Whether you identify as a gay, lesbian, bisexual or a transgender, Phuket is wonderfully accepting of the LGBTQ community. Attracting millions of tourists yearly, the island has become a popular international destination, especially among LGBTQ travellers. With several establishments run by, or catering to gay people, there are several activities and areas to explore that do not discriminate your sex, gender, or sexual orientation.
Hence, here are our top gay-friendly places, including bars, beaches and more, for you to visit when in Patong!
As Patong is well-known for their stunning beaches, one of the most popular areas for gay travellers is Patong Beach. Here, you can find an array of local street food vendors and water activities such as jet skiing and parasailing. You can also rent sun loungers with umbrellas to have some downtime and relax on the beach. However, if you’re in the mood for good food, drinks and music, be sure to have a mojito or two at KUDO Beach Club, a trendy open-aired beachfront bar with a private swimming pool!
There are plenty of other gorgeous beaches that are quieter with less of a crowd, such as Karon Beach, Layan Beach, and Surin Beach. As they are located further away from Patong town, you will need to take a taxi or a tuk-tuk to explore the surrounding areas.
Those looking to experience the gay nightlife in Phuket, a visit to Bangla Walking Street is a must. Considered the main nightlife spot on the island, Bangla Road is a lively party hotspot lined with restaurants, pubs, go-go bars, clubs and discos. There are also various street performances happening nightly, such as singers and breakdancing.
LGBTQ travellers are also highly recommended to take a stroll around the Royal Paradise Complex, only a mere six-minute walk from Bangla Road, . Home to some of the best gay bars, cafes, drag shows and massage parlours, be sure to visit The Boat Bar – a popular gay-friendly bar with nightly cabaret shows. Well-established for over 20 years, this spot is well-known among locals and travellers, as you can always find a good show with decent prices as well as vibing music.
Founded in 1999, Phuket Pride Week is considered a highlight in the international LGBTQ calendar and is widely seen as one of the best LGBTQ festivals in Southeast Asia. From jaw-dropping street parties to lively shows and an over-the-top grand finale parade, it's a fantastic celebration that should not be missed when in Patong.
Usually held in April, Pride Fest occurs over a span of four days with most of the grand activities taking place on Patong Beach. The celebration typically includes a huge beach volleyball tournament, extravagant beauty contests, cruises to different islands and of course, The Grand Parade filled with cheering crowds from around the world.
Other highlights include big stage events along Patong Beach, including international and local musical artists. You can also expect several vendors selling local street food, desserts as well as refreshing drinks all day and night – so make sure you come hungry to enjoy a little bit of everything!
If you are looking to stay in a hotel near Patong Beach as well as other popular tourist attractions, Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong celebrates all types of love and welcomes everyone. As a gay-friendly hotel in Patong, we offer exciting room promotions for everyone so make your electrifying stay with us today!