Lesbian Bangkok: Off the Beaten Path – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , May 31st, 2019

Lesbian Bangkok

Bangkok is one of our favourite cities in Asia and we keep coming back to it. There’s so much to see and do in Bangkok. But while most people visit famous places like the Grand Palace, Khao San Road, Wat Pho and Wat Arun, there are so many other great lesser known places to visit. We already discussed the best things to do in Bangkok and all Instagram worthy spots in Bangkok, but we love to tell you about Bangkok off the beaten path! This is our top five hidden gems around Bangkok.

Wat Samphran aka Dragon Temple

Wat Samphran is a unique temple you won’t find elsewhere in the world. By accident, we found out about this place and couldn’t believe our eyes. A pink building with a dragon? Why aren’t people talking about this place? It’s not mentioned in the travel books and therefore not many tourists know about it yet. The temple is 17 floors high and you can walk through the body of the dragon to reach the top.

The top makes for a great view. Not only the dragon temple itself is worth visiting, but there are also other beautiful structures around the complex. For example a giant bronze Buddha and animal statues like a giant turtle and elephant. We recommend taking at least two hours to explore the complex. Wat Samphran is a temple, so make sure to dress properly.

By Roxanne & Maartje – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Bangkok by Bicycle – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , March 2nd, 2019

Bangkok by Bicycle - Once Upon a Journey

Bangkok is one of our favourite places in Asia. There’s so much to see and do in the city! And one of the best ways to explore Bangkok is by bike and boat. This way you can explore off the beaten path and get to know the different faces of the city. From busy markets in China Town to green palm plantations in the outskirts to the fresh breeze on one of the canals. Sounds amazing right? Ready to hop on that bicycle and explore? We will tell you all about our adventures during our bicycle tour through Bangkok.

Bangkok Bicycle Tour

It’s no secret us Dutchies like to bike! We don’t just bike in the Netherlands, we bike all over the world. So no surprise, 30 years ago a Dutchman named Co van Kessel started to show tourists around Bangkok by bicycle. His company never stopped doing just that! It’s a unique way to see a city.

At Co van Kessel, there are multiple bicycle tours you can do, varying from 3 to 9 hours. We hop on the bicycle for 5 hours, or well, we also go on the water by boat. With our bicycles, how fun! Make sure to book a tour in the morning for better temperatures.

By Roxanne and Maartje – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Intagrammable Bangkok – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , February 23rd, 2019

Intagrammable Bangkok - Once Upon a Journey

As the capital city of Thailand, Bangkok is the perfect city to start your travels in Thailand or elsewhere in Asia. And Bangkok is so much more than just a hub, it’s a city with many things to see and do. From beautiful temples (have you ever seen a dragon temple?) to crazy markets to chaotic streets with tuk-tuks everywhere.

We are huge fans of Bangkok and love exploring the city. We found you the best Instagram spots in the city. Are you ready to see the 13 most Instagrammable places in Bangkok?! Grab your camera + outfit and let’s GO!


Abandoned places are always a bit creepy, but so cool, don’t you think?! The airplane graveyard in Bangkok is a unique place to visit. Always wanted to sit in a cockpit? This is your chance! There are multiple airplanes you can explore and you can take the coolest pictures. It’s not fully abandoned though, there is a family living in one of the airplanes. Be prepared to pay around 200 baht per person to enter the property. You can get to the airplane graveyard by taxi or by river taxi (way cheaper). Go to Wat Sriboonreun (last stop of the Khlong Saen Saeb), and from there it’s just a short walk.

By Roxanne Weijer – Full Story at Once Upon a Journey

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Gay Thailand – Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 27th, 2018

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We absolutely love Thailand. It’s one of our favourite places to visit in Asia. It has a mix of the best beaches, beautiful Buddhist culture, temples, and an awesome gay scene in Bangkok.

Thailand is also one of the most visited destinations in Asia for gay travellers. The Thais are extremely welcoming people and have been embracing us for decades. So much so that it is frequently referred to as “The Land of Smiles”, and for good reason.

