Welcome to Bangkok China Nightlife Gay Scene

70s Bar

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubs

Dressy young Thai gays now rule this packed retro bar - and many of the other pubs on a long-standing park-side strip that faces redevelopment.

231/16 Thanon Sarasin

DJ Station

 Critics' choice

Despite extending via a bridge across Soi 2, all three floors heave with Thais and farang of all ages, tastes and agendas; it's more commercial the higher up you go. Opposite,...

Silom Soi 2


 Critics' choice

Comfy and modern, Bangkok's main art-house cinema offers niche and festival films, some with gay themes.

UMG Cinema, 3rd floor

JJ Park & Club Café

Bars & pubs

A show gay bar with loyal customers, JJ is warm and chatty, with nightly singers (real and lip-sync) and comics. Upstairs it connects via nooks to Club Café, a Moorish...

8/3 Silom Soi 2

Lumphini Park

 Critics' choice

Named after Buddha's birthplace in Nepal, the capital's best green enclave was donated in 1925 by King Rama VI, whose statue dominates the gate opposite Silom. It's most...

192 Thanon Rama IV
FreeMajor venue

Malaysia Hotel


An old GI R&R joint, this block became Bangkok's first backpacker hotel in the 1970s. Today, many guests return time and again, including many gays, due to the hotel's value,...

54 Soi Ngam Duphli

Saké Coffee Pub

Bars & pubsClubs

Here, less affluent gays fuelled by Thai whisky and hormones bop to a bewildering succession of Thai and Western hits and hoot at the saucy cabaret.

Soi Damnoen Klang Tai

Sphinx & Pharaoh's

Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

This classy, intimate bar-restaurant has served the gay scene's best food (Thai and foreign) for two decades. Pharaoh's upstairs is a cosy karaoke lounge.

Silom Soi 4



At this hip hostel, each of the 30 air-conditioned, brightly-walled 'sleeping rooms' has a different artistic theme. The private rooms and dorms come with individual safety...

920-926 Thanon Rama IV

Tarntawan Place Hotel


Right by Patpong, yet quiet, this small hotel forgoes chic for other qualities: cosiness, convenience and efficiency. It's very gay-friendly.

119/5-10 Thanon Surawong

Telephone Pub

 Critics' choice
Bars & pubsRestaurants & cafés

Fun and flirty, Bangkok's first Western-style gay bar-restaurant fills its terrace with pretties, expats and tourists. Phones allow cross-room dialling.

114/11-13 Silom Soi 4