Gay Friendly Asia – Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 20th, 2019

Gay Friendly Asia - The Nomadic Boys

We spent 2 years travelling around Asia and completely fell in love with the continent. It offers so much in terms of cultural experiences, food and landscapes, with some of the most humble people you’ll ever meet.

But when it comes to LGBTQ rights, Asia has some serious work to do! In quite a lot of countries in Asia, being gay is either illegal or an arrestable offence, like in Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore, the Maldives, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. If it’s not illegal, then it’s such a strong taboo that you have to stay in the closet to avoid jeopardising your job prospects and embarrassing your family like in China, Russia and Indonesia.

Despite this, there are a number of countries in Asia that are paving the way forward in relation to LGBTQ rights. We’ve selected the top 10 most gay friendly countries in Asia, which we’ve based on the following criteria:

  • Where are they at with same sex marriage legislation, along with other LGBTQ laws?
  • What is the gay scene like and do they have any notable annual LGBTQ festivals?
  • Our personal experience travelling there as a gay couple, with reference to the most recent Spartacus Gay Travel Index.

We have taken it as a given that homosexuality is legal in the countries we’ve selected, which is why we haven’t included Singapore despite it having quite a vibrant gay scene and a famous LGBTQ PinkDot festival in June/July.

We have also included two “places” (Taiwan and Hong Kong) rather than “countries”, because although they’re not officially recognised “countries”, they can still be regarded as a “country” given they have their own flag, currency, national anthem, set of laws etc.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Gay Cambodia

Author: , April 14th, 2017

Phnom Penh - Gay Cambodia

The notion of exploring a long-lost city is a thrilling prospect. Deep in the Cambodian jungle, the historical ruins of Angkor are unique and astonishing. Set foot here and you’ll feel part of an adventure worthy of Indiana Jones or Lara Croft.

Once the thriving capital of the Khmer Empire, these relics of an ancient civilization were cloaked by dense forest, forgotten by the world until they were rediscovered in the late 19th century. Considering what Cambodia has endured since, you might wonder if this rediscovery unleashed a mighty curse on the country. Bombed by the US during the Vietnam War, then destabilized by a military coup and a communist insurgency, then ravaged by Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge regime, then occupied by Vietnamese troops, then jolted by a coup d’état, Cambodia has been repeatedly brutalized throughout its recent history.

It’s unsurprising that few tourists ventured here during all that turmoil. While other ancient wonders such as the pyramids of Egypt, the Great Wall of China, and the ruins of Machu Picchu attained must-see status, the Angkor temples remained a long way off the tourist trail for a century after their rediscovery.

By the time Lara Croft herself came to raid the temples of Angkor in 2000 (in the shape of Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie), things were starting to change, and the fact that key scenes from the film Tomb Raider were shot here helped to reinforce confidence in Cambodia as a tourist destination.

As visitor numbers increased, the nearby town of Siem Reap blossomed into a lively resort. In the past few years, it’s grown exponentially with stylish new hotels, gourmet dining, and fabulous shopping.

Siem Reap’s leading hotels echo the past. Open since 1932, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor is full of romance and drama. Built in an elegant French colonial style, this iconic landmark boasts the largest swimming pool in Cambodia. Surrounded by frangipani trees, its grand design was inspired by the ancient Royal bathing pools of Angkor.

By Stuart Haggas – Full Story at Passport

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Arthur and Paul – Gay Phnom Penh, Cambodia Hotel

Author: , January 27th, 2017

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay:

Go on a 100% gay adventure in the heart of Phnom Penh at ARTHUR & PAUL (A&P), the first boutique hotel-restaurant and Spa in the Cambodian capital exclusively for men. Not only ARTHUR & PAUL (A&P) is a gay friendly hotel, but it is a MEN ONLY hotel.

Arthur and Paul

For an hour, a day, a night or maybe more … enjoy our customized services in a renovated 1930’s building, in the refined and chic Boeung Keng Kang (BKK1) district.

Let yourself be transported by its ideal location 2 minutes’ walk from famous Pasteur Street with many shops and restaurants and 5 minutes by tuk tuk from Central Market, the National Museum, the Royal Palace or Sisowath Quay along the Mekong River.

