most famous of all Thailand’s gay beach holiday
resorts, is a great destination either in its own
right or as part of a wider travels in Thailand.
Just a two hour road transfers from Bangkok’s
International Airport, this once small fishing
village on a stunning bay has grown so much in the
past 15 years that it has expanded southwards around
the Royal Cliff headland and now encompasses Jomtien
Beach in the next bay.
they offer two great gay centres and probably the
nicest stretch of gay beach we know of anywhere in
the world. The original BoyzTown in Pattaya City has
over 40 gay bars and shows, several clubs, two
saunas and many restaurants located in a few tightly
packed streets just one block back from the beach.
The Jomtien Complex – a 10 minute tuc-tuc ride away
– is newer with a less frenetic atmosphere but still
with a great selection of 25 gay businesses and some
Beach is both wider and the water cleaner that
Pattaya Beach and the jet-ski and windsurfers are
kept well off shore out of the way of swimmers in
the warm sea. It is here that a section has been
virtually taken over by the gay community. Deck
chairs and sun parasols can be rented on a daily
basis with manicures and beach Thai massages readily
available from local vendors.
Jomtien offer a relaxed and casual location for a
holiday. There is plenty to do and see both by day,
including some world-class outlet shopping malls
with VAT refundable, and by night.
hotels have been confirmed as welcoming to gay
men and lesbians, either individually or as a
couple. As is common throughout Thailand, if you
invite a “joiner” back to your room, they will be
required to deposit their ID card at reception for
your and the hotel’s protection and a small
“joiner’s fee” may be charged.