A complete guide to the gay area of Bangkok

10s! 10s! 10s! across the board, as you sashay your way down Bangkok’s Silom Soi 4 street, the beating heart and soul of the city’s incredible gay scene.

We love it here. It’s one of our favourite gay scenes in the world. Regardless which day of the week you come, there’s always life and action. Whenever we visit Bangkok, the first thing we do is head straight to Balcony and have our obligatory “welcome to Bangkok” Pad Thai in their outdoor terrace.

Balcony is one of the many gay bars in Silom Soi 4 – an area with lots of gay hotels, massage parlours, clubs, saunas and restaurants. You can read our full gay guide to the city of Bangkok, but in this article, we take you on a magical journey through the gay area of Bangkok!

Gay Bangkok | The Essential LGBT Travel Guide!

An extremely tolerant society where gay, lesbian and transsexual lifestyles are largely accepted as a natural way of life, Bangkok is the epicenter of gay culture in Thailand. Adding to the appeal of a trip to Bangkok is the incredible food, friendliness of the Thai people, ancient temples, raging nightlife, hip shopping destinations and yes – everything at a very affordable cost compared to Western destinations (though rising rapidly).

While long known as a backpacker destination, Bangkok now has some of the most affordable and luxurious properties in the world, and offers more bang-for-your-buck than almost anywhere else on earth!

Gay Bangkok offers something for everyone, crazy nightlife, boutique shopping and luxurious hotels and spas – often all on the same block. Bangkok is one of the few places on earth where the gay nightlife scene is as crazy as wild as the straight! Even if it’s not typically your thing you have to try at least to visit one of the countless cabarets, clubs, bars, karaoke or go-go bars if only to see how accepting Thai culture, in general, is of the LGBT community.

Equally tempting is the plethora of roof-top bars and dining, world-class spas, infinity pools and affordable luxury hotels – all of which nearby gay Kuala Lumpur has, just without the same LGBT acceptance! An incredible amount is packed into this city of 8 million – and every visit will unearth something new.

Whether you use Bangkok as a gateway to one of Thailand popular beach resorts like Gay Pattaya or Gay Phuket or as a holiday destination in its own right, there is enough here to satisfy you for a week, month or even years. This probably explains why there is such a huge expat community in Bangkok! Bangkok has everything you could possibly want, and perhaps a few things you never knew you desired…

Gay Bangkok | The Essential LGBT Travel Guide!

5 Best gay massage places in Bangkok

Why did the masseuse have to close up shop? Because he kept rubbing people the wrong way!

All jokes aside, while gay saunas are a wonderful way to relax in a steam room and meet some hot fellas, sometimes what you really need is a vigorous massage to soothe your sore muscles.

Whether you’ve been stuck in an aeroplane for 18 hours or just have tired legs from all the shopping you’ve been doing, Bangkok is one of the best places to go for a massage. And yes, you can get ones with a “happy ending” if that’s what you’re in the mood for, but don’t feel pressured if it’s not really your cup of tea!

The art of , you can even see ancient plaques depicting the techniques on the walls of the temple Wat Pho. Getting a gay massage in Bangkok means you can enjoy a relaxing massage with a cute gay masseuse who is also often amenable to a little more intimacy than you might experience with a ‘regular‘ massage.

Bangkok’s fabulous gay area has plenty of gay massage options so you can be refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. These are our favourite gay massage parlours and spas in Bangkok for a good rubdown…

5 Best gay massage places in Bangkok

Which Hotels are good around GAY area in Bangkok ?

I am traveling to Bangkok in March for 1 week, just thinking to book the accommadation, which is close or next to the Gay SCENE area in Bangkok, I heard Silom area is good, but which street has the gay scene, and which are the Hotel options ?

Do you think I should book the Hotel before I arrive or there would be planty to choose from when I arrive at the airport ?

if you could help me to choose one hotel from Bangkok Silom area, which would you reconmand ?

where I could meet more westners ?(GAY) and where I can go for some fun, and gay friendlly, I am traveling alone, so hopefully I could meet some one at one of the GAY scence places !!

Tartawan Place gets consistently good reviews, gay/straight friendly, close to the many gay bars of Silom sois 2 and 4.

my wife and I enjoy drinking at gay bars every once in a awhile, and love a good drag show/katoey source of gay travel info in

If you go on , it list various hotels catering to gays and lesbians. It does list Tarntawan Place and if you mention Purple Roofs, it says you can get 250Baht off each night you stay.

I also heard of Babylon Barracks, next to or connected to Babylon Spa.

When will you be in Bangkok? I will be visiting the beginning of March. Feel free to PM me.

Tantawan Place and Siam HeritagePatpong. on the different walkable.

Unico Grand (old Tower Inn) in Silom near Chong Noni Skytrain station; Tarntawan Hotel (as above); Pinnacle Hotel Lumpini (very popular with gays); check our or

Also try Narai Hotel in the Silom area – – check the Utopia Gay Asia web site for tons of info on gay friendly restaurants, etc.

You should have a good time in Bangkok as the Gay scene around silom road and sois 2 & 4 is very busy & friendly.

Soi 4 is particularly good before heading to soi 2.

Try the Balcony bar where your sit outside directly oposite the Telephone Bar literally facing each other with watch all that passes you by.

The hotel recomodations ofeered by previous posters are all godd and if you are travelling alone and intend to meet someone it might be best to stay at a know Gay friendly hotel which dosent charge a ‚joiners‘ fee. Most hotels in Bangkok will charge you a joiners fee if you bring someone back to stay the night in your room (who was not registered to the room when checking in ) regardless of wether or not you booked a double room or might be something that you might want to check with the hotel before booking.

Bangkok can get very hot and sticky during the day and it can be good to have a hotel which has a pool for an afternoon refreshing dip-something to consider.

Silom road turns into one big night market at night which now extends almost the lenght of the road which is really a large overflow of the Patong there is alos plenty to see and do in this area particularly of an evening.

There a a couple of more upmarket hotels in this area including the Dusit Thani (which has an excellent location), The Pan Pacific and the Montien.

If your not sure which hotel to book read some of the reviews posted here on Tripadvisor which usually give you a good indication of what to expect.

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Gay Thai boy Saroj tells us about gay life in Thailand

Oh, we sure do! There are of course many places we’d go back to in a heartbeat, but if we had to pick just one – Thailand!

Thailand has it all, amazing beaches, a rich cultural fabric to discover, delicious Thai food, and most of all, it is very gay friendly! Bangkok, in particular, has a fantastic gay scene – in our opinion, one of the best in the world. Whilst Thailand has positioned itself to become one of Asia’s leading destinations for LGBTQ travelers, we wanted to learn more about what gay life is really like from a local’s perspective.

We met cutie photographer, Saroj, in Bangkok, who gave us his perspective of what gay life in Thailand is really like and what it was like growing up gay there. Read his story right here:

Gay Thai boy Saroj tells us about gay life in Thailand

The Glamorous Gay Hotels of Bangkok: Find Serenity in the Chaos! ??

It’s the perfect holiday destination if you like to keep busy and have adventures, seeing and doing as many new things as possible. But even the hardiest of adventure-chasers among us need somewhere to retreat to sometimes, an oasis of calm in the chaos.

That’s why it’s so important to find the right hotel in Bangkok, and luckily there’s a good choice of glamorous gay hotels in Bangkok. Strictly speaking, there is only one gay-only hotel, Babylon, but there are plenty of other gay-friendly hotels to choose from!

It’s such an affordable place that you’ll be able to stay in the lap of luxury without it breaking the bank; perfect to recuperate until your next session of painting the town red!

The Glamorous Gay Hotels of Bangkok: Find Serenity in the Chaos! ??

