Bangkok is legendary for history and culture, incredible food, unbelievable shopping, epic traffic jams and scintillating nightlife. Bangkok's full name in Thai is "Krungthep Mahanakorn Amorn Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayutthaya Mahadilog Pop Noporat Ratchatani Burirom Udom Ratchaniwet Mahasatahn Amornpimahn Awatansatit Sakatattiya Witsunugam Prasit" --The City of Angels. We just call it The Big Mango.
Convenient Modular ProgramsPurple Dragon's gay Bangkok travel programs include all-inclusive travel packages as well as day trips with private guides. Our tour packages offer great value and save you time and effort by arranging your choice of great LGBT-friendly hotels, round trip airport transportation, and sightseeing with a private English-speaking guide.
You can always add extra nights and optional sightseeing if you wish. We are happy to customize your visit to Bangkok with activities that suit your personal interests. Love shopping but do not want to spend all of your time seeing temples? No problem!
We currently use seven different LGBT-friendly hotels in the Big Mango, so you are sure to find a great place to stay whether you are traveling on a budget or are used to luxury.
Angel City Smiles ▸ Five-Day Introduction to Bangkok includes comprehensive sightseeing to help you enjoy your adventure in the Big Mango to the fullest. This is the best choice if you are a first-time visitor and want to experience the most in just a few days.
Bangkok Basics ▸ Our "quickie" package for return guests or those short of time with just a day and evening with one of our amazing private guides to do and see exactly what you want.
Flavors of Siam ▸ Five days of Thai cooking classes, sightseeing, and more! (If your companion is not interested in cooking we will keep him or her busy with other things.) Learn the secrets of Thai cuisine at a cooking school in a garden setting. Classes are small so you get plenty of attention from the teachers and eat what you cook!
Bangkok Adventure ▸ Adventure travel to Bangkok? This program offers a full day of cycling through the city and the nearby countryside, as well as a trip to Chonburi to fly through a pristine forest on a thrilling zipline ride. Includes city sightseeing and gay nightlife.
River of Dreams ▸ Take a leisurely overnight cruise from Bangkok aboard a luxurious private floating hotel, followed by a day exploring Ayutthaya with your private Purple Dragon guide, car and driver.
Optional Side Trips Outside BangkokHave extra time to spend in Bangkok? We offer a dazzling selection of unique optional side trips and activities that include a personal English-speaking guide to make your own custom adventure in the Big Mango!
There is much more to Thailand than just Bangkok. If you have already seen the city's major sites or have time to explore the surrounding area, there are several astonishing places outside the city that can be reached in a day. Here are our favorites. If you are looking for things to see and do without leaving the city just scroll down.
Ayutthaya, Ancient Kingdom ▸ Visit Siam's ruined former capital, plus a boat trip, and, if you are feeling romantic, one of the most spectacular sunsets in Asia.
Beach Retreat of Kings ▸ See the palatial hideaways of Thailand's old kings as a day trip from Bangkok to the beach resort of Hua Hin.
Floating Fun & Fantasies ▸ Escape the tour bus mobs and see Bangkok's famed Floating Market and other unique sights with your private guide. If you prefer, we can take you to see a different (and genuinely authentic) floating market that attracts mostly Thai people.
Historic Kanchanaburi ▸ Visit the River Kwai and Khmer ruins near the Burmese border. You can ride the famous Death Railway, witness a floating nun and stay on a floating hotel. One, two or three days. On overnight trips we can even include a visit to Kanchanaburi's Tiger Temple.
Khorat, the Road to Angkor ▸ Country life and Khmer ruins. No time for a trip to Angkor Wat? Phimai is the next best thing. You can see it as a two or three day country sojourn from the madness of Bangkok.
Lovely Lopburi ▸ Ancient palaces, temple ruins, monkeys and garlic fried chicken in a charming Thai farm town.
Temple of 1000 Incarnations ▸ Take a day trip to hell and paradise to see Suphanburi, an historic and tidy rice belt town, a gigantic Chinese dragon, Thailand's largest reclining Buddha, one of the most bizarre spiritual places you can imagine.
Optional Side Trips Within BangkokWant to stay in town to see some of Bangkok's abundant and often unusual diversions? Here are our suggestions. These are not rigid, structured tours but simply suggestions about ways to enjoy the city with one of our guides. We arrange for your guide and pay for inexpensive local transportation, lunch and any admissions costs. We do not recommend hiring a car in Bangkok because of our legendary traffic and a complete absence of street parking. Besides, it is more interesting to take SkyTrain, or Bangkok's bargain-priced river boat system. Do not like any of these suggestions? Invent your own itinerary. As Thai people often say, it's "up to you, boss."
