Until a few years ago, most of Chiang Mai’s gay bars, cafés and massage parlours were located in the Santitham-Chang Phuak area of the city. There has been a shift in the focal point and Charoen Prathet Road’s Soi 6 is now the top farang-friendly spot to meet other gay people. Despite the growing popularity of Soi 6, Chang Phuak still has a good choice of gay bars and clubs with male a go go dancers on the menu although the old-time favourite the Doi Boy is long gone.
Links to the webpage guides for gay friendly massage, saunas and spas; gay themed bars and clubs, and gay friendly accommodation are included here. A point worth bearing in mind is that there are some gay and LGBT hotels in Chang Phuak, but other choices are dotted around Chiang Mai and this includes in the Old City. The two main nightlife zones for gays in Chiang Mai are shown below.
Soi 6 is right in the heart of the Night Bazaar area and home to a collection of bars frequented by gays. Gays heading to Soi 6 could take in one of the renowned male cabaret shows at the Ram Bar or enjoy a drink at the Pandee, the Orion bar beer or the latest incarnation of the much loved Secrets. The Pandee is noted for good food but this doesn’t matter as the Kalare food centre and night market is across the road.
Gay bars, clubs, guesthouses and massage parlours are dotted around the sois of Chang Phuak and Santitham. The Circle Pub’s a go go boy shows, the Adam’s Apple and See Man clubs, the Lotus Hotel and Garden Bar, and Santitham Guesthouse are firm favourites with gays heading to this part of town. Marn Mai and Common Spa are gay friendly massage parlours here too. The area is spread out over a couple of square kilometres and most of the establishments are a short tuk-tuk or red songthaew ride from each other. Renting a motorcycle is a good idea if staying longer than a few days.