Thailand is one of the best, most reasonably priced places
for beach tours
. You get the luxury of choosing from
hundreds of options. Enjoying your time to the fullest, you
can make the most of your vacation. Beaches in Thailand
provide the unique combination of superb scenic beauty,
entertainment, luxury and leisure.
Four hours by bus from Bangkok, Hua Hin is a lively, breezy
town with a long white-sand beach. Tourists can take pony
rides, and Wat Khao Takiap rewards those who walk there with
a nice sea view. A few catamaran, parasailing and jet ski
operators work off Hua Hin beach, but it is mostly peaceful.
Land covered by marvellous stretches of sand is constantly
kissed by waves. In close neighborhood of the sands are the
hills carpeted by lush greenery, which also hosts two
national parks. Hard to resist by the lovers of nature.
Krabi is for visitors who desire pristine and somewhat
relaxing refuge. Indulge in activities like kayaking and
rock climbing, soaking in the scenic beauty of limestone
cliffs jutting out of turquoise blue sea. Visit Krabi
beaches which serve both adventure lovers and beach fans.
One of the most popular beachs of Thailand provides
amazing nightlife experience, frenzied shopping and
thrilling adventures. The idyllic powdery beach, which is
acclaimed all over the world for diving, provides for a
memorable vacation. Long milky white beach fringed with
greenery fills the visitors with immense joy.
Pattaya is known for variety of water sports, sprawling golf
courses, raunchy nightlife, and needless to mention, lovely
beach beauty. Most convenient beach to reach from
Bangkok, it is specially popular among scuba lovers. The
beach is committed to serve the tourists who come in pursuit
of adventure, pleasure and excitement.
It is charming, thanks to it's limestone cliffs standing out
of green water. Mysterious caves, lovely lagoons and
pleasant beaches await the travellers. Offering idyllic
seascapes, Phang Nga is praised the world over as a diving
Never crowded or hurried, Rayong Beaches provide great
alternative to tourists who are tired of overpopulated
destinations. An ideal tour if you are seeking retreat from
the pressures of city life. The best getaway is Ko Samet,
known for it's picturesque beaches and relaxed atmosphere.
Many beaches have also been designated as national parks.
|The "Rose of the North" and the
second largest city in Thailand, and a pleasant change
of pace from Bangkok. The gay nightlife is not as
prolific as that found in Bangkok or Pattaya, but there
is an interesting variety of venues, and for many people
it is the quality of venues not the quantity that counts
the friendliness and charm of the locals more than makes
up for the smaller scene size!
Gay facilities in Chiang Mai include hotels and
guesthouses, restaurants, some mixed discos, a few bars
and many semi-commercial bars (with freelancers or
"off-able" waiters) and commercial bars (go-go
and host bars). There are also two saunas and many
venues offer massage.
The main concentration of gay places is in the north
and north-west of the city, off Chang Puak Rd and Huay
Kaew Rd, but there are also gay venues in the centre and
east of the city within the wall or just outside the
east wall (near the Night Bazaar) and a few in more
The new social order crackdown that started in
Bangkok mid 2001 spread to Chiang Mai in
October/November 2001, with many of the go-go bars
abandoning go-go and no shows were allowed. A few of the
go-go bars were starting to feature shows again but this
has again been curtailed mid 2003, and many go-go bars
have reverted to host bars or have go-go only
occasionally or have other types of shows.
There used to be a row of small open-air gay bars in
the right side of the Night Bazaar building, and at
various times some of these bars were known to have
underage freelancers hanging around. This row of bars
has now closed, but new open-air bars have open in two
nearby locations - one just accross from the rear of the
Night Bazaar building, and one around the Peak climbing
wall just to the right of the rear of the Night Bazaar.
These new bars have attracted many of the bar owners,
patrons and (legal age) freelancers from the old Night
Bazaar bars, but not the underage freelancers, and many
people claim these bars are now the hightlight of the
Chiang Mai scene.
House of Male,
In the heart of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, there is
a gay sauna, fitness and relaxation centre for men,
unique in the world for it's friendliness, comfort,
ambience, fraternisation and service. Visitors may share
the delights of a beautiful tropical garden setting,
enjoy swimming laps of the secluded pool, tan in the
sun, or just simply enjoy a drink by the pool side
whilst meeting and making new friends.
