Gay In: Bangkok – A 2020 Guide to Gay & Lesbian Bangkok

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Bangkok is known as the gay capital of Asia. We’ve spent quite some time in Bangkok over the years. And we’ve always been thankful for its liberal and open-minded attitude towards to the LGBTQ+ community. Not only can we be ourselves without fear of discrimination, but the gay nightlife in Bangkok is some of the best in the world. From pulsating gay nightclubs and exclusive lesbian parties, to several acclaimed gay-friendly hotels, gay and lesbian Bangkok has a lot to offer.

Bangkok’s gay scene aside, there’s a lot to love about beautiful, busy, bombastic, Bangkok. On the one hand, you have the rich Thai culture in the form of jaw-dropping temples, bustling markets, and sensational local cuisine. On the other is Bangkok’s edgier side, with its wild nightlife, epic rooftop bars, and opportunities for urban exploring. 

In my experience, Bangkok is a bit like marmite. You either love it, or you hate it. But the one thing I insist on is giving it a chance. I’ll admit, as a first-timer arriving in the city, the chaos of it all can be overwhelming. But we’ve visited Bangkok over a dozen times now. And despite being everything we usually hate about big cities, we’ve actually grown quite fond of her.

I’m confident that if you give Bangkok a chance, you’re guaranteed to find something you like about the city. And this guide aims to provide you with all the information you need to have an unforgettable time. I’ve listed all of the hottest gay bars and nightclubs; gay-friendly hotels and hostels; the best LGBT+ centred events; as well as all the top things to see and do.

So let’s get to it. Here’s our comprehensive guide to Gay and Lesbian Bangkok.

Gay In: Bangkok – A 2020 Guide to Gay & Lesbian Bangkok

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LGBT+ Rights in Thailand

Same-Sex Sexual Activity: Legal since 1956.

Same-Sex Marriage: Same-Sex Unions Legalised July 2020

Rights to Change Legal Gender:  Not legally recognised.

Same-Sex Adoption: Currently under review.

LGBT Discrimination: Illegal since 2018.

If you are keen to learn more about LGBT Rights & Social Opinions in Thailand, check out our guide to Gay & Lesbian Thailand here.

Is Bangkok Safe for Gay Travellers?

In short, absolutely yes! Thailand, in general, is one of the most gay-friendly countries we’ve ever visited. Here’s a statement from the Go Thai Be Free website:

“In Thailand, we believe that diversity is amazing. As the most LGBTQ+ welcoming country in Asia, we’re proud that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community – and all people – no matter how they identify; and whom they love; feel free when travelling in Thailand on vacation or holiday.” 

 But more so than that, Thailand has some of the most progressive LGBT laws in all of Asia. Same-sex relations got decriminalised in 1956, which is even earlier than many countries in Europe. It’s also one of the only Asian countries to have implemented anti-discrimination laws for the lesbian and gay communities. And finally, in July 2020, Thailand became the first country in South East Asia to legalise same-sex unions.

On the other hand, while ladyboys and transgender play a significant role in society, the legal situation is complicated. Sex reassignment operations have taken place in Thailand since 1975, yet trans people still do not have the right to change one’s legal gender. Without legal support, the trans community still face discrimination in the workplace, healthcare, and other areas.

Nevertheless, legalities and social opinions aside, Thailand is incredibly safe for LGBTQ+ travellers. Especially in LGBT+ hotspots such as Bangkok, I can guarantee you’re unlikely to experience any discrimination or homophobia. That said, Thai people are generally quite conservative, and it’s important to respect their culture. It’s worth noting that public displays of affection are frowned upon, even if you’re a same-sex couple. Check out our travel tips for LGBT+ travellers for more advice regarding safety.

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The Gay Area in Bangkok

Bangkok’s gay scene is as fun, vibrant, and diverse as the city itself. And while you will find sprinkles of it everywhere, the epicentre of gay culture is Silom. 

