Looking for a fabulous queer night out in Thailand’s northern spotlight Chiang Mai? In this article, I’ll list out the best Chiang Mai gay bars and hotels to queer up your holidays!
There aren’t as many Chiang Mai gay bars and hotels in the city as one may hope. It’s a great city, and, like most of Thailand, it’s surprisingly LGBT-friendly. However, Chiang Mai is a bit lacking in fabulous gay spaces.
Chiang Mai does have a dedicated street — soi 6 — that’s considered a gay street. However, it’s not nearly as exclusive as, say, Bangkok’s Silom soi 4 or soi 2.
Some may even say this lack of exclusivity is a good thing. While there aren’t a whole lot of Chiang Mai gay bars available, most of them are at least gay-friendly.
However, if you’re looking for a fabulous queer night out, just being gay-friendly doesn’t cut it. You need cute bare-chested bartenders, drag queens, glitter, and the whole shebang!
Well, I spent a period of 2 weeks in Chiang Mai. And in this article, I’ll tell you all about the exclusive Chiang Mai gay bars. I’ll also give you few recommendations for gay and gay-friendly hotels in the city.
Best Chiang Mai Gay Bar — RAM Bar
One of the most well-reputed Chiang Mai gay bars in the city is RAM Bar.
Perhaps the primary reason for RAM Bar’s lasting appeal is their nightly cabaret show. If you enjoy a good drag show, you can’t miss this. Every evening, for a period of two hours, they put out a number of cabaret shows onstage.
While the drag bars in Bangkok are more comedically inclined, the shows in RAM Bar are purely performative. The drag queens take you through a whole range of diverse numbers. From ethnic folk ballads to 80s diva classics and steamy Top40 numbers, they serve it all!
I went to the RAM Bar on several occasions and I was pleasantly surprised to find that they always change the numbers. The centerpiece of the show featured a steamy out-of-drag performance of Adam Lambert’s “For Your Entertainment”.
After the show is over, you can even approach the performers, interact with them and take photographs.
They don’t charge an entrance fee. However, you’re expected to at least order something while you’re there. The cheapest thing on the menu, including water, costs ฿100 (Approx. ₹200 | $3.50).
Other Chiang Mai Gay Bars
69 Bar is one of the latest Chiang Mai gay bars in the city. It’s also located in soi 6 and has been founded by the owners of the former gay sauna — 69 Massage.
69 Bar offers seating both inside and outside. They have purple walls all around and a cute set of wait staff. However, it’s just a regular gay bar and doesn’t feature any shows. As such, it’s one of the best Chiang Mai gay bars for meeting people, not so much for solo entertainment.
Secrets Bar is one of the oldest Chiang Mai gay bars in the city. As such, its prime demography seems to be an older expat crowd.
Secrets Bar is located quite close to RAM Bar. However, when I went there, it happened to be quite empty. However, that isn’t necessarily representative of all days in the bar,
Secrets Bar is a great place to chill, play some pool, and meet people.
Best Gay Hotels in Chiang Mai
Now that you know about the best Chiang Mai gay bars, it’s time to look into the gay hotels. The best Chiang Mai gay hotels are ideally located within a short distance of soi 6. As such, they’re easily accessible to all of the Chiang Mai gay bars.
Duangtawan Hotel is one of the most luxurious Chiang Mai gay hotels. It has its own outdoor pool, sauna, fitness center, restaurants, etc. Furthermore, the rooms offer a clear view of the city beyond. However, what makes it one of the best gay hotels is its proximity to the best Chiang Mai gay bars.
Bodhi Serene Chiang Mai
Bodhi Serene is one of the best gay hotels in Chiang Mai. It’s a short walking distance from the Night Market and the Chiang Mai gay bars. Furthermore, it also features an outdoor pool, courtyard, and lavish rooms with wooden furnishings.