The Glamorous Gay Hotels of Bangkok: Find Serenity in the Chaos! ?? Babylon Gay Hotel Hotel Muse The W Bangkok The Sukhothai Sala Rattanakosin Shanghai Mansion Hilton Inn Express Sathorn    

Gay Bangkok – the best gay hotels, bars, clubs & more

Bangkok offers an amazing gay nightlife that has made it one of the most popular destinations for gay travel. There are a large number of gay bars, clubs, saunas, spas and more to be found in this city. While a budget hotel costs less than $15 per night, you can even stay in a luxurious 5-star hotel for less than $200. Street food in Bangkok is delicious, fresh and costs under $3 for a full meal including a local beer. This exciting city has lots to do and see in a welcoming environment for the LGBT traveler.

Where is Bangkok’s gay area?

The majority of Bangkok’s gay bars and clubs are located in Silom, which is a sub-district of Bang Rak. There are two main gay streets in Silom, known as Silom Soi 4 and Silom Soi 2. Both of these smaller pedestrian-only streets lead off from the main Silom Road, which you can reach via the BTS Skytrain (get off at the Sala Daeng station) or the Silom MRT Station.

Silom Soi 4 is where the bulk of the gay bars of Bangkok can be found, in particular Balcony, Telephone and Stranger. There are many smaller ones, but these are the main three – Telephone and Balcony are the largest, with outdoor seating facing each other. Stranger Bar is where the best drag shows of the city take place every evening.

Silom Soi 2 is where the bulk of the gay clubbing scene is, in particular DJ Station. After drinking in Silom Soi 4, most then head to Silom Soi 2 around 11pm/midnight to catch the shows there and dance the night away.

Later on in the evening, just behind Silom Soi 2 is G Bangkok (sometimes called G.O.D) – which is where all the late-night party boys end up, usually shirtless…

Where to stay around Silom Soi 4?

The gay area of Bangkok around Silom Soi 2 and Silom Soi 4 is also home to lots of gay / gay friendly hotels, inns, hostels and guesthouses. These are some of our personal favourites based mainly on our first-hand experience (we’ve been to BKK many many times!) as well as recommendations from fellow LGBTQ travellers:

The best bars and clubs in Silom

For a small area, the gay neighbourhood of Bangkok packs in a lot! There are many small bars, clubs, restaurants and even Go-Go bars all within walking distance of each other. These are some of our favourite bars and clubs in Silom. Note: you may prefer to simply join a night-time tour of the gay scene, especially if you’re travelling solo and want to quickly make new friends.

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Gay restaurants in Silom Soi 4

Foodies listen up: Thai traditional food is one of the best ever! Silom Soi 4 is not just home to gay bars and clubs, there are also plenty of excellent gay restaurants to get your Thai foodie fix in! These are some of our favourite places to eat in the Silom gay area of Bangkok:

Gay Bangkok

4-star : Walk to the gay bars & clubs. Close to Sauna Mania & BTS Skytrain.

3-star : Near the gay scene. Excellent value for money.

4-star : Close to the gay nightlife. Next to the BTS skytrain Excellent value.

5-star : Gay-popular. Amazing rooftop bar Close to gay scene.

3.5-star : Great value. Near Babylon Sauna Gay-popular choice.

4-star : Near the gay nightlife. Quiet area All suites.

Silom & Sathorn area

Popular area with gay travellers for exploring Bangkok and its gay scene. Silom has a huge choice of restaurants and bars, with both skytrain and metro stations providing fast connections across the city.

Popular area with gay travellers for exploring Bangkok and its gay scene. Silom has a huge choice of restaurants and bars, with both skytrain and metro stations providing fast connections across the city.

Tucked away along a quiet side street, Trinity Silom is conveniently close to both the BTS Skytrain station and the Silom gay scene, such as Telephone Pub.

If you can’t get to sleep, the late-night gay Sauna Mania is just around the corner. May restaurants and convenience shops nearby. The Chu Cafe (located in the same building) is a real favourite of ours. Hotel staff are helpful and as gay-friendly as they get.

The hotel offers comfortable, well-designed, great-value rooms with free WiFi, an onsite restaurant, swimming pool and gym. A consistently popular choice amongst Travel Gay users.

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Bandara Suites Silom offers large guest rooms and even larger suites with a lounge area, kitchen, dining area and  good-sized bathroom. Facilities include free WiFi, two swimming pools, gym, sauna, jacuzzi, poolside bar & onsite Japanese restaurant.

Consistently a popular hotel with gay travellers, given Bandara’s reasonable rates, a prime location and very gay-friendly service.

Bandara is less than a 10-minute walk to the Silom gay scene (DJ Station etc.) and both the Saladaeng skytrain and the Lumpini MRT stations. Babylon gay sauna is within easy access.

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Very popular on Travel Gay. This great-value, very gay-friendly Heritage Silom is right next to the ChongNonsi skytrain station, walking distance to gay bars in Silom and close to Sauna Mania.

Modern rooms feature LCD TV, free WiFi, comfortable beds. There is a small pool, sun terrace, fitness room. A choice of restaurants and bars nearby.

A huge range of restaurants are nearby, and the Siam shopping district can be reached in 10 minutes via the skytrain.

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This long-running hotel in Silom has been popular with gay guests for many years. The Montien is a short walk from the gay bars on Soi 4, DJ Station and Patpong Night Market.

Modern Thai-style, air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV,  minibar, free WiFi, private bathroom. The Montien has its own outdoor pool with sun loungers and a small gym.

The nearby Sam Yan MRT station makes it easy to reach other parts of Bangkok, or you can catch the skytrain at the Saladaeng Station on Silom Road.

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Brand new hotel in the heart of bustling Bangkok, right near the Chong Nonsi skytrain station. The gay bars in Silom, many of the best restaurants and shopping areas are nearby.

Modern guest rooms feature extra-large beds and a private bathrooms with rain showers. The hotel has a rooftop bar, restaurant and a 24-hour front desk.

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gay-popular area, great transport links, very close to the gay nightlife

gay nightlife area, transport links & lots of food options from street vendors to gourmet restaurants

central area, near the malls, easy reach of the Silom gay scene

Located in the heart of Silom, close to shops, restaurants, night market and gay nightlife, the Furama Silom features a rooftop swimming pool with fabulous view, a restaurant & bar, a gym and sauna.

Each of the spacious guest room is neatly decorated in modern Thai style, with floor-to-ceiling windows, cable TV, safe and free WiFi.

From this great-value hotel, you can walk to DJ Station gay dance club and the main bars on Silom or catch a very short taxi ride.

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One of the older hotels in Silom but still a popular choice. Why? Low rates and prime location – just steps from Patpong Night Market, the gay bars & clubs in Silom and Bangkok’s famous gay ‘red light’ district.

The updated Thai-styled guest rooms are spacious and feature comfortable beds, flat screen TV, iPod docking station, tea & coffee maker and free WiFi.

There is an outdoor pool, a gym and a restaurant that serves very reasonable Thai and international dishes, although there is an endless choice at your doorstep.

An urban escape in the heart of gay Bangkok. The Sathorn Visa Marriott Executive is located just a 10-15 minute-walk from the main gay bars, skytrain station and Patpong Night Market.

Offering the benefits of apartment-style living, each fully-serviced suite features a full kitchen, large living area, DVD player, free WiFi.

Grocery shopping, daily housekeeping and other luxurious perks are offered. Their signature restaurant Momo Café serves delicious breakfast buffet. The hotel has an outdoor saltwater pool, modern gym facility.

kitchen, parking, bar, restaurant, swimming pool, gym, steam room, free wi-fi

Important Bangkok travel tip

Traffic in Bangkok can be heavy, especially during rush hour. BTS skytrains are a fast and convenient way to get around the city. The elevated air-conditioned trains run every 5-10 minutes.

The SalaDaeng BTS station is almost right on top of the Silom gay scene. From there, it is two stops to Siam, Bangkok’s main station and shopping hub. Most of our hotel choices are near a skytrain.

The Tarntawan Hotel Surawong (previously Tarntawan Place) has a loyal following of gay travellers who keep on coming back year after year.

