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Best Hotels For a Weekend Away From Bangkok

Bangkok is the gay capital of Thailand (as well as the actual capital), but sometimes you need a weekend getaway just to chill and regroup. Thailand has a lot to offer, and here are some options:

Hua Hin – is 3 hours south of Bangkok; it’s absolute beachfront and was formerly the playground of the royal family.

Kanchanaburi – steeped in history, the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai (featured in the movie of the same name) is here. Kanchanaburi is 2 hours northwest of Bangkok and has a river and mountains vibe.

Khao Yai – a paradise for nature lovers, 3 hours north-east of Bangkok, it’s Thailand’s oldest national park. It’s the gateway to Isaan, the ‘other’ Thailand.

Pattaya – 2 hours from Bangkok, gay Pattaya is a beachside party destination. However, you can have it both ways by escaping the parties in some of the luxury resorts that surround the town.

Heading out into the provinces doesn’t mean you need to forego luxury. We will tell you about six properties that will blow your mind. Are you ready? Let’s go.

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♥ True one-of-a-kind Bill Bensley design hotel
♥ Take a dip in one of the pool villas or the main resort pool for a truly immersive stay
♥ Increable facilities with Back on Track Spa, Poirot restaurant and Papillon Bar

 

 

Venture back in time for a luxurious train journey like no other at the recently opened IHG property resort. This unique destination upcycles heritage rail cars, giving guests 19 suites and villas that pay homage to the glory days of railway travel throughout northeast Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia and Myanmar. Get ready to be swept away with designer Bill Bensley’s opulent designs and amenities like a restaurant, bar, spa, pool and much more.

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♥ A five-star oasis set in lush gardens with stunning ocean views
♥ Peaceful resort vibes just minutes walk from the centre of Pattaya
♥ Private resort beach
♥ Beachfront private pool villas

Pattaya is a fun destination for any gay traveler, but as the party continues day and night, it’s not easy to get some quiet sleep.

InterContinental Pattaya Resort has that covered, as it’s hidden on the coast. This home away from home has everything a gay traveler wants; you may never need to leave the resort.

It’s the perfect destination for gay men looking to enjoy all that the city has to offer. The resort features 156 spacious guestrooms, suites and villas with stunning views of the Gulf of Thailand, a private white sand beach, 3 outdoor swimming pools, a large spa and a variety of acclaimed restaurants. Visitors can take advantage of nearby attractions such as Walking Street and Pattaya Water Park or indulge in some pampering at the spa

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♥ Many room types with some Humongous Pool Villas
♥ THE BARAI World Class Award Winning Spa
♥ Expansive tropical gardens and beachfront

Hyatt Regency Hua Hin is a luxurious beachfront resort famed for its relaxed vibes and world-class THE BARAI spa. The resort boasts a generous beachfront lagoon pool (children’s zone separate) and a 315 m beachfront of pure white sand. The tropical garden stretch across 12.5 acres.

The resort’s 213 rooms range from a 38 sqm 1 King Bed up to a colossal 149 sqm in The Barai Pool Suites. The accommodation is clustered into low-rise contemporary Thai-styled unites where each building is circled by charming gardens.

THE BARAI, located adjacent to the hotel, is an award-winning destination Spa. The spa has 18 treatment rooms and an additional eight residential spa suites (all huge). Throughout the spa and suites, the design resembles a temple. Focusing on a holistic approach of body, mind, and spirit, THE BARAI is a sanctuary for beauty, pampering, and complete wellness.

Be sure to explore the 19th century McFarland House offering guests fine dining and modern European cuisine. Their signature Afternoon Tea is not to be missed. If you are planning to spend most of your time inside the resort, it’s well worth stretching for a Club room or suite. Club room guests enjoy extensive benefits, including daily continental breakfast, all-day refreshment, and complimentary evening cocktails in the club lounge.

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♥ 180-degree views of the Kwai Noi River
♥ Minimalist design with an industrial touch
♥ The floating cabins with the personal kayak
♥ Infinity pool with river views

Kanchanaburi is famous for its river, and you can’t stay there without experiencing a night in a floating cabin. It’s not as scary as it sounds. The cabins are attached to the resort but on the river. They’re decked out with all the mod-cons you need, including a king bed! While we love the floating cabins — I mean, who doesn’t want their own personal kayak — upgrading to the pool villa is totally worth the extra baht.

The onsite restaurant, The Bridge Bar & Bistro, has an extensive menu of both Thai and International food. Did we mention the pool yet? How does an infinity pool with views of the river sound? If you’re having a weekend away where all you want to do is lounge around the hotel, the Cross River Kwai has you covered.

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♥ Absolute beachfront
♥ Wellness destination spa resort
♥ Personalized butler service
♥ Award-winning destination spa

Hua Hin is all about wellness sanctuaries, so why not indulge all your senses and stay at one? The Barai in Hua Hin is an award-winning destination spa, including Thailand’s Best Resort Spa at the 2022 World Spa Awards. The wellness retreat promises to stimulate all five senses, ultimately leading to inner balance, peace, and tranquility.

Privacy is the idea here. There are only 12 rooms: 8 residential spa suites, a pool, a balcony, and a presidential villa make up the other 3. You’re not sharing the space with hordes of tourists. You can unpack, unwind, and reconnect with your true self. Your private butler is there to ensure your stay exceeds your expectations.

Heading away in a group? The Presidential Villa, with its two adjoining Club View Rooms, complete with private entrance and its own direct-access pool, is the ultimate in luxury and serenity and can cater to 6 adults exceptionally comfortably.

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♥ Pool-access rooms
♥ Beachfront dining
♥ Horse-riding at sunset
♥ VLCC wellness retreat

Do you want to be where all the ‘in-crowd’ goes? If you want to surround yourself with other beautiful people, Avani+ Hua Hin Resort is the self-proclaimed ‘Playground of the Elite.’ Located right on the northern stretch of beach at Hua Hin, it’s just down the road from the Thai Royal Family’s Summer Palace.

The Avani+ Hua Hin is South East Asia’s first VLCC wellness retreat. You’ll get your own personalized treatment designed by physicians, nutritionists, personal trainers, physiotherapists, and cosmetologists.

The rooms are situated around one of the two pools. How do fluffy beds, soothing décor, and floor-to-ceiling views sound? You’ll find those and more in every room.

For those who want to stay fit, even on holidays, the gym is open 24 hours; it features state-of-the-art equipment and a Muay Thai boxing ring. On one of your days, be sure to include a sunrise or sunset run along the white sand beach.

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