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Lots of Sunshine to start the New Year

1st January 2012 already seems a distant memory so, as we enter 2013, we thought we’d look back at some of the things that happened in gay Chiang Mai during 2012. The last year has seen significant changes in the demographics of the Chiang Mai gay scene, with the typical old fashioned foreign style gay bar seeing a decline, whilst trendy new places are definitely in the ascendancy.

We started 2012 with lots of Sunshine, and since this is a subject we have a definite soft spot for, couldn’t resist doing the same this year :) Wishing all of our readers a very Happy New Year in which we hope you find lots of sunshine of your own.

In January 2012 on gay in Chiang Mai we remembered the death of our friend David Crisp, brutally murdered by three boys he’d befriended. We also reported on the forthcoming opening of Mansfield Residence, a new boutique city resort in Santitham along with the closure of Twin Peaks and Jungle Juice bars in Sleaze Alley.

January went out with a bang, rather too literally as Khun Note, the owner of Radchada proved both conclusively and concussively that motorbikes are imperfect flying machines. Scary stuff in the Emergency Room at Chiang Mai RAM when the doctor pronounced Note’s injuries were life threatening. Fortunately, after some time in ICU and an intervention by a very skilful surgeon, Note is back to normal and boasting that he now has more titanium than silicon is his face.

CU Bar at Night Bazaar

CU Bar at Night Bazaar

February saw several changes in the Chiang Mai scene. The start of the month saw Secrets Bar and CU bar relocate into the adjacent covered area overlooking the night bazaar car park, whilst the only remaining sleaze alley Bar, Milky Way moved to the front of the alley.

Whilst the changes were a definite improvement, some of the benefits didn’t last. The bathrooms, which we have to say were beyond disgusting in the old location, were markedly better. Sadly, it seems janitorial skills and basic maintenance are not considered as important here. The current facilities are already un-pleasant, the decline over just a few months having been noticeably rapid.

The nature of the bars has changed too. Secrets Bar seems to have lost the young kids who used to play pool there, and become a good quiet place just to go for a drink, without being pestered by the rougher hill tribe hustlers. CU Bar on the other hand, seems to want to be all things to everyone and many say it has lost some of its previous attraction.

February witnessed one of the biggest events the Chiang Mai gay scene has seen in ages. See Man Pub opened on Canal Road (close to Nimmanheminda area). In less than a year this large modern gay club has transformed the Chiang Mai scene shifting it away from the fading downtown and night bazaar areas to the happening parts of Nimmanheminda and Santitham. A process that has accelerated throughout the year with both the closure of Mandalay Bar and a campaign of drink driving checks around the Night Bazaar orchestrated to drive seedy nightlife out of the tourist and cultural areas.

See Man Pub

Following their formal launch party in March, See Man Pub has continued to grow in popularity throughout the year and is now the must visit gay venue in Chiang Mai.

See Man Pub Foam Party

The good news is that, unlike Mandalay, foreigners are welcome at See Man too. It’s open late but Friday and Saturday’s are packed so it’s better to go a little early to get a table. They have been arranging a number of special events throughout the year with various contests and foam parties proving popular.

February also saw the opening of RAM coffee and bar A nice modern coffee shop located right next to River House massage, though the location is a bit distant from any other gay venues. During the course of the year they gave up on coffee, but the bar is still open in the evening and attracts a small regular following of old generation ex-pats.

March saw the launch of the Rainbowcard, Asia-Pacific’s first international GLBT Lifestyle Card.

Rainbow card Logo

Visit the Rainbow Card Website to discover details of GLBT business offering discounts or promotions to cardholders and to apply for a free card. To see the businesses accepting RainbowCard in Chiang Mai visit www.rainbow-card.gayinchiangmai.com

A downside for March and April this year was the bad smog and smoke which returned to blight Chiang Mai, this year seemed worse than several previous years disproving government assertions that things were improving. However, this was also the year when they unveiled a novel solution

On a sad note, April was the month in which we said good bye to another friend who succumbed to something almost forgotten these days.

April started with a big party for the grand opening of Mansfield Residence Boutique City resort in the heart of gay Santitham. This lavish project aims at providing five star hotel class accommodation yet retaining the intimate, private and discreet nature of a gay guest house.

Mansfield Hot Male sexy boys

Some of the show boys at Mansfield’s opening party

April is the height of hot season and a time when the boys head of to Chiang Mai Riviera better known as Huai Tung Thao lake located off the Canal Road a few Km North of the 700 year stadium. This large lake is a popular destination to escape the city for a few hours relaxation and swimming.

Fun at Huai Tung Thao

End of a great afternoon's fun with the boys at Huai Tung Thao

Of course, the most aggressiveness cooling off is done at the Songkran traditional New Year water festival and this year was no exception with the party seeming to go on for ever.