The hotel is located in a quiet side street, just moments from the gay bars in Silom, Patpong Night Market and the infamous ‘Soi Twilight’.

The hotel’s comfortable rooms and suites have free WiFi, cable TV and a fully stocked minibar. Room service is available 24 hours. 

The contemporary-styled I Residence is just a 15-minute walk from the DJ Station and even closer to Sauna Mania and Arena Spa.

Very conveniently, the BTS Chong Nonsi skytrain station is just outside the hotel, so it’s really easy to get to most of the tourist sights, shopping malls. If it gets too hot to walk, then the gay bars are just a one station away.

I Residence has always had a very warm and welcoming attitude towards gay customers.

67 Narathivas Racha Nakarin Road Soi 3, Silom, Bangkok

Bangkok’s famous gay sauna Babylon offers a range of rooms with shared bathrooms and shower area. “Barrack” rooms are located in a low-rise tower block directly above the sauna. Suites with private facilities are also available.

There are numerous dining options available at the hotel. You can have an al fresco cocktail at The Courtyard Bar and also order drinks by the pool. The Tootsie Terrace serves cocktails 24-hours a day, so you need never be without a drink in your hand.

Guests have access to the sauna and gym, which makes it handy for those who feel they need to stay close to the action. The Babylon is about 15 minutes by taxi (depending on traffic) from the gay scene in Silom.

Traditional Thai-style boutique hotel near Bangkok’s nightlife entertainment, right next to Patpong Night Market and a short walk to the gay bars and dance clubs in Silom.

The Siam Heritage’s guest rooms feature authentic teak furnishings, a rooftop pool and a gym. Rooms feature include satellite TV and a tea & coffee maker. Some have a kitchenette with stove.

The onsite restaurant serves authentic Thai and international dishes, though you are spoiled for choice when staying in this area. Getting to other parts of Bangkok is easy via the Saladaeng BTS skytrain (a 5-minute walk).

bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, gym, free wi-fi

Sister hotel to the 5-star Sukhothai hotel, Siri Sathorn is an affordable luxury serviced residence, conveniently located in a quiet side street, just a short walk from the gay bars and clubs in Silom.

This all-suite hotel features a spa, gym, pool, bar & café. The in-house restaurant offers a reasonably-priced lunch buffet with a variety of menu that is also popular with non-hotel guests.

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One of Thailand’s most popular, value-for-money hotel groups. The Pinnacle attracts a large number gay guests due to its affordability, ideal location (minutes from Babylon Sauna and Silom nightlife) and totally gay-friendly management.

The hotel has an outdoor pool, a sauna, a gym, a café and a restaurant.

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One of a cluster of gay-popular and very affordable hotels near the BTS Chong Nonsi skytrain station. The Silom gay bars are about a 10 minute walk away, although gay Sauna Mania is just around the corner.

FuramaXclusive is tucked away on a very quiet side street yet is just moments from all the action. Large, comfortable guest rooms and suites feature tea & coffee-makers, a microwave, full-sized fridge, free WiFi. The hotel has a small gym and outdoor pool.

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Competitive pricing, a good location (a 10 minute walk from the gay bars & clubs in Silom), comfortable rooms and friendly staff have made the Mandarin a popular choice on Travel Gay Asia.

Mandarin Hotel (not to be confused with the 5-star Mandarin Oriental) is just a few steps from the Sam Yan MRT subway. A taxi to MBKSiam Paragon shopping malls should not cost more than 50 baht (about US$1.50).

Modern deluxe rooms & suites feature a comfortable bed, flat screen cable TV, free WiFi, fridge, kettle and microwave. There’s a small gym and swimming pool, too.

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Le Siam (formerly ‘Swiss Lodge’) is located in the heart of Silom gay scene. You can stumble out of DJ Station Gay Sauna Mania is just a short walk away.

The area is also filled with dining options including the rather good Thai restaurant Bua, 7Eleven and Starbucks. SalaDaeng skytrain station is a aLebout a 5-minute walk away.

The hotel offers 55 cosy, soundproof rooms, swimming pool and lounge bar. The in-house restaurant/café offers indoor & outdoor seating. Great service and value for money.

bar, cafe, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, free wi-fi

This modern hotel from the Holiday Inn Express has a very central location, just a short walk from Chong Nonsi skytrain, Sauna Mania and only two skytrain stations from the Silom gay bars.

The hotel offers stylish guest rooms, each with iPod docking station, free WiFi, flat screen cable TV. The dining area has a fridge and electric kettle.

There is a 24-hour front desk, a coin-operated laundromat with ironing board, a modern gym and computer stations at the lobby. The onsite restaurant serves local and international dishes.

bar, restaurant, swimming pool, massage, gym, free wi-fi

A sparkling, contemporary designer hotel in prime location – next to the Surasak skytrain, just 5 minutes to the gay scene in Silom and less than 10 minutes to the Siam Square shopping district.

Each tastefully designed room has free WiFi, LCD satellite TV, media hub, tea & coffee maker and minibar. Executive room guests have access to the private lounge, with à la carte breakfast and all-day non-alcoholic drinks & snacks.

Mode has a fully equipped gym, infinity-edge pool with sun decks and fabulous city view. There are no less than 6 dining options, ranging from an all-day bistro to a 38th floor bar & lounge.

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Siam & Lumpini area

The very heart of Bangkok. Siam is home to huge shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment venues. Hotels in this area are just 10 minutes away from the Silom gay bars, via the skytrain or taxi.

The very heart of Bangkok. Siam is home to huge shopping malls, restaurants and entertainment venues. Hotels in this area are just 10 minutes away from the Silom gay bars, via the skytrain or taxi.

Popular mid-range hotel in the heart of Bangkok, steps away from major shopping malls – MBKSiam Center, and the Siam main skytrain station.

Guest rooms have flat screen TV, minibar, free WiFi and 24-hour room service. The hotel has its own gym, spa, outdoor pool, tour desk, bar, clubbing and dining onsite.

A huge range of restaurants are nearby, and the Silom gay district is within 10-15 minutes away by taxi or the skytrain.

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Shopping queens take note! The Mercure Bangkok is right near MBK Center, the main shopping area and the Siam skytrain station. Trains go directly to the Silom gay district (just two stops).

The Mercure offers large, stylish rooms with flat screen satellite TV, minibar, coffee maker, free WiFi. There are 3 bars, 2 restaurants, outdoor pool and a gym, though we think the Olympic Club @ Pathumwan Princess would have more eye candies.

If the location is right but the price isn’t, then consider the ibis Bangkok Siam Hotel which shares the same building.

The Holiday Inn Express Siam is in prime location, right next to the skytrain and just a short walk from Bangkok’s biggest shopping malls (MBKSiam ParagonSiam Center, etc).

The hotel features a gym, laundry room and vending machines. All stylish, comfortable guest rooms have free WiFi, but there are no king-sized beds, only queens. If you are not a size queen and want to be close to the shops, this great-value hotel is a smart choice.

Sukhumvit area

Sukhumvit is renowned for luxury shopping malls like Terminal 21EmporiumEmQuartier) and 5-star hotels. The area is served by both the BTS skytrain and MRT metro.

There is a good choice of budget & mid-range hotels in Sukhumvit, but they are less popular with gay travellers than those in Silom, Sathorn or Siam.

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Sukhumvit is renowned for luxury shopping malls like Terminal 21EmporiumEmQuartier) and 5-star hotels. The area is served by both the BTS skytrain and MRT metro.

There is a good choice of budget & mid-range hotels in Sukhumvit, but they are less popular with gay travellers than those in Silom, Sathorn or Siam.

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in Silom / Sathorn

The nearest gay sauna to the Silom gay bars. Sauna Mania has 5 levels with facilities including a small gym and a rooftop terrace. Some areas are very dimly lit, and the stairs are steep, so be careful!