Siam Niramit ▸ One of the world's most spectacular shows on the world's largest stage gives you entertaining insights into Thai history and culture.
Bangkok After Dark ▸ Bangkok hums 24/7 and there is plenty to see at night, including spectacularly lit temples and palaces, a fascinating wholesale flower market full of tropical blooms, and the city's thriving gay scene. Check out Bangkok's fabled nightlife with an English speaking guide who knows the hottest places to go.
Bangkok Foodie Crawl ▸ If you are a foodie this is the ultimate Bangkok nightlife experience. Travel through the Big Mango by tuk tuk with your private guide. Enjoy three courses in three different restaurants, plus a rooftop view of the Chao Praya River and both Wat Po and Wat Arun, followed by a visit to Bangkok's only-at-night flower market. The sights, sounds, lights and smells of Bangkok after dark will dazzle you. Just don't eat a big lunch.
Chinatown Alleyways ▸ Wander through the fascinating labyrinth of everyday life in one of the oldest parts of the city.
Dragadelic Fantasia ▸ Need a glamorous gown? At Bangkok's Pratunam (the garment district) you can buy custom made fantasy frocks at absolutely fabulous prices.
Hobbies of the Rich & Famous ▸ Two splendid and unique private museums full of cultural treasures left by wealthy yet eccentric Thais.
Karma, Past Lives and Fantasies ▸ Believe in the unbelievable? Visionaries, psychics, card readers and astrologers peer into your past and your future.
Knock Out! ▸ One of our knowledgeable guides will take you ringside to one of Bangkok's fabled Muay Thai kick boxing arenas.
Koh Kret Island ▸ Bangkok's secret great weekend escape! This magical island has no cars, and is famous ornate terra cotta and Thai desserts that have been forgotten practically everywhere else. Deserted weekdays, but hopping on weekends.
Street Markets of Siam ▸ Who needs department stores when you can find thousands of unusual things in Bangkok's street stalls day and night, or visit Chatuchak Weekend Market, the largest bazaar in the world. Weekdays it is also the world's largest plant market. Let your guide do the bargaining you will save money. If you are an importer or have a retail shop we have guides skilled in sourcing merchandise.
This Old Palace ▸ Visit some of Bangkok's lesser-known (except to locals) palaces and royal residences.
Transcendent Temples ▸ Bangkok's lesser-known tranquil retreats for those who do not tire of fascinating sacred places with often-colorful histories.
Weekend Bazaar ▸ Bargains galore at the world's largest outdoor bazaar (weekends only), where you can buy cheap jeans, exotic plants, fantastic Thai crafts, a saddle, a violin, a fake piece of Angkor Wat, housewares, oodles of great food, or even a monkey in one of Chatuchak's 7,000+ shops and stalls.
What We DoPurple Dragon is Asia's oldest, largest and most respected tour operator specializing in programs for discerning gay and lesbian travelers. All of our tours are private and include private transportation and one of our legendary private guides. We do not offer group tours. The big advantage to a private tour is, of course, that you do not have to put up with other people or compromise your own schedule or activities to suit others in a group. You can spend a bit more time at places that really matter to you, avoid places that do not, and go at your own pace. We use gay-owned or LGBT-friendly hotels wherever possible and show our guests the local gay nightlife where it exists. You do not have to be gay to enjoy one of our all-inclusive tour packages. A growing number of mainstream guests travel with Purple dragon because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
Gay Bangkok Travel: The City of Angels (aka "the Big Mango") is the jumping-off place to most of Thailand and all the marvels that surround the Kingdom's capital. The wonders of the city itself include some of the world's most overwhelming cultural and historic treasures, legendary nightlife, shopping, and tourist-favorites like the famous Floating Market, Chatuchak Weekend Market and the ancient capital of Ayutthaya. We know how to scratch well below the surface if you are a return guest or want to explore wonderful things that bus tourists never find.
You can take an instant discount when you combine any Purple Dragon Bangkok package with our Pattaya, Phuket, or Koh Samui packages. More details are on the Club Sanook website. Click on "Join the Club" for more details.
"I had a really fantastic time in Bangkok. The Purple Dragon touch with everything was just great...the transportation, the hotel (absolutely gorgeous), the staff and services. Wonderful! The tours were just right (not too much, not too little) and my two guides were absolutely fantastic, kind, friendly, discreet...I really connected well with them. I already look forward to my next visit. . . . ." (Marc H.)