From our archives
North America strips
From our archives
Sex and the Snipers: Creating the monsters we love to read about
If you haven't signed up for the free MyGuide service you are missing out on the following features:
- Monthly email when new
issue comes out
- Customized "Get MyGuys"
- Comment posting on magazine
articles, comment and
NOTE: This is an archive article. For an updated and expanded article click DailyXtraTravel
Prathet Thai, "land of the free," is
a place of great beauty. The natural
landscape, idyllic beaches and tropical
vegetation provide breath-taking
vistas. The people are generous with
their smiles in this society tightly
by Buddhism and love of their monarchy.
Taxi drivers still stop at small
temples to make offerings and pray, and
at 6pm each day people all over
Thailand stand quietly to pay respect to
the king. Self-respecting and fiercely
independent, they alone in the region
succeeded in resisting European
Buddhist culture inspires uncommon
concepts of sexuality and gender roles.
To western eyes the many women who work
construction in hard hats contrast
oddly with "straight men" on bar stages
dressed only in thongs or less, or
doing sex work with men. In a world of
far more important dramas, sex just
isn't such a big deal. As with
sustenance, their attitude goes, if
should eat, but modestly. Freedom's
opportunities can disorient some
on a binge. But others learn discretion
from Thais, for whom such things are
personal and family matters.
was not homophobic and was open to more
fluid sexual and gender expression. Thai
men are also less focused on body type
and age than their counterparts in
Europe and the Americas. Sodomy was
decriminalized in 1956, and gays and
transgendered people have been able to
serve in the armed forces since 2005.
There is not total equality, however.
Sex among men is not particularly
remarkable here, but self-identified gay
men may not become monks and there are
no same-sex marriage or partnership
rights. Rural people are less hospitable
to gay-identified men than are urban
people and those in resort towns along
the coast. Prostitution is technically
illegal, but widely tolerated so long as
it's with people over 18 years old, and
an important part of the economy. The
age of consent is officially 15, but
various legal caveats make the practical
age of consent
Language note: a variety of spellings
for business, place or street names
may confuse you. With no standard for
English transliteration of Thai words,
they can be written in different ways.
You'll soon get the hang of
Getting there, getting around
Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International
Airport, look for the "Taxi Meter Hire"
stand. Fares to the center are $10 to
$12. The subway system and the soon-to-
be extended Sky Train provide convenient
traffic-free transportation around the
city. For travel and pass information
The cooler months
from November to April are peak season.
See Tourismthailand.se or Whatson-
thailand.com for general information.
Budget airlines at Airasia.com,
Nokair.com and Fireflyz.com.my provide
cheap flights throughout Thailand and to
Bangkok bars & clubs
Chao Phraya River, the Silom and
Surawong Roads district has a thriving
scene of restaurants, karaoke bars,
saunas, massage spas, and go-go bars.
It's where most gay visitors head first;
where enterprising young local men come
to meet them, and ladyboy (kathoey)
mamasans emcee the sexually uninhibited
shows. Clubs can have anywhere from a
dozen to several dozen guys on offer, and
any dancer who tickles your fancy can be had. Ask (and tip) the
Fewer tourists go to
another area of gay pubs and saunas in
the Ramkhamhaeng Road area. It's a less
blatantly commercial pick-up scene, a
more Thai to Thai ambience, but
simpatico outsiders are welcome enough.
Khamphengphet Road, Sukhumvit Road and
Saphan Kwai (Pradiphat) are
bars and restaurants
The Silom subway stop and the Sala Dang Sky Train station serve the Silom-Surawong district. Silom soi 4 has a famous cluster of bars, and a website to promote them at SilomSoi4.net. Others are on soi Pratuchai and other streets around Silom.
(Silom soi 4) bar and restaurant, known
for tasty cocktails, two popular terraces, and friendly staff. Upstairs at the karaoke bar they have periodic cabaret nights.
