Gay Singapore trendy, busy and full of life! What happened? Singapore used to be a boring stop-over city and now it’s become one of the hippest cities in the region.
Over the past 10 years, Singapore has up its game. Chinatown hosts a great range of LGBT bars, clubs, and saunas. From fancy cocktails in Dorothy’s to dark mazes in ShoGun.
The law is yet to catch up with the rest of the world, yet local businesses, society and the gay Singapore community have been pushing forward. Sex between gay men is illegal but don’t let this put you off Singapore. This developed city-state is home to some of the world’s best restaurants, shopping, hotels, and parks. With all year-round hot weather gay Singapore offers one of the best city break destinations in Asia!
Singapore being a serious city means most of the best nightlife takes place on the weekends. The majority of gay bars are located on Neil Road, Chinatown. The area is great for jumping between the bars as they are all so close together. Check out Tantric and May Wong’s Café for some fun gay bars.
The largest gay club in Singapore was Taboo, again located on Neil Road in Chinatown. The club has closed during Covid and may reopen in a new venue in the future.
Singapore has a surprisingly large number of gay saunas, mainly located in Chinatown. Most gay saunas have excellent facilities including fully equipped gyms, steam room as well as the mazes, dark rooms and private cabins.
Being such a popular destination Singapore is home to a huge number of world-class hotels. Unlike many other parts of Asia, Singapore is not a place to visit for affordable luxury. Hotel prices in Singapore are on par with some of the most expensive destinations in the world.
Singapore is one of the last remaining advanced economies where sex between two men is still illegal. The law is not fully enforced, between 2007 and 2013 nine men were charged with breaking this law, most of whom were caught having sex in a public place. Unsurprisingly gay marriage is illegal and internationally performed same-sex marriages are not recognized in Singapore.
While the law may be outdated attitudes within the country are more accepting. Singapore hosts an annual LGBT rights festival, “Pink Dot” which has grown in recent years.
Gay individuals and gay businesses are generally accepted by the authorities and the public with the exception of large gay dance festivals, which have not taken place in the city for a number of years.
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