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BANGKOK -- area code (66-2)
Saunas in Bangkok are mainly busy after work until 10pm, or starting in late afternoons on weekends and holidays.
CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT -- Silom, Suriwong, Sathorn, Lumphini, Chinatown
Babylon UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2014
Soi Nantha (off Sathorn Soi 1), Utopia Map, 02-213-2108. From the Malaysia Hotel parking lot make two right turns and a left (8 minute walk). World famous men's complex and sauna. Gym, restaurant, disco, internet access, jazz performances, parties. Facilities including swimming pool, sauna, steam, jacuzzi, dark maze, large gym, disco, fantasy spaces, private cabins and hotel rooms (in their Barracks section). The real fun starts after about 5pm when they open the connecting door between the two sides of the Garden of Earthly Delights (labyrinth and cabins) and circulation begins. The pool is clean and well maintained, and the gym is as well equipped. Ask for condoms if you run out. International crowd.
Comments from Utopians:
"Babylon is getting worse day by day. The staff are impolite, the venue is dirty and needs a renovation. The entire place is like a dark room with used condoms and napkins on the floor. A problem with mosquitos everywhere and terrible smell. Some towels are ripped, but not replaced. Soap-dispensers broken. Their bars are overpriced, and you can wait for the staff a long time. A place of such price/level should do more for the comfort of their guests." -- bill18062000, Aug 16, 2014
"Went to Babylon around 9pm on Fri night, and, indeed, it was wild and fun. There was a foam party happening at the pool with male models dancing on the ledge, and a jam-packed crowd. Music was loud. More than half of the crowd were, I think, foreigners, with many westerners and many Daddies. There were also young locals mixed in the crowd (but if you prefer only young local guys, I would recommend Chakran for you). The pool area is huge, but the locker rooms are a bit tight, and the showers too few. The rooms are also few considering the size of the crowd. I liked the maze. It is not very easy to access, as you need to
take MRT (not BTS) Lumpini, and a long 15 minute walk passing by many embassies, and at night it feels a bit desserted. So, I suggest you take a motorcyle from the front of the soi for B$20 (there are drivers wearing orange jackets)." -- kimchiseoul, Nov 4, 2013
"The sauna is excellent, the only gay sauna I know where I can stay comfortably for half a day with much to do besides the obvious fun, although it could be much better if they had some events where those big towels, that are often in the way, have to be removed." -- steven_g, Oct 10, 2013
Bangkok10 Sauna UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2011
650-652 Si Phraya Rd, Mahaprutharam, Bangrak, Utopia Map, 080-820-8910, email. Stylishly themed gay men's sauna club. Four-storey facility covering an area of 8000sqft. Carefully designed play spaces for all your fantasies and sensual recreation. Utopia Member Discount
d.blu UTOPIA VERIFIED MAR 2014|
Saladaeng Soi 1, Silom, Utopia Map, 02-636-3122, email. Gay sauna opened in 2014. Four-story facility with rooftop centrally located in Bangkok's main gay area. Cruising zone, dark zone, show-off zone, camping zone and relaxing zone. Check out their website for news on special events and theme nights. Massage also available.
Heaven UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
4/F Warner Bld, 119 Soi Mahesak, Utopia Map, 02-266-9092, email. Sauna, steam, bar, jacuzzi and garden. Outdoor garden. Stocky/chubby and more mature Asian crowd.
Men Factory Sauna UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2013|
60/22-23 Silom Soi 2/1, Utopia Map, 02-632-8793, 081-841-1896, email. Gay sauna in the heart of Silom, only minutes from the BTS Silom Station or 5 minutes walk from MRT Saladaeng Station. Complete fecilities with gym, steam room, private cabins, lounge, jacuzzi, and free Wi-Fi. Clean ambience with light dance music. Tourist friendly. Open daily from 2pm-6am. Also Thai traditional massage available.
Sauna Mania UTOPIAN VERIFIED OCT 2013
35/2 Soi Pipat 2 (off Soi Convent), Silom, Utopia Map, 081-817-4073. Same lane and 5 or 6 blocks away from Eat Me Restaurant. Nearest Sky Train station is Sala Daeng Station; MRT is Chang Nonsi Station. Smaller then Chakran but nice and friendly. 1/F has lockers (you get a lock at reception), a large bar, a good workout room with weights, machines and TV. 2/F is the cruising maze area with private cabins. 3/F has showers, steam room, hot sauna, and garden area lit with string lights where guys gather to talk and take naps on recliners. 4/F is another garden area with moveable, trellis-like partitions to block off an area for semi-privacy. This top floor is cruisy. Crowd is mostly Thai white collar, 30-40yo, some muscular. There are a small number of other Asians and a few westerners. Weekends, especially Sat, is quite full.