Bearbie Bar (Silom soi 4) for bears' and friends, the meeting place for Thai Chub&Chasers; warm color metro-retro decor, big sofas to cuddle or sprawl, best karaoke equipment.
Society (12/3 Silom) 24-hour
caffeine, internet access, all-day meals include veggie options.
Bangkok (soi Pratuchai) quiet oasis on a bustling street where early birds get the best seats. Thai and western breakfast, brunch, dinner and late-night snacks, plus wide selections of cocktails, wine, beer and spirits.
Maxis Bar &
Restaurant (soi Pratuchai) Thai
and western meals, stylish cocktail
lounge, second floor balcony and open air terrace.
(Silom soi 2/1) neighborhood pub favorite of local expats and Thai friends -newcomers welcome, Quiz Nights; international restaurant with bar-b-q cook out and buffet specials.
Sphinx Bar &
Restaurant (Silom soi 4, far end) award-winning national and international food, good
wines, central location with indoor or al fresco terrace seating; upstairs Pharoah's karaoke bar
Pub (Silom soi 4) longtime
favorite bar and restaurant with a little of everything, shows, parties, karaoke and dancers, pulling in a crowd of many ages and nationalities. Their website has a pdf map of the Silom district, plus news, videos, photos and links.
Silom go-go bars
Many go-go bars are in soi Pratuchai, also known as Duangthawee Plaza or "Boy Plaza" off Surawong Road. Bars change frequently, so listings and maps are quickly outdated; but touts at street level will quickly show where new places open.
Bangkok (38/3-6 soi Pratuchai) good shows twice nightly, part of the Best Boys group of many dancers.
(38/3-6 soi Pratuchai) above Boys Bangkok, also Best Boys group, with big studs to fey twinks, explicit and big cock shows on two stages.
Future Boys (894/4-6 Soi Pratuchai) go-go boys on huge central stage, and back area shower stage.
Jupiter 2002 (Thaniya soi 2, off Suriwong Rd) fast paced go-go shows from 10pm, 20 to 30 handsome dancers, erotic big cock performances,
(Patong soi 2, Surawong) wide selection of dancers, plenty of contact opportunities, open later than most.
(39/2 soi Anuman Ratchathon, Suriwong) intimate club with go-go stage shows from 8pm to 2am, among least expensive drinks in town.
Club (2/2 soi Tantawan,
Surawong) amiable muscle men get off nightly onstage and offer massage onsite or off.
Club (90-96 Silom Rd, soi 4) slick new disco in Silom, multi-level space, diva cabaret, fashion and dude shows, outdoor seating.
DJ Station (Silom soi 2) comedy and drag shows, over-the-top glamour, small dance floor, mostly Thai crowd.
G.O.D. (Guys On
Display) (Silom, alley at soi 2) shirtless men groove to hard house and funk on large dance floor, most crowded after 2am.
(Silom soi 2) not a dance club, but much the same crowd, with singers and stage shows, live music performances, chill-out space, mixed Thai and western.
(Ramkhamhaeng soi 89/2) big, late disco, popular with Thai students. One of several gay clubs in the Lamsari Complex near Ramkhamhaeng University.
Think Pink @ Bed
Supper Club (26 Sukhumvit Soi 11) fashionable Sunday night gay dining and dancing weekly event with top DJs.
(Gcircuit.com) sponsors annual parties that include three nights of Thai New Year celebrations in mid-April, drawing people from all over Asia. See their website for 2011 dates.
Aquarius (243 Hutayana, soi Suanphlu, S Satorn Road) quiet gay guesthouse, in tropical garden at heart of Bangkok near Silom/Patpong entertainment district. Guests welcome to mingle in gay-family socials at bar, parties or in roof garden.
Bangkok (34 soi Nandha, S Sathon Rd, soi 1) sauna, nightclub,
restaurant, gym and cabaret, designed
for all male pleasures. Lodging options from bed and breakfast rooms to garden or penthouse suites, plus three luxurious Botticelli House suites in 1920 Colonial-Thai style, set in manicured gardens.
