Bangkok is a fabulous city, no doubt about it. As a destination for tourism and travel, Thailand’s sprawling capital is extremely popular among people from different countries, various cultures and an incredibly diverse range of lifestyles.
Having so much to offer its visitors, in terms of exotic and unique sights and a lavish selection of activities, the city of Bangkok is a place where you can literally meet people from any walk of life you can imagine — and the special ingredient which they all have in common is … They are all having fun!
Essentially Thai culture is one of “live and let live” as far as people’s personal identities and even choices go. And this is one of the reasons why the country, and of course its exciting capital city, is a true and diehard favourite choice for LGBT travelers in Bangkok.
Having a good time and enjoying yourself, staying happy and carefree — these are all salient hallmarks of the age-old culture of Thailand and the everyday attitude of most of the local people in the country, if not all. It’s a trait that runs deep. And with this comes a vibe that is open, accepting of differences and distinctly non-judgmental. This openness is even more apparent in a vast city of so many people and so many tastes. LGBT travelers in Bangkok and various expressions of culture and style and self are all quite acceptable in Bangkok. Why, you might even say that Thailand’s capital is absolutely and wonderfully LGBT ready, with many an LGBT friendly hotel in Bangkok as well!
This should not come as any great surprise really. In Thai popular culture, LGBT persons figure prominently and are some Thailand’s most beloved and well known celebrities. In Bangkok you will encounter numerous individuals who are definitely “out” and just about always have been, comfortable with themselves and proud of it.
As you might guess, this has led to the formation of quite a vibrant LGBT scene, welcoming LGBT travelers in Bangkok with the best places to go shopping, sightseeing and enjoy the nightlife at the most splendid Bangkok Gay venue that will suit your lifestyle just perfectly. There are so many delightful options when the sun goes down and the big bright tropical moon comes up! You will doubtless discover this freedom and variety everywhere in this amazing city at night, though it is true that much of the fun centers all around what could rightfully be christened the traditionally Gay area in Bangkok!
A wise choice would be booking an LGBT friendly hotel in Bangkok that is either near this area of town or allows very easy access to it, such as VIE Hotel Bangkok which sits right next to a Skytrain station. This is precisely the strategy to take in a city this size, and known for its infamous level of heavy traffic jams, where convenience is high on the scale of desirable attributes for a home base.
The Gay area in Bangkok, as it is generally known, is mostly located around the top of Silom Road. This is a famous road in the city as it is one of Bangkok’s business districts, and you will find a number of international banks and company offices, in their high skyscrapers, in the area, as well as some massive chain hotels. In the morning, at lunchtime and in the evening the sidewalks are packed with office workers, both Thai and foreign, going about their daily routines satisfying the 8 to 5 schedule of work and life.
However, this part of Silom Road is also a jewel of the city. It houses one of Bangkok’s most incredible nightlife districts — and that is where the fun begins! Whether your preference is aimed more at a Bangkok Gay venue or in the Bangkok lesbian bars, you will find your own style of fun right here when the city lights up for what could very well become the happiest and most exciting nights of your life.
Getting right down to the heartbeat of the fun, you need to discover Soi 4. In fact this whole street is the center of LGBT party action, lined with dance clubs and live music. And every year a Gay Pride parade comes down this section of Silom. Her you will find a number of vibrant venues such as the cool Fork & Cork (formally known as Sphinx), the highly praised Telephone Pub & Restaurant (which also offers delicious cheap eats), and Dick’s Café, which is also open during the daytime for meals.
The next stop for a Bangkok Gay venue to enjoy the nightlife has to be DJ Station. Located near the heart of the LGBT scene on Silom Road Soi 2 this club is the premium spot for fun on the LGBT circuit and has been for some years. Soi 2 is generally a bit more relaxed than Soi 4, despite that it is just next door to the notorious red-light district of Patpong — now a bit tamer than in bygone years, even having a night market running through the middle of it. DJ Station attracts a large international crowd as well as locals, and is generally packed every weekend. Stranger Bar and the Balcony are also known for their drag shows. And for naughtier fun, cross over Surawong Road at the end of Soi 2 to discover Boys Town.
Once much scarcer, you can now also find an intriguing selection of Bangkok lesbian bars and lesbian themed parties around here. The local lesbian scene in Bangkok mainly follows a “butch-femme” dynamic, known respectively in Thai language as “Tom” and “Dee”, and which side of the coin each individual is on will be immediately recognizable. However, all shades of lesbian love are welcome in the Bangkok lesbian bars.
While most of the Gay-friendly bars listed above are also convenient for lesbian patrons, certain events are catered for them in the area. Lesla Party is the biggest and you can check out their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LESLA-Party-400517950008109/ to get the details. You will also want to look up Vibe (https://www.facebook.com/feelthevibeparty) if you are just coming out or questioning.
Your next mission is to find the best LGBT friendly hotel in Bangkok and for this VIE Hotel Bangkok is highly recommended. Located directly in the heart of the city’s shopping district, Siam, the hotel is also excellent for conveniently reaching the Gay area in Bangkok as it is only a few steps from the BTS Ratchathewi Skytrain station.
Complementing its warm and personable service, which is praised continually, the chic design of VIE Hotel Bangkok offers a splendid environment as an LGBT friendly hotel in Bangkok. The elegant and modern décor, of white silk, ivory tones and well placed crystal, evokes grace, glamor and romance. Plush furnishings and works of art create the perfect balance of taste and luxury.
VIE Hotel Bangkok offers premium fitness facilities with We signature fitness club, and you don’t want to miss a visit to VIE Spa, where East and West blend in physical and spiritual bliss. Stylish rooftop VIE Pool is the place for sunset cocktails and a panoramic view of Bangkok city. The resplendent sunset city view is simply stunning.
The hotel’s La VIE – Creative French Cuisine restaurant offers fine French dining, with a menus designed by a Michelin-starred chef, as well as a romantic atmosphere to fall in love in again and again. In the front tower of the hotel, discover the best Omakase in town at YTSB – Yellow Tail Sushi Bar, and enjoy dish after dish of exquisitely prepared portions of extremely fresh sushi, created directly from the chef’s creativity and talent.
This is the place to stay for an experience you will remember fondly and forever.