Ram Bar closed for holiday

Author: BonTong 2 Apr 2014

Ram Bar Closed for Holiday

Ram Bar Closed for holiday

Ram Bar will be closed fro staff holiday from 17-21 April 2014

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The largest gay festival in Asia, Phuket Pride kicks off tonight with their first event, a Pool Party at CC’s Hideaway. The festival runs until next Sunday when it concludes with the Grand Pride Parade and a Tea Dance in Patong’s paradise soi. Read the full events schedule for Phuket Gay Pride 2014

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Secrets Bar and CU bar have moved to a new location on the moat effective 1 April. Read the full story: Night Bazaar – End of an Era

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Sawatdee Pi Mai

Whilst the official dates for the Songkran New Year Water Festival are 13-15 April, in Chiang Mai the unofficial start is today 12th April. HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Chiang Mai Gay Songkran

Here’s a few things going on over Songkran that you might be interested in.

Soho Bar

Starting today until 15 April Soho Bar is open from 10 a.m. until midnight for Songkran festivities. Soho has a prime location on one of the main party venues at Huay Kaew Road and is always a favourite with the gay party crowd.

Typical Song Kran scene on Huay Kaew Road

Tonight at Ram Bar

Wet Jeans Party

Gay wet jeans party at Ram Bar Chiang Mai

The time for asexy and fun night.
Hot season and hot guys with wet jeans in Chiangmai for Songkran festival at Ram Bar. Who will be the best six-pack with wet jean and no top. Look,choose your best sexy wet jeans.

1st Sexy wet jean 2000 Baht
2nd Sexy wet jean 1500 Baht
3rd Sexy wet jean 1000 Baht

The party start at 8.00 pm.
Show time 9.00 pm.

For more info please call 0850345607

Update 13 April :

You can see the pictures from this event online: City Now – Wet Jeans Party at Ram Bar

Secrets Bar and CU Bar

With their new location just by the moat and close to the moat CU Bar and Secrets Bar are having a Songkran party – for 3 days 13-15 April – open from 10am until late into the evening.

Club One Seven

Club One Seven Gay Sauna and Guest House is having a 3 day Songkran event.

April 13: BBQ Pool Party from 2pm. Fresh barbecued seafood and meat is on the menu with fresh fruit. Enjoy music by the pool and dancing.

April 14: Sexy Staff Night. Our staff will all be in their favourite sexy underwear serving free fruit punch throughout the night.

April 15: The Final Night of Songkran will future our signature ALL NAKED PARTY to celebrate the Thai New Year. Play games, receive gifts and enjoy activities by the pool.

If you still need accommodation for Songkran give Club one Seven a call, they might still have a room available.

The Pool at Club One Seven

The Pool at Club One Seven

Adams Apple Club

Songkran at Adams Apple Club Chiang Mai

Adam’s Apple Club – the best known Gay Club in Chiang Mai, is having a special show for Songkran on 11-15 April Go party with the boys at Adam’s Apple Club

See Man Pub

See Man Pub might leave you foaming at the mouth this Songkran:

See Man Pub Songkran 2014

Radchada Garden Café

Radchada is still open today, and will be a dry area if you want somewhere quite for lunch or dinner. 13-15 April Radchada will be a total haven of tranquillity and relaxation away from Songkran as it will be CLOSED!

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Radchada Update

As some of our friends may know, the last 9 months at Radchada Garden Café have not been so easy with our friend Khun Note having had to contend with some serious medical issues. This has meant the Café has frequently been closed and has been operating under difficult circumstances.

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After several recent changes Radchada is now under new management with Mr Somchai, and some new staff, who are endeavouring to get the place up and running and open regularly again. Khun Note will be helping out from time to time but is still obeying Doctor’s orders to take it easy and rest. Once the Songkran holidays are over the guys will be working on some changes to the menu to start from next month. Meanwhile, for the time being, Radchada’s revised opening hours will be twelve noon until 10 p.m. (or perhaps later if its busy). Radchada remains closed on Tuesdays.

