Gay Bangkok will be an incredible experience for whoever wants it to be. There is literally something for everyone and Bangkok is safe, open, and accepting. Whether you are from San Francisco or Vatican City you can come to Thailand, be yourself, and get immersed in one of the worlds most amazing cultures. There is plenty to do and see other than the inside of gay venues so be so to get out and explore.
Nightlife in Bangkok is a blast. There are gay bars peppered in neighborhoods throughout the city but considering distance and traffic make it a one stop shop. Head down to Silom Soi 4 or Silom Soi 2 Silom is the name of the main avenue, Soi is the word for side street or alley. Soi 4 has your basic Bangkok gay bars with some great drag shows, themed events, and cheap drinks.
There is outdoor seating to sit and chill while tourists walk the street. Soi 2 has DJ Station which is the larger dance club in the area and a few smaller bars. For DJ Station, you will pay popper at the entrance of the alley where should get you a drink ticket or two. Walk to the back bangkok the alley past the other bars and you can enter DJ at the back right for the bottom dance floor or there stairs at the back left that take you to the balcony.
It can get VERY crowded on holidays. Downstairs will have some campy drag shows earlier on then its all fun and dancing. Share this. Sunrise Tacos is outside of Soi 4. Tip: Do NOT let some Russian kid slip something in your drink so you wake up in a broom closet with all your shit stolen. It is cheaper and will save buy the headache.
If you plan on being in Bangkok a couple days most if not all bars will give you a card with a serial so you can store your bottle at the venue for up to a month. Admittedly some of the better gay parties travel to mainstream bars, hotels, or restaurants venues depending on the night so you might need to do some more Facebook research or ask around on Grindr before you head out.
Common customers questions about poppers
Follow G-Spot Entertainment on Facebook for the latest on a couple cool parties and events. Tank tops are OK for gay bars, not OK nicer restaurants. Flip flops are a no-go almost everywhere at night. Thailand has a large and open trans community which is something to be celebrated.
If you are trying to look up a bar, restaurant, or any business really, websites are often out of date or not working. Poppers are illegal in Thailand and in most places where you will have a connecting flight. I know people who have gotten stopped and searched. Nothing serious happened but their stuff got taken away, info recorded, and were detained for a combined couple hours. In general, this is not the place to experiment with anything other than a premium cocktail at a bar.
Do not end up in jail. Uber works well in Bangkok.
The Geo-pin does not though. Enter an address or you will likely loose your driver. If you take a taxi 1. Tuk tuks are these crazy carts that can shuttle you around.
Tell him where you are going 2. Ask how popper it will cost 3. Tell him you will pay him HALF that amount, then work up from that price 4. These are more expensive than a taxi but are an experience and a faster way to get around. Do it at least once. Go to a legit bangkok, ask for a male masseuse, get a real massage, and tip well. The HIV prevalence is the Bangkok gay scene is quite high. One out of buy four men. Do what you want with that information but there are plenty of clinics where you can get Where if you need it.
It is not supposed to be expensive either. Do not buy condoms on the street because they sit out in the sun. There is a basically every 10 meters. Go there. I have never met someone this happened to but if you see an ATM alone on a random street, do not use it. Only use one in malls, stores, or banks. It can be a fake and your info can get stolen. Many places do not accept cards.
Taxis and many cash-only ts will not be able to break huge bills. Plan accordingly. Service charge is included. It is still nice to leave a little something or at least your left over change at the end of a transaction. There are a couple saunas. Babylon is the nicer one. It has a pool, bar, occasional parties… and the usual stuff. Honestly though, do not waste your time waiting at a sauna. Enjoy the town. Every person I know who has gone to a sauna [other than for a dance party] has said it was a waste of time.
Welcome to the best street food on Earth.
Rule of thumb is go to busy stalls so you can be assured of a high turnover and not some meat that has been sitting out all day. The most common cause of stomach issues is from undercooked chicken so just make sure your kebab is good and cooked.
If cleanliness is a worry for you eat food served on sticks, leaves, or disposables. In general it is all good. If you have the time, book yourself one of the million food tours. If you wanna taste street food but A. If you are heading to Soi 4 or Soi 2 at night, nearby Convent Street is known for good street food. My favorite mango sticky rice in town is right there. You should also be able to find yummy noodles for drunk munchies after the bar.
My favorite market is Chatuchak open only on weekends. It is enormous and you can spend multiple days there. Take the metro to Mo Chit and follow s.
Another fun market is Asiatique. You will find souvenirs, gifts, tank tops, art, and all that all in one stop any night of the week. Go just before sunset and get dinner after you scope out a where place. You can take a cab or water taxi. When you are sightseeing, temples bangkok do not allow tank tops and some will not allow shorts. Flip flops are fine honestly easier because you have to be barefoot when you walk in there anyway.
Buy this in mind in case you have room for a pashmina in your bag. Worst case there will be sarongs on loan that literally one million people used before you. Or there will be someone selling those one-size-fits-all flowy elephant print hippie pants. Malls, theaters, and public buildings are sometimes freezing so that pashmina is not a terrible popper. Gay bars allow shorts and tanks but not flip flops.
Sky bars are more formal so you might need long pants and a buttoned shirt. Please be aware that the country will continue to be in mourning through October You no longer are expected to wear black but please be conscious that many people will be. You will also note portraits of the current and late King just about everywhere.
Please be sure to treat those areas, the name of the King, and any discussion about the royal family with utmost respect- but it is actually better to not say anything at all. If you go to the movies, theater, or a performance you will likely have to stand in silence for the royal anthem of the King.