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LGBTQ Friendly Places In Thailand: #1 Exclusive Travel Guide

Are you looking for LGBTQ friendly places in Thailand for your next vacation? We want to be part of your perfect LGBT escape to Thailand to celebrate this Pride Month. So we have gathered the best and hottest spots for LGBT people curated by a local. 

From the gorgeous white sand and crystal clear water beaches of Phuket to the magnificent and breathtaking land of the Elephants in Chiang Mai, everyone adores Thailand’s diversity. 

And diversity is not present only in the impressive landscapes but also in its people. The Land of Smiles is hard to beat regarding the most welcoming LGBT destination. 

It’s full of numerous places where locals will provide wonderful vacation experiences for queer travelers. 

Whether you plan to visit during pride month or any other time of the year, the following spots will show you why Thailand can become your gay paradise. 

A Sneak peek of the complete tips you will get in today’s article: 

  • The friendliest destinations in Thailand for LGBT travelers and locals 
  • Best LGBT spots to include in your itinerary, from bars to hotels and restaurants. We got you covered with the hot spots curated by locals!
  • List of LGBT yearly events held across the country

Ready to bring colors to your life? Let’s go! 

Thailand LGBT Travel: Friendliest Destinations

I loved reading in an article that we should perceive LGBT+ tourism in Thailand from a cultural aspect to encourage equality, tolerance, and visibility of the LGBT+ community. 

By supporting inclusive local businesses that advocate for sexual and gender diversity, we help with the cause of fighting for human rights in Thailand. 

Even while Thailand is progressive, there is still a long way to go for Thai society to be inclusive. There is tolerance but not always acceptance, given that same-sex marriage is still illegal in the country. 

Whether you are a straight ally or part of the LGBT community, it is upon us to continue celebrating all forms of love during Pride and throughout the year. 

And one of the best ways to do so is to be involved in LGBT activities and visit friendly spots for LGBT people. 

We have chosen the absolute best places you should visit during your stay. 

So, which are the most LGBT-friendly Thai cities to visit? 

Chiang Mai

chiang mai

The beautiful Chiang Mai is a cultural and conservative city located in the Northern part of Thailand. Truly a delight for anyone enchanted with the slow-life and chill way of living. 

This city is fit for those who want to experience nature, adventure, relaxation, and be thoroughly involved in Thai culture.

Surrounded by mountains, there lies a beautiful city with around 200 temples that are the destination of many tourists every year. 

Moreover, the delicious food is another aspect that makes this place so popular among foreigners, including digital nomads who love to roam around the city, wishing never to leave.  

Although it may seem like a conservative place, it is, in fact, a friendly destination not only for foreign tourists but also for locals and expats. 

Cafes and restaurants abound in Chiang Mai’s cozy streets. And many of those businesses are run by LGBT people. So the great feeling of being able to portray yourself in Chiang Mai emerges, making you feel comfortable and safe with your surroundings. 

In addition, you can always pop up at a local gay bar for the most fantastic drag show after extended sightseeing activities across the city.    

And the best part? Chiang Mai has a lower living cost than other places in Thailand. So it is definitely worth the visit! 

Highlights:

  • Low budget accommodation 
  • Mountains and adventurous activities
  • Good local gay bars & nightlife
  • Mouthwatering food 
  • Cultural sightseeing 

Phuket

Phuket LGBTQ friendly places in Thailand

Head over to Patong beach in Phuket, and it will transport you to the most fun gay scene and tropical paradise. 

This gay hub, with many clubs and bars to enjoy the nightlife, is the perfect destination for many LGBT couples looking for an island experience and a beautiful wedding spot.  

According to locals and tourists, the Gay Bar “Gay Club Phuket” is Asia’s gayest holiday destination that nobody should miss out on while traveling on the island. 

There is no doubt that Phuket is one of the friendliest cities for LGBT individuals in Thailand. 

That is why many LGBT couples choose to celebrate in Phuket one of the most important days in their lives: their wedding. 

Some places on the island are ready to plan your perfect wedding to vow to your loved one with the best views in front of you. 