The sauna gets busy after 5pm on weekdays, late afternoons and on the weekends. More frequented by Thais but foreigners are welcome.

From Saladaeng station, walk down Convent Rd for about 5 minutes, then turn right on Soi Phipat 2.

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gay-popular area, great transport links, very close to the gay nightlife

gay nightlife area, transport links & lots of food options from street vendors to gourmet restaurants

central area, near the malls, easy reach of the Silom gay scene

Krubb Bangkok is a new gay sauna in Bangkok, redefining what you can expect at a premium sauna.

In addition to the sauna, gym and jacuzzi, Krubb Bangkok also features luxury play suites, adult playground, relaxation zone, and mental health and chem-sex counselling services. Rooms are also for hire should you like to extend your stay.

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1112/112 Sukhumvit Road, Prakanong, Klong Toey, Bangkok

· up to 75% off · flexible booking policy · refundable rates

Bangkok’s best-known gay sauna and one of the longest-running gay venues. Babylon’s extensive facilities include a large pool, steam room, dry sauna, jacuzzi, dark room, maze and private cabins.

You can top up your tan, swim, workout, enjoy a meal at the surprisingly good restaurant, sip a beer in the chill-out areas, or simply unwind in the hands of a male masseur. Lockers are provided. Bring cash but leave valuables at your hotel or put them in one of the security boxes, next to the reception.

Monogamous gay couples can enjoy Babylon’s relaxed 100% environment as much as anyone else. We recommend bringing your own flip-flops (and gym gear if you want to work out).

Sunday afternoons are busiest. During SongKran Festival in April, Babylon fills up very quickly, and admission is on a ‘one in one out’ basis.

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in Ladprao / Ramkamhaeng area

Best to take a taxi or a combination of skytrain/metro + a taxi. Check the map for exact location.

Best to take a taxi or a combination of skytrain/metro + a taxi. Check the map for exact location.

Claims to be the largest gay sauna in Southeast Asia. Farose II features a jacuzzi, dry sauna, swimming pool, gym, dark room, private cabins, karaoke, dancing room, restaurant, free drinks, etc.

Foreigners are welcome, though the crowd is mostly Thai. The sauna has another branch Faros Saphan Kwai – also open until very late.

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More a ‘cruise club’ than a sauna. Under the same management as Cruising sauna, Dejavu gets busy on the weekend when there is a themed party (Live Show, Mask Party, etc).

Clients are mostly Thai, but foreigners are welcome.

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in Thonburi / west of Chao Phraya River

Chao Phraya River is the major river that flows through Bangkok. You can cross the river by road, BTS skytrain (Silom Line) or river boat.

Chao Phraya River is the major river that flows through Bangkok. You can cross the river by road, BTS skytrain (Silom Line) or river boat.

Small gay sauna with mostly local Thai clientele, located opposite Big C and Home Pro shopping mall in Bangkhuntian district – quite far from the city centre and off the tourist path

Male Box features a dry sauna, steam room, TV lounge and karaoke. Regular ‘Naked’ themed night on the weekend. Admission 160-180 baht.

Rama II Soi 52 (opposite Big C), Bang Khun Tian, Bangkok

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2. Paradis Massage and Spa

Located right next to DJ Station on Silom Soi 2, Paradis Massage is a very convenient stop between Bangkok’s best gay bars and gay clubs. The boys working here are really cute, give excellent professional massages and are also amenable to finishing it off with a little somethin‘ somethin‘ if you know what we mean… The place is very spacious as well, spread out over multiple floors with plenty of private massage rooms and lovely big showers to freshen up. They do really wonderful oil massages in particular, which are great for sore muscles. There’s also none of that amateur rubbing for ten minutes and straight to a handjob (and expecting a big tip) that you sometimes encounter in other locations.

3. The Paradise Massage & Spa

Yes, we know the name is similar to the one above, but this is another gay massage spot a bit further down Silom Road in Silom Soi 6. You can still get there from the gay bars and clubs by walking, so it’s definitely worth checking out. This is a massage and spa business, so along with relaxing massages, you can also enjoy treatments such as an aroma spa, manicures, pedicures or a body scrub. Everything here is very elegant, with marble floors, towels shaped like swans and a huge private Jacuzzi if you book the VIP deluxe room. While the gay massage place is very classy don’t be worried if you’re looking for some fun, as the cute masseurs are happy to offer a bit more for a tip!

4. The Prime Massage

Just a little further down the same street as the Paradise is The Prime Massage, another one of our favourite gay massage places in Bangkok whenever we’re in need of some R&R. The gay staff are always so friendly and polite, plus we’ve never had a bad massage here! It’s so popular, in fact, that there can be lines to get in on weekends, with everybody wanting a heavenly traditional Thai massage or oil massage. We recommend visiting on a weeknight to get more personalised attention when it’s less busy. The scent of lemongrass floats over you as soon as you step foot inside, getting your senses ready to be ultimately relaxed, which you soon will be!

5. The Green Massage

Another gay massage parlour we love is The Green Massage on Surawong Road. This is just around the corner from the Prime, so you could easily sample them both and then choose your own personal favourite gay massage. The Green Massage is a small and unassuming business, but the service of the friendly staff makes you feel like you’re in a palace. There are private rooms for a full-body massage or you can enjoy the social atmosphere while having a foot/leg massage in one of the comfy couches. Along with aroma or oil massages they also offer invigorating body scrubs to keep your skin looking fresh. You can also combine treatments if you wish to be truly pampered.

How much does a gay massage cost in Bangkok?

The price really depends on where you deciede to go but usually, the going rate in Bangkok for a gay massage is around 250 bhat / hour in most places.

If you decide to get a massage with “extras”, the price should stay the same but you’re supposed to give some extra money to your masseur at the end

How much should you tip at a gay massage place in bangkok?

For a one hour massage, we usually tip 50 bhat (a little over 1 USD) and they seem very happy with it. If they were really good we give 100 bhat.

Most gay masseurs work primarily for tips and the place where they work keeps most of the money. So always keep this in mind when you tip your masseur.

50 bahts is a bit higher than some might give, but for us it is the same price we’d pay for coffee at home and they really appreciate the quality of service that they provide, they clearly deserve it.

If you require massage with a happy ending, this is a whole different tipping situation. We advise to give at least double of what you intended to tip your masseur (depending if you’re ending was a really happy one or not…)

Bangkok (Thailand) cruising map with gay areas and spots where to practice cruising and to have casual NSA encounters

If you are gay and you want to practise cruising and to have casual NSA encounters in public places in Bangkok in an anonymous way, here you can find spots such as beaches, parks, forests and other spaces next to urban areas, as well as every kind of public toilets and rest areas of highways where you can practise cruising in Bangkok, Thailand.

Below we show a Bangkok cruising map with all cruising areas and spots that shared our gay community. Click on the map markers for details of each spot.

In the tab for each zone you will find a location map with directions to the place: driving, walking, public transport or bike. You can vote the area and leave a comment for the rest of the community guys know your opinion, and if you want people to know you’re in the area, do not hesitate to check in.

Bangkok’s Popular Gay Nightlife Spots

Bangkok’s gay nightlife is touted as a hub in Southeast Asia for good reason. The city has some of the best – be it bars, clubs, saunas, or inventive go-go boy shows – when it comes to catering to the LGBT crowd.

Bangkok’s gay scene is so active that you can party 7 nights a week and still find new places to discover. Our list of the best gay experiences in Bangkok is a great place to start, whether you want to dip a toe into the community or dive in headfirst. Prepare to be blown away by a variety of fun and decadent delights tailored to all the kings, queens, and everything in between in the Thai capital.

Tawan Bar

Tawan Bar is famed far and wide for its extensive selection of male hosts and dancers. Packed almost every night, this bar stages regular dance numbers and drag comedy onstage. Drink prices are steep but worth it considering there’s no admission fee. You can get to this gay bar by taking the BTS Skytrain to Sala Daeng Station – it’s less than 10 minutes away on foot.

