Chiang Mai Gay Go-Go and Host bars

The Commercial Gay Scene in Chiang Mai

Thailand is well known for it’s highly visible commercial sex scene, gay and straight, with many foreigners visiting primarily as sex tourists. It is difficult to provide a full description of gay life in Thailand without mentioning the commercial side of the business. Particularly in the case of older foreigners dating younger Thais, the distinction between relationship and prostitution becomes quite blurred. This overlap continues into the gay scene too. The following article is provided for information only and, whilst the existence of a commercial scene is acknowledged, that does not imply any endorsement of it. It is not our intention to either condem or condone any particular lifestyle choices

Although Chiang Mai is Thailand’s second biggest city, compared with Bangkok or even Pattaya the commercial gay scene (AKA gay for pay) is quite small. There are four Go-Go bars, perhaps better described as host bars with shows and a few beer bars with hosts available. Some freelance and some working for the bar (and for whom an “Off Fee” is payable if you wish them to leave the bar during working hours).

Gay Club Adam's Apple Chiang Mai - handsome go-go boys

Handsome dancers at Adam’s Apple Club Chiang Mai

The other part of Chiang Mai’s commercial scene are the numerous gay or M2M massage parlours spread across the city offering the euphemistic “massage for men by men” or “rub and tug” as the service is sometimes referred to. You can find details of Chiang Mai’s gay massage places here. However, a growing trend is for massage shops to have a bar attached or associated with them. Although these bars are not necessarily host bars, the option to pick up a sexy masseur is always there, so we’re listing them in their own category on this page.

Chiang Mai also has plenty of places where gay people go that aren’t generally in the gay for pay category and where you won’t find hosts and hustlers. You can find details of these places on our bars and restaurants page

To make it easy to find the venues listed go to our Downloads Page to download the Radchada Café quick reference list of gay venues with addresses and directions in Thai, which you can show to your driver. Or you can use our Gay Guide Map.

Gay Go-Go and Host Bars with shows – Chang Puak:

All of the Chaing Mai’s gay male Go-Go bars are located close together in the Chang Puek area. They all have shows including handsome and sexy naked guys in a variety of acts and most also have ladyboy drag acts too. The shows last from one to two hours and are the focus of the evening’s entertainment. There is no cover charge but drinks are significantly more expensive than in regular bars. Chiang Mai Go-Gos are perhaps more Thai orientated and discreet than in Bangkok and Pattaya but foreigners are still very welcome.

  • Adams Apple Club

    Venue is gogo Venue is host
    Recommended - Friend of Radchada

    Recommended

    The oldest go-go bar in Chiang Mai with show at 10.30 p.m. Smart modern design in this upstairs, foreign owned and managed bar.

    • Indoor/Outdoor : indoor
    • Air-conditioned : yes
    • Parking : no
    • Style : gay
    • Hours : Open 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

    Map Title

    Address : 1/21-22 Viangbua Road

    Telephone : 053-220381

    Mobile :

    Off Chotana Rd on Viangbua Road (Opposite Lotus Hotel Garden bar - upstairs from Metro Bar)

  • Circle Pub

    Venue is gogo Venue is host

    Chiang Mai's longest running and most professional Host bar with show. Busy and popular with Thai customers many of Chiang Mai's most handsome and muscular Shan boys can be found here. Two shows nightly.

    • Indoor/Outdoor : indoor
    • Air-conditioned : yes
    • Parking : yes
    • Style : gay
    • Hours : Open 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    • Circle Pub
    • 161/7-8 Soi Erawan Chang Phuak Rd, chang puek, chiang mai, Thailand
    • 053-214996 
    • 18.80120798.985344
    • Click for Map

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    Address : 161/7-8 Soi Erawan Chang Phuak Rd

    Telephone : 053-214996

    Mobile :

    Located in a small soi just off Chang Puek Road (opposite the Cheng Puek bus station and white elephant monument)?

  • New My Way

    Venue is gogo Venue is host

    Go-Go and host bar with a long show from 10 p.m until midnight. Mixture of sexy boy acts, including some nudity, and ladyboy cabaret.