Comments from Utopians:
"Of the 4 or 5 saunas I visited in Bangkok, Sauna Mania offered me the best experience. For me, the most important factor are the guys there. I went on the naked days (Thu and Sun after 7pm) and the place was packed with 20-40yo Asians, in good shape, of which nearly half were my type (something very rare) and nicely approachable. I was walking to the place behind a group of cute young locals. I must have later got in touch with them in the maze, blended in with another fifty or so nice bodies. After an hour I was completely satisfied and left happily. I had read some negative comments about this sauna but I'm glad they didn't disuade me. If the place is now painted black and darker than it was before, I didn't see a drawback in this. There were a few older men, out of shape too, which did not bother me at all. The staff was very friendly. Price was right (a bargain, for the fun), and the place is easy to find (look it up on Google Maps, even 'walk to it' in Street View)." -- steven_g , Oct 3, 2013
PHAHONYOTHIN -- Samsen, Victory Monument, Phahonyothin, Phayathai, Saphan Kwai, Chatuchak
39 Underground UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2013
1511/39 Phaholyothin Rd, Soi Phaholyothin Theater (opposite Paolo Memorial Hospital, close to the Saphan Kwai Sky Train Station), Utopia Map, 02-279-1511, email. From the Saphan Kwai Sky Train Station, take Exit 1 and walk towards Pradiphat Rd, then take the 2nd lane on the right after AMB bank (less then 3 minutes). You will see the big sign for 39 Underground at the end of this small short lane. G/F has lockers, steam, sauna; 2/F has TV and a tiny gym area; 3/F dark rooms, 4/F roof top cruising area (most are not shy there). Theme nights. A few snacks are supplied for free in the bar on 2/F to gear you up. Cheap admission and popular with the local Thai crowd, all very sociable. Staff are friendly, with service minds. Exciting rooftop with abundant greenery. Lots of hot guys on Sun.
Chakran UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2014
32 Soi Ari 4, Phaholyothin Soi 7 (close by the Ari BTS Train Station), Utopia Map, 02-279-1359, 02-278-5310, email. This multi-story facility features swimming pool and large jacuzzi, steam and dry saunas, well-equipped gym, restaurant, poolside lounge, private cabins, mazes and video theater. Beautifully designed with exotic details, textures and colors -- a leisure and pleasure oasis. Utopia Member Discount
Comments from Utopians:
"Chakran has a great layout and it's easy to find, but the dozen or so Thai ignored the two farang there, so probably not the best choice for farang." -- Brian, Jan 18, 2014
"If you want to meet local guys, Chakran is for you. The place is mixed, but with many hot, muscular young men. The guys here are what you call 'sticky rice' - they stick only to Asians. If you are not Asian, you are sort of odd thumb here, but I did see a couple of non-Asians trying their luck. Best time to go is after dinner (especially Fri and Sat). The place is sort of deserted before that. It is actually well maintained. I like the 'waterfall' plants that set the ambience of the place. There are a lot of private rooms, where lights can be dimmed or brightened. There is, however, loud music and no dark maze. There's a large jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, pool, restaurant, and gym if you don't want to go straight to the action. I also like that the showers and toilets are plentiful and located in different areas. You pay B$350 for entrance on Fri and weekends, and I think it is cheaper on weekdays. They give you one towel and a locker key with a wrist band. Keep your locker key on your wrist always, even when showering or having fun, so as not to lose it. They provide two condoms and lube sachets inside your locker. You can get more at reception. It is easy to reach and find. Take the BTS Sky Train to Ari. Check the directions in their website. It is easy to follow and around 10 minutes walk in a safe neighborhood." -- kimchiseoul, Nov 4, 2013
"I visited Chakran recently. This sauna has good facilities and nice crowd. It is definitely worth a visit. I still find Babylon superior, except for the naked events that Babylon misses out on. But there I give an edge to Sauna Mania, whose naked events I find more exciting. Chakran's 'Naked Zone' is too small, limited to a small, dark steam room. They should include the upper floor or make the whole place a naked zone. Also, Chakran's foam party is disappointing - just a big jacuzzi with some foam in it and some guys acting shy. A real foam party should happen on a floor and not in a pool with hot water. The best are the 'foam showers', a la Kakiku in KL. Overall, I think Chakran deserves a good 3rd place behind Babylon and Sauna Mania." -- steven_g, Oct 10, 2013
- Cruising Sauna I
1448/6-7 Phahonyothin Rd (opposite Major Cineplex Ratchayothin), Utopia Map, 02-930-3538. First branch of this local neighborhood sauna.
