Bangkok is one of the greatest gay cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to explore in the surrounding region. Take a couple of nights to stay in one of these great hotels to enjoy everything Thailand has to offer outside of the capital, without traveling too far.
1. SO Sofitel Hua Hin
Why we love it:
♥ Not one pool, but THREE (plus a private beach and a spa).
♥ The beach party is one of Hua Hin’s best and most popular.
♥ The relatively remote location and top-class facilities make it a great place for a relaxing getaway.
If you don’t have the time to travel to the southern islands, the bustling coastal city of Hua Hin and its quieter northern neighbor, Cha Am, are excellent choices for a beach getaway. So Sofitel Hua Hin is located on Cha Am beach, a peaceful and laid-back stretch of sand free of the overdevelopment that sometimes tarnishes Thai beaches.
That doesn’t mean its boring. The resort comes with its very own WIBIT Adventure Float course to keep you fit and entertain for hours. Plus tones of onsight activities including Tennis and Basketball Court, Pickleball, Bicycle Track and the SO Wonderland 18-hole adventure mini golf course. There is a fun atmosphere throughout the resort, especially on the weekends, and even if you’re there during the week, So Sofitel’s five-star amenities can keep you both entertained and relaxed throughout your getaway.
There is a huge beachside swimming pool for doing laps and splashing around, and another adults-only pool perfect for relaxing. The rooms and suites are impeccably designed with either a nature-inspired or a modern chic decor, and there are even luxury villas with private pools. Add to that a great spa, incredible rain showers, three delicious dining options, and a full home theatre system with 42-inch plasma in every room, and you can understand why most guests spend most of their stay in the hotel.
Stay on their SO Sofitel Hua Hin Beach Party weekends, one of the best nights out in Cha Am in your very resort. Parties take place quarterly.
2. V Villas Hua Hin
Why we love it:
♥ Two words: Private. Pool.
♥ Attentive, friendly, and helpful 24-hour personal butler service
♥ The hotel isn’t just ok with you holding parties in your villa – it encourages them
V Villas is a collection of luxury 5-star villas by Sofitel, located on the Hua Hin coast. They range from intimate 2-person villas – ideal for couples looking for privacy – to sprawling 6-person houses that can take a getaway with friends to the next level. Each villa features stunning modern design, luxury furnishings, top-notch amenities, and best of all, a private pool and terrace. Oh, and there is also a butler service at your beck and call at any time of day or night.
The attentive staff can help you buy ingredients to make your own meals in your villa kitchen, but don’t miss out on the opportunity of dining at Villarazzo Restaurant, selected as Thailand’s Best Restaurant by Thailand Tatler for several years in a row. The bar is equally impressive, with an infinity pool that stretches into the sea for a truly spectacular view.
If you can drag yourself away from your private pool and terrace, you’ll find your villa’s location very convenient for sightseeing around the historical city of Hua Hin, just a 10-minute drive from Klai Kangwon summer palace and even closer to various excellent golf courses. Hua Hin also has a pretty good nightlife along Soi Bintabaht and there are even a couple of gay bars on Naresdamri Road.
3. Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa
Why we love it:
♥ The outdoor swimming pool situation is truly exceptional
♥ Every room comes with a spectacular view
♥ Check out the bathtub views
Rayong is a laid-back but lively beach resort two hours outside of Bangkok. It is a popular place to go spend a weekend by the sea, especially for those who prefer quiet beaches to busy bar strips. For gay travelers, Rayong is best enjoyed as a stop on the way to Koh Samet, Thailand’s best gay beach party destination, which can be reached by a 45-minute ferry from Ban Phe.
The Mariott is particularly well-located for this, only a 10-minute drive away from the pier. Rayong city center is a longer 30-minute drive away, making the hotel feel remote yet accessible.
There is a total of three outdoor swimming pools, each with its own incredible views and ambiance. There are waterslides, a tropical aquarium, underwater music, and a separate pool for the kids so you can unwind and relax in peace. The hotel also offers activities such as Muay Thai, yoga, and bike tours of the surrounding region, as well as excellent dining options including a Fish Bar and a large dining room overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.
In the rooms, you can choose between sea or mountain views, which are highlighted by large windows and balconies that place Thailand’s natural beauty at the heart of the design. The decor is sleek, modern, and understated, with gorgeous open-plan bathrooms.
4. Pullman Pattaya Hotel G
Why we love it:
♥ Great pool area with beachfront access and sunset views
♥ Beautiful modern Thai design
♥ Close enough to enjoy the gay nightlife, but remote enough to relax in
Pattaya has somewhat of a reputation for being seedy, and this is not entirely undeserved. This beach town’s nightlife is amongst the craziest and most legendary in Thailand, so if you’re going to do Pattaya, do it in style. Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is a luxurious 5-star resort, injecting any trip to Pattaya with a healthy dose of class and sophistication.
