House of Male

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Chiang Mai’s popular gay sauna and a great place to meet local guys. The traditional Thai Lanna-styled House of Male features a gym, steam room, a large pool and sun terrace with loungers.

The onsite bar & lounge on the ground floor serves light meals. Upstairs is a darkened cruising area with private cabins. Located near the Central Department Store in downtown. Busy on Thursday nights and the weekends.

bar, restaurant, swimming pool, steam room, sauna, sun terrace, gym

Gay Chaing Mai | The Essential LGBT Travel Guide!

However, even though Chiang Mai is the second biggest city in Thailand, the gay scene here does not compare to BangkokPattaya or even Phuket. The commercial gay scene (AKA gay for pay) is relatively subdued with only a handful of gay go-go bars or host bars. Of course, the gay scene in Chiang Mai (or anywhere else in the world for that matter) doesn’t revolve around paid sex, and there are enough gay bars here to keep travelers entertained for a few days or longer.

While you as a traveler are unlikely to personally experience any LGBT related issues in Gay Chiang Mai  – please we away for the difference between tolerance and acceptance. Local life is still significantly harder for LGBT citizens than their straight counterparts and many experience prejudices or violence in their everyday life. Chiang Mai’s last gay pride was held in 2009 and has since been permanently halted after Red Shirt supporters threatened the parade with violence.

In this case, homophobia won out and the political changes that swept the country- and continue to – had a negative effect on the local LGBT community. Much like that cases in BucharestBudapestJakarta, this is incredibly sad news and a poignant reminder to us in the Western world that the fight is far from over for global LGBT equality and acceptance. We can only hope shortly this situation changes, and Chiang Mai Pride once again returns as an important bastion of queer visibility!

Away from the subdued gay scene, Chiang Mai is temple galore, lush forest, peaceful country village, incredible street food and luxe hotels. If you are traveling to Thailand for a gay blowout – this is not the place for you. But if you want a hint of Thai life away from the beach and cities, to slow down and relax and perhaps to enjoy a few casual nights out with your global LGBT family, then Gay Chiang Mai is waiting for you!

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Club One Seven Sauna

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Chiang Mai’s popular gay sauna located to the south of city centre on the bank side of the Ping River.

Facilities include a swimming pool, fully equipped gym, sauna, the largest herbal steam room in Northern Thailand and relaxation cabins. Massage service available.

Club One Seven Sauna belongs to Club One Seven Hotel. The sauna, bar and riverside café is open to non-residents, noon to midnight, 7 days a week.

cafe, swimming pool, steam room, massage, sauna, sun terrace, relaxing cabins, gym, free wi-fi

Club One Seven Sauna

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Chiang Mai

The cultural capital of northern Thailand Chiang Mai is an enchanting and tranquil destination. The innately Thai city feels much like a big village, whether its the winding bylanes, the gorgeous temples, or the elephant safaris. Chiang Mai also happens to be gay-friendly, just like Thailand’s capital Bangkok. While Chiang Mai’s gay scene isn’t as huge as Bangkok, it’s definitely vibrant and attracts LGBTQ travelers from all over the world. As a result, the number of gay hotels in Chiang Mai has grown too. Right from luxurious Thai retreats to fun hostels, travelers to Chiang Mai have no dearth of options of gay hotels to choose from.

With Thailand being such an open and tolerant country, its no wonder that the gay scene in Chiang Mai has flourished. Chiang Mai’s gayborhoods are spread out geographically across the compact city, so they don’t feel very far away. Most of the newer gay bars and clubs are focused around Night Bazaar and Thapae Gate. However, there’s also an amazing posse of these venues in the Santitham and Chang Puek neighborhoods. Plus, Chiang Mai has a steamy gay sauna scene, with the number of gay saunas as many as gay bars and clubs.

If that wasn’t enough, Chiang Mai has a 700-year-old history and a host of fascinating ruins, temples, national parks, markets, and more. Exploring Chiang Mai by day and night is going to be an exhausting and exhilarating experience indeed. So, here are the top 11 gay-friendly hotels in Chiang Mai for you to put your feet up and kick back the rest of the time. Pay close attention, as some of them are the best hotels in Chiang Mai!

Top 11 Gay Friendly Hotels In Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Gay Scene

Whether you want to chill out, immerse yourself in history or simply check out the smoking hot nightlife, Chiang Mai, in Northern Thailand, has a little bit of something to please everyone.

Like most of the cities of the north, Chiang Mai is far more laid back than the southern metropolises like Bangkok, and the prices are far more reasonable.

Chiang Mai is not only one of the oldest cities in Thailand, it has also hosted western tourists for hundreds of years. The city traces its own origins back at least 700 years and there are records of European explorers writing home about this “fair and great town” in the 1500s.

The long history of this town is a boon to tourists who can marvel at the archeological and historical artifacts that seem to burst out of the countryside.

For much of its storied history Chiang Mai was an important cultural and religious center for both Siam and Burma, which helps explain the huge number of ruins and temples that still remain to this day.

Although Chiang Mai has always boasted beautiful mountains and a pleasant climate, it did not start attracting large numbers of western tourists until the early 1990s, when people started looking for new places to relax and ways to save money.

Once people started visiting Chaing Mai, word spread fast and by the mid 1990s, Bangkok tourism speculators started buying up large chunks of the city and converting them into vacation havens.

Chaing Mai celebrated its 700th anniversary in 1992 and in 1998 played host to the Asia Games sporting events.

During the day you will want to take a walking tour through some of the more than 300 Buddhist temples including Wat Phra Singh Wat Chiang Man Wat Phan Tao Wat Jet Yod and Wat Suan Dawk all of which are at least 500 years old.

You can walk through the temples on your own or rent a guide for the day. Please remember to dress respectfully when you visit any temple in Thailand; flip-flops and shorts are not appreciated.

If you are into shopping, Chiang Mai has one of the most exciting nighttime bazaars in all of Thailand. This is where you want to go in order to get great deals on silk and traditional hand made crafts.

On days when you don’t feel like hiking or walking, you can enjoy any number of boat trips up and down the Ping River. Just sit back, relax, watch the scenery and let your captain take charge!

