Travel in Thailand with a friendly gay and lesbian group.

Gay Travel in Thailand

Doi Suthep temple, near Chiangmai, Thailand

Our vacations in Thailand combine varied locations, opportunities to meet the Thai people, tasty and healthy food, and the camaraderie of a lively, friendly, gay and lesbian group.


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The Thai language

Making yourself understood

Mai pen rai: a slogan and a philosophy

Gay life and culture

Getting around Thailand

Thai customs

Basic travel facts

Things to try...


Hanns Ebensten Travel and Alyson Adventures specialize in active vacations for gay men and lesbians and offer Several Thailand tours in which you'll travel to several entirely different parts of this friendly tropical country.

Why Thailand? Many reasons. First, Thailand is gay-friendly — or, more accurately, the Thai's tend not to label and separate based on gay-straight categories. Sexuality is considered a natural and enjoyable part of life, under the prevailing Buddhist philosophy, and while certain customs of public behavior should be respected by any visitor, most Thais believe it's none of their business what you do in your bedroom.

Thailand is also an exciting country for travel. From the mountains of the north, to the beaches of the south, an enormous variety of landscapes, adventures, and natural beauty await the visitor.

Finally, Thailand is rich in both history and natural beauty. Exquisite Buddhist temples adorn both city and countryside. In our two-week trip, we'll enjoy lakes and beaches, mountain vistas and forest trails.



Trip overview

When you join our Splendors of Southeast Asia tour, you are embarking on a journey of the spirit. It is a personal discovery of a diverse and culturally rich area of the world. Art, religion, customs and traditions, music and dance are there to spark your imagination. Architecture, from ancient temples to colorful palaces, will delight your eyes. And natural beauty from the spires of Halong Bay to the rambling jungles of Cambodia will be a reminder that you're far from home. And for those with extra time, we offer a five day post-tour extension to Luang Prabang, Laos as well.

Highlights of this trip include:

  • Enjoy the colorful city of Bangkok.
  • Visit the ancient Thai capital of Ayutthaya, then return to Bangkok on a leisurely boat ride.
  • Take a tuk-tuk ride through the tree-lined streets of Hanoi.
  • Sail in a Chinese junk on Halong Bay among the camelback rock spires.
  • Step back in history in the lovely town of Hoi An.
  • Experience the excitement of Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City).
  • Explore the Lost Kingdom of Angkor Wat and its magical temples.
  • Relax in world class accommodations after a day of touring.
  • Enjoy tasty Thai cuisine, and French Vietnamese delicacies.

Dec. 28, 2011 to Jan. 10, 2012: $5,998: A trip for gay men.

Full Itinerary



Trip overview

Our Thailand trip takes us to five regions, each entirely different. Our small gay group quickly finds itself at home in each location.

Bangkok: It's everything you've heard: Big, energetic, sometimes noisy, often congested. We'll make use of Bangkok's central artery — the Chao Phraya river — to avoid some of the worst traffic.

Hill tribes trek: In the mountains of the north, we trek (and travel partway by elephant) to the remote tribal villages that have for generations lived entirely apart from the modern world. Over a single wood fire, our guide cooks a dinner that rivals anything in Bangkok.

Chiangmai: Once the capital of Thailand, now its second-largest city, Chiangmai (or Chiang-Mai) has many of the pleasures of Bangkok, including ancient temples; a thriving gay life of saunas, clubs, and restaurants; and — whether you're looking for a bargain, or quality craftwork, some superb shopping.

A rafthouse in Khao Sok National ParkThe rainforest: Hike to a remote waterfall. Follow an underground river as it winds and splashes through a twisting, dark cave. Sleep in a bamboo hut floating on a pristine lake, and instead of a morning shower, jump in for a morning swim. The workaday world never seemed so far away

The sea: We end on the island of Phuket, nestled against the waters of the Andaman Sea. Sea-canoe into the hidden tunnels of towering limestone islands. Meet gibbons being rehabilitated for the wild. Sit on a long crescent of sandy beach, or hike in the rainforest.

Please click on links above to read more about each of these regions, or proceed to the trip overview for details of what's included, departure dates, and pricing.

This site is provided by Hanns Ebensten Travel and Alyson Adventures, a gay tour operator, as a service for individuals traveling with us. We hope it will also be useful to others planning a tour or researching Thailand. We offer adventure travel in many other countries, as well, and we invite you to see our full gay adventure travel index.

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