Thailand Temples & Beaches Gay Tour

Known for its glittering ornate temples, opulent royal palaces, and famous world-class beaches, Thailand is a quintessential Southeast Asian travel experience. Here’s your chance to visit this classic tropical getaway with OUT Adventures on a 10-day gay tour that starts in Bangkok and ends in Phuket.

Our Thailand Temples & Beaches adventure begins on February 9, 2018. The first two days will be spent wandering, eating and drinking in Thailand’s capital, Bangkok. The next 5 days are in in Chiang Rai, where we’ll explore the famous temples of Northern Thailand, spend time with elephants, lounge poolside at luxurious hotels and learn to cook a three course Thai meal.

To wrap things up, we’ll spend the last 3 days on the island of Phuket, complete with restaurants, epic nightlife, sea kayaking and enjoying the finest beaches you could ever imagine.

Thailand Temples & Beaches Gay Tour Highlights:

  • Delve into the cuisine of Bangkok on a Private Food Tour
  • Explore the Grand Palace, home to the King of Siam
  • Immerse yourself in the famed nightlife of Silom
  • Cook your own three-course meal in Chiang Mai
  • Shop for the perfect souvenir at the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar
  • Learn about, and spend time with, the majestic Asian Elephant
  • Witness sunset from Doi Suthep Temple
  • Lounge poolside at luxurious, hand-selected lodges and hotels
  • Visit the Crystal Pagoda in Chiang Rai
  • Explore the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet
  • Live it up on Phuket, Thailand’s famous beach island

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Bangkok

Sawadee Krap! Welcome to Thailand. Our trip begins with a foodie tour to fuel the many adventures ahead. We then we head for for Silom – the financial district that let its hair down after sunset – to scope out the gay scene.

Day 2: Bangkok

Bangkok is even more breathtaking from the river, our unusual avenue to the gleaming spires of the Grand Palace by local river boat. Here, the Emerald Buddha awaits, highly regarded as the Palladium of the Kingdom of Thailand. We’ll then venture to Wat Pho to marvel at the majesty of the Reclining Buddha, and feast on a local lunch before some free time by the infinity pool.

Day 3: Chiang Rai

This morning we fly to the chilled-out town of Chiang Rai, where we’ll visit the temple of the Crystal Pagoda, or Wat Thaton, upon arrival. Our next stop is not only a feast for the eyes, but also a real mouthful: the Phra Borommathat Chedi Srinakarin Tara Statistic Maha Santi Khiri is said to house a sacred relic of Lord Buddha. From the village of Mae Salong, we may even see Akha people, an indigenous tribe that populates many hillside villages. Our last stop, the OTOP Agriculture Centre, is a great place to grab some souvenirs. The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy after we check in to our cozy mountain retreat, with tonight’s dinner included.

Day 4: Chiang Rai

After breakfast we’ll drive to the Golden Triangle, where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the Mekong River. We’ll explore this epic waterway by boat tour, then head for the Hall of Opium to glean some highlights about how this region was once the hub of the poppy-growing industry. We’ll enjoy an optional lunch before we visit Wat Phra That Pha Ngao temple for some sweeping views of the countryside, then end our day with an an optional dinner and a relaxing evening.

Day 5: Chiang Rai

Today begins with a 3-hour drive to Chiang Mai, Thailand’s lively northern capital. We’ll stop at the White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) on our way, an essential site on any visit to the Golden Triangle. Upon arrival we’ll enjoy an orientation walk, then leave you the afternoon to explore on your own. Then things get cooking with a culinary lesson that turns into a dinner to savour over sunset. Enjoy the rest of the evening in solace, or join us out for drinks.

Day 6: Chiang Rai

Another day forward, and we’ve stepped back in time: get a taste of the Lanna Period at Doi Suthep temple, replete with chanting monks and a sultry sunset from the mountain where copper-plated stupas populate the sweeping views. Tonight’s dinner is included, then we’ll stroll the Chiang Mai Night Bazaar for some friendly haggling and souvenir-hunting.

Day 7: Chiang Rai

Prepare for the biggest day of our adventure, which will be spent with one of the world’s kindest beasts: the Asian Elephant. We’ll learn about their health, then join them on a walk through the jungle with lunch included. This evening you may relax or stroll around the hotel with fellow travelers.

Day 8: Phuket

The famous beach island of Phuket is our final stop on this tour, and a perfect place to celebrate the end of our holiday. We’ll transfer to our resort-style hotel, then head out for an optional lunch before we visit the gay beach. Beware there is nothing serene or secluded about Phuket: this global destination features tons of restaurants, nightlife galore, and beaches teeming with people. This evening we’ll enjoy an optional dinner, and if you’re up for it, the island’s epic nightlife!

Day 9: Phuket / Sea Kayaking

Escape the hustle and bustle of Patong Beach on our final excursion. We’ll transfer to the other side of the island to explore the caves of Phang Nga Bay by sea kayak. No experience is necessary, as you’ll be captained by an expert local. We’ll explore hidden bays and caves and even make our own krathong (buoyant, all-natural decorated baskets). Launched after sunset, they may even stir up the bioluminescent plankton, causing the water to glow gorgeously. After heading back to land, we’ll freshen up for Farewell Drinks.

Day 9: Phuket / Departure

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart at your leisure. Please note: our NYE departure includes one extra night of accommodation in Phuket, so rest a bit more before heading home!

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