May was a busy month and with twenty two articles marked our biggest month on Chiang Mai Gay News. The first of May was a landmark for Radchada Garden Cafe which transitioned from being a daytime cafe to extending it’s opening hours to provide an evening bar service. It also added a larger range of Italian food dishes to it’s existing selection of Pizzas and Pasta.

Radchada Garden Cafe

Radchada Garden Café

May was also the month when arithmetical difficulties almost left the staff at the Garden Bar witless. With Idaho day on 17th May it was also a month to remember that, despite tremendous advances in gay rights, there is still a long way to go.

June was definitely old Queen’s month with the U.K. celebration of sixty years on the throne which it seemed the rest of the world joined in too, or at least in Chiang Mai the party seemed that way at The Pub. The Pub has remained a gay favorite in 2012 with the early evening gay gathering for Sunday lunch getting ever more popular.

As the low season started to bite we saw the start of the phoney party wars as bar owners became evermore desperate to try and pull in a few more punters. The competition was tough but the Bon Tong award for silliest party theme was the knobbly Knees at Ram Bar, well maybe they called it sexy legs but whatever :)

July heralded the birth of another gay business as we formally launched Bon Tong Productions providing a web design service specifically aimed at gay businesses.

Bon Tong Production Logo

One of Bon Tong’s first projects was a new website for Adam’s Apple club:

Adam's Apple Club Website

Check out the site live at: www.adamsappleclub.com

July also saw the end of a Chiang Mai gay institution as Mandalay, affectionately known as Mandagay closed down.

In August much excitement was caused by the announced re-opening of Chiang Mai’s legendary gay bar Coffee Boy. This was quickly followed by disillusionment as it turned about to be the Coffee Shack, actually called Chiang Mai 19 (boy).

September was a quiet month, as it always is in Chiang Mai. The guys at Bon Tong Productions took the opportunity to make some changes to this website, including the introduction of a complete new gay guide to complement our existing guide on www.radchada.com. In October we further extended the changes by adding a fully interactive events calendar to the site. We also updated our quick reference guide to Chiangmai gay venues: all the addresses in Thai on a single page – ideal to carry with you and show a Tuk-Tuk driver. Download it here.

In October Soulmates Retreat, a small luxury gay owned resort out side Chiang Mai, appeared on the scene. Located in beautiful countryside with views of paddy-fields and mountains near Doi Saket, Soulmates Retreat sets new standards for luxury gay accommodation.

Soulmates Retreat

Soulmates Retreat – Luxury gay resort with beautiful views

Soulmates is the second new addition to the luxury gay accommodation market following Mansfield Residence in the Santitham area. 2012 was a good year for gay accommodation in Santitham with new gay owned guest house QI 68 also opening here, and the much awaited new villas at Santitham Guest House finally opening to the public. Soho Bar and Guest House has also been making improvements to its rooms, or for the more budget concious, the B2 (Boutique and Budget) hotel chain has now opened it’s third property in Santitham and a B2 Premier in the Nimmanheminda area.

Pizza Chiang Mai

Khun Note with a freshly baked twelve inch pizza at Radchada Garden Cafe

October was also when Radchada Garden Cafe launched its very popular Free Pizza Buffet on Monday nights. Radchada’s Pizza’s are twelve inch Italian style thin crust, baked to order in a sizzling hot oven with fresh ingredients and quality Mozarella cheese. Undoubtedly the best Pizza in Santitham and the gayest Pizza in Chiang Mai. :)

As you can see from his picture, it’s wonderful to see Khun Note made a full recovery from his accident back in January

Since extending opening hours into the evening, 2012 has been a good year for Radchada Garden Cafe which, in November, celebrated it’s first anniversary with a well attended party. See the pictures here

The culmination of the year was the recognition of Radchada’s popularity by the readers of Out in Thailand magazine, who voted Radchada Garden Café as the readers choice for best Restaurant and Café in Chiang Mai. We were doubly honoured when our sister website from Bon Tong productions, www.radchada.com won the award for best local website for the second year running.

SpaTacus Chiang Mai

The gay massage business offering massage for men by men also saw some development in Chiang Mai during 2012. The first new venue was Spatacus off Loi Kroh Road. Around Chiang Mai Land two more massage shops were added close to the Blues Club, His Club and One 2 come.

boys at Heaven Massage

New massage and spa Heaven Massage is situated right across the road from Blues Club whilst another new venue Sixty Nine club is in a back soi just around the corner in a smart Thai style villa house

On the down side, M Massage and Spa closed down, along with the short lived five on Chiang Moi. The Wall Massage had a small wobble and closed briefly but has now re-opened under new management.

