Southern Thai cuisine you'll find in the world.

Where to Stay

The Sathorn district's 403-room W Bangkok is as chic, clubby, and modern (and yes, LGBTQ!) as one expects from the fashion-loving brand, and conveniently located just near the BTS. Its swimming pool is just begging for social media photos, and the AWAY spa a fab way to pamper away the afternoon.

Located just off Lumphini Park and steps from Silom, The SO/Bangkok , formerly the Sofitel So, offers 237 rooms in four different element-themed designs (water, wood, earth, metal). All are fantastic, while savoring a cocktail at either the outdoor Water Club swimming pool or rooftop HI-SO bar are musts... with a park view!

Gay Bangkok power couple in life and work, Bill Bensley and Jirachai Rengthong, have designed some of Southeast Asia's most stunning resorts and private residences, including Bangkok's own leafy, sumptuous urban oasis, The Siam , which is just tucked away from the Chao Phraya River. If you want to stay on and overlook the Chao Phraya, the 144-year-old Mandarin Oriental Bangkok , which completed a $140 million renovation in December 2019, is as iconic as it gets with stunning spa, afternoon tea, award-winning cocktail spot Bamboo Bar, and direct water shuttle service to IconSIAM across the river.

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“OMG Stefan, we almost hit that car…I can’t…I’m going to keep my eyes firmly closed! Just let me know when we’ve arrived safely at Stranger Bar while I pray to the gay gods for safe passage…”

Nothing beats the rush of adrenaline as we whizzed through the CRAZY traffic jams of Bangkok hanging on for dear life inside a cutesy tuk-tuk with its driver smiling at these two hysterical giggling foreigners in the back…

We both love it – the feeling of the humid, almost putrid air hitting your face as you swerve from one end of the street to the other, car horns manically beeping at each other.

We’ll be frank, Bangkok is by no means a pretty city. Our initial reaction on our first visit was: what a hot mess! It’s polluted, it’s dirty, rats compete for space on the busy pavements, the traffic is mad, and concrete blocks line the streets as far as your eyes can see.

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Gay Thailand Uncovered: Top Destinations And Tips For Queer Travelers! 🇹🇭

Queer travel expert Jack Kenworthy turns 250+ city adventures into your guide for safe, vibrant, and inclusively fabulous global journeys.

Ah, Thailand! A mosaic of golden temples, cerulean beaches, and bustling cities where the sound of tuk-tuks mingles with the scent of spicy street food. But, for the discerning queer traveler, Gay Thailand offers more than just a postcard-perfect vacation. It beckons with a promise of acceptance and a celebration of diversity, creating a vibrant tapestry rich in culture, tradition, and inclusivity.

Delve deeper into the political heart of Gay Thailand, and you’ll find a progressive nation leading the way in Southeast Asia. While many Asian countries grapple with LGBTQ+ rights, Thailand has consistently championed the queer cause. Though there’s still work to be done, the kingdom has taken significant steps towards marriage equality and transgender rights, establishing itself as a safe haven for many in the LGBTQ+ community.

Venture into the neon-lit streets of Bangkok , and you’ll discover why Gay Thailand is synonymous with electric nightlife. From the swanky rooftop bars overlooking the city’s skyline to the pulsating beats of Silom’s gay clubs, there’s an effervescent energy that captures the spirit of freedom and acceptance. And while the capital remains a major LGBTQ+ hotspot, don’t miss out on the laid-back vibes of Pattaya or the idyllic beaches of Phuket , where queer-friendly establishments are plentiful.

But beyond these kaleidoscopic experiences, the true allure of Gay Thailand lies in the heartwarming stories of its queer citizens. From vivacious drag performers and hardworking activists to everyday locals navigating their own coming-of-age tales, their narratives are woven into the country’s fabric. Their resilience and joy serve as a testament to Thailand’s unique place in the global LGBTQ+ landscape.

In a world where acceptance can sometimes feel like an oasis in a desert, Gay Thailand stands tall as a beacon of hope. With its delicate blend of ancient traditions and modern sensibilities, it remains a magnetic destination for LGBTQ+ wanderers, inviting them to not just witness but to become a part of its enchanting story. So, pack your bags and set your compass towards a journey that promises memories, merriment, and a deep sense of belonging.

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History Of LGBT Rights In Thailand

Thailand has a long-standing history of LGBT acceptance, with the documentation of homosexuality dating back to the Ayutthaya period (1351 to 1767). Samutthakhot Kham Chan (สมุทรโฆษคำฉันท์), a Thai literature from Ayuttaya times, mentions lesbian relationships among the concubines in the royal palace.

In recent years, Thailand has made significant progress in legal protections and positive societal attitudes towards the LGBT community. The enactment of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law in 2015 covered both sexual orientation and gender identity and marked a pivotal step forward.

For travelers, the main cities like Bangkok , Chiang Mai , and Phuket are known to be more accepting and inclusive of LGBT individuals. However, it is essential to be cautious and vigilant, as situations may change, and not all areas or individuals may share the same level of acceptance. Remember to seek up-to-date information and advice before traveling, as outdated information may not accurately represent the current situation.

Thailand boasts several LGBT advocacy groups, including organizations like the Anjaree Foundation and the Thai Transgender Alliance . These groups work to further protect and promote LGBT rights and inclusion in the country. While there have been significant advancements in legal protections, there is still room for growth, such as the push for legal recognition of same-sex marriage and families.

It is vital for both local people and tourists to remain connected with the current situation as changes and challenges may arise. As a visitor in Thailand, it is crucial to respect and follow local laws and customs while being mindful of personal safety. Recognize that, like in any country, there may be individuals who are not supportive or accepting.

Remember, be vigilant, stay informed, and enjoy the rich cultural experience that Thailand has to offer to its LGBT community and travelers!

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The LGBT Legal Situation In Thailand

Thailand is often seen as a paradise for LGBT tourists; however, the situation for locals may not be as tolerant. The legal landscape for the LGBT community is complex. Both male and female same-sex sexual activity is legal in the country, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples do not have the same legal protections as opposite-sex couples.

When traveling to Thailand, it is essential to understand that the situation can change rapidly, and information might become outdated. Therefore, always seek current advice before you embark on your journey. While you’re in the country, remain vigilant, as bad actors can be found everywhere.

In the main cities, like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, locals are more accepting and open-minded towards the LGBT community. However, some rural areas may not be as welcoming. When visiting these locations, be cautious and respect their culture.

As for the safety of LGBT travelers, taking precautions and staying informed about the local scene is highly recommended. Connecting with LGBT advocacy groups in Thailand, such as the Thai Transgender Alliance or The Anjaree Group , can provide additional information and support during your stay.

In conclusion, the legal situation of LGBT rights in Thailand is a mix of progress and setbacks. The country has a long way to go in terms of equal rights and protections. But, with the enthusiastic attitude of the Thai people and the continuous work of LGBT advocacy groups, we can hope for a brighter and more inclusive future. Always remember to stay informed, be cautious, and enjoy your time in the beautiful country of Thailand!

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The LGBT Social Situation In Thailand

Thailand is often perceived as a welcoming and inclusive country for LGBT+ individuals, especially among tourists. Visitors frequenting major cities such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai may find thriving LGBT+ scenes with many bars, clubs, and other entertainment venues catering to this community. However, it is essential to understand that local LGBT+ individuals may still face challenges in their daily lives that tourists might not experience.

Although Thailand has decriminalized same-sex sexual activity, broader legal protections for the local LGBT+ community are still lacking—such as anti-discrimination laws or legal recognition of same-sex relationships. This missing legal framework can create constraints and limitations for Thai LGBT+ individuals in various aspects, including work, education, and at home.

In terms of safety, it is always important to remain cautious and vigilant. While many parts of Thailand may seem perfectly safe for LGBT+ tourists, bad actors can be present in any country. Be aware of your surroundings and follow local advice, as situations can change quickly. If you are unsure about your safety, consult with up-to-date resources or get in touch with local LGBT advocacy groups for guidance.

Some notable LGBT advocacy groups in Thailand include the Anjaree Foundation , which focuses on lesbian rights, and the Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand, a group that works on promoting the rights of all LGBT+ individuals. If you are looking to connect with locals, gain insights into the community, or seek guidance, they may provide valuable information on both the vibrant scenes and the challenges faced by LGBT+ individuals in the country.

To stay informed, it’s important to always seek current advice before traveling, as information can become outdated quickly. Additionally, while visiting Thailand, remain respectful of local customs and traditions, as doing so will contribute positively to your experience and interactions with the LGBT+ community.

So, while Thailand may appear to be an exciting and inclusive destination for LGBT+ tourists, bear in mind that there is still work to be done regarding the local social situation. Stay informed, respect local culture, and support those actively working towards achieving broader LGBT+ rights in Thailand.

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Trans Rights In Thailand

Thailand is often perceived as a progressive country when it comes to LGBT rights. The vibrant and accepting lifestyle, particularly in the main cities like Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and Phuket, creates an exciting atmosphere for both local and international LGBT individuals. However, despite the relative social acceptance, Thai law still has room for improvement when it comes to trans rights.

Transgender people in Thailand face significant challenges in obtaining legal recognition for their gender identity. This lack of legal protection makes them vulnerable to various forms of discrimination, impacting their ability to access education, employment, and healthcare.

When traveling in Thailand, it’s essential to stay up-to-date on the current situation concerning LGBT rights and remain vigilant. Situations can change quickly, and it’s advisable to seek advice from local LGBT advocacy groups – such as the Thai Transgender Alliance – before setting off on your journey.

As a visitor, you can play a role in supporting the local LGBT community by showing respect and understanding. Be cautious of bad actors who may take advantage of travelers, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. If necessary, take steps to protect yourself and make connections with supportive individuals and organizations.

In conclusion, while Thailand has made progress in recent years, there’s still work to be done to ensure legal protections and equal rights for transgender individuals. It’s essential for both locals and tourists to stay informed, remain vigilant, and support the ongoing efforts of LGBT advocacy groups in the country.

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The Future For The Queer Community In Thailand

The future of LGBT rights in Thailand seems promising, especially with the increase in feminist and LGBTQ+ protests since 2020. The country has started gaining international recognition as an LGBTQ+-friendly destination. The Tourism Authority of Thailand has even launched a global project entitled “ Go Thai Be Free ” to encourage LGBTQ+ tourists from around the world and raise its profile as an LGBTQ+-friendly country.

While tourists may experience a welcoming atmosphere, it is essential to understand that the local LGBTQ+ community might still face challenges. Although some cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai are more progressive, individuals in smaller regions could encounter resistance or discrimination. It is crucial for tourists and locals alike to stay vigilant and be aware of potential risks.

To ensure an informed and safe trip, travelers should seek up-to-date information and advice from reliable sources, including LGBT advocacy groups in Thailand, such as the Thai Transgender Alliance. Situations can change fast, and it is best to stay informed and proactive.

While exploring the vibrant culture and nightlife of cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, maintaining a cautious mindset and being respectful of local customs and traditions will allow you to have the best experience possible. Recognize that situations may change in various regions and adapt accordingly.

In conclusion, the future of LGBT rights in Thailand looks optimistic, with encouraging initiatives and a welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ tourists. As you embark on this exciting journey, always remain vigilant to ensure a memorable and safe adventure. Remember to engage with advocacy groups for up-to-date information and advice, respect local customs, and, most importantly, enjoy the vibrant and diverse culture that Thailand has to offer.

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Protect Yourself While Travelling In Gay Thailand

Thailand may be an exciting destination for LGBTQ+ tourists, but it’s crucial to understand the differences in experiences for local LGBTQ+ individuals and visitors to the country. While Bangkok is often seen as an LGBTQ+ paradise, the rights and protections for locals might be less tolerant compared to what tourists encounter.

To ensure your safety and enjoyment while visiting Thailand, consider taking a few precautions and staying informed about the current situation. Start by researching the most up-to-date information on LGBTQ+ rights and changes in the political landscape, as this information can change quickly, and outdated sources might provide inaccurate guidance.

When traveling to Thailand, it is always a good idea to stay vigilant and be aware of your surroundings, just as you would in any other country. As there are bad actors everywhere, it’s essential to exercise caution and be mindful of your actions.

Familiarize yourself with local LGBTQ+ advocacy groups in Thailand, such as the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Human Rights Watch . These organizations work towards promoting equal rights and protection for LGBTQ+ individuals and can provide valuable resources for travelers looking for advice and current information.

Take note of the experiences in main cities like Bangkok and other prominent locations mentioned in your research. Understand that there can be significant differences in LGBTQ+ rights and experiences within different regions and cities.

Remember to approach all situations with excitement while being cautious about your safety as you experience the vibrant culture and welcoming nature of Thailand. By staying informed and vigilant, you can help protect yourself and ensure a memorable trip.

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Best Gay Destinations in Thailand

With its sun-drenched beaches, verdant landscapes, and cities teeming with history, it’s no wonder that Thailand has long been a magnet for travelers from around the world.

Yet, dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover that the best gay destinations in Thailand offer more than just touristy delights; they’re a kaleidoscope of vibrant cultures, tantalizing festivities, and communities radiating acceptance and love. Gay Thailand is not just a destination—it’s a jubilant celebration of diversity, where the rainbow flag flutters proudly alongside the traditional Thai banners.

In this guide, instead of resorting to the usual hierarchy of top picks, we’ve opted to celebrate each of these vibrant destinations in their own right. Presented in alphabetical order, these cities, towns, and islands each bring a unique flair to the table, showcasing the eclectic wonders of Gay Thailand without ranking one above the other.

Join us as we embark on this alphabetical odyssey and discover the treasures that await in every corner of this beautiful country.

Gay Bangkok Thailand Travel Guide


In the shimmering heart of Asia, Bangkok stands as an unparalleled beacon of queer acceptance and vibrant culture; it’s a city where ancient temples meet electrifying gay nightlife and where luxurious indulgence comes at a fraction of the Western cost.

Dive into the heady mix of world-class spas, rooftop extravaganzas, and exhilarating LGBTQ+ venues, and discover why Gay Bangkok is not just a destination but a symphony of experiences that’ll enchant both your heart and senses.

