The Big Mango is full of surprises for everyone, whether you are interested in temples, street food, shopping, or the city's legendary nightlife. While we specialize in LGBT guests, anyone can enjoy this adventure of a lifetime in Bangkok because we tailor it to make it a perfect fit for you! And if this is your first stop after a long international flight we have designed this program to ease you into our time zone and climate.
First trip to Bangkok? Want to see absolutely everything and still have time for fun? Want luxury at guesthouse prices? Purple Dragon offers private tours for first-time visitors and veteran travelers alike. Choose your favorite of our carefully-selected hotels, throw in breakfasts, private airport transportation, sightseeing with our legendary private tour guides, a fabulous riverside lunch, canal tour by private boat, and admissions, then add famous Thai hospitality and you have Angel City Smiles,our private travel package for first time visitors to the Big Mango!
Wat Pho's Reclining Buddha is the world's large such statue. It's made of gold, of course
Photos: Nattaphat Ruaenwong, Mike Souter
The perfect first time Bangkok tour includes everything you must see, plus some nice surprises that will make your visit even more fabulous. You'll leave with an Angel City Smile
Our Angel City Smiles package is the perfect introduction to gay Bangkok for first time visitors or those who have not been to the Big Mango for a while. This program includes visits to all of the major must-see places, plus free time to check out antique shops, have some clothes made, have your fortune told, enjoy some quality time by the pool or enjoy a massage. You will be accompanied by one of our legendary private English-speaking guides who will provide valuable insights into Thai culture as well as local gay lifestyle. Our guides take your personal interests into account when planning your day and are skilled at tailoring activities to give our guests the best possible experience.
Day One: Welcome to the Big Mango!
Sawat dee! Welcome to Bangkok! Private transportation from the airport to your hotel. If you arrive early, drop by our office for up-to-date information about the latest things to do and see. Late arrivals may enjoy venturing out to sample the cool evening flavors of The Big Mango.
Day Two: Jetlag-friendly sightseeing along the River of Kings, then some gay nightlife
Breakfast at your leisure, but save room for a fantastic lunch! Smart casual dress is required today (long pants and a shirt which covers your shoulders). At 11:00. your guide will call you from the lobby of your hotel. Enjoy a noontime feast of traditional Thai cuisine overlooking the Chao Praya, the River of Kings. Afterwards, tour the canals of the "Venice of the East" in a zippy long-tail boat. Visit the awesome spire of Wat Arun, Temple of the Dawn, one of Asia's most memorable sacred sites. Return to your hotel in late afternoon to freshen up, or pamper yourself with a luxurious, traditional Thai massage. Between 20:00 and 21:00, our guide will join you for a colorful safari through the famously frenetic Silom night bazaar and then visits to nearby gay pubs and discos. If you are not interested in those kinds of venues, there is more to see and do in Bangkok. The Grand Palace is spectacularly lit at night, as are Wat Po and Wat Arun. We know a place where you can enjoy a refreshment while seeing it all in 360 degrees from a rooftop. The sprawling flower market is at its busiest at night.
Day Three: A day with your private guide to see and do only what you most want to see and do
Today's schedule is free and easy. Your personal guide will accompany you from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. You might like to visit the teakwood villa of Jim Thompson, the gay American who resurrected Siam's languishing silk artistry. Bargain-hunters will love the endless array of market stalls, funky boutiques, and trendy malls. Elegant palace museums and peaceful temple courtyards await exploration. In the evening, you might like to visit Bangkok's famous Calypso cabaret extravaganza, an exciting Muay Thai kick-boxing bout, or sample authentic Thai cuisine at any number of outstanding eateries. Or better yet, how about a three-course dinner in three different restaurants connected with a guide and a private tuktuk for the night. You also get to visit the wholesale flower market and admdire a 360 rooftop view of the Grand Palace, Wat Po and Wat Arun. That's our Bangkok Foodie Crawl!
Day Four: Palaces, shrines, national treasures and maybe a fortune-teller
Smart casual dress is required today (long pants and a shirt which covers your shoulders). At ten our guide will accompany you upriver to the reclining golden Buddha of Wat Po, the spirit-possessed Lak Muang Shrine, and the pinnacle of Thai arts, culture and worship - The Grand Palace. In the same neighborhood: the exquisite murals and peaceful gallery of seated Buddhas at Wat Sutat, the architectural treasures of The National Museum, and a market of magic amulet traders. Tonight you're free for a final evening of warm smiles.
Day Five: Onward (or you can stay longer to see more)
Free time until your private transfer to the airport or extend your stay to discover more delights in beautiful Chiang Mai, Phuket Island, or even a side trip to majestic Angkor Wat, just one hour away!
Prices and Hotels
Prices depend on your choice of hotel and when you want to travel.
We offer eight different hotels in Bangkok, ranging from three to five stars. If you have a specific hotel in mind, please let us know. All of the hotels we use are carefully chosen for location, amenities, quality of service, security and value. We use only hotels that are LGBT-friendly.
To see prices and compare hotels please click on the "$" button on the left. If you have questions or suggestions about the hotels we use, please email us.
Custom vacations are our specialty. If this travel package is not exactly what you are looking for, we may be able to modify it to make it a perfect fit.