Radchada will also be closed from 13-15 April for the Songkran holidays, re-opening again on Wednesday 18 April.

Radchada Garden Café – Pre-Songkran party

Khun Note Curry Buffet at Radchada

Free Curry Buffet – Monday 7 April

As a pre Songkran celebration, and to say thank you to all the customers who have stood by Radchada throughout a difficult year the guys are organising a free curry buffet evening on Monday 7th April, starting around 8 p.m. A variety of different styles of Thai curry will be provided with all the trimmings.

Everyone is welcome, please go along and say hello and meet the new people.

As always Radchada Garden Café has a full bar service including a selection of beers, wine, spirits and cocktails to suit every taste.

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Songkran “Prapeni Pi Mai Mueang Chiang Mai”

In an earlier article we talked about the party side of Songkran, Thailand’s traditional New Year celebrations. But don’t forget the festival has many cultural aspects and traditions too. This article on the TAT website Prapeni Pi Mai Mueang Chiang Mai

Traditional Songkran clebrations in a temple - source WikimediaAs well as the water festival, people celebrate Songkran as a Buddhist festival. Many go to a wat (temple) to make merit by praying and giving offerings to the monks. Another ritual is bathing Buddha images to cleanse them and bring good luck, this is done by pouring fragrant water over the body and feet of the statues (not the head) to bring good luck for the New Year. In Chiang Mai, parades are held where Buddha images from several temples are carried through the streets on ornately decorated carriages so people can bathe them as they pass by. Another Songkran ritual is bathing the hands of elders with scented water as a mark of respect.

In their party exuberance westerners, particularly newbies visiting Songkran in Thailand for the first time are sometimes oblivious to the cultural niceties and etiquette. Here are a few Songkran do’s and dont’s

A few Songkran Do’s and Don’ts

DOs

  • DO Expect to get wet anywhere you go – carry any personal belongings in sealed plastic bags (especially Cameras and phones!)
  • DO Remember sun block – the sun can be very intense at this time of year.
  • DO Wear shoes that can get wet and not slide around – e.g. decent strap on sandals.
  • DO Be careful of your valuables in crowded places
  • DO Dye your hair bright orange and wear colourful clothes – the Thai’s seem to like that
  • DO Visit temples, make merit and enjoy some of the cultural and traditional parts of Songkran
  • DO Respect alcohol free zones around the moat and main party areas.
  • DO BE RESPECTFUL AND POLITE SMILE AND HAVE FUN
  • DO LEAVE YOUR WESTERN STYLE AGGRESSION AT HOME – This is Thailand NOT Lager Lout Land

DON’Ts

  • DO NOT Drink and Drive under any circumstances.  Thailand is getting much tougher on this – if caught you will wind up spending Songkran in jail.
  • DO NOT squirt people in the face or head with high powered water pistols and remember never to touch a Thai person’s head – it is a cultural no-no.
  • DO NOT throw water at monks, babies or the elderly
  • DO NOT throw water at people on moving motorbikes
  • DO NOT throw water with ice or dirty water (e.g. moat water)
  • DO NOT throw water after sunset (unofficially it used to be after 5 p.m. but that has got stretched in recent years)

 

Our top tip for Songkran: find some Thai friends and go play with them out in the suburbs or even back in their home villages.  We guarantee you will have a fun and memorable time enjoying Songkran as it was meant to be.  It seems the main party areas downtown have turned into an overcrowded disarray with a few drunken idiots (sadly usually farangs) spoiling it for everyone.

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Author: BonTong 2 Apr 2014

Web site visitors up more than 40% on last year

Unique visits to our website about gay Chiang Mai: www.gayinchiangmai.com are up over 40% on the previous year.

Visitors to Gay in Chiang Mai 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014  compared with 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013

Visitors to Gay in Chaing Mai 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014 compared with 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013

Unique visits to www.gayinchiangmai.com were up 41% whilst unique visits to www.radchada.com were up over 25%. www.radchada.com also enjoyed an increase in page views of 41%. Meanwhile, total site traffic was averaging over 10,000 visitors per month.

