Thailand is one of the hottest LGBT travel destination in South East Asia – and we’re not talking weather or spicy food. We’re talking festivals & events, culture & arts, islands & beaches, national parks & natural wonders and a plethora of gay venues & nightlife. The list goes on as long as a good gay parade, from historic temples to natural beauty.
Utopia says “Thailand is a welcoming place for gays, lesbians and transgenders who respect Thai laws and customs. Homosexuality in Thailand is largely a non-issue. Not to mention, Thailand has three annual gay pride events in Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket.”
There are many provinces and exotic things to see and do. If time constrained on on your first visit, the major tourism areas and locations to visit include:
- Central: Bangkok, Hua Hin
- East: Pattaya
- North: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai
- South: Phuket (Patong Beach), Samui Island
- West: Isan, Udon Thani, Phanom Rung Historical Park
Bangkok: Cultural phenomenon, shopping heaven and tourist treasure, one of the most cosmopolitan, contrasting and compelling of Asian cities.”
Chiang Mai: the country’s bohemian centre, has misty mountains for climbing a labyrinth of handicrafts at the Sunday Market.
Patong Beach: Phuket is one of the world’s most exciting gay playgrounds, with a fabulous variety of daytime pleasures and a vibrant gay nightlife. Don’t miss the gay beach in the centre of the Patong beachfront.
Pattaya: Tourist resort area, international cuisine, Jomtien Beach is gay hangout by day and the most popular gay nightlife is centered around Boyz Town.