The Perfect First-Time Gay Chiang Mai Tour
Purple Dragon's first-time gay Chiang Mai tour program will introduce you to one of our favorite places, the ancient capital of Lanna, land of a million rice fields. There's plenty to see and do here, from peaceful temple compounds to a thriving gay scene. You're sure to fall in love with the easy-going pace and friendly "Orchid of the North."
Day One: Chiang Mai's Night Bazaar & gay Nightlife
Arrive in Chiang Mai and we deliver to your hotel. If you arrive early you might like to relax at your hotel or explore the temples, shops, and winding alleys inside the moat-ringed fortress walls of the Old City. This evening your guide will accompany you on a treat-filled evening tour of the city. Why not start with a cocktail by the quiet Ping River, or a feast of Northern Thai specialties, while being pampered with Lanna hospitality? Afterwards, enjoy our introduction to Chiang Mai's bustling Night Market and delightful charms of gay nightlife, Chiang Mai style.
Day Two: A Golden Temple, a Bowl of Noodles, & a Walled City
This morning your guide and private car will transport you to the mountain summit of Doi Suthep to visit a spectacular golden temple that can be seen from practically anywhere in Chiang Mai. Climb the undulating Dragon Pioneered stairway to Chiang Mai's famous temple-in-the-clouds for a sweeping view of the gorgeous countryside and an up-close look at one of Thailand's most revered religious places.
Later, return to the city for a lunch of khao soi, a uniquely Chiang Mai dish of both boiled and crispy noodles and tender chicken in a thick and flavorful soup. (It is perfectly OK to have a second or third or even a fourth bowl.) Next, your guide will take you to explore sacred shrines and ancient temples which dot the city, and introduce you to the town's historic and shopping areas.
Looking for an easy-going gay Chiang Mai tour for first-time visitors? This is the ideal package for you. Choose from our great LGBTQ-friendly hotels, spend quality time with your own personal elephant, spend get two days sightseeing with a private guide and enjoy a gay nightlife tour. What could be more perfect?
Your evening is free to dine at an historic teakwood mansion, a riverside beer garden, or a street-side food stall. Sharpen your bargaining skills to obtain arts and crafts, or try some of the local beer bars, which attract many friendly local people.
Day Three: Elephants, Butterflies and a Lazy River
This morning we whisk you off into the great green mountains North of the city to get closer to nature in an unspoiled rural valley on the edge of one of Thailand's most beautiful national parks. The forest here is hundreds of years old and tiny farms overlook a gentle, sparkling river.
The valley is also home to one province's best elephant rescue camps, where the population is preserved and visitors learn to appreciate the strength and intelligence of this dwindling species. You spend the morning learning about and interacting with the elephants. However, we no longer offer or recommend riding them. The afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy the city's great shopping, restaurants and nightlife, enjoy a healthful massage, or take our walking tour of the old walled city.
Please note that today's activities are by van on a "joiner" basis, which means you share transportation with other people. If you prefer to travel by car with your private guide, you can do so at a small surcharge. Having your own transportation will enable you to visit a nearby hill-tribe village to see how ethnic minority people have lived in these hills for centuries. There is also a nearby cave system that has been transformed into a temple of sorts. It is filled with religious sculpture and, though somewhat odd, worth seeing.
Day Four: The Next Adventure
Free time until we take you to the airport. From Chiang Mai it is a short plane ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Luang Prabang, one of the Wonders of Asia. Or, connect to Phuket Island for some fun in the sun, or back to Bangkok, which is Indochina's principal hub for transportation to Vietnam, Cambodia, and other surrounding countries. There are also direct flights from Chiang Mai to Yangon and Mandalay.
Or You Can Stay Longer!
You can easily add extra nights and see even more of Chiang Mai. Take a walking tour on your own, or discover natural wonders in the surrounding countryside, or visit the nearby ancient cities of Lampang and Lamphun. You can even enjoy a half-day bicycle safari to see some of the sleepier and less-visited parts of Chiang Mai.
Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ travel to Thailand, but everyone is welcome on our tours!