Particularly interesting was the growth in regional traffic with significant increase in traffic from several regional countries, especially Myanmar, Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and South Korea. A sign of the times was the increase in mobile and handheld traffic with visits from Mobile devices up 162% whilst visits from tablets were up 75%.

Thank you

We would like to thank all our visitors for supporting our site whcih we hope as provided useful information for gay visitors to Chiang Mai, and helped to keep ex-pats informed og the latest news and events in Gay Chiang Mai. A special thanks also to our sponsors who make a considerable contribution to running this site.

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Moving, Closing, Reopening and Refurbishment

Quite a few recent updates to our Gay Guide to Chiang Mai in recent days and weeks. Here is a summary

Moved: Secrets Bar and CU Bar

Effective today these Secrets Bar and CU Bar have moved to a new location on the moat. Read More: Night Bazaar – End of an Era

Closed

Yokadok seems to have closed it doors for good. Newcomer, X-change club which only opened a few months ago seems to have disappeared before we even visited! Spirit House is closed for refurbishment and currently scheduled to re-open on 1st May 2014

Reopened after Refurbishment

Several of Chiang Mai’s late night gay venues have had a face lift or change of ownership. Barocco Karaoke re-opened at the End of January whilst last month saw the re-opening of Relax Karaoke and See Man Pub. Read More: Late night fun refurbished

Additions

Whilst most of Chiang Mai’s traditional gay bars are predominantly the domain of older westerners, many younger gay Thai’s prefer to socialise in straight or rather mixed venues and clubs. The “Gay Ghetto” mentality that many westerners grew up with simply doesn’t exist in Thailand. Accordingly we’ve added a few of the straighter places that are popular with gay Thai boys to our late night disco and club guide

Keeping the Gay Guide Up to Date

If you know of any errors or omissions in our listings please let us know using our gay listings update form. We are always pleased to hear from both customers and business owners alike.

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Songkran 2014

Author: BonTong 30 Mar 2014

Songkran Water Festival

Two weeks from today will be the first day of Songkran, Thailand’s mad New Year water festival celebrations. Every year, for a hot week in April, Thailand’s northern city of Chiang Mai undergoes it’s metamorphosis from laid back garden city to the full blown party capital of Thailand. The city has become famed for its wild and wet celebrations of Songkran, which centre around the moat surrounding the old city.

The official Songkran holiday runs from Sunday 13th April 2014 until Tuesday 15th April. Wednesday 16th is allegedly a public holiday too though without the water throwing. However, in Chiang Mai, especially around the moat, the drenching usually starts on the twelfth, and almost certainly will be in full swing this year since it’s a Saturday. The main party places are Thapae Gate and outside the Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex. Between these venues a constant parade of vehicles, slowed to walking pace, fill the inner and outer moat roads.

Songkran in Thailand

Thailand’s Songkran Festival

Water Wars

For the un-initiated, Songkran is the annual Thai New Year festival. What started as a Bhuddist tradition of pouring water on Bhudda statues and the hands and feet of elders to cleanse and show respect, has now become anything but respectful. For several days it seems the entire population is out on the streets attempting to drown each other with as much water as possible in the world’s number one water fight.

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Water wars around the moat near Thapae gate

Most popular choice of war wagon is the pickup truck; loaded up with a large bin of water, plenty of beer and as many people as can be squeezed in! They maraud around the moat armed with plenty of buckets, high powered water pistols and proceed to soak anyone who comes in range. Others take up position by the side of the street and the nearest hosepipe to playfully soak passers-by.

Songkran in Chiang Mai

Songkran in Chiang Mai – Pickup Wars

In Chiang Mai, the local population is joined by throngs of tourists as well as many Thais from surrounding towns or returning home for the holiday from Bangkok, add to them the throngs of tourists who come to join in the fun and the city is packed.

