Laos Gay Islands: Si Phan Don – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , February 8th, 2017

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The Gay Islands of Laos are amazing!

Si Phan Don, also known as the “Four Thousand Islands”, is an archipelago on the Mekong river where to enjoy a heavenly and relaxing holidays! Are they Gay Islands? Well, if for Gay we mean Happy, Queery, Laid Back, then yes, these are definitely Gay Islands 🙂

There are different ways to get to Si Phan Don: the archipelago is just an hour bus or car ride from the border with Cambodia. I organized my trip from Siem Reap, in Cambodia, after the visit to the astonishing Angkor Wat. I left Siem Reap on board of one of the many minibuses organizing the crossing border.

Crossing the Border Cambodia – Laos

In 5 or 6 hours car ride you arrive into Laos. The border crossing is a a folkloric experience. We had to get off the bus, walk to the custom border, form an orderly queue, pay the fees (legally and illegally due) for the visa to the agents, and then wait. And wait. And wait.

Wait for? Oh what a question! Wait for the time needed to get a visa and a stamp on passport of all the people (no more than 30 of us) eager to enter beautiful Laos. It was a very hot (and long!) afternoon. The whole process (that could potentially take no more than 15 minutes in total, for all of us) took more than 4 hours: as I already knew, the discretionary military power is very strong… But hey we managed it in the end!

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

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Gay Winter Holidays – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , January 23rd, 2017

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Yes we are at the start of the cold season in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is so freezing that a getaway to the warm countries is in order soon… where should we go?

To welcome 2017 in the way it deserves, I prepared a selection of my favorite hot spots to visit this long gay winter season: 5 places around 3 continents. Plenty of options for everybody!

Here are the Scruffy suggestions for the best holidays in this very happy new Gay Year!

Gay Winter Holidays: Gran Canaria

There is only one place in Europe, very convenient and affordable, where is Summer all year around: it is Gran Canaria!

You know I love Maspalomas Beach very much: the perfect place for a dip in the Ocean any time of the year. The Yumbo Center oganizes a great New Year’s Party, and in general all winter is packed with people escaping the cold season from Northern Europe.

If you are looking for a bit of gay winter action Gran Canaria is definitely the best option. Between February and March the island of Gran Canaria is the stage of a few big events: The Carnival of the city capital of the island, Las Palmas Carnival, Maspalomas EuroCarnival which takes place in the Yumbo Center, Maspalomas Bear Carnival Immediately after… so many events, so much fun! Check out the Scruffy Guide to Maspalomas to find out more about Gran Canaria and its gay life!

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Gay Sailing With Saltyboys – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , July 16th, 2016

Today we’re launching a partnership with The Scruffy Italian Traveler – Sergio Scardia – with this post from his blog. Welcome Sergio!

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I have partnered with Saltyboys, specialists in Gay Sailing worldwide, to enjoy a beautiful Sailing cruise Au Naturel (yes, it means Naked!) in in the Saronic Gulf, in Greece, in August (20-27th August). Do you want to join me? Click here and book now! There are only a few places still left!

I have been to Greece a few times in the past, in Mykonos (I hear you saying: obviously!), Athens, Paros, but I have not visited yet the Saronic Gulf, so I am really curious to discover the beauty of the area! We will visit the idyllic harbour villages of Hydra, Poros, Aegina and Epidavros with its ancient amphitheater! Oh well… who am I lying to? The idea of spending 1 full week naked on the sea with other like-minded guys from all over the world, aged roughly 25-45, is very appealing too!

No matter if you have ever sailed or not (I have never been myself on a sailing boat for a 1-week cruise for example): Saltyboys welcomes both first-timers and more experienced sailors on board. And, by the end of the cruise, everyone will be a sailor anyway!

The yachts are modern with plenty of space to relax, comfortable cabins, a fully equipped galley and several bathrooms. Also, it doesn’t matter if you are a solo traveller, like me! As long as you feel comfortable being naked around other like minded international gay guys, you can still join the fun of the boat cruise, and become a nude Saltyboy as well! On the first evening, after getting to meet each other during the first shopping and some sun-downers, a cabin division will be made: you will be teamed up with someone you have clicked with! Of course, if you come with a friend or your partner, you can share the cabin with that person.

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler