Bangkok’s reputation as a gay-friendly destination goes beyond the smattering of gay-friendly clubs and bars in the city. With the number of gays traveling to Bangkok being on the rise, it has led to the presence of a lot of gay friendly hotels in Bangkok. For gay travelers on a budget, there are many gay hostels in Bangkok as well.
Bangkok celebrates its freedom and diversity in the form of a host of gay-friendly events. In fact, Bangkok’s very first Pride Festival took place way back in 1999. The city also hosts Asia’s biggest gay New Year Festival – the Gay New Years White Party. Bangkok also celebrates the three-day gay gCircuit party, one of Asia’s biggest and wildest, alongside the national Songkran festival in April.
Going a step beyond that is the gay nightlife in Bangkok, which is something of a decadent delight hub in Southeast Asia! The capital city of Thailand has some of the best saunas, clubs, bars, and the most inventive go-go boy shows. In fact, you can party the entire week in Bangkok’s gay clubs and still have new places left to go to! Silom is widely considered the main area for gay nightlife in Bangkok. For the more adventurous, Patpong is home to the ‘naughtier’ gay life in the city. Before you go off to explore on your own, we recommend that you get a taste of Bangkok’s vibrant nightlife with this amazing 5-hour fun gay night out.
So, if you’re gay and traveling to Bangkok, you have a plethora of choices when it comes to options for staying in Bangkok. Here are the top 11 gay friendly hotels in Bangkok.
Bangkok’s sole exclusively gay hotel Babylon is a slice of gay paradise and a gay mecca to the very last brick. The hotel is known for its fabulous spa facilities, aptly named one of the ‘most beautiful saunas in the world’, and is a favorite with gay locals and travelers both. The Babylon spa houses a communal jacuzzi, steam rooms, and dry saunas, and is a swimming pool for unwinding. The communal space of the hotel is a great way to relax as well as meet fellow gays. The charming hotel features affordable and spacious modern rooms, gorgeous gardens and some classy and pleasing decor – think muscled statues!
The best of Bangkok’s gay nightlife isn’t far away from Babylon Hotel. A 10-minute walk brings you to Lumphini MRT station, and a 10-minute ride gets you to Silom, the heart of Bangkok’s gay nightlife. The popular local haunt of Stranger Bar is a great place to meet young LGBT locals, and is famous for its drag queen shows too. For some karaoke fun, the 50s-Hollywood-themed Balcony Bar is the best.
Silom Space Hostel
Right between the amazing gay bars of White Rabbit and DJ Station sits the Silom Space Hostel, a fantastic gay hostel in Bangkok. Silom Space has an unbeatable location – the gay scene of Bangkok begins right next door and continues all the way down the street. In fact, the gay bar Disco Disco is right in the very building that Silom Space Hostel is located in! If you’re looking to indulge in some erotic massages, the fabulous Arena Massage and Spa is a 10-minute walk away and is a great place to meet other gays.
Gays traveling to Bangkok to stay at Silom Space Hostel can choose to bunk or get private rooms, while the shared kitchenette and cozy lounge make it great to meet fellow gay travelers. For those inclined towards exploring Bangkok, take this interesting night tour of some of Bangkok’s best and hidden sights, the pickup for which is just 10 minutes away.
Pullman Bangkok Hotel G
The sophisticated and cool Pullman Bangkok is one of the best gay friendly hotels in Bangkok. The hotel is located right in the middle of Bangkok’s gay action and nightlife on Silom Road. Modern rooms are done up in all-white at the Pullman and feature fantastic views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Gay couples traveling to Bangkok will love the treatments at Pullman’s indulgent spa and enjoy a swim with their partners in the outdoor pool with incredible views of the city.
If you can walk in a straight line at the end of the night, some of the city’s best gay venues for entertainment are right down the street from the Pullman. For party animals, we recommend Bangkok’s biggest, most notorious gay club – the three-level DJ Station is a 10-minute walk. The smaller but all-time favorite gay bars of Balcony Bar and Telephone are a 10-minute walk as well. If you have a hankering for food after a night of drinking and partying, fret not. The Pullman houses Bangkok’s only 24-hour burger restaurant, one of its best, the 25 Degrees Burger, Wine, and Liquor Bar!
Once Again Hostel
One of the best gay hostels in Bangkok for the culturally inclined LGBTQ population is Once Again Hostel. The gay friendly hostel is just a 20-minute walk from the stunning Wat Pho complex and the imposing Grand Palace, as well as the Chao Phraya River. The Grand Palace complex is also home to the exquisite Wat Phra Kaew, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, one of the world’s most extraordinary temples. We recommend this fantastic 7-hour highlights tour for exploring the best cultural attractions that Bangkok has to offer.
