Bangkok’s gay nightlife has attracted visitors from all corners of the world in search of bars and clubs with the right crowd and atmosphere. And where can you find these bars and clubs? Where else but in Bangkok’s red light district called Patpong.
Patpong is most well known for go go bars and sex clubs for straight men. But what most people don’t know is that there are many small and large gay establishments as well for gay visitors. There are 3 main areas within Patpong where gays can find all male go go bars, restaurants and even upscale bars and clubs. All of these areas are within easy walking distance to each other.
The first place to find gay go go bars and venues is in Duangthawee Plaza located on Surawongse road just off Patpong 2. It’s often called Soi Twilight because many of the establishments here are able to close later than the official 1am -2am closing time imposed by the government. Here you’ll find the most gay go go bars and a few noteworthy restaurants to lounge around and have a meal and drink in such as Dick’s Cafe.
The second strip for gay nightlife is found on Silom Soi 4. There are no go go bars here so Silom 4 has a much more laid back and relaxed atmosphere. There are many popular restaurants and bars lining the street with open terraces for people watching and the seats are filled especially on weekends. And ever so often a group of gay restaurant and bar owners will get together and put on fashion and entertainment shows with live music and dancers. One of the most popular bars on Silom Soi 4 is the pub style Telephone, where there are telephones on tables which you can use to call for a chat with fellow customers.
The last area is the smallest and it is on Silom Soi 2, just a few minutes walk from Silom Soi 4. This area has the least bars and clubs, however it has 2 of the best clubs popular with the young gay crowd called DJ Station and Freeman with its famous drag show starting every night at midnight. Make sure to get a seat near the balcony for the best view of the show below which takes place on a large central dance floor.
Finally there are many hotels in Bangkok but it’s best to stay around Patpong since that’s where you can find the most gay friendly hotels. There are only a few within walking distance to Patpong’s gay nightlife venues such as the Montien Hotel and Bally’s Suites Silom.
Bangkok is the perfect place for gay travelers to explore an exotic city in Southeast Asia. Thailand itself has a large gay population and the people accept travelers as who they are regardless of sexual orientation.