Bangkok is the capital of Thailand and one of the most progressive cities in Asia.
Subsequently, it’s somewhere that the LGBTQ+ community is welcomed and accepted with limited reports of discrimination.
We’ve had the pleasure of visiting Bangkok a number of times as a lesbian couple, and have never personally experienced any form of discrimination based on our sexual orientation. In fact, we find Bangkok to be one of the friendliest cities in the world.
Table of Contents
- Is Bangkok LGBTQ+ Friendly?
- Annual LGBTQ+ Events in Bangkok
- LGBTQ+ Friendly Neighbourhoods in Bangkok
- LGBTQ+ Friendly Hotels in Bangkok
- LGBTQ+ Nightlife in Bangkok
Is Bangkok LGBTQ+ Friendly?
Bangkok is one of the most gay-friendly cities in Asia.
Homosexuality is legal in Thailand, there’s zero censorship and discrimination towards members of the LGBTQ+ community is an illegal act.
As such you’ll find an extensive range of events, activities, clubs, bars and hotels that cater to the LGBTQ+ community.
Sadly, however, Thailand as a whole does not recognise gay marriage, and adoption by a same-sex couple is not permitted. Thankfully, however, these laws are showing early signs of change.
Annual LGBTQ+ Events in Bangkok
The city of Bangkok celebrates Pride in a month-long series of parties and events that bring the city to life.
Events during this month make up the majority of annual events and include;
Bangkok Pride Parade
Bangkok Pride Parade takes place in June and is the star of the show when it comes to annual LGBTQ+ events.
Thousands of LGBTQ+ community members gather in a colourful, vibrant, and noisy celebration through the historic streets of Bangkok.
LGBTQ+ Film Festival
The LGBTQ+ film festival showcases national and international movies within the Grand Studio in Bangkok.
It is perfect for checking out movies that encompass the LGBTQ+ community, having open, honest discussions and meeting like-minded people.
W Bangkok Pride Drag Brunch
The fantastic W Bangkok Pride Drag Brunch combines delicious food with incredible entertainment.
However, these brunch dates are only available during Pride month and subsequently sell out quickly so be sure to purchase tickets in advance if this is something you want to attend.
LGBTQ+ Friendly Neighbourhoods in Bangkok
Bangkok is one of the largest cities in the world. Subsequently, there are a number of different regions that are perfect for meeting and engaging with the LGBTQ+ community.
Silom (specifically Silom Soy 2 and Silom Soy 4) is the central hub for all things gay in Bangkok – if you’re looking for action, this is where it’ll be.
You’ll be treated to a range of gay clubs, bars, and restaurants with electric atmospheres, incredible DJs, and dance moves you’ve never seen anywhere else.
Sukhumvit is known by many locals and tourists as a place to visit for high-end stores and restaurants.
However, there’s more to this neighbourhood than meets the eye with an extensive range of gay-friendly nightclubs and bars, Sukhumvit is sure to provide you with some crazy nights in Bangkok.
LGBTQ+ Friendly Hotels in Bangkok
While all hotels in Bangkok are generally very accommodating towards the LGBTQ+ community, selected hotels go the extra mile. These include;
Centara Grand Hotel is located in the middle of the busy shopping district and is the perfect place to stay if you’re looking to be central to a range of bars, shops and restaurants.
Meanwhile, the hotel itself boasts an extensive range of facilities including a large gym, spa and outdoor swimming pool.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
This five-star hotel is one of the best in Bangkok and is filled with luxurious facilities and amenities including a large swimming pool, gym and several restaurants and bars.
Banyan Tree Hotel Bangkok
Situated within the LGBTQ+ friendly district of Silom, this five-star hotel has everything you need to make your stay in Bangkok a memorable experience.
This hotel combines traditional Thai architecture with modern facilities and amenities such as a large rooftop bar, a high-end gym and an award-winning health club.
LGBTQ+ Nightlife in Bangkok
We’ve already mentioned how amazing the nightlife is in Bangkok. There are so many fantastic restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and events to explore that you’ll struggle to fit it all into one trip.
Here are some of our favourite places to experience the best of Bangkok’s electric nightlife;
The Balcony offers cabaret shows, karaoke, and game machines to keep you entertained all night. It’s a popular spot with the LGBTQ+ community, so you’ll be dancing, singing, and loving life with locals and tourists alike.
Located in the gay district of Silom, DJ Station smack bang in the middle of all the action. You’ll experience some of the best music whilst dancing and singing your life away.
It’s jammed pack every weekend, so make sure to put this one on your to-do list.
So far, we’ve talked about the crazy nightlife, but sometimes you want to enjoy a more calm and relaxed night on the town.
Fortunately, that’s where Connections Bar comes in. Offering cheap food and drink, you’ll be able to socialise, make new friends and enjoy the quiet side of Bangkok’s nightlife.