An example is Pure Bliss Wedding, which aims to help same-sex couples marry in their dream place.

Their motto, “Inspire to love and be loved,” and the lovely pictures you can see on their website from successful past stories can bring a smile to your face. 

They have had many successful celebrations. Like Mike and Andrew’s story, a couple from Australia who decided to have a beautiful wedding in Phuket. The fantastic celebration ended with a blast party with an unforgettable drag show. 

Wedding Boutique is another wedding planner and events organizer willing to give you the most lovely time.

They helped Chase & Allen, an LGBT couple from the US, finally rejoin in the most beautiful celebration in front of the ocean. 

So if you are looking for island living, incredible parties, relaxing time to spend with your loved one, or even have a wedding celebration, this paradisiacal island is your place. 

Highlights

  • International airport on the island
  • Options from low-budget accommodation to luxury hotels and resorts
  • Beautiful white sand beaches
  • Lively nightlife 

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Koh Samui is another queer welcoming paradise that should be on your travel list. 

The island is ideal if you want a relaxed and chilled experience with your partner or family.

You can indulge in a Spa treatment vacation at an elegant and luxurious resort or a low-budget hotel. 

Either way, you will experience the regular fun LGBT+ events that many accommodations host. Undoubtedly a perfect honeymoon spot! 

Most young backpackers travel to Koh Samui to experience snorkeling, scuba diving, and the full moon party, which are just a few activities that will entertain you during your vacation. 

In addition, many select this island to experience a wellness retreat at the Absolute Sanctuary, an inclusive resort for people regardless of gender and sexual orientation.

Although it is relatively costly compared to other Thai destinations, the friendly atmosphere filled with LGBT expats who spend weekend getaways on the island makes this place a unique experience for travelers. 

Highlights

  • Luxury hotels and resorts 
  • Beautiful beaches
  • Great nightlife
  • Wellness and Spa

Pattaya

Pattaya

When thinking about Pattaya, the first thing that often comes to mind is the beautiful beaches and the exciting nightlife. The gay scene in this city, specifically in the gay district Boyz Town, is outstanding and energetic.

Pattaya is ready to offer you the best vacation if you are in the mood to party all night long. 

Besides, there are impressive shows that you can attend, such as the worldwide famous Thai Cabaret show, Alcazar

Alcazar opens its doors to visitors to marvel at the excellent technological infrastructure of the theater, the colorful costumes, and the impressive moves of the transgender dancers.

In addition, while in Pattaya, you can visit two gay beaches that are pretty notable across the country, called Dongtan Beach and Jomtien Beach. Take a stall around to find some of the best Drag shows and parties ever while getting together with LGBT people.

Highlights

  • Beautiful seaside resorts
  • Great nightlife
  • Impressive and famous shows

Krabi

Krabi lgbt friendly places in thailand

Another perfect place for a wedding reception is Krabi, a charming provincial capital that offers delicious food across its numerous cafés, restaurants, and two-night markets. 

The landscape of this city is breathtaking as you walk along the Krabi River. 

If you love nature and adventure activities like trekking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and rock climbing, you shouldn’t miss at least a few nights at Krabi.

Not only that, this site is a charm that can ignite your spark of romance due to its beautiful surrounding nature.

Additionally, it is a safe and friendly destination for LGBT people who travel with a partner.

Highlights

  • Impressive nature
  • Full of adventurous activities
  • Perfect place to enjoy with your partner

Bangkok

Bangkok

The capital of Thailand is also known by many as the gay capital of Asia.

From temple sightseeing and cultural activities to the craziest nightlife you could ever imagine, the city has everything for everyone’s tastes.

People often describe Bangkok as an intense and magical place full of trendy places. And it is one of the friendliest destinations for LGBT people.

Although it may not be for everyone, visiting to discover its secrets is worth your time.

The largest gay circuit parties are in Bangkok, so if you are looking for the most lively parties in Thailand, you should try some clubs in Thailand.

Clubs and other LGBT+ friendly places in Thailand are in the gay-friendly area of Bangkok known as Silom (Silom 2 for clubs and Silom 4 for bars) and Sarasin Road.

