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Getting hot and steamy in the cool season

Chiang Mai’s Gay Saunas

One of Thailand’s attractions for gay foreigners has always been the sauna scene, which offers older visitors the chance to mingle with beautiful Asian bodies in a state of near undress. Although the scene is smaller in Chiang Mai than Bangkok, it is not lacking in quality. This article is our update on the Chiang Mai gay bathhouse and sauna scene for the 2014-15 cool season.

There are currently two gay saunas in Chiang Mai, both located in beautiful old teakwood buildings built in the traditional Lanna Style. The longest running sauna is House of Male, located in the North West of the city, whilst the newer but now well established alternative is Club One Seven Sauna situated to the south of the city centre.

There have been a couple of attempts by others to open saunas here, but the big two have kept their dominance whilst all the other contenders have now closed. Both Club One Seven and House of Male provide similar offerings in terms of facilities but there are some differences. As well as being a sauna, Club One Seven is also a guest House, offering visitors the opportunity to stay in the thick of the action so to speak.

House of Male

Chiang Mai Gay Sauna House of Male

Located behind the Kad Suan Kaew shopping mall and close to both Nimmanahaeminda and Huay Kaew Roads, House of Male has a great yet discreet location in a side soi. Facilities include a reasonable sized pool, with adjacent steam room, shower area and gym on the ground floor. There is also a lounge area where you can enjoy a drink or snack.

Garden at house of male Gay Saunapool and garden at house of male

Upstairs a large veranda overlooks the pool and an internal tropical garden. Off the veranda, a number or rest areas are available in the cruisey dark upstairs and small passages of this old teak building.

Tuesday and Thursday night are the busy Buddy Nights when two get in for the price of one. These days are particularly popular with younger Thais.

Club One Seven

Pool at Club One Seven
Club One Seven Sauna and Guesthouse has a splendid location right on the banks of the Mae Ping River a couple of Km south of the old city centre. A gated entrance leads to a parking area and reception for both the sauna and adjacent guest house.


The centerpiece of the sauna area is the imaginatively shaped pool which is surrounded by the lockers, showers, steam room, sauna and a well-equipped gym. There is also a bar area which leads from the pool to the river terrace. Where customers can enjoy food, or a drink whilst watching the river slowly drift past. Upstairs from the sauna are two floors of rest areas and private rooms.

Club One Seven have several theme nights through the week, requiring various limited states of attire or undress. Big party nights are held on 7, 17 and 27 of every month which are popular fully naked affairs. These are very popular with Thai customers, as well as foreign residents and visitors. Club One Seven also has a massage service available with skillful masseurs (note: not the happy ending type)

Sauna Locations

For location maps for House of Male and Club One Seven Sauna visit our gay guide to Saunas and Bathhouses in Chiang Mai. Each entry has an option to click to see the location map and directions.

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