Gay Chiang Mai Thailand Travel Guide


Drenched in the serenity of its temples, luxuriant forests, and quaint village charm, Gay Chiang Mai offers a unique blend of cultural richness with just the right splash of LGBTQ+ nightlife.

While its gay scene may not rival Thailand’s bustling metros, it offers an authentic glimpse of Thai life away from the clichés, making it a must-visit for those seeking both introspection and spirited connection with the global queer community.

Gay Koh Samet Thailand Travel Guide


Darlings, if you’re seeking a slice of tropical bliss just a sequin’s throw from the buzz of Bangkok, Gay Koh Samet is your siren song!

With beaches that cater to every mood and nightlife that sparkles with gay-friendly vigor, this island paradise isn’t just a haven—it’s a fabulous declaration of Thailand’s unwavering embrace of our community.

Gay Koh Samui Thailand Travel Guide


Dripping in luxurious charm and bursting with queer flair, Gay Koh Samui marries the seductive allure of pristine beaches and lavish villas with a delightful sprinkle of spirited nightlife.

Embrace a captivating tapestry of hedonistic parties, tantalizing culinary delights, and über-luxurious stays – all cradled in the welcoming embrace of Thailand’s laid-back and accepting culture, ensuring every LGBTQ+ traveler not just a visit but an unforgettable experience.

Gay Krabi Thailand Travel Guide!

In the mesmerizing embrace of Krabi, LGBTQ+ travelers find a paradise where pristine beaches meet a serene ambiance, offering an escape from the bustling party scenes of other Thai hotspots.

While Krabi’s LGBT community might be smaller, its allure lies in its tranquil beauty, coupled with a culture rooted in acceptance, making it the dreamy brochure-worthy destination for queer couples yearning for romantic getaways amid nature’s splendor.

Gay Pattaya Thailand Travel Guide


Drenched in neon allure and sun-soaked beaches, Gay Pattaya has reinvented itself from its once notorious past to emerge as an opulent queer Eden!

With rejuvenated beaches, an expansive palette of cabarets, clubs, and bars that rival even the fiercest global competition, and luxury on a budget that beckons the discerning traveler, Pattaya is a resplendent beacon of acceptance and extravagant indulgence in Thailand’s vibrant LGBTQ+ tapestry.

GAY PHUKET Thailand travel guide

Sun-kissed beaches and pulsating with a nightlife that rivals global gay playgrounds like Mykonos and Fire Island , Gay Phuket emerges as a tantalizing haven of hedonistic luxury—where the electrifying allure of Paradise Complex dances in tandem with world-class spas, sumptuous dining, and iconic cabarets, all wrapped in the accepting embrace of Thailand’s vibrant culture.

Whether you’re sipping cocktails by the infinity pool, delighting in the affordable opulence of its properties, or discovering the vivacious rhythm of a scene that often outshines its straight counterpart, Phuket promises an LGBTQ+ odyssey that both titillates and transcends.

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Sukhumvit Road Bangkok and its many adjoining ‘sois’ (side-streets) are poor on traditional tourist attractions but rich in Bangkok style shopping, eating and nightlife. The many fashionable restaurants, bars, air-conditioned malls, luxury hotels and hip clubs give the area a distinctly modern, cosmopolitan flavour.

Unlike Silom there is not much Gay life happening along Sukhumvit Road. Although it’s dotted with many of the luxury hotels (Sofitel, Sheraton Grande, Westin), fashionable shopping malls (Terminal 21 and Emporium), and the trendy bars of Thonglor there are no gay bar or clubs located in this part of town. However this does not mean it is not worth a visit.

Two of the three straight red light areas are located on Sukumvit with the city’s most sinful spots, Nana Plaza (Soi 4) and Soi Cowboy (off Soi 23) found here. A few, stress-busting pockets of calm can be found in the sweet cafes, atmospheric restaurants and lush day spas that are hidden down many of its sois. Making exploring its staggering length incredibly easy with the Skytrain (BTS) that travels above the road.

Sukhumvit Soi 11 offers a great collection of bars and clubs. From street side converted VW van bars to swanky rooftops bars Soi 11 is a great party street but not a gay bar in sight.

Sukhumvit offers the best dining in Bangkok, from five-star dining to street stands, the variety of choices and tastes are almost overwhelming. Sukhumvit’s pavements have grown into a huge market carrying everything from fake brand name luggage to Rolex watches. After after midnight these street side markets turn into bars and pubs.

Sukhumvit Road is both Bangkok’s and Thailand’s longest road with most of the action happening in the first 60 Sois after which it become mainly residential. While Bangkok is often as a less cosmopolitanism city many international residences are found along Sukhumvit. Many Japanese nationals can be found in the area Soi 21 and upwards, but most tend to congregate around Soi 55. Indians have settled around Soi 12, while Arabs are grouped at Soi 3/1, which informally is known as Soi Arab.

And the Best club on Sukhumvit Soi 11 is Levels

And for a look into the dirtier side of Sukhumvit a video of Soi Cowboy located just off Soi 23.

Gay Sukhumvit Road Bangkok (sue-cum-vit)

BTS Sky Train : In Bangkok the BTS has two lines the Silom line and the Sukhumvit line with Siam acting as central station. The BTS is an excellent way to travel and see around Sukhumvit road. On the Google map below Sukhumvit BTS is the light green line.

MRT Underground : The MRT crosses Sukhumvit road at Sukhumvit Station where it meet with the BTS station Asoke.  The metro ride from Silom takes about ten minutes. Trains leave every five to ten minutes for a fare of about 15 to 40 baht. Please note MRT Tickets cannot be used on the BTS or vice versa.

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7 Best Gay Experiences in Bangkok

Bangkok's popular gay nightlife spots.

Bangkok's gay nightlife is touted as a hub in Southeast Asia for good reason. The city has some of the best – be it bars, clubs, saunas, or inventive go-go boy shows – when it comes to catering to the LGBT crowd.

Bangkok 's gay scene is so active that you can party 7 nights a week and still find new places to discover. Our list of the best gay experiences in Bangkok is a great place to start, whether you want to dip a toe into the community or dive in headfirst. Prepare to be blown away by a variety of fun and decadent delights tailored to all the kings, queens, and everything in between in the Thai capital.

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DJ Station is one of Bangkok’s busiest gay nightclubs. Located at the far end of Silom Soi 2, this 3-storey club kicks off each night with a series of lip-syncing divas before things get taken up a notch with shirtless male dancers taking to the stage. Indulge in cheap drinks and an excellent music selection to keep you dancing throughout the night.

Location: 11 Silom 2/1, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Open: Daily from 9 pm to 2 am

Phone: +66 (0)2 266 4029

Silom Soi 4

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Silom Soi 4 has a small concentration of chic restaurants, bars, karaoke joints, and award-winning pubs. One of Bangkok’s long-established gay nightlife spots, the overall atmosphere here is jovial and friendly. If you enjoy dramatic diva impersonations or drag fashion shows, stick around for lip-syncing performances that often take place right in the middle of the street.

Location: Soi Silom 4, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

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Parties by Trasher Bangkok are legendary, but they are a fickle bunch as they don't take place at a specific bar or club. Instead, this vibrant community announces parties through their Facebook page and word-of-mouth. Events take place roughly once every couple of months, with themes ranging from Romeo & Juliet to 1980s pop stars.

Location: Room 36, 40/7 Soi Sukhumvit 46, Phra Khanong, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110, Thailand

Phone: +66 (0)83 778 2297

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Tawan Bar is famed far and wide for its extensive selection of male hosts and dancers. Packed almost every night, this bar stages regular dance numbers and drag comedy onstage. Drink prices are steep but worth it considering there’s no admission fee. You can get to this gay bar by taking the BTS Skytrain to Sala Daeng Station – it’s less than 10 minutes away on foot.

Location: 2/1-2 Soi Than Tawan, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Open: Daily from 5 pm to 2 am (Sundays until 12 am)

Phone: +66 (0)2 234 5506

The Babylon Bangkok

The Babylon Bangkok is a gay-friendly hotel in Sathorn that’s known for its fabulous spa facilities. There are 2 dry saunas, 2 steam rooms, and a communal Jacuzzi within the hotel. A firm favorite among locals and travelers, it also has plenty of facilities for a pleasant stay in Bangkok. You can find a well-equipped gym with professional trainers, swimming pool, and a souvenir shop.

Location: 43 Soi Atthakan Prasit, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Phone: +66 (0)2 679 7984

Chakran Sauna

Chakran Sauna combines a lounge, gym, sauna and a restaurant with a sophisticated Mediterranean mood. Located on Soi Ari 4, the sauna is quite an extreme but popular gay hangout in Bangkok. It’s within a 5-minute walk of the Ari BTS Skytrain Station.

Location: 32 Chakran Building, Ari Soi 4, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Open: Monday–Thursday from 3 pm to 12 am, Friday–Sunday from 2 pm to 12 am

Phone: +66 (0)2 279 1359

G Bangkok is an after-hours gay dance club on Silom Soi 2, about 450 meters west of the Silom MRT Station. It has a large dancefloor, sexy house beats, big crowds, and a lot of eye candy. Admission is free, and the best time to be at this gay-friendly nightclub is around midnight, when a drag show takes place.

Location: 59 Soi Si Lom 2/1, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Open: Daily from 11 pm to 3 am

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Best Bangkok Gay Hotels For A LGBT Friendly Holiday 2024

Researching the best Bangkok Gay Hotels for your next trip to Thailand?

Our comprehensive guide to the most popular gay hotels in Bangkok features award-winning accommodations in the Thai capital. We list over 20 LGBT friendly properties, from affordable luxury to over-the-top 5 star decadence, that are perfect for gay couples on vacation or LGBT business travelers looking to enjoy an unforgettable trip to Bangkok.

Informative profiles include details on the best Bangkok gay hotels, describing each properties accommodation options, signature spa treatments, award winning restaurants, and unique onsite amenities like Thai cooking classes and jaw-dropping rooftop cocktail bars.

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LGBT friendly Thailand offers many Bangkok Gay Hotels!

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Did you know that Thailand is ranked as the most gay-friendly country in Asia ?

Homosexuality has been legal in Thailand since 1956. The military accepts citizens regardless of sexual orientation, and in a recent poll, 88.7% of Thais were shown to be accepting of the LGBT community. In 2022, a Partnership Registration Bill for LGBT couples was approved that allows same-sex couples to be recognized as life partners and provides them with the same rights and privileges as straight couples including the option to adopt children.

Bangkok hosted the Thailand Pride Parade in 2022 as the first formal Pride in the city’s history. The capital also hosts the popular Songkran Gay Circuit Party and Asia Circuit Festival .

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We spent 6 weeks researching the best gay hotels in Bangkok!

Where Are The Best Bangkok Gay Hotels?

If you’re an experienced gay globetrotter you’ve likely stayed at gay-owned hotels in famous LGBT travel destinations like Miami , Malaga and Puerto Vallarta .

If you’re looking for luxury gay hotels in Bangkok, you won’t find any exclusively gay-run properties. Sadly the iconic gay hotel in Bangkok called Babylon has now closed . If you’re a budget traveler you’re in luck as the only gay accommodation option in Bangkok today is Blu Cabin Ari Stylish Gay Poshtel . The popular gay hostel offers a selection of twin rooms and a large double bed suite, with common area to meet new friends, outdoor pool, gym, bar and laundry facilities.

Thailand is honestly so gay friendly any hotel in Bangkok is a safe place to stay. You’ll meet many local staff who identify as gay, bi, lesbian or trans working as waiters, bartenders and spa attendants.

So how do we define Bangkok Gay Hotels in this accommodation guide?

We highlight a range of hotels in Bangkok, from midrange to ultra luxurious 5 star properties, to ensure there’s an option for every gay travel budget.

I visited Bangkok for 6 weeks in 2023, visiting over 20 eye-popping art and design hotels that offer exceptional service, chic suites, mouth-watering restaurants, trendy cocktail bars, award winning spas and jaw-dropping rooftop pools.

Many consider Silom as the main gay nightlife hub of Bangkok. Soi 2 caters exclusively to those who like to party in dance clubs, while Soi 4 offers a more relaxed atmosphere with pubs, bars and restaurants. All of the properties featured in this Bangkok Gay Hotels Guide are located within walking distance or a short 20 minute taxi ride away.

There are three neighbourhoods in the city we suggest booking a gay Bangkok hotel stay:

  • The gay hotels in Bangkok that are most conveniently situated to the LGBT nightlife scene are located near Lumphini Park near popular LGBT bars like DJ Station, G Bangkok and Silom 4 Alley. The Le Meridien, W Bangkok, Banyan Tree and SO/Bangkok are within walking distance.
  • The trendiest neighbourhood in Bangkok is Sukhumvit , located just north of Lumphini Park. Some of the city’s most beloved hotels are located here such as the Hyatt Regency, Sofitel, Renaissance, and St. Regis. The hotels in Sukhumvit are a short 10 minute taxi ride to Bangkok’s gaybourhood.
  • Many of Bangkok’s most luxurious hotels sit perched over the Chao Phraya River , just west of the Gay Village. If you’re keen to enjoy a sunset cruise you’ll find gay friendly Bangkok hotels along the river such as the Anantara Riverside, Four Seasons, Capella, Shangri-La, The Peninsula and Millennium Hilton.

If you’re looking to explore more of Thailand once you’re finished planning a fun gay Bangkok hotel getaway explore other regions like  Koh Samui ,  Krabi ,  Sukhothai ,  Chiang Mai and Phuket .

Bangkok Gay Hotels are available at all price points from affordable hostel to luxurious 5 star urban resorts!

Best Gay Hotels In Bangkok

When you’re researching Gay Bangkok Hotels you’ll notice prices can vary wildly within the 4 and 5 star accommodation category.

Here are some things for you to consider when comparing properties:

  • How old is the property? For those looking to book more affordable Bangkok Gay Hotels you can enjoy a suite experience for half the price at Amari, Sindhorn Midtown Vignette Collection and Hyatt Regency compared to more luxurious properties like Four Seasons, Capella and The Peninsula.
  • When are you traveling?  High season in Bangkok is November to March. You can likely find a more affordable Gay Bangkok Hotel Package in the shoulder season (September and October) or in the low season May through August.
  • What are the accommodation options?  Properties that have simple guest rooms are always more affordable, especially if you aren’t paying a premium for a city or river view. Or splurge on a luxurious suite with an oversized balcony and Club Lounge privileges.
  • Gay Honeymoon Package : contact the hotel to inform them you are booking a honeymoon and inquire about special package deals that might include a couples spa treatment or complimentary dinner at the hotels fine dining restaurant. If you’re booking the trip outside of high season you may even get a free room upgrade!