Vieta: 2/1-2 Soi Than Tawan, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

Darbo laikas: Daily from 5 pm to 2 am (Sundays until 12 am)

The Babylon Bangkok

The Babylon Bangkok is a gay-friendly hotel in Sathorn that’s known for its fabulous spa facilities. There are 2 dry saunas, 2 steam rooms, and a communal Jacuzzi within the hotel. A firm favourite among locals and travellers, it also has plenty of facilities for a pleasant stay in Bangkok. You can find a well-equipped gym with professional trainers, swimming pool, and a souvenir shop.

Vieta: 43 Soi Atthakan Prasit, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand

Chakran Sauna

Chakran Sauna combines a lounge, gym, sauna and a restaurant with a sophisticated Mediterranean mood. Located on Soi Ari 4, the sauna is quite an extreme but popular gay hangout in Bangkok. It’s within a 5-minute walk of the Ari BTS Skytrain Station.

Vieta: 32 Chakran Building, Ari Soi 4, Samsen Nai, Phaya Thai, Bangkok 10400, Thailand

Darbo laikas: Monday–Thursday from 3 pm to 12 am, Friday–Sunday from 2 pm to 12 am

G Bangkok

G Bangkok is an after-hours gay dance club on Silom Soi 2, about 450 metres west of the Silom MRT Station. It has a large dancefloor, sexy house beats, big crowds, and a lot of eye candy. Admission is free, and the best time to be at this gay-friendly nightclub is around midnight, when a drag show takes place.

Vieta: 59 Soi Si Lom 2/1, Suriya Wong, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand

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gay-popular area, great transport links, very close to the gay nightlife

gay nightlife area, transport links & lots of food options from street vendors to gourmet restaurants

central area, near the malls, easy reach of the Silom gay scene

Gay-friendly, Japanese-styled bar with karaoke and darts (open October 2018). Take your pick and sing the night away, from a selection of Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean songs.

Respection also serves food – both Japanese and Thai menu are available. For drinks, try their Japanese liquor (sake, shochu etc.).  Located near Thaniya Street Yada parking.

· up to 75% off · flexible booking policy · refundable rates

Located at the far end of Soi 4 alley, opposite FORK & CORK, this cosy gay bar (since 2008) serves some great cocktails. Perfect for small get-togethers and those looking for a quieter spot.

BAS Bar squeezes all its own juices fresh each day and uses only top quality spirits. There’s a nice wine selection as well. Relaxed atmosphere and a good selection of music.

One of the best-known gay go-go bars in Bangkok with male dancers and live shows that are is more towards the exotic and erotic end of the spectrum.

Jupiter 2018 is frequented by tourists who fancy experiencing a go-go bar show without too much pressure for anything more than a drink.

G’s Bangkok serves authentic German and Thai food in the heart of Bangkok’s gay nightlife on Silom Soi 4, taking over the spot that used to be ‘One Night Only’ gay club.

Try their German sausages, lentil soup, and the original Schnitzel. For spicy food lovers, their Thai food menu is not to be missed. G’s also has a great selection of German beer and international wine.

· up to 75% off · flexible booking policy · refundable rates

Small, cosy gay-owned bar & restaurant, located on Silom Soi 4 near the entrance.

Great for hanging out with friends, crowd-watching. Friendly staff. Both Thai and international food is served here – try the BBQ spareribs.

Small, laid-back, straight-friendly bar where you can enjoy watching live broadcasts of your favourite sports on large TV screens, including football, tennis and golf.

For Sports also has a music jukebox for you to enjoy.

Brother’s is a relatively new hangout spot for bears and friends in Bangkok, serving food and drinks until 2am and features live music.

This gay-friendly bar & restaurant is located right in the heart of the gay nightlife in Silom, next to Silom Soi 2 where DJ Station is.

Located next to Telephone Pub, The Stranger Bar is a New York-styled gay bar, offering great cocktails, energy beats and good times in a modern atmosphere.

You can lounge in the main bar, sip cocktails in the mezzanine or have a group party on the 2nd floor with private balcony. Friendly owner Sean and his staff will make sure you have a great time.

Happy hour every evening. The fun drag shows with Pangina Heals are not to be missed!

Gay café & lounge bar in the heart of Silom gay scene, near the entrance to Silom Soi 2 and next to the Saladaeng BTS station.

White Rabbit serves a choice of Thai and Western food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lounge bar on the 3rd floor hosts special events and parties.

A great place to meet up with friends, chill out and people-watch. Free WiFi available.

Bangkok · non-scene gay-popular bars

These gay-popular bars are worth a visit if you’re up for something ‘non-scene’. Most venues are located inside a hotel, so you will need to dress up a bit.

For dining options, check our Gay Bangkok Restaurants page.

These gay-popular bars are worth a visit if you’re up for something ‘non-scene’. Most venues are located inside a hotel, so you will need to dress up a bit.

For dining options, check our Gay Bangkok Restaurants page.

Intimate Victorian/French Baroque-styled cocktail lounge bar, specialising in classic and twisted cocktails. Mixed/LGBT crowd.

Located further down on Silom Road, a short taxi ride from the main gay bars.

Intimate atmosphere in a lush green courtyard of the Anantara Siam Bangkok hotel. This gay-popular outdoor bar serves signature cocktails, freshly squeezed juices, non-alcoholic drinks and appetiser-sized snacks from around the region.

Aqua is a busy spot for Sunday Brunch with a selection of culinary favourites from the hotel’s in-house restaurants – Spice Market, Biscotti, Madison, Shintaro.

Located on 61st floor of the Banyan Tree Bangkok hotel, this open-air rooftop restaurant and bar give true meaning to the words ‘vertigo’ and ‘moon.

The breathtaking 360° view of the Bangkok skyline is not to be missed. A perfect place to socialise and have a few drinks. Smart casual dress required.

Set on the top floor of the Millennium Hilton Riverside on Chao Phraya River, the Three Sixty Lounge bar has a large glass wall all around that offers a magnificent 360° view of Bangkok.

Relaxed atmosphere with extensive drinks menu. A nice spot to chill out and listen to live jazz music, usually performed by a pianist and a featured vocalist.

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Gay Resorts Southern Thailand

Southern Thailand is full of tropical weather and beautiful islands, so it is no surprise that you’ll find some amazing gay resorts scattered throughout the Thai islands. From party islands like Koh Samui and Koh Phangan, to Thailand’s largest island Phuket, make sure you book one of these amazing stays! 

Gay Resorts Northern Thailand

No trip to Thailand is complete without visiting the northern regions of Thailand. Chiang Mai is the most popular northern city in Thailand, with buses running over to Chiang Rai where you’ll find the famous White Temple. 

Northern Thailand is a whole different world from the south. Northern Thailand is much more traditional, and less English speaking than south and central Thailand. The north is full of lush rainforests and wildlife that is most definitely worth exploring! 

What You Need to Know About LGBT Nightlife in Bangkok

Thailand is a highly tolerant country, where sexual preference is regarded as a personal choice. Gays, lesbians, and transsexuals are accepted as part of the community. Thai people – gay and straight – are also known for their sweet, friendly and polite temperament. As a result, Thailand is a prime gay tourist destination, with Bangkok often dubbed as the gay capital of Southeast Asia.

Are you openly gay?

Fast forward a few years when I got my confirmation letter accepting me into an Art School. I was so excited and proud of myself. But when I told my father, he said that he did not want me to go. His reaction when I questioned him about it was simply, “Are you a faggot or something!?” I said nothing, ignored him, looked away and packed up my bags to leave the house. He calmed down and asked me to stay and life continued as if nothing ever happened. Since that moment he never said anything about me being gay ever again.

At my father’s funeral, I invited a lot of gay friends. My mother turned round to me and for the first time made a reference about me being gay by simply asking: “So Saroj, which one of these beautiful guys is your boyfriend?” I blushed bright red, burst into laughter and told her “None of them mom – I’m single!”…Mom always knows eh?