Chaing Mai is known as the city to go to in Thailand if you want gourmet meals at affordable prices. There are literally dozens of restaurants in the city, and almost all of them are world class. You can find nearly any type of food you desire, and you won’t have to worry about busting your wallet.

The most interesting ruins in the region are called Wiang Kum Kham. They are from a lively city that was washed out in a flood 700 years ago.

By far the most popular tourist activity in Chaing Mai is to ride an elephant into the jungle. These tame beasts are so tall that you will be able to see for miles and the beasts are so tame that you will always feel secure. When we last went to the elephant farm in Chiang Mai, the elephant trainers greeted us and they put on a show for us. They showed us how they taught the elephants to paint, play soccer and basketball. All of this was quiet entertaining and just a warm up for the elephant trek through the wilderness. Riding one of these wild beasts is an incredible experience. It is simply one of the most amazing things that can be done in Thailand. The elephants helped build ancient Thailand and they are respected and revered.

White water rafting is another popular activity, as is rock climbing. You can rent all the gear you will need for both activities fairly cheaply if you just ask around. There is a rock climbing wall downtown that you can practice at. It is also in the middle of many gay beer bars. If you are into people watching, watching the climbers ascend the wall while sipping on a beer is very relaxing.

Thailand is becoming known for its amazing gold courses. There are many tours planned that bring US and European citizens to Thailand for a week or two of playing golf at some of the most amazing courses in the world.

For those of you who like to explore on your own, local guides will be happy to prepare trekking maps that will explain how to walk into and through many of the tiny villages that dot the mountains around the city.

Like all of Thailand the people of Chaing Mai are very tolerant and this extends to gays and lesbians. The nightlife is hot and you can engage a host or waiter at most of the gay bars, go go taverns and meeting places. As you would expect there are many Thai ladyboys; not for everyone, but if that’s your thing you know who you are.

For all the bars in the area that have shows, your best bet is to arrive around 10 p.m. and scope out the local talent before the hot boys take the stage. All feature red-hot dancers and hosts that will be ready to meet any desire you seek filled. These bars change constantly and many open and close so for the most up to date information, please see our City Guide section. The boys that work the bars here do not make salary so they do not always show nightly. Some nights are great and others just OK. It is our understanding that the boys that participate in a routine get money for that but they don’t do this every night.

Far raunchier is the Club One Seven. This sauna has large cruising areas, an outdoor swimming area, a bar and lots of dark corners where naughty boys can get to know each other better.

Club One Seven385/2 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan,Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, ThailandTel: +66 (0) 53 274 317Email:

Also, give the sauna that all the Thais go to for companionship. You may not find many other farangs here as it is really a bit out of the way but it is a great place and you will find the gay boys here.

The Night Bazaar area on Chang Klan Road is also a feast of gay establishments that will rock your Bazaar Bars and Peak BarsChang Klan Rd

At some point in your trip you will want to spend some time in the city center. While this is where most of the straight tourists end up passing most of their evenings, there is also a good deal of gay friendly fun to be found if you know where to look for it!

If you just want to go cruising, head over the Thaphae Gate after dark. This is the headquarters for all of the local hustlers and bad boys looking to have a good time. We were lucky enough to find locals at PJ’s Guest House who were willing to show us the ropes and show us where all the night cruising areas were. If you have a local for a guide and they are gay and know the area, Chiang Mai is a wonderful gay meeting area. If you are on your own, you may not find what you are looking for.

As with most cities in Thailand, the gay scene in Chaing Mai is constantly changing but this guide should give a good idea where to start looking for your carnal adventures.

We just can’t wait for you to come visit; we know you will have as good a time as we do!

Chiang Mai Gay Scene

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“This gay sauna is very good value for money, yes it is a little run down in places but come on you complainers it costs just 100 baht to get in! The 2 young men on duty when I visited were very friendly and helpful.“

“I know this place for a long time and I must see that this place is not acceptable. Staff very bad (who pay them) All part of the sauna are dirty and accommodation doesn’t exist. No water sometimes… chairs were broken… swimming pool water not clean… towels from another century… What a ‚t spend your money on this shit.“

“I went here aware of some bad reviews but to see for myself. The staff were more interested in staring at their phones than even noticing the few customers they had. First stop the shower. Only cold water. Then scalding hot. Tried other shower. No soap. Dispenser empty. Tried third shower where no soap and no hooks to hang towel. Toilet in shower cubicle but no toilet paper either. And toilet brush laying uncovered on floor of shower. Disgusting. And this shower was next to kitchen area where food stuff was ‚t waste your money. It should be closed down.“

“Dirty, old mattresses. Staircase rotting. Generally in sad shape. “

“There is no sauna only steam room and is very dirty“

“I thought the sauna was nice. Small, but well maintained and cute. The pool area is nice. Service staff was not attentive, or at the bar when I wanted to order a drink. A couple of times I walked up to the bar, and the staff didn’t say anything. I stood there to see how long it would take for someone to greet me. It never happened. Anyway – staff and service – mediocre Everything else – good“

“I’ve known House of Male since 2002. This sauna garden, built in the 1990s by the Australian Arthur Waller, was for me the most beautiful place in the world, with its cabins hidden in a traditional teak construction, its white tables arranged around the blue pool, all in the middle of abundant vegetation where giant bamboos mingled with palm trees 120 feet high. In the evening, one lit candles on the tables and these lights were reflected in the pool, we could have dinner in good company and stay after. The staff then consisted of very pleasant and courteous young people, who served the drinks and meals, and in the early hours of the night displayed mosquito coils under the tables. It was a great disappointment to see HOM closed in 2016. I learned that Arthur Waller had just died from a long-term illness and that the new owners had started to renew the place. The pool has simply changed color, for an aggressive red, teak cabins lost their air conditioning but they kept their old mattress, now exhausted. The steam room and the toilet on the ground floor are just as dilapidated. And above all, the rampart of lush vegetation gave way to a painted wall and a grilling overlooking the parking lot. Those who like me have known the first HOM have only returned once, the time to see the disaster. Others may find it suitable, of course.“