All the best action is gathered in this area, where you can see cabarets, go-go bars, and wild clubs.

One especially suggested pub in Silom is The Balcony Bar, where you can attend one of its international-themed dinners, have delicious food, and meet people from all over the world.

Highlights

  • Asia’s Gay Capital
  • Impressive nightlife
  • Memorable rooftop bars
  • Cruise experience
  • Saunas
  • Massages
  • Numerous and diverse tourist attractions

Amazing LGBTQ Spots You Shouldn’t Miss! 

Now that you know all the best cities to travel to in your LGBT+ travel itinerary, you can start adding hot spots to visit.

Many of the locations listed below are owned by LGBTQ+ people, who will have you more involved in culture during your travel.

Coffee Shops & Restaurants

Chiang Mai 

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This café in Chiang Mai, with a branch in Nimman Soi 3 and Nimman Soi 17, gained popularity for its five categories of delicious coffee, latte art, barista, brewers, coffee in good spirits, and roasting.

At their branches, they have coffee producers, roasters, and a barista to complete the perfect coffee for their customers. 

Asana Coffee & Roastery is a cozy and pleasant coffee shop in Lakeland Suthep, Chiang Mai.

They serve from roasted coffee to matcha tee, appetizers, and desserts like fresh cakes that you can enjoy with a good sight of the lake and nature. 

When after a sightseeing activity, you are hungry and longing for a tasty brunch, look for Du Chiangmai. 

Its graceful menu involves seashells, spaghetti carbonara, cheeses, and delicious French desserts. This Thai LGBT-friendly spot exactly is for you. 

It is located in Lakeland Village, near Asama Coffee. The splendid Chef will delight you with its tapas bar, single dish presentation, and elegant atmosphere. 

During your trip to Thailand, you will want to taste the most authentic dishes, and this restaurant has the most delicious northeastern food you can try in Thailand. 

Although it is far from the city, in Mae Taeng District, the drive is worth it once you arrive at the place and immerse yourself in nature. Moreover, after you have your first taste, you will be craving more. 

The owner, Mr. Jacky, overlooks every single process to ensure the dishes are authentic, fresh, and well cooked.  

It is located in Nimman Soi 7; It is a lovely, elegant, and comfortable place to have a delicious cup of coffee and refreshing drinks.

Glass Café instills people to feel comfortable with themselves and smile, which is why it is full of gimmicky mirrors.

For Pride month, Glass Café offers “Pride drinks,” which are beverages of six different flavors to refresh you during the hottest days.

Toast – It is an LGBT-friendly and Japanese-decorated toast cafe in San Pa Khoi. It offers cute bread sliced in the form of a cat, tasty Thai custards, jam, and delicious beverages. 

‘Sweet is just right’ can be a translation of its name. And just as its name says, the place will please palates that love sweets.

This Thai dessert cafe in San Pa Khoi area is quite famous among locals as their sweets are delicious. It is the right place for you if you love authentic Thai desserts and are looking for a gay-friendly spot. 

A beautiful Japanese-style zen cafe close to Muang Lang Temple. Once you enter the café, you will start to feel a calm aura. Its quiet surrounding and good drinks are perfect for a relaxing afternoon.

It is a chic cafe in the Mae Jo area that is perfect for a get-together to sit and talk or read a book while enjoying delicious drinks.

Bangkok

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One of the hottest places to eat before you start the night in Silom is Tapas Cafe.

As its name suggests, this place primarily serves Spanish tapas but also has tasty Thai dishes for those who want to eat local tastes.

The place is famous for its food, good atmosphere, and friendly staff. Your next time in Bangkok, bring your friends here!

It is a rainbow and unicorn-themed café in Silom, close to Chong Nonsi Station, where you will be dazed by the colorful design of the coffee shop and the food.

Unicorn Cafe is a perfect place if you love to take Instagram photos, as even the food is themed with unicorn horns.

If you want to experience a colorful afternoon with your friends or date, this place can be your unique spot while traveling in Bangkok!

Eat Me Restaurant is a sophisticated and classy place close to Silom Soi 4 that is, in fact, a veteran of the Bangkok dining scene.

