The Ultimate First-Time Gay Bangkok Tour!
The Big Mango is full of surprises for everyone, whether you are interested in temples, street food, shopping, or the city's legendary nightlife.
Day One: Welcome to the Big Mango!
Sawat dee! Welcome to Bangkok! Private transportation from the airport to your hotel.
First trip to Bangkok? Want to see absolutely everything and still have time for fun? Purple Dragon offers thir private tour 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! 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.
Day Two: Jetlag-friendly sightseeing, 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: 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 admire 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 )
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!
Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to Thailand, but everyone is welcome on our tours!
Photos: Nattaphat Ruaenwong, Mike Souter