It would appear the massage business is tough in Chiang Mai. With at least sixteen gay massage parlours it seems there is hardly enough business to go around and it’s a hard market for new entrants to penetrate with the happy endings perhaps destined only for the clients rather than the businesses themselves.

November was a strange month with the 2555 Loy Khratong festival falling late this year on 28 November. Normally the weather cools and is very pleasant in November. Following last years floods 2012′s weather in Chiang Mai has been far from normal. Rainy season was more of a cloudy season, that extended until early December before the temperatures finally fell. Loy Khratong was nearly washed out as the main parade narrowly escaped heavy rain.

Another rising star however turned super nova and died in a few short months. The well-known Glass Onion had expanded significantly with the addition of an outdoor café bar Cosmos café and a speciality wine shop. Clearly over reached, the next step was to recruit some very cute Isaan money boys to woo the customers. Sadly it had the opposite effect and all the venues had closed up by September.

Meanwhile, Chris, the Glass Onion’s former owner had opened another small bar on Nimmanhaeminda Soi 1. More like someone’s living room than a bar this venue started off well, but after some difficulties with the landlady, it all imploded in a few short weeks.

Out in Thailand Magazine October front cover

In the media Chiang Mai received some interesting coverage with several articles reflecting the changes in Chiang Mai and it’s gay scene along with the rise of Santitham as the center of gay life. The November issue of Thai Puan contains an article by David Edwards called “Santitham – The New Chiang Mai” and Out in Thailand’s special feature on Chiang Mai by Guy Burroughs in the October Issue was called Chiang Mai – All change in the Jungle city. Bon tong’s opinions can be found here on Chiang Mai City News blog article The Santitham Renaissance.

In December we produced our high season update on the state of the Chiang Mai gay scene. Looking back on the year its been interesting to note the decline in the traditional style bars. More and more we see younger visitors and gay couples coming to Chiang Mai looking for a vibrant tourist destination and who have zero interest in going to places where prostitutes hang out.

Happy New Year to all our readers for 2013

Radchada Cafe Staff

Happy New Year from the boys at Radchada Garden Café

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Santitham Guest HouseRAM Bar

Mid December and a delayed cool season has finally arrived in Chiang Mai  ushering in the high season, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to provide an update on the gay scene here.  Although the gay venues themselves haven’t changed so much, we’ve noticed quite a change in where people go and the entertainment favoured by gay ex-pats over the last couple of years.

Suan Dok gate Chiang Mai

Beautiful cool seasons skies over Suan Dok Gate

Chiang Mai’s traditional “gay bars” seem much less popular than they were, whilst new mixed modern venues are very much in the ascendency.  Much of Chiang Mai’s gay social scene has now shifted away from the traditional tourist enclaves around the night bazaar and Thapae gate to the up and coming cosmopolitan areas of Santitham and Nimmanheminda to the north west of the old city.

The big success story of 2012 has been the opening of Chiang Mai’s first specifically gay club – See Man Pub in the Nimmanheminda area.   Whilst attracting primarily a Thai clientele this, mega venue has built up a modest farang following too.  This large Thai style club is in a modern, air-conditioned pavilion.  Nightly shows include ladyboy acts and many attractive coyote boys.  It’s open until very late and is often packed to capacity, especially at weekends.  In the few months it has been open See Man Pub has established itself as the standard bearer of gay entertainment in Chiang Mai.

See Man Pub

The Nimmanheminda area is home to several other large clubs too, although not specifically gay these places are all quite popular with gay Thais and in the know farangs.  Best known is Warm Up Cafe, whilst others include Monkey Club, Tawaeng Deang and Infinity (just around the corner from See Man Pub).  The small sois off Nimmanheminda road have seen explosive growth in wine bars, coffee shops and boutique restaurant’s making this the fashionable part of town.  Although none are specifically gay, these venues, by their nature are ultra-gay friendly and attract many gay customers.

Gay Chiang mai Boys at Freeguy ClubAnother noticeable change has been the deepening divide between the Commercial bars, or houses of prostitution, and the general social scene.  Perhaps it’s a sign of modernisation in Thailand’s social structure, moral values and the improved economic fortunes that many now enjoy.   Not only are there very few money boys to be found in the non-commercial bars, but young Thai’s are now far less likely to go to places where prostitutes hang out for fear of being labelled as prostitutes themselves.

Of Gay Chiang Mai’s five male Go-Go bars, or more accurately host bars with sexy shows and nudity, Adam’s Apple Club is the only one with real go-go.  Adam’s and Free Guy Club are the two host bars most popular with Farangs whilst New My Way and Circle Pub are more orientated towards a Thai market, and increasingly attract women customers. 

