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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.

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 with shows and Host Bars – 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
    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.
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    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)

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  • Circle Pub

    Venue is gogo

    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
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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)?

    161/7-8 ซ.เอราวัณ ถ.ช้างเผือก

  • New My Way

    Venue is gogo

    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
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    Address : 3/5-6 Hatsadisawee Rd Soi 3

    Telephone : 053-404361

    Mobile :

    Located in small Soi off Hatsadisawee Rd

    3/5-6 หัสวดีเสวี ซ.3 ตรงข้ามเซเว่น

Night Bazaar – Host Bars

At some of the beer bars at the Night Bazaar you may find hosts are available or there are freelancers there, though none are specifically host bars. (See advice below)

  • 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
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    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.

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    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

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  • Orion Bar

    Venue is bar Venue is host

    Fun Beer Bar on Soi 6 with Pool table. Welcoming gay owner and a mixed clientele with friendly and accommodating staff and some fun boys

    • Indoor/Outdoor : both
    • Air-conditioned : no
    • Parking : no
    • Style : gay
    • Hours : evening until late
    • Orion Bar
    • Chareonphrathet Soi 6 , night bazaar, chiang mai, Thailand
    •  0923378025
    • 18.7847399.00077
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    Address : Chareonphrathet Soi 6

    Telephone :

    Mobile : 0923378025

    Towards the top of Chareonphrathet Soi 6 close to Le Spice restaurant

    ถ.เจริญประเทศ ซ.6 ต.ช้างคลาน

Gay host bars in Chang Puek Area area of Chiang Mai:

As well as go-go bars there are some host bars in the Chang Puek district of Chiang Mai. Some of these are also Karaoke bars so you will find them listed here too.

  • 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
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    • 18.8008498.98539
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    Address : Soi Erawan Chang Phuak Rd

    Telephone :

    Mobile :

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

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  • FreeGuy Club

    Venue is karaoke Venue is host
    Recommended - Friend of Radchada

    Recommended

    Popular Karaoke/Dance Host bar with fun sexy staff, mainly Shan or Tai-Yai boy hosts and dancers. Open late and busy. Currently the best late night bar in Chiang Mai

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

    181/40-41 ถ.ช้างเผือก

  • RayUp

    Venue is bar Venue is host

    Lively music bar in the popular JJ market area. Gay owned (Same owner as Free Guy Club) now with coyote boys and friendly hosts.

    • Indoor/Outdoor : indoor
    • Air-conditioned : yes
    • Parking : yes
    • Style : gay owned/mixed
    • Hours : 5p.m. midnight
    • RayUp
    • Atsadathon Rd at JJ Market, chang puek, chiang mai, Thailand
    •  085 863 0543
    • 18.805389 98.995161
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    Address : Atsadathon Rd at JJ Market

    Telephone :

    Mobile : 085 863 0543

    Near JJ Market at intersection Si Mongkhon and Atsadathon Rd (Traffic Lights). Bar is on 2nd Floor

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. Some of these bars were notorious for underage boys and western pedophiles. The last of the original bars in this area closed in 2014. Read the full history article here or articles about the old the area, known locally as Sleaze Alley

Since 2015 a new range of bars have grown up along Charoen Soi 6 and nearby. These are listed in our guide page on gay Bars Pubs and restaurants in Chiang Mai These bars are generally social meeting places for gay ex-pats and foreign visitors. This is Thailand and you may still encounter some free lance hustlers around the area, and a couple of bars may have a few host boys. However, it is not the sleazy scene of fifteen or so years ago.

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 and you may be exploiting or abusing children. 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. To work in a bar in Thailand you must be at least twenty years old.

You should also remember that, although these men 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 maybe just homeless street kids. Please understand their situation, show them respect and don’t try to force them to do anything against their will.

Whilst some may have moral objections to it, prostitution is a part of life in Thailand which we neither condone nor condemn. However, we, along with most respectable gay organisations do not and will not support the exploitation of children or those forced to work in the business. Our views on the sexual abuse of children are set out here

Gang fights, problems with drugs and assaults on foreigners have been 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