Thailand for those that don’t sleep – the traveler that ’s all about connecting with the destination’s playgrounds and party scene.
Beach club: Catch, Surin Beach, Phuket
On an idyllic Phuket beach, you’ll find Catch Beach Club, amidst a swathe of pretenders all trying to up their game (or lower their prices) to get some of the attention that Catch receives. It is known as the best beachside party spot on the island and throws immense parties by night, but is also the perfect place to sunbathe and sip cocktails by day.
Party hearty: Bangkok
Bangkok has a vibrant party scene from the hipster to the down and dirty. For the best mixed drinks, bar design and crowd, check out J. Boroskis, Engineer and Moose respectively, on Thonglor. Maggie Choo is also worth a visit and it’s the place for Sunday-Funday. But you must, at least once (ok, we did it twice) experience the gayborhood streets in Silom, Soi’s 2 and 4, and walk through, (unless you’re tempted to stop) Boystown (Soi Twilight) for all the things you can imagine (and can’t) that is stereotypical of downtown.
Dancing Queen: G-Circuit, Bangkok and Tropout, Phuket
April is a bit of a party month in Thailand – not just because of the big, nationwide water fight known as ‘Songkran’, (we’re selling it short, Thai New Year is somewhat spectacular) – but Spring in Thailand is officially party season as two major events, G-Circuit and Tropout, vie for the attention of the gay traveler. The first is Asia’s largest gay party event and the other a new, residential upscale beach-party experience. Both guarantee full-on, fun times – you know you want to.
So social: Sofitel SO, Bangkok
From the moment you walk into its hallowed lobby, Paul Boonrungreung, the charismatic SO Guru will greet you with his Swarovski decorated nails pressed together in a ‘wai’, whilst you admire his bright red Christian LaCroix uniform. As you hear the music pulse, look out through the floor-to-ceiling windows over majestic Lumphini Park, but don’t miss the color-changing welcome drink. Rooms are themed around the elements, Earth is less spectacular. but it’s still downright quirky. Up on the rooftop, the good times continue with amazing cocktails and an urban party vibe. Its 10th-floor infinity pool also plays host to Bangkok’s most happening pool party.