The much vaunted opening of Chiang Mai 19 (boy) in the grounds of the old Coffee Boy was a disappointment.   Expectations of a return to the opulent Teak Wood antique house that defined Chiang Mai’s legendary gay venue of two or three decades ago were dashed by the discovery that the new bar was a shoddy tin roofed shack with more mama-sans than boys.

More than ever the guys working in the host bars are almost exclusively straight Tai Yai from the Shan State, many have been there for years and continue to work despite being well past retirement age.  Many of our friends are Tai Yai, and very nice people, not to mention often extremely handsome with quite macho looks.  They suffer the adversities of their lives in Thailand without complaint, yet one must understand how things are.  Gay is not accepted in Shan culture in the way it is by Thai’s and most Shan bar boys are super straight; often married with children.  Although they work in the bars to make a living don’t expect too much gayness from them if you take one to your room.

Sexy Shan Boys

Sexy Guys from The Shan State

The bigger sector of Chiang Mai’s male prostitution business remains the massage shops, there are sixteen in our listings spread all over town but the area around Chiang Mai Land, a few kilometres south of the city centre has a cluster with two new places, Heaven and Club Sixty Nine opening this year to join the existing Blues Club, One 2 Come, His Club, and Victory Massage.

Probably the biggest impact on gay social scene demographics has been the smart phone and applications like grindr Jackd and Hornet  After Gaydar and Gay Romeo have already put a large dent in the role of the traditional gay bar as somewhere to meet people for sex, these mobile apps may well be the final nail in the coffin.  Just as many old-fashioned gay bars in western cities are headed the way of the Dodo, so it seems are many gay bars in Chiang Mai.  As more and more of the younger Thai generation become netizens and can now afford smart phones they can go anywhere to enjoy a night out whilst meeting new sexdates on-line, often identifying  those close by or even in the same bar using this technology.

Gay Bar in Gay Chiang MaiSo what of Chiang Mai’s traditional gay bars?  Increasingly they are becoming like the communal lounge of an old folks home, the place where Chiang Mai’s twilight generation of gay ex-pats meet up for a glass of wine whilst reminiscing about the old days when boys were everywhere.  When 200Bt bought a quick blow job from a hill tribe boy in the bar’s toilets and 500Bt would buy whatever take home sexual gratification you cared to imagine. 

Gone are the friendly young Thai gay guys of yesteryear, all that you’ll find these days in the more traditional (non prostitute) bars is a few old carpet bagger money boys acting like matron to the bars geriatric occupants.   No easy 500Bt sex here, these are guys who’re only interested in hooking their tricks for the house and car inheritance. Of course, the prophecy of demise for the traditional gay bar is self-fulfilling.  Once these places become nothing more than social meeting places the gay requirement evaporates.   After all, gay people can enjoy social intercourse in so many of Chiang Mai’s hundreds of bars, restaurants and cafes which are quite gay friendly; who needs gay bars?

Indeed, this is what is happening.  With new trendy venues opening almost weekly around Nimmanheminda and Santitham gay expats are increasingly choosing such places to meet and socialise.  Those gay businesses that will survive are those that adapt to the changing market and offer more than just a place to sit and talk with the cute bar staff or engage prostitutes.  More and more smart mixed venues which offer food are becoming the replacement for the traditional Chiang Mai bar.  Some successful examples of such venues run by gay entrepreneurs include Sabbai Dee Santitham, Spirit House, West Restaurant, The Wine Shoppe and Radchada Garden Café.

Gay boys at Radchada Cafe

Friendly gay guys at Radchada Garden Cafe

If you are visiting Chiang Mai this high season come with an open mind and a smart phone.  If you come expecting the traditional Thai gay scene of old you’ll likely be disappointed.  Instead, make an effort to explore the modern Chiang Mai and discover what it has to offer.  I’m sure you’ll be back.

Radchada Garden CaféMansfield Residence

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  3. ben says:

    Yes i am in chiang mai for commercial sex because i like thai yai men. But had really terrible experiences both at circle pub and new my way, all i need to say is be away from these 2 bars, rude guys, they even dont let them to be kissed and touched, 3 nights ago i send the boy from my room and said bye bye, cause he says no touch no kiss and i said ok bye bye, then he said give me 500 baht ( for what even not touched? ) i said no go away , and he was very angry to me and about to kick me, just gave him 100baht for tuk tuk and he went. Then i called the mamasan (new my way )and told the event and the answer was the boy is not gay ………beleive it or not he said me he is not gay so this is normal. Then he left the phone open and i waited him on the phone 10minutes then closed. Rude, rude, Do never go there.
    Be away from these 2 bars. Yes apple is fine but just call a massage in your room for only 1500baht , why to pay money for a beer 250 baht and 300baht for the bar and 1500 for the boy , no way. Massage parlors is my fav. from now on.

