Koh Samui is located next to the National Marine Park in the southern Gulf of Thailand, an ideal place to chill out and experience the tropical island dream. Samui is growing in popularity as a holiday destination for gay and lesbian travelers who come from all over the world to dive, golf, shop, dine, party, splash in waterfalls, trek, ride elephants, drive from beach to beach or melt their cares away in exotic spas. Biking around the island on an easy-going day trip will bring you to small villages, Thai and Chinese temples, old Chinese heritage architecture, lush coconut groves and laid-back seaside restaurants on beaches you can nearly call your own.
Samui can be reached by frequent daily Bangkok Airways flights from Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi a daily flight from Singapore and direct Samui/Hong Kong, Samui/Kuala Lumpur flights three times a week. You can take a train, bus or drive from Bangkok or Phuket to Don Sak or Khanom which offer hourly ferry services to Nathon, the administrative capital of Samui.
Samui gay life is a relaxing, quieter contrast to the exuberant gay life of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. Bars and clubs are more laid back and friendly. The local gay community is easy to encounter at gay and mixed venues or as you enjoy the island's many leisure offerings. Samui men and women tend to be more down to earth and tend not to be as flashy as those in the larger gay destinations. Many tourists who may have gone to Phuket have opted for Samui while a large number of gay Thai men and women have moved to Samui to work.
Gay-Samui.com is your gateway to gay Koh Samui. This Internet portal is a cooperative venture between gay businesses on the island. They give you a fast and easy overview about the local gay scene. Each of their members gives details of their business and, with only one mouse click, you can directly check their Internet site and get essential information to accent your visit to gay Koh Samui.
Tropical Garden Lounge Hotel & Resort is a peaceful, gay-owned bungalow resort in a tranquil, tropical garden setting just 700m from the beautiful Mae Nam Beach beach. Their resort sports a beautiful swimming pool with bar, restaurant and 35 well-equipped bungalows with air-con or fan, minibar, satellite TV, shower and sitting lounge. There is parking for a car or motorbike right in front of each bungalow. Their restaurant serves up a delicious menu of Thai and western favorites. Look forward to being pampered with true Swiss hospitality during your island get-away.
Where day is for relaxing and night is for celebrating, W Retreat - Koh Samui is an island within an island and a haven from the everyday. Explore new levels of refreshment at AWAY spa, and enjoy insider access to worlds of culinary Wow at our two signature restaurants; The Kitchen Table and Namu. Then wink your way across Samui's most scenic playground - WOOBAR - where W lights up the night with peerless mixology, live DJs and signature W Happenings celebrating our passion for fashion and design.
For more information on the gay scene in Samui, please visit Utopia's Samui listings.