“I went here on my last night in Chiang Mai out of Curiosity. It was a Wednesday. Spent most of my time on the 2nd floor (dark room) since the steam room is too hot to stay at and you can hardly see anything inside. Most of the guys are locals and are really shy so one has to be assertive in order to get some action. I wished I knew the place right after I stepped to Chiang Mai. I would have been there all of the nights. The rooms are clean. It was fun for only 120 baht. it will be one of the reasons why I’ll go back to CM.“

“Very run-down. Air-cons have been removed from the cruising areas in the teak houses, so it’s boiling hot and with all kinds of stinking smells. Pool area was renovated, with trees and scrubs removed and replaced by a sterile concrete environment. Towels provided were torn up rags. Steam room was renovated but still run-down.“

“First time went here last month , place was nice and clean. Very friendly front desk guy (he was a hot guy) Not too many people, had few local guys, but I had a great time with them. Definitely I will come back on my next trip.“

“Hello, I am a guy from Holland who visited House of Male two times in July 2017. I had a pleasant time. The pool seems to be completely renovated. It is nice and clean. The steam room was renovated too. A bit too hot for me, but very steamy and clean. There is a gym, showers, free drinking water, two towels, double locks on the lockers, clean toilet and showers. It were about 20 people, mixed in age, some farang. All in all I had a pleasant time and i would definitely go again!“

“Place is run down with broken showers, no paper in the on guests causing damage??? Bartender serves you like it is a burden place nearly empty most of the time, just a few older Westerners and some Thais of varying ages, only plus is taking the sun beside the pool, and you do not need a gay sauna for that.“

“All the trees and shrubs are gone. The beautiful pool area in the garden area is now a sterile place with tall walls. I think the previous owner, Artur, would cry. The most regular guests no longer come. The whole staff was changed. HOM is just a memory. How can you ruin such a place like this?“

“I went last week it’s dirty very dirty. Staff not friendly and never fo anything. The sauna was before the new owner was a nice place to be – not now.“

“Late January 2017: I went on a Saturday night after reading the very mixed reviews. First The Good:- employees were friendly- very near to Nimman area- a beautiful teak house- it was very inexpensiveThe Bad : – all areas appear very well-used & worn out.- generally not very clean- mold in corners of wet areas – mosquitoes – flourescent light behind, so harsh light in pool are at night- lots of steps, cracks, and other hazards, so if you’re not familiar, it’s an accident waiting to happen- all guests were 40+ and mostly very big-sized guys (this might be an asset for some!) If you have the Babylon or Otot Otot image of gay sauna, this sure is a whole different (and grim) scene. I would go back if it is gutted and up-dated.“

“I went there for the cruising area. The building is nice (traditional wooden house) but on weekday at least (Monday 8-10pm) almost nothing happened… Everyone was staring at each other and no one seems to dare to do something. And when something seems to happen, guys make sure they lock and double lock the door of the cabin. A big issue is that there are no condoms nor lube… In 2017 when STDs are such a problem especially among gays, that’s not really acceptable. Crowd is mostly local guys, mid-aged.“

“Arthur passed away last year, so no chance of a chat! Since then there have been mixed reviews, but no way to find out what it costs!“

“Absolutely dirty, it’s a shame for all gay sauna in Asia. Go to Babylon in Bangkok“

“ most likely to Chiang Mai this year on vacation. Seems HOM is a friendly place for a shy straight to visit as first time to gay bath house. Should I go? Wouldn’t mind some suggestion were to go and what to do….“

“We think you will find House Of Male a very friendly place. Have a chat with Arthur, the owner/manager – we are sure he will be able to answer any questions you might have.“

“I planed to spend whole August 2016 in Chiangmai, swimming everyday at House of Male. I was very disappointed to find the swimming pool out of order. I’ll come from December 15 to 30. Will the swimming pool be working again at this date? Thank you for a prompt reply!“

“I have been to HOM on 1/12/2016, the pool was opening… I didn’t have my swimming suit… When there was lack of people, I swam in nude… haha…“

“Great place. But would love to wear my string and discard my towel, Patrons wear their towels at all times except for the odd one in briefs.“

“J’y suis allé aujourd’hui (le 9 mars 2015). Le tarif d’entrée est 130 bth (4 euros). L’ambiance est calme et zen. En revanche, le point négatif: pas de disponibilité du gel et du préservatif.“

“As someone who has visited Chiang Mai off and on for many years, I have to say that House of Male is my favourite sauna in Asia. The staff are most welcoming and the general environment is very relaxing, particularly around the pool. Prices are very reasonable and there is usually a very nice mix of people. Overall, very enjoyable experience and recommended for first time visitor to the city.“

“As a long-term Chiang Mai resident of 12 years, while HoM, just like any other commercial operation, has its faults, for sheer consistency, reliability, relaxation it is unmatched. I am at the sauna daily, in the afternoons for a swim a brief workout at the gym, in the evenings/nights to cruise, lounge with a drink by the pool, gaze at the stars, see people I know, chat with the sauna has been in operation for 17 years now. The pool is a decent size, totally surrounded by bamboo and coconut trees, flowers, plants, shrubbery with recliners and tables and staff are always friendly and do not distinguish between Thais and non-Thais. Their drink prices are eminently fair and so is their admission. In the 17 years that I personally have been coming to House of Male, as far as memory recalls, there have been just two changes in admission prices and about three changes in the price of drinks, both alcoholic and non, and packaged snacks like peanuts, etc. I used to write about Chiang Mai for three Thai gay websites and have always tried to be objective. Yes, there could be improvements. The sauna needs to add a staff used to have pillows, tissues etc in each private room but, sad to say, some customers were very careless and my opinion, for at least sheer consistency and atmosphere, this sauna is unsurpassed.“

“HOM survived the police raid last Sunday. Drug testing on customers was negative, unlike the testing on Hijack in Bangkok. Press reports in Khaosod English. Hope this does not lead to closures.“

“HOM was not raided by the police on October 19, and our customers have never been checked for drugs, by the police or anyone else. I don’t know where Greg obtained this information.“