It seems competition in the massage business is hotting up down in Chiang Mai Land with Club Sixty Nine the second new gay massage for men to have opened this year close to the recently opened Heaven Massage and Spa and long established Blues Club.

Club Sixty Nine Massage is located in a large modern thai style premises with gardens, discreetly located in a small residential soi behind the main Chiangmai Land road.

Sixty Nine Club

Google street view of Sixty nine Club

Here are some more pictures of Club Sixty Nine and their massage boys. Check out their website sixtynineclub.com for more pictures of all their staff. From what we hear from friends who’ve visited Sixty Nine Club is a very OK place with some great boys.

Sabbai DeeBPB Property

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  1. [...] brought our attention to a new massage place. You can read all about it on their blog here – http://www.gayinchiangmai.com/News/2012/sixty-nine-club-new-massage/. However we’ve copied is (as we are known to do) for your information here [...]

Commercial Gay Scene – Go-Go Bars, Karaoke and Massage

With high season kicking in this week in Chiang Mai, and Loy krthong only days away, this is part two of our series about where to find gay sex in Chiang Mai, and what to expect if you are a first time visitor here. This part looks at the commercial gay sex scene: Go-Go bars, Karaoke and massage. The final part will cover freelance hustlers.

So, what’s available for the horny gay visitor, with high expectations of a vibrant commercial sex scene? Chiang Mai’s four Go-Go bars, Adam’s Apple, Free Guy, New My Way and Circle Pub, are best described with the cliché “same same but different”. Though none are real Go-Go bars, but rather host bars with shows, they all have similar types of guy working there, who are almost exclusively Shan from Burma (see later), and prices are similar”. Hosts are dressed in street clothes (Jeans, T shirt) or shirt and tie style uniforms rather than skimpy underwear. The shows run for an hour or two. Quantity and quality depends on the number of customers and available guys so can vary a lot from night to night. There are no live sex shows though most include some nudity and some Lady Boy cabaret acts: typically sequined frocks and lip syncing to big diva songs.
But there are differences:

Chiang Mai Male Go-Go Bars

Adam’s Apple Club
Chiang Mai’s oldest host bar, originally conceived by Mohammad, a charismatic and worldly wise Lebanese entrepreneur, who put gay bars on the map in Chiang Mai. He is still proprietor of the gay “Lotus Hotel” across the road, with its popular “Garden Bar” and restaurant.

Entrance to Adam’s Apple

After being closed several years for a complete rebuild and makeover “Adam ’s Apple” is now owned by Todd, an outgoing American from L.A. who’s personality defines the club. It’s smart, with a modern, almost clinically clean environment and atmosphere, state of the art light and sound systems and smooth service. The show includes several cabaret routines with some of Chiangmai’s better Katoey acts, some nude go-go, with one or two boys dancing, and erotic dance sequences with nudity. It’s always been popular with tourists given its long reputation and foreigner ownership. But, Thai customers like it too, especially weekend visitors from Bangkok

Todd – The man behind Adam’s Apple

Circle Pub

For Thai customers this is Chiang Mai’s premier club and has several muscle boy staff that appeal to both the Thai Gays and Thai ladies who flock there at weekends. Although smart and clean, the décor is rather chintzy. Professionally run it has a slick show with two performances a night, but the prices are on the high side. It is possibly the least appealing bar for foreigners unless you want muscle guys.

Circle Pub

The stage at Circle Pub - glittering for show time

Free Guy
“Free guy” is the most laid back club, replacing proficient management with fun and smiles. Their biggest claim is “no ladyboys” and the show is all boy next door types, with almost every act being a more or less imaginative scenario for the participants to remove their clothes and demonstrate what they have to offer! The catwalk style stage makes sure everyone gets a great view and between acts they have three boys Go-Go dancing in sexy underwear.

Free Guy Sexy Go-go

“Free Guys’” Show now starts at 10:00 p.m. and recent reports all say it’s fun with lot’s of new bar boys.

New My Way
Re-modelled for last year’s high season, performers now descend down some stairs onto the stage, “New My Way” is always a lively place. The show is long, from about 10 p.m. to midnight, and has a variety of cabaret, erotic nude acts and dancing. The show also has a couple of new surprises. “New My Way” is quite compact which makes it always seem full and adds to a good atmosphere.

