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thailand gay guide city directory
Select a city to explore, then check out the listings either by area withing the city or by venue type.
Not surprisingly, Bangkok is the center of gay life in Thailand, with a good selection of (non commercial) gay bars and restaurants, discos and saunas. Most of the other major centers also have a collection of gay venues however. Check out the venue guides on the right.
Commercial Gay Venues
Commercial venues include go-go bars, lounge or karaoke bars and massage/sauna places. Commercial venues are common in Bangkok and most major tourist centres, and are included in the venue guides.
All commercial venues have companions available. At go-go bars they will be up dancing, at other venues they will siting around. The companions are available to talk with you, spend time with you, entertain you with their sparkling personality, etc, but (obviously) not for paid sex as prostitution is illegal in Thailand!
Many companions will also act as escorts or guides as well. The companions can spend several hours, or even days or months with you, but anything more than an hour or so should be negotiated in detail.
At some venues the companions will not approach you, you need to indicate your preference to the waiter or supervisor. At other venues the companions will approach and talk to you. If you are not interested, be polite but not responsive and they will usually go away. It is usually considered polite to buy a drink and/or give a small tip (50 - 100 Baht) for any companion you talk with for a reasonable time in the bar.
There is usually a fee to take a companion away (to "off someone"), 300 - 500 is typical in Bangkok, 200 - 300 Baht elsewhere, then a "tip" is usually given directly to the companion for the time he spends with you. Prices vary considerably, but as a guide 800 - 2,000 Baht should cover most short-time visits, but as always it is "up to you". Longer visits depend on your expectations, and the companion's!
Always negotiate any specific requirements before agreeing to take a companion off from a venue.
You can enter your vote for your favorite venue on the top venues pages - or check where everyone is recommending these days!
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