Bally's Studio Suites (10 Silom Road Soi 2) boutique served residence, 53 fully furnished apartments, near all Silom nightlife, 24 hour security, satelite TV and Wi-Fi, in-house coffee shop and bar.
BBB Inn (918 Rama 4 Rd, Silom) centrally located clean modern inexpensive rooms, overnight or short term; private bath, double-glass quiet, 24-hour room service, TV, Wi-Fi access, fridges, multi-lingual staff, laundry facilities.
Decho Rd, Silom; 2-635-8800) modern
rooms, studios and suites with wood
bathtubs, near bars, American breakfast
LUXX XL (82/8 Langsuan,
Pathumwan; 2-684-1111) near Luphini
Park, suites and executive rooms, large
pool with bar, wi-fi.
Hotel (119/5-10 Surawong; 2-238-
2620) stylish hotel, simple and deluxe
suites, daily newspaper, restaurant with
Thai and Japanese specials.
Colonnade (21 soi Saladaeng,
Silom; 2-636-0131) teakwood apartments,
fitness center, long pool, in-room
breakfast, monthly rates.
Bangkoksong.blogspot.com) stylish and
spacious apartments, kitchens, local
pool and gym, near bars.
Sathorn (Soi Ngam Duphli Rama
IV, Sathorn; 2-659-2888) modern rooms,
restaurant and bar, wi-fi, breakfast
until noon, in the heart of gay
Sathorn (59 Silom soi 3, Phipat
2; 2-266-8030) rooms andsuites,
restaurant, pool, sauna, exercise room,
in-room massage, near shopping and
Bangkok (54 Soi Ngam Duplee,
Rama 4; 2-679-7127) longtime favorite,
standard and luxury rooms, restaurant,
Lodge (72,74 Naratiwat, Silom;
2-635-0169) tidy guesthouse,
Thai/western restaurant, wi-fi.
Guesthouse (12/1 soi Ngam
Duphli, Rama 4; 2-286-3348) spotless
rooms, restaurant, near Luphini
Bangkok Saunas & massage
Adnonis (44/11 Convent Rd, Silom) massage for men by men, luxury rooms in renovated Silom townhouse, large selection of handsome masseurs, free parking, seven day service with weekend hours until 11:30pm.
Aqua Spa (34 soi Nadhna, Sathorn) club for gay men at city center for fully-equipped gym workouts and sensual massage from (then relaxation with) one of their talented staff. Also with restaurant, bar and garden.
Bangkok (34 soi Nadhna, Sathorn) wide range of accommodations, lavish sauna complex, pool, gym, massage services, restaurants, wild cabaret, erotic and drag shows. All the pleasures of a man in one place.
Body Club (4/24-25 Sukhumvit Soi 8) massage for men by men, seven days a week noon to 10pm, many types of able guys.
Candle Paradise Spa (18/464 Rama 4 City Court) escape stress and hassles with premium spa therapy and massage in a warm, comfortable, private and peaceful environment.
Sauna (32 soi Ari 4, off
Phaholyothin soi 7) fully equipped
sauna, upscale decor, pool, restaurant,
bar, Thai and Asian clientele.
Sauna (119 soi Mahesak, Silom,
4th floor) steam room and sauna, rooftop spa and garden near Skytrain station Surasak, popular with local office crowd.
(35/2 soi Phipat 2, off soi Convent,
Sathorn) small gym, rooftop terraces,
busy underwear night, mostly Thai crowd, wide range of ages.
soi Saladaeng, Silom) erotic massage
spa open daily 2-11pm, well-equipped, wide range of masseurs, hotel outcalls, and escort services.
Urban Male Massage (24/6 Sukhumvit 23) modern intimate boutique spa for men, spacious showers, private rooms, aroma therapy, highly skilled and personable masseurs.
Bangkok Shopping and
Silom Road has
price-pleasing flea markets nightly except Monday.