Our favourite Bangkok Gay Hotel is the Renaissance as it's the only property with an onsite drag bar!

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel

518, 8 Phloen Chit Rd , 66-2-125-5000

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong is a trendy art and design hotel that is perfectly located in the heart of central Bangkok, a short drive from the gay bars in Silom. The trendy art & design hotel is spread out over 33 floors, featuring 333 modern guest rooms and suites.

Rfit is the hotel’s 24 hour state-of-the-art fitness centre, featuring a spacious gym with Matrix cardio machines, Technogym weight training, and free weights. Friendly fitness ambassadors offer tailored fitness plans, yoga and body conditioning classes. After your workout enjoy the gym’s red cedar sauna and aromatic stream room.

The hotel’s heated indoor pool is a calming 30 degrees Celsius. The 25 metre pool is perfect for a lane swim workout our leisure relaxation. Nearby H20 bar offers a chic food and drink menu that you can enjoy poolside.

Enjoy a slice of rest and relaxation at Quan Spa, Renaissance Bangkok Hotel’s luxurious wellness centre. Within 7 private treatment rooms guests can enjoy a massage, therapy bath, body wrap, facial and steam room.

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong features 4 distinct dining outlets, from an Italian trattoria to award-winning Chinese cuisine.

Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong features chic suites, stylish restaurants and is right in the heart of the shopping district.

The Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong is one of our favourite Bangkok Gay Hotels as it is the only property in the city that has an in-house drag bar!

Drag Race fans from all over the world enjoy a pilgrimage to House of Heals , ranked as one of Bangkok’s best drag clubs. This epicenter of LGBTQ+ culture in Bangkok is founded and run by the world renowned drag queen, Pangina Heals, who is one of the most popular drag performers in Asia.

Six nights a week, and especially Friday and Saturday, drag enthusiasts gather in the hotel’s lobby eagerly waiting for their turn to join the popular drag party at House of Heals.

Of all the gay hotels in Bangkok the Le Meridien has the best location, a short 5 minute walk from the city's LGBT nightlife.

Le Méridien Bangkok

40, 5 Thanon Surawong , 66-2-232-8888

Le Méridien Bangkok is a 5-star hotel on Surawong Road, located in the city’s Silom area, known as the beating heart of Bangkok’s fun and friendly LGBT neighbourhood.

Sheltered beneath chic cream canopies, the 282 spacious rooms and suites restore a sense of calm through muted tones, minimalist decoration and well-planned spaciousness. Catch a peek of Bangkok’s cityscape and vibrant street scene below through floor-to-ceiling picture windows.

Le Méridien Bangkok has a beautiful rooftop pool that gets packed with sun-tanning gays on holiday.

The hotel’s recreational facilities are located on the sixth floor. The matrix-equipped fitness centre is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing a pretty view of the city. After your workout, relax outside on the pool deck at Plunge Bar with a midday snack and cool drink while vibes background music plays.

Inspired by the rich traditions of European spas, SPA features 7 treatment rooms that are configured in circles to represent the global meridian. Nearby Flow Onsen is a 30-square-metre bathing area featuring a dressing room and Japanese onsen.

Exclusively for Marriott Bonvoy Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite, Ambassador Elite members or guests who book an Executive Room, Le Méridien Club Lounge offers complimentary breakfast buffet, afternoon refreshments and evening cocktail hour.

Le Méridien Bangkok features 5 distinct dining outlets, from classy cocktail bar to Memphis-style barbecue joint.

Of all the gay hotels in Bangkok, Le Méridien in Silom is one of our top choices for LGBT travelers due to its ideal location a short walk from the best gay bars, clubs and drag shows.

The W is one of our favourite Bangkok Gay Hotels as it hosts a popular drag brunch year round.

106 N S Sathon Rd , 66-2-344-4000

The W Hotel is one of our favourite Bangkok Gay Hotels, perfect for a design or art lovers weekend getaway.

The 5 star property combines a 31-floor modern glass tower with a century-old, European-inspired heritage building, The House on Sathorn, located in the heart of Bangkok’s bustling commercial district.

W Hotels is famous for showing off Instagram-worthy art, making any stay a design lovers dream! The W Bangkok is no exception, as its lobby, halls, gym and restaurants are decked out in colourful murals, curious sculptures, inspiring light installations and playful holographs.

W Bangkok is the perfect 5 star hotel for gay travelers with a penchant for trendy design.

W Bangkok Hotel features 403 eye-popping rooms and suites. Custom designed chrome furniture and crocodile skin padded beds accentuate the neutral plaster walls. All rooms have been designed with the international jet-setter in mind, with state-of-the-art in-room technology, including flat-screen, 40 or 46-inch LED televisions; and jack pack stations with a sound bar system.

If you’re craving a cocktail or something light to eat, look no further than the W Mix Bar in your suite. Spa-like bathrooms feature large showers, separate tubs and floating vanities with an ultra-modern style.

The gay-friendly 5 star hotel features several trendy restaurants, one of the city’s best cocktail bars, a eye-shaped swimming pool with cabanas and loungers, destination spa and 24 hour state-of-the-art fitness facility.

Of all the Bangkok Gay Hotels, the W Hotel really showcases it’s commitment and celebration for the LGBT community. During Pride month the hotel hosts regular events and boasts a popular W Drag Brunch featuring some of the city’s favourite drag queens.

The fancy Four Seasons is the top ranked of the gay hotels in Bangkok. During our visit the pool was packed with gay and lesbian couples.

Four Seasons Bangkok

300/1 Charoen Krung Rd , 66-2-032-0888

Four Seasons Bangkok is one of the Thai capitals newest luxury hotels, first opening its doors in December, 2020.

Located perched over Bangkok’s meandering Chao Phraya River, the Four Seasons is an enclave of tiered buildings, connected at ground level by a series of indoor and outdoor spaces.

Art-filled spaces, sophisticated lounges and lush tropical gardens enjoy a sound track of gentle sounds from nearby water features and invite guests to relax within several open-air terraces. It is an urban sanctuary in the city’s creative district and surrounded by hip galleries, trendy boutiques, lively restaurants and al fresco cafés. 

If you're looking to splurge visit the Four Seasons Bangkok, ranked in 2023 in 3rd place by "World's 50 Best Hotels."

The 299-room luxury hotel features 261 guest rooms and 38 exquisitely appointed suites, fit for a Thai King or Queen! The glittering skyscraper designed by architecture firm Hamiltons International also plays home to 366 private residences, a home sweet home to some of Thailand’s most elite locals.

The hotel offers a wide range of luxurious amenities, including a spa, fitness centre, and swimming pools. These facilities, coupled with meticulous attention to detail, contribute to a truly indulgent and unforgettable stay.

Four Seasons Bangkok is a culinary destination all on its own. The luxury hotel features six distinct dining concepts, including 1 Michelin Starred Cantonese cuisine at Yu Ting Yuan, Italian at Riva del Fiume Ristorante, French at Brasserie Palmier, and jaw-dropping cocktail bar BKK Social Club.

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok proudly commits to fostering an inclusive environment that warmly welcomes and celebrates all individuals, including those who identify as LGBTQIA+.

Paphada Boonchaiwattana, Marketing Manager at Four Seasons Bangkok shared, “We embrace diversity in all its forms and recognize the importance of providing an inclusive and affirming experience for all guests and employees to Be You . Our dedicated team is trained to provide exceptional service that is sensitive to the needs and preferences of all guests, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression. We are committed to creating an environment where LGBTQIA+ guests can relax, unwind, and enjoy their time with us without fear of discrimination or prejudice.”

Banyan Tree Bangkok offers luxurious oversized suites.

Banyan Tree Bangkok

21/100 S Sathon Road , 66-2-679-1200

The luxurious Banyan Tree Bangkok is a handsome 61-storey skyscraper, conveniently located in the central business district on South Sathon Road.

The jaw-dropping luxury hotel features 312 luxurious rooms and suites, with one of the city’s largest Club Lounges, available to those booked in top tier accommodations.

Wellness lovers will find happiness at the hotel’s state-of-the-art health club, award-winning spa and refreshing rooftop pool.

If you're a gay with a penchant for jaw-dropping rooftop views visit Banyan Tree Bangkok's famous Vertigo.

Banyan Tree Bangkok Hotel boasts 10 distinct dining outlets. If you’re traveling with a self proclaimed foodie it’s a must-visit for mouth-watering Thai and Cantonese feasts and unforgettable rooftop cocktail bar sips. The hotel also serves one of the city’s best afternoon tea programs, on offer at the chic Lobby Lounge or trendy Vertigo TOO.

Banyan Tree is up at the top of our list of Bangkok Gay Hotels because it offers so much all under one roof. You could stay here for an entire weekend and never need to leave, making it a great option for a weekend getaway in the low season when room prices drop.

Banyan Tree Bangkok is a beloved hotel by the local gay community as it regularly hosts LGBT events and drag shows. During Pride month they do a promotion, which includes rainbow-themed desserts and drinks.

SO/ Bangkok is the perfect hotel for LGBT travelers who love art and design.

SO/ Bangkok

2 N Sathon Rd , 66-2-624-0000

SO/ Bangkok is a luxurious art hotel thoughtfully designed with inspiration from the 5 natural elements. Of all the Bangkok Gay Hotels, it’s perfectly situated a short walk from the Silom gay nightlife area.

SO/ Bangkok Hotel offers 237 rooms and suites, which feature 3 metre high floor-to-ceiling windows offering a choice of skyscraper views or prospects of Lumpini Park and the city beyond.

All of the rooms and suites at the SO/ Bangkok feature Zafiro in-room entertainment solutions connected to a large LED TV screen with wireless keyboard and trackpad. Additional amenities include high speed wireless internet, large personal safety box, minibar, and complimentary tea and coffee facilities. 

SO/Bangkok's Club Lounge was designed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix.

Club Signature is the hotel’s exclusive lounge on the 25th floor inspired by Fashion Signature Monsieur Christian Lacroix. Access is available to guests staying in the hotel’s suites.

On the 10th floor SO/ FIT is a full-service fitness centre featuring Technogym equipment, fitness studio and aerobics room. The gym experience includes a changing room, shower, steam and sauna.

Also on the 10th floor, SO/ Bangkok’s 32 metre infinity pool offers panoramic views of the city. Nearby, The Water Club is a playful and chill venue serving tasty snacks, thirst quenching drinks.

Monthly SO Pool Parties are legendary in Bangkok, offering the ultimate chic get-together. Expect DJs spinning live tunes, cool vibes, jaw-dropping views, and boisterous times. From 1pm to 9pm at The Water Club on the last Saturday of every month.

SO/ SPA on the 11th floor is a luxurious centre of well-being themed as a mythological forest offering a wide-ranging selection of health & beauty treatments.

SO/ Bangkok features 6 distinct dining outlets, including a chocolate lab, sushi eatery, all-day-dining buffet, molecular cocktail bar and rooftop skybar.

The popular Gay Bangkok Hotel hosts “Drag Me to SO” a fun LGBT party every Pride month.

One of our favourite Bangkok Gay Hotels in Sukhumvit is the Hyatt Regency.

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel

1 Soi Sukhumvit 13 , 66-2-098-1234

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit is a modern Thai house located in 31-story skyscraper.

The luxury hotel is located near the Nana neighbourhood in trendy Sukhumvit. The Hyatt Regency in Bangkok boasts 273 rooms including 21 chic suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing guests to take in jaw-dropping city views.

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit has one of the city's most jaw-dropping rooftop cocktail bars!

The hotel’s recreational facilities are located on the sixth floor and include an outdoor freeform swimming pool surrounded by lush foliage, outdoor whirlpool, pool bar, lockers and a steam room. The 24-hour gym overlooks the city and is equipped with a cardio zone, strength zone, and free weights. Personal Trainer is available upon request.

The exclusive Regency Club is located on the 27th floor, offering stunning views of the city via floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Guests can lounge on over 60 comfy seats located indoors and outdoors. Those who stay in Club Rooms and Suites can enjoy Regency Club Lounge benefits including complimentary continental breakfast, all-day refreshments, evening canapés, free-flow evening cocktails and exclusive check-in.

Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit features three distinct dining outlets, including a special collaboration with a must-try Michelin-starred restaurant. 

If you’re looking to book Bangkok Gay Hotels on points and are part of the World of Hyatt Loyalty Program we recommend this stylish property as it’s very close to the city’s best LGBT bars and clubs.

Pornpanit Nipattasat, Marketing and Communications Manager at Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit shared, “Our hotel proudly promotes an inclusive workplace that values diversity and embraces the unique contributions of every individual. Currently, we have over 20 LGBTQ+ associates, and we ensure that we foster an environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and empowered to be their authentic selves, including their choice of uniforms and how they express themselves.”

137 Pillars Bangkok is the sister property to one of Thailand's most famous historic boutique hotels located in Chiang Mai.

137 Pillars Suites Bangkok Hotel

59/1 Soi Sukhumvit 39 , 66-2-079-7000

137 Pillars Suites Bangkok Hotel is the second boutique hotel property launched by the award-winning hoteliers of 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai .

The Bangkok iteration of 137 Pillars House launched in the Thai capital in April, 2017. It was inspired by the original designers of 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, under the guidance of the owners, to create a luxury boutique hotel consisting of 34 luxurious suites on the upper levels of the property, in addition to 179 serviced residences, set in a contemporary style building on Sukhumvit Soi 39.

The interior design is a combination of modernization blended with a glimpse of Northern Lanna mood in the suite rooms, providing a large space ranging from 70 sqm to 127 sqm for the 2-bedroom suites. Every suite features a maxi bar, a wide balcony with a daybed and a rocking chair, as well as a large circular bathtub.

Looking for gay hotels in Bangkok with the best rooftop pool? 137 Pillars takes top prize!

Those hoping to enjoy a wellness getaway find happiness at Nitra Serenity Centre, the hotels signature spa offering traditional Thai massage, body scrubs and facials.