If Phuket Island (Koh Phuket) is the "Pearl of
the Andaman Sea", then the Patong Beach area is
where it really shines if you are looking for nightlife.
Gay facilities in Phuket include gay and mixed
accommodation and restaurants, the (semi-commercial)
bars, bar-beers and saunas, and the go-go bars . Most of
the bars and bar beers are very friendly places but are
not really bars in the usual western sense - expect to
be taking one the waiters "off" rather than
pairing up with another customer, and expect to
"tip" someone you take home, even sometimes
from the saunas. Many places also offer
"massage", including the saunas and some of
The main concentration of gay venues is in the area
in front of the Royal Paradise Hotel in Patong, commonly
referred to as the Paradise Complex, but there are some
venues in other areas in Patong and elsewhere in Phuket.
James Dean Bar and
James Dean Bar is the original actual "gay
bar" in Patong Beach, with their opening more than
ten years ago. The Guest House is now five years and
growing. The bar opened in a simple fashion, the type of
bar where you could sit and talk with your friends in a
purely social situation, without cabaret shows or other
entertainers pursuing the customers.
Blue Dolphin Sauna,
Dry sauna - Our original Tyl๖-Sauna is directly
imported. Who on earth knows more about designing a
sauna than the Finnish do? Steambath - You'll hardly get
a chance to see it like this! Normally, there is more
steam, more people, less light, ... Relax - For sure you
will need to relax a bit. Nobody will disturb you in our
Aquarius Gay Sauna,
Aquarius gay sauna pool and gym, swimming pool, sauna
and steam room, jacuzzi, and a 150 m2 big roof top sun
Club One Seven Bed
and Breakfast, Patong, Phuket
Club One Seven Bed and Breakfast Phuket has just newly
reopened at a new location here in Patong, is
strategically and conveniently located just 5 minutes
stroll to the beach, boutique galleries, and OTOP
Shopping Center. Also, we are easily accessible to Karon
and Kata Beach, popular Discos and Bars, Simon Cabaret,
and many others where the exciting Patong nightlife has
The Gay Scene in Patong is as diverse as it is vibrant,
with something somewhere for even the most discerning
visitor. Patong Beach is the most famous beach on Phuket
Island and has a wide variety of day time activities and
a amazing night life. Stay in Patong if you want to be
near to exiting gay night life.
Tangmo Club, Phuket
You will be entertained with music, lip-synch, dances
and various shows played by many perfectly beautiful
transvestite actresses and smart actors. The Tangmo Club
has been delighting audiences from around the world of
almost 15 years of experience.
Samui is a rapidly growing gay holiday and
residential destination. Gay life on Samui is a
relaxing, quieter, fun contrast to the exuberant gay
life of Bangkok , Pattaya and Phuket. This is why so
many Western and Asian gay men and women holiday and
live here. Gay bars and clubs are more laid back, open,
friendly and accessible.
The gay Thai community here is easy to meet at the gay
and mixed venues or simply as you move around your
hotel, shop, eat in restaurants, lie on the beach or
travel around the island. It is hard to think of a
restaurant or hotel on Samui that does not have gay
staff. Samui men are handsome, down to earth and tend
not to be as flashy as those in the larger gay tourists
Koh Samui, or Samui island is a popular tourist
destination, once described as the straightest place on
earth, but there is an increasing number of gay and
gay-friendly venues there and of course the
"scenery" is spectacular!
Gay facilities in Samui include hotels/guest houses,
bars and pubs, discos, and restaurants.
The main concentration of gay places in Samui is
around the fashionable and trendy Chaweng Beach area,
but there is also some life in some of the other areas
on the island.
Gay Beach Not far north out of Chaweng but you need to take a motor bike. From the gate of the 'Coral Bay Resort & Spa' - about 1 km north of Chaweng - go half a km to the fork in the road go to the right (to Cheongmon) for half km. A short walking track goes down to the beach. Not a swimming beach, sand, coral and rocks, no amenities so take water/food - also a bag to take your rubbish back. An easier route is through the Nora Hotel - turn left at the beach and walk for 5 to 10 minutes. Not a busy beach but gay tourists and local gay Thai guys settle into the rocks below the trees to the left for a quiet relaxing time. People are friendly and happy to chat. Western tourists go down in the heat of day but local gay Thai guys go down about 5 pm. Sadly the place is fast changing as land is developed for housing around the area.