To the naked eye, Silom is nothing more than a business district, with high rise office blocks and groups of men in suits. But peel back the layers, and you’ll find a realm of nightlife, restaurants, shopping and other guilty pleasures.  

Silom is the place to go for the best of Bangkok’s gay bars, clubs, cafes, restaurants, saunas, and shops. Start your evening at Silom Soi 4 for your pick of atmospheric bars, before stumbling around the corner to Silom Soi 2 for some epic all-night clubs.  

Not too dissimilar to other gay capitals such as Berlin and London, Gay Bangkok never sleeps. So don’t worry about rocking up to Silom on a school night as you can still look forward to a wild time.  

In the next section, I will be documenting the best gay and lesbian venues in Silom as well as other parts of the city. Having said that, you shouldn’t feel like you have to stick to strictly gay places. For example, it’s not uncommon to see straight people in gay bars and vice versa, especially in touristy areas such as Khao San Road. 

Gay & Lesbian Bars in Bangkok

The following gay and lesbian bars in Bangkok attract a mixed crowd. You’ll find a list of gay (men) and lesbian only venues further down. 

The Stranger Bar: Repeatedly claiming the title as best gay bar in Bangkok, we can always rely on The Stranger Bar to provide a great start to the evening. We discovered this bar on our first trip to Bangkok in 2017, and it blew us away. We never expected to find such a vibrant gay scene in Asia, and it was a great feeling just to let our hair down surrounded by like-minded company. Most famous for its wild drag shows and cheeky drinks menu, you can expect a diverse, fun-loving crowd at this popular Bangkok gay & lesbian bar.  

The Balcony: Another of our favourite Bangkok gay bars, The Balcony is is ideal for a chilled drink and nibbles, or even better for pre-drinks before hitting the more rousing Silom bars and clubs. The standout here is the upstairs terrace which offers an aerial view of the debaucherous goings-on below. It’s perfect for people-watching, and the tantalising drinks menu is sure to get you in the mood to party.

Telephone Pub: We’ve not been into this bar ourselves, as it tends to be more of a male clientele. But at 30-years old, Telephone Pub is the longest-standing gay bar in Bangkok. Again, this bar a popular stop for party-goers before heading to the clubs on Silom Soi 2. Enjoy some tasty and affordable drinks on the terrace, and indulge in your choice of delicious Thai food.  

Fork and Cork: For a slightly more upmarket affair, Fork and Cork is a stylish gay-owned restaurant and bar on Silom Soi 4. Here they swap drag shows for jazz bands, sugar-laced cocktails for premium whisky, and the party vibe for a laidback ambience. You can also enjoy top-notch local and western food from the restaurant, so it’s the perfect venue for a romantic date night.

Calypso Cabaret Bar: While there is no shortage of drag shows in the gay area of Bangkok, they can be intimidating and over the top for some. Calypso Bar provides more of a low-key and inclusive cabaret experience, allowing you to enjoy the beauty of drag and transgender arts, but minus the smutty extras that accompany many drag shows in Bangkok.  

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Gay Bangkok Nightlife

Gay & Lesbian Clubs in Bangkok

The following gay and lesbian clubs in Bangkok attract a mixed crowd. You’ll find a list of gay (men) and lesbian only venues further down.  

DJ Station: By far our favourite gay and lesbian venue in Bangkok, DJ Station is a pumping multi-floored fabulously queer nightclub in Silom Soi 2. Upon entering the club, you’ll find yourself in a wonderland of gay fun, with various rooms offering all kinds of entertainment. From cheesy pop to techno, and drag queens galore, there’s truly something for everybody. And we love that there’s a mixed LGBT crowd. If you’re queer and you like to party, this is a place you won’t want to miss.  