Which are the best gay events in Thailand?

During the Songkran festival, (the Buddhist new year in mid-April), we have the gCircuit Festival, which includes a mix of pool parties, bear parties, and more. This is one of the biggest gay parties in Asia. It’s huge – thousands of gays come here from all around the world to party. The same company that runs gCircuit also organises the big Circuit parties in Pattaya in June as well as the White Party events in Bangkok between Christmas and New Year’s.

Table of Contents

1. General Tips2. Transportation & Airport Transfer3. Gay Hotels in Bangkok4. Sightseeing & Activities in Bangkok5. Gay Tours in Bangkok6. Restaurants and Cafes in Bangkok7. Bangkok Gay Bars8. Bangkok Gay Clubs and Parties9. Bangkok Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars10. Gay Events in Bangkok11. Day Trips from Bangkok

General Tips

To avoid the humidity, the best time of year to visit Bangkok is from November to February. However, this is also peak season for that very reason with a lot of tourism taking place. Monsoon season is May to September. Though Bangkok is a busy and hot destination year-round, to avoid crowds and high temperatures, your best chance is during the should seasons – April to June and September to October.

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Gay Hotels in Bangkok

SO Sofitel Bangkok – rest in luxury at this chic and trendy 5-star hotel. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of Lumphini Park and the city from every room and each has a mini bar, refrigerator, and private bathroom with bathrobes. After a day of sight-seeing, relax in the Turkish steam bath and jacuzzi.

Urbana Sathorn – 5-star property located in Silom offers modern apartments featuring city-views of Bangkok. Rejuvenate and relax in the jacuzzi, sauna, and rooftop pool and break a sweat on the squash courts, gym, and basketball court.

The Babylon Bangkok – this gay oasis in the heart of the city is within minutes of the gay scene on Silom Road. It’s a bed and breakfast and spa that boasts an outdoor pool in a tropical garden. Read more about the adjacent sauna in the Gay Cruising section.

Trinity Silom – a convenient 10-minute walk from Patpong, Si Lom and MahaNakhon, this modern and stylish hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi, an on-site restaurant, outdoor pool, tennis courts, and a sauna.

Bandara Suites Silom – 4-star hotel featuring comfortable accommodations with a mini bar and flatscreen TV in each room. Go for a swim in the stunning outdoor pool and enjoy the jacuzzi, and sauna as well as free shuttle service.

Haven’t Met Silom – located by the Chong Nonsi BTS Skytrain Station, this hotel features stylish rooms with over-sized beds and a rain shower. Have a bite to eat at the on-site cafe and enjoy a drink and views at the fabulous rooftop bar.

Furama Silom – just a few steps from Si Lom, this hotel has spacious rooms with a mini bar and city views making it a stylish space to unwind. On-site you’ll find a bar and restaurant and an outdoor swimming pool with skyline views that’s not to be missed.

S1 Hostel – situated near Lumphini MRT subway and Lumphini park, this hostel has clean and comfortable private rooms and dorms suitable for a short stay. Amenities include air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi, and a community space making this a good value.

Nantra Silom – a short walk from the Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain Station, this hotel is an affordable option in a convenient location near transportation, sights, bars and restaurants. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a small bathroom.

There are many sites for apartment rentals in Bangkok, with AirBnB probably being one of the most popular. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment. Book AirBnB →

There are even a few LGBT-oriented booking sites like misterb&b with listings from gay hosts for gay guests where you can either rent a whole apartment or a private room in a shared apartment. Understanding Bangkok’ gay scene is much more easily done with the help of a local and apartment sharing is one of the best ways to meet someone living in the city who knows how things work, where and when are the best nights to go out, and what places to eat at and which to avoid.

Gay Tours in Bangkok

Gay Club Night in Bangkok – tour the gay nightlife starting at small bars and restaurants while enjoying drinks and drag shows. Stops include trendy night clubs, karaoke bars, the Red Light District, and a night market. You might even meet some of the Drag Race Thailand queens! Book tour →

Gay Private Explorer: An Insight Tour to Gay Nightlife – explore Bangkok’s gay scene with a private tour for you and your party. The guide will take you to bars, clubs, and shows personalizing the tour to your taste. Includes one drink at two different spots along the way. Book tour →

Bangkok Calypso Cabaret – has been around for 30 years. Sit back and enjoy glamorous and talented transgender performers. It’s a unique family-friendly performance for international audiences. If that’s not your style, eat dinner at the Calypso Thai Restaurant and see a traditional Thai dance performance instead. Book tour →

Restaurants and Cafes in Bangkok

Eat Me Restaurant – with an Australian owner and American head chef, this outstanding upscale restaurant serves up a fusion of international flavors. Dishes are created with sustainability in mind and this is a great spot for special occasions.

Ruen Urai – tucked away in its own quiet corner of the city, this restaurant offers excellent authentic Thai cuisine in a restored century-old traditional Thai house. It’s a romantic dining experience including Thai culinary art and elegant ambience as you’re surrounded by gardens and a pool.

FORK & CORK – a gay-owned restaurant and bar (formerly Sphinx) located near the gay bars at the end of Silom Soi 4 alley. It has a cool and quirky atmosphere with Jazz and live music and offers a mix of Thai and Western plates and cocktails all at a good value.

88 Eatery & Bar – the owners of this inviting establishment put their own spin on traditional Thai and Asian dishes. Almost too pretty to eat, admire the stunning presentation before digging in. Popular dishes are the duck confit and pad thai with a signature cocktail.

Bangkok Gay Bars

Silom Soi 4 – (the main gay nightlife hub) – the center of gay nightlife in Bangkok is this side street off Silom Road. This is the place to be from 9 PM to 12 AM where party goers are grabbing a pre-drink before heading over to Silom Soi 2 to dance the night away.

Tawan Bar – arrive early to get a good spot for the nightly show featuring muscular Asian men and beefy go-go boys. The show leaves little to the imagination with the hope you will purchase additional private time with the performer of your choice. Price of admission includes a drink.

Telephone Pub – located on Silom Soi 4, this famous gay bar and restaurant offers private karaoke on the second floor. It’s a good place for a drink and food before heading out to a club like DJ Station.

The Stranger Bar – next to Telephone Pub, this is a smaller venue, but lots of fun with no cover. Arrive early as it tends to get crowded. Enjoy daily happy hour and catch the drag show of talented queens like Pangina Heals.

White Rabbit – In the heart of the gay scene, this gay lounge and bar is the perfect chill spot with a relaxed vibe and free Wi-Fi. Serving Thai and Western food, order a meal, sip a cocktail, and watch one of the entertaining shows.

The Balcony – a popular gay bar on Silom Soi 4 with indoor and outdoor seating and reasonably priced food and drinks. Although it gets busy, stop in for happy hour and special events, live DJ, drag shows, and karaoke upstairs.

Maggie Choo’s – located on the lower level of the Novotel hotel, this speak-easy style cabaret bar offers live music and cocktails and hosts a Sunday Gay Night where you’ll find shirtless staff, drag shows, games, and drink specials. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

Bangkok Gay Clubs and Parties

DJ Station – located on Silom Soi 2, this gay institution is the most popular and biggest gay night club in Bangkok. Catch the drag show and pick from 3 floors to dance all night to the live DJ. It’s busy every night of the week with peak times on the weekends.

G Bangkok (G.O.D.) – After DJ Station closes, make your way to this late-night spot to dance with shirtless guys until the sun comes up. The venue has a small stage, dance floor, DJ and bar on each of its three floors. If you make it in earlier, there’s a drag show at midnight.

Fake Club The Next Gen – An alternative to DJ Station, this club has a large stage and dance floor with a young, trendy, and mostly Asian crowd. It’s busiest on the weekends. Stop by Fake Cafe next door for a more relaxed bar and restaurant vibe.

