Phuk the mundane, choose the exotic! Here are our choices for the best LGBT activities in Phuket, Thailand.
Where to stay: The Paresa Resort
The Paresa Resort just happens to be this week’s sale on Out Escapes! Shameful self promotion? Sure, but we have exquisite taste to back it up. Situated atop a cliff over looking the Andaman Sea, guests can enjoy a variety of villas and suites, complimentary transportation to the beach, cooking and/or boxing classes, and pools designed to reinvigorate. Perhaps couples can use this new found energy to enjoy themselves behind closed doors (or in a private infinity pool) after committing to each other, as the resort has recently hosted its first same-sex civil ceremony. You could be their second.
Where to eat: Lair Lay Tong
Located in the Patong Beach district, this gay-owned restaurant is a favorite among locals and repeat visitors. The generous menu consists of seafood, traditional, and international dishes, perfect for both the adventurous and picky eaters. It’s enough to make us disregard our beach-body diets.
Where to party: Boat Bar
The Boat Bar in the the Paradise Complex Patong has everything we like in a bar: an outdoor patio for after-dinner drinks, a dance floor host to international DJ’s, nightly glam revues, and no specific closing time. Arrive after midnight for a great mixed crowd of locals and international travelers.
Where to relax: Hiranyikara Spa
Need a vacation from your vacation (or that friend who is a not-so-great travel companion)? Head off the beaten path to Hiranyikara Spa, a spa with men in mind. The natural setting is itself a relief from the bustling city, but you’ve come this far, so indulge in a private massage room, suite, outdoor treatment, or Thai herbal steam room and swimming pool.