Fake Club: Fake Club is one of the few decent gay venues outside of Silom; however, from what I’ve heard, it’s certainly one to add to the list. That is of course if you like the idea of shirtless, model-material Thai boys gyrating to the unmistakable sound of K-pop! You lost me at K-Pop, but for an authentic local experience in gay Bangkok, this is the venue for you. The club welcomes a mixed LGBT+ clientele; however, from what I can tell, it’s mostly frequented by (gay) men.

Exclusively Lesbian Bars in Bangkok

Unfortunately, like many other cities around the world, lesbians in Bangkok are notoriously under-represented. There have been a few lesbian bars in Bangkok through the years such as E-Fun and Zeta. But sadly, all of them have closed down.  

Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that lesbians in Bangkok can’t have any fun! In fact, quite the contrary. Like I say all of the gay clubs and bars above welcome a mixed clientele, and we’ve always had a great time. If I had to choose the venues with the best lesbian crowds, it would be The Stranger Bar and DJ Station.

Those looking for solely lesbian hangouts, however, I’m afraid there are limited options. Your best bet is to try and schedule your trip to coincide with one of the following lesbian parties in Bangkok instead.  

Lesla Party: Lesla Party is the most famous lesbian party in Bangkok and the place to go to get a glimpse of local lesbian culture. It’s a very Thai orientated event, so if you plan to mingle, you might need to know a little of the local lingo. Expect live music, DJs, party games, and lots of beautiful Thai ladies. 

Go Grrrrls: Founded in 2013, Go Grrrrls is one of the longest-running lesbian parties in Bangkok. The event attracts a mixed crowd of locals and tourists alike. It’s a monthly party usually held at Wine Bibber Sangria, but the venue does sometimes change so keep an eye on their Facebook page for details. The vibe is indie-rock/punk so you can expect a slightly alternative, and incredibly sexy crowd.

Vibe: Finally, Vibe is more of a low-key lesbian gathering. Alongside catchy tunes and free-flowing drinks, they have various quiet areas making it the ideal venue for a date or catching up with friends. It’s a strictly female event, but they make exceptions for men accompanying women.  

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Bangkok is LGBT+ Friendly

Exclusive Gay (Men) venues in Bangkok

Naturally, this isn’t our area of expertise; however, gay (men) only venues are abundant in Gay Bangkok. Gay sex shows, gay saunas, gay massage parlours, and even gay gyms, are just a taste of the delights on offer for the boys. For a comprehensive guide to Gay Bangkok, check out this fantastic article by our friends the Nomadic Boys. They can share far more insight into this side of the city than we ever could.

Gay Events in Bangkok

While Gay Bangkok is an all-year-round party, some annual events and festivals are worth scheduling your trip around. Here are the ones that need to be on your bucket list: 

Songkran Water Festival (April) – A significant celebration in the Thai calendar is the extraordinary Songkran Festival. Held across three days every April, the event symbolises Thai New Year. The ritual of the ceremony involves water gun fights and throwing buckets of water over people. It’s not specifically an LGBT+ event, but everybody is welcome. And during this period, several queer events are held all over Bangkok.  

gCircuit – To coincide with Songkran, gCircuit is a three-day dance festival held in various locations all over Bangkok. Boasting an international DJ line up, pool parties, club nights, and more, it’s a major event in the Gay Bangkok calendar. But unfortunately girls, it seems this party is mainly for the boys.

Bangkok Pride Cruise: Sadly, Bangkok Pride has a volatile history being first held in 1999 and then stopping again quite recently. Thankfully, Bangkok Pride Cruises are helping to fill the void, taking the parade to the river and cruising in magnificent style. With sporadic events held throughout the calendar year, keep an eye on their Facebook page for up and coming party dates.  

Gay-Friendly Hotels in Bangkok 

Bangkok is one of the most LGBT+ welcoming cities in all of Asia, and it would be unheard of for any hotel or hostel to turn you away because of your sexuality. That said, we completely understand the desire to feel accepted and be treated equally.