“House of male is a great place. Friendly atmosphère. Space-full relaxing place. Large swimming pool. Clean. Wish all saunas would be as nice as this one.“

“On my first visit to House of Male, I was first impressed by the entrance to the Thai teak mansion and its tropical gardens, next by the friendly welcome I received from the cashier when I paid the entry fee of 130 Baht (less than US$4). After that, there was the large swimming pool, surrounded by lush tropical growth, a wooden sala overlooking the pool (an open pavilion) and then upstairs, a large balcony with tables and chairs, another sala and a television room. In addition to these facilities, there is a steam sauna, plenty of cruising areas and very friendly staff at your service. Obviously, many of the customers at House of Male are Thai and many are only attracted to other Thai’s. But there are enough Thai’s who also enjoy the company of foreigners to make a visit very enjoyable. Highly recommended by a now regular visitor!!“

“Great place. Really nice Lanna style set up with nice gardens and places to relax. Was a bit cold (but Chiang Mai is the coldest right now than its been for many years) is ok. I had no problems with staff and the TV? Many hot locals during my visit (Sunday evening). Will definitely visit again!“

“First impressions were great but after several attendances at House of Male this is sadly what we found. 1. Staff friendliness inconsistent and random, can be stand offish, and non engaging if not a Thai.2. Staff often lazy monopolizing TV and other paid customers facilities. 3. Cleanness much to be desired, used items rarely cleaned up. Also witnessed staff taking used plastic drinking cups from trash bin and sticking them back in the clean cup container.4. Sadly, local are often treated much better than visitors and loyalties are such that foreigners are laughed and spoken about rudely in Thai by locals.5. Freezing facility. No warm area but the wet steam room which exasperates the cold when back in the cold. 6. ‚Gym‘ is old and very warn out. Can be crowded and unsafe.7. The policy of 10 attendances them one gets a free pass entry is not displayed or discussed with visitors. Make sure you ask for a card and get it stamped each time you attend to get that free entry pass. 8. Can’t believe how many staff and yet one monopolizes the only TV for paying visitors laying in front of it watching Thai TV … and rude. Many say when returning after a while away that the facility has drastically gone down hill. All we can say is that after a few months of regular attendances we have seen the lack of hygiene and staff engaging politely with non locals very rare indeed.“

“Management response. „The posting about House of Male by Tommy (Quite like Babylon) is misleading. On the night in question, we had 144 customers.“

“Visited on Thursday because of the buy 1 get 1 free evening. Around 15~25 people there in the evening. Mostly local Thai but the quality of crowd is about same as Mania in Bangkok. Has a pool, gym, steam room, restaurant but everything smaller than Babylon. Interesting part is the Lanna style rooms located on the 2nd floor, very Chiangmai style.“

“Now, the entry fee for both Thai people and foreigners is the same. Apart from going on Tuesday & Thursday, which are buddy nights, you can try going during weekend and meet more local guys.“

“My favourite place to relax in Chiang Mai. Refreshments at very reasonable prices, lovely relaxing swimming pool, great sauna and steam room with handsome polite staff ready to assist you with your every wish.“

“Relaxing, clean, friendly, a great place to spend an enjoyable afternoon or evening. I can highly recommend it. Try Tuesday or Thursday evenings.“

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Massage Spas In Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai’s hot massage spa for men, by men. It’s located in a beautiful, newly renovated, air-conditioned facility near the Night Bazaar. Apollo Massage provides gay men with the best services for the ultimate body experience — from head to toe.

The spa is committed to providing customers with the best possible ‘body experience’ and uses only carefully selected high-quality products. The rooms are clean, comfortable and have lockers for storing valuables giving you peace of mind. Out-call service is available if you prefer your massage in the privacy of your room.

Apollo places the satisfaction of customers as its prime responsibility and so employs trained and experienced masseurs. From the moment you walk in, you are pampered by a warm and friendly staff. The spa has a large selection of highly skilled and handsome masseurs who strive to satisfy every need of the customer. The staff can assist customers with their choices to ensure they get optimum satisfaction.

Advance appointments are welcome but not required. Debit/credit cards are accepted without extra charges. To learn more about Apollo Massage and the services they provide, please call 084-373-2330, visit their website or Facebook for more information.

massage, massage – out call, internet access, free wifi, adults only

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tourist-popular area, with many shops, restaurant and a few gay bars

lively area, close to nightlife, gay spas and House of Male sauna

hotels along the bankside or close to the Ping River

Long-running m2m massage spa, located close to House of Male sauna. MarSpa offers a range of aroma therapy massages and body scrubs. Clients are mostly Thai.

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“I have never been to a place like this. It’s like a gay resort. We stayed in the on site guesthouse and joined one of their naked parties. There were well over 100 naked guys there. Dinner in their cafe was good. Didn’t try the massage because we were too busy but maybe next time we are in Chiang Mai.“

“I stayed here when I was in Chiang Mai. Place is amazing. I joined the naked party on the 1st and 7th day of December. Weekend was busy too. Everyone comes in the evening but it was nice to relax in the afternoon. Food was good too. I want to go back. I dream about this place now. Haha“

“I discovered the One Seven after the closure of House of Male which was in repair. I was initially disappointed by the pool, the ridiculous design in the form of phallus, very small and quite dangerous by its concrete structure with sharp edges. Nevertheless the place is pleasant by its vegetation. The staff is very cheerful, the steam / sauna equipment satisfactory, the bar overlooking the Mae Ping would be absolutely charming, if the music was not as strong. The labyrinth of cabins is interesting and quite well-kept. The One Seven heals its entertainment program by imposing clothing themes: underwear, or full nude… You can order a massage that is done on site, by a single masseur, but personally, I prefer the lounges that remain in town.“

“Location was not busy nor clean. I would have expected with it being as slow as it was, that the rooms would’ve been spotless and well taken care of. This was not the case. Service was good, and I thought the facility was nice. I won’t be back because the guys here were all prudish. Interesting, because this wasn’t my experience at the other sauna in Chiang Mai.“

“A waste of time and money. On a Sunday afternoon there were no more than three or four guys laying around, seemingly uninterested in anything else. It might work as a club for those who just wish to get way from family or social life.“

