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Gay News – September 2017

Latest Gay news and Gossip from Chiang Mai

A week into September and the rainy season continues unabated with this year’s heavy rainfall continuing and showing no sign of diminishing yet. Although August is traditionally the wettest month, many tourist businesses find that September, statistically the second wettest month, is the quietest for tourist trade. But, whilst evening entertainment may be dampened down, there is still plenty going on; read on to find where it’s raining men in gay Chiang Mai.

Night Bazaar and Gay Soi 6

Ram Bar – Cabaret Show

One bar bucking the trend is Ram bar who have just announced adding an extra night to their Cabaret show, which is now also performed on Sunday nights from 4th September. This news means that Ram Bar’s Cabaret is now on every night of the week. If you are visiting Chiang Mai be sure to pop along. Not only is the show great entertainment but Khun Wat runs one of the friendliest bars in Chiang Mai, his team of gorgeous young staff will certainly make you welcome.

Ram bar chiang Mai - gay show bar
Khun Wat, handsome and affable owner of Ram Bar

Cabaret Show gallery at Ram Bar

For their full gallery visit

Secrets Bar

It is now just over a month since Ray, the patriarch of Secrets Bar passed on.

Khun Ray with his partner Khun Oh.

We will surely miss Ray; it will be sad not seeing him in his habitual place at the end of the bar, and enjoying an interesting chat. But, Ray’s partner, Khun O still runs the bar and we are quite sure O and the boys will be pleased to welcome customers old and new to Secrets. Be sure to pop in and say hi, meet the boys, have a drink and maybe enjoy a game of Pool with some of Chiang Mai’s great young talent.

Some of the boys at Secrets Bar Chiang Mai

Gay Soi 6

As well as Ram Bar and Secrets bar at the bottom end of Gay Soi 6 there are several other places on or near the soi. Orion Bar and Jacky Bar are located at the top end of the soi, and Pandee bar is cross the soi from them in the Kalare Night Bazaar complex. Even in rainy season, bar hopping is not so bad when the bars are close together, just remember to bring an umbrella. And don’t forget if it’s really pouring ask the bar staff (or your garcon d’jour) to get you a Tuk Tuk to go home.

Chiang Mai Night Bazaar Gay Map August 2017
Night Bazaar Map August 2017

Club One Seven – Gay Sauna and guesthouse

A great place to spend a rainy afternoon or evening, Club One Seven has now built its reputation as Chiang Mai’s premier gay sauna. Situated in beautiful surroundings right on the banks of the river Ping, facilities include a river terrace where you can enjoy a drink or a snack whilst watching the river drift by.

river terrace club one seven chiang mai
The river terrace at Club One Seven

Don’t miss the party nights on 1, 7, 17, and 27 of each month (See our events calendar for details) these have a Natural theme (naked throughout the whole place) with a free buffet and free drink coupon from 6-10pm. Lights are dimmed after 7pm so no need to be shy. Other themed nights include sexy underwear every Friday.

Sexy sauna boys on underwear nights.
Sexy sauna boys on underwear nights.

Club one seven is also a gay guest house, offering a very traditional Lanna (Northern Thai) style experience in their traditional teakwood mansion located adjacent to the sauna complex.

traditional lanna style bedroom at club one seven guesthouse
Traditional Lanna style with four poster bed at Club One Seven Guesthouse

Club One Seven is located on Chareon Prathet Rd (Same as Gay Soi 6) a little to the south of the city centre. For luxury accommodation right next to the Night Bazaar, Club One Seven also now have their VIP Astra suite

Chang Puek – Santitham

For good historic reasons the Chang Puek district remains home to Chiang Mai’s gay go-go bars and other more risque or late night entertainment. Business here continues much as it always has done though there are a few noteworthy updates:

Ray Up

Ray Up is a new cafe bar, by the owner of Free Guy, situated in JJ market, a major local entertainment area near Kamthieng flower market and Tesco Loutus. This mixed but very gay friendly venue is a hang out for metrosexual younger Thais – read more here. The bar is situated on the second floor with a balcony offering views over JJ market.

upstairs balcony at RayUp Chiang Mai in JJ Market
Upstairs terrace at the ultra modern RayUp

Free Guy Club

Not satisfied with just RayUp, Free Guy Club Karaoke has now re-opened after being closed for a while over the rainy seasons. Free Guy is a popular late night gay Karaoke venue which often packs in quite a crowd. Plenty of handsome young guys here to entertain the customers. Now with upstairs balcony too. See the gallery pictures of the Free Guy Boys having fun.