While there aren’t many exclusively gay hotels in Bangkok, by staying in the Silom area you can almost guarantee you’ll be in the company of other LGBT+ travellers. I’ve made some recommendations below based on the best-rated hotels amongst LGBT+ travellers. But if you don’t find anything that tickles your fancy, you can compare rates and availability for all Bangkok accommodation here

Hostel $ – Once Again Hostel

We’ve stayed in some great hostels during our travels and Once Again Hostel is easily one of the best. It’s relatively new, which of course helps in terms of modernity and facilities. But not only that, the staff always go above and beyond to ensure you have a comfortable stay. We also love the location of the hostel, as it’s close enough to Khao San Road to walk there and far enough away to escape the noise. The beds are comfy, the aircon is cold, and there is an all-round friendly vibe – cannot fault it! 

Check rates and availability for Once Again Hostel here

Budget $ – At Home Hostel

If you’re on a budget, but like your privacy, I can also recommend At Home Hostel. Rooms are basic as expected for $15 a night, but they are clean, comfortable, and equipped with everything you need for a pleasant stay. Some rooms are fan-only; others have air-con, so you might want to check that at the time of booking. Again, this property is just a short walk away from Khao San Road, so it’s in an ideal location for nightlife and sightseeing.

Check rates and availability for At Home Hostel here.

Mid-Range $$ – The Grand Sathorn

Located in the bustling gay district of Silom, The Grand Sathorn is a firm-favourite amongst LGBT+ travellers. As well as being at the heart of all the queer action, this moderately priced hotel boasts a rooftop pool and sundeck – ideal for nursing the hangover after a heavy night on Soi 2. It’s also within walking distance to both a riverboat and sky train station, allowing convenient access to the cities top attractions.

Check rates and availability for The Grand Sathorn here.

Mid-Range $$ – Babylon (Gay-Men Only)

Babylon is the sole male-only hotel in Bangkok and has earned itself quite the reputation. As one gay traveller quoted it boasts ‘one of the best gay saunas in the world‘, so I can only imagine the debauchery that goes on in there. But more so than that, it has excellent reviews for being a nice and friendly hotel, with good facilities and comfortable rooms. It’s also just a short ride away from the vivacious gay nightlife.

Book directly with Babylon here.

Luxury $$$ – W Bangkok

W is one of the most recognisable hotel chains amongst the LGBT+ community, known world over for its gay-friendly hospitality and world-class hotels. Set in the heart of Silom, W Bangkok is no exception, attracting both gay and straight travellers alike with its stylish rooms and modern amenities. The pinnacle of the hotel is undoubtedly the funky pool area, which is sure to send any Instagrammer into a tizzy. There’s also a fitness centre, onsight restaurant, and the trendy WOOBAR where you can enjoy drinks and live music.

Check rates and availability for W Bangkok here.

Luxury $$$ – Hotel Muse

Hotel Muse is often considered one of the best luxury gay hotels in Bangkok. Decked out in artistic furniture and prohibition-era decor, the hotel combines style, class, and comfort, to create an extraordinary hotel experience. Throw into the mix a gorgeous landscaped swimming pool, sweeping views of the city skyline and an acclaimed rooftop bar, and you’re guaranteed to have an unforgettable stay. You can also look forward to a delectable dining experience at the onsight restaurants while being in close proximity to all the best gay nightlife – winning! 

Check rates and availability for Hotel Muse here.

Things to do in Gay & Lesbian Bangkok

While there are a ton of things to see and do in Bangkok, it’s unlike other cities such as London and Kuala Lumpur where there’s a ton of famous landmarks. Rather than see Bangkok, you experience Bangkok. To truly appreciate the essence of the city, you have to get in amongst it all. I’ve carefully refined this list to ensure you experience the very best of what Bangkok has to offer.

