Most of Bangkok’s gay scene is concentrated in the Silom area, around the Sala Daeng and Silom MRT stations. Soi 4 is a great place to begin your night.
Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis with more than 8 million inhabitants. It can seem daunting to navigate at first, however there are several subdivisions and a convenient transportation system stitching all the key areas together.
SILOM – The Gay District and Bang Rak
With the two main party streets, Soi 2 with its discos and clubs and Soi 5 with its bars and restarants, Silom is the main gay neighbourbood in Bangkok. If you are looking to party then Silom is probably the best place to book a hotel. This area is surrounded by Rama IV Road on the north, Yaowarat on the northeast and Charoen Krung Road west, with Silom and Surawong roads running through the centre. This downtown area is home to embassies, banks and shopping malls, including the Silom Complex and gay bars. Explore the chic urban areas dotted along Sathorn 12.
Bang Rak district lies across Chao Phraya River, where one can find plenty of fine-dining options, spots to watch the sunset, or even hop on a river boat at Si Phra Ya Pier! Taking a cruise will help you discover the numerous tourist attractions and impressive temples that straddle the river. At night time, you will experience vivid local markets awakening around the ferry piers!
Banglampoo & Historic Bangkok
This are is located in Ko Rattanakosin and includes important sites such as the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Po, as well as the Dusit Zoo and the Vimanmek Palace Museum along with countless wats (temples), the National Theatre, the National Library and Museum.
The top hotels in Bangkok can be found near the river close to Saphan Taksin. The further upriver you venture, the more colonial style the architecture. Across the river in Thonburi you will find sparkling new shopping centres and restaurant options.
West of the Grand Palace and along the river you will find the bustling Chinatown district with great food stands and a unique atmosphere.
The main east west thoroughfare is straddled overhead by the BTS. Here you will find some of the city’s best rooftop bars, a busy expat community, shopping including Central Embassy and Terminal 21 malls, nightlife and entertainment.
Thong Lo – Thonglor (Sukhumvit Soi 55)
This is the meeting point for the young and trendy of Bangkok. The area has great boutique malls, new concept restaurants and bars. This district really comes to life at night.
Where to Stay?
Bangkok has several different districts, all with their own unique charm. With traffic it can take between 15 minutes to 1 hour to get from one to the other, so you are best staying close to the Skytrain. Most of Bangkok’s gay scene is concentrated in the Silom area, around the Sala Daeng and Silom MRT stations. Hotels in this area tend to book out fast, especially during the key events, so reserve early.
Here are the hotels we recommend that have good reviews and keep you close to all the action
COMO Metropolitan, W Bangkok, Banyan Tree, Bandara Suites.