There are many reason why Taipei is seen by some as the capital of gay Asia. Taipei is famous among gay Asians for hosting Asia’s largest Pride celebration, taking place annually in October with over 120,000 supporters attending in 2017. Tawain as a country also home to Asia most progressive politics legal protection for LGBT residences and a LGBT marriage bill under consideration. On top of all this gay Taipei is home to a vibrant nightlife and large sauna scene, although a number of the largest gay clubs have closed in recent years.
Gay Taipei Drink
For some nightlife is the deciding factor when choosing a holiday. Gay Taipei will not disappoint you if gay nightlife is what you are looking for.
The Red House and surrounding streets form Taipei’s gay village. The area is great for gay bar hopping and also includes some gay saunas, shops and cafes. The Red House is in Wanhua district, Taipei’s old town.
Gay Taipei Play
Gay Taipei has a great collection of gay saunas and spa which almost guaranteed you some action. Aniki is one of the gay Taipei’s most popular saunas. Other popular saunas in gay Taipei include Rainbow sauna, Han’s Mens sauna and XL Club.
Hot Spring Fun. Kawayu spa, although not gay-exclusive, so many gay men visit the hot springs that the word Kawayu has become a local synonym for hot spring for muscular and hunky gay guys.
Most gay travelers opt to say in central Taipei, near to Ximending and Zhongxiao East Road shopping area. The area has a great selection of hotels to fit a range of budgets and tastes.
If visiting Taipei for a gay festival of Pride weekend make sure to book well in advance. The popular gay-friendly hotels get booked up early for these events.
The Capital of Taiwan
Taipei is a global capital city, being one of the most visited cites in Asia and home to over 7 million inhabits the city has the scene that it is the political, economic and cultural heart of Taiwan.
For visitors, Taipei offers an exciting blend of East meets West and Old and New. The democratic version of China. The city is a safe and welcoming place to visit as an LGBT traveler.
The key districts for gay tourists are:
- Wanhua 萬華區- Taipei old town; best for The Red House, Taipei’s gay village.
- Zhongshan 中山區 – Central Taipei, and home to the main gay nightclubs G-Star and Funky. Main tourist sights are the parks, Martyrs’ Shrine and Taipei fine arts museum.
- Da’an 大安區 – the commercial district with ZhongXiao East Road for shopping and trendy gay cocktail bars.
- Xinyi 信義區 – the financial district; Check out Taipei 101, World Trade Center plus the huge shopping malls
- Songshan 松山區 – Check out Taipei’s most famous street market Raohe Street Night Market
- Beitou 北投區 – this suburban area best of its hot springs and Kawayu spa.
Getting around – Taipei is an easy city to explore own your own. The MRT covers large sections of the city and suburbs, making it the easiest way to get around, last trains run at midnight. The bus network is also great for getting around and all the information is displayed in English. Taxis are a great option, especially once the MRT has closed for the night, available 24 hours a day, however most drivers speak only limited English. Uber Taxis are also operations in Taipei.