“I recommend going to Club One from 6-10pm on the weekend.“

“A beautiful and comfortable place. When I was… was naked party, for what? All the guys were covered with hand … There was not too much to cover … everything was tiny …I do not know how to behave in a Thai gay sauna but if you want in other places, sex is easier guys are very reluctant and do not move. A shame, because, I repeat, was very nice place…. I was cranky … people did not dare. Ah!!!! DANGER!!!!…I burn my leg with a pipe-tube on steam room .. must care that.!!!!“

“스탭들이 좋은 사우나에요. 또한 시설도 나쁘지않고 전통양식의 멋진 건물에 쉴 수 있는 장소가 곳곳에 있네요. 가격은 130밧이었고, 여느 사우나처럼 수건. 콘돔과 젤을 팩킹해서 주네요. 강변에 있어서 테라스에 앉아 간식이나 음료하기 좋고요, 샤워시설, 화장실, 모양의 작은 수영장 모두 깨끗합니다. 크루징도 방콕 여느 사우나에 뒤지지 않네요. 무엇보다 좋은 사람들과 신경많이 써주는 스탭들이 참 맘에 들었습니다.“

“This is the best sauna is Chiang Mai. I couldn’t believe how interesting it is. A penis shaped pool?! I have never seen that before! It’s quite large. Many Thais and farang. Good mix. Guesthouse looks beautiful. I want to stay there someday. The food in the cafe was good. Massage staff are handsome. I can spend all weekend here and enjoy. Staff are very cute and friendly.“

“The place is very nice. You can enjoy and relax yourself alongside Ping River. The entry fee has been reduced since they originally opened. If you want to meet more guys, I recommend you going on either Friday (underwear night) or Saturday (upstairs naked night).“

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Club One Seven guest House and Sauna

Stay at the only gay-exclusive hotel in Chiang Mai, the legendary Club One Seven Guesthouse and Sauna. What’s more, it happens to house one of Chiang Mai’s most popular gay saunas. Housed in a quaint, 130-year-old Lanna teak house along the Ping river, the gay-friendly hotel beautifully blends contemporary facilities with quintessential Thai charm.

The outdoors at Club One Seven are its highlights. The guesthouse is ensconced in tropical greenery and is peppered with lovely alfresco seating and terraces. Traditional decor and statues dot the property. Start your day by digging into a hearty breakfast by the riverside. Also, it’s a great place for meet-cutes since it’s open to locals during the day. The popular gay sauna is a rage with both guests and locals and has everything from massage rooms to private cabins. It also has Northern Thailand’s largest herbal steam room. The charming outdoor swimming pool is the perfect place for lounging and catching the eye of the good-looking set.

As is with most guesthouses, rooms at Club One Seven include both shared dorms and private ones. Dorms have non-bunkbeds too. If you’re looking to spend a bit more, the rooms feature stunning teak furnishings and decor. Moreover, the river-view rooms even have private riverside terraces.

Tamarind Village

In the heart of Chiang Mai old city lies the secluded gay-friendly Thai resort of Tamarind Village. Celebrating the local Lanna heritage, the blissful hotel is amongst the most romantic gay hotels in Chiang Mai’s Old City. Tamarind Village’s location couldn’t be more perfect. It is within walking distance of some of the city’s best attractions, including the Wat Chedi Luang and the Night Bazaar. At the same time, a perimeter of shrubbery and trees at Tamarind Village doesn’t let the hubbub of Old City reach guests either.

The hotel draws up one of the most impressive entrances ever in the form of a green tunnel of arched bamboo trees, which are lit up at nightfall. The nucleus of the Thai village-style property is the eponymous 200-year-old tamarind tree. Courtyards burst with blooms of white and purple orchids, while the rooms feature tiled clay roofs and dark timber beams. The backdrop is a stunning gilded temple spire, which adds to the resort’s ethereal charm. Rooms and suites boast of courtyard views, gorgeous traditional Thai decor, and a host of mod-cons.

The hotel has a smattering of facilities for its guests. A large outdoor pool feels heavenly in the day heat, while the restaurant terrace is great for sipping on a beverage. A quaint spa with unique and stimulating Northern Thai treatments is just the antidote one needs after a long day of exploring Chiang Mai. The Ruen Tamarind restaurant is one of the city’s best, with guests from other hotels also heading here for a bite. Furthermore, the hotel offers complimentary Village Walk tours of nearby cultural sites and temples.


You’d think that five-star hotels aren’t affordable, but DusitD2 tells a different story. The gay-friendly, hip upscale hotel is surprisingly wallet-friendly while offering a slew of first-rate facilities to guests. The spiffy and modern DusitD2 is a welcome break from the traditional Lanna heritage that envelops Chiang Mai, making it extremely popular with young travelers. Also, it abuts Night Bazaar and is surrounded by amazing gay bars like Orion and Pandee, making it popular with gay travelers too.

DusitD2 boasts of glass-and-steel surfaces and minimalist decor, right from the bright lobby to the modern rooms. The swimming pool set on a tranquil sun-kissed terrace with loungers is a great place to lounge during the day. The Devarana Spa is famous for its massage treatments, while the small fitness center is a nice place to work out. The action-central heart of the hotel, however, is the open-air D-Square restaurant which features live music and award-winning cocktails, attracting young party monsters.

The smartly-designed, snug rooms at DusitD2 feature nice touches like orange-colored accents against wood furnishings. Those who want more space can think about upgrading to Studio Suites, which have living areas and great mod-cons. Club Rooms have their own set of privileges, including private breakfasts and free happy hour cocktails.

Yaang Come Village Hotel

LGBTQ culture buffs will do well to choose Yaang Come as their base for a 360-degree Chiang Mai adventure. The gay-friendly Yaang Come Village Hotel has a great location; it is close to the Ping River, the gay scene at Night Market, as well as Old City.

The tranquil and serene property welcomes guests with a comfy lobby sprinkled with Chinese art. The hotel itself is nestled in an artsy garden with gorgeous mural paintings, traditional Lanna architecture, and colorful statues. The swimming pool with whirlpool makes for a great hangout place, especially at night with lanterns strung on the trees. There are lots of lounge chairs around as well as a food-and-drink service from the restaurant, which also sits under a tree strung with golden lanterns. The small library is a good place to curl up with a book in the afternoon.