Fitness fans can access a state-of-the-art gym opened 24 hours a day. Workout with modern equipment, quiet and large spaces to exercise, meditate or practice yoga or arrange a private class such as Muay Thai, Cardio Blast or Suspension Training.

The 6th floor of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok features a mini golf driving range, putting green with a relaxing garden atmosphere as well as a golf simulator room. Guests can pre book and enjoy practicing their swings during their stay.

There are 2 swimming pools that provide ample space for all guests to enjoy a refreshing swim on a hot day. The infinity rooftop swimming pool is available 24 hours exclusively for suite guests. The postcard-perfect rooftop infinity-edge pool and cabanas showcase a 360-degree view of the city.  At the swimming pool on level 27 guests can float in an infinity-edge pool that is complemented by a large Jacuzzi.

137 Pillars Suites Bangkok features 4 distinct dining outlets, from all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to swanky rooftop cocktail bar.

Our favourite of the Boutique Gay Bangkok Hotels hires lots of friendly LGBT employees and is committed to promoting equality. During Pride Month the hotel introduced rainbow-coloured cocktails that were available throughout Pride month as a show of support to the queer community.

The St Regis is one of our favourite gay hotels in Bangkok for its Michelin dining, jaw-dropping pool and suite butler service.

The St Regis Bangkok

159 Rajadamri Road , 66-2-207-7777

The St Regis Bangkok is one of the Thai capitals most luxurious addresses. The eye-popping 5-star hotel is located in a popular shopping district on Rajadamri Road.

The hotel’s interior design mixes classic and contemporary elements. Skip through the fresh flower adorned lobby and you’ll whiff a unique scent, Caroline’s Four Hundred, the signature St. Regis fragrance, with notes of American Beauty roses.

The hotel offers travel connoisseur’s a chance to experience the true art of living. Guests experience everything from unique gourmand adventures, the very best wine cellar vintages, and personalized pampering service via 24 hour butler.

St Regis Bangkok boasts the only Longevity Hub by Clinique La Prairie outside of Switzerland.

The St. Regis Bangkok Hotel’s 282 rooms, include 176 guest rooms, 51 suites and The Owner’s Penthouse.

Fitness fans on holiday enjoy working out in a glass-fronted exercise room that offers a spectacular view. It is fully fitted with TechnoGym equipment featuring built-in TV sets and advanced cardiovascular monitoring systems. Surrounded by a beautiful tropical landscape, the hotel’s refreshing outdoor pool is a perfect escape on a hot and humid day.

Guests pamper themselves at Longevity Hub by Clinique La Prairie, a haven of rejuvenation where beauty and wellness are nurtured through relaxing therapies like massage, facials, and body wraps.

The St. Regis Bangkok boasts 7 distinct dining outlets, from casual poolside canapés to elegant High Tea and fine dining Swiss at IGNIV.

All guests are invited to partake in the hotel’s evening St. Regis ritual, the sabrage of a champagne bottle, which takes place daily at 6pm in the lobby. Bubbly is complimentary.

If you’re looking for Bangkok Gay Hotels to treat the seasoned foodie in your life, The St. Regis and its impressive diversity of menus is dressed to impress!

Looking for Bangkok Gay Hotels with an intimate boutique vibe? Capella offers 5 star luxury beside the Four Seasons.

Capella Bangkok

300, 2 Charoen Krung Rd , 66-2-098-3888

The Capella Hotels and Resorts collection was recently named Best Hotel in the World, with it’s Bangkok property being ranked as the best hotel in the Thai capital! If you’ve got money to burn it’s by far one of the most over-the-top luxurious Bangkok Gay Hotels. Treat yourself!

Capella Bangkok is a new-age urban resort located on the bank of the Chao Phraya River, which officially opened its doors in October, 2020.

Guests can experience the authentic charm of Charoen Krung and nearby Talad Noi, a historic neighbourhood that combines tradition and modernity, with trendy art galleries, cafes and restaurants tucked inside old shophouses. 

Conceived from the ground-up by celebrated architecture partnership, Hamiltons International, with interiors by tastemakers BAMO, Capella Bangkok introduces new design ethics to one of Bangkok’s most storied neighbourhoods. 

This sleek and stylish development breaks down the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces with vast swathes of floor-to-ceiling glass, ensuring panoramic views of the river from all areas of the property, including the 101 suites and villas, and restaurants.

Capella's flamboyant stuffed white peacock at its famed cocktail bar makes it a must on this Best Bangkok Gay Hotels Guide.

The luxury hotel brands signature experience is its Capella Culturists, the resident concierge team keen to organize unique experiences in Bangkok for every guest. Connect with one of the Capella Culturists to arrange walking tours of Bangkok’s eclectic local café culture, private meditation sessions with the head monk of a 250-year-old temple, or share with you the best dishes to order at Michelin-starred food stall Jay Fai, whose eponymous owner is considered the queen of Thai street food!

Each guest room is designed as an urban oasis with panoramic views of the river, with many offering a tropical outdoor space, including rooftop terraces, gardens, spacious salas and even private plunge pools at the riverside villas – a first of its kind accommodation in Bangkok, making it a truly unique city hotel. 

The hotel’s wellness and recreational facilities include a luxurious spa with 7 treatment rooms and 2 romantic couples suites, steam room, sauna, garden, relaxation longe, and state of the art fitness centre.

The outdoor saltwater pool at Capella Bangkok is set within a garden area, decked out with a choir of plush lounge chairs and umbrellas. Poolside service is on point, staff rushed over to place fitted towels over the lounge chairs, providing extra towels, bottled water, menus and complimentary Aesop sunscreen.

Capella Bangkok features four distinct dining outlets, including a French Riviera vibe by a Michelin Star Chef, mouth-watering Thai dishes, a dainty tea lounge and stellar craft cocktail program at Stella.

Looking for the best Bangkok Gay Hotels for fashion fans? Millennium Hilton is conveniently located beside the famous Icon Siam shopping centre.

Millennium Hilton Bangkok

123 Charoen Nakhon Rd , 66-2-442-2000

Millennium Hilton Bangkok is a 32-floor skyscraper located in the city’s riverside district.

Perched over the Chao Phraya River, the 533-room luxury hotel is conveniently located near ICONSIAM, one of Thailand’s largest shopping malls.

The hotel’s fitness facilities feature the latest interactive cardio equipment and free weights. The fitness studio also runs a varied program of group classes. Next door, the spa is the perfect place to unwind after marching through the city’s golden temples, offering soothing massages, facials, body treatments and beauty services.

A 20-meter infinity edge pool can be found on the 4th floor, accompanied by The Beach, the hotel’s poolside bar serving midday snacks and cocktails.

Enjoy cocktails at sunset from the beautiful Millennium Hilton Bangkok rooftop.

The Executive Lounge is located on Level 31, availably exclusively for guests in the Executive Room and Panoramic Executive Suite offering breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.

Millennium Hilton Bangkok features 4 distinct dining outlets: all-day dining at FLOW, poolside snacks at The Beach, coffee and cakes at The Lantern and upscale romantic vibes with jaw-dropping views at Three Sixty Jazz Lounge & Rooftop Bar.

If you’re researching the top Bangkok Gay Hotels, Millennium Hilton offers accommodation options for a variety of price points.

All of the rooms and suites at the Millennium Hilton draw inspiration from Bangkok’s River of Kings, reflecting the energy and charm of the Thai way of life. The design encapsulates the harmonious blend of Bangkok’s antiquity, sense of community, and modernity .

Spacious bedrooms feature comfy king sized beds and black out curtains while chic bathrooms are outfitted with separate bathtub and rain shower. Sweet smelling bath amenities are provided by Crabtree and Evelyn(R).

The Peninsula is one of our favourite gay hotels in Bangkok with a riverside pool.

The Peninsula Bangkok

333 Charoen Nakhon Rd , 66-2-020-2888

The Peninsula Bangkok is a luxurious urban resort featuring a distinctive wave-shaped design overlooking the Chao Phraya River.

All 367 well-appointed rooms and suites feature jaw-dropping river views and are elegantly designed and furnished with beautiful teak wood, Thai silk and ceramic elements.

All rooms welcome guests with a teak foyer, complete with walk-in closets and luggage bench. Luxurious marble bathrooms are outfitted with sweet smelling custom curated amenities, which can be enjoyed in rain showers or spacious tubs.

Fans of florals will adore The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel's otherworldly flower arrangements.

The Fitness Centre provides the latest in state-of the-art equipment including treadmills, elliptical, cycle and stair-climbing machines by Life Fitness. A wide selection of weight and strength training equipment is also available, from a full range of free weights to TRX kettle bells. The hotel also boasts a tennis court and full time tennis coach.

On a hot day visit The Pool to recline on a luxurious sun lounger or seek shade in the comfort of one of 12 traditional Thai salas with your favourite cocktail and a light snack from The Pool Bar.

The Spa is located in a stunning three-storey Thai colonial-style building by the river, which houses a number of private suites with steam showers and an en-suite whirlpool.

The hotel features 6 distinct dining outlets, from famous Afternoon Tea in the Lobby to traditional Thai cuisine at Thiptara.

One of our favourite Bangkok Gay Hotels on Embassy Row is the stylish Hotel Indigo on Wireless Road.

Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road

81 Witthayu Rd , 66-2-207-4999

Hotel Indigo Bangkok Wireless Road is a five-star branded boutique hotel themed around the crossroads of heritage and modernity. Wireless Road is considered the birthplace of Thailand’s radio and broadcast industry, as it was the location of the nation’s first broadcast station.

Hotel Indigo in Bangkok is located right in the heart of the cosmopolitan yet very local area of Wireless Road, also known as Embassy Row thanks to the over 20 international embassies in the neighbourhood.

Most notably, Hotel Indigo Bangkok is directly across the US Ambassador’s residence, allowing guests staying in rooms at the front of the building to enjoy uninterrupted, gorgeous views of its grounds. 

Enjoy craft cocktails and globally inspired cuisine at Hotel Indigo Bangkok's rooftop bar.

Hotel Indigo Bangkok features 192 rooms, including one chic suite. Vintage meets modern in the design of the guest rooms. There are upcycled shelves featuring elements from long-gone drinks brands in the hallways and reclaimed wooden doors with license-plate inspired guest room numbers open to reveal bright rooms.

The hotel’s 24 hour fitness facility is located on the 24th floor and features running machines, ellipticals, stationary bicycles, weight machines as well as free weights and yoga mats. The hotel wellness team also organizes poolside yoga, Muay Thai and pilate classes.

The hotel’s iconic infinity-edge pool is 84 sqm and located on the 24th floor next do the gym. It offers spectacular skyline views, best enjoyed while relaxing on sun loungers. The pool bar serves western and Asian bites, along with alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and ice cream.

Hotel Indigo Bangkok features 4 distinct dining outlets, from craft beer bar to rooftop grill and all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.

The property is a must-visit for art and design lovers looking to stay at Bangkok Gay Hotels. Hotel Indigo celebrates the LGBT community each year by serving Pride-themed cocktails and mocktails, with part of the proceeds being donated to charity.

For this year’s Pride month, the hotel collaborated with RSAT – The Rainbow Sky Association of Thailand and raised THB 10,000 to support their important mission to provide disadvantaged patients with access to antiretroviral HIV treatments via their affiliated clinics. They also hosted a special DJ session spotlighting a local LGBT DJ.

The Sofitel is a gay friend hotel in Bangkok's trendy Sukhumvit neighbourhood.

Sofitel Bangkok

189 Sukhumvit Road , 66-2-126-9999

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is renowned for its blend of traditional Thai hospitality and classic French flair. The hotel is an impressive tower, reaching a height of 131 meters and comprising 32 floors.

It recently underwent a major renovation in 2023, invigorating the hotel’s 345 rooms and suites.

Immerse yourself in unparalleled 5-star service as you indulge in a collection of bespoke suites, each offering magnificent city views, dedicated butler service, and a host of exclusive amenities. For business travelers, 20 Junior Suites and 10 Prestige Suites provide utmost convenience, while our Opera Suites, Legendary Suite, and Imperial Suite offer the epitome of opulence, complete with private outdoor balconies, jacuzzis, and dining areas.

Sofitel Bangkok is the only hotel in the city offering a restaurant specializing in Belgian cuisine and beer.

Fitness fans looking to workout on holiday find happiness at the SoFit Fitness Centre. The 24 hour gym features state of the art workout equipment and personal trainers.

Next door to the gym is the hotels serene rooftop infinity pool, which is popular on hot days as guests lounge in cabana’s or stroll along the expansive wooden terrace surrounded by lush greenery. The hotel’s wellness team organizes activities by the pool from time to time including aqua aerobics and yoga.

Pamper yourself at Le Spa with L’Occitane, the hotel’s indulgent oasis for soothing body treatments like massages, facials and body wraps. They also have an onsite hair and beauty salon.

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel features 4 distinct dining outlets, from a unique Belgian rooftop brassiere to sophisticated Japanese cocktail bar.

Looking for Bangkok Gay Hotels with jaw-dropping river views? Book a suite at the Shangri-La!

Shangri-La Bangkok

89 Wat Suan Phlu Alley , 66-2-236-7777

An oasis of tranquility, relaxation and luxury in the heart of the Thai capital, Shangri-La Bangkok is a grand 802 room urban resort perched over the Chao Phraya River.

The success of the hotel’s original 25-storey Shangri-La Wing led to the opening of a smaller, more exclusive second tower, the Krungthep Wing. While benefiting from all the facilities of the main wing, the Krungthep Wing is an independent tower with its own reception and lobby.

All of the rooms and suites at the Shangri-La Bangkok are wired with digital cabling, ample power points and wireless Internet. There is enhanced work desk lighting, flat screen televisions and a multi-purpose dining table and desk. Streamlined bay windows allow optimum river views.

There are larger bathrooms with deep-soaking tubs and separate showers featuring bath amenities by L’Occitane.

Shangri-La Bangkok has one of the city's best spas, featuring oversized couples treatment rooms perfect for a romantic gay honeymoon!

The hotel’s Fitness Centre, one of the largest in Bangkok, is 8,500 square feet and features over 40 sports and fitness options as well as classes like aerobics and dance. The hotel also has a tennis court with pros available to help you work on your swing.

