The numerous online travel guides make it super easy to find the trending gay destinations around the world. However, the key to planing the best holiday trip for you (and not going on one that someone else has told you to go), is to understand which destination is best for you based on your personal likes, interests and budget. Before planning your next trip, it is really important to narrow down your choices about the countries and destinations that are more likely to offer you the experiences you desire. Other destinations will create priceless memories, others will make you relax and fall in love and others will leave you with empty pockets! The final choice is yours!
One of the destinations that easily comes to mind when talking about Gay holidays, is Thailand. A country full of popular destinations among LGBT travellers, like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai, and Kho Hood.
However, in this article, we are not going to talk about these popular destinations once again, but guide you through one of Thailand’s hidden gems: Chiang Mai, and one of the best resorts for gay travelers, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort!
Chiang Mai among the best gay destinations in Thailand!
Boasting vibrant landscapes, a rich heritage, and ancient tourist attractions, Chiang Mai is a top destination for gay holidays in Thailand.
If you are coming from Europe or the U.S., it is important to know that in Thai destinations such as Chiang Mai, the concept of "gaybourhood" is almost non-existent. Even though you might come across references about specific gay areas in Chiang Mai, keep in mind that almost each bar and business in the area, crowded or not, is most likely to host young gay people. There are a few gay bars and establishments around the Old City of Chiang Mai, the Night Bazaar and Huay Kaew Road, which will let you discover Chiang Mai's emerging gay scene.
Exploring one of the best hotels in Chiang Mai for Gay Travellers: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Following the all-welcome mentality of the Worldwide Anantara Hotels & Resorts chain, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort welcomes gay travelers from all over the world, completely respecting their privacy. The hotel stands out for its luxury ambiance, its exceptional service and its amazing landscapes. Let's go through the top 5 reasons that make this hotel a great choice for Gay travellers to Thailand:
What distinguishes Anantara Chiang Mai Resort from other luxury hotels in Chiang Mai, is the fact that it is located on the edge of Mae Ping River, becoming a luxurious haven away from the surrounding bustle of the city.
The resort’s location is also attractive to gay travelers looking to discover the “gay areas of Chiang Mai”, since it is very close to Chiang Mai Night Bazaar and Huay Kaew Road, known for hosting various gay bars and hot spots. Moreover, the impressive Old City with the numerous markets, delicious street food, and bright temples, is just 15 minutes walk from the hotel.
Another highlight is the resort’s distance from Chiang Mai International Airport, which is just a 15-minute drive! Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will transport you from/to the airport in style and comfort by a private car or a van, with complimentary WiFi.
2. Your Room Experience at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Fancy a River or a Garden view room? Whatever your preferences, the 84 rooms and suites of Anantara Chiang Mai Resort are an oasis for the body and soul, with wooden elements, local artifacts, and expansive glass.
Anantara Chiang Mai Resort's elegant rooms will offer you relaxing moments on your private balcony, equipped with cosy daybeds. Each room and suite overlook the beautiful gardens, the Colonial House, or Mae Ping River.
Whether you soak in your private tub or lay on your cosy daybed watching the river life unfolding, your holiday experience in Chiang Mai will be much more than relaxing!
3. The Cheap & Delicious Cuisine of Chiang Mai
One of the top reasons for someone to visit Thailand is none other than its superb cuisine. Chiang Mai is one of the cities where you can enjoy local recipes, without necessarily having to spend a whole fortune on them. The city is literally packed with traditional eateries and outdoor street food venues, giving easy access to traditional Thai street food.
Of course, the majority of the hotels like Anantara Chiang Mai have made sure to include International dishes as well as traditional recipes with a twist in their menu, in order to make it more appealing for the people who are not used to Asian cuisine. Food lovers in Thailand will be able to expand their cooking horizons at Spice Spoons. Live an interactive gastronomic experience and dive into the unique four-flavor balance of salty, sweet, spicy and pungent.
You can also participate in a memorable local market tour and learn how to prepare your favorite traditional Thai dishes back home by taking the step by step class on the colonial house garden.
4. Feel Good at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Spend endless hours sunbathing and swimming at the resort’s outdoor swimming pool, surrounded by manicured gardens and a lotus pond!
After a long day strolling around Chiang Mai, what would be better than indulging in a soothing massage combining healing plai massage oil with Thai, Burmese and Chinese techniques? Anantara Spa will pamper you with the best signature treatments and therapies for deep relaxation and detoxification!
The resort’s health club is a haven of wellness and wellbeing, offering holistic classes, activities, and inspirational seminars that aim to balance your body, mind, and spirit.
5. Spend your Gay Honeymoon in Chiang Mai
Whether you crave for a romantic honeymoon full of intimate moments, spa rituals, and private dining experiences or you prefer to spend your first days as a married couple with adventurous activities, Anantara Chiang Mai Resort will make all your desires come true!
The resort’s experienced staff will organise anything you might ask for, from private culinary journeys and spa rituals for couples, to tours and adventurous activities. Surprise your loved one with a special treatment for two or spend relaxing moments in a romantic nest with herbal steam room, aromatic sauna, and terrazzo bathtub!
Click here to check for prices and availability at Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, and remember to always book directly with the Hotel, for getting the best available prices and having the most personalized communication with the hotel!