For addresses and more details of Host Bars and other venues check out our map, or visit www.radchada.com

Chiang Mai Male Karaoke Bars

Another choice which is open later than the go-go bars is Karaoke. We recommend Barocco or Relax where the drinks are at normal prices, though the drink selection is very Thai: limited to large beers or whiskey bottle/mixer sets. Both have a large selection of waiters you can “off”; they also have many gay Thai customers some of whom are keen to meet foreigners. These places don’t get busy until after midnight. You can read more about Relax – the most fun gay bar in Chaing Mai here

Bar Boys and the Shan State

One surprise for visitors to Chiang Mai, which makes the commercial sex scene stand out from places like Bangkok and Pattaya is that there are very few Thai guys working in Chiang Mai’s bars. Nearly all the bar boys are Shan refugees from nearby Burma (Myanmar), in particular from the Shan state, the South Eastern part of Burma bordering Thailand, Laos and China. If you plan to meet guys from Chiang Mai’s commercial bars it is worth taking some time to understand about Shan people, as you’ll soon find out, they are not the same as Thais, and we mean that in a good way.

Ethnically the Shan people are part of the Tai group which has origins spreading from Yunnan province in China. They are also known as Tai Yai (Meaning Big Tai). They Speak their own language, Shan, and have a rich culture which is quite different to Thai. They seem more muscular, with harder more masculine facial features when compared with the softer, sometimes almost effeminate appearance of the classic Northern Thai male.

Sexy Shan Boys

Sexy Guys from The Shan State

Part of the Golden Triangle, the Shan state was for years under the control of Opium Drug Lords, such as Khun Sa, and remains one of the most lawless and dangerous parts of Burma far from Yangon (Rangoon) and Napyidaw (the new capital). Military forces of the ruling Junta have renewed clashes with the Shan State Army and the United Wa State Army. A common tactic of the Junta is to destroy whole Shan villages killing those who can’t flee, or detaining them as forced labour. The result: a mass influx of Shan into Northern Thailand, with a steady migration to refugee camps along the border and then to Chiang Mai, the nearest urban centre, in search of work.

Their persecution doesn’t end here as they are tolerated but not welcomed or appreciated by the Thai authorities. A source of cheap labour for Chiang Mai’s virulent construction industry, many are paid only 150 Bt ($5) for a day’s hard labour, and are constant targets of Police harassment. No wonder scores of young Shan males try to make a living in Chiang Mai’s gay bars, even though most are straight and gay people are not accepted by Shan culture in the way Thai culture embraces them. Few speak any English so it’s hard to ask those you meet in the bars about their backgrounds and personal stories, many of which are quite horrific.

You can find out more about the Shan in our other articles, or by following links on our side bar to various Shan and Burma websites such as Shanland.org.

Massage for Men by Men

If host bars and Karaoke aren’t your thing an alternative is gay massage parlours, of which there is an abundance spread across town so there’s plenty of choice. See our guide for details www.radchada.com this currently lists seventeen venues that are good for a massage with the all-important Happy Ending :).

Blue Club Gay Massage In Chiang Mai

Facilities at the Blue's Club Massage for Men in Chiang Mai

You can also check out our other articles on the male massage scene in Chiangmai here. Compared with the host bars, you will find many more gay Thai guys working in the massage places and they are very willing to please you. Local gays are quite shy about working in host bars where they may be spotted by friends and peers, whereas massage places are discreet with lower visibility.

That concludes the second part of this series. The final article will look at where to find freelancers and the risks involved.

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.

Adams Apple ClubBon Tong productions

Since our last report the floods have receded quickly in Chiang Mai and life is more or less normal again. Indeed, we are starting to see an all round improvement in the weather as we head towards cool season. This week has produced a lot of sunshine and cooler night time temperatures in the very pleasant low twenties degrees C. Rain has been limited to the odd light shower.

Flood waters receded from the effected areas such as the Night bazaar and Changklan areas quite quickly and this week the clean up operation has been in full swing. See the pictures below from some of the gay venues in the effected area for what they had to cope with.

From the reports we have, all the effected gay businesses have now reopened. The worst effected, Club One Seven re-opened yesterday, although they say it will take a little longer to re activate some facilities, such as the swimming pool. Meantime, they have some great promotional offers running to get people back.

Although more rain was forecast for the last week at the end of tropical storm Nalgae, it has passed to the South and creating more problems for Bangkok whilst Chiangmai escaped. The outlook for Chiang Mai is now looking good; hopefully the worst is now over for this year and we can look forward to the fabulous weather that defines our cool season.

Unfortunately, the same is not true for Bangkok. Ayutthaya province has seen extreme flooding this week with even some of the country’s major industrial estates under water causing losses estimated at billions of Baht. With high tides set to peak in the gulf of Thailand with next week’s full moon, it seems highly probable Bangkok will be badly affected in the coming days. We understand last night also saw torrential rains and flash flooding in Pattaya.