    • Indoor/Outdoor : indoor
    • Air-conditioned : yes
    • Parking : yes
    • Style : gay
    • Hours : Open 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.
    • New My Way
    • 3/5-6 Hatsadisawee Rd Soi 3, chang puek, chiang mai, Thailand
    • 053-404361 
    • 18.80276598.980629
    • Click for Map

    Map Title

    Address : 3/5-6 Hatsadisawee Rd Soi 3

    Telephone : 053-404361

    Mobile :

    Located in small Soi off Hatsadisawee Rd

Night Bazaar – Host Bars

  • Secrets Bar

    Venue is bar Venue is host
    Recommended - Friend of Radchada

    Recommended

    Probably now the most popular gay bar in Chiang Mai for ex-pats and one of the longest running gay bars in Chiang Mai. Secrets bar has moved several times and is now located on gay soi 6 near the Night Bazaar. Friendly staff and atmosphere with many cut

    • Indoor/Outdoor : both
    • Air-conditioned : yes
    • Parking : limited
    • Style : gay
    • Hours : 6 p.m. - Late
    • Secrets Bar
    • Chareon Prathet Soi 6, night bazaar, chiang mai, Thailand
    •  +66.81.531.5566
    • 18.78488299.002800
    • Click for Map

    From the owner:

    Gay Chiang Mai's best-kept Secret

    Having built up its reputation over many years Secrets Bar has a loyal following and is Chiang Mai's most popular gay bar with a good crowd most nights and very busy at weekends. Owner Khun Oh, and his team of good looking and friendly Thai boys are always on hand to ensure that customers enjoy themselves.

    Secrets is now located on Chiang Mai's gay soi - Chareonprathet Soi 6, near the Kalare Night Bazaar is discreet and offers the maximum privacy to our guests. Unlike our previous locations, the new venue has its own private toilet facilities which are kept in immaculate condition.

    Whether you want to sit and have a chat and a beer with friends, enjoy a cocktail, play pool or meet some of Chiang Mai's most handsome young men, Secrets Bar is the place to be. Secrets has a fully stocked bar and bar snacks are also available.

    Map Title

    Address : Chareon Prathet Soi 6

    Telephone :

    Mobile : +66.81.531.5566

    Towards the river end of Chareon Prathet soi 6, close to the intersection with Chareon Prathet Rd and adjacent to the new Ram Bar

  • Orion Bar

    Venue is bar Venue is host

    Fun Beer Bar on Soi 6 with Pool table. Located in the main tourist Kalae Night Bazaar complex. Welcoming gay owner and a mixed clientelle with friendly and accomodating staff

    • Indoor/Outdoor : both
    • Air-conditioned : no
    • Parking : no
    • Style : gay owned/mixed
    • Hours : evening until late
    • Orion Bar
    • Chareonphrathet Soi 6 at Kalae Night Bazaar, night bazaar, chiang mai, Thailand
    •  0923378025
    • 18.784748899.0011423
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    Map Title

    Address : Chareonphrathet Soi 6 at Kalae Night Bazaar

    Telephone :

    Mobile : 0923378025

    Chareonphrathet Soi 6 to the side of the Kalae Night Bazaar, enter opposite the Indian restaurant Le Spice and Orion Bar is in the second row of kiosks.

Gay host bars in other areas of Chiang Mai:

(See advice below)

Thapae Area

Chiang Mai Gay Karaoke Bars

Late Night Karaoke is very popular with Thai gays in Chiang Mai and there are several places often open very late. Generally drinks are not much more than in regular bars and there are plenty of hosts to sit and drink with you, or go off with you. Most have food available and some also have private VIP rooms where you can enjoy. However, the staff will likely have limited English ability

As for anywhere in Thailand the late night scene is underground. These places change all the time and can be dangerous if you are alone so we are only listing a couple of them, which are more appropriate for foreigners.

