The Babylon Bangkok is the city’s most famous gay sauna and a genuine gay institution in the city. Its attached hotel makes it possible to spend your time in Bangkok completely immersed in a gay community of both locals and tourists, all in a friendly, casual atmosphere that welcomes couples, singles, and everything in between. The facilities are excellent across the board, from the delicious home-cooked breakfast to the large gym, busy swimming pool, and high-quality restaurant, making this an exceptionally good value stay.
Why We Love It
♥ Exclusively adult gay-men-only
♥ Close to the gay scene in Silom Road
♥ Excellent sauna, fitness, wellness and cruising facilities
♥ Good value stay
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The Babylon Bangkok is located in Sathon, about a half-hour walk away from the main grouping of gay bars and clubs in Soi Silom 2 and 4. If you want to beat the heat, it’s about twenty minutes on the MRT Blue line. That said, Babylon acts as a gay hub in itself, with the sauna, bar, restaurant, and hotel itself all being popular spots to meet and mingle with local and international guys.
Style & Design
Both the hotel and the sauna have a pleasant contemporary feel, with large open spaces and plenty of natural light. Touches of art deco and traditional Asian aesthetic details can be found throughout, which creates a striking (and surprisingly tasteful) effect. Meanwhile, the tropical gardens that surround the complex make it feel private and relaxed.
The Babylon Bangkok is less of a hotel and more of an all-in-one gay complex, with a gay hotel, sauna, and restaurant all gathered under one roof.
You start the day with a tasty, home-cooked breakfast served in a homey and convivial ambiance, with guests gathered around a large shared table. You can then head straight to Bangkok’s most famous gay sauna, stretching across three floors and containing dry saunas, steam rooms, a jacuzzi, dark rooms, and a large pool. Alternatively, you can get one of various massage treatments available. At night, the party keeps going until late, often with themed events.
Other facilities include an excellent gym with plenty of weights and cardio equipment, two bars, a coffee shop, and a restaurant. The food is genuinely great and very reasonably priced, and the clientele throughout the whole complex is varied enough to keep things interesting. The large choice of areas to hang out in means you can always find the right vibe for you, whether it’s casually lounging by the pool with a cold beer or all-out cruising in a maze.
The standard accommodation at The Babylon Bangkok are the barrack rooms, which come with twin beds or a queen-sized double – the large barrack rooms are particularly good value. These rooms are fairly simple but comfortable and well-maintained. Every booking at the hotel comes with two complimentary passes to the sauna per day and free breakfast on the 6th floor. It is worth highlighting that the barrack rooms have shared showers, and that you may want to upgrade to a suite if you want full privacy in that department.
The suites are considerably more luxurious, with elegant decor and large, spacious layouts. They feature a blend of Western and Asian design, with Burmese furnishings, marble bathrooms, and traditional art. Other perks include cable television with HBO and, in the case of the garden suites, a lovely private garden.