Explore Gay Koh Samet.

Gay Koh Samet.

What's it really like?

Looking for a tropical paradise island filled with hot gay guys close to Bangkok? Look no further than Gay Koh Samet.

Possibly Thailand’s gayest Island, Koh Samet (Ko Samed) is only 2 hours drive from Bangkok, 220 km (140 miles) southeast of the capital. Being so close to the city, Koh Samet has become one of the main weekend beach playgrounds for Bangkok’s middle and upper class, especially with Bangkok’s gay community.

On weekends, large groups of gay Thai guys arrive for a weekend of beach partying, creating Gay Koh Samet. As with any weekend destination, accommodation prices rise accordingly, sometimes by as much as 50%. Visiting during the week can mean cheaper prices and quieter beaches, but far less gay partying.

Koh Samet is as beautiful as any Thai island, with white sandy beaches, jungle, and coral reefs – in short everything you expect from a tropical paradise. Koh Samet is part of the Khao Laem Ya Ko Samet National Park which aims to preserve this natural environment, as a result, there is a 200 baht entry fee for the island. Thai residents pay 40 baht.

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Koh Samet's Gay Nightlife

Gay Koh Samet offers a welcome break for the sleazy party atmospheres that are on offer in Phuket and Pattaya. The island is home to very few money boys and prostitutes, and most guys you will meet will be international tourists and Bangkok guys looking to party. All across the island are a number of small bars dotted up and down every beach but if you are looking to dance the place to be is Silver Sands, a beachfront open-air nightclub on Ao Phai beach. During the week the island is quiet, yet come weekends, it becomes as gay and busy as Bangkok’s biggest gay club, DJ Station.


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While the main beach club may close early, many guys take the party back to their villas or the nearby woods at the southern end of Tubtim beach.

Koh Samet's Gay-Friendly Hotels

Tub Tim is the hotel of choice (which books up months before Thai holidays). Most gay visitors stay within walking distance to Tubtim beach and the neighboring Silver Sands club on Ao Phai beach. Outside of long weekends, Koh Samet is a relaxed tropical island. Enjoy the peace and quiet of this beautiful national park island.

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In terms of public tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality, Thailand is one of the most welcoming countries across Asia. Koh Samet has a long history of welcoming gay partiers from Bangkok, so you are unlikely to be bothered or singled out.

As a whole, Thai people value discretion and non-confrontation, so no one should give you any hassle for being seen together. That said, public displays of affection – both straight and gay – are frowned upon.

Male and female same-sex activity is legal in Thailand however gay marriage is not legal yet. Bangkok Post reports that “…while Thailand is viewed as a tourist haven for same-sex couples, the reality for locals is that the law, and often public sentiment, is not so liberal.” LGBT residents of Thailand and Bangkok are not offered the equal legal protections offered to non-LGBT (straight) people.

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