Explore Gay Koh Samui.

Gay Koh Samui.

What's it really like?

Koh Samui is the Thailand from those travel brochures, famed for white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, set between jungle-covered mountains and the crisp blue ocean.

It is a relatively quiet island, and is not a party destination like Phuket, Pattaya or Koh Phi Phi. Gay Koh Samui is more laid back and relaxed, with only a couple of low-key gay bars and some mixed clubs. Koh Samui is a great island to enjoy tropical paradise, amazing beaches, and luxury hotels.

Life on the island is spread around the coastline, with the busiest area surrounding Chaweng beach. This is the largest town on Koh Samui, which spreads up around one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Chaweng has the largest choice of hotels, nightlife, restaurants, and shops suiting all budgets and tastes. All of the limited Gay Koh Samui attractions are located around Chaweng beach.

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Koh Samui's Gay Nightlife

If you are looking to explore gay Koh Samui’s bars and clubs then check out Gay Point Bar, Pride Bar Samui and K Club. The island has no gay nightclubs but there are a couple of mixed clubs. The most club popular with gay locals is Sweet Soul Nightclub. Samui is a more relaxed, luxurious island so don’t expect the sort of nightlife you can find in Bangkok or Phuket.


Gay Saunas, Cruising & Massage

There is one gay spa and massage parlor on Koh Samui, Emerald Green Men’s Club. Currently, there are no gay saunas or cruising venues on the island.

Koh Samui's Gay-Friendly Hotels

Koh Samui is one of Thailand’s more grown-up islands. Famed as a tropical paradise the island is home to more luxury resorts and hotels. The island of Samui is one of the best places in Thailand to experience gay-friendly luxury and if you are going lux, there is only one way; Private Pool Villas in the best gay-friendly resorts! What could be more luxurious than having your own pool, secluded and romantic just meters away from your own bed? Pool Villas are perfect for those seeking romance and privacy. Think skinny dipping!

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In terms of public tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality, Thailand is one of the most welcoming countries across Asia. Koh Samui is essentially an island-wide tourist resort, so gay couples should not encounter any issues.

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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