The capital city, Bangkok is very modern, and a transport hub for destinations in Asia. It also has a large gay scene in Silom which we LOVE. Chiang Mai in the North is the country’s second biggest city. It is located in the mountains, and famous for its temples and outdoor adventure. The Thai islands are popular beach destinations, particularly Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Tao, Koh Lipe and Koh Phi Phi.

This is our Gay Thailand guide, with our favourite things to do and other practical information for LGBTQ travelers.

When to Visit Thailand

Thailand is tropical and hot throughout the year. It has 3 seasons: hot, cold and rainy:

Cold season: between November-February, when temperatures are “only” around mid 20s Celsius (77 F). This is Thailand’s peak season, especially around Christmas, New Year’s and the Chinese New Year in February.

Hot season: between March-June, with temperatures around 30-35 degrees Celsius (86-95 F). This is the shoulder seasons because it’s too hot for some. However, this is also the season for the Sonkgran (Buddhist New Year) gay parties in Bangkok and Phuket.

Rainy season: between June-October. During this time, it does not rain constantly, but there will be periods of intense rain lasting for no more than a few hours. This is the low season, particularly in some of the islands, which get stormy weather, so will shut down most boat services.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

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Forty Eight Hours in Gay Bangkok

Author: , July 26th, 2017

Gay Bangkok

Last year some 21.47 million people descended on Bangkok; officially the most-visited city in the world. And I was one of them. I think my senses are still heightened from the experience. I remember my first, stiflingly hot evening like it was yesterday. On a chaotic street near the backpackers’ paradise of Khao San Road, my friendly guide, saw me admiring bundles of fresh jasmine for sale. Unbeknownst to me, he bought me some.

When, moments later, he presented them to me, I found the act so unexpected and generous (indeed, Thai people are known for such qualities) that, in my jet-lagged state, I got quite emotional. Then, when I inhaled the thick, perfumey scent, my eyes actually glassed over. I know, I know. Embarrassing, right?

Amid the blare of traffic, the swarms of people, the clusters of black wire hanging like crawling roots above me, I discovered a fleeting inner peace. This, of course, was swiftly interrupted by a stray moped, or colorful tuk tuk, or some such distraction. For me, this moment epitomises the intense, meandering energy of the Thai capital, founded in 1782. A staggering metropolis of 8.2 million people, it has a vibrancy and unpredictability that provokes strong emotions. And emotion hangs heavy in the air here, since the death last year of the exalted King Bhumibol Adulyadej after a 70-year reign.

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Carlos Melia – Taking a Thai Cooking Class

Author: , November 21st, 2015

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After a long night out in Bangkok which began in full luxury and ended up right in the underground scene, I was awake pretty early, with a pounding headache and hangover, but determine to conquer the day ahead, which included an full morning Thai Cooking Class at The Oriental Thai Cooking School of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, follow by a 3-hours Khlong tour of Bangkok.

So my first stop was shades to conceal the damage of my late night out, and ultra healthy breakfast over an ultra spicy Khao Tom soup to sweat away the many bottles of Champagne I had. After that I was ready to start my day and master the arts of Traditional Thai Cooking.

FullSizeRender-272-1024x768Off I went to the adventure onboard one of the private barges, that would transport me across the Chao Phraya River to The Oriental Thai Cooking School by the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and to my master of the morning, Chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen. The dishes, or better I should say the challenge, of the day were: Banana in Coconut Sauce, Steamed Leaf-wrapped prawns with spicy sauce, Green Curry with Chicken and Stir-fried squid with salted egg yolk.

Mastering all these four traditional four dishes would grant me the official certificate of Hands-on Cooking Course – Class II. Now the most daunting part of these all, was being announced that at the end of the class, we would have to eat our own cooking, hosted on a formal lunch at their lovely traditional Thai restaurant Sala Rim Naam… so the pressure was on – and my own health at risk, ha ha ha… But I trusted my Chef blindly.