What guests will particularly love about the rooms at Yaang Come is that they are amongst Chiang Mai’s most spacious ones. Elegant mural paintings and mod-cons dot every room. While the base category rooms have large sleeping spaces, the Deluxe ones boast of bathtubs and armchairs as well.

Lotus Hotel

Perhaps Chiang Mai’s most famous five-star gay accommodation is the Lotus Hotel. The gay-managed, gay-popular hotel is famously home to the Garden Bar, one of the most famous LGBTQ playgrounds in Chiang Mai.

In spite of having been around for a while, the Lotus Hotel boasts of a bevy of amenities for its guests. The fitness center will appeal to gym rats, while a massage at the spa/sauna will have you relaxed and reinvigorated for another day of exploring Chiang Mai. The Garden Bar’s live music is appreciated, as is the Thai Elvis impersonator in the lobby who adds comedic value. The main draw at the hotel is undoubtedly the sprawling rooftop pool, which doesn’t feel cramped even when there’s a crowd. Also, shopaholics visiting Chiang Mai will love the direct connections from the hotel to the massive Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex.

Rooms at the Lotus Hotel are particularly spacious and boast of amazing views of either the Doi Suthep mountain or the Chiang Mai town center. The rooms are done up in traditional Lanna style prevalent in Chiang Mai and feature huge, comfy beds, seating areas, a minibar, and well-stocked ensuite bathrooms.

The gay-friendly Lotus Hotel has a great location in Chiang Mai’s city center. The famous shopping street Nimmanhemin Road and Old City are within walking distance. Plus, one of the biggest gay clubs in the city, Adam’s Apple is right across the street.

Qi 68

Budget LGBTQ travelers looking for a great value-for-money experience in Chiang Mai should look no further than the gay-friendly Qi 68.

The Qi 68 guesthouse is like none other in the city. What makes the gay-owned Qi 68 experience special is the amenities and the attitudes of the owners and staff. The availability of a well-stocked kitchen to guests to whip up their own meals is a huge plus point. The fridge is available to guests to be able to stock their own food as well.

Well-designed rooms exude warmth even in the wake of their starkly contemporary decor. The river-stone-embedded bathroom floors make every step feel like a reinvigorating foot massage. A chic, steel-framed and wooden blocks-filled wall divides the bathroom and the bedroom. Plus, the quaint patios off the rooms make for the perfect spot to grab a cuppa in the rays of the morning sun.

Dhara Dhevi

Did you know that one of the most unusual hotels in the world is right here in Chiang Mai? Welcome to the Dhara Devi, one of the most striking luxury hotels in Chiang Mai. The resort pays homage to the Lanna kingdom culture with its sparkling mosaic walls, baroque, gilded pagodas and spires, and flower-filled gardens. If that wasn’t enough, the resort is peppered with traditional Southeast Asian art, lotus ponds, wooden bridges, and what-not. Plus, the resort happens to be gay-friendly. So, if you and your partner are looking for a decadent traditionally-Thai hideaway, Dhara Devi would be the place to be.

The architecture might be traditional, but the resort is thoroughly contemporary. The gym, yoga-shala, and library overlook the sweeping miniature rice paddies that surround the resort, as does the freeform infinity pool. The resort offers a slew of complimentary activities, from culinary school classes to fitness ones. Plus, there’s a cake shop, three bars, and five restaurants for foodies to choose from. Guests can enjoy a sun-kissed hearty breakfast with spectacular views of the gardens Do explore the zenith of all the decadence, the lavish Dheva Spa, which has a slew of relaxing treatments.

If the facilities are luxurious, the rooms are even more so. Guests can choose from Colonial Wing suites, signature residences, and two-story teak villas. Enormous is the only word to describe the spaces, which feature private terraces and plus oriental furnishings. If you like indulging in extravagance, the Grand Deluxe Villas have stilted patios, steam rooms, pianos, and plunge pools.

Travelers staying at Dhara Devi needn’t worry about missing out on exploring Chiang Mai. There’s a shuttle bus ferrying guests to the city center and takes merely 15 minutes.

The Inside House

The gay-friendly Inside House is one for the Instagrammers. The stunning white property is sprinkled with shades of green, making for a secluded oasis that will immensely appeal to discerning gay travelers. This luxurious boutique property lies at the southwestern corner of the Old City of Chiang Mai and is a fantastic base for exploring the city as well.

Gleaming white colonial-design arches with hanging vines make for a grand entryway. Radiating traditional Thai hospitality, the property is beautifully done up in a charming old-world Colonial style. Guests can choose between bedrooms and pool suites. The former features tons of natural light, cozy daybeds, airy patios, semi-outdoor bathtubs, and views overlooking the stunning vertical garden. The lavishly unique pool suites feature stunning views of the city, outdoor Victorian bathtubs, and, of course, massive decadent private pools.

Apart from beautiful accommodation, the Inside House boasts of a superb restaurant ‘Ghin,’ which serves Northern Thai specialties.

Rachamankha Hotel

The gay-friendly Rachamankha Hotel is extremely popular with LGBTQ travelers looking for boutique accommodation in Chiang Mai. The hotel lies in the heart of Old City, right near the historic Wat Phra Singh temple.

Rachamankha radiates an old-world charm with its tranquil courtyard, neatly manicured lawns, a pretty seating area, and antique curios peppered all over. The rooms and suites are housed in a two-story structure which also houses a library. The property is sprinkled with exquisite European, Asian, and African furnishings, contemporary and antique trinkets, statues, and artwork, adding to its leisure-heritage character. An alluring swimming pool set in its own courtyard is perfect for a swim on hot days. The spa, albeit small, features a range of treatments. Bibliophiles will love the library, which houses an excellent and antique collection. Culture buffs will appreciate the quaint museum showcasing 19th-century statues and swords from Burma and Thailand.