Maybe for those visiting or living in the Bangkok area or Chon Buri/Pattaya and surrounds this is the perfect time to take a few days break from the weather calamity and come to Chiang Mai. It’s business as usual here in Chiang Mai, the only problems for visitors is flooding in the central region means all trains from Bangkok are currently suspended. The bus service is erratic, and has to make long detours due to the Asia Highway being interrupted at several points in Ayutthaya. But, plenty of seats are available on flights in the next few days; where there’s a will there’s a way :) You can shop around to get some great hotel deals too, you might even try Club One Seven!

But do spare a thought for those businesses worst affected by the floods and pop in to say hello:

Club one Seven – Guest house and Sauna
One 2 Come – Massage for men by men
Victory Massage
Blues Club – Gay Massage
His Club – Male Massage

Plenty of cute Northern Thai guys in these places are waiting to meet you, like the gang of hot young things below from One 2 Come:
One 2 Come boys

Club one SevenAdams Apple Club

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  1. Alain says:

    I will be flying to Chiang Mai this Friday – please wish us good luck that we get there with little disruption – can’t wait to socialise and meet new guys :-) last time i was there you were all very friendly and so nice :-)

After what seems to have been an interminably long rainy season this year, we were thinking the worst was over as we approach the end of September, but it was not to be. Following skillful management of the Ping river by the irrigation department all year, it finally overcame all and burst it’s banks in downtown Chiang Mai yesterday afternoon. Following heavy rains up north, and reservoirs already filled to capacity, the problem was compounded by water releases from major dams above Chiang Mai necessary to prevent them being breached.

With the river now running at 1.2 Meters above flood level, water has been pouring into low lying areas around the river for at least 24 hours now. Flooded areas in the city include the Night Bazaar and Changklan road, though areas to the South and East such as Nong Hoi and Wat Kat have been worst effected.

We heard lot’s of conflicting stories of what was happening so last night we sent out our intrepid reporters to wade through the waters and see what was going on first hand. Here are some photos:

Changklan Road and the main night Bazzar area was thigh deep in muddy brown water and a strong current of water was rushing up Loi Khro road from the river. Down at the river it was worse with the river flowing very fast and only just passing under the iron bridge at the end of Loi Kroh. The flooding to the East side was even worst, though our attention was momentarily diverted by the squad of hunky Mae Jo university student volunteers filling sand bangs wearing just shorts (sorry, no pictures of that scene :( ).

At the night Bazaar Thapae Soi 1 was flooded almost up to Thapae road (which was O.K.). The Night Bazaar itself had a major sandbagging operation going on which was keeping water out of the lower levels, successfully so far. At the Sleaze alley bars the water was not inside yet and the bars were open and even had a couple of customers, though you have to wade through the water to get there.

So what is the effect of other gay businesses in town? Probably worse hit is Club One Seven who should change there description from, “on the river” to “in the river”. We haven’t checked but One-2Come massage is almost certainly flooded as it has been in previous years, Likely effected are other massage places in the area: His Club, Blues Club and Victory, though as all of these have massage rooms upstairs the immediate effect on business is limited.

River Ping flood Club One SevenClub One Seven Flood

Flooding at Club One Seven Guest house

For more pictures see Club one Seven on Facebook Regrettably due to the floods Club one Seven will be closed for at least 3 days to allow the water to subside and the clean up to be completed. If you have any questions, contact Khun Tang at 0818688417

Since last night we know the water level at Loi Kroh road has risen and reached the Thai Boxing Stadium which may effect the bars there, and also Kampahangmuang Gallery and 2Brothers Massage, but this is on the limit of the flooding so far, so should not cause them vast problems. However, the river levels have not dropped significantly today and are forecast to rise tonight if more reservoir water is released so it could be these bars have to close for a day or so, or at best the customers will get wet feet :). Yokka Dok, near Thapae is open normally.

Elsewhere in town the flooding has had no effect, except for higher traffic from people avoiding blocked roads. All the bars and venues in Chang Puek, Santitham, Huay Kaew and Nimannheminda areas are operating normally.

RAM BarBon Tong productions

Gay Massage in Chiang Mai

Author: BonTong 2 Jun 2011

According to the site statistics our directory page for Chiang Mai’s gay massages is by far the most popular with thousands of hits per month. We assume this is because visitors know where the main bars are but are always looking for new massage experiences. There are so many in Chiang Mai now you’d need a long stay to visit them all. To help our visitors we though we’d do this article by way of an update.

Chiang Mai’s massage shops offering offering massage “for men by men”, in gay parlance often know as a “rub and tug”, are a great alternative to go-go bars with their many straight Tai Yai boy hosts. In the massage places you are sure to find friendly gay masseurs among the selection of handsome men you can choose from, that can provide a good massage with a happy ending whatever way you like it! Massage shops usually open early afternoon too, if you want to avoid the late night factor of the bars. Many types of massage service are available and, in addition to the massage charge, you are expected to give a tip directly to your masseur, usually in the range 500-1000 Bt depending on the services provided.