Farose UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
108/3 Pradipat 19, Saphan Kwai, Utopia Map, 02-618-4505. From Saphan Khwai BTS station, walk towards Pradipat Rd parallel to the Sky Train track, and turn right into Pradipat Rd (about a 15 min walk). Pass the Liberty Garden Hotel and look for Soi 19 to your right. Walk some 50m until you see the Farose sauna sign on the left side of the lane. Turn right into a housing estate, follow the road turning to your left and you'll find the house number on a multi-storey gray wall with an impressive doorway. There are five levels in two wings in this huge complex, with the most happening in the right wing (go to the rooftop for access or to the door at the back end of the locker room). Sauna and steam, dark room, video, snacks. Mostly young Thai crowd, a few mature men, a few foreigners. Open until 6am daily.
GG (Grey Gymnastics Men's Cub) UTOPIAN VERIFIED APR 2013
1155/1 Soi Ronachai 2 (small soi opposite Sam Sen Railway Station), Phayathai, Utopia Map, 02-279-3807. Take a cab to Samsen Railway Station. Get to the side of the tracks where there are restaurants along a green residential neighborhood. Across from the station and past the Railway Restaurant is Soi Ronnachai 2 (before Platform One restaurant). Walk in about 50m and you'll come to a junction. GG sauna is exactly at the junction. Look for a pink fence with 'GG' on it. It is a two storey detached house with pink pillars, converted into a sauna complex. Sauna, steam, karaoke, snacks. This is the place if you fancy more mature men or pandas (Asian chubs)! Popular local scene - definitely off the tourist path. The karaoke room is a major draw. Parking space in front.
The Beach UTOPIAN VERIFIED JUN 2013
316 Soi Panit Anant, Sukhumvit 71 (turn right at the pet clinic), Utopia Map, 02-392-4783. Sauna, steam, swimming pool, restaurant, karaoke and cruise nooks. Local crowd and foreigners in-the-know. This is a casual, unpretentious club. Open until 6am.
Sukhumvit Soi 48, Prakhanong, 02-391-9317, 081-510-8572. Soi 48 is between the Prakanong and Onut BTS stations. Walk down Soi 48 to an industrial building with the letters BNPC on it, turn right past the guard hut, left at next soi and then right; it's on the right corner with good signage. If you take a "motorsai" tell them to take the bridge (bai saphan) because you must cross over to the other side of the klong via the inbound side of Sukhumvit. Sauna is in two 6-story shop houses. This venue is cheap and clean, but not crowded and almost entirely Thai. Downside is the six flights to climb up and down, plus no air con! But for a very Thai-Thai gay experience, it's fun and easy to reach. Facilities include private rooms, clean steam and sauna rooms (up top), plus karaoke and free beverages (Coke, water and ice). Massage also available but only a couple of masseurs. Inexpensive entry. Open daily from 2pm-midnight.
EDOK (Erotic Divine Oops Kinky)
Soi LG (near Soi Taksin 14), Taksin Rd, Thonburi, Utopia Map, 02-466-0707, 086-006-5565. In the same no-name, dead-end soi as Shape Massage and Spa (between Soi 14 and Soi 14/1). There is a footbridge (the 2nd one along Thaksin Rd after turning left from Thonburi Rd/Thaksin Bridge Rd) at the entrance to the soi and an LG shop on the corner. EDOK is on the left past LG.
Macho Sauna UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2011
Soi Bhorom Ratchachonnani 15, Bhorom Ratchachonnani Rd, 081-841-1896, email. Ten minutes walk from Central Plaza Pinklao. Largest sauna in the Thonburi/Pinklao area. Facilities include sauna, steam, gym, Wi-fi, roof garden and bar, plus a number of private cabins.
Cruising Sauna II
383 Sukhothai Rd, 02-241-3385, 02-668-2392. Neighborhood sauna, nice decor, local crowd.
Rama II Soi 52 (opposite Big C and HomePro), 02-848-1190. Facilities include wet and dry sauna, small gym, TV lounge and karaoke. Local crowd. Inexpensive.
Ladprao 113 (about 1km down Soi 113, on the right), 02-734-0536. Clean and friendly. Steam, jacuzzi, cruise floor on 2/F. Inexpensive an good food. Crowd is mostly Thai and Asian.
Paradise Sauna UTOPIAN VERIFIED FEB 2013
Bang Khen, 02-953-4039, 086-994-3943. A large terrace house in a housing estate near a local market. Next to the lobby is a karaoke room, which turns into a foam party room with coyote dance shows on a special Sat of the month. At the back (behind the staircase in the middle) is a dining area, which serves soft drinks, whisky, and herbal drinks, while on special Sat nights (at higher entry fee) they serve a meal, buffet style. Beyond that at the very back are a sauna room, steam room, jacuzzi, and video room. 2/F is equipped with gym room, dim maze, cubicles, video rooms, and a massage room (at an affordable price). 3/F is a rooftop with large plants dividing the space into smaller play areas. Check their website for theme night details.
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