Welcome to Bangkok, one of the best destinations for gay travelers in Asia! It’s time to dive into a gay adventure into the country of smiles.
As the capital of Thailand, the city of Bangkok is the most vibrant city in Thailand, long known to be one of the best, if not the very best, cities for gay adventurers. Thailand’s society has long been very open and tolerant to not only gays but also transsexuals as well. In Bangkok, there is no shame for being gay, and you can be as fabulous as you want without any judgment from the locals.
Long been considered the bastion of gay rights in Asia, Thailand is teeming with gay rights activism and events. The city usually sees flamboyant events such as drag queen parades and gat concerts in public, attracting a huge crowd of audience. In recent years, Thailand Pride Parade, which is usually organized in Phuket, has begun to move to Bangkok to show solidarity and unity for gay rights.
Long been considered a great tourist spot in Asia, Bangkok has everything for your vacation away from the hassles of reality. Being a Buddhist country, there is no short of stunning ancient pagodas and serene monasteries for you to visit. After visiting pagodas, finish your spiritual experience with a traditional Thai massage to ease up the muscles. A tip for you: there are also gay massage parlours on the street of Bangkok!
However, if you are not here on a spiritual healing trip, do not lose hope yet, for Bangkok has more than just religious relics. As the night falls, life springs up in Bangkok. The city casts off its religious and solemn mien to enjoy the fun that its luxurious nightclubs offer. Luxury, chic, and full of fun people, these nightclubs will lull you to a night that you will never forget. A huge plus is that this fun is not exclusively for heterosexuals, but gays can also enjoy their own as well. Gay nightclubs and gay bars abound in Bangkok, and there are also gay shows on a daily basis which will definitely give you a night to remember. If the noise gives you a headache, take a moment to clear off your mind in local gay saunas, where you might have a chance to meet up with nice and interesting people from all over the world.
For those wanting something a bit more refined, then Bangkok might have just what you need. Long known as the place to be to enjoy a luxury vacation, Bangkok will offer you all the bling you need for your luxury gay getaway. From rooftop bars to private clubs, most top luxury venues in Bangkok are very friendly to gays, so put aside all worries and enjoy a great night with your new friends.
Whether you are here for the wild nights or for a spiritual trip, you will need a place to sleep for the night. As gay travelers, you might harbor some fear about gay discrimination in Bangkok. However, do not be worried, as there are plenty of gay hostels in the city. Be they luxury or modest, these high-quality hostels will provide you with great and safe lodging for the night. Let’s dive into the most fabulous and most gay-friendly hostels in Bangkok with the list below!
Featuring simple, sleek, and minimalist design, Silom Space Hostel is among the top destinations for gay travelers. Located only a short walk away from the Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain Station and Silom MRT Station, giving it an edge if you want to explore the Silom area, which is a hugely famous gay zone in the city. The Silom area is also quite famous for its numerous bars and nightclubs, making it a perfect spot for a gay night out.
The hostel includes free Wi-fi throughout the entire property, and there is a lift in case you have heavy luggage. For non-smokers, or simply those who cannot stand smoking, there are non-smoking rooms available. This hostel is much more well-received than others in the area.
Cozy and quaint, this hostel exudes the finest of Thailand’s essence. Decorated in traditional Thai style, Suneta Hostal Khaosan offers air-conditioned dormitory rooms with free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Furthermore, thanks to its convenient location near the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, you can easily take a walk to these must-see landmarks on your gay adventure, and, as a finishing touch, the hostel is located quite close to some of the finest eateries in the area, so be prepared for a gastronomic feast!
Every room in the hostel is fitted with a cable TV, reading lights, and a shower. Guests can also enjoy a cup of tea or coffee at the lobby.
Another simple and purely Thai hostel, Baan Gaysorn Hostel is located in the busy district of Sathorn, a famous spot for upscale skyscrapers with no short of gay nightclubs and saunas. Thanks to its great location, you can conveniently enjoy your gay night out without the need for a tuk-tuk or a taxi. For those wanting something a bit more refined, the hostel is only 5 km away from Bangkok Art & Culture Centre, where one can enjoy the beauty of local exotic Thai art pieces.
Each room in the hostel features a kettle and shared bathrooms along with free Wi-Fi. There is a restaurant in the property, in case you need a munch.
Situated on the busy Silom Road, HQ Hostel Silom offers you modern, fashionable, and minimalistic accommodations at very affordable prices. The hostel boasts a convenient location which is in the vicinity of many train stations, delicious eateries, and vibrant nightclubs. Because it is located right at the heart of Bangkok, you can take the metro to pretty much everywhere else in the city, making this hostel the perfect spot for those looking for an adventure.
The hostel boasts a large number of not only private rooms but also dormitories which can accommodate many guests. Each guest is provided with a locker and a lock.
Cute, fabulous, and gay-friendly, The Yard Hostel is all you need on your gay trip. Located only a few metres away from Ari BTS Skytrain Station, this hostel offers you minimalistic rooms along with a communal space and a beautiful garden for you to plunge into the serenity of nature. The surrounding area of the hostel includes a supermarket and some of the most famous weekend markets, where you can find bargain deals of exotic souvenirs.
The property offers air-conditioned dormitory rooms with free Wi-Fi across the premise. The hotel has a 24-hour reception and an on-site bar in case you need to quench your thirst.
Another great hostel which has recently joined Bangkok’s gay scene, Once Again Hostel boasts a beautiful layout with a modern and sleek design which will definitely please your eyes. Located in the heart of Bangkok Old Town, this hostel gives you a chance to explore one of the oldest and most beautiful sections of Bangkok while still enjoying a vibrant atmosphere that is pervasive throughout the city. At night, you can enjoy Bangkok’s skyline at its gay-friendly rooftop bar.
The hostel provides dormitory rooms with big built-in beds for maximum comfort, along with curtains for privacy. There is also an on-site restaurant/café in case you need refreshments.
Situated in a quiet and cozy neighborhood on Dinso Street, The Printing House Poshtel is an industrial-styled boutique poshtel which offers you high-quality luxury accommodations at very reasonable prices. Boasting a beautiful terrace, the property is only meters away to the busy Ratchdamneon Avenue, where famous landmarks such as the Grand Palace, Democracy Monument, the Golden Mountain Temple, etc. are located.
Rooms are available in dormitory style, and all of them contain a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The poshtel includes an on-site restaurant which features authentic Asian dishes.
Modern with a touch of pop art, Cubic Bangkok is the spot to stay for young rebellious gay travelers. The hostel is conveniently located only a few hundred meters away from MBK Shopping Mall, so you will not have to take a taxi or tuk-tuk just to buy daily items. For gays who want to indulge in local exotic art pieces, Bangkok Art & Culture Center is only 801 meters away, making this hostel the best spot for art-loving gays.
If you need to do some cooking, there is a shared kitchen at the hostel. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV with cable channels.
For gay travelers who would prefer a slow and chill gay trip, Been Hostel Ratchathewi would be a great choice. Decorated in authentic Thai style, the property offers air-conditioned accommodations with free Wi-Fi throughout the property. Furthermore, its convenient location provides easy access to some of Bangkok’s most famous destinations, including Bangkok Art & Culture Centre and Jim Thompson House Museum. The hostel is also close to famous shopping centres such as Siam Paragon Mall and MBK Shopping Mall, so it is the perfect spot for those who want to indulge in fabulous shopping.
The hostel also boasts a wide terrace where guests can slow down and enjoy Bangkok’s street view. In-room amenities include a coffee machine, a microwave, and free toiletries.
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