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|Travel & Resources: PHUKET ISLAND
PHUKET -- area code (66-76)
Phuket's most popular resort town is Patong Beach, about 45 minutes drive southwest from the airport. This well-developed tourist resort caters to huge numbers of visitors from around the world, but seems to appeal especially to Europeans. There are only a half dozen hotels right on the beach, the rest spread back across the main beach road (the layout is very similar to Pattaya). Nearby Phuket Town is filled with Sino-Portuguese architectural treasures: beautiful old shophouses and mansions built by Phuket's wealthy merchants. Sun-splashed weather, fresh seafood feasts, and carefree nights bathed in an ocean breeze is the lifestyle enjoyed here.
Phuket's gay nightlife is mostly centered in the sprawling Paradise Complex, a couple of blocks back from the ocean on the second major road that parallels the beach. This rather ugly beehive of concrete shophouses has been colorfully colonized by Phuket's gay community and there are lots of bars, restaurants, guesthouses and shops here as well as the popular gay disco, Boat Bar.
Phuket's population is over 300,000 and growing (that's over 12,000 Utopians, not counting the tourists).
- Lesbian listings
- Men in Phuket message board
- Phuket Gay Scene Updates message board
- Travel in Phuket message board
- A helpful resource site: Gay Patong Beach.
Beocute Gay Phuket Travel & Transport Services
160/32 Soi Nanai Roamjai, Phangmuangsai Kor Rd, Patong Sub-Dist, Kathu, 084-244-5588, FAX 076-510-469, email. Gay-owned service to the main monuments, beaches of Phuket Island, gay venues (bars, restaurants, night club, saunas), elephant riding, rafting, canoe fun and transportation for your holiday activites.
8 Sakdidat Rd, 8 Moo, 081-367-7765, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly charter boats for fishing and fun, island trips or just cruising the Andaman Sea. Utopia Member Discount
Jabu Days Cruises
183/4 Moo 2, T. Maikhao, A. Thalang, 085-666-5504, email. Sailing is suddenly sexier with the launch of Jabuticaba, a beautiful, twin-mast yacht that sets new standards for sight-seeing around Phang Nga Bay. Enjoy beautiful scenery, gourmet food, happy cocktails, pristine beaches, dancing, and making new friends as you unwind with a flute of bubbly at sunset. You bring the good mood and some sun tan lotion, and they organize the rest. Jabu is equipped with all modern safety equipment and life-jackets. There are eight en-suite double bedded cabins. Experienced and friendly crew. Champagne Cruise (Mon-Sat), Sun Brunch Cruise, and private charters for all manner of events and get-aways. Gay and lesbian-friendly. Utopia Member Discount
Phuket Kittikorn Travel
135/1 Paradise Complex (behind Coffee Lovers), 076-342-096, email. They offer free tourist information along with full tour agency services. Air tickets, day trips, transfers, caberet tickets, international FAX and calls. Gay owned and staffed. Utopia Member Discount
Phuket Travel Company
Soi Banhan, 74/29 Nanai Rd, 076-345-326, FAX 076-345-327, email. Gay owned and operated travel agency specialising in travel arrangements in Phuket. Gay cruise every Sat to Khai Island. Special promotional rates at the gay Hiranyakira spa. A wide range of day tours and excursions including Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island, Phuket Fantasea, elephant trekking, adventure tours, Krabi, Koh Phanghan and much more. Utopia Member Discount
SBY Leisure Tour and Travel
133/15 Paradise Complex, Patong Beach, 076-344-831, FAX 076-344-826, email. Located in the heart of the gay entertainment precinct in Paradise Complex. A gay-owned and licensed travel agent in Patong on the Island of Phuket. They can service all your requirements for hotels, package tours and airfares. You can drop by their bar SBY SBY after your tour and tell them how everything went.
- Phuket FantaSea
Not gay, but lots of bare-chested Thai dancers (sit close) in an over-the-top pageant spectacular featuring an on-stage rain storm, bungee-jumping trapeze artists, a herd of 30 elephants, explosives and Thai dance mixed into an incomprehensible camp sampler, fittingly subtitled "Culture Illusion Show."
- Beach area in front of The Beach Resort Hotel and the Patong Beach Bungalows. Local gays and their admirers hang out there in the afternoon, playing volleyball in front of the Thai Marine Rescue Station.
- Suan Luang Park in Phuket Town. Local gays meet from 8pm-2am.
