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BANGKOK -- area code +66-2

General Information

    Krung Thep is what the Thai call their capitol, a much-shortened nickname for what is the longest city name in the world (ask a Thai to recite the whole thing for you). In typical Thai fashion, Bangkok’s epic poetic title has been simplified for everyday use to its practical essence: City of Angels.

    Most tourists experience Bangkok in similarly boiled-down little sweet or sour bits: disarming charm, dazzling smiles, exotic temples, bustling markets, choking traffic, 5-alarm peppers, pestering touts. But poke under the polished tourist veneer and Bangkok rewards the explorer with magic moments amidst its free-for-all collision of old and new, rich and poor, the sacred and the profane.

    “Paradise” is a word that is often applied to describe the abundance of what Bangkok has to offer. It’s a genuine paradise for shoppers, from the bargains at Chatuchak, the world’s largest outdoor market, to the refined silks and jewels of this royal kingdom. It is also a paradise for foodies, from the singular specialties of its sidewalk hawkers, to the finest cuisine from around the world served up here at stupefying low prices. It is certainly a paradise of 5-star accommodation, service, and even world-class health care (get your nose, eyes or dental work done here and your holiday will pay for itself).

    Many have also described Bangkok as a paradise for gay life. It certainly may seem that way to visitors for its sheer abundance, high visibility, and “anything goes” reputation. In fact, GLBT life here is just as complex and contradictory as anywhere else in the world. And while Bangkok’s queer scene seems amazingly diverse, it’s just the tiny tip of an iceberg: most of the Thai gay world is invisible and inaccessible to tourists.

    The key to enjoying your time in Bangkok is to relax, take it easy, and keep your sense of humor. When you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by culture shock, go sit in a quiet temple courtyard. When you’re wound up by the entire sensory overload, pamper yourself with an afternoon in a spa or sauna. When your emotional dam threatens to burst, go light some incense at a phallic shrine. Take a deep breath. What’s that smell?

    Don't go with touts who want to take you anywhere or taxi drivers that don’t turn on their meters, and use your common sense. Do look both ways when crossing the streets. No one will assault you here; just don’t tempt anybody to enjoy their “good luck” by leaving your valuables unattended. Relax and remain receptive for one of those unforgettable magic moments that Bangkok inevitably supplies when you least expect it.

    The population of Bangkok is nearing 10 million people. That's getting close to half a million Utopians.

    Navigating the local gay scene is easy with our interactive Utopia Map of Gay & Lesbian Bangkok:

click for our interactive map of Bangkok


visit nearby Siem Reap and Phnom Penh, Cambodia


Businesses


Organizations


Travel Services

  • All In Travel

  • Bangkok Tour Guide for Gays

    Gay Tour Guide UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2016
      Email

      Gay, professional tour guide, licensed to guide all over Thailand. This includes some short excursions, treks, sightseeing, parties, dinners, or sports activities that make for a memorable trip. Bachelor Degree in Mass Communications and MBA. He speaks Thai, English and some German.
      Add your review, comment, or correction

  • Holiday Houseboys UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2016
      Email

      Select a personal city tour guide to show you around. Speaking the local language, your guide will look after your safety and welfare, as well as ensure that you get the best deals and local flavor. He does the bargaining for you, carries your shopping, and makes sure you won't get ripped off. He will schedule each day based on your personal interests. Holiday Houseboys is all about getting the most out of your holiday with a friendly local guy.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 20% DISCOUNT.
      Add your review, comment, or correction

  • Phil Travel Guide UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
      083-701-6569, email

      See the sights with your own personal Thai licensed gay guide. An alternative to being herded around unfamiliar places with a crowd of strangers, experiencing exotic sights through the windows of a bus. Phil offers a range of specially designed tours for discerning gay travelers who wish a more personalised service.
      Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT on all tours May-Sep, 5% DISCOUNT on all tours Oct-Apr.
      Add your review, comment, or correction

  • Purple Dragon UTOPIA VERIFIED OCT 2013
      942/58 Charn Issara Tower 1, 2nd Floor Atrium Rama 4 Rd, Suriyawong, Utopia Map
      02-236-1776, email

      Asia's oldest and largest gay tour company offers hundreds of options using local English-speaking guides throughout Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), India, China, Singapore and Bhutan. Specializes in programs focusing on culture, cuisine, adventure and aesthetic improvement programs.
      Add your review, comment, or correction


Popular Spots

Accommodations

      Click here for Bangkok hotels and accommodations.

