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By @ 10/07/16 in Bangkok, Dane Steele, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

Dane Steele, ManAboutWorld recommended gay Thailand booking agent
This is a great time to book a trip to gay Thailand. You can make your own arrangements easily enough but you’d be surprised at how many opportunities you may miss out on. And who doesn’t want their travel dollar to go further? The best Thailand travel booking agents will find you great deals and also get you perks and upgrades. Book your next trip to Thailand with ManAboutWorld-recommended travel booking expert Dane Steele, who offers special deals and authentic experiences for the Land of Smiles. (The image above is from our Thailand guide.)

USE MILES TO GET TO THE LAND OF SMILES

ManAboutWorld published this miles-expert piece packed with tips for how to use your frequent flyer miles (on Delta, American, United and other airlines as well as via Starwood, American Express and other loyalty affiliations) to fly in unbelievable comfort (think apartments and suites in the air!), Start planning your (nearly) free getaway to Thailand.

DANE STEELE

Dane, pictured above, founded and runs Steele Travel, a gay-owned travel agency, which encourages its clients to live their indulgence.

MORE THAILAND

ManAboutWorld published a free guide to Thailand available via their app (on App Store or in Google Play) or via this PDF.

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By @ 09/26/16 in Asia, Bangkok, Thailand
The early morning sun bathes the karst (rock formation) behind a long-tail boat at Railay West Beach in Krabi, Thailand.

Long-tail boats in Krabi, Thailand.

Did someone say (almost) free tickets?

There’s no better redemption option for using your frequent flyer miles than business and first class seats to Asia. And no better destination than Thailand. And there’s great availability to redeem miles to fly to Thailand from now through April, Thailand’s peak season. Read on for maximizing your miles and read our free Thailand guide for information about this great country. Download the app or the PDF.

Here’s a guide to the best options. All redemption levels are based on one-way travel, and do not include taxes and fees, which can run from $25-800, depending on the carrier and connection points. Note that the credit card and Starwood Preferred Guest program offer the best options, as they allow you to convert your points directly to many of the Asian carriers’ own programs. This is the key to greater availability, especially for coveted seats like the Singapore Airlines Suite, and the Korean Airlines Kosmo Suite 2.0.

If you have DELTA miles

The saver level Skymiles business class award from the US to Asia is 80,000 miles, and Delta does not allow you to use their miles for first class travel on their Skymiles partners. While this lowest level redemption is rarely available on Delta, there’s lots of availability on China Eastern and China Southern. Their new 777 planes offer new lie-flat seats, but the food and service leave much to be desired. Your best option is Korean Air. Unfortunately, Korean saves most of its free award seats for it’s own Skypass members. China Air (the Taiwanese airline) is somewhere between the two – you’ll need to call Delta to book those seats.

If you have UNITED Miles

Star Alliance has the best partner choices to Asia, including Singapore Airlines, ANA (Japan), Asiana thaland 3(Korea) and EVA Airlines (Taiwan). If you can score a business class seat on any of these carriers, go for it – it’s the best 80,000 Mileage Plus miles you’ll ever spend. Unlike American, United allows you to fly to asia over the Pacific or Atlantic, so you can also find very good availability on Turkish Airlines. It’s a little longer over Europe (Singapore flies this way from NYC as well), but Turkish offers an outstanding business class. You’ll sometimes find Lufthansa and Austrian airlines flights to asia as well, and connections with a variety of StarAlliance european carriers, providing lots of options.

First class runs 130,000 miles, but you’ll likely only find it on Air China. If you’re flying their new 777 planes, it’s a great seat, but like the other mainland Chinese airlines, service is not up to par with the other asian carriers. If you’ve got your heart set on a Singapore Airlines Suite, you’re out of luck. They’re only available with Singapore Krisflyer miles.

If you have AMERICAN miles

OneWorld’s Asian partners are limited to Japan Air Lines, Malaysian and Cathay Pacific. Despite routings for Etihad and Qatar, AAdvantage awards only allow trips from the US to Asia over the Pacific. Flights over the Atlantic require two awards. The good news is that Cathay Pacific is among the very best, and AAdvantage members have access to liberal availability in business class at 70,000 miles, and first class at 110,000 miles. You have to call AAdvantage to book Cathay and Japan Air Lines award flights – they’re not bookable at AA.com.



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By @ 09/19/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Tom Goss, Travel

In this episode Trav’lin Tom takes us to the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya in Thailand. The ruins are distributed throughout the city and Tom takes us to a number of temples, explaining their unique style. Watch him climb up (easy!) and down (not so easy) an ancient temple. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. Click on the video above and explore Ayutthaya with him. Ayutthaya is the ancient capital of Siam.

UPDATE: We *recently* launched our new and FREE guide to gay Thailand! Download the ManAboutWorld app now on the App Store in Google Play and find the new guide in the library. Or  click here for a 3-month free trial subscription offer.