Cute Gay Massage Boy in Chiang Mai One-2-come Gay Massage Palour in Chiang Mai

Cute Gay Massage Boy at One 2 Come Massage in Chiang mai

Although a little way out of town, off Chang Klan road near the Holiday Inn Hotel, the aptly named One 2 Come massage parlour is highly recommended for gay visitors. The neat cottage style building is discreetly located in a nice garden on a small soi offering maximum privacy. Unlike most of the massage venues in Chiang Mai, One 2 Come has en suite bathrooms with showers in every massage room and their VIP room even includes a large Jacuzzi. The beer garden rounds off the experience as you can relax with a beer before or after your massage and get to know your masseur.

Cute Gay boy gets massage at One 2 Come VIP Massage Room at One 2 Come Massage in Chiang Mai

Massage at One 2 Come in the VIP room including Jacuzzi

Close by is the newly opened Club One Seven boutique guest house and sauna located in an old teak house right on the river. Also in that area are other massage parlours: His Club, Blues Club and the recently opened Victory Massage.

Blue Club Gay Massage In Chiang Mai

Facilities at the Blue's Club Massage for Men in Chiang Mai

Closer to town, there are more massage choices near the night bazaar area. Hidden in the small sois is The Wall massage, which is tastefully decorated in a Thai style (some of Bon Tong’s favourite boys work here). Another nearby option is Classic House, or Two Brothers near the Loy Kroh Muay Thai complex where you can also find the fun packed Marina Bar; a full blown lady boy bar right next to the Thai boxing ring! Near the Old Peak bars on Thapae Soi 1 is M2M, or and newly opened at The Thapae Palace Hotel is HISO Spa

The Wall Massage for Men by Men

The Wall - Massage facilities

To the north of town in Chang Puek district, where most of Chiang Mai’s gay venues are located, you can relax at the Marn Mai Massage, or Gemini, close to the New My Way host bar. Gemini always seems to have cute boys but is rather overpriced with mediocre facilities. New in the area is Massage by Club M (same Club M as the infamous karaoke).

Other massage venues include River House, by the same people as Classic House and, as the name suggests, located in picturesque surroundings right on the river. Mystic Orient is in Chang Moi district, near Thapae whilst Sanctuary Spa is near Chang Mai gate opposite the Chinese consulate and newcomer Marspa is in the same soi as House of Male.

Many of the massage places are difficult to find, even with our map, so we have generated a special Google map of Chiang Mai Gay Massage Establishments, you can see the small version below follow the link for full size. There is also our downloadable list of venues with addresses in Thai you can show to a Tuk-Tuk driver, which includes all the massage places. Apart from getting a massage this should give you plenty of other ideas of places to go and enjoy in Chiang Mai.

Have fun but please remember to play safe and use a condom!

View Chiang Mai Gay Massage and Spa – Locations in a larger map

See below for our alphabetical list of Chiang mai Massages (with links)

Or for more information visit our Gay Massage directory page

2 Brothers
Blue Club
Classic House
His Club
Hiso Spa
Marn Mai
Massage by ClubM
Mystic Orient Massage
One 2 Come
River House Massage
Sanctuary Spa
The Wall
Victory Massage

Adams Apple ClubSoho

One of the Bong Tong boys has recently gone to work at a new massage place in Chiang Mai – Victory Massage. He brought us a card which we’ve updated in our gay guide to Chiang Mai www.gayinchiangmai.com This new place is located just off Chang Klang Road south of the Night Bazaar at 152/4 Rakaeng Road. Where or whereabouts Chakka massage used to be as well as the old Ken’s Massage.

Chiang Mai of course has plenty of other gay massage facilities, which speacilise in a nice massage with a happy ending (often called a “Rub and Tug”). A quick Summary:
One 2 Come
Classic House
River House
Two Brothers
His Club
Marnmai Chaai Khaa
The Blues Club
The Wall
Mystic Orient

N.B. Three of the above, Classic House, River House and Mystic Orient seem to have problems with their websites if you follow the links – sorry about that.

[7 Oct: Note from Admin - see comment Classic House and River House URLS ammended to .net]

Or for more detailed information visit our massage venue guide

Club one SevenMansfield Residence

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  1. admin says:

    Note B-Beez massage has also now re-opened. See news item of 12th October for more details.

  2. admin says:

    Update for your guide…
    Comments: River House & Classic House websites end in .net (instead of .com). Ex boyfriend of owner controlled the .com domains.

    NoteinBKK xx

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