The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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Having established itself as Thailand’s trendiest city, Chiang Mai now has more than its share of stylish luxury hotels. Here, you’ll find everything from cool and hip urban pads to lavish villas steeped in the Thai tradition. We have focused on hotels in the fashionable Nimman area and riverside locations. Two central spots where you will where you’ll find a lot of the gay Chiang Mai nightlife.
Yes, all the hotels listed in Chiang Mai are gay-friendly. To be fair, almost all hotels in Thailand could be classed as “gay-friendly.” For visitors, Chiang Mai is a very gay-friendly city.
Hotels will often ask for the occupancy of the room. If travelers try to bring extra guests into their room late at night, the front desk will often ask for ID from the extra guest. This happens to both male and female extra guests and is for the safety of both parties.
The two most popular areas in Chiang Mai to stay are the Night Bazaar and Nimman. Most of Chiang Mai’s gay bars are located in the Night Bazaar area, while many of the best shopping and trendy restaurants are in Nimman.
Chiang Mai is a small city, and like most of Thailand, the city suffers from traffic jams. Traffic depending you can cross from Nimman to the Night Bazaar in a 15-minute taxi ride but with traffic, this could go up to 45 mins.
♥ Riverside location
♥ Gorgeous modern decor
♥ Excellent wellness and fitness facilities
♥ Fully serviced apartments available
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort features contemporary Asian-inspired decor that perfectly blends with the manicured grounds for a feeling of complete relaxation. Every spacious room comes with a private balcony, rain shower, and luxury toiletries, and the serviced apartments also include a fully-equipped kitchen. As well as a large infinity pool, a state-of-the-art gym, and a blissful spa, you’ll find various wellness and fitness activities on offer, such as yoga, Tai Chi, and kickboxing.
♥ Lovely riverside location
♥ Cozy, homey modern decor
♥ Awesome rooftop bar and pool
♥ Walking distance to Tha Phae gate
Located along the banks of the Mae Ping river, sala lanna features tasteful and neutral modern decor with touches of traditional Thai influence. All the rooms are supremely cozy and fairly spacious, but we recommend going for a river balcony room to really soak in the riverside ambiance. The rooftop bar and swimming pool have great panoramic views, and the poolside massage treatments on offer are a great touch.
♥ Gay-only accommodation in Chiang Mai
♥ On-site popular gay sauna
♥ Lovely traditional house
♥ Dorms and privates available
Club One Seven Hotel is the only dedicated gay hotel in Chiang Mai, and is one of the most popular places to stay if you’re gay and in town. The hotel is set in a charming traditional teak house, with modern, colorful interiors. Both private and dorm rooms are available. The hotel doubles as a gay sauna, with a swimming pool, well-equipped gym, spa, and massage services. Breakfast is tasty and the staff are great, adding to the overall friendly vibe of the place.
♥ Spacious, stylish suites
♥ Freestanding tubs in every suite
♥ Perfect for a romantic stay
♥ Close to a popular gay sauna
This hip hotel is located in Nimman and is big on design, with an impeccably executed contemporary style. The layout in each of the spacious suites is ideal for couples, featuring a freestanding tub in a private open-air courtyard, as well as a cozy living and dining area. There’s an excellent Italian restaurant on-site and a buzzy, trendy bar that’s perfect for kickstarting a night out. Meanwhile, popular gay sauna House of Male is just a short 5-minute walk from the hotel.
♥ Perfect for the Night Bazaar and surrounding gay bars
♥ Pleasant rooms with big windows
♥ Infinity swimming pool with
♥ Excellent breakfast spread
Conveniently located between the river and the Old City, Le Meridien Chiang Mai also sits bang in the middle of the city’s famous Night Bazaar. The relaxing rooms feature large windows with comfy window couches from which to enjoy the view, and the spacious en-suites all come with tubs. The food at the various restaurants is great, especially the varied buffet breakfast. There’s a rooftop pool that’s perfect for swimming, and a small gym.
♥ Peaceful tree-lined grounds
♥ Lovely rooftop area with river views
♥ Spacious and comfortable suites
♥ Idyllic riverside location
This ultra-stylish riverside resort features contemporary design and open, pleasant green spaces. The accommodation is made up of 30 luxury suites, each with plush furnishings and state-of-the-art tech, some even including a private plunge pool. The swanky rooftop area features an infinity saltwater pool, a bar, and a gym, all with scenic river views. Elsewhere, you’ll find two chic restaurants and a rejuvenating spa.
♥ Stylish decor with traditional Thai touches
♥ Excellent fitness and wellness facilities
♥ Wonderful beds
♥ Close to Night Market and gay bars
In true Shangri-La fashion, this elegant resort offers top-of-the-range facilities in an upscale environment. These include a great fitness center, complete with gym and weekend classes, and a beautiful spa in the manicured gardens. The rooms feature modern design with a strong Northern Thai identity, as well as exceptionally comfy beds. The Night Bazaar is just five minutes away, with several popular gay bars in the area.
