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Chiang Mai Gay News – Songkran 2014 Newsletter

Chiang Mai Gay News and Gay Guide – Newsletter

Chiang Mai Gay news and Gay Guide

Party time – Songkran is coming

Welcome to our Songkran newsletter from  

It’s April and it's hot which means it is time for Chiang Mai's biggest party of the Year – The Thai New Year Songkran Water Festival. For more information on all the up and coming parties for Songkran see our Chiang Mai Gay events calendar. Our sponsors Radchada Garden Cafe are having a pre-sonkran party this Monday 7th April featuring a FREE curry buffet. All are welcome.

Despite the political turmoil in Bangkok, Chiang Mai has had a bumper high season this year with plenty of gay visitors and old friends flocking to the city over the winter months. The pollution associated with the start of hot season and burning the fields and forests started late this year and has not been too bad. Following the first summer storms the air is now cleaning up nicely for Songkran. Come to Chiang Mai; everything is great here.

The Chiang Mai Gay scene is always changing with venues opening and closing all the time. You can find a summary of the current scene in our Chiang Mai Gay Guide The last few weeks has seen several re-openings in the late night scene (read more: late night re-furbished). Meanwhile the Night Bazaar era at one of Chiang Mai’s best known gay areas has finally come to an end with the last two bars, Secrets Bar and CU Bar moving to new locations along the moat.

Scroll down to see a summary of recent articles on Chiang mai Gay News that may be of interest, including details of other festive season events and parties.   We hope you will find our content interesting and informative.

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Chiang Mai Gay News

Radchada Garden Café – Songkran

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. 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 […]

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Songkran – The cultural side

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 As 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 […]

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Thank You

Web site visitors up more than 40% on last year Unique visits to our website about gay Chiang Mai: are up over 40% on the previous year. Unique visits to were up 41% whilst unique visits to were up over 25%. 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 […]

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Gay Guide Updates – April 2014

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 […]

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Songkran 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 […]

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Night Bazaar – End of an Era

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, […]

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Late night fun refurbished

The Late Night Scene is where Gay is happening in Chiangmai Whilst for many gay foreigners visiting and living in Chiang Mai, the gay scene revolves around the usual few western orientated bars and restaurants, there is a much bigger Thai late night scene with which few foreigners seem to engage. These are the real gay places where Thai’s go to enjoy themselves, often until dawn. To a certain extent, the “gay Scene”, as perceived from a western viewpoint doesn’t […]

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Gay Friendly Real Estate – BPB Property Chiang Mai

Buy or Sell Property in Chiang Mai If you are looking to buy or sell property in Chaing Mai, BPB Property, our new gay friendly real estate partner is the place to go. The sales team at BPB property have years of experience in the Chiang Mai real estate market and can provide you great advice on finding the right property if you are buying, or getting a quick sale at the right price if you want to sell. You […]

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Orion Bar

It’s always nice to report on new places to go in Chiang Mai, especially when they are fun places such as Orion Bar. Although, not exactly new – Orion has been around for a while, and always been gay friendly, it took on a new lease of life about a month ago when the current gay owners took it over. Orion offers a friendly mix of tourists and gay customers together with some friendly staff. They also have a pool […]

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Five Years Ago Today – The last Gay Pride

21 February 2009 is the day Chiang Mai was disgracefully brought to the attention of the world, not because of its seven hundred year history, Lanna architecture, cultural heritage, temples, natural beauty and fabulous people, but because of a small intolerant minority with a political agenda. 21 February is now the day to remember violence and persecution against LGBT.

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Bird of Paradise

One of the nice things about Chiang Mai is that it’s still a city full of hidden surprises. One such little gem, tucked away in the back-streets of Chang Puek district, not so far from Chiang Mai University is Bird of Paradise Restaurant. Bird of Paradise opened in the middle of 2013 and has already built up quite a following. The cuisine is Thai with a modest menu of popular dishes at very reasonable prices. The newly re-fitted venue has […]

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Chiang Mai – Everything is fine in paradise

Political instability? Not in Chiang Mai Given the international media coverage of Thailand’s political crisis, events in Bangkok over the last few months, and the plentiful travel warnings from foreign governments, it is hardly surprising many people are thinking twice about visiting Thailand this year.  But, they may be missing a trick. Here in Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city, 750Km away from a troubled Bangkok, everything is wonderful.  Indeed, with the fabulous cool season weather at its best right now, […]

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Gay Bar and Club for Sale

Prestigious Gay Bar and Club in Chiang Mai Edit this Section BUSINESS FOR SALE IN CHIANG MAI A unique opportunity for a gay entrepreneur to acquire one of Chiang Mai’s premier male entertainment businesses This established, well run and successful business is Located in Chiang Mai’s main gay district of Chang Puek. The business is fully licensed for adult entertainment and includes highly desirable real estate in an excellent location with appreciating property prices. Building includes two separate business units […]

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