The hotel boasts 2 pools, a main outdoor free-form pool suitable for families and intimate Krungthep Wing Pool ideal for swimming laps. Palm trees, flowering bougainvillea, orchids and bird of paradise flowers lend to the exotic riverside ambience.

Chi, The Spa, at Shangri-La, is hotel’s wellness oasis, offering Asian inspired treatments like Turmeric Rice Body Exfoliation and Siamese Massage.

The exclusive Horizon Club Lounge offers guests in top tier accommodations access to complimentary services like a daily breakfast buffet and evening cocktail and canapé hour.

Shangri-La Bangkok boasts 7 distinct dining outlets, from decadent chocolate shop to refined Cantonese serving all-you-can-eat dim sum lunch and romantic Italian grill.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok is situated on a lush tropical garden with inspiring elephant statutes offering a playful vibe.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok

257 1-3 Charoen Nakhon Rd, 66-2-476-0022

Anantara Riverside Bangkok is a luxurious 5 start urban resort that sits perched over the Chao Phraya River.

Located on 11 acres of lush grounds, 3 colonial-style buildings connect within a romantic tropical garden setting.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok features 376 rooms and 95 chic suites, each designed in exquisite Thai style, with scenic river or lush garden views that can be admired inside through floor to ceiling windows, and also from al fresco balconies. 

The exclusive Kasara Executive Lounge is available to those in top tier accommodation. Enjoy personalized concierge service. Visit the lounge for a quiet breakfast, complimentary afternoon tea, and sunset cocktails and canapés. 

Anantara Riverside Bangkok boasts the largest swimming pool in the city.

The hotel gym facilities include a 24 hour fitness club offering a diverse range of cardiovascular and muscle training equipment. Daily classes including yoga, power step and aerobics are also available.

Keen to treat yourself to a day of pampering? Anantara Spa is a tranquil sanctuary featuring 9 private treatment rooms and 2 romantic couples suites outfitted with a large bathtub, private garden courtyard, exotic rain shower and traditional sala.

Anantara Riverside Bangkok boasts 10 distinct dining outlets, from the romantic Riverside Terrace to floating Manohra Dining Cruise and epic Sunday brunch at Trader Vic’s.

Avani+ Riverside Bangkok is a contemporary hotel that boats trendy suites and panoramic views from a rooftop infinity pool.

Avani Riverside Bangkok

257 Charoen Nakhon Rd , 66-2-431-9100

Avani Riverside Bangkok is a luxurious 26-storey hotel offering contemporary style and modern hospitality on the Chao Phraya River.

The 5 star hotel offers 248 guest rooms including 24 suites with fantastic river views. Each guest room is refreshingly under stated showcasing the contemporary sense of style, combined with warm and hospitable spirit.

The neutral décor is a blend of comfort and modernity, natural materials and high-tech equipment, along with extra conveniences such as a rain shower, dedicated work station with free WiFi and a media hub docking station.

Each of the spacious River View Junior Suites features a bathroom with a view, outfitted with a freestanding tub where guests can soak while taking in the ever-changing river scene below and Bangkok’s glittering skyline. 

Enjoy live music, stellar craft cocktails and a sushi & steak feast at Avani Riverside Bangkok's rooftop restaurant.

AvaniFit is the hotel gym, featuring the latest cardio equipment and free weights. Recover from jet lag or blow off some steam at the gym while enjoying a jaw-dropping river view.

On a hot day head to the 25-metre rooftop infinity pool for a swim then relax at the poolside bar for a cocktail and midday snacks. Parallel to the impressive pool is a living wall, creating a sense of continuity. A multi-purpose sunken lounge area located in the middle of the terrace has a retractable roof, for sunlight or shade depending on your mood.

Avani Riverside Bangkok features 4 distinct dining outlets, from all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to chic Portuguese-Brazilian rooftop concept.

Those looking for fun Bangkok Gay Hotels will enjoy Lost & Found, perfect for late-night revelers and underground culture vultures. Designed by Ashley Sutton of The Iron Fairies and Maggie Choo’s fame, Lost & Found intrigues guests with its elongated bunker like design to the piston moving ceiling lights, the intimate space is not only a restaurant and bar but also offers a performance space for some of the city’s most unique shows and performers, that include some of the city’s most beloved drag artists.

Sindhorn Midtown offers affordable luxury in downtown Bangkok with a unique Korean restaurant concept on the rooftop.

Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok

68 Soi Langsuan , 66-2-796-8868

Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok is a Vignette Collection property by Intercontinental.

The property first opened in March 2020 in Langsuan, an urban and upscale neighbourhood situated near Bangkok’s main shopping centre and business district. Guests can easily access Chit Lom and Ratchadamri BTS Skytrain stations and are a short stroll from to the four-faced buddha, Central Chidlom, CentralWorld, Siam Paragon, and Lumpini Park.

The 344-room hotel features contemporary design lines, laidback elegance, and eye-popping art. The design is minimal and modern with touches of Thai-ness all across the hotel’s touch points. The Siamese Fighting Fish pictures on the guest room corridors are taken by Mr. Visarute Angkatavanich, whose work was showcased for the launch of iPhone 6s.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon tea at Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok Vignette Collection.

The rooms and suites at Sindhorn Midtown Hotel Bangkok offer all the amenities you expect at an urban retreat. Of all the Bangkok Gay Hotels, Sindhorn Midtown is ideal for those traveling for business or families on extended stays as many of the rooms feature a washer, dryer and kitchenette.

All guest rooms offer amenities from the Agrumes Et Vétiver collection by Karl Lagerfeld, featuring a refreshing combination of citrus, vetiver wood and musk.

Wake up in cloud-soft bedding, wander over to a stocked minibar bursting with local treats, enjoy the cool, cascading rain shower before starting your day in the exciting city that is Bangkok!

The hotel’s rooftop pool is located on the 18th floor. Slip into shimmering waters at the Horizon Pool while sipping on craft cocktails, nibbling on bar bites and enjoying jaw-dropping views of the Bangkok skyline. One floor up is the 24-hour gym and two Scandinavian saunas.

The eye-popping design hotel boasts 4 culinary concepts: a Nordic-inspired healthy cafe (Sip & Co), traditional Thai fine dinning (Bangkok’78), swanky lobby bar (The Black Cat), and late night Korean comfort food eatery (ANJU Korean Rooftop Bar).

An luxurious Executive Suite at Amari Bangkok Hotel.

Amari Bangkok Hotel

847 Phetchaburi Rd , 66-2-653-9000

Amari Bangkok first opened its doors in 1994 as an impressive 34 story tower. The hotel is situated in the bustling heart of the Pratunam neighbourhood.

Looking for the best gay Bangkok hotels for those who love to shop-till-they-drop? Amari Bangkok is perfectly situated in the city’s most famous shopping district, a short stroll from CentralWorld, Siam Paragon, and MBK Centre.

The massive hotel boasts 564 rooms and suites, all with floor-to-ceiling windows allowing guests to take in jaw-dropping city views.

Best Bangkok Gay Hotels: The Amari's lobby lounge features cocktails inspired by Milan Fashion Week.

Guests staying in suites and on executive floors enjoy private access to Club Siraa, located on the 9th floor, which offers an elevated level of personalized services.

The hotel’s recreational facilities are located on the 8th floor and include a resort-style pool with landscaped terrace, Breeze Spa, and fitness centre with squash courts and group exercise classes.

The hotel offers 4 distinct dining outlets, from all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to romantic Italian restaurant and chic cocktail bar perched over the bustling lobby.

Looking for the best Bangkok gay hotels near the airport? Le Meridien Suvarnabhumi is the only 5 star resort near the city's international airport.

Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa

789 Moo 14, Bangna-Trad Road , 66-2-1187785

Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi, Bangkok Golf Resort & Spa is the only 5 star resort in close proximity to Suvarnabhumi International Airport.

The resort originally opened in 2014 within the scenic 18-hole Summit Windmill Golf Club, making it the perfect escape from the city for those looking to enjoy a nature break.

It’s our top pick of all the Bangkok Gay Hotels for LGBT travellers looking to start or end their trip to Thailand conveniently near the international airport. Guests flying in or out enjoy complimentary shuttle service every 30 minutes 24 hours a day.

Are you a golfer looking for the best gay hotels in Bangkok? Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi is located on an award-winning 18 hole course.

Le Méridien Suvarnabhumi Bangkok features 223 rooms and suites, all of which offer large private balconies facing a scenic golf course.

The fitness centre can be found on the 2nd floor. Guests can work out 24 hours a day while enjoying a panoramic golf course view through floor to ceiling windows. Workout equipment is by Technogym. Popular Weekend Sunrise Yoga classes are available Saturday and Sunday mornings, on the infinity lawn.

The popular Bangkok golf resort offers two swimming pools: a 25m infinity pool and shallow pool for kids. During the daytime take a break from your swim by ordering from the pool-side pop-up bar serving cocktails, beer, wines and light snacks. 

Explore Spa by Le Méridien is the hotel’s wellness retreat perfect for a day of pampering. Spend a day relaxing while indulging in a massage, body wrap or facial.

Summit Windmill Golf Club is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful 18-hole courses, boasting 160 acres of landscaped gardens and man-made lakes. Take a golf lesson, swing on the putting green or join friends for a round.

Foodies can feast at 3 distinct dining outlets, from al fresco Italian to classy cocktail bar.

Each year the resort hosts a Pride Month event to recognize the importance of gender variety and equality in the workplace. This year the fun event hosted a Miss/Mister LGBTQIA+ contest, and educational workplace panel hosted by team members as well as a celebratory rainbow parade that marched through the resort lobby.

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LGBTQ travel guide: Thailand

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Thailand is one of the most popular destinations for gay travelers in the world. Its tourism industry has been courting gay travelers for a long time, and the country is home to many robust LGBTQ communities. It’s known for its vibrant gay nightlife, with plenty of options throughout the country. Although the main gay scene is concentrated in Bangkok, the equally beautiful getaways in Phuket, Koh Samet, and Pattaya are also worth a visit for LGBTQ travelers. If you’re traveling to Thailand as a gay couple, with your gay friends, or by yourself, you can expect a fun, welcoming atmosphere and loads of great parties.

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Gay in Thailand: is Thailand gay friendly?

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Thailand is a very friendly country for LGBTQ travelers. Public displays of affection are traditionally seen as taboo and this extends to heterosexual couples as well. You’re unlikely to be harassed for displaying affection, but avoiding it is generally seen as more respectful. While gay travelers will generally have no issues traveling here, LGBTQ rights in Thailand for locals remain a work in progress. As of 2022, transgender people cannot legally change their gender, while the recognition of same-sex marriages or civil unions is still in the works. LGBTQ people also face barriers in many employment areas, despite anti-discrimination laws passed in 2015. The Bangkok Rainbow Organisation and Thai Transgender Alliance are two organizations working to change that, and they can also assist you if you run into any trouble during your trip.

Where are the best gay areas in Thailand?

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You’ll find the biggest and most visible gay district in Thailand in its capital city, Bangkok. The thriving gay scene is a main attraction, and it’s a great place to meet LGBTQ locals and travelers. Phuket is one of Thailand’s best islands and is also home to some of its best gay hotspots. Pattaya is well known for its nightlife and beautiful beaches, and Koh Samet is the perfect spot for partying on the beach.

Gay bars and clubs in Bangkok

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Bangkok’s main gay district is based around two streets: Silom Soi 2 and Silom Soi 4. Silom Soi 2 is where you’ll find gay clubs and parties, and Silom Soi 4 is where you’ll find more relaxed bars and dining options. These are, by far, the best spots for meeting LGBTQ people in Thailand. Bangkok is Thailand’s most popular tourist destination and has numerous amazing attractions outside of its gay nightlife. The Grand Palace Museum, Wat Arun Ratchawararam Temple, and Erawan Shrine are just some of the great places you can visit during the day.

Pride Bar & Restaurant

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Pride Bar & Restaurant is the successor to the famous Telephone Bar, which sadly had to close in 2021. Pride Restaurant, right next door, bought it out and expanded its restaurant to include a gay bar that’s always packed. It has a lovely seating area outside where you can watch crowds roam up and down Silom Soi 4. The restaurant serves a delicious selection of Thai and international dishes.

The Stranger Bar

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The Stranger Bar is the finest spot in Bangkok for drag shows, and it’s right next door to Pride Bar. You’ll find queens putting on incredible performances every night of the week, and the shows are always fun and engaging. The show usually starts at 10:30 pm, and there are multiple short performances running each night. There’s no entry fee to get in, but you do need to order some drinks. It’s a very popular spot and not too big, so you might have to queue for a while before you can get in. But don’t worry, it’s well worth the wait.

Balcony Bar

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Across the road from Pride Bar and The Stranger Bar, you’ll find one of the best karaoke bars in Bangkok. It bills itself as “The Fun Pub,” and there’s certainly plenty of fun to be had while drinking delicious cocktails and belting out your favorite karaoke hits. Balcony also frequently hosts cabaret shows and go-go dancers, with shows starting at 10:30 pm. If the lines are a little too long for your tastes at The Stranger Bar, Balcony is a great alternative.

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DJ Station is one of the busiest, most popular gay clubs in Bangkok, located at one end of Silom Soi 2. Silom Soi 2 is home to most of Bangkok’s gay clubs, and the whole street is almost like a club complex, so you need to pay to get into the street itself. The club starts filling up at around 11:30 pm, and things kick off at midnight with an electric drag queen lip-sync show. The club is spread across three floors, and there are more relaxed lounge areas around the dance floor. Since the club attracts a huge number of people, you might want to avoid going on a Saturday night if you don’t like dealing with large crowds.

Gay bars and clubs in Phuket

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Phuket has the second biggest gay scene in Thailand (next to Bangkok). You’ll find most gay bars and clubs concentrated in Patong, a beach resort on the west coast of the island. In addition to the exceptionally lively bars, Phuket is home to many beautiful beaches and attractions, such as the Big Buddha, the historic Phuket Old Town, and the Wat Chalong Buddhist temple.