♥ Located in trendy Nimman
♥ Original Thai art throughout the hotel
♥ Stylish and unique rooms
♥ Great Thai restaurant
This chic boutique hotel is decorated throughout with original artwork by Thai artists, with each room featuring an original and unique design. The suites are particularly opulent, while the rooms tend to be in a more modern minimalist style. The rooftop pool is stunning, and the gym is small but pleasant. The on-site restaurant, Jarid, serves up delicious contemporary Thai dishes and a selection of fine wines. Art Mai Gallery sits in Chiang Mai’s trendy Nimman neighborhood, surrounded by cool cafes, bars, shops, and restaurants, including some gay options.
♥ Great Nimman Road location
♥ Huge rooms
♥ Large and very well-equipped fitness suite
♥ Fresh and delicious breakfast
U Nimman sits right on Nimmanhaemin Road, in the heart of Chiang Mai’s most fashionable neighborhood. A popular gay club Warm Up Cafe within a 10-minute walk. The hotel features very large rooms with colorful, contemporary design and cool glass-fronted en-suites. There is an outstanding gym and a big rooftop pool, and the buffet breakfast is excellent. Free bikes are available from reception, which makes for a great way of getting around.
♥ Great location for sightseeing and city exploring
♥ Elegant and contemporary design
♥ Awesome rooftop pool
♥ Welcoming and attentive staff
This fashionable hotel features unique, lavish design. The rooms are panelled with dramatic wood and traditional Thai motifs, with roomy en-suites and big windows. There’s a rooftop pool for cooling off and a wonderful spa to wind down after a day of sightseeing. The food at the restaurant is tasty, and the staff are super friendly. The location in Nimman is great for exploring Chiang Mai’s trendy side but is also a short walk away from the Old Town and its myriad temples.
♥ Jaw-dropping scenery and surroundings
♥ Stunning traditional villas and pavillions
♥ Outstanding facilities across the board
♥ Larger villas and residences available for groups
This 5-star stands out due to its exceptionally gorgeous setting among lush rice fields in the outskirts of Chiang Mai. The city is about an hour’s drive away, and the hotel provides a shuttle service, but the idea here is to get away from everything. All the facilities, from the outdoor pools to the spa to the authentic fine Thai dining, are exceptional. Choose between a romantic pavillion or a large villa, all designed in a beautiful traditional style and surrounded by abundant greenery. Fully equipped residences are also available, and come with private butler service.
♥ Close to the Night Bazaar and gay bars
♥ Spacious, comfortable rooms
♥ Good pool and fitness center
♥ Tasty food, including a great breakfast
This is a classic 4-star option in a very convenient downtown location, which is very popular with gay travelers due to its proximity to several gay nightlife staples in the Night Bazaar. The rooms can be a bit dated, but they’re spacious, comfortable, and well-maintained. The pool is nice and big, and the gym is extremely well-equipped. Breakfast is delicious, and the food at the on-site restaurants is high-quality across the board, with Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Italian options.
♥ Quiet but close to downtown Chiang Mai
♥ Luxurious amenities in every suite
♥ Beautiful grounds and design
♥ Fantastic-looking pool and gym
This hotel manages to feel fully remote and peaceful, while still being just a 10-minute walk from central attractions like the Night Bazaar. Set in a beautiful colonial-style building, 137 Pillars House offers a range of modern suites, elegantly decorated in a mix of Thai and European styles. You’ll find a freestanding Victorian tub, open-air shower, and complimentary minibar in each one, as well as a plush bed and soothing garden view. The pool area is particularly lovely, featuring a huge vertical garden, and the wood-paneled gym is exceptionally classy.
♥ Outstanding wellness facilities
♥ Private jacuzzi rooms available
♥ Large rooms with great beds
♥ Walking distance to downtown
This spa resort is dedicated to rest and relaxation, with the exceptional wellness facilities being the main focus here. Indeed, the hotel features a hydro pool, jacuzzi, whirlpool, onsen, vichy shower, plus a range of world-class treatments at the spa. Additionally, there’s a good gym and yoga classes to keep you fit. The rooms are very spacious and calming, with neutral colors and excellent beds. Choose between a balcony room or a pool access room, or upgrade to the Wellness Suite for your own in-room jacuzzi.
♥ Perfect central location for temple hopping
♥ Truly spacious rooms, with four-person options available
♥ Wonderful breakfast
♥ Two spas on-site
This stylish modern resort sits in the Old Town, right next to Chiang Mai’s famous Wat Phra Singh temple. The rooms are huge and extremely pleasant, with big windows, hardwood floors, and wood-panelled walls. The Family room, with two large double beds, is ideal for a group of friends. There’s a central outdoor pool and a nice gym with a good range of equipment, as well as two spas with distinct ambiances, one traditional and one more modern. The buffet breakfast is excellent, and the staff go consistently above and beyond for the guests.