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CHIANG MAI -- area code (66-53)
Chiang Mai is many people's favorite city in Thailand. Ancient, lush, and generally cooler than the rest of the country, it has seen the rise and fall of mighty and influential civilizations. Within the moat-bound Old City, you can still escape down cobbled lanes and wander through quiet temple courtyards, past old teakwood houses, and into bustling markets offering goods from the Golden Triangle. The Ping River is the lifeblood of a city whose charming rural atmosphere stubbornly clings on despite misguided stabs at development in the last decade. Chiang Mai is Thailand's laid back "LA" to Bangkok's New York City hustle.
The population is approaching 200,000 (that's about 8,000 Utopians). Chiang Mai has a relaxed bit of gay nightlife, mostly commercial in nature, with some popular saunas where locals and visitors can meet and socialize.
- Gays and lesbians celebrate their unions with traditional bai sri soo khuan ceremonies in Chiang Mai.
- CM LGBT Club
- Rainbow Sky Lanna
Email. Local chapter of Thailand's first officially registered gay association, a private non-profit organization, working for public interests especially for the homosexual, bisexual and transgender community.
Comments from Utopians:
"There are several Alcoholics Anonymous meetings available in Chiang Mai and Chiang Mai - Cha Cha Group is particularly gay friendly. It's held every day except Tue and Thu at 6pm in The Pavilion at beautiful Suan Baak Had park and has a great group of nice folks from all over the world. Come join us." -- Howard, Sep 28, 2014
Asian Plus Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED SEP 2012
61/7 Muangsart Rd, Nong Hoi, 089-191-5169, 053-802-169, email. Chiang Mai and Northern Thailand travel agent providing personal, gay-friendly tour guides and offering unique travel experiences of Thai culture, nature, sightseeing and night tours. All with a professional attitude and great service. Utopia Member Discount
Bird Tour Guide UTOPIAN VERIFIED SEP 2014
081-883-1297, FAX 053-904-771, email. A freelance tour guide in Chiang Mai and northern Thailand for more than 8 years. Bird is gay and loves to meet people from everywhere around the world. Bird's English-speaking professional gay guides will share their local knowledge and experiences with visitors. Strictly a professional service, so please remain respectful. Licensed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Chiang Mai Professional Guide Association.
Comments from Utopians:
"I would recommend Mr. Bird to anyone who wants to go to Chiang Mai. His warmth and knowledge are very good. And he was sincere in giving advise whenever I asked him. Never stopped giving us assurance if we need help we can always contact him." -- Steven, Sep 16, 2014
Bon Voyage Thailand
73/2 KampangDin 1, 080-121-1053, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly travel service offering sightseeing tours, trekking and excursions in and around Chiang Mai. They strive to make your Chiang Mai holiday the experience of a lifetime.
Chiang Mai Tour Guide UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2012
085-705-5530, email. Gay-owned, private, personalized guided tours. Cover the inner city and outer city of Chiang Mai as well as the northern region (Chiang Rai, Lamphun, etc.). Tourism school graduate. Utopia Member Discount
Cool Asia Travel UTOPIA VERIFIED FEB 2011
87 Sri Phum, Mueang, Utopia Map, 053-222-525, FAX 053-287-565, email. Gay-managed travel agency specializing in organizing personalized holidays. They provide all trips, transportation, and activities around Chiang Mai and Southeast Asia. Located in the old city, close to Changpuak Gate. Officially licensed (local, inbound and outbound).
Destination Chiang Mai UTOPIA VERIFIED MAY 2015
2 Srijundon Rd, Changklan, 053-275-046, FAX 053-275-046, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly tour operator offering package tours, day tours, treks and various activities in Chiang Mai province and Northern Thailand. As a fully registered tour operator they offer all the guarantees of quality and security for your holiday.
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Jade Northern Thai Tours
24/12 Patan Rd, 089-854-1621, 053-872-121, FAX 053-872-121, email. They will help to organize your stay and will accompany you in the city of Chiang Mai and a. Customize your stay from the time you arrive until the time you depart. Gay-friendly. Utopia Member Discount
Pui Car Rent UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 20130
199/45 Soi Chomjan, Moo 1, Chiangmai-Hangdong Rd, A. Muang, 085-652-7890, FAX 053-447-024, email. Gay-friendly car rent with English speaking driver. Honda Odyssey. Reasonable rates. Utopia Member Discount
48 Soi 3 Thapae Rd, 053 206960, FAX 053 206960, email. Chiang Mai and northern Thailand tour operator. They are gay friendly and have gay tour guides available on request. Full travel agent services provided. Utopia Member Discount
Click here for Chiang Mai hotels and accommodations.
Antique House (Northern Thai specialties)
71 Thanon Charoenprathet (next to the Diamond Hotel) 053-276-810. Open-air seating in a century-old teak mansion or in the lovely gardens. Local cuisine at moderate prices.
Baiporn Restaurant (Thai and Italian)
Soi 9 Moon Muang Rd, 081-882-7466, email. Gay-owned restaurant with an emphasis on quality Italian wine and cuisine, fresh coffee and juices. An excellent vegetarian selection and welcome ambience.
