Gay Phuket combines tropical waters and white sandy beaches with intense nightlife. Phuket is Thailand’s largest island roughly the size of Singapore – and one of the biggest tourist spots in the country. As such, it has one of the biggest and most active gay communities around. Patong is the largest town on Phuket and home to most of the nightlife, both gay and straight. The island is located on the west coast of Thailand in the Andaman Sea, and is linked to the mainland by a land bridge.
Phuket has no official gay beach. Many gay tourists spend the day at their own resort beaches, which are spread out across the island, only venturing to Patong in the evening. If you are not staying at a resort with a private beach, Patong’s status as the capital of gay Phuket means that Patong Beach is (unofficially) the gayest beach around.
Patong Beach is 3.5km long, and the gayest section is in front of La Flora Resort Patong. Naturally, La Flora is close to the gay nightclub area around Paradise Complex.
The beach bars around La Flora Resort Patong usually fly rainbow flags, making them easier to find. However, don’t expect any daytime parties: these venues offer chilled beers on the beach with deck chairs available for rent, not crazy beach parties. Wait for the nighttime for the real fun to start in Phuket.
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