At their renowned Thai Cookery School people from all over the world have learnt the art of preparing fine Thai cuisine. All participants will learn how to create stunning Thai meals whilst gaining insights into the fascinating culture and traditions of Thailand. During your class, your instructor will skilfully demonstrate the methods and steps of Thai cookery from ingredient preparation to cooking. Class participants will be encouraged to try grounding pastes, chopping up meat and vegetables, stir-frying, deep-frying and stewing food to create dishes of the highest quality and flavour.

Carlos Melia - ThailandFunny enough, our Chef, preferred to begin the menu by the dessert, so off we went to learn and later prepare the first (or should I say last) dish of our traditional Thai menu – Banana in Coconut Sauce. And in between we sampled some, very cute, amuse-bouche. It all looked so simple and easy, but when you start analyzing the amount and local ingredients that Thai cuisine includes, you pray to either, have a staff behind you like Chef Narain Kiattiyotcharoen did, and/or the Mise-en-place correctly done.

Next course, I must say was one of my favorites, and I found it to be quite simple to replicate and enjoyable to prepare. Steamed leaf-wrapped Prawns with Spicy Sauce. And he took some time to teach us the many secrets amd myth around Chili.

Next, a true classic, that almost everyone loves, Green Curry with Chicken. I have sworn to myself and the Gods, that one day before I die, I WILL COOK this dish at home. I promise. Of course, instead of calling the local Thai Restaurant delivery around my corner.

And last was the Stir-Fried Squid with salted Egg Yolk. I think at this point I was so overwhelmed, with my lack of cooking skills, that I decided to put my camera down and listen carefully, ha ha ha … because I do not have a single photo of this last dish at all. SORRY. !!!!!

Such an amazing way to begin my morning and second day in Bangkok. A different approach to learn about this amazing and intriguing culture and country, through the senses and their cuisine. You can book these Cooking Classes regardless being a guest at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, calling this number +66 (2) 659 9000. Have fun and may the Cooking Force be with you.

By Carlos Melia – Full Story at the Carlos Melia Blog

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Carlos Melia – Khlong Touring in Bangkok Along the Chao Phraya

Author: , November 18th, 2015

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IMG_6059-1024x768On a very hot and humid day, it was quite lovely to go on for a long sail onboard a long-tailed speedboat, along the Chao Phraya River and later penetrate the life along the khlongs of Bangkok, enjoy the breeze and every so often a cold splash of water.

Our tour began right at our host hotel, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, and from there we went on for approximately 3 hours. This is one of my many visits to Bangkok, but indeed the first time doing the tour of the khlongs, which gives of a totally different perspective of life in Bangkok in the banks of the river and its canals. See and follow my full Instagram Photo Gallery on Bangkok…

Carlos Melia - ThailandA Khlong is the general name for a canal on the central plain of Thailand. These canals are spawned by the Chao Phraya, among other rivers, and their tributaries. The Thai word khlong is not limited to artificial canals.

As we sailed along the Chao Phraya River for 10 minutes, we arrived to our first stop. Wat Arun – Temple of Dawn. A Buddhist temple in the Thonburi west bank of the Chao Phraya River. The temple derives its name from the Hindu god Aruna, often personified as the radiations of the rising sun. Wat Arun is among the best known of Thailand’s landmark.

As we left Wat Arun, we got back onboard our long tailed boats, and this time we left the main water artery of the Chao Phraya River, to enter the Khlongs.

As you sail through, you will immerse yourself in the picturesque riverside scenery, as you drift past stilted wooden homes, floating markets, shops, colonial mansions and all kinds of colourful culture and people along the riverfront.