Siam Paragon Center, at Siam Station has fashion shows, an aquarium, designer boutiques and department stores.
The huge MBK shopping mall is at National Stadium.
Beauty (Third Floor, Thaniya
Plaza, Silom) hair coloring, cuts,
massage, facials, body waxing.
Clinic (281/15 Soi Silom Road;
2-635-5414) cosmetic surgery, botox,
The Grand Palace, the Wat Phra Kaew
complex, and the Wat Pho and Wat
Aruntemples are magnificent
The National Museum has
many artifacts of ancient Siam. The
nearby National Gallery Museum houses
traditional and contemporary works by
Thai artists. For these and more see
websites Bangkok-museum.com and
Thailand Being Travel Guide
peaceful Dusit Gardens the Vimanmek Teak
Mansion is a museum dedicated to King
Boat trips on the Chao
Phraya River depart every half hour from
Sathorn pier with cruises to places of
historical interest. See Tour-bangkok-legacies.com for details on these and
Trips to the
Floating Market of Damnoen Saduak in
Ratchaburi may be arranged through A&F Travel
(120 Silom Rd; 2-266-5105). Phra Pathom
Chedi, the holiest Thai structure, is on
the way at Nakhon Pathom, 35 miles south
of Bangkok. A&F books travel
throughout Thailand, Laos and
Thailand has a variety of
Boys has videos of gay competitions and Pride parades.
NOTE: This is an archive article. For an updated and expanded Pattaya article click DailyXtraTravel
The beach resort of Pattaya is a
two-hour drive from Bangkok. Air-
conditioned coaches from Bangkok's
Eastern Bus Station cost only a few
dollars and depart every half hour.
Limos and taxis cost about
Pattaya's Baht Buses are less
than a dollar for "in route" trips; a
tour will cost a couple of bucks.
Motorcycle taxis are inexpensive, but
have correct change handy and agree on
the price before leaving.
soldiers on R&R from Vietnam helped
transform this small fishing village
into a sprawling resort dedicated to
pleasure. Long after they left, the city
still thrives by providing sensual
Most of the gay scene is
in South Pattaya. It's joked that bars
change their names when the toilet paper
runs out, but numbers remain fairly
constant. Dancers and waiters are
available, and ladyboy mamasans help
with arrangements. Each bar has its own
style, ambience, and customer types;
stage shows can be graphic. Some have
rooms for private or group
Saunas, restaurants and dozens of
massage shops are interspersed among the many bars and nightclubs. Pattayaland and Sunee Plaza have the majority of gay businesses. Not only in the bars but throughout the gay districts there are many young men seeking your company for sex; most are commercial. To play it safe, ask for ID (and remember the Thai calendar is diffent); 18 is legal. Tourists found with someone underage can face heavy penalties, both here and at home.
A gay scene
has also developed around Jomtien
Complex, a taxi ride away. At the nearby
Jomtien gay beach, vendors offer
souvenirs, food and massage. Look for
the rainbow flag at Tui's Place, the
only gay hotel here abouts. Rent two
deck chairs with your umbrella and you
won't wait long. Not far away, Rainbow,
or Dongtan, Beach is splendid and has a
gay ambience and plenty of
It requires the local media to keep up the almost 150, often changeable gay businesses here. Some once reliable websites found in google searches can be very outdated. Better than average English-language sites include: Suneeplaza.info, Gay Affairs Pattaya and the new blog from a young Thai with an insider perspective, Nicky's Gay Pattaya. Each of these has maps, reviews, photos and event info for all of Pattaya's gay scene.
Pattaya Hot Male and Pattaya Gay TV are other good locals.
Spice and Thai Puan are magazine websites with news and features in English about gay life in Pattaya and other Thai cities.
The Pattaya Pride street party is to be held December 1st 2010, but other events take place throughout the year. See
Pattayapride.com for details.