Gay Songkran in Chiang Mai

If you are planning on visiting Chiang Mai for Songkran, don’t leave it any longer to make arrangements. Flights, buses and trains to Chiang Mai are usually full, as are many hotels and guest houses. If you are planning a trip here to enjoy Songkran, book today and don’t delay or you may be disappointed. For gay accommodation options in Chiang Mai check out our gay accommodation pages. Or, if your favourite hotel or guest house is already full see our recent article on other accommodation options in Chiang Mai.

We do not yet know of any specific events for gay Songkran, except for a special Songkran show at Adam’s Apple Club. If you own a gay venue and are planning any special events over Songkran be sure to let us know.

Day time Gay Songkran

During the daytime at Songkran, a few bars with street frontage in busy areas have daytime parties. Popular in the past have been Soho Bar and Ram Bar otherwise follow the crowd around the moat. As well as water, alcohol is a significant part of the Songkran psyche and, despite attempts to ban it from public areas it can usually be found (N.B. in past years alcohol sales have been banned around the moat – and, in any case it is always illegal to sell alochol between 2p.m. and 5 p.m).

Songkran at Soho

Songkran partygoers at Soho Bar (Some time ago now...)

Night Time Gay Songkran

Whilst Songkran is a big party, the night-life is often somewhat subdued as everyone is all partied out during the day, especially those drinking under the hot sun. Quiet nights out at restaurants and a few drinks are often the most popular choices. Though be aware that, with many visitors in town, and the staff having often been out playing Songkran all day, the level of service in some places may not be at its best.

Of course for those with stamina the late night scene in Chiang Mai has enjoyed a recent resurgence with several bars and clubs re-opening after refurbishment – read our latest late night gay guide to Chiang Mai.

Songkran at Adams Apple Club Chiang Mai

As we get more information of special Songkran events we will update them on our Chiang Mai Gay events calendar so be sure to check back

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Secrets Bar and CU Bar are moving

After weeks of uncertainty the news finally came in the last week that the leases for the bars at the Night Bazaar would not be renewed. Furthermore, the remaining businesses there have been given virtually no notice of the impending closure which will take effect at the end of this month. i.e. in two days’ time! Unbelievable in most countries, but, as we all know, this is Thailand.

The good news is that, after a frantic few days planning and re-organising, both Secrets Bar and CU Bar have found new homes in adjacent positions still in the city center. The new location will be on the eastern side of the moat near Thapae Gate at Somphet Gold Place on Chaiyaphum Road. The bars will be located in the back of a group of small retail units and offers some seclusion from the main road. This place has been home to a number of bars and restaurants in the past; including the gay Kudos bar for those who can remember that far back (about 6-7 years ago). The bars will be situated either side of the decorative water pool, which hopefully no drunken people will fall, or get thrown into.

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Kudos Bar - at the same location 6-7 years ago

The location tody (before renovation starts)

The location tody (before renovation starts)

Somphet Gold Place located right next to North Wheels car rental and is directly opposite a footbridge across the moat (from Somphet market) and pedestrian crossing. At night, the forecourt off the main road is home to Jack Van bar (literally a bar in a van surrounded by out door tables) and notorious late night hang out Spicy is just along the road so the area has plenty of nightlife credentials. Furthermore, Somphet is a much nicer location than the old Night Bazaar with smart rather than run down surroundings, which should give both bars an opportunity to prosper in more salubrious surroundings.

New Location Map – see on Google Maps


View Secrets Bar and CU Bar new location in a larger map

The site is now a frenzy of activity with the necessary preparation and construction work, with a plan to have everything open on Tuesday 1st April (and this is for real, unlike last year’s Dong Bar :) ). We know this enforced move has meant a lot of hard work and hassle for the bar owners and would like to wish them all the very best for their business in this new location.

This move for Secrets Bar and CU Bar will mark the end of an era at the Night Bazaar which has been home to part of the Chiang Mai gay scene for many years now (You can read some of the Night Bazaar history here)

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  1. Grimmy says:

    Spent all last night searching for this bar to no avail. Is there a phone number or directions in Thai that can be given to a tuk tuk driver?

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