Situated in a quiet courtyard off Surawong Road in the heart of Bangkok's business and entertainment district, Tarntawan Place is the discerning travelers' choice for accommodation, whether visiting Bangkok on business or for pleasure. Click here to view our website and to enquire about staying with us on your next trip.


Bars and Clubs

Cabaret Shows


Discos

Fitness and Gyms

    • Pathumwan Princess Hotel gym
        Maboonkrong Shopping Center, Utopia Map
        02-216-3700

        Serious gym popular with Asian gay visitors, especially Singaporeans. Not gay, be discreet.


Karaoke


Massage and Spas


Meeting Places


Restaurants and Cafes

      CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT -- Silom, Suriwong, Sathorn, Lumphini, Chinatown

click for our interactive map of the Central Business Disctrict

    • Bumbu Restaurant Café (Asian fusion)
        241/4 Sathon Tai Rd, Sathon Yannawa
        02-675-8360, email

        Gay-owned restaurant serving Singaporean, Malaysian and Indonesian fusion cuisine with a twist of Thai and western flavors. Try their Bakut Teh, Rojak, Chilli Crab Spaghetti, Chicken and Chinese Claypot Rice, Sesame Chicken Rice, Tom Yum Sapaghetti, and Salted Fish Spaghetti. Famous Indonesian deserts like Kueh Da Da and red bean pancake. Housed in a heritage Thai house with contemporary decoration. Convenient parking.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 15% DISCOUNT on food and beverages.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

      Eat Me Restaurant (modern international and regional) UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2014
        20m off Convent Rd (in Soi Pipat 2), Utopia Map, business card
        Reservations: 02-238-0931, email

        Romantic, modern interior complimented by fine art exhibitions. Inventive, superb cuisine, plus friendly service from owner Darren and staff. Menu changes monthly, with daily specials and choice deserts and cocktails. Handsome waiters and patrons (lots of stars and trendsetters). Rich music selection and occasional live jazz performances.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT on food and drink, 5% discount on cash purchase of artworks from the gallery (except charity exhibitions).
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Feelsogood Cafe UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2015
        Tang Hua Pug Bld, 69/5 Sathorn Soi 10, Utopia Map
        02-531-0070, 086-531-0070, email

        Gay-owned cafe in the heart of Silom, located between Sathorn Soi 10 and Silom Soi 9. Walking distance to the W Hotel, Sathorn Square, Ascott Hotel and Chong Nonsi BTS. Quiet and friendly. Cold and hot drinks, cakes and daily sandwiches. They also deliver within the Silom area. Online ordering available.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 15% DISCOUNT.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • G's Bangkok Restaurant (German) UTOPIA VERIFIED SEP 2012
        Patpong Soi 2 (next to Foodland), Utopia Map
        081-170-9187, email

        Friendly, gay-owned German restaurant in the heart of the Patpong nightlife area. German dishes include homemade lentil soup, German sausages, original schintzel and much more. A variety of cordially sorted German beers and international wines to compliment your dining experience.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT and FREE COFFEE after dinner.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Mango Tree (Thai)
        37 Soi Tantawan (turn left off Surawong Rd, just past Tarntawan Place Hotel), Utopia Map
        02-236-2820

        Tasty urban Thai cuisine in a beautiful, old house. Close to Patpong and a great place for first-time visitors.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • O..Ho...Restaurant (Thai and western)
        2/8 Soi Sri Bumphen
        02-286-5292, email

        Located just around the corner from the Malaysia Hotel, 25m down Soi Sri Bumphen. Gay owned and operated, fully licensed restaurant with a la carte menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Air conditioned. Soft background music with mood lighting. Prices are very reasonable with most dishes B$40-220. Open daily 9am until midnight.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 15% DISCOUNT on total evening dinner bills.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Silom Society (coffee, Thai and western) UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2014
        12/3 Silom Rd, Suriyawong, Utopia Map
        02-235-9784, (near Silom Soi 2, between UOB Bank and Burger King), email

        Convenient location in the heart of Silom's popular nightlife and shopping, just next to the Saladaeng BTS Station and the gay-famous Silom Soi 2. 1/F and 2/F are a coffee shop and restaurant; 3/F is a lounge bar with events and parties on a regular basis. They welcome all people with different sexual orientations to relax and chill-out.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT on food and drinks.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Starbucks (coffee and snacks)