An Australian owner and an American head chef opened the restaurant in 1998. Since then, they have been innovating and improving their service to become one of the most recognized restaurants in town.

The food screams ‘eat me’ once you see the beautiful photos of each artistic dish.

They even have a vegan menu to choose from, delicious desserts, and diverse options of wine.

Top Bars & Clubs In Thailand

Chiang Mai drag show
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Our curator’s favorite gay bar in town! It has an excellent reputation for its entertaining environment and stunning drag shows with professional dancers, fire, and LED laser beam effects.

The good part is that after being closed due to Covid-19, it will reopen its doors on June 8th, 2022, with incredible shows for everyone to enjoy.

BLOW CNX is a hidden gem among locals. This popular bar in the Nimman area often welcomes Thai locals from Bangkok. It has an excellent reputation and popularity widespread across the country and among foreigners.

  • DJ Station

If you want to experience nightlife in Bangkok at its best DJ Station, located in Silom Soi 2, is the place to go. It is Thailand’s best and gayest club among foreigners and locals. 

DJ Station is an award-winning three-story building with a bar for each floor, an outdoor terrace, dance floors, live DJs, and of course, fantastic Drag shows. 

People typically visit DJ Station after having a pre-drink time in Silom 4, preparing for what the night is preparing to come. You won’t have any moment of feeling bored inside, as it will start to get energetic pretty quickly. 

Hotels & Resorts

The following is a list of hotels and resorts that respect the LGBTQ community and encourage LGBT tourism in Thailand.

Siam Hotel Bangkok lgbt travel guide
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Everything about this hotel screams ‘sanctuary.’ From the architecture, the interior design full of antiques and art, the stunning and quiet gardens, to the breathtaking view of the Chao Praya River, a stay here will be the cherry on top of your travel plans.

Siam Hotel was the primary film location of ‘Getaway,’ Singapore’s first gay BL web drama series. It gained popularity as a Hi-Class gay accommodation with royalty-style elegance and an urban but natural environment.

They offer elegant dishes, intimate private events, beautiful and comfortable suites and villas, and great seasoned offers.

City: Bangkok

Address: 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand

A hotel for both straight and LGBTQ people, The hotel regularly hosts gay parties, including Gay Circuit and Sundance Asia.

SO/ Bangkok is a luxury hotel conveniently located across the road from Lumpini Park, near the best nightlife spots and close to a metro station.

It is an inclusive hotel that hosts regular gay parties, including Asia’s Biggest Gay Circuit Party.

City: Bangkok

Address: 2 North, S Sathon Rd, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

One of the most favorite hotels among gay travelers is the W Bangkok. It stands out with its contemporary and luxurious style of decorated rooms.

The colonial-style mansion, previously known as ‘Sathon Mansion,’ hosts sophisticated events and has been the filming set for a recent Thai BL.

W Bangkok also has a wellness center that includes a SPA, fitness, and recreation. In addition, many graceful weddings have been hosted in the hotel.

City: Bangkok

Address: 106 N S Sathon Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

You can select Pullman Bangkok as your accommodation if you wish to stay close to all the action on Silom Road.

It is a 5-star hotel popular among LGBT people, both foreign and locals, for its modern and stylishly designed rooms that allow a pleasurable and comfortable stay.

City: Bangkok

Address: 188 Si Lom, Khwaeng Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500

Choose the Banyan Tree Hotel in Bangkok for the most incredible city view. As one of the highest buildings in the city, this five-star luxury gay urban resort offers incredible rooftop experiences from its restaurant ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Moon Bar.’

Not only that, but you can also indulge in spa treatment and relaxing time even in the middle of a busy city. Or go on their cruise ships along the river to enjoy a delicious dinner while sightseeing the lights of Bangkok.

City: Bangkok

Address: 13/3 S Sathon Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120

Alpha Gay Resort is a gorgeous resort located on Samui Island. It is the only resort dedicated to gay men on the island, where people can enjoy diverse events across the year.

Once inside, you will dip in nature and relaxation without losing the sense of a tropical party.