Visit the Grand Palace

When I say there isn’t a ton of landmarks in Bangkok, that doesn’t mean there are aren’t any. The Grand Palace is probably the cities most famous attraction and not without a good reason. The spectacular architecture and ornate design inside the complex is a sight to behold.

The grandeur palace was built in 1782 and for 150 years was residence to the Thai King. Within the palace grounds are several remarkable buildings including Wat Phra Kaew – The Temple of the Emerald Buddha – considered one of Thailand’s most sacred sites. 

At 500 Baht (16$) the palace is one of Bangkok’s most expensive attractions, but honestly, it’s worth it. As with all temples and sacred sites in Thailand, a strict dress code applies. As a general rule of thumb, legs above the knee and shoulders should be covered, and no bare feet.

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Visit a Temple or Two

In addition to the Grand Palace, I also encourage you to visit at least one of the temples in Bangkok. While you can find impressive temples all over the country, none are quite as remarkable as the one you’ll find in the capital. Two of my favourites are Wat Arun and Wat Pho. The first, Wat Arun, also known as ‘Temple of Dawn‘, is absolutely gorgeous and a famous Instagram spot. The second, Wat Pho is home to the giant reclining Buddha and is definitely worth a visit. If you wanted to learn more about what you’re seeing, you could opt for this Guided Walking Temple Tour.  

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Bangkok Temple of Dawn
 Check out a Floating Market

One of the more unique things to do in Bangkok is to check out one of the plentiful floating markets. The unusual market experience is a local tradition. And if you avoid the touristy places such as Damnoen Saduak – Bangkok’s most famous floating market – it’s an opportunity to have a real authentic experience. Food tends to be the most dominant attraction at most of the floating markets. But half the charm is in sitting back and soaking in the atmosphere. There’s also this best-selling tour that includes a visit to Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Maeklong Railway Market.

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Floating Market Bangkok
Go Wild on Khao San Road

The epicentre of Bangkok’s backpacker scene, world-famous Khao San Road is an unmissable experience. Lined with bars, clubs, hostels, and street food, this is the place to go for a wild and relatively affordable night out. During the day, the backpacker enclave is like a ghost town. But come darkness, thousands of party-goers flood the streets armed with vodka buckets and balloons full of laughing gas. If you’ve ever wanted to recreate a scene from ‘The Hangover 2’, this is your chance. Although, the actual filming locations of the movie are in Soi Cowboy – A seedier side to Bangkok’s party scene.

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Bangkok Khao San Road is Gay-Friendly
Have a Traditional Thai Massage

If you leave Thailand without having a traditional Thai massage, then in all honesty, you haven’t experienced Thailand. They are cheap, relaxing, and play a significant role in the local culture. There’s nothing that a Thai massage can’t cure. Sore from carrying a heavy backpack all day? Have a Thai massage. Hungover? Have a Thai Massage. Stressed, anxious, worried? You guessed it.  Have a Thai Massage.

Traditionally, a Thai Massage is pretty rough and involves elbows, knees, and all kinds of back-bending stretches. I won’t lie. At times I’ve been concerned if I’d ever walk again. But by some sort of miracle, I always walk out feeling a million dollars afterwards. You can, however, ask the masseuse for a gentler version if it’s too uncomfortable.

Check out the Aeroplane Graveyard

For the adventurous souls among you, the aeroplane graveyard is an absolute must when visiting Bangkok. As the name suggests, the giant scrapyard is the final resting place of old aeroplanes. Owned by an entrepreneurial local, the planes have been stripped down and sold for scraps. But you can still climb aboard, and enjoy the one-off chance of sitting in the pilot seat. Despite local families living in the plane carcasses, you can pay them a small fee to look around the planes and take some photos. If you’re new to urban exploring, this spot is an ideal introduction. Once you’ve conquered here, you might even check out the abandoned ghost tower in Bangkok as well.  