Hotel (Pattayaland soi 3;
38-424-099) affluent feel, quiet rooms,
penthouse suite, national and
(Pattayaland soi 3; 38-424-099) hotel
suites with balconies, gym with sauna
and masseurs, a part of Ambience
(38-303-920), with a big range of properties, can help with purchases, rentals, and condos.
Bondi Beach Bar & Guest House (Dongtan Beach Road at Jomtien Beach; 80-630-7314) has rooms overlooking the Gulf of Thailand, and terrace bar a few minutes walk from the beach and close to Jomtien nightlife.
Le Cafe Royale Hotel (Pattayaland; 38-423-515) has rooms, suites, penthouses and apartments at the heart of Boyz Town nightlife with restaurants, cabaret, show/boy bars, and a sauna complex nearby.
Casabella (Pratumnak Road; 38-306-065 ) between Buddha Hill and Dongtan Beach, a casual and friendly guesthouse with roof garden patio, comfortable rooms, hot showers, a.c., fans, TV and video, starting at just US$16.
Guesthouse (soi VC,
Sunee; 38-713-840) has large and comfortable rooms and suites, inexpensive rates, all at Sunee central.
East Suites serviced suites and loft Jomtien Complex residences near Dongton Beach, with in-house Pagoda restaurant, kitchenettes, WiFi, video gizmos, and easy access to gay nightlife.
Eldorado Guesthouse (Sunee Plaza; 38-713 259) small but compfortable ten room guesthouse and restaurant with a Swiss accent, at the center of all the Sunee nightlife.
Ganymede (Jomtien Complex; 38-303-731) twelve room residence, boybar and sauna complex with all the amenities, near the beach, starting at just US$18 per night.
Haus Mewie (Jomtien Complex; 66-87-148-0382) German pension with rooms and apartments, garden terrace, balconies, computer, entertainment and kitchen amenities, close to beach and nightlife, starting at just US$15/night.
Hotel Ibis Pattaya (Pattaya 2nd Rd; 66-2659-2888) big, bright, colorful and modern euro-style hotel with pool, balconies overlooking beach, restaurant, bar, shopping/nightclub district nearby. When in Koh Samui check their sister hotel on Bophut Beach, the Ibis Samui Bophut.
& Bar (soi VC Hotel; 38-
713-664) a local institution at the entrance to Sunee Plaza bars, shops and restaurants. Comfortable modern rooms, reasonable prices, charming staff. Their lobby bar has cheap beer and is frequented by young freelancers.
Mangoes Guesthouse (Sattahip; 38-238-519) small bungalow guesthouse in village just outside Pattaya, near Wat Yansangwararam. Bikes and motorcycles rented here for exploring local fishing village beaches.
Marina Inn Plaza (273/13-15 Soi Yensabai, Sunee Plaza; 38-429-232) newly renovated rooms ranging from budget to spacious suites just at the edge of all the Sunee action.
(Sukhumvit Rd, Najomtien; 38-709-444)
luxury resort, with private beach, chauffeur services. Pool Villas Suites include fully equipped units, and personal chefs.
Poseidon Guest House (Jomtien Complex; 38-425-512) German and English speaking gay hotel with rooms, studio apartments and suites, near gay beach, bars, with in-house gourmet restaurant and four-star service at inexpensive prices.
Rabbit Resort (Jomtien Beach; 38-251-730) a village of Thai beach bungalows on 4 acres of Dongtan Beach frontage, with lush gardens around two pools. Promotions begin at just US$90 per double.
Room-Club Hotel (Jomtien Beach; 38-251-461) bar, rooms and deluxe suites and penthouse, right on gay beach, some with seafront balconies, open-air showers. Also restaurant dining, in-house massage and spa, private open-air lounges.
Sansuk Sauna &
Guesthouse (Thappraya Rd; 38-364-356) 19 room guesthouse between Jomtien Beach and Boyztown. Guests receive free pass to their large sauna and pool facility, plus computer access, and poolside breakfast at the restaurant.
