Destination: Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai, capital of the Lana Kingdom, this ancient destination is known as the cultural capital of Thailand and a favorite spot for those looking to glimpse into the past. Located 430 miles north of Bangkok or a short hour-long hour flight, the city has become an increasingly modern in recent times.

Packed with temples, art galleries and northern-style Thai restaurants, Chiang Mai offers a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. A trip outside the city’s ancient walls reveals lush hills home tribal villagers and sprawling fields.

Must-visit spots are the Doi Suthep Temple, the night bazaar and the street market found within the old city on Sundays. While in Chiang Mai, tourists often find themselves riding a water buffalo, planting rice in the fields or taking a Thai cooking class.

Chiang Mai offers a small, laid-back gay scene. Epicenters of which are located outside the wall of the old city, in nearby Chang Pueak, Niammanhaemin and Santitham. Chiang Mai, like all of Thailand is extremely friendly to the LGBT community, however, the most gay-friendly atmosphere can be found at the pool of The Rachamankha Boutique Hotel.

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Hotels

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Akyra Manor Chiang Mai 

                      Welcome to akyra Manor Chiang Mai: a five-star, intimate and exclusive all-suite luxury hotel, each suite created around a courtyard-within-a-room concept. It's the hip downtown hotel Chiang Mai never had. Check in to pure urban style and big city sophistication in the heart of this charming northern city's most buzz-worthy street –Nimmanhaemin Soi 9, known locally as 'coffee street'. Take in the chic boutiques, galleries, bars and coffee shops, then return to your sanctuary and warm northern Thailand hospitality and the showstopping experiences of Rise rooftop bar and Chiang Mai's best new restaurant, italics.
    •  22/2 Nimmanhaemin Road Soi 9, Tambol Suthep, Amphur Muang,Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
    •  +66 2 514 8112
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    137 Pillars House 

      This luxurious 30 suite boutique Hotel is built around a colonial teak homestead built in 1880s.  It is located in a leafy residential enclave a few minutes walk from the historical Wat Gate Temple, Ping River and boutique shopping area.  Four stunning suite types range from 70 -135 square meters; two with small private pools. Tiled verandas, cane shades, rattan furniture and free standing Victorian baths are reminders of days gone by, blend with modern facilities including outdoor gardens showers, flat screen televisions and wi-fi. A range of bespoke dining options include the Library Bar, Parlor, Wine Cellar, Dining Room, Kitchen and Private Dining, using organic ingredients from the Hotel’s garden. Recreation facilities include the Spa, Gymnasium and Swimming Pool

      Santitham Guesthouse Gay

        A traditional Thai-style house and a modern villa with conveniences that today’s travelers expect. You will find this place comfortable and relaxing but with a subtle elegance that allows you to appreciate Thai customs and design.
        •  Santitham Guest House, 61 Santitham Road, Chang Phuak Muang (District), Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand
        •  +66 53 406 449
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        PJ’s Place Hotel Gay

          PJ's Place was designed and built by the owners especially with your comfort, convenience and privacy in mind, it is ideally situated in very quiet surroundings just outside the northwest corner of Chiang Mai's famous moat. Tastefully furnished to the highest levels of comfort, cleanliness and hygiene. This combined with the warm and friendly service all come together to make PJ's Place the number one guesthouse in Chiang Mai. PJ's Place is gay friendly.
          •  19, Soi Plubplueng, Huay Kaew Road, T. Changphuak, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50300 Thailand
          •  +66 053 404894
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          Lotus Hotel Gay

            Comfort and convenience in a gay boutique hotel that welcomes everyone, the Lotus Hotel has been designed to give you that warm, at-home feeling. Each room has its own distinct character, beautifully decorated with English colonial antiques.
            •  2/25 Viangbua Road, Tambol Chang-Puak, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300
            •  +66 (053) 215-376
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            Club One Seven Gay Friendly

                              Located on the banks of the Ping River, 1 km from the city center, is one of Chiang Mai's hidden secrets. This 130 year old, Thai Teak Wood Guesthouse, which has been newly refurbished, is just off the usual tourist tract and is ideally positioned as a refuge and a base from which to discover the riches of Northern Thailand.
              •  385/2 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
              •  +66 (0) 53 274 317
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              The Rim Chiang Mai Gay Friendly