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Gay Bangkok

Author: , October 31st, 2015


Bangkok is hot right now, and not just literally. Thailand’s bustling metropolis capital, fresh out of its monsoon season, has made itself one of the most welcoming and attractive destinations to the LGBT community in all of Asia. Bangkok will be the first of three regions highlighted in Instinct’s new series on gay travel in Thailand, which focuses on five of my favorite personally tested spots in a few select regions of the gorgeous, welcoming country.

What better way to start your visit to Bangkok – and, likely, Thailand in general – than with a day trip (or half day trip) to nearby Ayutthaya, a bustling city that served as the country’s capital prior to Bangkok. Countless tour companies offer excursions from Bangkok to Ayutthaya (roughly an hour and a half) to tour some of the most incredible Buddhist temple ruins in Southeast Asia, but Ayutthaya Ruins is highly recommended.

After a central pick up in Bangkok, guests are transported by road to Ayutthaya, a journey that allows guides to provide context and backstory to the destination as well as a brief glimpse of Thailand’s history. Once in the former capital, the tour stops at three of the most impressive sites in the massive splay of ruins, where guests are allowed to explore, mouths probably agape the entire time. A river boat is hired for the return to Bangkok, where we enjoyed an incredible traditional Thai lunch while marveling at the colorful diversity of architecture, temples, mansions, government facilities and more along the Chao Phraya River.

By Jonathan Higbee – Full Story at Instinct | Thailand Gay Travel Resources

City Sundays: Bangkok

Author: , September 13th, 2015


Hey all,

We’re launching a new weekly series on the blog and our Facebook travel groups – City Sundays. Each week we’ll select a different LGBT friendly city to talk about, and we’ll invite our innkeeper and travel agent/tour operator friends to come talk with us about it as well.

From Wikipedia:

Bangkok is the capital and the most populous city of Thailand. It is known in Thai as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon. The city occupies 605.7 square miles in the Chao Phraya River delta in Central Thailand, and has a population of over 8 million, or 12.6 percent of the country’s population. Over 14 million people live within the surrounding Bangkok Metropolitan Region, making Bangkok an extreme primate city, dwarfing Thailand’s other urban centres in terms of importance. Bangkok traces its roots to a small trading post during the Ayutthaya Kingdom in the 15th century, which eventually grew in size and became the site of two capital cities: Thonburi in 1768 and Rattanakosin in 1782. Bangkok was at the heart of Siam’s (as Thailand used to be known) modernization during the later 19th century, as the country faced pressures from the West. The city was the centre stage of Thailand’s political struggles throughout the 20th century, as the country abolished absolute monarchy, adopted constitutional rule and underwent numerous coups and uprisings. The city grew rapidly during the 1960s through the 1980s and now exerts a significant impact among Thailand’s politics, economy, education, media and modern society.

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Globetrotter Girls: Scenes from Bangkok’s Cat Cafe

Author: , July 9th, 2015

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Confession: I am a crazy cat lady. Even though I’ve grown to love dogs over the past few years and am now at the point where can’t see myself not having a dog once I put my backpack down and settle somewhere, I still adore cats. No matter how bitchy and grumpy and diva-ish they are, I love their distinctive cat personalities and they make me happy.

Anyone who has ever traveled with me will confirm that I can’t walk by a cat without petting it (I go through a lot of hand sanitizer 😉 ) and I don’t even want to know how many out of the over 100,000 photos I’ve taken in the past five years of travel feature cats. Places like Malaysia, Turkey, Italy or Buenos Aires, where there are a lot of cats around, make me happy. All I wanted for my birthday in Argentina a few years back was spending time in the Botanical Gardens in Buenos Aires, which is home to dozens of stray cats.

And for years I have been wanting to visit a cat cafe. These cafes, in which you basically hang out with a bunch of cats while having coffee, originated in Taiwan where the first cat cafe opened in 1998, and has since grown across Asia – especially in Japan, where there are more than 150 cat cafes, and South Korea, since in both countries most landlords don’t allow pets in their buildings. So if you want to cuddle with a cat, a cat cafe is the easiest way to get your cat fix.

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Thailand Gay Travel Resources