Disco Disco – gay disco bar and night club near DJ station on Silom Soi 2. This is the place to get down to disco anthems as well as international pop music. Its peak times are Friday and Saturday nights.

Trasher Bangkok – this party is put on by a group of party enthusiasts who host different themed events around Bangkok. They’re famous for creating parody videos of famous pop songs and have gone viral. To experience the trendy gay party scene, this is the place to be.

G-Spot Theme Party – (monthly) – taking place on the first Saturday of the month at Vertigo TOO at the Banyan Tree, this is the hottest gay Saturday night in Bangkok complete with drag shows, games, costume contest and prizes.

Bangkok Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars

Dejavu Sauna – more cruise club than spa, this small gay sauna has a steam room, lounges, and weekend themed parties. It boasts a mostly Thai crowd and hosts shows with sexy male performers.

Babylon Sauna – adjacent to the Babylon Bangkok hotel, this is a gay sauna spanning three floors that offer several small saunas, various steam rooms, jacuzzi, swimming pool, dark rooms, private cabins, a gym, and a restaurant and bar on site. Sunday afternoon is a popular time to visit where you’ll find an international crowd.

Gay Events in Bangkok

Bangkok Pride – usually celebrated in October/November, Bangkok-based LGBT advocate group OUT BKK is one of the main organizers. It’s a week of events including workshops, film festivals, art shows, and plenty of parties at various venues. Many businesses decorate and have special pride offerings as well.

White Party Bangkok – one of the world’s largest gay dance festivals, this gay new year circuit party boasts five indoor and outdoor parties over four days. Join party-goers from across Asia and around the world to experience entertainment from world-class DJs and performers.

gCircuit – Taking place over three days in April for Thai New Year, join thousands of men from around the globe who know how to party at the biggest annual gay circuit party in Asia.

Gay Tours in Bangkok

Gay Club Night in Bangkok – tour the gay nightlife starting at small bars and restaurants while enjoying drinks and drag shows. Stops include trendy night clubs, karaoke bars, the Red Light District, and a night market. You might even meet some of the Drag Race Thailand queens! Book tour →

Gay Private Explorer: An Insight Tour to Gay Nightlife – explore Bangkok’s gay scene with a private tour for you and your party. The guide will take you to bars, clubs, and shows personalizing the tour to your taste. Includes one drink at two different spots along the way. Book tour →

Bangkok Calypso Cabaret – has been around for 30 years. Sit back and enjoy glamorous and talented transgender performers. It’s a unique family-friendly performance for international audiences. If that’s not your style, eat dinner at the Calypso Thai Restaurant and see a traditional Thai dance performance instead. Book tour →

Restaurants and Cafes in Bangkok

Eat Me Restaurant – with an Australian owner and American head chef, this outstanding upscale restaurant serves up a fusion of international flavors. Dishes are created with sustainability in mind and this is a great spot for special occasions.

Ruen Urai – tucked away in its own quiet corner of the city, this restaurant offers excellent authentic Thai cuisine in a restored century-old traditional Thai house. It’s a romantic dining experience including Thai culinary art and elegant ambience as you’re surrounded by gardens and a pool.

FORK & CORK – a gay-owned restaurant and bar (formerly Sphinx) located near the gay bars at the end of Silom Soi 4 alley. It has a cool and quirky atmosphere with Jazz and live music and offers a mix of Thai and Western plates and cocktails all at a good value.

88 Eatery & Bar – the owners of this inviting establishment put their own spin on traditional Thai and Asian dishes. Almost too pretty to eat, admire the stunning presentation before digging in. Popular dishes are the duck confit and pad thai with a signature cocktail.

Bangkok Gay Bars

Silom Soi 4 – (the main gay nightlife hub) – the center of gay nightlife in Bangkok is this side street off Silom Road. This is the place to be from 9 PM to 12 AM where party goers are grabbing a pre-drink before heading over to Silom Soi 2 to dance the night away.

Tawan Bar – arrive early to get a good spot for the nightly show featuring muscular Asian men and beefy go-go boys. The show leaves little to the imagination with the hope you will purchase additional private time with the performer of your choice. Price of admission includes a drink.

Telephone Pub – located on Silom Soi 4, this famous gay bar and restaurant offers private karaoke on the second floor. It’s a good place for a drink and food before heading out to a club like DJ Station.

The Stranger Bar – next to Telephone Pub, this is a smaller venue, but lots of fun with no cover. Arrive early as it tends to get crowded. Enjoy daily happy hour and catch the drag show of talented queens like Pangina Heals.

White Rabbit – In the heart of the gay scene, this gay lounge and bar is the perfect chill spot with a relaxed vibe and free Wi-Fi. Serving Thai and Western food, order a meal, sip a cocktail, and watch one of the entertaining shows.

The Balcony – a popular gay bar on Silom Soi 4 with indoor and outdoor seating and reasonably priced food and drinks. Although it gets busy, stop in for happy hour and special events, live DJ, drag shows, and karaoke upstairs.

Maggie Choo’s – located on the lower level of the Novotel hotel, this speak-easy style cabaret bar offers live music and cocktails and hosts a Sunday Gay Night where you’ll find shirtless staff, drag shows, games, and drink specials. Check their Facebook page for the latest updates.

Bangkok Gay Clubs and Parties

DJ Station – located on Silom Soi 2, this gay institution is the most popular and biggest gay night club in Bangkok. Catch the drag show and pick from 3 floors to dance all night to the live DJ. It’s busy every night of the week with peak times on the weekends.

G Bangkok (G.O.D.) – After DJ Station closes, make your way to this late-night spot to dance with shirtless guys until the sun comes up. The venue has a small stage, dance floor, DJ and bar on each of its three floors. If you make it in earlier, there’s a drag show at midnight.

Fake Club The Next Gen – An alternative to DJ Station, this club has a large stage and dance floor with a young, trendy, and mostly Asian crowd. It’s busiest on the weekends. Stop by Fake Cafe next door for a more relaxed bar and restaurant vibe.

Disco Disco – gay disco bar and night club near DJ station on Silom Soi 2. This is the place to get down to disco anthems as well as international pop music. Its peak times are Friday and Saturday nights.

Trasher Bangkok – this party is put on by a group of party enthusiasts who host different themed events around Bangkok. They’re famous for creating parody videos of famous pop songs and have gone viral. To experience the trendy gay party scene, this is the place to be.

G-Spot Theme Party – (monthly) – taking place on the first Saturday of the month at Vertigo TOO at the Banyan Tree, this is the hottest gay Saturday night in Bangkok complete with drag shows, games, costume contest and prizes.

Bangkok Gay Saunas & Cruising Bars

Dejavu Sauna – more cruise club than spa, this small gay sauna has a steam room, lounges, and weekend themed parties. It boasts a mostly Thai crowd and hosts shows with sexy male performers.

Babylon Sauna – adjacent to the Babylon Bangkok hotel, this is a gay sauna spanning three floors that offer several small saunas, various steam rooms, jacuzzi, swimming pool, dark rooms, private cabins, a gym, and a restaurant and bar on site. Sunday afternoon is a popular time to visit where you’ll find an international crowd.

Gay Events in Bangkok

Bangkok Pride – usually celebrated in October/November, Bangkok-based LGBT advocate group OUT BKK is one of the main organizers. It’s a week of events including workshops, film festivals, art shows, and plenty of parties at various venues. Many businesses decorate and have special pride offerings as well.

White Party Bangkok – one of the world’s largest gay dance festivals, this gay new year circuit party boasts five indoor and outdoor parties over four days. Join party-goers from across Asia and around the world to experience entertainment from world-class DJs and performers.

gCircuit – Taking place over three days in April for Thai New Year, join thousands of men from around the globe who know how to party at the biggest annual gay circuit party in Asia.

