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The Most LGBT-Friendly Places to Visit in Thailand

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Updated: 20 September 2017
Thailand is widely considered a gay paradise and for good reason. Hot on the global LGBT travel destination list, Thailand is a welcoming country for gay travellers. We’ve put together our favourite LGBT friendly places to visit in the Land of Smiles.

Bangkok

Bangkok is not only Thailand’s capital it is also known as the ‘gay capital of Asia.’ Bangkok’s nightlife is intense and magical. There are also numerous activities and attractions for gay and lesbian travellers to explore. For a pool with a view stay at the luscious Amara Bangkok Hotel.

Bangkok skyline
Bangkok skyline | © Swaminathan/Flickr

Pattaya

Pattaya is not only famous for its nightlife, it also has two of Thailand’s most popular gay beaches, Dongtan Beach and Jomtien Beach. Pattaya’s gay scene is alive and colourful, check out BoyzTown district for gay bars, massage shops, restaurants and accommodation options. If you are travelling with your partner or looking for someone new, you’re bound to have a fantastic time in Pattaya.

Dongtan Beach, Pattaya City, Bang Lamung District, Chon Buri, Thailand

Jomtien Beach, หาดจอมเทียน, Chon Buri, Thailand

Pattaya bar street
Pattaya bar street | © Richard/Flickr

Phuket

Thailand’s second most popular destination for gay travellers is the tropical island paradise of Phuket. Patong is considered the gay hub of the island with plenty of bars and clubs to party the night away. With direct international flight links, Phuket is also very easy to get to.

Palai Bay, Phuket
Palai Bay, Phuket | © edwin.11/Flickr

Krabi

For beach and nature lovers, Krabi is the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday. Ao Nang and Railay Beach are particularly popular with stunning beaches and fun night life. For those looking for a little more adventure, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock climbing or exploring nearby islands are fun ways to spend the days.

Hong Island, Krabi
Hong Island, Krabi | © Nicolas Vollmer/Flickr

Koh Phangan

Koh Phangan is most famous for its Full Moon Parties that attract gay travellers from all around the world. The Full Moon Parties attract thousands of people and are held every month on Haad Rin beach. Koh Phangan is also a stunningly beautiful island to explore or just relax on a crescent white sand beach. Most beaches are gay-friendly with Bottle Beach, Salad Beach and Haad Yao Beach being amongst the most popular. There are also two gay bars on the island, For You and Alcove, along with a host of beach-side bars.

For You, 145/1 Moo 1, Koh Phangan , Surat Thani 84280, Tambon Ko Pha-ngan, Amphoe Ko Pha-ngan, ST 84280, Thailand

Haad Rin, Ban Tai, Ko Pha-ngan District, Surat Thani, Thailand

Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan
Full Moon Party, Koh Phangan | © María Gabriela Lucero/Flickr
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Koh Samui

Koh Samui offers its gay travellers a more chilled, relaxed holiday atmosphere than its neighbour Koh Phangan. Koh Samui is renowned for its luxury accommodation options and beautiful beaches. Choose to stay at the Absolute Sanctuary to nourish mind, body and soul. This stunning wellness resort is also only six kilometers away from Bo Put, the center of the islands gay scene.

Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui

Koh Kut

Looking for an exclusive honeymoon or anniversary getaway? Ko Kut’s vibe is exotic, tropical and romantic, all the necessary ingredients for an unforgettable holiday.

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai, which is also known as the ‘jewel of the north’, has a thriving and diverse gay scene. Check out the cities go-go bars, cabaret venues, gay-friendly nightclubs, saunas and massage shops. Chiang Mai also has a bunch of exciting sightseeing and activity options waiting to be explored.

Chiang Mai cabaret show
Chiang Mai cabaret show | © Connie/Flickr