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Located in Phuket’s Paradise Complex, the ZAG Club is one of Phuket’s most popular gay hotspots. It’s divided into a more laid-back bar/lounge area, dance floors, and an exclusive VIP area. There’s also a terrace bar that spills out onto the street. It’s open from 8 pm to 2 am, and happy hour is between 8 pm and 10 pm.

Connect Bar & Restaurant

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Connect Bar & Restaurant is located right in the heart of the Paradise Complex. It’s one of the most convenient places to meet gay people in Phuket. You’ll find a lot of travelers here, as it’s part of the popular Connect Guesthouse. Buffet nights on Thursdays and Sundays are a particular favorite.

Tangmo Club

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Tangmo Club has plenty of entertainment on offer every night. This club features drag queens, cabaret performers, comedians, and more. Performers here are highly trained and deliver exceptional performances night after night. Inside, it’s cozy and dimly lit, perfect for settling in and enjoying a show. On the other hand, the outdoor terrace is great for people-watching fellow visitors in the Paradise Complex. Tangmo Club is open from 10 pm to 2 am every day.

Gay clubs and bars in Koh Samet

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Koh Samet is often called Thailand’s “Gay Island.” Its proximity to Bangkok has helped it develop a vibrant gay scene. There aren’t any gay-specific bars and clubs, but there are numerous gay-popular spots where you can meet LGBTQ travelers and locals. Koh Samet is also home to stunning beaches and world-class resorts.

Tubtim Resort

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Tubtim Resort is the daytime hangout for gay travelers in Koh Samet. This resort has a fantastic restaurant that serves international and Thai cuisine. One reason many visitors love Tubtim is that it allows them to bring their own alcohol. But don’t worry, the bar has a wide selection of drinks and cocktails for you to choose from. It has plenty of seating on the beach, so you can soak up the sun and get some fresh air.

Silver Sands

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This beachfront dance party is the highlight of Koh Samet’s gay nightlife. It’s particularly busy on weekends when tourists and Bangkok locals head to the island to party all night long. Located on Sai Keaw Beach, Silver Sands has benches for outdoor seating and plays a range of international and Thai music to keep the party going. It’s part of the Silver Sands Hotel, and in the daytime, you’ll find yourself in the mood to swim and sunbathe on the lovely Sai Keaw beach.

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Just under 2 hours from Bangkok by car, Pattaya is a popular beach resort destination with a few excellent hotspots for gay travelers. The Jomtien Complex is more laid-back, with cozy bars and relaxed entertainment. Boyztown has a club vibe, with lots of go-go dancers shows and drag performances. Sunee Plaza is a “seedier” part of the city that was once one of its most well-known gay areas. The area had a number of closures in recent years, but some clubs are still going strong. Note that Pattaya is one of the main spots for gay sex workers in Thailand. Be aware that sex work is illegal in Thailand, though in reality, this is rarely enforced. Most importantly, you should always ask for a photo ID if you have any doubts about whether or not someone is over 18.

Jomtien Complex

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The Jomtien Complex, near Dongtan Beach, is home to a number of gay bars. They tend to be a little more laid-back than other bars in the area. There are also a few bars hosting cabaret shows and live performances. The Blue Hawaiian is a great low-key option where you can easily hold a conversation without having to compete with loud music. Dorothy’s Bar is a fantastic show venue, which hosts cabaret shows and other live events. There’s also a karaoke section, so when there are no performers, the patrons become the evening’s entertainment. Many establishments, like Adonis Bar and Angel Bar, are open-air bars, perfect for warm evenings.

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Castro Bar is one of the best entertainment venues in Pattaya. Located in the Boyztown district, it hosts drag shows, cabarets, and similar events. There are usually several shows each night featuring incredible dancers and hilarious comedians. The bar opens at around 4 pm and the entertainment starts at 11 pm. There’s also a patio bar that looks out onto the street.

Other Boyztown bars

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You’ll find a mix of different cabaret bars, drag shows, and go-go bars in Boyztown. They’re all located quite close together, so many visitors will visit multiple bars over the course of one evening. Boyz Boyz Boyz is the first gay venue to open in Pattaya, and it’s still going strong decades later. Its cabaret performances usually start at midnight. Cupidol is a go-go dance bar that hosts regular entertainment along with special events.

Gay events and parties in Thailand

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Thailand is one of the best party destinations in the world and there are plenty of LGBTQ parties and events organized throughout the year.

White Party Bangkok

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Visiting Thailand on New Year’s? Don’t miss out on Thailand’s biggest New Year’s gay festival, White Party Bangkok, which is also one of the largest LGBTQ gatherings in the world. It runs over multiple days, usually from the 29th of December to the 1st of January. Each night has a different theme and is hosted at a different location throughout Bangkok. White Party Bangkok is internationally renowned, so make sure you get your tickets early, especially if you’re after one of its VIP passes.

G Circuit Songkran

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The Songkran Festival is one of the largest gay circuit parties in the world, attracting attendees and performers from all over. It’s held in Bangkok and spread out over three days during the Thai New Year. The party usually starts after midday and runs until the early hours of the morning. Daytime Pool Parties are held at the Royal Orchid Sheraton, and nighttime events are held at the Bangkok Convention Centre. This is a massive event and Thailand is already particularly busy during the Thai New Year, so make sure you book flights and accommodations early.

Bangkok Pride Month

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Bangkok celebrates Pride all throughout the month of June. The Bangkok Pride Parade is usually held on the first Sunday of the month, and you’ll find plenty of afterparties in the evening all over the city. The 2022 Pride March was the first official Pride event in almost 16 years. The Pride Cruise Party, on the Chao Phraya River, is held the following weekend and promises live entertainment, DJs, and a fashion show. W Bangkok Hotel will likely host a Pride Festival and a Pride Drag Brunch, both of which promise lots of food, drinks, and fun. In previous years, Kimpton Maa-Lai Hotel hosted the LGBTQ Film Festival, showcasing numerous queer Thai films.

Gay hotels in Thailand

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Many of the best LGBTQ-friendly hotels in Thailand are home to inclusive bars, events, and parties. We’ve highlighted just a few of the finest resorts and hotels in each of the main gay areas in Thailand.

Gay hotels in Bangkok

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So/ Sofitel Bangkok is only a 10-minute walk from the array of bars and clubs on Silom Soi 2 and Silom Soi 4. Meanwhile, W Bangkok is an LGBTQ-friendly hotel that hosts some of the best LGBTQ parties during Pride month.

Gay hotels in Phuket

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Aquarius Gay Guesthouse & Sauna is the only “men’s-only” hotel in Phuket. It’s located right in the centre of Phuket’s gay scene, and the restaurant is a popular daytime hangout spot for locals. Nap Patong is another great option, conveniently located in the heart of Phuket’s Paradise Complex. Finally, Connect Guesthouse is the accommodation part of the popular Connect Bar.

Gay hotels in Pattaya

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The AGATE Pattaya Boutique Resort is a fantastic option close to Jomtien Beach and the Jomtien Complex. Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is a little further from the bars and clubs, but its location in the central, historic district is ideal for general sightseeing. Baan Souy Resort is one of the only official gay hotels in Pattaya (of course, straight people are also welcome), and its staff can give you insider tips on the city’s gay scene.

Gay hotels in Koh Samet

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Tubtim Resort is home to one of Koh Samet’s most popular gay hangout spots. Samed Pavilion Resort is right next to Silver Sands Bar, the island’s most popular gay bar.

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Thailand Gay Travel

From the streets of bangkok to the sun-soaked beaches of phuket, gay travellers love thailand's diverse landscape..

Thailand has a devoted fan base of gay and lesbian travellers of all stripes. From its white-sand beaches to its preserved tropical jungles, queer-welcoming cities and, of course, spicy cuisine, there’s something for everyone.

White-Sand Beaches

Along its peninsular south alone, The Land of Smiles boasts more beaches than any other Southeast Asian destination. In Phuket, hedonists can drink fresh coconut water on popular Patong Beach by day and throw back shots of Sangsom with local Kathoey (drag queens) by night. In Krabi, a more peaceful respite awaits LGBT jet setters, with many resorts only accessible by longtail boat. Sea kayaking, snorkelling and even scuba diving are available at both destinations. Meanwhile, baby gays flock to Thailand’s numerous islands, such as Koh Tao and Koh Samui, to indulge in the azure waters, cheap beer and full moon parties (a wild affair popularized by Leonard Decaprio’s cult classic, The Beach).

Tropical Jungles

Eco-tourism has a long history in Thailand, where the endangered Asian elephant roams in the lush (but slowly shrinking) tropical jungles. The country’s mountainous north is particularly well known for its cool-climate countryside. Fields carpeted in rice paddies collide with jungle and mountain. Gay hikers looking to explore this agricultural region are often rewarded with picturesque waterfalls and a menagerie of exotic birds, butterflies and adorable wildlife.

Queer-Welcoming Cities

Bangkok is the country’s capital and the beating heart of its LGBT scene. While the noisy city isn’t for everyone, more often than not, visitors are enthralled by its blend of modernism and tradition. For example, you’ll see saffron-clad monks shopping the city’s numerous megamalls and BMWs parked in front of centuries-old Buddhist temples. A sophisticated rapid train (the MRT) ushers locals between skyscrapers, The Grand Palace and the Chao Phraya River. For those looking to savour the city’s gay nightlife, head to Silom 2 near the Central Business District. In our opinion, Silom 2 offers one of the most (if not the most) welcoming and accessible gay scenes throughout Asia.

Spicy Cuisine

At Out Adventures HQ, we have a popular saying: Travel Stomach First. In other words, we let our taste buds lead us worldwide. And, like so many before us, our taste buds have led us to Thailand, where a symphony of fiery chillies, salty fish sauce, fresh sugar cane and tangy citrus fruits paint a culinary masterpiece. In Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai, Mae Hong Son and other northern provinces, you’ll love the tropical curries. Meanwhile, in the south, freshly hooked seafood is grilled with lemongrass and chillies. If you want an authentic taste of Thailand’s famous cuisine, we highly recommend booking a popular street food tour, guided market visit or Thai cooking class.

Quick Facts

  • Capital City: Bangkok
  • Currency: Thai Baht (THB)
  • Languages: Thai
  • Best Time of Year to Visit: Winter (November to March)

LGBT Rights in Thailand

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Despite Thailand’s open arms policy towards gay foreigners, LGBT locals still fight for equal rights and protections. A divide exists between how gay westerners and gay locals are treated.

Gay Activity:  Legal Lesbian Activity:  Legal Gay Marriage:  Other Type of Partnership Right to Change Gender:  Illegal Same-Sex Adoption:  Married Couples Only LGBT Discrimination:  Illegal in Some Contexts Equal Age of Consent:  Equal

Thailand is an exceptional destination for gay travellers. Most major cities in Thailand, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and even Patong (Phuket), have vibrant gay scenes with colourful nightlife – their cabarets are world-renowned! Even smaller cities tend to have gay-welcoming bars frequented by locals and tourists.

Gay Villages in Thailand

Bangkok:  Silom (Specifically Soi 2 and Soi 4) Phuket:  The Paradise Complex Chiang Mai:  Night Market Area (Specifically Charoenprathet Alley 6 and Charoenprathet Road) Pattaya : BoyzTown, Sunee Plaza and Jomtien Complex

Gay Pride/Events in Thailand

White Party Bangkok:  Annual in December Phuket Pride : Annually in April TropOut Phuket:  Annually in April Pattaya Pride Rainbow Festival:  Annually in February

Best Gay Beaches in Thailand

Pattaya:   Dongtan Beach Phuket:   Pa Tong beach in front of “La Flora Resort Patong” 

Best Gay Bars in Thailand

Bangkok:   Telephone Club  Bangkok:   Fake Club Bangkok:   White Rabbit Chiang Mai:   Ram Bar Chiang Mai:  Secrets Bar Chiang Mai:   Pandee Gay Bar Chiang Mai:   Sound Up (Club) Phuket:  Boat Bar Phuket:  Zag Bar  (Men only)

Best Lesbian Bars/Events in Thailand

Bangkok:   Lesla at Chit Chat  (Thailand’s largest Lesbian monthly event) Bangkok:   Vega Cafe  (Lesbian-owned cafe/bar with Karaoke. Mixed crowd.) Bangkok:   Go Grrrls  (Lesbian monthly parties)

5. Koh Samui

Home of the infamous Full Moon Party, Koh Samui is a long-celebrated tropical oasis. Koh Samui tends to be populated by younger backpackers. Still, the shockingly beautiful island has plenty to offer seasoned travellers as well including some of the country’s best snorkelling and scuba diving.

Phuket is Thailand’s premiere resort island and has one of the country’s largest gay scenes. The main drag is buzzing – often overcrowded – and not worth much of your time. However, renting a scooter and exploring the island’s less-visited sections may lead to secret beaches, memorable food experiences and some incredible Andaman vantages.

3. Chiang Rai

On the cusp of Myanmar and Laos sits the province of Chiang Rai. Climb the region’s colourful mountains or descend into its lush valleys and the snaking Mekong.

2. Chiang Mai

When you’ve had just about enough of Bangkok’s frenzy, take shelter in calming Chiang Mai. This northern capital is distinctly Thai and has a wide range of cultural activities to keep visitors entertained.

Bangkok is the true epicentre of Gay Asia and the East’s answer to ‘The City that Never Sleeps.’ It is a thrilling extravaganza full of cultural highlights, historical sights, gastronomic delights and BIG city nights. After a day exploring the sprawling city, head to Silom for some of the best gay nightlife in all of Asia, including world-class Cabarets and drag shows, exceptional gay bars and dangerously packed gay clubs.

Best Time to Visit:  Winter (Nov-Mar) is the ideal time to visit Thailand. Temperatures are cooler, and – depending on which side of the country you visit – there’s less chance of rain. Even then, it will be hot and sticky, with daytime temperatures exceeding 30C/85F.

Electricity:  A-, B-, and C-type sockets.

Time Zone:  (GMT+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: We’re dedicated to ensuring our tours are safe for everyone, but it is our belief that each traveler has a responsibility to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from COVID-19. As of May 1, 2023, Out Adventures no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on most of our tours. If vaccination is a requirement for entry, or on select cruises, this will be communicated at the time a trip is confirmed to depart. Before booking, we recommend that you read our COVID-19 Information Page and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to understand what we’re doing to minimize risk, and what will happen if you contract COVID-19 before or during an Out Adventures tour.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Thailand, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas:  A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Thailand for fewer than 30 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the traveller’s responsibility.