- Baan Yin Dee Restaurant & Grand Piano Bar
7/5 Muean Ngern Rd, Patong Beach Kathu, 076-294-104, 076-294-105, FAX 076-294-108, email. A chic fusion restaurant adjacent to the Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort. A warm, relaxed and stylish atmosphere, with a discreet ambience and outstanding service, offering a flavor fusion of East and West. Choose from an extensive gourmet menu, including delicious mouth-watering tenderloin steaks and peppered prawns, or traditional Thai cuisine, accompanied by fine wines, and relax to the romantic grand piano through the night. Do-it-yourself grill and Chef Pick of the Day. Also offering a fine selection of Cuban cigars. Breathtaking views of Patong Bay in the evening, it is a place not to be missed when you dine out in Phuket. Utopia Member Discount
- Bohemian Rap; Sawadee Art Café and Bar (Thai and western)
18-20 Takua Pa Rd, Phuket Town, 081-752-0275, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly art café and bar in Phuket Town showing local artists' work. Serving good Thai and Western food and drinks at very reasonable prices. Open noon-late. Utopia Member Discount
- C U Latte
143/18 Paradise Complex, 087-283-0939, email. Fresh ground coffee, specialist teas, fruit shakes, ice coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, Thai food, beer. Relaxed, no hassle. Gay-owned. Utopia Member Discount
- Drunken Monkey Restaurant & Bar (British)
21/6 Viset Rd, Rawai (see map on their website), 081-087-8742, email. Gay-owned and run restaurant offering a contemporary British menu including breakfasts and Sun roasts with Yorkshire pudding and gravy. Their motto: come as a stranger, leave as a friend.
- Kenya's (Thai and seafood)
Soi Permpong 3, just off Thaweewong Rd (Beach Road), about 50 meters from the beach, 076-345-783. Kenya's second restaurant (see Kenya's Sea Hag below) specializes in steaks, lobsters and fine continental cuisine.
- Kenya's Sea Hag (Thai and seafood)
Soi Permpong 3, just off Thaweewong Rd (Beach Road), about 50 meters from the beach, 076-345-783. The Patong Beach flagship for excellent cuisine brings. This classy, modern restaurant draws a strong gay following. The seafood is tops, and effervescent chef Kenya will fill you in on the latest happenings on the local scene.
- La Diva
204/44 45 Soi Ladiva Ratauthid 200 Year Rd, email.
- La Salsa (Latino)
Beach Rd, in front of Phuket Cabana Hotel, 076-340-138. Big, colorful cocktails in proper, chunky glasses, icy margaritas in endless tasty variations, and spicy snacks. Great place to sit and watch the parade of faces and bodies on the main drag.
- Lanna Thai Restaurant and Bar (Thai and international)
159/7 Nanai Rd (opposite Mae Ubul Market), 076-512-155, English: 087-282-5086, Thai: 081 268 4856, email. Restaurant and bar in this gay-owned guesthouse. Handsome gay staff. Outdoor terrace. Good choice of Thai and international food.
Lim's Restaurant & Bar (modern Thai)|
28 Phrabaramee Road Soi 7, 076-344-834, email. Phuket's first upscale gay-owned restaurant is also one of the most stylish restaurants on the island. A short drive from Patong Beach, in a lovely garden setting. Modern interior with art and photography on display and clever architectural segues that bring the garden into the interior. Daily set menu as well as a la carte dining. The food is a simple, urban take on popular Thai dishes with dashes of regional Asian flavor. The crowd is classy and you'll usually see movers from the local gay community. Closed Wed.
- Newspaper Restaurant (Thai and European)
Paradise Complex (opposite Tangmo Club). Live music from local singers. Ground floor open air or second floor Japanese style seating with air-con. Open all date and into the wee hours.
- Rim Suan (Thai and western food)
5/13-15 Aroonsom Square, Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Rd, 076-345-679. Located on the ground floor of the hotel, next to reception. A cozy place decorated in Thai style to blend in with the natural surroundings. It also has an outdoor garden dining area to its rear where you can relax under palm trees, and the stars.
- Siam Restaurant (Thai food)
135/8 Rat-U-Thit Rd, Paradise Complex. Gay-owned restaurant and coffee spot, with excellent cuisine. This popular hang-out is filled with charming antiques and Asian decor. Open late.
- Modern Model Studio
141/10 Ta-U-Thit Rd, Paradise Complex, 076-341-917. Gay-run beauty salon.
- Sak Collection
70/178 Rat-uthid Road, Patong Beach. Silverware, tableware, decor and artsy things for the home.
- Wiwat Haute Couture
70/90 Rat-uthid Rd, Patong, 076-341-958. Funky and colorful fashion, art and style from the imagination of designer Khun Wiwat. Visit his shop right in the heart of Patong's gay attractions.
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