Tui's Place Bar and
Restaurant (Jomtien Beach;
38-251-432) small comfortable gay seaside guesthouse at north end of the gay beach. Located within the Greand Conotel complex at the end of soi Thep Prasit.
Two Guys Guesthouse (Soi Yensabai, South Pattaya; 38-713-652) homey and gay-friendly guesthouse near Sunee Plaza, a short walk to Boyz Town. Well-equipped rooms, and restaurant serving all-day breakfast from 7am.
The Venue Residence (Jomtien Complex; 38-303-787), a gay-owned, straight-friendly boutique hotel and cabaret near the gay beach, with three rooms categories, all with Japanese-style large shower bathrooms, and other first class extras.
One of the three major gay nightlife districts are centered on and around three streets or "soi" 1, 2, and 3. On soi 3, most are a part of the Boyz Town hotel, sauna, massage, and nightclub group, with a community website for individual business links.
Boyz (Pattayaland soi 3) one of the best established of Boyztown bars, does spectacular cabaret and has go-go shows with dancers of all kinds and body types doing provocative "close-ups." They also have a chill-out back bar for conversations.
soi 3) toned torsos swim around glass tank for lascivious underwater shows, classy showtunes cabaret acts, and ready-to-go young men for the asking.
(Pattayaland soi 3) a homey cocktail bar with terrace, light meals and entertainment.
Pub, (Pattayaland soi 3) the perfect place to begin a Boyz Town exploration, with a fun staff and international crowd.
Serene Pub (soi 3) an oasis of quiet host bar, if you need one, amid the maelstrom of the surrounding scene.
soi 2) nightclub has very erotic bathtub shows, a wide range of enthusiastic and available dancers performing in extravagant shows and events.
Other Pattayaland go-go favorites include:
A-Bomb Boys (soi 2) older than average dancers; Cupidol Bar (soi 1) animated dancers set against black marble interior; Dream Boys
(soi 1) long-time survivor, comfortable vibe, many pleasant dancers and waiters to choose among;
Funny Boys (soi 3) many dancers, varied kinds, intimate stage set-up; Sawadee Boys (soi 1) many dancers perform on large central stage; Star Boys (soi 1) known for Big Cock shows; Kawaii Boys (soi 1) known for on-stage jiggles;
Lucky 777 (soi 1) cheap beers and slightly older dancers;
Toy Boys (soi 3) large club, varied dancers, comfortable seating around central stage, more laid-back pacing than others; Vassa (between soi 1 & 2) older, less frenetic dancers; and X-Boys (soi 1) quieter club with older dancers on stage. Upstairs Dynamite also less busy, has cinema-style seating and plenty of dancers.
Restaurant (Pattayaland soi 3)
you should book early for American holiday feasts.
Restaurant (Soi Pattayaland 2)
specializes in ribs and
racks, Cajun and Creole, Italian and
seafood, with a balcony booth.
Monty's Bar (Jomtien Complex) has sexy cabaret and dancing boy shows.
Lubov Boys, and La Dolce Vita are two more Jomtien Complex host bars with boys who'll offer their company.
Question Mark (Jomtien Complex) a small bar with pool table offers massage by their friendly boys who take you upstairs for private sessions.
Two Faces Bar (Jomtien Complex) a guesthouse, open-air beer bar, and coffee shop where waiters do double duty giving massage exactly as you like.
The Venue (Jomtien Complex) gay hotel cabaret lounge has three nightly full-production ladyboy shows that include a dozen sexy male dancers, from 10pm. Shows change constantly, particularly on Sundays which include Thai Classical numbers.
Jomtien area restaurants include:
Jomtien (Jomtien Complex) has an affable unstressed atmosphere near the beach, tasty cocktails and a wide range of foreign and local beers, plus Thai and Western breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night snacks.
Holland House (Jomtien Beach Road 344) is a Dutch restaurant and guesthouse serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, known for their homemade peanut sauce, or sateh. They have Dutch language TV, and speak English too.