New Gay Beach Located on the south west of the island in the Taling Ngam area. The general area is beautiful and the beach is private ,calm and secure. Off highway 4170 at Ban Taling Nam turn into road through Elephant Gate (route to Le Meridien Hotel) continue to beach just past Wat Kiri Wongkaram and park your vehicles at the small Sala on the beach edge. On the beach turn left and keep walking to the South about 100 meters. You will see the rocks protecting the private beach walk through the rocky outcrop - this small beach is the place - very peaceful. Usually two old fishing boats under the trees. Don't expect to meet anyone there - but who knows.... if not enjoy the view and solitude. Perhaps take in a delicious meal the the Five Island Restaurant close by.
Rainbow-Scuba, Koh Samui
Rainbow-Scuba works with two or three carefully selected
dive shops on Koh Samui and Koh Tao. We strive to work
with shops which are owned and operated by lesbian, gay
or bisexual people. However, where this is not possible
for logistical reasons we can always promise our dive
shops are 100% gay friendly.
Ruby Red Lounge Bar Part
of the Three Gems Project. Chaweng Beach Road opposite
the main entrance to the Central Samui Beach Resort.
Open daily 5pm to 1am. Gay & Lesbian but also
straight friendly. Surely the place to be seen for cool
laid back, music and food.
The Amsterdam Bar South
Chaweng at the end of the Soi opposite 'Trade Wind
Cottages on the Beach'. Open daily 3pm - 2am. Ladyboy
cabaret, food, and oil and Thai massage.
Male Box Samui's latest
gay venue - Male Box Bar Disco. Samui's only gay dance
The G Bar Cabaret Bar. Located South Chaweng -
Fah Samui Bar The
place to relax in & chill out. In Soi Al's Hut
opposite Starbucks. Open 10 pm-2 am. Phone +66 (0) 7741
K Club in Soi
Starbucks - just before Solo Bar - has recently been
redeveloped comfy and laid back
Home of the famous "Boyz Town" and the
equally famous Jomtien Beach is just around the headland
and you never know what you may find there, so it is
definitely worth a visit if you can drag yourself out of
bed before the bars open again!
Gay facilities in Pattaya include hotels/guest
houses, a few general bars and mixed discos,
restaurants, and commercial venues (go-go bars, bar
beers and sauna/massages).
Boyz Town in Pattayaland Soi 3 continues to be the
international gay heart of Pattaya, with venues offering
known quality and service and this reputation spills
over (sometimes undeservedly) into Pattayaland area
generaly - Soi 13/3 (Pattayaland Soi 1), Soi 13/4 (Pattayaland
Soi 2) and the connecting part of Pattaya 2 Road, making
these few blocks the main focus of the scene in Pattaya.
There is a reasonable turnover of bars in Pattayaland
Soi 1, and it is sometimes easy not to notice that a bar
has changed hands, or even that you have changed bars!
Sunee Plaza is a major gay area . While
some of the open bar beers there actually make an effort
and are seen by many as an alternative to the go-go
scene, many of the rest of the venues in the area (and
some of the customers) seem determined to keep the area
The Day Night area also was trying to reposition
itself, but there are still only a handful of venues
worth visiting (or listing), and these are scattered
along deserted, derelict looking streets. Given the
changes required to lift the area to a reasonable level,
it will be interesting to see if the area comes to much.
Walking Street, while popular with tourists and full of
successful girlie bars, seems to be an unsuccessful area
for gay venues - they seem to appear and disappear
before too many people even notice. The exception seems
the be the little oasis at the junction of Soi 14 and 15
with one or two venues that tend to attract a small
Jomtien however does seem to be coming along - it is
not just the beach and a handful of after beach bars any
more, there is an increasing selection of accommodation
and venues in the area, most in or close to Jomtien
Complex. The up and coming place to have fun!
There are regular reports of underage guys in bars
and working the streets in Pattaya, South Pattaya and
Sunee Plaza, and there are also regular reports of
foreigners being arrested for sex with people under the
legal age. The only sensible advice is do not do
anything with anyone under 18 at a bar or elsewhere -
always check ID or just walk away
best time to go to Thailand's beaches is Dec - March,
from peak holiday times.