    • Sukhothai Hotel (Sunday brunch buffet)


      SUKHUMVIT -- Sukhumvit, Thonglor, Ekkamai

click for our interactive map of the Sukhumvit area

    • Bonjour French Restaurant (fine dining) UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2011

    • Khingklao (Northern Thai cuisine)
        61/1 Sukhumvit 22, Utopia Map
        02-259-5623

        This Lanna style restaurant is a cool oasis in the bustling city -- filled with charming Thai crafts, handsome staff, and an award-winning menu with such hard-to-find specialties as tom yum huablee (banana flower soup), nor oo-a (stuffed bamboo shoot), and khao soy (soft and crispy noodles in a coconut cream broth).
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Vega (mixed)
        Sukhumvit 39, Utopia Map
        02-258-8273, 02-662-6471

        A place owned by a group of dees and toms. It's a kind of casual, trendy pub and restaurant. There are usually several tables of lesbians in groups. At night they have live bands and late at night people just get up and dance. Upstairs they have a karaoke room, also.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

      OTHER AREAS

    • Kalong Home Kitchen (seafood and Thai food)
        Take Sri Ayuttaya Rd all the way to the river, Utopia Map

        Inexpensive and homey, with attentive service by matronly ladyboys. Popular with gays. Don't miss some of the best examples of Thai specialties served here including yam huablee (banana flower salad), kai pahd medmamuang (fried chicken with dried peppers and cashew nuts), yam tuaploo (crunchy wing bean salad), yam pladookfoo (crispy catfish with sour green mango), and fresh shrimps and fish prepared in a variety of tasty ways. Metro Magazine High Fives Award for their seafood.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Sala Rim Naam (Royal Thai cuisine)
        Oriental Hotel, Utopia Map
        Reservations: 02-437-6211, 02-437-3080

        Take the hotel shuttle boat from their private pier inside the Oriemtal (you must be well-dressed to enter the hotel). Superb river-side experience at the world's top hotel. The lunch buffet is cheaper than the evening dinner show and you'll be able to sit by the windows for a gorgeous view of the river.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Teatro Italian Restaurant, Wine Bar & Beer Garden UTOPIA VERIFIED NOV 2011
        Srinakarin Soi 24 or On Nut Soi 39, Utopia Map
        089-214-0183, email

        Gay and lesbian-friendly. Pizzas, soups, salads, pastas, imported grilled meat, wine, local and imported beer. Sit inside in the aircon room surrounded by antique Italian furniture or outside in their cozy beer garden. Open daily from 11:30am-late.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT.
        Add your review, comment, or correction


Saunas


Shops and Salons

      CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT -- Silom, Suriwong, Sathorn, Lumphini, Chinatown

    • Cutey and Beauty UTOPIA VERIFIED AUG 2015
        3/F Thaniya Plaza, Silom, Utopia Map
        02-231-2315, email

        Bangkok's premier gay salon, conveniently located on the 3rd floor of Thaniya Plaza, on Soi Thaniya, just a minute walk from the Saladaeng Sky Train Station. Charming, well-trained staff specialize in treatments ranging from cut and color to foot and facial masseurs who are ready to help you recuperate from jet lag, or get you looking your best for your night on the town. They even have henna tattooing!
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% discount on regularly priced services.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • Diabshop

    • Domon

    • Eros
        3/F Thaniya Plaza, Soi Thaniya, Silom, Utopia Map
        02-231-2015

        Erotic crafts of Thailand including carvings, paintings and ceramics. Quite a lot of same-sex depictions sprinkled amidst the imaginative and often humorous couplings of humans and creatures.
        Add your review, comment, or correction

    • The Legend

      OTHER AREAS

    • Savile Row UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2015
        Sukhumvit Soi 22, shophouse 62
        02-663-8817, email

        Gay-friendly tailor shop. They have been catering for the international gay community for over 22 years. Reasonable prices on a wide range of quality fabric to choose from. Have your custom tailoring done in 24 hours. Their specialty is fitting large to extra large men. To copy your favorite size or style, just bring it with you. Ask for Aron, the director.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 15% DISCOUNT.
        Add your review, comment, or correction



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