IS GAY PARADISE ON A BEACH
Gay travellers to Phuket will need to mark only two spots on their Google Maps: Patong Beach and Paradise Complex. Patong Beach is where all the boys flock to in the day – and at night, they all head to Paradise Complex, where the island’s gay bars and clubs are located.
In Phuket, there’s a little bit of something for everyone: beach, bars, and plenty of gay-friendly accommodation, ranging from the higher-end Royal Paradise, to boutique stays like the Bearpacker Patong. If you’re looking for a fun-filled gay beach holiday in Asia, this is it.
AT A GLANCE
Languages spoken | Thai, English
Population | 420,000
Best time to visit | Nov-Mar
LGBT RIGHTS REPORT
Is homosexuality legal | Yes
Same-sex marriage | No
LGBT discrimination | Low
Equal age of consent | Yes
Where to stay?
You don’t have to spend a bomb for a comfortable place to stay with a great location and awesome facilities. If you’re on a budget, give BearPacker Hostel a try.
A gay-owned hostel with private and shared rooms, it also offers a rooftop pool, terrace and garden.
162/3 Thawewong Rd, Pa Tong, Kathu District, Phuket 83150, Thailand
LA FLORA RESORT
Indulge in a luxurious beachfront resort, minutes away from the infamous Bangla Road and the gay district of Paradise.
This resort, a favourite among gay travellers, also offers a picturesque rooftop bar for you to enjoy your sunset cocktails.
39 Thaveewong Road (Beach Road), Phuket , 83150 Patong Beach, Thailand
THE ROYAL PARADISE
Located in the heart of the gay district of Paradise, this tall complex, while not exclusively gay, is very gay-popular. The Royal Paradise also has an on-site spa, large pools and international-standard cocktails.
Rat-U-Thit 200 Pee Road Phuket, 83150 Patong Beach, Thailand