Bangkok stands out among other metropolises in Asia with its very lively and diverse atmosphere. The people are very friendly and curious about tourists because they believe that anything out of the ordinary is exciting and to be called "boring" is considered offensive.
The streets can be very crowded and with high temperatures, humidity and traffic noise, going to the centre of the city to relax might not be a good idea. But there are many palaces and temples in Bangkok for those seeking tranquility.
You might find many English names for the same Thai word because there is no official transliteration, so be patient if you can't find what you're looking for! Also, pollution is quite high in Bangkok so make sure you're mentally prepared for that before you go.
There are several places in which the gay scene is most visible. Silom Soi 4 is a street with many gay bars and restaurants. Silom Soi 2 is smaller but offers a little bit of nightlife. Soi Twilight is the gay "red light district" with many go-go bars. Patpong is where both gay and straight people experience wonderful night life. Many hotels and international restaurants are on Sukhumwit Road. If you wish to experience the real Bangkok feel, go to Ramkamhaeng, where few tourists ever visit.
Bangkok, Thailand. 70,72 Silom Soi 4. phone: +66 85 788 9589 |
Located at the entrance to Slim Soi 4.
11am - 10pm. Trendy restaurant and cafe.
Bangkok, Thailand. Silom Soi 4. phone: +66 84 001 2202 | www: visit
6pm - 2am. Popular gay hangout for a quick drink and bite before heading out to party. Great karaoke.
5:30pm - late.
Bangkok, Thailand. 2/F, 82 Silom Soi 4. phone: +66 2 632 8446 | www: visit
Mon - Thur & Sun: 8pm - 1am, Fri - Sat: 8pm - 2am. Bear and chubby lounge bar opposite the Telephone Pub.
6pm - 2am. Closed Sundays. Regular events.
5pm - 2am. New York styled, next to the Telephone Pub.
Bangkok, Thailand. 90-98 Silom Soi 4. phone: +66 2 266 3682 | www: visit
8pm - 2am. Bar & Restaurant with live music, DJs, dancefloor, fashion shows.
Always open. Known for great cocktails. Less crowded.
Bangkok, Thailand. 114/6 Silom Soi 4. phone: +66 899 206 794 | www: visit
5pm - 2am. Straight-friendly sports bar with TV screens broadcasting live sports events.
5pm - 2am. Gay owned bar & restaurant with Thai and Western cuisine. Jazz music.
Bangkok, Thailand. 76 Silom Soi 4. phone: +66 2 632 8252 | www: visit
6pm - 1:30am. Cozy bar with higher prices.
Bangkok, Thailand. Silom Soi 2. phone: +66 2 266 4049 | www: visit
9pm - 2am. Entrance fee: 200 baht two drinks included.
Bangkok, Thailand. 60/18-21 Silom Soi 2/1. phone: +66 2 632 8033 | www: visit
11pm - 5am. Entrance fee: usually 300 baht two-drink tickets included.
Bangkok, Thailand. Ladprao Soi 122. phone: +66 2 934 2430 | www: visit
4pm - 2am. Masquerading as a sauna.
Always open. Very popular and crowded on weekends.
Mon - Thur: 3pm - 11:30pm, Sat: 2pm - 5:30am, Sun 2pm - 11:30pm.
Mon - Thur: noon - 2am, Fri - Sun noon - 6am. Locals mainly but foreigners are welcome. Very busy in the evenings and on weekends.
Always open. Luxury sauna.
Bangkok, Thailand. Soi Silom 2/1. phone: +66 2 632 8793 | www: visit
2pm - 06am. Inside the popular gay dance club G.O.D. Regular events.
1pm - midnight. Bears but all welcome. Karaoke.
2pm - midnight. Naked weekend nights, regular events. Admission 149thb. Free entrance for <25 year-olds on Mondays.
Bangkok, Thailand. 383 Sukhothai 4 Road. phone: +66 88 727 6349 |
Mon - Thur & Sun: 4pm - 1am (Closed Wed), Fri - Sat: 4pm - 6am. Mainly young Thais.
Bangkok, Thailand. 1155/1 Soi Ronachai 2 (opposite Samsen Railway Station). phone: +66 2 279 3807 |
12:00 - 21:00 Small sauna frequented by mature and chubby locals. Popular karaoke.
Bangkok, Thailand. 1511/39 Phaholyothin Road. phone: +66 2 279 1511 | www: visit
Noon - midnight. Mainly young Thais.
Bangkok, Thailand. 108/3 Pradipat 19, Saphan Kwai. phone: +66 2 618 4515 | www: visit
3pm - 6am. Few foreigners and mainly young guys.
Bangkok, Thailand. 1448/6-7 Phahonyothin Road. phone: +66 2 930 3538 |
Mon - Thur & Sun: 4pm - 1am, Fri - Sat: 4pm - 4am.
2pm - 6am. Crowded after midnight. Popular with locals.
3pm - 6am. Mainly locals but all welcome.
Bangkok, Thailand. Sukhumvit Soi 48, Prakhanong. phone: +66 2 391 9317 |
2pm - midnight. Mainly locals.
Bangkok, Thailand. Soi Borommaratchachonnani 15. phone: +66 2 884 5807 | www: visit
Mon - Thur: 4pm - 1am, Fri - Sat: 2pm - 6am, Sun: 2pm - 1am.
Bangkok, Thailand. Rama II Soi 52. phone: +66 2 848 1190 |
1pm - midnight. Small sauna frequented by locals.
Bangkok, Thailand. Soi LG. phone: +66 2 465 6566 |
4pm - midnight. Small sauna with live shows and karaoke. Mostly locals.
Bangkok, Thailand. Silom Soi 4. phone: +66 2 234 4737 | www: visit
Mostly straight foreign clientele.
Bangkok, Thailand. B/F Silom Complex Building, 191 Silom Road. phone: +66 2 234 0388 |
10:30am - 10pm. Very popular restaurant among gays.
11am - 10pm. Trendy restaurant and cafe.
Bangkok, Thailand. Silom Soi 6. phone: +66 2 234 1957 | www: visit
10am - 2pm, 4pm - 10pm. Healthy and great food.
Bangkok, Thailand. Ground Floor, Siam Paragon. phone: +66 2 610 9702 | www: visit
10am - 10pm.