Let yourself be amazed by the seventies design of our ten large themed bedrooms each with a view, from 27 square meters (290 square feet) to 43 square meters (463 square feet) each tailored to meet your every desire. Our rooms bear the names of mythical gay couples who give free rein to your fantasies.

At Arthur and Paul hotel (A&P), feel free to sleep late as long as you want after your night on the town and have breakfast throughout the day as well as check-out at any time.

And when it comes to bedding, Arthur and Paul hotel wins even the toughest comparisons. Indulge yourself with a touch of luxury thanks to our Egyptian cotton bedding sets. Beautifully soft and exquisitely crafted to offer ultimate comfort whilst you rest, Egyptian cotton is an essential ingredient for a perfect night’s sleep, providing a soothing place to rest night after night. Exuding softness, Arthur and Paul’s Egyptian cotton bed sheets are wondrous for a luxurious nights rest and give the most indulgent slumber.

Hotel amenities include also the following (non-exhaustive list):

  • Queen size bed (180cm)
  • Powerful air conditioning providing cool and hot air on demand
  • Complimentary internet access wifi broadband technology
  • 22 inch LCD flat screen televisions (HDMI video input to view your movies and photos) with a selection of international channels
  • Large walk in showers
  • Separate toilet with hand shower
  • Wardrobe
  • Desk with international electrical outlets
  • Mini-bar (2 bottles of mineral water provided each day)
  • Kettle with tea and coffee
  • Safe to store your valuables
  • Hair dryer

Let yourself be welcomed, pampered, massaged by an exclusively male staff providing highest quality service to the greatest degrees of elegance and discretion.

Let yourself be lulled by the soul of the passionate relationship between the two famous French poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine which inspired the style and set the tone.

Be enchanted by the poetry of ARTHUR AND PAUL which will rhyme your emotions, suit your desires of the day: from poetry to sustenance, from room to room, between SPA, steam room, Jacuzzi, the natural swimming pool with its long lap pool ,and of course the restaurant.

With Arthur and Paul, an encounter is guaranteed every time.

See the Arthur and Paul Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

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Angkor Wat?

Author: , March 20th, 2016

Angkor WatOh yes, Angkor Wat and the the Cambodian temples – a bucket list favorite and truly outstanding, if you love ruins. From a distance their enormity and grandeur awed and humbled us as we realized what the toil of thousands of workers had produced. But seriously folks, once inside the huge blocks of stone and surrounded by countless depictions of gods, warriors and dancing girls the excess of it all melds together.

To the uninitiated, one interior is like another as they trudge across vast anterooms and then face stairs up to the towers, stairs down to the gardens, stairs up to the gates, stairs down to the pool and stairs up to the main stairs. At every point, the eyes are inundated with imposing statues, elaborate columns and enormous carved panels depicting battles, rituals and kings all with names having six to10 syllables which were reverently intoned by our guide. He had learned it all by rote and happily rattled on (and on) listing everyone’s pedigree and claim to fame.

Also included were minute details regarding the hero’s inevitable companion – usually a lion, three-headed elephant, monkey or bullfrog. Our heads aching and reeling from the mostly incomprehensible verbal deluge, but so grateful for the finale, we gushed our thanks and tipped him hugely before trekking half a mile to our tuk-tuk and hurdling on to the next massive dilapidation whose rooms, towers and corridors duplicated what we just left, including the stairs.

By Bill Hanson – Full Story at LGBT Weekly

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Introducing Wandering Wives

Author: , October 27th, 2015

We’re delighted to announce a new addition to the Purple Roofs blogging team. Emily and Sian Davies are Wandering Wives; a married lesbian couple from the UK who have been travelling the globe in style.

 

wandering wives wedding

 

After a light bulb moment, they sold everything they owned and bought two one way tickets to the other side of the world. That was almost two years ago and they haven’t looked back since. They’ll be sharing their hilarious adventures in a new regular column on the Purple Roofs blog!

 

Siem Reap Wandering Wives

 

The Wandering Wives love beaches and cocktails, touring vineyards and hiking in the great outdoors. They’ve worked with an NGO in Cambodia, trekked with hill tribes in Vietnam and driven their temperamental campervan around Australia.

