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News Update – November 2013

Gay Happenings in Chiang Mai

After what has seemed like an interminable rainy season this year, the last week has finally seen the arrival of blue skies and cool evenings in Chiang Mai. Barring any marginal effects from Typhoon Haiyan and the odd evening thunderstorm, the weather should remain nice and settled for the upcoming Loy Krathong Festival and high season.

Read our news update below for the latest new places to go and events that are happening in Gay Chiang Mai.

New Gay Bar: X-Change Club

x-Change Club Chiang MaiThe first new arrival for high season opens tonight (Saturday 9 November 2013) in the old city. X-Change Club, is located on Ratvithi Road, in Chiang Mai’s prime backpacker zone. X-Change Club is billed as a new club for a new generation with non-stop dance music from 7 p.m until late. The area already has some pedigree for late night venues with the nearby Reggae bars and Zoe in Yellow being tourist favourites. Whilst Zoe is also popular with some of the young at heart gay ex-pats and their fag-hag followers. This is not a specifically gay area so remains to be seen what crowd this new venue will attract. Of course, we will have to send the Bon Tong boys to check it out and report back 🙂

Loy Khratong and Ram Bar’s got Talent

Loy Khratong is only a week away and you can check out all the details in our guide to Loy Khratong in Chiang Mai or see the official event listings for the Yee Peng festival from Chiang Mai Municipality. Ahead of the main festivities RAM bar has an event on Friday 15 November – Ram Bar’s got Talent

Check out your favourite Ram Bar Talent below and visit Ram Bar on Facebook to vote.

River House Masssage and The Edge

River House Massage Chiang MaiAdjacent to RAM bar, River House Massage has undergone a major makeover under new owners Hugh and Ton. You can read all about it in Out-in-Thailand magazine’s advertorial piece River House Makes Waves. They are also launching an “Asian fusion food” restaurant right on the river bank which will be called “The Edge”. Check out their Loy Krathong party at 5p.m. on Sunday 17th November for cocktails and free canapés

According to James Barnes of Out-in-thailand River House, “has been certified by the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand and clearly sets the bar higher in response to today’s increasingly sophisticated and demanding gay customer”. So, on that positive note, it’s great to see our old friend Mr Art looking so fit and healthy, now working at River House as a masseur. For those who think Art looks familiar he had a long and distinguished career as the pianist at Adam’s Apple Club, Chiang Mai’s best known gay bar and go-go show, where it wasn’t just his long fingers that singled him out as piano player extraordinaire.

Art go-go boy at Adams Apple Club Chiang MaiArt go-go boy dancer at Adams Apple Club Chiang Mai

Art the temple boy

Happy Memories – Mr Art

So if you’re one of these increasingly sophisticated and demanding gay customers who is not sure where to go for a good old “rub and tug” head down to River House and ask for Mr Art. We’re sure you’ll enjoy the happy ending.

Other changes on the massage front include two new shops. Paradise Massage, located where Mystic Orient used to be, and Hormone Massage, which has opened in Chiang Mai Land Village.

Soho Bar

Thanks Giving Dinner at Soho Bar

If you are looking for somewhere to go on Wednesday nights, Soho Bar and Guest house has a Wine and Cheese promotion with a buy one get one free offer on wine and free cheese and appetizers. The nights have a Jazz music theme and attract a good crowd. Don’t forget the Soho Bar Gay Loy Khratong party on 17 November too.

On Thursday 28th November Soho Bar will be having a family Thanksgiving dinner. Get down there and enjoy the party.

G-Star Vintage and See Man Pub

Elsewhere, super gay club G-Star Vintage Chiang Mai in Chang Puek district continues to go from strength to strength and is getting ever more popular having easily become Chiang Mai’s most popular gay venue in the mere six months it has been open. Its coyote boy dancers and ladyboy drag shows continue to attract large crowds. See Man Pub is another popular late night gay exclusive venue located near the university in the North West of the city.

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Packing them in – a typical fun night at G-Star Vintage Chiang Mai

Club One Seven

Club One Seven, Chiang Mai’s best Gay Sauna is also seeing a lot of success with its thrice monthly party nights on 7, 17 and 27 of every month with a naked theme and drinks specials. If you are in town for Loy Khratong, Club one Seven is right on the river and a great place to experience the festivities and watch the Kratongs float by. Don’t miss the party on 17 November.

Chiang Mai Gay Sauna Boys
Thai boys enjoy the gay sauna – Club One Seven

If you are looking for accommodation over Loy Khratong Club One Seven is also a guest house, situated in a beautiful old Thai teakwood mansion, providing a unique and relaxing place to stay.

New Malls – Central Festival and Maya

Chiang Mai is a city experiencing rapid growth and transformation, with one of the most momentous city changing events occurring in just five days times. November 15 sees the opening of the new central Festival Mall, an enormous mega mall located East of the city on the super highway and the Doi Saket/Chiang Rai road. A month later and the new Maya Mall is scheduled to open in Chang Puek district at the Rincome intersection with Huay Kaew and Nimmanhaeminda Road. These two venues are set to revolutionise the lifestyle and shopping experiences in the city.

Central Festival Mall - Chiang Mai

Visiting Chiang Mai

If you are visiting Chiang Mai in the coming weeks of high season be sure to read our recent feature on places to stay gay in Chiang Mai with details of all the gay accommodation and more.

On Sunday’s don’t forget to join the gang for Sunday Roast at The Pub late afternoon or early evening. Always popular with the gay crowd. Whatever you do, be sure to check out our gay Chiang Mai events guide for all the details of what is going on around town.

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

Last but not least, don’t forget to drop in and say hi to Khun Note and the boys at Radchada Garden Café and try their fabulous Pizza.

Radchada Garden Café is open form 10 a.m. every day (except Tuesday) and is a great place to relax day time or evening. Situated in an antique Lanna style Thai teak Wood palace, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Radchada has the real ambiance of old Chiang Mai. Enjoy easy cafe food, breakfast, snacks, sandwiches or pasta, and Radchada’s signature 12 inch thin crust Pizza. A full service bar offers a range of beers wines, spirits and cocktails. or you can just have a coffee, or soft drink andread the free newspapers or benefit from a high speed wireless connection to get online.

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