Gay Thailand Like a Local – The Globetrotter Guys

Author: , January 25th, 2019

Gay Thailand Like a Local - The Globetrotter Guys

We have been to Thailand many times and have had nothing but great experiences. Thailand has so much to offer from the crazy capital city of Bangkok, to the jungles of Chiang Mai and the idyllic beaches you will find on the islands in the south, including the island of Koh Phangan, where the world famous Full Moon Party is held every month.

Like most countries, we know we are in a privileged position as a tourist so we wanted to interview an LGBT local to get a more in depth insight as to what it’s really like to be LGBT in Thailand. We got in contact with Bud who was willing to share his experience, read more below:

Hi Bud! Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Hi! My name is Bud Jungsaitakul. I am a middle aged gay professional and a world traveler from Thailand. I work as a senior operations manager at a large multinational company. I am a Thai National, MBA graduate and I live in Bangkok.

Thanks, so tell us, what is the stereotypical view of a local from Thailand towards someone who is LGBT (either local or tourist – is there a difference)?

Thailand is generally very tolerant towards the LGBT community and is probably the most gay friendly country in Asia.

The LGBT community has been visible in Thai culture for a very long time. Stereotypical views towards gay men in particular is that they are mostly feminine and camp.

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Chiang Rai Day Trip – Once Upon a Journey

Author: , December 12th, 2018

Chiang Rai Day Trip - Once Upon a Journey

Chiang Rai is a city in Northern Thailand located about 185 kilometres from famous Chiang Mai. A Chiang Rai day trip is perfect from Chiang Mai. We think it’s an absolute must to visit! Where in Chiang Mai you can find many old temples in Chiang Rai, there are newer ones like the White and Blue Temples.

We love exploring places by motorbike but this time we decide to go on a private tour with TakeMeTour, as it’s a 3-hour ride to Chiang Rai and a guide can tell us all about the places.  In this blog, we will tell you all about the perfect day trip and the things you can’t miss when visiting Chiang Rai.

WAT RONG KHUN AKA WHITE TEMPLE

Wat Rong Khun is one of Thailand’s most special and famous temple. To foreigners the temple is known as the White Temple, you can definitely see where that name comes from! The temple is open for visitors since 1997. An artist from Chiang Rai, named Chalermchai Kositpipat, completely rebuilt a temple and created the White Temple as you can visit now.

The temple is incredibly beautiful and unique. Every detail of the temple has meaning. The bridge is the Gate of Heaven while the hands in front of the bridge reach from hell. Good to know: since this temple is famous, it can be very crowded.

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

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Gay Thailand – Nomadic Boys

Author: , June 27th, 2018

Gay Thailand - The Nomadic Boys

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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Gay Thailand – The Best Beaches and Islands

Author: , September 11th, 2017

Gay Thailand - Ko Poda

LGBTI people are embraced throughout gay Thailand – not just in the cities!

Thai Islands – Ko Pha Ngan

Sponsored: Ko Pha Ngan in Thailand has its fair share of beautiful beaches, but with much of the interior covered by tropical forest, this is an island which is great for those who like to trek or connect with nature.

The island also has a reputation for being a spiritual location with a number of yoga, meditation, and detox centres on the island. Ko Pha Ngan is also famous, some would say infamous, for the Full Moon Party. Enjoy the party, but do keep your wits about you and exercise caution.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Amulet and Talisman Market in Bangkok

Author: , January 26th, 2012

 ( Post by Carlos Melia )  Bangkok, Thailand  |  During your visit to the ChinaTown in Bangkok, which by the way, prides itself to be the oldest ChinaTown in the entire world, you must save sometime to visit the Amulet Market. Located next to the Wat Mahathat, between Maharat Road and the river, the biggest amulet market in Bangkok. Mingle with the local crowd, monks and tourist and be amazed by the things you will find and surprised by those that people praise to. Check the full post and videos at Thailand Gay Travel Blog.