Once Again might be located in the heart of Old Bangkok, but it isn’t far from the gay scene and nightlife at Silom. A 10-minute walk to Sam Yot MRT station and a 20-minute ride to Silom MRT brings gay travelers to Silom’s gay nightlife. Start from DJ Station, Disco Disco, and White Rabbit, which are right next to Silom MRT station, before proceeding to other amazing gay cruising bars down the road.
The gay friendly Once Again Hostel itself is a beautiful blend of gorgeousness and cool. Unwind in privacy in the dorm rooms with huge beds with curtains. Meet fellow gay travelers as well as LGBTQ locals at the gay-friendly rooftop bar-deck. The hostel is close enough to backpacker-central Khaosan Road, but far enough to avoid all the hustle-bustle.
So Sofitel Bangkok
One of the best gay friendly hotels in Bangkok known for its excellent hotel experience is the very, very gay SO Sofitel. The hotel has been host to the famous gay parties of Sundance Asia and gCircuit. The So Sofitel is also known to host a rooftop pool party every month, which is a favorite with LGBT locals. The hotel also happens to be a stone’s throw from Silom, which always has gay parties going on every day late into the night. 10 minutes from the hotel is Bangkok’s hottest club DJ Station. Right next to DJ Station is Disco Disco for gays who love to put on their dancing shoes. Just one block down, there are a host of gay adult entertainment clubs including the Boys Bangkok and the Fresh Boys Bar.
The 30-floor So Sofitel itself is a stunning place to stay. The design of the rooms is inspired by the natural world’s five elements – water, fire, metal, wood, and earth. The highlight of the hotel is the stunning forest-themed SoSPA, where indulgent treatments with your partner are a fantastically romantic way to end the day.
So Sofitel’s location right next to Lumphini MRT station makes Bangkok’s famed Chinatown, one of the world’s best Chinatowns, just a 15-minute ride away. Explore its street-side restaurants and stalls, quaint shophouses, and delectable Thai-Chinese food!
Imagine living in a gay hostel in Bangkok that is also home to one of the best gay saunas in the city! Noted for having one of the best gay saunas in Bangkok, Chakran now also has affordable standard, deluxe, and ensuite rooms for rent.
The sauna services at Chakran are exceptional. If you’re looking to have some fun and meet new people, try Chakran’s rooftop onsen (Japanese hot spring), the first men-only onsen in Bangkok. The crowd is mostly young Thai and Asians and few Westerners as well. If you’re interested in getting some steamy massage services, you can expect to be massaged by handsome masseurs from the V Club nearby. The sauna also hosts naked nights and foam parties – and they are not to be missed!
Chakran might be a bit away from the gay scene at Silom, but a 10-minute train and subsequent 15-minute metro ride later, you’re at Silom and its exceptional gay bars.
A five-minute walk from Patpong Museum and Night Market lies the slick highrise hotel of Amara Bangkok. The rooms of this four-star hotel are the epitome of luxury, with comfy beds and jaw-dropping views of Bangkok’s skyline. We recommend this gay friendly hotel particularly for Instagrammers who will love the outdoor infinity pool – which is great for a romantic swim with your partner as well. Amara’s location close to Patpong is why we recommend this 1-hour guided tour of the Patpong Museum, the city’s only red light district museum.
Amara’s location close to the gay nightlife of Silom Road makes it a great place to stay for gays traveling to Bangkok. A block away from Amara lies the Tawan Bar, one of Bangkok’s original gay bars which has been around since the 80s. For those into big, muscular Asian bears in leather, Tawan is the place to go to. The Stranger Bar, Balcony Bar, and Telephone are also just two blocks away.
The Tawana Bangkok
A longtime favorite hotel with gays traveling to Bangkok is the Tawana, just three minutes away from Bangkok’s gay district. The gay scene of Bangkok begins right across from the hotel in the form of the Tawan “Asian bears” Bar. For a variety of adult entertainment, the Boys Bangkok and the Fresh Boys Bar is three blocks away. Further down lie a slew of Bangkok’s very best gay cruising bars including The Stranger, Telephone, White Rabbit, and more. Even the gay sauna of Sauna Mania is just a 10-minute walk from the hotel. If you and your partner wish to see specific shows and places, we’d recommend that you take this private gay tour personalized according to your tastes. The pickup for this tour is the extremely popular restaurant G’s, just five minutes from Tawana.
Apart from cozy yet spacious rooms, the Tawana is also known for its sun-kissed outdoor pool in a lush garden which is perfect for sunbathing with your partner. We recommend indulging in the traditional Thai massages with your partner in the comfort of your room for a relaxing afternoon.
The Yard Hostel
A stone’s throw away from the Ari BTS train station lies the fabulous and cute Yard Hostel. The sustainable eco-hostel is literally like a green oasis in the middle of hedonistic hustle that is Bangkok. While the rooms might be minimalistic, the hostel boasts of gorgeous communal spaces. The Yard has a beautiful, sun-kissed garden perfect for lounging around and meeting LGBTQ people including locals and travelers.
