Gay Bangkok is epic, crazy and busy every night, all year round. Bangkok has developed a reputation as the capital of gay Asia. Everything about the destination makes it a paradise for gay party people. The Thai people’s culture of LGBT acceptance, Bangkok’s infamous party and red light scene to hosting Asia largest gay circuit parties. Bangkok maintains its crown as the capital of gay Asia.
The weather is hot and sticky all year round, the traffic is crazy yet the people still come. Bangkok now holds the title as the world’s most visited city. International visitors flock to Bangkok for the food, culture, temples, shopping and its affordability. Bangkok is one of the best cities in the world for bargain priced luxury hotels.
Nightlife of Gay Bangkok
Gay Bangkok has a huge number of bars and clubs to enjoy, in fact Bangkok is often rated one of the best gay cities in the world. Silom is the gay capital of Bangkok home to most of the gay bars, clubs and saunas but there is much more to gay Bangkok than just Silom. Sukhumvit Road, Aor Tor Gor and Khao San Road are important areas for anybody who’s trying to explore all of Bangkok.
Without a doubt most of gay Bangkok’s action occurs around Silom Soi 2, Soi 4 and Soi Twilight. Busy every night of the week, Silom Soi 2 is gay Bangkok clubbing central and home to the famous DJ Station, Bangkok’s most famous gay club. Only a couple hundred meters away is Silom Soi 4, Bangkok’s gay bar street with the iconic Telephone and Balcony Bars. Offering cheap drinks with a street view, Silom Soi 4 is the ideal spot for pre-party drinks. Soi Twilight is where you will find gay Bangkok’s naughty side. This strip of gay red light bars opens the eyes of any traveller! Delve into the Bangkok Boys, Classic or Dream Boys to watch some of their inventive raunchy shows.
Bangkok play hosts to Asia’s largest gay circuit parties. gCircuit and WHITE PARTY Asia both call Bangkok home. Running 6 parties over 3 days gCircuit is attended by over 24,000 gay men most of whom travel internationally to attend the event. WHITE PARTY 2016 was the circuit party’s first Asian destination and after a hugely successful event confirmed 2017 dates 12 months in advance. gCircuit takes place during the Thai holiday of Songkran in April while WHITE PARTY takes place over New Year.
Play in Gay Bangkok
Gay Bangkok is home to many saunas, go-go bars and gay entertainment venues. Bangkok’s gay sauna scene is diverse and spread out over the city. The most popular saunas in Bangkok include Babylon Sauna, R3 Sauna and Chakran Sauna. Our play guide to gay Bangkok features the most famous of these venues and includes reviews, opinion and directions.
If you are interested in saunas check out our Play Guide. After you have visited any venue in gay Bangkok, be sure to share your personal review to help other visitors.
Gay Friendly Accommodation Bangkok
Bangkok is a world hub for LGBT tourism as such hotel and tourist venues are used to serving this segment. All of Thailand including Bangkok can be described as a gay friendly destination. It would be highly uncommon for a hotel or guesthouse to make of an issue of a gay couple checking in.
Many travelers looking to party in gay Bangkok choose to stay in Silom and Sathorn as these regions are near to the gay nightlife. For W Hotel Bangkok is most popular within the Lux category, Mode Satorn is an excellent Comfort hotel and Glow Trinity Silom is a popular budget hotel in Silom.
The Bangkok Unique Collection presents three hotels which offer a design focus hotel, unique to Bangkok. Avoiding the international brands the Unique Collection choose hotels which create an alternative guest experience whether that be from design, service or location.
Check out our Sleep Guide to gay Bangkok to see our recommend hotels.
Area’s of BKK
A short guide to the main areas of interest for LGBT tourists when visiting Bangkok.
Silom – Bangkok’s gay neighbourhood and the city’s financial centre. Home to the best gay club DJ Station and the best gay bars on Silom Soi 4. If you are looking to party then Silom is probably the best place to book a hotel. The area has a great range with everything from 5-star design hotels, independent boutiques to backpacking hostels. Read More
Sathorn – The Central Business District (CBD) of Bangkok. Sathorn is adjacent to Silom meaning you can either walk to Silom’s gay bars or take two stops on the BTS Skytrain. Located in Sathorn are the international accounting firms, famous branding and marketing consultants and enough Starbucks to keep them going.
Sukhumvit – Easy access to the BTS Skytrain. The area is great for shopping with Central Embassy and Terminal 21 malls. If you want to take your straight friends to the red light districts there are two Nana Plaza and Soi Cowboy at Asoke. Read More
Khao San Road – Backpacking Mecca. If you want to try Thai buckets and party with the backpackers this is the street for you. This neighborhood is full of hostels and guesthouses. It is also close to many of Bangkok’s tourist attractions including the Grand Palace and Wat Pho Temples. Read More
Ratchada – Home to R3 Sauna and a very local gay scene with bars. Main bars in the area include Atlantiis, get ready for Thai or k-pop music here. Outside of these attractions, there is not much for tourists in Ratchada.
Getting around Bangkok can be difficult. Often it’s too hot making walking long distances uncomfortable, traffic jams are common, especially during the city’s long rush hours (7 am – 9 am) and (5 pm – 8 pm).
Taxi – are always available and are cheap. In Thailand taxis display a red light in the front windscreen when they are available for hire. Local tip – flag down moving taxis and if the destination is rejected, don’t try a fixed rate, move onto the next taxi. Uber Black and Uber X are operating in Bangkok.
Airport – There is a train link to the city however it’s city terminal is not in a convenient location. For a hassle free relaxing journey, travel by taxi or airport limo. Use the official taxi rank to avoid problems, passengers pay airport pick up fee and highway tolls. Airport Limos are only 1,000 THB ($28 USD).
BTS Skytrain – Fast and convenient this is a great way to explore the city. Local tip – If you plan on spending a couple or more days in Bangkok get a Rabbit Card to save time and money.
MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) – Bangkok’s underground. Note, BTS and MRT use different tickets, Rabbit cards don’t work on the MRT.
Tuk-Tuk – Iconic Bangkok fun. Agree on the price before the journey. Surprisingly metered taxi usually work out cheaper and are a lot safer.
Motorcycle – Great for short exciting journeys. Like Tuk-Tuk’s agree on the price before you set off and ask the driver for a helmet.
Bus – while there is a large bus network, the whole network is not tourist friendly as there are no translated bus maps and most drivers lack English.
Gays and The Law
In terms of public tolerance and acceptance of homosexuality, Thailand is one of the most welcoming countries across Asia. As with many countries, acceptance of LGBT individuals is more widespread in urban areas, such as Bangkok.
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.
Getting Tested in Bangkok
It’s simple and easy to get tested in Bangkok. Local Health Initiative TestBKK offer great up to date information on where, when and how much it will cost to get tested.
The Thai Red Cross Clinic in Silom is the easiest place for tourists and non-Thai individuals to get tested. Testing here is affordable (not more than $10 USD) and quick, HIV results are returned in under 1 hour. English is spoken through the clinic and results are kept confidential.
HIV infection rate among gay men living in Bangkok is as high as 24%. This means nearly 1 in 4 gay men in Bangkok are living with HIV. Condom and lube are widely available across Thailand and Bangkok, with all 7 Elevens and supermarkets stocking them.
For more information be sure to check out the TestBKK.org.
Coconuts – Short, sharp and funny coverage of local news in Bangkok
BK Magazine – Weekly magazine covering everything trendy in Bangkok
Easy Expat – Advice and resources for expats living across Asia.
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