Compass Restaurant (western food) UTOPIA VERIFIED JAN 2014
Charoen Prathet Rd (four doors up on the left from the intersection leading to the Iron Bridge), Central Chiang Mai, 090-832-4613 (English), 080-497-9398 (Thai), email. Located in a parking area off Huay Keow Rd, halfway
between Kad Suan Keow Shopping Mall and Amari Rincome Hotel, opposite Hill Side 4 Condo. Gay-owned restaurant offers comfort food with a smile. Menu ranges from favourites like half roast chicken, juicy hamburger, pasta, vegetarian dishes, cabbage rolls, beef goulash, Thai food, and some of the best salads and desserts you'll find in town. Reasonable prices and high value. They have a full bar and a large weather-protected garden as well as an aircon interior. Lunch 11:30-2:30pm. Dinner 6-10pm. Utopia Member Discount
The Gallery (Thai food)
25-27 Charoenrat Rd (avenue running along the east side of the river), 053-248-601, 053-248-602. Lovely open-air dining along the Ping River. Gallery at the entrance offers a wide selection of unique arts and crafts (and some same-sex images, look carefully).
Hong Tauw Inn (Thai food)
95/17-18 Nantawan Arcade, Nimanhaemin Rd, 053-218-333. Opposite the Amari Rincome Hotel and located in a wonder shopping area with some of Chiang Mai's most contemporary boutiques (see Gong Dee Gallery below). This restaurant is known for "good Thai taste" according to locals, and indeed their pahd thai noodles are perfectly yummy.
- Huen Phen (northern Thai cuisine) UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
112 Rachamankha Rd. In an old building in the middle of town. Elegant Northern style food. Inexpensive.
352/22 Thanon Jaroen-rat, (drive north along Thanon Charoenrat on the east side of the river, the road becomes Jaroen-rat), 053-243-519, 053-306-076. Don't miss lunch here! They are masters of the Northern Thai specialty, khaosoy, a non-spicy, curry dish of soft and crispy noodles with the meat of your choice. Side dishes include sticks of marinated satay and coconut waffles. Unbelievably cheap.
Mokador Café Bar
3/11 Samlan Rd, Utopia Map, 053-814-806, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly space to meet up, where you can enjoy a cup of great quality coffee complemented by yummy food from the west and east. Utopia Member Discount
The Pub Chiang Mai
189 Huay Kaew Rd, 053-211-550, email. An 'olde worlde' English pub in the true tradition and also gay friendly. Great selection of food and drinks including Roast Dinners on Sun. There is also an outside area where you can sit and enjoy the tranquility of a tropical garden. They also have bungalows for those wishing to linger a while.
26 Huay Kaew Rd, 053-215-010. Located opposite the Shell Service Station in Huay Kaew Rd. Gay-owned, upscale restaurant serving quality homey food at very reasonable prices. A great place to relax and feel at home in a nice atmosphere.
Tamarind Village (Thai) UTOPIAN VERIFIED JAN 2013
50/1 Rajdamnoen Rd. Very good food in a beautiful setting. They have a top ten signature dishes menu including delicious nam prik pla and duck larb.
Tha-Nam Thai cuisine)
43/3 Thanon Changklan (just south of the Mengrai Bridge). Lovely Lanna-style riverside dining with traditional music. Always busy with local Thai. They also maintain a guesthouse.
- Art On
150 Charoenraj Rd (the charming lane that runs along the east side of the Ping River). New location for this small shop, north Wat Gate on the grounds of the beautiful Baan Orapin heritage guesthouse. Featuring good quality, handmade ceramics by Chiang Mai artists. Nearby on this stretch of road, north and south of Wat Gate, are many other upscale arts and crafts shops in beautiful, teakwood heritage buildings.
- Classic Lanna Thai
2/F Night Bazaar, Thanon Changklan. Traditional silks and antique fabrics made into modern designs. If you find a piece of fabric that you like they'll create a custom design for you.
- DNK International Co Ltd
106 Moo 4 T. Ban Wan, Hang Dong, 053-441-357, 053-433-377, email. Interior design, manufacturer and worldwide exporter of furniture and home decorative items. Huge selection. Working for/with world famous designers in Europe and America. Gay-owned. Utopia Member Discount
- Gong Dee Gallery
10/12 Nimanhaemin Rd Soi 1, 053-225-032, email. In the middle of a great colony of upscale contemporary arts, crafts and apparel boutiques. Large and beautifully appointed shop and gallery with a lovely café to boot. Fine art by local painters and gorgeous house ware, Thai greeting cards, and objet. Occasional musical recitals on the in-store piano!
- Hip Hair
5/2 Phrasing Rd, 089-559-9565, email. Located in a charming lane between the side of Wat Pra Sing Temple and Oasis Spa. Gay-owned hair salon offering a full range of services for men and women including cuts and styling. Khun Mon is an award winning Thai hair professional. Utopia Member Discount
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