Gay Bangkok Tours and Travel
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 Programs
Purple Dragon'sgay Bangkok tours and 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 LGBTQ-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 six different LGBTQ-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.
Bangkok, the "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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Optional Side Trips Outside Bangkok
Have 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!
Visit Siam's ruined former capital, plus a boat trip, and, if you are feeling romantic, one of the most spectacular sunsets in Asia.
See the palatial hideaways of Thailand's old kings as a day trip from Bangkok to the beach resort of Hua Hin.
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.
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.
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.
Ancient palaces, temple ruins, monkeys and garlic fried chicken in a charming Thai farm town.
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 Bangkok
Want 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." We can show you the weird and the wonderful (like the Corrections Museum, the Museum of Human Anatomy, the Museum of Counterfeit Goods, or a "Hell Garden"), the local art scene (MOCA - The Museum of Contemporary Art) is a bit out of the way, but offers spectacular exhibits that might keep you busy all day. Or how about architecture? We have ghostly skyscrapers, towers choked by buildings that are shaped like elephants and robots, and one high rise building that looks like it's falling to pieces.
Design Your Own Day
You can have a personal guide for a day to see and do only the things you want to see and do. We figure out the transportation, speak Thai fluently and know the best spots for lunch.
One of the world's most spectacular shows on the world's largest stage (big enough for elephants, sailing ships and a pond) gives you entertaining insights into Thai history and culture. Includes round trip transportation from your hotel and dinner. Before the show you can enjoy exploring their reconstructed Thai village with its own lake. A five-star experience.
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.
If you are a foodie this is the ultimate Bangkok nightlife experience. Travel through the Big Mango at night 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.
Wander through the fascinating labyrinth of everyday life in one of the oldest parts of the city.
Need a glamorous gown? At Bangkok's Pratunam (the garment district) you can buy custom made fantasy frocks at absolutely fabulous prices.
Three splendid and unique private museums full of cultural treasures left by wealthy yet eccentric Thais: Presert Museum, Muang Boran ("Ancient Siam") and the Erawan Museum--all on the outskirts of the city.
Knock Out! Muay Thai Boxing
One of our knowledgeable guides will take you ringside to one of Bangkok's fabled Muay Thai kick boxing arenas.
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.
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.
Visit some of Bangkok's lesser-known (except to locals) palaces and royal residences. It would take days to see all of these achitectural gems. You will probably have the entire place to yourself.
Weekend Bazaar - Chatuchak Market
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 Do
Bangkok is home to us, so we have you covered! We've already done the research and chosen the best itineraries guides and hotels, so all you have to do is arrive! All of our tours are private and include private transportation and one of our hand-picked private guides. We do not offer group tours. The big advantage to a private tour is that you have control over your itinerary and time. Purple Dragon is Asia's oldest, largest and most respected tour operator specializing in programs for discerning LGBTQ travelers. We have carefully chosen hotels that will welcome our guests and meet our high standards. We show our guests the local nightlife, point you towards the best shopping and help you avoid local scams that unguided tourists sometimes find themselves caught up in.
You can take an instant discount when you combine any Purple Dragon Bangkok package with our Phuket, or Koh Samui packages.
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Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to Thailand, but everyone is welcome on our tours!
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