Soho Lounge

Soho Lounge was a short lived re-incarnation of the previously defunct Soho Bar opened earlier this year on Hussaidshawee Soi 3 (Near New My Way). It now appears to be closed definitively – read the story here. Meanwhile it seems a new restaurant involving Khun Pon (Of CU bar fame) is opening in the location, so the placce will be put to good use.

Garden Bar – Lotus Hotel

More seasonal changes at the Lotus Hotel’s Garden Bar, which will now remain closed during low season and open only for five months a year during the high season. The hotel will remain open all year round though. Lotus Hotel and the Garden bar, along with Adam’s Apple club across the road, are Chaing Mai’s longest running gay businesses, and the Lotus is still the only full service gay hotel in Chiang Mai.

Garden bar at Lotus Hotel Chaing Mai
The Outdoor Garden Bar at Lotus Hotel

If you are wanting to stay in a well run and tastefully designed and decorated gay hotel, The Lotus is still a good bet, especially if you are interested in Chiang Mai’s go-go bar scene, notably Adam’s’ Apple Club right across the road. The surrounding area of Thanin market and Santitham has plenty of life, particularly if you like real Thai style places, as opposed to the sanitised tourist offerings in downtown area.

The area does have several other gay offerings, such as Bai Plu Cuisine bar and restaurant (previously called Sabaidee Santitham and now re-opened after a remodel). The Black Door is a fun dive bar run by Khun Boy, an entertaining Thai attitude Queen, the crowd is more the younger bearded Digital Nomad set as well as some older ex-pats from the ex Soho crowd. Then there are the other go-go bars, Free Guy Club and RayUp (see above) and the excellent Common Massage (see later) is within walking distance of the hotel if you fancy an afternoon rub and tug.

large suite lotus gay hotel chiang mai
Tastefully decorated and furnished rooms at the Lotus Hotel

Lotus Hotel Transport options – Uber is the way to go

Many complain that transport can be a problem in this part of town with Tuk Tuks and Songthaews hard to find at night. But, times change and now, with the advent of Uber and Grab, transport in Chiang Mai has taken on a whole new dimension. Uber in particular has proven a very popular choice for ex-pats and functions well in Chiang Mai, despite political opposition from the competition. Arm yourself with a smart phone and the Uber app and you will have no problem getting from the Lotus Hotel to other parts of town, save for the rainy season traffic jams that is.

Chiang Mai Gay Map - Chang Puek and Santitham

Adam’s Apple Club

Across the road from the Lotus Hotel is Adam’s Apple Club, arguably one of Chiang Mai’s best known bars, and indeed famed throughout Thailand. Perhaps not as raunchy as back in the days of those infamous boy scouts stroking their stuff, the shows are still both erotic and imaginative with plenty of handsome guys from Myanmar’s Shan state waiting to entertain you.

They have monthly themed parties too, and this month’s party, with a Condom theme is tomorrow night – 9th September

Macho Shan Guys at Adam’s Apple Club Chiang Mai

Common Massage

One of the best ways to spend a couple of hours on a rainy afternoon or evening in Chiang Mai is getting a massage from a cute and sexy young masseur. One of the most popular places in CHiang Mai for massage is Common Massage parlour. This smart, clean and well run establishment is situated on Hussawisadhee rd, which runs from the North West corner of the moat (Huay Khaew Rd) to the north into Santitham. Common massage have a great selection of masseurs and here are some of the latest boys working there:

You can see more of the Common massage boys in our previous galleries from May 2016 and 2017

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