Bangkok Gay Nightlife
Bangkok’s gay nightlife is touted as being the hub of Southeast Asia for good reason. It boasts some of the best – be it great bars and clubs, saunas or inventive go-go boy shows – when it comes to catering to the rainbow crowd. Bangkok’s LBGT scene is so active you can party seven nights a week and still find new places to discover, but our list of best gay experiences in Bangkok is a great place to start – whether you want to dip a toe into the community or dive in head first. Prepare to be blown away by a variety of fun and decadent delights tailored to all the kings, queens and everything in between in this ‘City of Angels’.
1 DJ Station – Silom
You haven’t been to gay Bangkok if you haven’t been to DJ Station… Nestled at the far end of the cramped cul-de-sac of Silom Soi 2, this three-level club kicks off each night with a series of lip-syncing divas before things get taken up a notch as male dancers take to the stage. Indulge in cheap drinks and an excellent music selection – guaranteed to make even the most reluctant visitors shake their groove.
2 Silom Soi 4 – Silom
One of the city’s long-established gay nightlife spots, Silom Soi 4 is known for its small concentration of chic restaurants, bars, karaoke as well as award-winning pubs like Telephone and Balcony Bar. The overall atmosphere here is jovial and friendly. And if you enjoy dramatic diva impersonations or random fashion shows, stick around for the lip-syncing staged nightly right in the middle of the street.
Coming neck to neck with DJ Station is Babylon. Not only does this fabulous men’s complex feature wet and dry saunas, it also houses a well-equipped gym, pool, restaurant, private cabins and hotel rooms. A firm favourite among local and international visitors, Babylon has plenty of facilities.
4 Soi Twilight – Silom
Leave your inhibitions at home before entering this ‘twilight zone’. Known locally as Soi Pratuchai, this street off Suriwong Road (behind Silom Road) is strewn with several establishments specialising in many variations (and interpretations) of gay nightlife culutre in Bangkok.
5 Trasher Bangkok
Trasher parties are legendary in Bangkok, but they are a fickle bunch as they don’t take place at one specific bar or club. Instead, Trasher announce parties through Facebook and word-of-mouth with events taking place roughly once every couple of months. Each party has a different theme which could be anything from Romeo and Juliet to 80s Popstars to Ghetto Superstars, but you can bet your bottom dollar that there’ll be plenty of costumes up on stage. Going by the slogan, “You’ve got to express what is taboo in you. And share your freak with the rest of us” you can expect a wild party wherever it may take place.
6 Tawan Go-Go Bar
Tawan Go-Go Bar is famed far and wide for its extensive selection of male hosts and dancers. Packed almost every night, this bar stages regular shows up on stage. Drink prices are steep but worth it considering there’s no admission fee.
7 Adonis Massage
Tense and sore from the night before? There’s no better way to cure stiff muscles than a sedate session of traditional Thai massage! Adonis Massage is one of Bangkok’s best massage parlours and is famed for its impressive range of masseurs, a variety of treatments and massage rooms.
8 Chakran Sauna
Combining a lounge, gym, sauna and a restaurant under one roof, Chakran Sauna is most recognised for its exquisite décor that exudes a sophisticated Mediterranean mood. Snug in Soi Ari 4, Phaholyothin 7 (Art BTS Skytrain), away from the prying eyes, Chakran is known as quite an extreme but popular gay hangout in Bangkok.