Apart from being a little low on natural lights, rooms at Rachamankha are flawless. The comfy, elegant rooms boast of modern amenities, brick walls, high ceilings, and a host of invaluable antiques. Plus, the ensuite bathrooms are roomy and immaculate.

Strips the Poshtel

Located right next to Night Market, the edgy, gay-friendly STrips Poshtel is the perfect accommodation for budget-conscious social butterflies. A big plus point about Strips for LGBTQ travelers is that some of the best gay bars and clubs of Chiang Mai like Ozeed and Station One are all within walking distance.

The posh hostel is very much unlike a regular hostel with its cream-and-black polished exterior, green foliage, wooden floors, and monochrome interiors. Guests can choose between dorm rooms and private rooms. The dorms feature bunk beds, lighting accents, and even comfy chairs and beanbags. Private rooms have the comfort of ensuite bathrooms and writing desks.

For a hostel, STrips has tons of freebies for its guests, including free bottles of water every day and bathroom accessories. The common lounge area features comfy seating, books and magazines, and a TV, and is ideal for catching up with fellow travelers. In addition, the hostel provides a complimentary breakfast, which guests can enjoy out on the lovely shaded patio. What’s more, there are packed to-go breakfasts for guests who leave early in the morning. On top of it all, they’re extremely helpful in booking sightseeing tours for guests. We’d recommend this fantastic and yet reasonable full-day tour showcasing the best that Chiang Mai has to offer.

Anantara Resort

If you’re for riverside luxury in Chiang Mai, then gay-friendly Anantara Resort ought to do the trick. Nestled on banks of the Ping River, Anantara is a peaceful getaway just 20 minutes away from Chiang Mai’s best attractions. The resort beautifully merges timeless and new elements with an original 1920s colonial structure and a minimalistic bamboo-clad design.

A gorgeous strip of verdant manicured lawn separates the riverside and the pool, which has lots of sun loungers. Do book a massage at the mesmerizing sanctuary of relaxation that is the spa. The hotel offers a host of wellness activities from tai chi to aerobics classes available, as well as its signature cooking class. Plus, its tuk-tuk tour of Chiang Main is highly recommended. What’s more, the hotel features a sundowner cruise aboard its own boat, complete with onboard champagne and a light meal.

The rooms at Anantara are equally inviting. They all have views of either the river or the gardens from their own balconies. Double day beds are sleep-inducing, and the open-plan bathrooms with deep bathtubs are sexy to boot. Plus, the rooms are well-equipped with all mod-cons.

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Chiang Mai among the best gay destinations in Thailand!

Boasting vibrant landscapes, a rich heritage, and ancient tourist attractions, Chiang Mai is a top destination for gay holidays in Thailand.

If you are coming from Europe or the U.S., it is important to know that in Thai destinations such as Chiang Mai, the concept of „gaybourhood“ is almost non-existent. Even though you might come across references about specific gay areas in Chiang Mai, keep in mind that almost each bar and business in the area, crowded or not, is most likely to host young gay people. There are a few gay bars and establishments around the Old City of Chiang Mai, the Night Bazaar and Huay Kaew Road, which will let you discover Chiang Mai’s emerging gay scene.

Exploring one of the best hotels in Chiang Mai for Gay Travellers: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort

Following the all-welcome mentality of the Worldwide Anantara Hotels & Resorts chain,   Anantara Chiang Mai Resort welcomes gay travelers from all over the world, completely respecting their privacy. The hotel stands out for its luxury ambiance, its exceptional service and its amazing landscapes. Let’s go through the top 5 reasons that make this hotel a great choice for Gay travellers to Thailand:

1. Location

What distinguishes Anantara Chiang Mai Resort from other luxury hotels in Chiang Mai, is the fact that it is located on the edge of Mae Ping River, becoming a luxurious haven away from the surrounding bustle of the city.

The resort’s location is also attractive to gay travelers looking to discover the “gay areas of Chiang Mai”, since it is very close to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Huay Kaew Road, known for hosting various gay bars and hot spots. Moreover, the impressive Old City with the numerous markets, delicious street food, and bright temples, is just 15 minutes walk from the hotel.

Another highlight is the resort’s distance from Chiang Mai International Airport, which is just a 15-minute drive! Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will transport you from/to the airport in style and comfort by a private car or a van, with complimentary WiFi.

5. Spend your Gay Honeymoon in Chiang Mai

Whether you crave for a romantic honeymoon full of intimate moments, spa rituals, and private dining experiences or you prefer to spend your first days as a married couple with adventurous activities, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will make all your desires come true!

The resort’s experienced staff will organise anything you might ask for, from private culinary journeys and spa rituals for couples, to tours and adventurous activities. Surprise your loved one with a special treatment for two or spend relaxing moments in a romantic nest with herbal steam room, aromatic sauna, and terrazzo bathtub!

 Click here to check for prices and availability at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, and remember to always book directly with the Hotel, for getting the best available prices and having the most personalized communication with the hotel!

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Upon arrival, ask the manager/receptionist about available options, current promotions, etc. Most spas have private treatment rooms. You can choose your own masseur or have one assigned for you.

Gay Chiang Mai – Travel Gay Guide

Chiang Mai is a city in the mountains of northern Thailand. Its origins date back to 1296. Naturally, it’s surrounded by stunning scenery. There are many temples to explore and nearby tribal villages.

It’s well worth a visit. Once the seat of the Lanna kingdom, Chiang Mai is packed with history, charming backstreets and a wonderful atmosphere: mountain cities are always atmospheric. Chiang Mai has a small gay scene.

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Gay Chiang Mai – Travel Gay Guide

Chiang Mai ist eine Stadt in den Bergen Nordthailands. Seine Ursprünge reichen bis ins Jahr 1296 zurück. Natürlich ist es von einer atemberaubenden Landschaft umgeben. Es gibt viele Tempel zu erkunden und nahe gelegene Stammesdörfer.

Es ist einen Besuch wert. Chiang Mai, einst Sitz des Königreichs Lanna, ist voller Geschichte, charmanter Gassen und einer wunderbaren Atmosphäre: Bergstädte sind immer atmosphärisch. Chiang Mai hat eine kleine schwule Szene.