Find more of Travelin’ Tom’s ManAboutWorld pieces here, including his recent video of Bangkok. For more of his music videos, click here. And don’t forget to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

ManAboutWorld’s guide to gay Thailand, includes Bangkok but also the islands & beaches, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and more. Download the app (see above) and you’ll find the free guide.



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By @ 08/12/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
Gold Statue Detail in Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gold Statue

We love Thailand. And with it near or at the top of the world’s most visited destinations, we’re not alone. But for gays Thailand has long held a special place, with its sincere welcome and enormous tolerance for all — regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression.

ManAboutWorld’s new guide to Thailand—available for free in the ManAboutWorld app on the App Store, in Google Play and as a PDF — is an expert-sourced, exhaustive look into the Land of Smiles – from the cities, to the rural northern countryside, to the stunning southern beaches. It delves into every facet of traveling, from suggested itineraries, transportation advice, where to eat and sleep, and even how to get laid.

Here’s a little taste of what you can expect. To read the full guide download the app or the PDF. And yes there’s more!

Fire juggler in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet him in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel experts

Fire juggler

Gay Thailand

Thailand gay scene is known throughout the world, a welcoming, often naughty network that thrives in its major cities and beach communities. In Bangkok, Silom is the ‘hood you want , with the two main party streets, Soi 2 with its discos and clubs and Soi 4 with its bars and restaurants, Silom is considered the main gay area of Bangkok.

Affordable Luxury

For most visitors Thai luxury is a bargain. Most luxury hotels, restaurants and experiences cost 30-60% less here than they do in other popular tourist destinations. While many of these experiences are still a relative splurge for most travelers, your splurge dollars go much farther here.

Legendary Hotels

Bangkok’s hotels are legendary, with many appearing on lists of the world’s best year after year. At every price point, you can expect superior service and genuine hospitality. In the luxury strata, expect to be wowed. You’ll find all of the international brands, styles ranging from traditional Thai to cutting-edge modern, and good options all over the city.

When To Go

Monks in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet them in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel expertsGetting to know Thailand can be tricky, and you’ll need an expert who’s been to help you figure out when to go, why to go, which beaches to visit when, when to strip down for a gay circuit party, and when to skip it. The country has events and festivals throughout the year (Songkran and G Circuit are two favorites) and some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, if you go at the right time. We also feature an in-depth transportation advice, how to use airline points, plus our expert approved apps and online resources to help you navigate the country.

Beaches

Thailand’s beaches are located on two primary bodies of water: the Andaman Sea to the west of Thailand and the Gulf of Thailand to the east. Choosing between them is mostly a question of when the rains fall — for the best weather, avoid the Gulf of Thailand resorts like Koh Samui from September through December, and avoid Andaman Sea resorts like Phuket and Krabi from April through October. If you do travel in the rainy season, expect deep discounts and typical tropical rain patterns: hard rain for an hour or two, followed by sun. For diving and snorkeling, it’s a little more disruptive — the rain and runoff often create longer-lasting suboptimal conditions.

Download ManAboutWorld to get the FREE Thailand guide: Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

Photo credits: Fire Juggler by Mark Fischer; Gold Statue by Selda Eigler

 

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By @ 07/26/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
Picture yourself in lovely Krabi Island, Thailand and get there with our Thailand gay travel experts, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Our experts can get you here (Krabi Island, Thailand)

Our newly-updated Thailand guide (FREE in the ManAboutWorld app) debuted today, with even more information and inspiration for this magical Kingdom provided by our Thailand gay travel experts. Thailand is a favorite destination for gay travelers, a place of spectacular beaches and temples, delicious food, and friendly people. A place where service levels are high, prices are low, and instagrammable moments never end. Check out our correspondent’s recent video from Thailand here.

To celebrate the launch of the guide, we’ve gathered special offers from Thailand gay travel experts their whose insider tips helped create the guide. Download the guide today in the ManAboutWorld App, available free in the App Store and Google Play.

Thailand gay travel experts. Contact the world’s foremost Thailand gay travel experts to book these special offers:

1. Steele Luxury Travel is well-known their discounted Business and First Class airfares to Thailand and

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Dane Steele, Steele Travel

beyond. It’s a long trip, and you’ll love making it in the front of the plane at an incredible price. They also offer hotel upgrades, resort credit, flexible check-in/check-out times and VIP treatment through the Virtuoso Luxury Hotel program.