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Aeroplane Graveyard Bangkok
Enjoy Drinks at a Rooftop Bar

Bangkok is home to some epic rooftop bars, and enjoying a sunset drink at one of them is the perfect way to end the day. The best rooftop bars sit atop luxury hotels, providing jaw-dropping views over the city below. But it also means that they will generally have some form of dress code, so you might want to check that in advance to avoid disappointment.

Sample ALL of the Street Food

Thai food is our favourite cuisine in all of Asia. Not only is it delicious and diverse, but it’s generally super cheap too. You can’t go wrong with the street food in Bangkok. It’s everywhere and will cost you as little as $1-2 for a meal. If you have allergies or dietary requirements, it pays to learn the relevant phrases in Thai. Our favourite Thai dishes are Massaman and Penang Curries, Som Tam salad, and of course, the national dish Pad Thai.

Take a Day Trip

If you can find the time, there are a few decent day trips that you can do from Bangkok. A common choice is this day trip to Ayutthaya, which is a 2-hour drive from the capital. Ayutthaya is an ancient city and Unesco Heritage Site, boasting hundreds of fascinating ruins and providing a captivating insight into Thai history.

Another spot that stands out to me, though I’ve not yet been, is the Ancient City of Muang Boran. Also known as Ancient Siam, it’s one of the largest outdoor museums in the world, featuring down-sized versions of Thailand’s most significant landmarks. You can attempt to navigate your way there yourself, or take the stress out of it and go with this organised tour.  

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Tips & Advice for Gay & Lesbian Bangkok  

Below are some general tips and advice that will ensure you have a stress-free time when travelling through Thailand.  

Currency in Bangkok

The currency in Thailand is the Thai Baht denoted as THB. At the time of writing 40 Baht is equal to £1.00/1.26$.

We recommend travelling with some local currency in your pocket; however, if you don’t want to carry large sums, there are several ways to exchange money in Bangkok. However, some are more cost-effective than others.

ATMs are readily available all over the city; however, most will charge around 200 baht ($6) for using them. Also, if you have the option to proceed “with or without conversion” always choose ‘without conversion’. This way, your bank will calculate the exchange rate and not the ATM provider, who are known to exploit tourists this way.  

Another money-saving tip is to carry a currency card such as Easy Fx rather than withdrawing money using your debit or credit cards. This way, you can make purchases, withdraw cash and make transfers, all with no international fees.

Bangkok Budget

Backpacking in Bangkok is suitable for all budgets. Below is a breakdown of what your daily Bangkok budget might look like:

  • Dorm Bed in a Hostel: $5-15
  • Budget Private Room: $8-20
  • Luxury Hotel Room: $60-300
  • Local Restaurant Meal: $10-20
  • Street Food: $1-5
  • 24hr Travel Card: $5
  • Large Chang: $2-5
  • Temple Admission: $2-10
  • Thai Massage: $8-20
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The Best Time to Visit Bangkok

Below is a brief idea of what conditions you can expect when visiting Bangkok throughout the year.  

Cool/High Season: November – February – Ideal weather for sightseeing but the busiest and most expensive time to visit.

Hot Season:  March-May – The build-up to monsoon can become extremely hot and unpleasant.

Monsoon Season:  June – October – The wettest months of the year, but often it only rains in short bursts. 

In our opinion, the months of March and October are the best time to visit Bangkok. You can avoid the high season, but at the same time, enjoy decent weather.

Getting Around in Bangkok

By Tuk-Tuk – Riding a tuk-tuk through the chaotic streets of Bangkok is a quintessential Bangkok experience; however, they can get expensive, so I don’t recommend using them too often. If you do use them, always haggle on the price. Especially in touristy areas such as Khao San Road, the drivers will always try to overcharge foreigners. 

By Bus – City buses are the cheapest way to get around in Bangkok, costing as little as 10 Baht ($0.3). Saying that they can also be confusing, and the heavy traffic may disrupt your journey time.   

