The Phuket gay scene.
Explore LGBT life in Phuket
Given its reputation for their beaches, most LGBT travelers go to Phuket while visiting Thailand. Relax at beautiful beaches and the mountainous terrain. Enjoy the beach lifestyle and a vibrant nightlife with plenty of restaurants and entertainment.
Since the hookup world is changing utilizing social apps, like Grindr and Gayromeo will be important if youʼre looking to maximize your interactions with locals and other tourists. If you plan to visit during large festivals like Christmas, New Year, Songkran, Vegetarian festival and Gay Pride be sure to book your room well in advance.
With 35 beaches and over 39 islands surrounding Phuket you will have plenty to explore.
With accommodations and attractions for every type of LGBT traveler and on every budget, Phuket will not disappoint. When in Phuket, LGBT travelers from all over converge with one goal of having a great time and enjoying the Thai way of life.
See you soon, we are waiting for you.
With a thin line separating the beach life from gay life, youʼll find LGBT locals and visitors all over the island having fun. Patong has the only gathering of gay bars in Thailand South of Bangkok. Come sunset, you can feel the energy as people prepare to head out. Around midnight the social scene gets started. The most popular bars are Yes, Zag Club, and Boat Bar (review) which has been a hot spot for over 20 years.
The most popular gay bar in Phuket, Boat Bar (boatbar.com) is where youʼll find locals and visitors socializing and dancing. With the club picking up around well after midnight, there are plenty of smaller bars and restaurants to explore before hitting up Boat Bar. If you show up before the the 2nd performance starts at 2AM, youʼll get in before the crowds start packing in.
Home to many of Phuketʼs gay guesthouses and restaurants, many are gay owned or very gay friendly. Here you can walk around, explore the restaurants and nightlife, all in one place. The epicenter of gay nightlife, with close to 30 venues listed in Paradise Complex alone, if youʼre not sure where to start just stop over at the Paradise Complex.
There are (straight) touristic show like Simon Cabaret, Phuket Fantasea, Siam Niramit, Aphrodite Cabaret and Simon Star show. Shows that more targets the gay market are all found in Paradise Complex with names like Tangmo club, Yes, and Passport.
After Hours (when everything else is closed) Sanook club and Sofa Pub are in a different area of Patong, but still open when everything else is closed and these two hangouts are popular with the late night gay crowd in Phuket.
Phuket has hotels in all different price levels. Most of the hotels are gay friendly, but most of them charge a joiner fee if you bring a friend over night. If you stay in Gay place you will be surrounded by other guests from our LGBT community, probably also gay staff, management and owner. If you want to stay in the middle of the gay area of Paradise Complex you have plenty of choices, but you might not get much sleep. Patong can be quite noisy until the early morning, but for the party animal this is the perfect choice if youʼre looking to experience Phuketʼs nightlife.
Click the name of hotel for their reservation website:
Paradise Complex: Rendezvous, Connect, Aquarius, Sundowner, Fong Kaew, Adonis
Patong: Apsara, Club one seven, The Nap, Baan Phil, La Flora
Phuket: Phuket Gay Homestay, CCʼs hidayway
There are two gay saunas in Phuket. Aquarius is located in Paradise Complex in Patong and caters mainly to tourists. The other, Tara sauna is in Phuket town and serves mainly a local and expat non comercial crowd. Be aware that a majority of the visitors at Tara are not "out" and vill only visit the sauna after its dark.
This is Thailand so you can find a “massage” with and without happy ending (thatʼs how the locals describe it). A really good massage with a male masseur can be difficult to find but here are some advice. C&N massage, Blue Dolphin and Aquarius.
Many other food experiences are to be found in Phuket. Some restaurants tend to be more popular with the LGBT community. In Paradise Complex there are Sundowners, and Newspaper restaurant. A bit outside Patong you find Limʼs and Royale Namtok. In Phuket town, make sure to check out Kra Jok See, were you might end up dancing on the table.
Gay outdoor - Your Sunday dinner with swim
The only outdoor gay gathering is the weekly BBQ dinner buffet and swim party organized by Phuket Gay Homestay. Its a very popular “men only” event on Sundays from 5 PM to 10 PM. Itʼs a great way to start a Sunday night with food, drinks, new Friends and you can continue to party in Paradise complex where everything starts around 11PM. Every week since 2012. If you find Paradise to commercial and noisy you will be pleasantly surprised here with a mix of locals, expats and tourists in all different ages and sizes. The entrance includes food and drinks.
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Being broken down into three districts, youʼll find plenty of attractions throughout Phuket. Whether youʼre in the Phuket, Kathu, or Thalang District, youʼll always be an arms reach away from a beautiful beach, great restaurant, and a bartender ready to pour you a drink. The most popular district being Kathu, on the Central West side of the Island, youʼll find Patong located in this district and it will be one of the busiest areas on the island.
With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Phuket offers every kind of atmosphere whether youʼre looking to find a beach to relax on or socialize with other tourists. Patong and Karon Beach are going to be the busier beaches, located near plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. Patong Beach, Nai Harn, and Laem Sing are more popular among LGBT visitors. Surin Beach has a popular beach club for a sunset drink. If youʼre looking to relax, head out to Kamala Beach where you will find this to be relaxing even in the high season.
Karon View Point: If youʼre looking to take in breathtaking views of the island, head to Karon View Point which overlooks three of the main beaches. If you donʼt have much time in Phuket, or it happens to be raining, head up to the point where they have a gazebo you can stand under and enjoy the views.
Phromtep Cape: at the south end. You can walk upstairs in the lighthouse to hve the best view.
Khaokad hill: The best view on the Island, a bit difficult to find but an amazing view from Chalong Bay up to Phuket town.
Rang Hill: In the center of Phuket town. Several restaurants.
Big Budda: is visiable over half the Island. You find the entrance road close to chaling temple. Its a steeep ride up.
Wat Chalong Temple:
The most significant temple in Phuket, Wat Chalong is one of twenty five Buddhist temples on the island. Known for the monk that lead the village people to the temple to
protect it from the Chinese revolt, this monk has a life-size wax replica of him where people come to pay their respects and pray. Consisting of several temples on the grounds, the main temple holds a fragment of a bone of buddha. With ornate drawings depicting the previous lives of Buddha, gold statues where you can lay a piece of gold foil, and numerous statues of buddha, this is one of the most beautiful temples you will see in Thailand. Youʼll also want to bring a few bahts for a donation to light incense and set off firecrackers to wish bad luck away. With an extensive shopping market at the back of the temple, you can also pick up some amazing Thai souvenirs.
The name of the first road of Phuket Town, this street has become popular for its historical buildings and “Shino-Portuguese” architecture. Still an epicenter for shopping, tourists walk through this area to admire the buildings bright colors and explore the areas shops.
There are plenty of day tours to beautiful paradise islands, jungle safaris, city walks in old Phuket Town or you can even try the cooking school. At the moment, there are no exclusive gay tours but with a small group of friends you can easily charter a boat for your own tour.
The only outdoor gay gathering is the weekly BBQ buffet and swim party organized by Phuket Gay Homestay and Backstage Inn. Its a popular “men only” event on Saturdays from 5 PM to 10 PM. Itʼs a great way to start a Saturday night with food, drinks, new Friends and you can continue to party in Paradise complex where everything starts around 11PM.