A stone’s throw from the Yard Hostel is the fabulous Chakran sauna, complete with its male-only rooftop onsen and private darkrooms. The 39 Underground sauna which is a 20-minute train ride away is also a great place to meet new gay people. A short train and metro ride from Ari BTS station will bring gay travelers to Silom’s gay nightlife scene and gay bars such as White Rabbit, DJ Station, The Stranger, and more.
A perennially favorite gay friendly hotel in Bangkok is the W Bangkok, which is perfect for gay singles and couples looking for luxury. The most gay friendly aspect about the W is the social hotspot cocktail bar Woobar. The gay bar hosts a monthly gay night known as “Wooboys”, which is all about freely-flowing alcohol and lots of party boys. A 24-hour outdoor pool deck is perfect for sunbathing and enjoying a swim with your partner. The rooms with rich colors and metallic textures are as luxurious as they are soothing.
The Chong Nonsi BTS Station is right outside the hotel, and only one stop away lies Silom’s fabulous gay bars such as the Tawan Bar, White Rabbit, Fresh Boys Bar, the Stranger, and more.
The W Bangkok’s location close to the Sathorn pier on the Chao Praya River makes it easier for guests here to explore Bangkok’s attractions by water and avoid road traffic. Get this useful hop-on-hop-off boat pass for cruising along the Chao Phraya River with spectacular water views of Bangkok. This activity also happens to be one of the top activities to do in Bangkok.
If you’re gay and looking to have fun and hook up while visiting Bangkok, the extremely gay friendly hotel Urbana Sathorn is the perfect place to stay. The chic five-star hotel accommodates guests bringing people back to the room, as long as things aren’t loud. You could even have breakfast the morning after and enjoy a soak in its world-class sauna before bidding goodbye.
The rooms are modern, spacious and feature bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms, and even kitchens. Enjoy a swim and meet new people at the large rooftop pool. You can simply walk down 15 minutes to the gay bars at Soi 2 and 4 in Silom in the evening. If adult entertainment is what you’re looking for, head to Fresh Boys Bar. The Moonlight Bar a few streets away is probably the best go-go bar in Bangkok. Danceaholic gays will love Disco Disco and DJ Station, while White Rabbit is great to meet new people and relax.
Just So You Know:
- Thailand legalized homosexual activity way back in 1956. In fact, the Thai constitution specifically protects sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Thai law doesn’t currently recognize same-sex domestic partnerships, civil unions, or marriages. However, there is a lot of public tolerance and acceptance towards Thai same-sex couples. This is even more so in urban areas, especially in Bangkok.
- Thailand is one of the most friendly countries for trans people in the world. Currently, more than a million transwomen reside in Thailand. Also, Bangkok happens to be the main center for the LGBTQ community in Thailand.
- Thailand has one of Asia’s largest and loudest gay villas – which is none other than Silom! It also happens to be the country’s liveliest gay village.
- Thai LGBT people can serve openly in the military.
Get Some Culture in Bangkok:
- Gay nightlife as a local: Explore the famous red-light district of Bangkok like a local. Take a late-night walk in the Silom gay district, explore gay bars and watch drag queen and karaoke performances. You’ll also get to meet LGBT people such as participants of reality shows such as Drag Race Thailand.
- Bangkok White Party: 15,000+ sexy men from the world over congregate in this amazing city to celebrate endings and beginnings in a wild, wild party!
Best Gay Bars / Clubs in Bangkok:
- DJ Station: One of Bangkok’s busiest and most popular gay nightclubs at the far end of Silom Soi 2. Lip-syncing divas begin the act before shirtless male dancers take the stage in this fantastic three-story dance club.
- Tawan Bar: Since the 80s, Tawan Bar has been popular for big Asian bears clad in leather. The bar is famous for a great selection of male dancers and hosts, as well as its drag comedy.
- White Rabbit: This chilled-out gay friendly restaurant and bar is the perfect place to meet new people. You could maybe even bring your date here!
- Disco Disco: Did someone say dance? The gay friendly Disco Disco plays international pop favorites, disco anthems, and classic dance hits all evening and all night.
- The Stranger Bar: The NY-styled bay bar of The Stranger is known for fun drag shows, great cocktails, and generally a good time for the LGBTQ public.
- Telephone Bar: If you’re gay and into karaoke, the Telephone Bar is perfect. It’s a great place for pre-drinking before you head out to the rest of Silom’s gay nightlife.
Best Gay Saunas in Bangkok:
- Chakran sauna: One of Bangkok’s best saunas and also the city’s very first, only-male rooftop onsen. The sauna is one of Bangkok’s most popular gay hangouts and has a sauna, gym, and a lounge.
- Babylon: The gay sauna at Babylon, one of the best gay friendly hotels in Bangkok, is famously known as one of the best saunas in the world. It’s also a great place to meet fellow gay guests, travelers, and locals. The sauna has a communal Jacuzzi, steam rooms, dry saunas, and even a swimming pool.