 

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Robert Sharp, Out Adventures

2. OutAdventures offers a range of gay group tours to Thailand, where you’ll benefit from their expert guidance on the ground, and the camaraderie of amiable travel companions. They also book independent trips, using their tour industry connections to create special deals and access, like their luxury New Years package at US$450/day.  Their 6-Day Phuket Beach Break starts at just US$750 per person based on double occupancy (US$1,150 single occupancy), and includes:

  • 5 Nights accommodation (4-star hotel)
  • 5 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner
  • Private arrival & departure airport transfers
  • Afternoon/Evening kayak experience
  • Welcome drink & fruit platter upon arrival
  • WiFi
  • Complimentary mini bar with wine and beer (refreshed daily)
  • Travel Insurance policy

On their group tours, you can enjoy these special benefits:

  • International Airfare Credit – for each Thailand booking made between by DEC 31, 2016, OUT
    Fire juggler in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine; meet him in Thailand using one of our Thailand gay travel experts

    Fire juggler

    Adventures will offer a $125 USD per person airfare credit towards an Economy Class ticket OR $250 USD per person airfare credit towards a Business Class ticket. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers (with the exception of the giveaway below), and applies to new bookings only.

  • Up to $500 USD Prize Giveaway – each Thailand booking made between now and DEC 31, 2016 will receive an entry into a draw to win up to $500 USD ($250 USD per person, up to a maximum of $500 USD) off their Thailand trip (either scheduled group departure OR custom tour). This offer cannot be combined with any other offers (with the exception of the Airfare Credit above), and applies to new bookings only
One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Lance Stamps, Classic Travel

3. Classic Travel offers Luxury Thailand Honeymoon at three of Thailand’s top hotels: The Siam Bangkok, the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, and the Amanpuri in Phuket. The itinerary includes exclusive benefits at each hotel, including room upgrades, daily breakfast, complimentary spa and dining credits. A customized tour plan for each destination is included.

4. Rask Travel has many 3rd and 4th night free offers at some of our favorite hotels, plus extra perks such

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

Jonas Rask, Rask Travel

as room upgrades, breakfast, spa and dining credits, and WiFi. They also have a suggested 8-day LGBT itinerary that can be customized according to your individual preferences.

  • Belmond Napasai – 4th night free until 30 September.*
  • Conrad Ko Samui – 4th night free until 31 October.*
  • InterContinental Samui – 3rd night free between 1-31 August.*
  • Trisara – stay 3 pay 2 until 31 October. *

*Conditions and black-out dates apply. Contact Jonas at RASK Travel to check availability and rates: jonas@rasktravel.com

One of our gay Thailand travel experts in ManAboutWorld, gay travel magazine

John Clifford, International Management

5International Travel Management has been recognized globally as a boutique and luxury hotel expert. He will personally arrange special benefits for you at many properties throughout the country, including these two personal favorites:

The Siam BangkokThe Siam is an all-suite property featuring 39 of the capital’s most spacious suites, all outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite or villa has been individually designed with original turn of the century oriental artwork and antiques.  In addition, to make your stay as relaxing and carefree as possible, each room is catered for by a personal butler. The property’s 39 rooms are set on 3 acres of prime, river frontage, in the heart of the city’s historic palace district. Riverview, pool villas (1,300 sq ft)  are perfect for a splurge.

The property boasts the world’s first luxury Muay Thai boxing studio and the stunning Opium Spa.

MAW Guest Amenities+Benefits

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast, for up to two in room guests
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & ResortPerched on a ridge overlooking the hills of Myanmar and Laos and the confluence of the Mekhong and Ruark rivers, Anantara Resort and Spa Golden Triangle is as enchanting as the region in which it’s located. Explore the surrounding forest on an elephant. Spend the day rejuvenating at the spa. Anantara’s deluxe accommodations and amenities ensure that every moment is perfectly memorable. This 63-roomed upcountry retreat is something very special. Rooms offer Lanna silks, tribal cottons and teak furnishings along with large bathtubs and local crafts

MAW Guest Amenities+Benefits

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability
  • Daily Buffet breakfast
  • $100 USD Equivalent Resort or Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
Gold Statue Detail in Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Gold Statue

Download ManAboutWorld to get the FREE Thailand guide: Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

 

Photo credits: Krabi (top) and Fire Juggler (middle) by Mark Fischer; Gold Statue by Selda Eigler

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By @ 07/20/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, Thailand, Tom Goss, Travel

Travelin’ Tom takes us to exotic, thrilling Bangkok in gay Thailand. He packs in a whole lot of information in a short video including magical spots like the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha; delicious street food; buzzing shopping stands; fragrant flower markets, and much more. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. Click on his video and follow his Bangkok adventure.

UPDATE: We *just* launched our brand new and FREE guide to gay Thailand! Download the ManAboutWorld app now on the App Store in Google Play and find the new guide in the library. Or click here for a 3-month free trial subscription offer.

For more of Travelin’ Tom videos, click here. Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

ManAboutWorld has a FREE guide to gay Thailand, including Bangkok but also the islands & beaches, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and more. Download the app (see below) and you’ll find the free guide.

More ManAboutWorld

Download our very cool digital gay travel magazine for destinations around the globe. Find the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, Android tablets, iPhones and Android phones. There are a few free publications in all of the apps, and you can click here to register for a FREE three-month subscription. Go on, what are you waiting for!

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By @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Venice

 For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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