As the oldest beach resort in Thailand, Hua Hin was the summer residence of choice for the Thai Royal family. Today, Hua Hin attracts Thais from Bangkok and foreign tourists looking for ‘something different’.
Hua Hin has its fair share of attractions including the Royal Summer Palace, national parks, the Pa La-U Waterfall, international golf courses, the Ploen Wan shopping center, a very popular Night Market and the Hua Hin Railway Station (the most beautiful and historic railway station in Thailand).
The town has a wide range of restaurants, from cheap Thai restaurants to those offering the international cuisine to the highest standards.
Hua Hin is about a 3-hour drive from Bangkok. Many Bangkok taxi drivers are happy (with prior arrangement) to take you to and collect you from Hua Hin (usually around 2,000 – 2,500 baht each way) or alternatively book a private limo service.
While the gay scene is certainly quieter in Hua Hin than Pattaya or Phuket, there is a strong gay and lesbian community in the region. All year long, gay folks from Bangkok travel to Hua Hin, not necessarily to explore the gay scene but to relax and spend time with their friends. There are a number of gay bars and venues that can can be found near Hua Hin’s main street. Some open and close after just a couple of years. We list those that have endured.
One of the few remaining gay bars in Hua Hin, located within walking distance from the town center, the beach and Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas.
Chum Chon Ban Ang Nam Soi 4
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Weekday opening times: 15:00 - 02:00
Weekend opening times: 15:00 - 02:00
CLOSED (July 14, 2013). A small gay bar located a few blocks from the main drag. Chico Bar attracts both foreigners and local crowds. A good to place relax, have a few drinks and meet new friends.
end of Soi Hua Hin 92 | map
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Weekday opening times: 14:00 - 24:00
Weekend opening times: 14:00 - 24:00
Now under a new management (July 2013), GAYA is Hua Hin’s only exclusively-male massage spa offering a range of treatments including aroma massage and body scrub. The masseurs provide professional, friendly service. Here, you can also meet new friends, enjoy the music and have a few drinks.
100 Poonsuk Road | map
Weekday opening times: 16:00 - 02:00
Weekend opening times: 16:00 - 02:00
Hua Hin’s new gay bar (re-opened in April 2013 at a new location) offering reasonably priced beer & drinks. Open 4pm – 2am.
Naret Damri Road | map
Weekday opening times: 14:00 - 02:00
Weekend opening times: 14:00 - 02:00
Relatively new gay bar (opened August 2012) offering beer, free pool table and free WiFi. Massage service available. Open daily from 2pm – 2am.
Hua Hin has a wide selection of hotels and resorts. The so-called “boutique” resorts usually offer great value for money. We list those that have proven popular with gay travelers. It’s worth mentioning that prices of these 5-star hotels are not exorbitantly high by Western standards.
119 Petchkasem Road | map
Why this hotel: Colonial style. Beautiful rooms. Beachfront location.
Seaside colonial-style house originally built as a private summer retreat, a rare example of a golden teak Thai style bungalow. Baan Bayan offers 21 guestrooms in a unique atmosphere, showcasing Hua Hin’s vibrant history and culture. Located a short walk from Hua Hin center and market, the hotel has its own beachfront, a swimming pool facing the sea with nice panoramic views of the Gulf.
22/65 Naeb Kaehat Road | map
Why this hotel: Private villas. Modern design. Beachfront location.
Beachfront boutique resort in the heart of Hua Hin town, close to the colorful night market. Putahracsa Resort is an ideal getaway, especially for couples and love interests. The private villas are tastefully designed and offer state-of-the-art entertainment system with a rotating flat screen TV and an outdoor BOSE sound system. You have your own private pool, free WiFi and free tuk-tuk shuttle service. Excellent breakfast and wonderful staff.
Soi Hua Hin 65-67, Petchakasem Road | map
Why this hotel: Gorgeous property. Beachfront location. Superb facilities.
The latest addition to Cape Hotel Collection, Cape Nidhra was described as “one of the most distinctive in Hua Hin.” This gorgeous beachfront property is famous for its excellent service, world-class facilities and ideal location. All rooms are beautifully furnished with the finest materials, and most feature a private pool and sitting area, making it a perfect destination for couples and romantic getaways.
63-39 Petchkasem Road | map
Why this hotel: Luxury pool villas. Private & peaceful. Superb dining.
Intimate seaside resort with design inspiration from rice paddies and European villazzos. V Villas features 13 beautiful private pool villas which are fitted with the finest of facilities. You can sit by the large infinity pool, enjoy the views and have a few drinks. The onsite restaurant serves fantastic meals, and the staff are super nice. We attended an exclusively gay birthday party there in 2010 and can confirm that this place is amazing! V Villas is a member of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA).
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83/188 Soi Talay 12, Khao Takieb | map
Why this hotel: Fantastic pool. Stylish rooms. Near Takiab mountain.
A unique beachfront resort where style and modernism combine. Located by the impressive Takieb Mountain, Let’s See Alfresco enjoys Hua Hin’s most peaceful stretches of beach. The simple room layouts are equipped with all the modern amenities. Guests have their own private moon deck and can enjoy the onsite restaurant and bar, an international standard spa and 120-meter-long swimming pool. A fine choice for the discerning gay traveler. Due to the resort’s special character, children under 12 years of age are strictly not allowed.
737/12 Mung Talay Road, Cha Am | map
Why this hotel: Excellent views. Beachfront. Wonderful facilities.
Located north of Hua Hin on the finest beachfront location and nestled in lush tropical gardens, the Veranda Resort & Spa is a hip boutique resort offering 118 sleek open-plan guest rooms, free-form infinity pool, 2 restaurants, 3 bars, fitness center and spa. A nice place to relax and watch the sunset. A range of activities are available for the sporty gay travelers.