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Song Kran 6 biggest gay circuit event in Asia

Author: , January 16th, 2012

gCircuit is proud to present Song Kran 6, which will be held on the 13th-15th of April 2012. This year, the biggest gay circuit event in Asia will feature some of the biggest DJs ever lined up, with DJ Alexander (US), Tony Moran (US) and Alex Acosta (MX) headlining the event. Both DJs Alexander and Alex Acosta will be making their debut in Asia at the SK6 parties and the legendary Tony Moran returns to Thailand to work with gCircuit for the first time. Three of Asia’s finest DJs, DJ Louis T. (MY), DJ Head (TW) and DJ Preeda (TH) will be opening the parties over the long party weekend. The parties will be designed by award winning Paul Marin, so expect nothing less than world class production and lighting. Look out for special performances throughout the event and this year, 5 of the hottest Japanese gogo dancers will be performing at the event. gCircuit promises that in 2012, the biggest gay party event in Asia will be bigger than ever. > Check the Full Post and more at www.thailandgaytravel.wordpress.com

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Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall Bangkok

Author: , January 14th, 2012

( Post by Carlos Melia ) Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall Bangkok  |  Bangkok, Thailand  |  Also know as the White Marble Palace, a prestigious hall, former reception hall within Dusit Palace in which to court visiting dignitaries, hold state council meetings and royal occasions. An Italian neo-classical Renaissance architecture, Ordered by King Rama V (1907) and finished in the reign of King Rama VI. Commissioned to the architects Mario Tamagno and Annibale Rigotti. Used as Parliament House until 1974, nowadays it is open to the public every day except on Chulalongkorn Day (23 October), the King’s birthday (5 December) and the Queen’s birthday (12 August). > Check the Full Post and more at Thailand Gay Travel Blog

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Nine Lounge and Bar Phuket Thailand

Author: , January 13th, 2012

( Post by Carlos Melia for Thailand Gay Travel Blog ) I would have to say that Nine Lounge & Bar was my favorite bar in Phuket which you may refer to as a gay bar if you wish, but goes far beyond from that. Next to Lim’s Restaurant, fantastic Thai Food. Great drinks, beautiful indoor/outdoor design. Regardless gay or straight, the place to be seen in Phuket, after 10PM till the music fades away or you decide to move on to Soi Paradise. Conde Nast Traveller included them into their 2009 Hotlist of World’s Best Bars. Ask for my friend David there, and tell him Carlos Melia sent you, maybe you’ll get a drink on me, or an extra shot of vodka in your drink. Post by Carlos Meliawww.carlosmeliablog.com

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Saiyok Elephant Park in Thailand

Author: , January 8th, 2012

( Post by Carlos Melia ) Have you ever dream on either getting up close and personal or ridding an elephant? Well it was indeed part of my bucket list, and as from today, I can say that I have done it and enjoyed very very much. Adventure ,new born elephants ,feeding them and observing Thai wisdom on how elephants and mahouts live together at Saiyok Elephant Park. You will also get to learn and spend some time with the local Mahouts. > Check the Full Post and more at www.thailandgaytravel.wordpress.com

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Exploring the Bridge over River Kwai and more

Author: , January 2nd, 2012

( Post by Carlos Melia ) The province of Kanchanaburi is close to Bangkok and borders to Myanmar (Burma). Although there is plenty to see in this region, the Bridge over River Kwai, the museum , Don-Rak Cementery and the ride over the Death Railway are the main attraction, so I went for it. A full day tour, driving for over 2 hours from center Bangkok to the River Kwai Bridge. River Kwai and the Bridge . After entering the Second War in December 1941, Japanese forces quickly overran most of South East Asia. In 1942, in order to find a shorter and more secure line of supply between Burma (now Myanmar) and Siam (now Thailand), the Japanese decided to use prisoners of war and civilian labour to build a single line railway to link existing railheads at Thanbyuzayat in the west and Ban Pong in the east. Read the full post @ Thailand Gay Travel Blog

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