Manhattans Restaurant & Bar (Thappraya Rd, Jomtien), renowned for flame-grilled beef steaks and fresh seafood dining, also has fine Thai food and the best "wine by the glass" menu in town. On first Saturdays they feature live jazz music.
Ozz Bar &
(Jomtien Complex) promises relaxation on their romantic
terrace, hearty food and drinks, Wi-Fi access, and English language newspapers.
The Pagoda (Jomtien Complex) an al fresco terrace and restaurant serving Mediterranean, European and Thai cuisine, is considered to be one of the best in town, and not too expensive either.
Poseidon Restaurant (Thappraya Rd, Jomtien) hotel bar and terrace, opens 8am to midnight for breakfast, then lunch, and gourmet dining after 6pm with a good list of wines.
Nightlife, Sunee Plaza
This compact district packs dozens of bars, restaurants and a few hotels, just off Soi VC. Beer bars and cafes are more laid-back. Cafe staff are available, but not in your face. At nightclubs they're more focused on the basic imperative of hooking up.
Nightclubs with go-go boys include:
Mic My Boys;
Tom Yum; and
Host bars and cafes in Sunee Plaza include:
Leks/ La Copa;
Memories Music Bar;
Mike's La Cage;
Wan's (Place 2B);
In the Day & Night area on the Boystown side of Sunee Plaza, there are two more nightclubs with dancers: Number One Boys, and Office Boy.
Sunee Plaza Cafes and restaurants include:
El Dorado guesthouse, bar and restaurant offering prix fixe meals with a Swiss touch;
Don Plaza good and affordable International cuisine for breakfast and dinner, simple to elaborate meals;
Little Mango restaurant and internet shop, high speed internet connections, good, fresh Thai curries as hot and spicy as you like;
Oud's bar wih sandwiches, snacks, comfortable terrace seating;
Po Pot (273/10-11 Soi
Yensaba I) small guesthouse with German, International and Thai food;
Two Guys small, popular guesthouse restaurant with all-day breakfast, good food for good value.
A bit out from Sunee center,
Wan's Cafe has nice, relaxed atmosphere, tasty food for reasonable prices.
The White Night Restaurant is gone - now part of a larger Mike's La Cage.
Between Buddha Hill and Sunee Plaza an upscale dining option is Bruno's
Restaurant (306/63 Chateau Dale
364 600-1), serving lavish European and Thai lunch and dinner with an extensive selection of wine.
Nightlife, Late Night Afterhours Clubs
There are five mostly gay or gay-friendly late-night after-hours clubs, busy from about 1am to dawn, with elaborate shows, boy dancers, and dancing. These generally attract a more Thai than tourist crowd.
Dave Man's Club (S Pattaya Rd, soi 16) is a big gay dance club with plenty of cayote dancers in the shows.
Deep Splash @ Dusit Club (2nd Road),
Out-XY (soi 15).
(Soi 6 at Second Rd) is the newest, with a sexy late show in North Pattaya, and
(Third Rd at soi 16) is a big and busy club, in a giant black warehouse setting filled with good sound and light shows.
(Pattayaland soi 3; bodyclub-
pattaya.com) aromatherapy, professional
massage from $10.
(325/93 Pattayaland Soi 3; 38-424-0099)
heart of Boyztown, masseurs, open 10am-
(413/131-132 Thappraya Rd, Nhongprue)
gym, sauna, steam room, darkroom, erotic
Sansuk Sauna &
Guesthouse (391/49 Moo
10 Soi 11, Thappraya Rd; 38-364-355)
international crowd, maze, steam room,
saunas, gym, pool. They also have a restaurant with five-course set meals or a la carte menu.
Thai Blind Massage
Institute (413/89 Thapprya Rd,
Jomtien) massage for pain in your back,
not the bawdy
(Floating4market.com) cuisines of four
national regions from floating
(Pattayapride.com) events and
parties, website has videos of past
festivals and contests.