Metro/Skytrain – The best way to get around, in my opinion, is by the Metro or Skytrain network. At as little as 1$ a ride, it’s highly cost-effective, but frustratingly it doesn’t yet cover all of the city.

By Boat – The most scenic way to get around in Bangkok is by riverboat. They are especially convenient for exploring the Riverside area of Bangkok with its various historical monuments and temples.

By Taxi – Taxis are readily available throughout the city but make sure your driver puts the meter on. In regards to taxi apps, Uber has exited the Southeast Asian market, but Grab still works in Bangkok and is often cheaper than local taxis.   

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Is Bangkok Safe? 

With its wild nightlife, seedy sex-industry, and chaotic road traffic, Bangkok has earned itself a somewhat precarious reputation. Yet, while all that may be true, I can’t say we have ever felt unsafe in Bangkok. Quite honestly, so long as you’re smart and have your wits about you, it’s unlikely you’ll run into any trouble at all.

Of course, that’s not to say that crimes and incidents against tourists never happen. Petty theft offences such as pickpocketing, purse snatching, and common scams are not uncommon. So it pays to adopt extra care and vigilance when you are out enjoying the city.

If you’re planning to engage in any sexual activity, it’s wise to pack condoms or protection from home. When travelling abroad, it can be difficult to tell if a product is FDA approved, so it’s best to prepare in advance.

See our list of travel tips for LGBT+ travellers for more safety and travel advice.

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Gay LGBT Bangkok
Travel Insurance

With that, don’t even think about going to Bangkok without travel insurance. Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. If the unlikely event that something goes wrong, you’ll want the best cover money can buy.

For this reason, we always recommend World Nomads for travel insurance. They are affordable, offer a variety of packages and add ons, and allow you to make amendments to your policy while travelling. 

If you need further convincing, read our article on why you need travel insurance. Or get an on-the-spot quote from World Nomads using the form below.

Meeting Other LGBT+ People in Bangkok

With the thriving gay scene in Bangkok, it’s not too challenging to meet other members of the LGBT+ community. That said, we understand that it isn’t always easy to stroll into a gay bar and attempt to make friends.

That is why the internet is such an excellent tool for connecting with like-minded individuals. We suggest using social media to locate other LGBT+ travellers or locals in Bangkok. You can use Facebook, for example, to yield dedicated LGBT groups in the area. Similarly, navigating specific hashtags on Instagram, such as #gaythailand or #gaybangkok, can help you locate all things LGBT in the area.

Some other great platforms for connecting with people are:

You don’t need to use dating apps in any sort of romantic way either. Some are great for connecting with LGBT+ locals and travellers as friends. If you’re lucky, you may find yourself connecting with a local who can show you all the best spots in the area.  

We always suggest using a secure VPN when surfing the web internationally. We use Surfshark VPN to keep us safe and secure.  Register here and use promo code: ourtasteforlife for 85% off and 3 extra months free!

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Staying Connected in Bangkok

If, like us, you rely on the internet when you travel (let’s face it, who doesn’t anymore), we have the perfect solution. TravelWifi’s portable pocket wifi allows us to quickly and securely connect when we need it the most. Click the link for more information on coverage, packages, and the latest offers.

Or order a prepaid sim card for Thailand and collect at the airport upon arrival.  

Oh, and don’t forget a VPN. Using a VPN is very important these days to make sure that all your data is safe and secure. Also, it helps while travelling not only for safety reasons but also it unlocks geo-restricted content such as Netflix and helps to avoid demographic price discrimination while looking for a flight or a hotel.

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Did you enjoy our Guide to Gay & Lesbian Bangkok?

Let us know! That concludes our guide to gay and lesbian Bangkok.  We hope you enjoy your time in this exciting city. If you have any questions or feel we have missed anything, please reach out to us in the comment section below, or through our contact us page. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram here, where we share further travel advice & inspiration.

Stay adventurous and Happy travels.

Charlotte & Natalie x

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