House of Male

19 Sirimangklajarn Road Soi 3 (last house on the left), Chiang Mai, Thailand | map | directions

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Chiang Mai’s popular gay sauna and a great place to meet local guys. The traditional Thai Lanna-styled House of Male features a gym, steam room, a large pool and sun terrace with loungers.

The onsite bar & lounge on the ground floor serves light meals. Upstairs is a darkened cruising area with private cabins. Located near the Central Department Store in downtown. Busy on Thursday nights and the weekends.

weekday: 12:00 - 00:00

weekend: 12:00 - 00:00

venue: sauna (桑拿) | features: bar, restaurant, swimming pool, steam room, sauna, sun terrace, gym (酒吧, 餐厅, 游泳池, 蒸汽房, 桑拿, 阳台, 健身房) | customers: gay | attracts: All types

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last updated: 15-09-2017

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Value

3.7

Facilities

3.1

Service

3.2

Cleanliness

3.1
based on 24 reviews
  1. Good Sauna Facility - Not Great Service

    “I thought the sauna was nice. Small, but well maintained and cute. The pool area is nice.

    Service staff was not attentive, or at the bar when I wanted to order a drink. A couple of times I walked up to the bar, and the staff didn't say anything. I stood there to see how long it would take for someone to greet me. It never happened.

    Anyway - staff and service - mediocre
    Everything else - good“

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      on 11-12-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. What have you done with House Of Male?

    “I've known House of Male since 2002. This sauna garden, built in the 1990s by the Australian Arthur Waller, was for me the most beautiful place in the world, with its cabins hidden in a traditional teak construction, its white tables arranged around the blue pool, all in the middle of abundant vegetation where giant bamboos mingled with palm trees 120 feet high. In the evening, one lit candles on the tables and these lights were reflected in the pool, we could have dinner in good company and stay after. The staff then consisted of very pleasant and courteous young people, who served the drinks and meals, and in the early hours of the night displayed mosquito coils under the tables.

    It was a great disappointment to see HOM closed in 2016. I learned that Arthur Waller had just died from a long-term illness and that the new owners had started to renew the place. The pool has simply changed color, for an aggressive red, teak cabins lost their air conditioning but they kept their old mattress, now exhausted. The steam room and the toilet on the ground floor are just as dilapidated. And above all, the rampart of lush vegetation gave way to a painted wall and a grilling overlooking the parking lot. Those who like me have known the first HOM have only returned once, the time to see the disaster. Others may find it suitable, of course.“

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      on 03-12-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  3. T'was fun

    “I went here on my last night in Chiang Mai out of Curiosity. It was a Wednesday. Spent most of my time on the 2nd floor (dark room) since the steam room is too hot to stay at and you can hardly see anything inside.

    Most of the guys are locals and are really shy so one has to be assertive in order to get some action. I wished I knew the place right after I stepped to Chiang Mai. I would have been there all of the nights. The rooms are clean. It was fun for only 120 baht. it will be one of the reasons why I'll go back to CM.“

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      on 26-11-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  4. Run down

    “Very run-down. Air-cons have been removed from the cruising areas in the teak houses, so it's boiling hot and with all kinds of stinking smells. Pool area was renovated, with trees and scrubs removed and replaced by a sterile concrete environment. Towels provided were torn up rags. Steam room was renovated but still run-down.“

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      on 23-10-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  5. K

    “First time went here last month , place was nice and clean. Very friendly front desk guy (he was a hot guy) Not too many people, had few local guys, but I had a great time with them. Definitely I will come back on my next trip.“

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      on 13-09-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  6. Visited July 2017 - not bad at all!

    “Hello, I am a guy from Holland who visited House of Male two times in July 2017. I had a pleasant time. The pool seems to be completely renovated. It is nice and clean. The steam room was renovated too. A bit too hot for me, but very steamy and clean.

    There is a gym, showers, free drinking water, two towels, double locks on the lockers, clean toilet and showers. It were about 20 people, mixed in age, some farang. All in all I had a pleasant time and i would definitely go again!“

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      on 31-07-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  7. Great for sitting in the sun

    “Place is run down with broken showers, no paper in the loo...blamed on guests causing damage??? Bartender serves you like it is a burden place nearly empty most of the time, just a few older Westerners and some Thais of varying ages, only plus is taking the sun beside the pool, and you do not need a gay sauna for that.“

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      on 19-02-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  8. No more a beautiful place

    “All the trees and shrubs are gone. The beautiful pool area in the garden area is now a sterile place with tall walls. I think the previous owner, Artur, would cry. The most regular guests no longer come. The whole staff was changed. HOM is just a memory. How can you ruin such a place like this?“

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      on 08-02-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  9. DIRTY...

    “I went last week it's dirty very dirty. Staff not friendly and never fo anything. The sauna was before the new owner was a nice place to be - not now.“

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      on 06-02-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  10. The good, the bad, and...

    “Late January 2017: I went on a Saturday night after reading the very mixed reviews. First The Good:
    - employees were friendly
    - very near to Nimman area
    - a beautiful teak house
    - it was very inexpensive
    The Bad :
    - all areas appear very well-used & worn out.
    - generally not very clean
    - mold in corners of wet areas
    - mosquitoes
    - flourescent light behind, so harsh light in pool are at night
    - lots of steps, cracks, and other hazards, so if you're not familiar, it's an accident waiting to happen
    - all guests were 40+ and mostly very big-sized guys (this might be an asset for some!)

    If you have the Babylon or Otot Otot image of gay sauna, this sure is a whole different (and grim) scene. I would go back if it is gutted and up-dated.“

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      on 22-01-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  11. Very quiet...

    “I went there for the cruising area. The building is nice (traditional wooden house) but on weekday at least (Monday 8-10pm) almost nothing happened... Everyone was staring at each other and no one seems to dare to do something. And when something seems to happen, guys make sure they lock and double lock the door of the cabin. A big issue is that there are no condoms nor lube... In 2017 when STDs are such a problem especially among gays, that's not really acceptable. Crowd is mostly local guys, mid-aged.“

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      on 03-01-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  12. Previous owner passed away last year.

    “Arthur passed away last year, so no chance of a chat! Since then there have been mixed reviews, but no way to find out what it costs!“

      on 03-01-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  13. Dirty ...a nightmare

    “Absolutely dirty, it's a shame for all gay sauna in Asia. Go to Babylon in Bangkok“

      on 02-01-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

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