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.
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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