                  The Rim is situated in The Old City along the fascinating canal in the Chiang Mai historical ramparts and moats. In the center of the estate is an old Colonial Lanna house as the guest welcome lounge is surrounded by swimming pool, restaurants, bars, tropical gardens and 36 luxurious guest rooms on three edifices named after the beautiful northern flowers “Chaba", "Dahla" and "Monta”. The resort is conceptualized to a Colonial Lanna design emphasizes on the northern Thai landscape, local arts and handicrafts.
                •  51/2 Arrak Rd., T. Phrasingh, A. Muang, Chiangmai Thailand 50200
                •  +66 53 903999
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                The Rachamankha Gay Friendly

                  Perfectly located in the center of the old moated city of Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, Rachamankha is just one minute’s stroll to the old city’s most important and impressive temple, Wat Phra Singh. This is just a 2 minute walk to the city’s newest and most exciting night market the Chiang Mai Sunday Walking Street Market, and a wide choice of bars and restaurants from local to international in style. Unique for a city hotel Rachamankha is renowned for its peaceful and very private atmosphere, and its incredible architecture.
                  •  6 Rachamankha 9, Phra Singh, Chiang Mai, 50200, Thailand
                  •  +66 (53) 904111-3
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                  Ping Nakara Boutique Hotel Gay Friendly

                    The hotel’s graceful gingerbread architecture is accented by hand-carved fretwork and creates a cool and restful environment. Throughout the nineteen rooms you’ll find thoughtful use of natural materials and a distinctive yet, practical style. This sophisticated design is matched by relaxed, yet professional service, providing a welcoming retreat for the traveler.
                    •  135/9 Charoenprathet Road, T. Changklan, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
                    •  +66 (0) 5325 2999
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                    Tamarind Village Gay Friendly

                      Tamarind Village is a unique and charming boutique property that nestles in the heart of historic Chiang Mai. Surrounded by ancient temples and quaint shopping streets, it takes its name from magnificent 200 years old tamarind tree that shelters the hotel in a shady embrace. Set around a series of garden courtyards, the 42 guest rooms and 3 suites reflect the rich ethnic diversity of northern Thailand by using fabrics and patterns drawn from various tribes of the region. Intimate, serene and relaxing, Tamarind Village is an oasis of calm and tranquility; the perfect base for exploring Chiang Mai and beyond.
                      •  50/1 Rajdamnoen Road, Tambon Sri Pum, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 Thailand
                      •  +(66) 53 418 896
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                      Four Seasons Hotel Gay Friendly

                        Experience the height of relaxation and authentic Thai culture on the terraced rice fields of Chiang Mai. With vaulted ceilings and covered verandas, each of the 98 spacious pavilions and villas feature polished teak floors, rich Thai cotton decorations and beautiful Siamese artwork, all under cooling overhead fans. Pavillions, villas and private residences are available.
                        •  Mae Rim-Samoeng Old Road, Mae Rim Chiang Mai Thailand 50180
                        •  +66 (0) 53 298-181

                        Restaurants

                        The Whitehouse Bar & Restaurant Gay Friendly

                          •  154 Chiang Mai-Lumphun Road., Watgate, Muang Chiang Mai
                          •  +66 081-0423874

                          Ginger (THAI) Gay Friendly

                            •  199 Moonmuang Road, T.Sriphum, A.Maung,Chiangmai, Thailand
                            •  +66(0)53-419011-12

                            The Gallery Charenras Road Gay Friendly

                              •  Charenras Rd 25, 27, 29 Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand

                              Spirit House (THAI) Gay Friendly

                                •  4, Viangbua Rd, | Chang Puak, Chiang Mai, Thailand
                                •  +66 (0)84 8034366

                                Pern’s Restaurant (MEDITERRANEAN) Gay Friendly

                                  •  26 5/6 Huay Kaew Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
                                  •  +66 053 215010

                                  Lotus Hotel Gay

                                    •  2/25 Viangbua Road, Tambol Chang-Puak, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300
                                    •  +66 (053) 215-376

