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Thailand’s most famous beach escape

Phuket

Phuket is Thailand’s most popular beach destination, not only for the spectacular scenery, luxurious design resorts, stunning tropical sunsets and the warm blue Andaman Sea, but also for the vibrant nightlife at Patong Beach. The island links to the mainland by two bridges, so it is possible to arrive either by air or car.

The epicenter of LGBT+ life is concentrated in Paradise Complex offering multiple options in guesthouses, go-go bars, discos, gay saunas, restaurants and bars: from ZAG Club, which offers free street performances on a nightly basis, to Tango Club, where drag queens belt out the latest chart-toppers in six-inch heels and outrageous wigs! However, all this said, Phuket also makes a fantastic destination for gay families; not to mention honeymoons and romance. A number of properties also offer same-gender commitment and same-sex ‘wedding’ ceremonies.

Beach hopping around the island and indulging in cocktails in view of the sunset over the Andaman Sea is one of the most popular activities of visitors to Phuket. Rent a scooter or car; and motor around the island like a local, but make sure to have a good insurance, since none of the providers will offer that locally. Sample one of the many pristine beaches, each with a different vibe – including the most well known, Patong Beach – but Pansea, Surin, Kamala, Karon and Kata Beach offer stunning views, crystal-clear water and white sand.

Phuket is also a great launching point for other nearby islands. Koh Yao Noi, Koh Yao Yai, Koh Racha and Koh Hey are fab places to play Robinson Crusoe with just your backpack; or live it up in a high-end resort. Alternatively day trips to snorkel, or cruise the islands (James Bond fans will love this) are also available; as are yacht or motorboat charters. Koh Phi Phi sun-seekers can also travel from Phuket.

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LGBT+ welcoming hotels & resorts

LGBT+ welcoming hotels and resorts

The SIS Kata, Phuket

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Twinpalms, Phuket

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Cape Panwa Hotel, Phuket

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Wyndham Grand Phuket Kalim Bay, Phuket

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Dewa Phuket, Phuket

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Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, Phuket

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X2 Vibe Patong, Phuket

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Banyan Tree, Phuket

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The Nai Harn, Phuket

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Cassia Phuket, Phuket

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My Beach Resort Phuket, Phuket

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MAI HOUSE Patong Hill, Phuket

Close to Bang La Road and the Paradise Complex, we are geared towards couples who want to hit the town for a night out at markets, local restaurants or one of the many nightclubs Patong is known for! www.maihouse.com/patonghill

The SIS Kata, Phuket

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InterContinental Phuket Resort, Phuket

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Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa, Phuket

With its direct access to Karon Beach, Woraburi Phuket Resort & Spa offers a complete refuge for the most discerning sun worshippers. The resort’s ambience is calm and peaceful with a total of 207 rooms housed in three low-rise buildings designed in southern Thai architectural style, so as to be culturally as well as environmentally…

Hotel Indigo Phuket Patong

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Sunsuri Phuket, Phuket

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The Naka Island, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Phuket

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The Racha, Racha Yai

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The Pavilions Phuket, Phuket

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Manathai Surin Phuket, Phuket

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The Slate, Phuket

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Centara Villas, Phuket

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Anantara Phuket Suites & Villas, Phuket

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Sri Panwa, Phuket

zSri panwa, a luxury hotel private pool villa & spa resort in Phuket Thailand. Perched high atop Cape Panwa and commanding breathtaking views of the Southeastern tip of Phuket, occupying the Cape Panwa peninsula in its entirety, the ultimate in luxury vacation accommodation on Phuket Island. Sri panwa is a mixed development offering one to…

Diamond Resort, Phuket

Modern and contemporary, with spacious rooms and stylish interiors, Diamond Resort Phuket embraces a coastal living style with a touch of elegance. Surrounded by lush, tropical scenery, the resort features a chic design, a hip ambiance, and quality service. Situated in the heart of the popular Bang Tao Beach, Diamond Resort Phuket commands a prime…

Pullman Phuket Panwa Beach Resort, Phuket

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Keemala, Phuket

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Island Escape by Burasari, Phuket

A supreme-luxury 5-star resort and private villas bathed in the unspoiled natural beauty of Koh Maphrao ‘Coconut Island’. Island Escape is the ideal destination for a fun-filled family holiday or romantic sojourn for two, currently featuring 15 opulently appointed Private Pool Villas in Ocean zone with exquisite service for an memorable escape. www.isescape.com

Events & offers

Events and offers

Hype Luxury Boat Club, Phuket

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April: Phuket Pride

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September/October: Phuket Vegetarian Festival

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November: Loi Krathong

Well, you little devil, if you’re planning to vacation in Thailand at the end of November, you’re in luck literally and figuratively. Not only will you get to witness Loi Krathong, one of the most picturesque festivals of the year, but you can also join in and float away your anger, grudges and defilements of…

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