Tucked away among lush greenery, the resort feels peaceful and serene while remaining close enough to the town to enjoy everything Pattaya has to offer. The decor throughout is a blend of cool contemporary and classic Thai, creating an experience that is cutting-edge with nods to tradition. The rooms have distinct styles, some colonial, some sleek and modern, and all exceptionally beautiful and comfortable.
The state-of-the-art Aisawan spa is ideally designed for relaxation, while the pools and Beach Club are perfect for a day of lounging and sunning. The food is excellent and varied, and the cocktails best enjoyed during one of the daily Social Hours, which include buy-one-get-one-free drinks.
Pullman Pattaya Hotel G is a quick 20-minute drive from the town’s bars and clubs. It’s up to you whether you want to spend your nights stumbling between go-go bars in BoyzTown and Sunee Plaza or enjoying fine dining and top-notch cocktails at the Beach Club Restaurant and Bar. You can even do both.
5. Sala Khaoyai
Why we love it:
♥ 360-degree views from essentially anywhere in the resort
♥ The private pool villas are truly exceptional
♥ Completely remote and amazingly peaceful
For something truly unique and regenerating, look no further than Sala Khaoyai. This boutique resort overlooking Khao Yai National Park is completely remote, making it the perfect place to leave the noise, stresses, and non-stop bustle of big city Bangkok behind for a few days. Stunning views of green valleys surround you at every turn, and the only thing to do is relax and enjoy the sights.
And we don’t just mean the landscape. Every room features striking modern decor, contrasting beautifully with the nature around you. The Deluxe rooms are gorgeous, but it’s the individual villas that are the real draw: a perfectly designed contemporary home, remotely perched on a hilltop overlooking the valley, with your own private pool from which to take everything in. You can even hire a BBQ expert to fire up the grill on your private rooftop.
You will also find delightful common areas throughout the resort, from a poolside spa to a hilltop restaurant serving delicious Thai and international dishes. Beyond the resort, Khao Yai National Park offers countless opportunities for hiking, swimming, sightseeing, kayaking, and more. The breathtaking scenery, the private villas, and the state-of-the-art rooms all combine to make Sala Khaoyai perfect for couples looking for a romantic getaway.
6. Sala Ayuttaya
Why we love it:
♥ Super convenient for cultural visits
♥ Beatiful courtyard swimming pool
♥ Great views of Phutthaisawan Temple throughout the hotel
The historic city of Ayutthaya was once the greatest and largest city in the world, but was destroyed in the 18th century. Now, what remains are the ruins of its grand temples, which have earned it a UNESCO World Heritage title and make it a popular visit for Bangkok day-trippers. However, the best way to soak in the atmosphere of this stunning historical site is to spend a couple of days in town.
Sala Ayutthaya is, without a doubt, one of the best places to stay in town for this. This chic hotel sits directly across the Chao Praya from Phutthaisawan Temple, one of the city’s most popular landmarks, providing scenic river views from the dining area and certain rooms. All the rooms are decorated in a high-end modern style, and one of the suites even has a private secluded pool.
The hotel is extremely well-located for visiting the highlights around Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Historical Park, with many of the landmarks being under a half-hour walk away. Spend your days immersing yourself in the history, culture, and beauty of Ayutthaya and then retreat to your serene, contemporary hotel for a swim, a lovely meal by the river, and a restful sleep on a quality bed.
7. X2 River Kwai
Why we love it:
♥ The upscale but unpretentious vibe
♥ Infinity riverside pool
♥ Jaw-dropping views in every single room
This hotel on the banks of the River Kwai is a beautiful spot to spend a few days enjoying the iconic Kanchanaburi scenery. All rooms are meticulously decorated to highlight the beauty of the scenery while offering ultimate comfort and relaxation, and every single one of them comes with a spectacular river view. The floating cabins, right on top of the river, offer the most Insta-worthy shots, while the poolside rooms have immediate access to the infinity pool.
X2 specializes is a modern, laid-back, and unpretentious form of luxury. Everything is beautifully designed and impeccably arranged, but the vibe is relaxed and low-key. The Bridge Bistro & Bar is a comfortable and chilled-out hub for chatting and grabbing a drink at any point of the day, while the river view restaurant serves top-class food in a peaceful, lovely setting.
You can spend your break enjoying the upscale facilities and calm atmosphere, or you can venture out to the natural cultural offerings of Kanchanaburi. There are mountains, caves, and waterfalls to be explored, historical landmarks to be visited, and wildlife to meet. Whatever you choose to do with your day, you can be guaranteed a restful and restorative evening back at the hotel.
X2 has two TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards, the latest in 2018, and has been featured in various luxury lifestyle and travel magazines. It is also the highest-rated 5-star hotel in Kanchanaburi on Booking.com.