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Be prepared for the intense heat! There are many awesome activities, but some are more commercial than others. At times, you will feel like the typical tourist, and at other times you will feel like you are truly experiencing the Thai culture.

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A trip of a lifetime. Out Adventers’ gay Thailand tour is a very good sampling of the Thai culture from the people, food, religion and history.

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There is no better way to experience Thailand if you’re a member of the LGBT community looking to explore the world in-depth and in-style.

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Beautiful country. Great food. Fun people. A great cultural experience. Fun exposure to the local gay scene

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Outstanding personalized service from start to finish.

It was our first trip to Thailand. We are grateful to our tour leader, Tony, and Out Adventures for this amazing LGBTQ+ elevated, small group experience to a beautiful destination with diverse, fun and educational components! Outstanding personalized service from start to finish! Would book with Out Adventures again in a heartbeat!

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Everything was attended to!

A great way to cover a lot of ground

It’s a great way to cover a lot of ground in countries that might be daunting, or impossible to negotiate otherwise. Deluxe, comfortable, professional, fun.

Such an excellent guide!

We had such an excellent tour leader. He went to great lengths to ensure we were all enjoying ourselves and was very knowledgeable about the country and its history.

Adventure shared with like minded guys.

It was a perfectly scheduled adventure shared with like minded guys.

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A wonderful trip to Thailand that provided a great way to experience different places, with literally everything organized for us. Tony was a fabulous host who worked hard to ensure that everyone had an amazing time. We’d thoroughly recommend this trip and are looking forward to our next Out adventure.

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The Royal Grand Palace is a place of interest for every tourist who is attending Bangkok. The following landmarks are considered to be the best examples of classical Thai architecture: the amazing Grand Palace and the sparkling Temple of the Emerald Buddha, or “Wat...

Temple of Emerald Buddha

The Emerald Buddha is the palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand, a figurine of the sitting Buddha, made of green jadeite (rather than emerald), clothed in gold, and about 45 cm tall. It is kept in the Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew). According to the...

Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)

Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple. It is located in the Rattanakosin district. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok (with an area of 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha...

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn)

Named after Aruna, the Indian God of Dawn, the Wat Arun is considered one of the most well known of Thailand's many landmarks. The monastery in Wat Arun has existed for many years since the days when Ayutthaya was capital of Thailand. The main feature of Wat Arun is...

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9 things you should know before visiting Bangkok

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Apr 25, 2024 • 6 min read

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Make the most of your time in bustling Bangkok with our 9 insider tips © Witthaya Prasongsin / Getty Images

I moved to Bangkok in 1999, a time when most visitors to Thailand reluctantly did a night in this megacity before beelining to an island or the north. Synonymous with traffic jams, pollution and urban sprawl, the Thai capital was largely seen as an unwanted but obligatory stopover.

Decades later, things have changed and Bangkok is now the destination of choice for many visitors – with good reason. Easier to get around and cleaner than ever, with a vibrant eating and drinking scene that caters to just about every budget and an enviable spread of intriguing sights and fantastic-value shopping, the city has more to offer than ever before.

Yet like any big city, Bangkok has its quirks and surprises. Here's what you need to know before you go.

Find out what you should know in advance about Thailand , including important cultural, religious and legal issues, etiquette and health.

Bangkok is easier to get around than ever

Bangkok used to be synonymous with traffic jams and air pollution. The jams still happen, but the good news is that the city’s public transportation system has grown immensely. The various above and underground rail networks currently unite 10 different lines – with more in the works – and 192 stations, including trains linking both of Bangkok’s international airports and the city center.

On top of this, taxis remain ubiquitous and cheap – though subject to the issues that make the city’s traffic so infamous – while quirky public transportation systems such as the city’s river and canal taxis provide a slow but steady (and scenic) way to get around.

Crime happens but it's rare

Thailand has a low crime rate and is generally considered a safe country. Bangkok suffers from the same type of violent crimes as any big city, but anecdotally, is considered a safe place. Apart from occasional bag snatching and theft, the most dangerous thing in the city is its traffic (Thailand’s roads are some of the deadliest of any country). Solo women travelers and locals I’ve spoken to also report feeling safe in the city.

A particular Bangkok annoyance is scams directed at tourists. These typically involve taxi drivers who refuse to use their meters, or tuk-tuk drivers and/or well-dressed, English-speaking men who appear out of nowhere offering free tours that inevitably lead to dodgy gem shops or tailors. The good news is that most of these situations are easy to spot and relatively low-pressure; if something seems off, simply walk away.

It’s also worth noting that Bangkok’s police don’t have a great reputation. Steer clear of them unless you really need help.

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Street food isn’t the only good food

Western chefs and food media have been raving about Bangkok’s street food for more than a decade. And it’s a fun, often delicious way to eat. But if you relegated yourself to street food alone, you’d miss the entire scope of Bangkok’s cuisine.

Supplement those streetside noodles with meals at the charming, decades-old restaurants in the old town – these are the places that get the most praise in the Thai-language media. In Bangkok’s newer districts, such as along Thanon Sukhumvit, consider a Japanese meal – the city is home to one of the largest populations of Japanese people outside of Japan.

If your budget allows, consider a splurge restaurant. While the rest of the world was obsessing over its street food, Bangkok's dining scene went in the opposite direction and today is home to several modern, cutting-edge upscale restaurants.

Sometimes it's too hot to handle

Bangkok is one of the hottest capital cities in the world, with an average mean temperature of 29°C (84°F). This heat is compounded by intense humidity and the urban environment, which reflects and retains heat, meaning the city often feels much, much ( much ) hotter. April is Bangkok's hottest month, with an average daily max temperature of 35°C (96 ° F) and during the “winter” in December and January, temperatures rarely dip below 20°C (68°F).

All of this means you shouldn't try to cover too much ground on foot – an already difficult task given the city’s lack of pedestrian infrastructure. If you do walk, learn the technique of regularly ducking into air-conditioned malls, hotel lobbies and 7-Elevens to cool off.

Likewise, pack light clothing, but remember – Thais are conservative when it concerns showing skin in public and Bangkok is not the beach.

Bangkok is a queer-friendly city

LGBTIQ+ people are made to feel welcome in Bangkok, which is generally considered Asia’s most queer-friendly city. The epicenter of the gay scene is Thanon Silom, especially in and around Soi 4, which is ostensibly Asia’s biggest queer nightlife area.

Thankfully, it looks like this queer-friendly vibe will extend to legislation. In 2023, the Thai parliament passed draft bills on same-sex marriage, which are expected to become laws, making Thailand the first country in Southeast Asia to allow same-sex marriage.

Keep in mind that public displays of affection between people of any gender are frowned upon in Thailand.

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There are better budget options than Khao San Road

If you want to be based in the world’s most famous backpacker strip – and all that that entails – book a bed or room on Thanon Khao San, generally known as Khao San Road. It’s lively and fun, and provides easy access to the city’s old town.

But having moved slightly upscale in recent decades, Khao San Road no longer represents the best value area to stay in Bangkok. And with loud bars and a boozy vibe, it’s definitely not the most peaceful place to stay.

If you want to have access to the backpacker amenities but don’t want the noise and hassle, consider staying in the streets nearby, such as Thanon Rambutri or Thanon Phra Athit.

Monsoon season brings sudden surprises

During the annual monsoon, from approximately May to October, Bangkok’s streets occasionally turn into rivers. During this time of year, don’t be surprised if you have to camp out on an elevated street corner or in a 7-Eleven until the waters recede.

Malls are part of city life

While shopping malls are a dying breed in much of the west, they’re thriving in Bangkok. The city is home to some of the most over-the-top shopping centers in the world, which in contemporary Bangkok, have a dual function as (conveniently air-conditioned) social centers. Thais gather at the city’s more than 500 shopping centers to chat, eat, take selfies and occasionally make purchases, and so should you.

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Bangkok essentially shuts down during the Thai New Year

Every year around April, Bangkok grinds to a halt during Thai New Year, known as Songkran or the water festival. The tradition has its origins in the cleansing role of water, but these days it essentially means that Bangkok becomes ground zero to a multi-day, raucous water battle.

Whether you're into it or not, you’ll be splashed with water and/or smeared with baby powder. Don’t even attempt stepping outside your door with your Sunday best on and don’t expect your favorite restaurant, or that museum or monument to be open (shopping centers, inevitably, will be operating). Discover more about Bangkok's festivals and seasonal attractions in our guide to the best time to visit the city .

Weed isn’t exactly legal in Bangkok

In June 2022, marijuana and hemp were removed from the Category 5 narcotics list in Thailand. However, there are still many restrictions and smoking marijuana in public is not legal and is not recommended.

Yes, there's a sex industry, but it's easy to avoid

“One Night in Bangkok” is indeed a reality. But if you steer clear of the main red-light zones at night – namely Thanon Patpong, Soi Nana and Soi Cowboy – it's likely you won’t even witness this side of the city.

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Embark on an all-gay or LGBTQ-friendly cruise for excellent entertainment, food and excursions.

Whether you are looking to hop aboard a Pride Week cruise with a major line or sail away with a smaller company that specializes in LGBTQ voyages, the following cruise operators promise a fun, safe and memorable vacation.

(Note: While many of these cruise lines sail to LGBTQ-friendly ports of call, travelers should research destinations to learn more about cultures, customs and safety in each location and determine what's right for them.)

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Founded by avid travelers Randle Roper, Patrick Gunn and John Finen, VACAYA bills itself as the first all-LGBT travel company in the full-ship charter/resort buyout sector of the travel industry to launch in more than 25 years.

"[VACAYA] was sparked by our own vacations, where we all had encountered two very different experiences," says Gunn. "The all-gay cruises were liberating, empowering and fun, but limited to a small spectrum of people. And while everyone loves a good time, there's more to a memorable vacation than just parties. Mainstream vacations offered more activities and destinations, and were accessible to a diverse set of people, but didn't always feel like a friendly, judgment-free environment."

As such, VACAYA set out to bring LGBTQ travelers from across the spectrum together in a welcoming, inclusive setting, while offering varied onboard activities and immersive itinerary options. Cruisers will enjoy traveling to ports around the world, in the Caribbean , the Galápagos, Europe , Antarctica and more. You can participate in shipwide events ranging from themed deck parties to performances by LGBTQ entertainers to rejuvenating yoga classes. Note that VACAYA's cruises are for adults only.

Previous cruisers had abundant praise for VACAYA's voyages, highlighting the company's responsiveness when booking and the kindhearted staff, as well as the genuine connections they made with other passengers on board. Many were also impressed by the events and entertainment options throughout their sailings.

In 2024, VACAYA will offer a number of voyages worldwide. The seven-night Caribbean Cruise on Celebrity Apex in February will sail round-trip from Fort Lauderdale, with several fun-filled days at sea in addition to stops in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Antigua. In August, VACAYA has a 12-night river cruise in Northern Europe on board Advance by Transcend Cruises; this sailing includes the Amsterdam Pride event. The 11-night Antarctica expedition on Atlas Ocean Voyages' World Navigator in December 2024 is sold out, but you can join the waitlist.

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The Virgin brand has long been known for its celebration of the LGBTQ community, and cruise line Virgin Voyages is no different. The strictly adults-only cruise operator aims to provide a unique experience, with onboard tattoo parlors, impressive live entertainment, and dining options that include more than 20 eateries and menus created by Michelin star chefs. This line gets the stamp of approval from previous LGBTQ cruisers, who praise the ships' gender-neutral bathrooms, diverse staff and onboard shows with resident drag queens.

Virgin Voyages offers gay-specific sailings through travel companies like Atlantis Events, but its more mainstream itineraries still offer a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere that attracts LGBTQ cruisers year-round. Virgin hosts a number of events during Pride Month each year, including deck parties and interactive social media campaigns.

"Each June here at Virgin Voyages, we like to go big for Pride Month with larger-than-life events … all monthlong," the cruise line says in a statement on its website. "It's an important time for us – both internally within our crew and for our sailors – to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ community; who for so long has had to continually fight for equality and the right to be seen, heard and included."

Virgin Voyages sails to a variety of LGBTQ-friendly countries, including New Zealand, Greece and Spain. In June 2024, consider a seven-night sailing aboard Scarlet Lady departing from Barcelona with stops in Marseille and Cannes in France as well as Spain's Palma de Mallorca and Ibiza.

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The world's largest gay and lesbian travel brand, Atlantis Events was founded in 1991 and welcomes more than 20,000 travelers annually on LGBTQ vacations. For its all-gay cruises, Atlantis charters megaships from popular lines like Royal Caribbean International , Norwegian Cruise Line and Virgin Voyages in addition to smaller vessels with companies like Oceania Cruises so cruisers will have a fully immersive experience.

On board, travelers can enjoy all the perks these ships have to offer (think: pools, hot tubs, sports courts and plenty of dining choices), plus special events like drag performances, motivational speakers, LGBTQ movies on demand in each cabin and high-energy circuit parties across the ship.

"As an LGBTQ cruiser, you're looking for a ship with lots of entertainment, including dance parties and events," says Marcos Martinez, founder of Men Who Brunch, a Black gay lifestyle blog. "One of the best cruise [lines] for gay cruising is Atlantis, since you'll be able to meet hundreds of attractive men and party all day and night on the ship."

Atlantis hosts primarily gay men; women make up about 5% to 10% of bookings, according to the Atlantis website. Previous cruisers said the atmosphere on board was fun, friendly and welcoming, though some noted that the company's customer service could be better, especially when it comes to details about the cruise.

Due to the company's popularity, its three 2024 cruises are already sold out.

Read: The Best Cruise Lines in the Caribbean

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Specializing in all-gay river cruises – and now luxury ocean liners – Brand g Vacations was founded in 2011 and explores destinations all over the world. Chartered river cruises typically welcome between 40 and 200 LGBTQ passengers (and their straight allies), which allows cruisers to get to know one another in a smaller setting. Guests tend to skew more mature (think: 40 and older), and the line attracts both men and women.