Park Beach (Pattayapartk.com) amusement
and water park with rollercoaster, cable
car and tower jump.
Pattaya Modern Art
Centre (Liamsgallery.com) art
exhibits, often with erotic
(Tigerzoo.com) feed baby tigers or see
pig races and
NOTE: The above Bangkok and Pattaya portions of this article were updated in May 2010, but Phuket information that follows dates from April 2009.
For an updated and expanded Phuket article click DailyXtraTravel
Thailand's largest island lies to
the west in the Andaman Sea. Patong, its
busiest town, has a gay beach attracting
an international crowd. This year the
Phuket Film Festival
(Phuketfilmfestival.asia) takes place
Beyond the tourist
traps, secret hideaways such as Kalim
Beach beckon. There you'll share with
locals an array of seafood and barbecued
meats. For tranquility, try Karon and
Kata beaches. For first-class seclusion,
hire an island for the day. See
Patong; 76-345-800) well-equipped rooms,
quiet location, just off the main
and Sauna (127/10-17
Road, Patong;76-341-668) at heart of
Paradise Complex, rooftop hot tub and
Patak Rd soi 10, Karon; 76-333- 222) gay
hideaway in the hills, sea view, near
Club One Seven
B&B (9/9-10 Prachanukroh,
Patong) clean and comfortable rooms,
near the sea.
(125/8-9 Rat-U-Thit Rd; 76-294-195)
budget to penthouse rooms, Thai and
international food, Thursday
(105/9 Rachauthid Rd, Patong; 87-888-
1158) five minutes from Paradise
Complex, shopping and
Chalermphrakiat Road, Kathu District,
Patong) bar and restaurant, near beach,
in-room wi-fi and safe.
76-344-215) terrace and sports bars,
near nightlife, five-minute walk to gay
Time Bar &
B&B (125/12 Raj-U-thit
Rd, Paradise Complex; 89-724-8497) guest
rooms from $25, bar and
Paradise Complex is the neon-lit gay zone
in Patong. All of Patong becomes one big
nightclub after dark, buzzing with the
energy of the bars and dancing in the
streets, as well as tabletops. Men,
women, and ladyboys line sidewalks
signaling their availability to growing
numbers of international visitors, young
and old. Of the 30 or so gay bars and
restaurants in the area those below are
in Paradise Complex.
cabaret bar, nightclub with modern sound
and laser system.
relaxed pace, tasty drinks, local
underwear nights, uniform and fetish
parties. Thai slapstick comedy shows
with big-belly women in
My Way go-go bar, nightly
cabaret, bevy of guys on
Sundowners Bar &
people-watching location, pool
Theatre/Restaurant (120 Rat-U-
Rd, Patong) short walk from Paradise
Complex, Thai food, and tapas, shows mix
Thai theater and western
Soi III, Patong Beach) Thai restaurant
with stylish ambiance.
Restaurant and Bar (223/3
Patong) contemporary Italian in perfect
traditional New Year, which begins this
year on April 13, is a three-day
celebration. The whole country observes
religious and family rituals, but
dousing people, especially foreigners,
with water is the best-known tradition.
There is dancing on every
a nine-day festival running from October
17 to 26, marks the beginning of "Taoist
Lent" with hot coal walking, skin
piercings, and religious
Tour (rainbow-scuba.com) gay
land or underwater at Koh
Thailand, a host of budget airlines can
get you here. From Bangkok try
Airasia.com or Nokair.com. Bus and mini-
van connections are about $20, and can
be arranged by your hotel. Taxi fare to
Patong or Kata runs $10-
Gaypatong.com has local Phuket gay
Look for Spice
Magazine, an English-language
publication with excellent maps. Thai
Puan is available in Thai and
Thailand. Variety of
Boys. Videos of competitions,
The Pattaya Gay
Festival is usually held in late
November and early December. See