Click on any venue to reach their individual page, should you wish to read or leave any comments about them. All the pictures will expand to give a larger version if clicked on. The information has largely been provided by the Radchada Cafe and gayinchiangmai.com. We acknowledge and appreciate their help in keeping us updated and urge you to visit their sites. Their blog in particular has interesting and up to date news. They publish a two page pocket reference for Chiang Mai in which they’ve got all the venues plus location details in Thai for a tuk-tuk. Ideal for newcomers to print out and use to navigate around town. The link is here.
Chiang Mai has a huge range of accommodation to choose from. This is far from being a complete list, but shows the most gay friendly (or gay) places.
“137 Pillars House revives the old world elegance of the Orient and invites guests to enjoy every modern luxury. You are our personal guests. As such, we will be honored to lead you through the surrounding charms of Chiang Mai and welcome you home into pampered privacy. Our home-style residential concept allows visitors to participate and share in the richness of a likeminded international community while creating plenty of space for sublime intimacy in sumptuous suites and throughout our tropical grounds.
Our ambition is that guests of 137 Pillars House will collect meaningful experiences that remain in their hearts long after they leave us. More than building a very comfortable place to sleep, we sincerely hope to create exceptional memories for every guest on every single day.”
Located on the banks of the Ping River, 1km from the city center, is one of Chiang Mai’s hidden secrets. This 130 year old, Thai Teak Wood Guesthouse, newly refurbished, is off the usual tourist track, and is ideally positioned as a refuge and a base from which to discover the riches of Northern Thailand.
Built circa 1880, Club One Seven Chiang Mai, with it’s peaked roof and wide veranda porches,are a perfect example of an old-fashioned Thai style teak wood house that sits in a lush tropical garden.
There’s a real cozy ambiance that makes guests content to just spend time relaxing around the place particularly at one of the favored spots – overlooking the serene river. The guesthouse also features a gym and a sauna.
The Lotus Hotel is located in the Heart of Chiang Mai, capital of the North of Thailand, the Rose of the North, renowned as being a Shangri-La. It is slap in the middle of the gay area, being close to Adam’s Apple, the Metro Bar and many restaurants. The Hotel has been designed to give you that warm, at home feeling. Each room has its own distinct character, beautifully decorated with English colonial antiques.
You can relax all day on the terrace cafe, surrounded by flowers, enjoying drinks and snacks, or light meals. In the evening a full meal service is provided at the Garden Bar and hotel front entrance.
NOTE. There is another Lotus Hotel in Chiang Mai, The Lotus Pang Suan Kaew Hotel, (not a Gay Hotel) which can cause some confusion.
Just opened in Chiang Mai is the new Boutique City Resort, Mansfield Place. Located in the Santitham area of Chang Puek in the North of Chiang Mai city Mansfield Place is set in a peaceful garden setting on a quiet and discreet side road.
Ultra gay friendly, the resort features several stylish suites with every comfort included. All suites are air conditioned and include western style beds, large screen TV, en-suite bathroom and some even have their own Jacuzzi. Private staff for Butler Service is available 24 hours if desired. Three dining areas are available, a restaurant, in the garden or in the loft retreat and a selection of both Thai and Western comfort food will be available. There is also a bar serving drinks and cocktails as well as a barbecue in the garden. Bar and restaurant facilities are also open to non-residents.
PJ’s Place; designed and built by the owners especially with your comfort, convenience and privacy in mind, is ideally situated in very quiet surroundings just outside the northwest corner of Chiang Mai’s famous moat. Tastefully furnished to the highest levels of comfort, cleanliness and hygiene; combined with warm and friendly service all going together to make PJ’s Place the No1 guesthouse in Chiang Mai. PJ’s Place is gay friendly.
There’s a brand new hotel opened in Chang Phuak. Run by a nice Thai man called Kee, it’s a good place. The lobby of the hotel is a loft space with a wide open area, along with kitchen for self-catering. The name of the Qi68 Hotel means “Flowing Energy”. Hence, the design is not only stylish, it is also practical for flowing your time relaxingly and creatively. Guest rooms are furnished in contemporary design with a simple concept. Warm, wood furniture melts smoothly with smart concrete with a touch of the minimal. Qi68 Hotel offers 6 spacious guest rooms, plus LCD TV, lush bed linen, hot and cold rain and European shower and a complimentary light breakfast. Wireless internet access throughout is for free. The Lobby also has the kitchen, refrigerator and microwave. Amenities of this hotel are local organic products by PuPechPrai.
For location see map to the right (click for larger image)
Santitham have designed their accommodation for the discerning traveler who expects to find more than a basic place to stay. They have taken a traditional Thai style house and created a modern villa with conveniences that today’s travelers expect. You will find our place comfortable and relaxing but with a subtle elegance that allows you to appreciate Thai customs and design. You may also select from their new, breathtaking deluxe Thai Villas.
Soho Bar is one of Chiang Mai’s most sophisticated gay-friendly venues. You can socialise here in pleasant convivial surroundings, in either the street-side bar or in the tastefully-decorated and more relaxed interior lounge bar. Music is played at a volume which doesn’t intrude on conversation, but can be cranked up when the crowd gets going. The bar sits on the prime location of Huay Kaew Road, almost directly opposite the Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex. A popular venue with Chiang Mai’s expatriates, Soho is a friendly and fun bar perfect for meeting new friends or simply sitting back and indulging in fine conversation and wine.
They also have a guest suite upstairs.
Shauna and Krathai from Soho Bar have announced their newest venture, the Soho Restaurant, offering New Orleans Cuisine will be open from from noon until 7: PM starting tomorrow (Saturday 8 October). Since taking over Soho in August, Shauna and Krathai have been making a number of changes of which this is the latest, and biggest.
The menu includes: Fried Seafood Platter, Chicken Fricassee, Red Beans And Rice, Braised pork roast, Seafood Gumbo and Southern Fried Pork Chops all freshly cooked to order in an authentic New Orleans style. it sounds like a great new food option for this part of town, go along and give it a try. We wish them well with this new addition.
If you are looking for peace and quiet, at an affordable price, then this unique retreat set on over 10,000 sqm (7 Rai) of landscaped gardens is for you. Panoramic views overlooking rice-fields and distant mountains set the perfect atmosphere to relax and unwind. We are located just 30 minutes north of Chiang Mai, close to Doi Saket and Tao gardens. Within easy reach of Chiang Mai and the surrounding attractions. All our rooms are spacious and designed to reflect the unique Northern Thai style. We have limited the amount of rooms available to maximize privacy and enjoyment of our guests.
Located in the heart of Chiang Mai, Yokka Dok is the perfect venue to relax and enjoy yourself. With scrumptious cocktails, delicious food and comfortable beds you couldn’t ask for more.
Yokka Dok has a friendly, relaxed atmosphere on a quiet road. Open all day, you can get away from the heat during the afternoon or party the night away after dark. The staff have excellent knowledge of the local area and can offer advice on the best places to visit while you are in Chiang Mai.