we use the best guides we can find
All of our guides speak English fluently and love showing visitors their city and culture.

Purple Dragon's Professional Guides Help You Explore Asia Effortlessly

One thing that sets Purple Dragon apart from other tour companies is our outstanding staff of private guides. They are the best we can find. Virtually all of the guides we use in eight of our te countries work directly and exclusively for us. Our guides are not accustomed to sitting in the front of a bus with a microphone. Seeing Asia with our charming staff is more like traveling with a local friend who really loves to share the culture, history and adventure of the place they call home. Some of our guides have special knowledge of history, art, architecture, horticulture, theology, obscure cultural attractions and even hunting for antiques or unusual handicraft items at bargain prices.

I need a guide in Thailand.  We offer many different day tours on this website. If none of them look perfect for you, we are happy to customize your tour according to your interests. You may reserve any of our guides in Bangkok for one day or one nightlife adventure. All you need to do is to start a conversation with us so we understand what you require.

I don't need the package, just the guide. Because such excellent people are in short supply, the services of our guides are not available separately from our all-inclusive packages except in Bangkok. However, some of our packages (but not parts of packages) are available without hotel. Look at the price pages for each package for more information. If we are willing to provide a guide alone there is a two (consecutive) day minimum. However, we do not have unlimited guide staff and guests using our packages (with hotels, airport transportation and other features) get priority. We do not like to sell "pieces" of what is normally a seamless experience.

Are your guides gay?  Most are openly gay. We are not absolutely sure about the rest (who may not be entirely sure themselves). However, all of our guides are 100% comfortable with our customers. In some places, like India and Myanmar, few people self-identify as gay, so we cannot guarantee your guide will be gay. These are not places one would travel to explore gay life anyway, since it does not exist openly.

Join the Purple Dragon family!  We employ only about one of every fifty people who want to work for us. Since we work as a team and we often socialize and travel together, being a Purple Dragon guide is like joining our family. Most of our guides have worked for us for over five years, some for as many as 15 years. Guide candidates must be 21 years old or older and licensed wherever required. If you have a sparkling personality, have excellent people skills you will have a much better chance of working with us. If think you qualify  Please contact us!

One last thing ... Our guides are not escorts or sex workers, so please do not expect any kind of "special service." Our guides are professionals, and inappropriate behavior with them is considered unacceptable and unwelcome and could result in the premature end of your tour. Our guides are not permitted to accompany you to saunas, enter your hotel room, or take you anywhere we consider dangerous (including some restaurants).

Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to Asia, but everyone is welcome on our tours!

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