The worst time to go is probably May - Oct, especially
on the Andaman Coast [heavy rains].
Gulf Coast has a much less heavy rains than the
west coast but longer, from June - Dec.
best overall sightseeing [i.e. non-beaches] time is the
cool season, Nov- Feb. Worst is April - Sept, hot and
sticky. March -May is the hot season. The rainy season
is June - Oct.
'curse of the longtails' makes many previously desirable
places a pain in the head now. These typical Thailand
taxi boats are fitted with unsilenced truck engines, so
put 2 or 3 together on water and it sounds like a 747
coming...and going....and coming....
Beaches that are only accessible by boat, or used as a
longtail terminal have drone and diesel smell problems.
Notably noxious are Krabi and the Phi Phi islands. Hey
Mr Thai Environment Minister, put a noise suppressor on
the west coast has buckets of rain May-October.
An hour's drive north of Phuket airport , this strip of
medium-fine yellow sand and clear sea is little
developed, with no buildings over two stories and mostly
good quality bungalows scattered under the palms and
casuarinas [a kind of fir tree] beside the beach.
The beach is winding, narrow in parts and has character,
with rocky outcrops and a lovely cluster of stlit bars
and restaurants at one end. Waves can be a problem for
small children, especially at the start of the season,
The bungalows aren't cheap but the location - Andaman
Sea on one side, wildlife-rampant rainforest the other,
and Thailand's scuba superb Similan islands 64 km
offshore makes them worthwhile.
Tour groups haven't got here yet, tho' plenty of North
The one horse town of Khao Lak provides basic shops and
restaurants. Best time Nov-March, but showers may happen
time Nov-March. Worst May-Oct
Phuket is one of the world's most famous international
resort islands. It is the largest, the most expensive
and the most touristy of all Thailand's islands, with
busy sand and an international airport.
Patong beach is particularly crowded and unpleasantly
pushy, but comfortable, quiet beaches do exist here,
mainly far NW or far SW:
- Nai Harn beach, SW Phuket - for those with money, this
beach is quiet, clean, safe, pretty and has 2 hotels.
The superb Le Meridien [Phuket Yacht Club], and less
expensive Nai Harn Resort. Big waves in December.
Nai Thon beach, NW - very, very
quiet, just a couple of simple bars/ restaurants/
hotels, but wonderful squeaky white sand, clear water,
no boats, few cars, no package people, no clubs and an
adjacent nature reserve. Romantic! Big waves in
- Mai Khao beach, NW - if you're looking for real
solitude try the least visited, hugely long Mai Khao
Beach, turtle hatching area [Nov-Jan, waves permitting].
Medium grain yellow sand, clear water, big waves in
December. Only one little bungalow operation in 13km,
under the trees and run by a friendly family, no air
[island] Phi Phi Donand Ko Phi Phi Leh
A hidden tropical paradise until the movie 'The Beach'
was filmed there, now another Thailand tourist mecca,
the Phi Phi islands have turquoise water, white sand and
palm trees, and 1 million visitors a year in a tiny
The infrastructure cannot support the numbers, though
judging by the building debris lying around the cramped
new bungalows on Phi Phi Don the owners of the islands
are trying to host the world.
Facilities like power and sewage are unreliable, rubbish
litters the ground, coral is dying and perfect
However, if you stay well away from noisy, frantic Ton
Sai bay - the transport hub - even just across the neck
at Loh Dulum bay, you will get some serenity, lovely
sand, turquoise water and those sensational views.
Phi Phi Leh is half an hour by boat, has no accomodation
at all, but still suffers the 'Curse of the Longtails' -
noisy boats packed in the bays, awaiting their tourists.
Day trips by boat from Phuket are also popular. Best
Railay, the Krabi Coast
Accessible from Ao [bay] Nang in a few minutes by
longtail boat, West Railay is stunningly pretty, has
restrained developement, reasonable prices, soft white
sand and clear water, tho' longtail taxis park there,
cluttering the view, impeding swimming and not helping
the water purity. Still, it's better than paying the
extortionate prices at Thailand's Rayavadee Premier on
the next beach - Laem Phra Nang - and still getting the
longtails and their day trippers cluttering up the
beach. Best Dec-March.