Gay tour of Thailand

Discover how Thailand earned its moniker ‘The Land of Smiles‘ on this awesome gay tour with Out Adventures. The boys over at OA run four annual departures through the country with stops in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket. Their April departure even aligns with the country’s famous Songkran water festival. As the old circuit ditty goes, LET’S GET SOAKING WET!

Discover Bangkok’s gay nightlife

Gay Bangkok can be quite overwhelming for first-timers. This is why we recommend joining a fun gay night-time tour with a local guide to introduce you to the scene. You’ll not only get to make new friends but also learn about gay life in Thailand from a cute local!

Le Meridien Bangkok

Located just one street over from Silom Soi 4 gay street on Thanon Surawong, Le Meridien is a gorgeous 5-star hotel with 282 luxurious hotel rooms and suites with stunning views over the city.

The spacious rooms feature huge floor-to-ceiling windows so you can really enjoy gazing out at Bangkok. The beds are also very large and comfy, you can even get a room with the unique circular bed pictured above, which makes it feel like you’re in a big bird’s nest!

Not only will you be walking-distance from the gay street of Bangkok, but there are multiple places to have a drink or a meal within the hotel if you don’t feel like going out. Latest Recipe restaurant serves amazing breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner buffets, including one with a seafood tower. You can also have a romantic cocktail or small meal at the Bamboo Chic Bar, plus drinks and light bites are served poolside by the Plunge Bar.

As well as the awesome swimming pool, there’s a small but well-equipped gym for getting pumped up ready for a topless night in G.O.D…! If you feel the need for some pampering, Le Meridien’s spa is one of the top five spas in the whole of Bangkok on TripAdvisor. It offers a range of services to make you feel fabulous ranging from a couples massage, ayurvedic treatments, facials, body wrap, foot bath and more. The majority of the staff are either gay themselves or if they’re not, they are more than accustomed to welcoming gay travellers!

The Tarntawan Hotel Surawong Bangkok

Just around the corner from Le Meridien is the slightly less expensive but just as lovely and very gay Tarntawan Hotel Surawong Bangkok.

All the rooms are very spacious and decorated with warm golden tones, some with plush carpeting as well. We particularly like how some of the rooms have wooden panelling that reminds us of traditional Japanese interior design. As you might expect, the staff welcome LGBTQ travellers.

An excellent buffet breakfast is included in the rates, but for us, the highlight is the 24-hour breakfast – so you can have an all-nighter and wake at 2pm to have a late breakfast!. The food is also delicious, with a mix of both Thai and Western dishes to enjoy. The lounge/restaurant area is a popular spot for a drink, with wicker chairs and a pretty garden area just outside. We also loved the little touches like how they gave us fresh fruit in our room every single day.

Not only is the hotel close to the gay neighbourhood of Bangkok, but you’re also only 200 metres away from the Patpong Night Market. For even more shopping options, the Tarntawan provides a free shuttle bus service to and from the exciting open-air mall Asiatique: the Riverfront. If you’re staying at the hotel on a Tuesday, we recommend checking out their private cocktail party for guests – if you’re travelling solo, it’s the best way to make a few friends before heading over to Silom Soi 4.

STAY WITH A GAY LOCAL

Misterb&b is the Airbnb equivalent for the LGBTQ community. Unlike on Airbnb, you know your host is gay, avoiding any nasty surprises when you check in. It is also a great way to meet gay locals and discover the underground gay scene. Click below to get 10 € (or $10) off your first booking.

HQ Hostel Silom

If you’re travelling on a budget and want to stay close to the gay scene, we recommend the trendy gay friendly HQ Hostel Silom. With both dorms and private rooms, this is really a boutique budget style of accommodation rather than your typical backpacker’s hostel.

Around the corner from Silom Soi 4, this is one of the loveliest hostels we’ve ever stayed at! With cute pillows and fresh flowers to make the rooms cosy, it’s quite a pleasure to come back here after a night out partying.

There are beautiful, compact double rooms if you don’t want to sleep in a bunk-bed dorm, but you can still socialise with other guests in the shared common area. There’s a TV with DVD player and lots of movies to watch here, as well as a library corner if you’d prefer a spot of quiet reading. But let’s be honest, with all of the city’s gay nightlife literally on your doorstep, you’re not going to be spending much time here watching DVDs are you?!

Unlike quite a lot of other hostels which don’t provide sheets and towels, HQ Hostel does, which is a big plus! In addition, the staff are super friendly, smiley (oh we love the Thai for this!) and super welcoming to gay travellers. The little cherry on the top of the cake is that there is a swimming pool next door, which you can use for a small fee if you want to burn off some of those Margarita calories.

Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park

Another fabulous five-star luxury experience in the heart of Silom Soi is the Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park Hotel. Yeah, it’s a bit of a mouthful to say but staying here is anything but difficult!

It’s located right next to the Silom Soi 4 metro station (called Sala Daeng), which is handy for exploring other parts of Bangkok, whilst still being walking distance to the gay scene. You might find it difficult to drag yourself outside though, as this place is incredible.

The Crowne Plaza has so many luxurious amenities to enjoy, from the stunning outdoor swimming pool (with whirlpool!) to the four different dining options. Both the Panorama and Xin Tian Di restaurants give you the opportunity to dine while enjoying views over the city. The highlight for us which we recommend is the delicious dim sum at Xin Tian Di.

There are also two different lounge bars. We loved having a romantic drink at The Finishing Post while looking out at the city lights before heading out. Along with the swimming pool, Crowne Plaza also has an excellent fitness centre as well as a relaxing spa where you can enjoy a traditional Thai massage. Oh and the massive highlight for us here – the big, comfy beds! Honestly, it’s like sleeping in a cloud – it was one of THE best nights sleep Seby has ever had in a hotel (he’s a very difficult sleeper…)!

Telephone Pub

Telephone is one of the oldest gay pubs in Bangkok. It is super famous and popular – the meeting spot in Bangkok’s gay scene. It’s spread out over three levels with a dining area inside and karaoke section on the third level. However, the main and most interesting bit is the seating area outside on the street facing Balcony which gets absolutely packed! We love coming here for people watching, seeing who’s around and just hanging out with friends. They also serve delicious food here – a mix of Thai and Western-style dishes. Located at 114/11-13 Silom Soi 4, Telephone is open every day from 6pm until 2am.

HUGs Bar

If you haven’t had your fill of karaoke at Balcony or Telephone then you’ll definitely enjoy HUGs Bar. This men-only karaoke bar is also the main bear bar of Bangkok, generally attracting sexy older men in their 30s, 40s and 50s. Unlike most of the gay bars on Silom Soi 4, HUGs is an interior-only bar, with a cosy and welcoming atmosphere. Everyone is super friendly and happy to dance along with whoever is on the mic belting out those classic diva numbers! Located at 82 Silom Soi 4, HUGs Bar is open Thursday – Tuesday from around 7pm until 1 or 2am.

DJ Station

After a few drinks at Balcony, most people head over to Silom Soi 2, where the bulk of Bangkok’s gay clubs are located. You pay to enter the street, which has been turned into a clubbing complex spread over three floors. DJ Station is the main dancing bit, which has hilarious live drag and cabaret shows at 11pm each night. Opposite this are a few chill-out bar areas, joined to the dance floor by an outdoor smoking area. The only downside with the Silom Soi 2 DJ Station complex is that it can get packed and claustrophobic on busy nights like Saturdays. DJ Station is located at 11 Silom Soi 2/1 and is open daily from 10pm until 2am.

G Bangkok (G.O.D)

The other most popular gay club in the area is G Bangkok (previously called G.O.D). As it’s open later than the other places, it’s where all the late-night party boys head after DJ Station or the gay bars of Silom Soi 4. There’s often a drag show or two after midnight, but it doesn’t really get busy here until after 1am when the boys start rolling in, shirts are quickly lost and the party gets going till the early hours. We sure felt like we’d died and gone to heaven! G Bangkok is located on Silom Soi 2/1 and is open every day from 11pm until 6am (although closing times do vary).