Karoke Bars – Chang Puak:

  • Barocco

    Venue is karaoke Venue is host

    Late night Karaoke club in a lounge style with Sofa seating and big screen TV's. Waiters available to entertain you and are offable. Also have food available and VIP rooms upstairs. (Warning - smoking is allowed here) Popular with l

    • Indoor/Outdoor : indoor
    • Air-conditioned : yes
    • Parking : yes
    • Style : gay owned/mixed
    • Hours : Open 9 p.m. - 5 a.m.
    • Barocco
    • Soi Erawan Chang Phuak Rd, chang puek, chiang mai, Thailand
    •  
    • 18.8008498.98539
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    Map Title

    Address : Soi Erawan Chang Phuak Rd

    Telephone :

    Mobile :

    Off Soi Erawan Chang Puek Road Down the small Soi opposite Circle Pub

  • FreeGuy Club

    Venue is karaoke Venue is host
    Recommended - Friend of Radchada

    Recommended

    Host bar with raunchy show and fun sexy staff, mainly Shan or Tai-Yai boy and NO LADYBOYS! Recently introduced Karaoke too

    • Indoor/Outdoor : indoor
    • Air-conditioned : yes
    • Parking : yes
    • Style : gay
    • Hours : Open 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

    Map Title

    Address : 181/40-41 Chang Phuak Rd

    Telephone : 053-212805

    Mobile :

    Located in next soi on left after the Mecure hotel (Formerly Novotel) when heading away from the city.

Bars at Gay Massage Shops

A more recent trend in Chiang Mai is for gay bars to open inside or adjacent to massage parlours. For the Massage business this represents a new way to attract customers, who in turn are often not disappointed to find young massage boys available to join them for a drink.

Historical Note – Gay Bars in Chiang Mai Night Bazzar Area :

The Night Bazzar area was Chiang Mai’s main tourist location. A few years ago it was also a popular part of the Chiang Mai gay scene with more than fifteen bars there. But, times have changed and most of the city’s night life is now to be found in the Chang Puek and Nimmanhaeminda areas to the North West of the city.

The two popular Night Bazaar areas were off Thapae Soi 1. Around the now defunct Peak Climbing wall (destroyed by a fire on 1 Jan 2008) was a popular group of small open air beer bars, The Peak is being re-developed and all of the remaining bars closed down in November 2009. The other area, known locally as Sleaze Alley was a small strip of bars behind the D2 hotel, all of which are currently closed.

In 2012 a couple of the Sleaze Alley bars moved to a new location next to the old alley and behind the main Night Bazaar building. They moved out on 31 March 2014 marking the end of the Night Bazaar era in Chiang Mai (Read More)

The Sleaze Alley bars had mainly freelance hustlers around or in the street outside. In the old days they were notorious for young boys and pedophiles for which Chiang Mai sadly had a bad reputation. These boys were almost all hilltribe or Burmese street kids (See advice below) with virtually no Thai guys anymore. However, in recent years, these bars had become more gay ex-pat social meeting places; clientele was typically much older or retired foreign ex-pats and their boyfriends with a few tourists.

Some Important advice and information

Stop child Sex offenders. Pedophiles are not welcome in Chiang Mai

Please remember:

It is a crime to have sex with someone under 18 in Thailand

upon returning home child sex offenders can be prosecuted under extraterritorial laws

Freelancers AT YOUR OWN RISK – Picking up freelancers or street boys (e.g. around Thapae Gate, the Night Bazaar Area or by the river) might be cheaper than going to a go-go bar or Karaoke but you have no recourse if things go wrong. These guys are mainly from hill tribes, or Burma and often have no ID. Although there are no guarantees, at least in the Go-Go and Karaoke bars the owners should know who works for them, have registered them with the police and have copies of their IDs and work permits.

You should also remember that, although these guys may be attractive and have a friendly smile, very few are gay. Many are doing what they do because they have few choices and options in life and they are often just homeless street kids. Please understand their situation, show them respect and don’t try to force them to do anything against their will.

Also gang fights, problems with drugs and assaults on foreigners are reported from time to time so please use caution and common sense. Be aware that drug abuse is sadly still rampant in Northern Thailand and penalties for involvement in drugs are severe. For your own safety, stay away from drugs and boys who use them. There have also been cases of drugs used in date rape attacks and to rob foreigners. You can read other warnings here

Please be aware that prostitution is illegal in Thailand in accordance with the Prevention and Suppression of Prostitution Act, B.E. 2539 (1996) This article is for information purposes only, it is not an incitement to commit illegal acts and readers are responsible for their own actions. Please refer to the terms and conditions of use for this website. Please also note that, in Thailand, the penalties for foreigners having sex with someone under the age of eighteen are severe.

Chiang Mai Gay Bars that have closed Down:

  • Chiang Mai 19
  • Coffee Boy
  • Doi Boi
  • Power Boys

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