 

Uluru sunset shadow

 

Find out more about Emily & Sian by visiting Wandering Wives

 

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Nomadic Boys: How Many Days in Phnom Penh?

Author: , July 3rd, 2015

Nomadic Boys - Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh is the capital city and main transport hub of Cambodia. We found it to be quite modern, developing very quickly and reminded us of a smaller Bangkok. We were also pleasantly surprised to discover a busy gay scene in Phnom Penh with many bars and clubs.

You could easily spend a week in the Cambodian capital city and not be bored. For those pushed for time, 2 days is definitely more than enough to get a taste of Phnom Penh, a feel for Cambodia and its bloody history.

Unfortunately the terrible and bloody rule of the Khmer Rouge under Pol Pot between 1975-1979 over shadows Cambodian history mainly because around a third of its population was killed off in this short period.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Nomadic Boys – Angkor Wat

Author: , June 25th, 2015

Angkor Wat - Cambodia

Angkor Wat is the world’s largest religious building, located near Siem Reap in Cambodia. You could spend days, weeks strolling around all the many beautiful temples and leave wanting more.

Angkor Wat - Nomadic BoysBut, if like us you are limited with time, we’ve put together a 2 days itinerary, enough for you to get a good taste of Angkor Wat and the fun city of Siem Riep.

FIRST, A BIT OF HISTORY

Wat is the Cambodian name for “temple” and Angkor Wat was built as a Hindu temple in the early 12th century (around 1113-1150 AD) over an estimated 30 years by King Suryavarman II. It may have been intended as the funerary temple for King Suryavarman II. Angkor Wat is one of many temples around a large space of land, including the former walled city called Angkor Thom and the famous Ta Prohm where the Angelina Jolie “Tomb Raider” film was located.

Full Story at The Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Nomadic Boys – Our Cambodia Travel Video

Author: , June 22nd, 2015

Cambodia - Nomadic Boys

We spent 2 weeks travelling in Cambodia in April 2015 with our friends Jess from the UK and Johan from France.

We started in the capital city of Phnom Penh where we discovered a very exciting gay scene with local boy Aaron.

We then headed to Siem Reap to explore the world famous temples of Angkor Wat.

In Siem Reap we also saw the excellent Phare Circus and got quite involved in the water and talcum powder throwing during the Khmer New Year celebrations around Pub Street.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Nomadic Boys – How to Get from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

Author: , June 17th, 2015

Nomadic BoysMost visitors to Cambodia will focus their stay in the capital city of Phnom Penh and in Siem Reap as a base to visit the famous Angkor Wat. We visited Cambodia in early April during the Khmer New Year when all Cambodians were rushing to leave the capital and return to their home towns.

The crazy traffic from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap as people rush to get home in time for the Khmer New Years holiday week. Here are the various options we discovered for travelling from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap.

#1 Bus from Phnom Penh to Siem Reap

The bus is probably the cheapest way to travel in Cambodia. However, finding a good, reliable company is not easy. Most private vans will have crazy drivers, so because of this we do not recommend them. The road between Phnom penh and Siem reap is still being built and is not a smooth rode, so with a careless driver, this is dangerous.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources

Five Things to See in Cambodia and Laos

Author: , May 22nd, 2015

Cambodia - google mapsThis weekly travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Kenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.

Cambodia and Laos sit between Thailand and Vietnam and are among the least developed countries in Southeast Asia. Tourism is a bright spot in both countries, and based on our short exploration, it is easy to see why. Despite the difficult history and circumstances, people greet visitors with enormous smiles and warmth. Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat complex, rediscovered in the 1850s, is a bucket list draw for world travelers.

It has brought about tourism infrastructure development, and some of the same free-wheeling tourist economy trappings — good and bad — seen in more developed tourist economies. By comparison, Laos is most notable for its relative lack of development, but here too, the power of tourist spending is changing the landscape — literally and quickly.

We visited the three most accessible destinations in the area: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Luang Prabang in Laos. All three are easily reached, with accommodations for luxury travelers, backpackers, and everything in between.

By Ed Salvato – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources | Laos Gay Travel Resources

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