Onboard entertainment differs slightly from larger ocean voyages: Expect more cabaret-style entertainment than massive all-night dance parties. Cruisers will also enjoy performances by drag queens, gay Broadway stars and more, on top of typical river cruise perks like sightseeing and lavish meals. Past guests recommend choosing Brand g if you're looking for a well-planned, relaxed and luxurious experience over a busier, more party-heavy vacation.

Brand g aims to provide a nearly all-inclusive cruise experience , with Mercedes or small van airport transfers, upscale hotel stays prior to embarkation, and unlimited alcoholic beverages as well as meals included in the fare. As such, prices tend to be on the high end. Plus, cruisers can feel good about their trip knowing that Brand g donates to causes in the U.S. and around the world that assist LGBTQ refugees, AIDS organizations, LGBTQ centers and more.

In 2024, Brand g sails through unique waterways around the world, including the Amazon, the Loire, the Danube, the Mekong, and the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The line's small cruise ship charters also take guests to Iceland, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Croatia and other European destinations.

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Celebrity Cruises sets the scene for an excellent vacation for gay travelers, from its extravagant annual Pride parties to its daily LGBTQ programming throughout the year. The mainstream line has received numerous awards for its inclusivity, receiving accolades from the Cruizie Awards, TTG Travel Awards and Travel Weekly's Magellan Awards for being one of the best cruise lines for LGBTQ passengers.

LGBTQ cruisers can start their vacations off on a high note with a special welcome party on the first night of their voyage to meet other travelers on board. After night one, there are other social events for gay cruisers to party and hang out together. Additionally, Celebrity Cruises was the first cruise line to legally marry a couple at sea in 2018, and it continues to perform same-sex marriages on its ships.

Past cruisers enjoyed their voyages with Celebrity, noting that the line was welcoming, the food was delicious, and there were plenty of areas to hang out as a group with fellow LGBTQ passengers or other companions throughout the ship.

Although all itineraries are gay-friendly, consider booking a sailing during Pride Month in June for an extra special experience. Onboard entertainment during this month includes guest entertainers, a flag raising ceremony, Celebrity's signature Pride Party at Sea and more. The Italian Riviera & France cruise will depart from Barcelona on June 8, 2024, on the new Celebrity Ascent; this 10-night Mediterranean sailing stops at ports in France, Italy and Malta. Private travel companies like VACAYA also charter Celebrity ships for all-gay voyages throughout the year.

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Specifically marketed toward lesbians and LGBTQ women, Olivia has hosted more than 350,000 travelers by land and sea over five decades. Cruisers can choose between river voyages or ocean sailings to destinations around the world. On the lesbian cruises, expect a mix of nostalgic decade-themed dance parties, folk singers, writing workshops, karaoke and other activities. Cruisers can also relax poolside, spend some time in the onboard spa or take it easy in one of the ships' lounges.

Travelers who are looking to connect with others who share similar backgrounds can do so in one of Olivia's specialized programs. There are group and solo traveler meetups, as well as programs like Sisters, which is for LGBTQ women of color; Gen-O, for cruisers 40 and younger; Women in Uniform gatherings, for veterans and those currently in the armed forces; and events for OWLs (which stands for "older, wiser lesbians"). Past cruisers on Olivia's voyages report feeling a true sense of community and belonging on board, resulting in a fun, carefree trip.

In June 2024, set sail with Olivia from Edinburgh, Scotland, to Dublin on Windstar Cruises' Star Legend. Or, visit the islands of Tahiti on the line's Star Breeze in September. Other cruise itineraries include Alaska, the Greek Isles, Mexico and the Panama Canal.

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Royal Caribbean International provides a welcoming and inclusive experience for LGBTQ travelers. The popular cruise line frequently partners with Atlantis Events to offer all-gay voyages throughout the year, but even the standard sailings earn praise.

Highlights of the sailings are the ships' entertainment options (including the Tony Award-winning musical "Mamma Mia!") and attentive staff, according to past cruisers. Itineraries typically include LGBTQ meetups at the beginning of each cruise for gay travelers to meet like-minded passengers. Outside of the sailing experience, Royal Caribbean has also publicly committed to supporting the LGBTQ community throughout the year, and it was the first cruise line to earn the title "Gay Traveler Approved" from GayTravel in 2016.

In 2024, consider a Royal Caribbean voyage that sails to gay-friendly destinations. "Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, [is] full of gay bars, clubs and gay beaches," says Martinez. Hop aboard Navigator of the Seas in May for a seven-night sailing round-trip from Los Angeles that stops in Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Ensenada, Mexico. Navigator of the Seas also hosts a seven-night itinerary throughout the year that calls on Mazatlan, Mexico, as well.

Ready to plan a cruise? Find the best value sailings on  GoToSea , a service of U.S. News.

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According to past cruisers, if you're looking for one of the best party scenes on the open seas, consider an all-gay cruise with La Demence. Powered by a popular gay nightclub in Brussels with the same name, La Demence – French for "the madness" – primarily caters to a European crowd. Most passengers are male, though women are also welcome.

On board, passengers should expect to dance the night away at massive deck parties that last into the wee hours of the morning. The line prides itself on its top-notch DJs, impressive light setup and electric party atmosphere. Previous cruisers had high praise for the itineraries – which exclusively visit gay-friendly locations – as well as the fruity cocktails, themed nights (costumes strongly encouraged) and glamorous entertainment. Enjoy unique events like drag bingo, high heel runs and more.

La Demence sails every summer to European destinations like Greece, Italy and Malta. The 2023 cruise was chartered on Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas. Fares include all food and nonalcoholic beverages, plus access to all parties, shows and the onboard gym.

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Source Journeys has been planning luxury vacations for LGBTQ travelers for more than 20 years. The Miami-based company, with the vision of founder and chief executive officer Craig Smith, offers small group land tours and full-charter cruises for like-minded travelers with a focus on giving back to the communities they visit. The company also supports LGBTQ organizations, such as the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force and the Human Rights Campaign.

Past guests of their tours say their fellow travelers were as fun and interesting as the destinations. They appreciated the excellent personalized planning for the trips by Smith and his life partner, Rafael Rodriguez.

The company's cruises in 2024 include a seven-night Galápagos sailing in late September on a Relais & Chateau luxury yacht: Ecoventura's new ship, Evolve. The intimate ship accommodates just 20 passengers. Source Journeys is also offering a seven-night river cruise through Burgundy and Provence, France, in June on Avalon Waterways' Avalon Poetry II, as well as a seven-night voyage from Venice along the Dalmatian Coast. This ocean cruise scheduled in August is chartered on Star Clippers' masted sailing ship, Royal Clipper.

Frequently Asked Questions

When it comes to gay cruising, gone are the days of discreet "Friends of Dorothy" meetups. The term – a euphemism that dates back to the 1950s – was once used to indicate gay social events on daily cruise line programs, without explicitly calling out members of the community on board. It's a far cry from today's LGBTQ cruising industry, which loudly and proudly celebrates passengers from all walks of life.

According to experts, LGBTQ cruising is a market that will only continue to grow. Travelers can take their pick between cruise operators tailored specifically to queer communities and major cruise lines that offer festive Pride celebrations and inclusive onboard entertainment. As travel on the high seas continues to grow in popularity for vacationers, gay and lesbian travelers should consider setting sail on a fun-filled cruise vacation for their next trip.

When planning a cruise, vacationers should first consider what their ideal sailing looks like.

Gay-friendly vs. all-gay sailings: Cruisers should think about whether they'd like to travel aboard a gay-friendly mainstream line – such as Celebrity Cruises or Virgin Voyages – or opt for an all-gay, full-ship charter with a third-party vacation company.

"Each and every LGBTQIAPK person has a different level of comfortability in their 'outness,' " says Patrick Gunn, co-founder and chief marketing officer of LGBTQ vacation company VACAYA. Of VACAYA's all-gay charters, he adds, "For one magical week, our community gets to be the majority and live life out loud in the blissful utopia VACAYA creates on a gay cruise. That single change from being an always-minority to a sudden majority can have a profoundly positive real-world effect on individuals."

  • Travel style: Some cruise operators (think: Atlantis Events and La Demence) are known for their electrifying all-night parties, which may be perfect for gay groups of friends. Meanwhile, other companies like VACAYA and Olivia look to provide a more diverse selection of activities, ranging from tea dances (LGBTQ parties that, historically, included tea service) to philanthropic service activities to immersive onshore experiences.
  • Ports of call: Some of the most LGBTQ- and gay-friendly destinations for cruises include: Fort Lauderdale, Florida; Sydney; Barcelona, Spain; Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan; Helsinki; Quebec City; Auckland, New Zealand; Mykonos, Greece; Reykjavik, Iceland; Amsterdam; Tel Aviv, Israel; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and San Francisco. Countries that gay travelers may want to avoid include the Maldives, Jamaica, Morocco, Malaysia and Haiti, as homosexuality is illegal in these destinations.

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Bangkok Takes Its Place on the Venice Stage

To promote its fourth biennale, the city has mounted an exhibit in a 17th century palazzo on the Grand Canal.

Colorful embroidered panels hang from a black metal structure in a field of tall grass.

By David Belcher

Bangkok, called the Venice of the East by European missionaries and sailors who fell under the city’s spell centuries ago, will celebrate its fourth biennale this fall , but not before using the 60th Venice Biennale to showcase itself as that other city of canals, culture and art.

“The Spirits of Maritime Crossing,” an exhibition sponsored by the Bangkok Art Biennale Foundation, will run from Saturday to Nov. 24 and will be housed in the newly restored 17th-century Palazzo Smith Mangilli Valmarana on the Grand Canal, which seems fitting.

Much as Venice has long been a showcase, indoors and outdoors, for displaying art during its biennale, the Bangkok Biennale uses spaces including in warehouses, art galleries and its Buddhist and Hindu temples that dot the Chao Phraya River, which snakes through the city like its own canal.

“In 2017 when we started this idea of a biennale, we looked at Venice as a model and even announced the Bangkok Biennale Foundation in Venice that year,” Apinan Poshyananda, chief executive and artistic director of Bangkok Art Biennale and curator of “The Spirits of Maritime Crossing” exhibition, said in a recent phone interview. “This idea of water connects both cities, and we want to make artists aware of our biennale and move outside of Bangkok with our brand.”

The Bangkok Biennale attracted more than 3.5 million visitors in its first three incarnations (2018, 2020 and 2022) and included over 300 artists, with an emphasis on creating visibility for artists from the Global South. It returns Oct. 24 and runs through Feb. 25.

The theme of water — how it connects and separates us — courses through “The Spirits of Maritime Crossing” and its 40 artworks (paintings, mixed media, sculptures and video installations) by 15 artists.

It will have as its centerpiece a 34-minute video installation of the same name , played on an continuous loop throughout the biennale, with the Serbian artist and performer Marina Abramovi c and the Thai dancer Pichet Klunchun depicting a wandering spirit traveling to new lands as a way to connect East and West, Bangkok and Venice.

And the idea of connections and crossings take on various meanings in the exhibition. The movement of people plays a huge role in the embroidered artwork of the Thai artist Jakkai Siributr, 54. A scaled-down version of his large installation “There’s No Place,” (2020) will be housed in one of the rooms. It is a series of embroidered panels depicting the displacement of people.

“I had an opportunity to travel to the Thailand-Myanmar border to a village where about 20 years ago there had been an influx of the Shan ethnic minority from Myanmar,” Siributr said in a video interview from Chiang Mai, Thailand. “I conducted a storytelling workshop, but we told their stories through embroidery rather than orally.”

But he took it a step further by asking the Thai people about how the influx of immigrants affected them.

“I invited the public to participate and work on the same artwork, which was a way to create a dialogue,” Siributr said. “The Shan community depicted their hopes and dreams and their history through colored yarn. For example, there’s one panel of a dream home of a Shan youth, and someone local added a background of trees.”

Migration — and its impact — is also at the center of a video installation by the artist Priyadeetha Dia, whose ancestors migrated from India to Malaysia in the early 20th century. “The Sea is a Blue Memory,” commissioned by the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kerala, India, in 2022, takes viewers on a journey that feels immediate in this era of mass migration. It’s also a virtually undocumented bit of history for the artist.

“In my research into rubber plantations, looking mostly at images that depict the laborers’ day to day life, what I found that was missing was the journey to Malay,” said Pria, 31, who lives in Singapore. “There are no images or documentation of the journeys on boats. I felt that was something to build a narrative on.”

What came out of that was a video installation, with sound design by Tini Aliman , also Singaporean, which runs just over 10 minutes and will be on a continual loop for the run of the Venice Biennale.

“The work was produced using C.G.I. [computer-generated imagery], and I thought of the journey through different notions of space and time,” she explained. “You have a sense of floating around in space. We also wanted to think about sound through sonic waves. It captures the sounds of water, ripples and echoes under the sea.”

The other artists represented in “The Spirits of Maritime Crossing” come from Indonesia, Laos, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar. For Poshyananda, it’s the perfect fit for the 60th Venice Biennale and its theme of “Stranieri Ovunque,” or “Foreigners Everywhere.”

“When the Europeans came to Siam, they were fascinated by the houses on stilts on the canals and the water,” he said. “And now we’re showing Southeast Asian artists in a neoclassical palazzo with murals and décor that depict images from as far away as Africa and Asia, and even Greek mythology. We’re among many spirits on this grand body of water.”

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Photos:  Our photographer is on the ground covering the spectacle that makes the Biennale  one of the premier events in the art world’s global calendar.

Critiquing and Representing the U.S.:  Jeffrey Gibson’s history-making turn at the Biennale  brings the gay and Native American artist center stage with works of struggle and freedom.

Protests Go On:  Israel’s exhibition was already closed after its artist refused to display her work  until there was a cease-fire and hostage deal in Gaza. But that didn’t calm the discontent .

Can Adriano Pedrosa Save the Biennale?:  Balancing diplomacy and geopolitics is hardly new for the first Biennale curator from Latin America. He isn’t scared to make a strong statement  on contemporary art.

A Match Made in Venice:  An American institution is sponsoring an exhibition by a Chinese artist in collaboration with a Japanese architect at a centuries-old Venetian building. Here’s how Tadao Ando and Zeng Fanzhi came together .

Criticism Meets Optimism:  The group show “Nigeria Imaginary” will be one of the most ambitious African presentations  ever at the Biennale.


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