                                    Lemon Tree Restaurant (THAI) Gay Friendly

                                      •  26/1-2 Huay Kaew Rd., Chiang Mai, Thailand
                                      •  +66 053 222009

                                      La Fourchette (FRENCH) Gay Friendly

                                        •  162/2 Prapoklao Rd., Phra Singh, Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
                                        •  +(66)89-851292

                                        Kampang Muang Gallery Gay Friendly

                                          •  119 Kampaengdin Rd., (Nr. Imperial Mae Ping Hotel) Muang, Chiang Mai.
                                          •  +(66)84-8034265

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                                          Warm Up Disco Gay

                                            •  40 Nimmarnhaemin Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand

                                            Mandalay Disco Gay Friendly

                                              •  Moon Muang road. , Sribhoom, Chiang Mai, Thailand

                                              Discovery Nightclub Gay and Lesbian

                                                •  Huay Kaew Road, Kad Suan Kaew (Central) Shopping Mall, Chiang Mai, Thailand

                                                Caesar Club & Disco Gay

                                                  •  Kaew Nawarat Road (opposite Arcade Inn)

                                                  Chalerm Krung Gay

                                                    •  2 Khanklong Chonprathan Road, Ampoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai 50000

                                                    Bars

                                                    SOHO Bar Gay

                                                      •  20/3 Huay Kaew Rd.

                                                      Radchada Cafe Gay

                                                        •  15 Thewarit Road, Santitham, Chiang Mai, Thailand
                                                        •  +66 (0)53 219 524

                                                        Metro Bar Gay

                                                          •  1/21-22 Tanon Viengbua, Changphuak,

                                                          Garden Bar Gay

                                                            •  2/25 Viangbua Road, Tambol Chang-Puak, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50300
                                                            •  +66 (053) 215-376

                                                            Kampangmuang Gallery Gay

                                                              •  119 Kampangdin Road, Chiand Mai, Thailand

                                                              Glass Onion Bar Gay

                                                                •  Boutique Mall 61/2 Soi 17 Nimmanhaemin Rd., Chiang Mai, Thailand
                                                                •  +66 53 218 479

                                                                Sauna, Massage and Spa

                                                                Five on Chiangmai Massage Gay

                                                                  •  Chang Moi Kao Road, Chiang Mai, Thailand
                                                                  •  +66 083-202-5840

                                                                  Classic House Massage Gay

                                                                    •  27/2 Thapae Rd. Soi 4, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, 50000
                                                                    •  +66 053-904-582

                                                                    Club One Seven Gay

                                                                      •  385/2 Charoen Prathet Road, Changklan, Muang, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
                                                                      •  +66 (0) 53 274 317

                                                                      OASIS Spa Lanna Gay Friendly

                                                                        •  4 Samlan Road, Prasing Muang, Chiang Mai 50200

                                                                        Things to Do

                                                                        Chiang Rai 

                                                                          Only a few hours drive from Chiang Mai, explore the northernmost province of Thailand. Plan your day to visit the following attractions: White Temple, Black Temple and the Hill Villagers and Long Neck Giraffe Women.

                                                                          Bo Sang Handicraft Village 

                                                                            Elephant Camp 

                                                                              Multiple options available.

                                                                              Night Bazaar 

                                                                                Located in the center of town, visit the Night Bazaar for local handicrafts and souvenirs.

                                                                                Queen Sirikit Botanical Gardens 

                                                                                  Home of many vegetation types including local and some rare tropical species in a Glass House. This project serves as a source of education and training for students and medicine practioners.

                                                                                  Tiger Kingdom 

                                                                                    For and unique up close experience with baby and grownup Tigers.

                                                                                    Doi Inthanon National Park 

                                                                                      Thailand’s tallest mountain, including the twin stupas dedicated to the King and Queen and Wachiratarn Waterfall.

                                                                                      Chedi Luang Temple 

                                                                                        One of the oldest temples in Thailand, this impressive temple once housed the precious Emerald Buddha.

                                                                                        Doi Suthep 

                                                                                          Famous and important temple overlooking the city from its mountainside perch. Accessible via a steep staircase with around 300 steps.