Dao and Phra-Ae beaches, Ko Lanta island
Ko Lanta is a relatively new resort island in Thailand,
with a winning combination of big, soft, sandy beaches
on the upper west side, calm clear waters, relaxed
locals and cheap accommodation, though the road running
down the centre is an unnattractive mess. Beaches are
only accessible via hotels.
The longest and the most popular beach is Khlong Dao -
where the best hotels are [Bugbog's favourite was Lanta
Villas] , but Ao Phra-Ae [Long Beach], 2km south, has a
more placid atmosphere.The further south you go the
cheaper the 'hotels' get and the worse the beaches. Best
Tarutao National Marine Park, Ko Tarutao.
Ko Tarutao National Marine Park is a natural beauty,
with about 50 mostly inhabited islands. The beaches in
the park are considered the least spoilt and the most
magnificent of all Thailand's beaches. Some simple
accommodation can be found at Pak Bara on the mainland,
or three bigger islands [Ko Tarutao, Ko Adang, and Ko
Lipe] have bungalows and restaurants.
The park is closed mid-May to mid-November, due to the
rains. Best Dec-March.
Farang, Ko Mook
Ko Mook, known for its Emerald Cave, is popular with
budget travelers and not commercial yet. The island's
best beach is Hat Farang, extremely peaceful, with
excellent swimming, snorkelling, and perfect for sunset
slumping. Best Dec-March
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Kho Samui is blessed with many fine
beaches the most popular of which are
Chaweng and Lamai Beaches. The night life
around both can be a little boisterous with
their many open air hostess bars catering
mainly to a particular type of tourist.
Mercifully, particularly Lamai Beach itself
is a restful and quiet area that is ideal
for those in need of deep rest and
Lsmai Beach itself is quieter than
Chewang and has fewer water sport and other
activities and much less development too.
Lamai Beach is well known for its unusual
rock formations of Grandfather and
Grandmother rocks that resemble certain
parts of the male and female human anatomy.
These never fail to raise a laugh amongst
the visiting tourists.
Samui hasn’t completely forgotten its
backpacker roots and still caters to the
buget traveller mainly at Maenam beach. The
beach itself is not the most attractive
being narrow and course but the surrounding
area offers the least expensive of the
Up and coming Bohut is similar to Maenam
but caters for both the younger and older
traveller as well as families; it has a
French-like quality. The old village is now
tagged “Fisherman’s Village” and caters for
its clientele very well with a sprinkling of
supermarkets, Internet cafes, as well as the
plethora of ATMs and a bank or two.
Bohut's night life is less boisterous
than Chaweng or Lamai and is perfect for old
fashioned ‘promenading’. The nice thing
about Bohut is that although being colonised
by high end developments the place has made
an effort to retain many of its wooden shop
houses that exist cheek-by-jowl with
upmarket restaurants and low-key beer bars.
West and South Coasts
The island has a more quiet and reserved
side too. Mainly concentrated on the west
and south coasts are some small and charming
coves with peaceful accommodation that are
most easily reached by hiring a motorcycle
or a four-wheel drive.
To reach this part of the island may need
an extra effort but for those who spurn the
sometimes raucous nightlife of Chaweng and
Lamai beaches then small villages,
picture-perfect coves and beaches and some
of the island’s quieter hotels and guest
houses are to be found here.
Samui is a haven for spa lovers all of
the quality hotels and resorts have
excellent spas, there are numerous
independent spas too, all of which offer a
variety of treatments to sooth away the
cares and worries and to ease the strain of
The Samui Butterfly Garden is a botanical
treat with myriads of butterfly species
helping to pollinate the plants and provide
a colourful flying spectacle. Viewing points
also give wonderful views over the coast
Coconuts and Monkeys
Samui has a monthly harvest of 3,000,000
coconuts. Now gathering those coconuts is a
dangerous job only for the young, the strong
hearted, the nimble and those with a head
for heights. But monkeys have been doing
this job for centuries, they are agile,
fearless and the canopy is their natural
home. The tradition of training monkeys to
retrieve the fruit is being carried on at
the Samui Monkey Training Centre it is
possible to watch the training and to see
the animals execute other tricks
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