It is close to Chaweng Beach, the most popular beach on the island, full of bars, shops, great restaurants, and clubs with Drag shows.

City: Samui

Address: 9/34, Bo Put, Surat

If you want to escape the city’s noise and feel cozy as if you were in your own home, visit the 137 Pillar house. It is a perfect accommodation for LGBTQ+ people who love nature and elegance.

It is a magical place that can transport you to past times with its Victorian and Thai ambiance. This place l is the only Hotel in Chiang Mai that has been featured in Youtube Ads to attract LGBT people from all over the world. 

They are the only hotel in Chiang Mai that feature in TAT Ads for LGBTQ+ on Youtube: 

City: Chiang Mai

Address: 2 Soi 1, Nawatgate Road Tambon Watgate Muang Chiang Mai 50000 Thailand

This resort is your perfect getaway to the magnificent Krabi.

Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra has the largest swimming pool in Thailand, just in front of the ocean.

Its Thai-colonial design makes it even more magical combined with the tropical surroundings. So, it is a perfect destination for photogenic people and Instagram creators.

If you are looking for a five-star resort with diverse activities such as golf and luxury excursions around the where you can get amazing massages, and luxury excursions, this is your place!

City: Krabi

Address: A, 200 Moo 3 T.Nongtalay, Mueang Krabi District, Krabi 81180

If you are looking for an excellent accommodation spot in Phuket, consider the best gay-friendly hotel in the zone, The SIS Kata Resort. 

It is not only beautiful and comfortable, but it also has wonderful offers for tourism packages such as surfing, sailing, and more. 

Imagine yourself admiring the Andaman sea from the pool on top of the hill of this stylish resort. 

City: Phuket 

Address: 255 Koktanod Rd, Karon, Mueang Phuket District, Phuket 83100

Aquarius Guesthouse in Patong, Phuket, is a men-only resort, extremely popular among foreigners and locals.  

The resort offers a sauna and an indoor pool. It is close to Soi Bangla, the infamous atmospheric street that will have you lost in its attractions. 

Aquarius Gay Guesthouse & Sauna is within walking distance of Soi Bangla and provides an indoor pool and a sauna for gay.

City: Phuket

Address: 127/10-17 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd, Paradise Complex

LGBT+ Events (Yearly & Pride Month)

Bangkok pride cruise
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  • Pride Cruise Bangkok: A unique event held on a cruise with Drag shows, food, fireworks, fashion show, DJ, and karaoke. It has been held for four consecutive years to celebrate Pride in June. 

Where: Bangkok

When: June

  • Chiang Mai Pride: An annual event hosted by Chiang Mai’s LGBT community and Young Pride Club to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights in Thailand. 

Where: Chiang Mai

When: February

  • Bangkok Pride, Bangkok Naruemit Pride Parade 2022: Bangkok Pride was held for the first time this past June 5th, 2022. It gathered the LGBT+ community, allies, and activists to promote sexual orientation and gender diversity while shedding light on marriage equality issues.  

Where:  Bangkok

When: June

  • Phuket Pride Week: One of the best times to visit Phuket for a Thailand LGBT travel is during its pride week in April.  Phuket Pride Week is a festival supported by local LGBTQ businesses that yearly attracts tourists worldwide. So the local Thai government has designated it an important tourist and cultural event. 

    Head to the Patong area to participate in activities such as athletic competitions, charity auctions, parties, open concerts, art shows, cabaret shows, and fireworks. 

Where: Phuket

When: April

Ready For Pride?

Ready to explore some LGBTQ friendly places in Thailand? These epic gay gateways we shared with you today are ideal for your next vacation.

Even if you can’t travel during Pride, visiting Thailand any time of the year will provide you with the positive and lively gay experience you want while empowering the LGBT community.

You can also book a ‘Gay Tour’ to meet new people, learn and practice languages, and involve yourself in all of Thailand’s diversity.

pride month lgbtq friendly places in thailand gay travel

Bring colors to your life and start planning that long-desired travel to this LGBT paradise, Thailand.

Raise your flag, and happy Pride!

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