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Top Attractions in Chiang Mai

Obviously being gay does not define which attractions most of us will want to see in each city and most queer travelers will simply want to check out the top things to see in Chiang Mai during the day! There is so much to do here – but we found our favorite memories were getting lost on quiet backstreets, exploring temples and taking a minute to relax and recharge our batteries after a wild night out!

One of the best tips we can give you for exploring Gay Chiang Mai is to pre-order a travel SIM card for easy airport pickup and activation the moment you arrive so you will not pay a fortune in international roaming charges. Get restaurants recommendation and reservations on the fly, public transport instructions up to the minute, bar opening hours and if it is your thing – access to gay hook up apps to find out more about the local scene.

Mobile data is fast, cheap and available almost everywhere in Asia so it is no wonder most travelers chose to stay connected and to get off the beaten track (without ever worrying about getting lost). So why wait? Pre-order the best local SIM card now to have it waiting for you in Thailand when you arrive.

Still – it helps to have some idea what is going on, so here are the most popular attractions in Chiang Mai according to us…

Gay-friendly and Gay Hotels in Chiang Mai

As a world leader in gay tourism, there are hotels and hostel in Chiang Mai catering for every type of traveler – and it would be unheard of for any hotel or guesthouse to have an issue with a gay couple checking it. Still, everyone likes to be surrounded by like-minded people, and as such a few gay hotels in Chiang Mai have cropped up as the place for gay travelers to stay!

Chiang Mai also has a vast range of accommodation available with everything from five-star luxury hotels to backpacker guest houses or bed and breakfasts at reasonable prices. Or if you are considering having guests over you could consider a private apartment in Chiang Mai (but we like the safety and security of hotels which keep the boy’s ID at reception to ensure your safety).  Whether you want a fun and social hostel, a cheap place to crash after a night of partying or a chic luxury option with a pool to spend the day lying by – Gay Chiang Mai as something for everyone!

Gay Nightlife in Chiang Mai

For better or worse, Chiang Mai’s gay nightlife is infamous and often intertwined with the commercial sex scene. If you’re a first time visitor’s to Chiang Mai’s gay scene it can be a little overwhelming, so be sure to take care not to get yourself into anything you can’t handle – and always, always ask for photo ID if you are in any doubt as to someone’s age.

We recommend hanging around in the gay bars in Chiang Mai and striking up a conversation with an expat who is bound to be hanging round to show you the ropes. Chiang Mai’s Night Market area, in particular, Charoenprathet Alley 6,  Charoenprathet Road, and the Kalare shopping plaza are home to the majority of gay bars and a good place to start. Most of the gay go-go bars are located in the Changphuak / Santitham area.

Gay foreigners flock to Chiang Mai in droves – though you can also find wealthy locals or gay Thai boys trying to find a meal ticket. Things are crazy, wild and insanely fun here once you let loose and get used to the risqué environment. When the gay bars of Chiang Mai cool down for the night, that’s when everyone heads to the all-night dance clubs – some of which actively target the gay market.

Sadly, we can’t possibly list every single gay venue in Chiang Mai, but we have gathered together the most famous gay bars as well as a few of our personal favorites!

Gay Spa and Male Massage in Chiang Mai

Want to recover after a long night out in the gay bars of Chiang Mai? Thailand is famous for its spas and massages, and Chiang Mai has plenty of places you can try them out – at varying quality and prices.

If all you are concerned about is male massages in Chiang Mai including ‘happy ending service’ then gay men need only to walk into any of the countless boy or male massage shops in Chiang Mai. Once you enter, you will be greeted by a ‘madam,’ asked to sit and buy a drink while you select from the Thai boys to complete your ‘gay massage’ – and whether you would prefer an oil, cream or Thai massage.

You then are shown to a small room, given a clean towel and asked to shower. During your (generally below average) massage the masseur will let you know his services and the cost of a ‘happy ending’ which is usually a tip paid directly to the boy of between 500-1200 Baht. Afterward, you will pay the original agree price for massage and drink downstairs to the madam (usually around 500 – 650 Baht per hour) and head on your merry way.

Please don’t get a male massage with ‘happy ending’ in Chiang Mai confused for a real massage as there is only one thing they do well there (and even that is not guaranteed). We have included Common Massage, Classic House, and Dream House below as they are most famous male massages in Chiang Mai, but if you’re looking for a real massage or luxury spa treatment we have also put our favorite options here too!

Cruising & Gay Saunas in Chiang Mai

While not as popular or developed as the extensive gay sauna scene in Bangkok – there is two gay sauna in Chiang Mai worth visiting for some steamy fun.

If the gay sauna or gay clubs of Chiang Mai don’t give you want you’re looking for then, gay hook-up apps are also a popular way of meeting – although as a foreigner you will generally be expected to host so you might want to consider your own private apartment in Chiang Mai 

Another approach we highly recommend it to stay with a gay local in Chiang Mai who can help you navigate the often confusing gay Chiang Mai scene and point you in the right direction!

Prostitution is neither legal or strictly illegal in Thailand and is in part tolerated and regulated. Prostitution is common throughout the country, and rent boys can be found in many gay saunas in Thailand. Given the police attention prostitution and rent boys frequently draw, better to stay away from this entirely and stick with good old fashion ‘free’ sauna fun.

of the Best Gay-Only Hotels & Guesthouses in the world

The numerous online travel guides make it super easy to find the trending gay destinations around the world. However, the key to planing the best holiday trip for you (and not going on one that someone else has told you to go), is to understand which destination is best for you based on your personal likes, interests and budget. Before planning your next trip, it is really important to narrow down your choices about the countries and destinations that are more likely to offer you the experiences you desire. Other destinations will create priceless memories, others will make you relax and fall in love and others will leave you with empty pockets! The final choice is yours!

One of the destinations that easily comes to mind when talking about Gay holidays, is Thailand. A country full of popular destinations among LGBT travellers, like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, and Kho Hood. 

However, in this article, we are not going to talk about these popular destinations once again, but guide you through one of Thailand’s hidden gems: Chiang Mai, and one of the best resorts for gay travelers, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort!