Category Archives: Thailand

By @ 11/02/16 in David Rubin, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

Thailand travel expert David Rubin in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine
Now is a terrific time to book a trip to gay Thailand … with Thailand travel expert David Rubin. You can make your own arrangements easily enough but you may be surprised at the amazing opportunities you may miss out on. And who wouldn’t want their travel dollar to go further? The best Thailand travel booking agents will find you great deals and also get you perks, upgrades and amenities that you thought would be reserved for the 1%.

Book your next trip to Thailand with ManAboutWorld-recommended travel booking expert David Rubin, who offers special deals and authentic experiences for the Land of Smiles. (The image above is from our Thailand guide.)

In addition to Thailand here are his specialities:

  • Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda
  • Milestone Celebrations
  • Customized Luxury Worldwide
  • Customized Travel for Foodies
  • Luxury Villas & Yachts Worldwide
  • Private Jet Travel
USE YOUR MILES TO GET TO THAILAND

ManAboutWorld published this ‘points whisperer’-style piece recently 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.

DAVID RUBIN

David, pictured above, founded and runs DavidTravel customized travel.

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 @ 10/31/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

Thailand Twitter chat via #thaigaytravel on Nov 1 1pm ETJoin us on Tuesday, November 1 at 1pm for a Thailand Twitter Chat via #ThaiGayTravel. This is the perfect time to book travel to Thailand. The “Land of Smiles” is an extraordinary country with truly hospitable people, beautiful places to discover, fantastic lodging and that amazing food. The U.S. dollar is very strong so there really hasn’t been a better time to explore.

ManAboutWorld wrote the ultimate guide to Thailand available for free here (emailed required). The  most expensive aspect of  a trip to Thailand may be the airfare, especially from U.S. destinations. It’s pretty far too so you want to go in comfort. Cash in those air miles using ManAboutWorld’s expert guidance on using miles for travel to the Land of Smiles.

In our free guide we include a list of the world’s top gay travel experts who book travel to Thailand. They can save you time and money. Here are two: Dane Steele and Paul Bachant, with several more included in the guide.

Join us on Tuesday,  November 1 at 1pm ET via #ThaiGayTravel!

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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 @ 09/30/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Paul Bachant, Thailand, Travel

Paul Bachant, ManAboutWorld gay Thailand travel expert

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 Paul Bachant, who offers special deals and authentic experiences for the Land of Smiles. (The image above is from our Thailand guide.)

Use your miles to get to Thailand

ManAboutWorld published this ‘points whisperer’-style piece recently 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.

Paul Bachant

Paul, pictured above, founded and runs Insider Voyagers, a gay-owned travel agency.

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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.

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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 @ 02/08/16 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Sergio Scardia, Thailand, Travel
Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio in the Land of Smiles

This reporton Thailand — the Land of Smiles — was written by Sergio Scardia, the Scruffy Italian Traveler an ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondent.

So many people had recommended Thailand as a great place to visit, with so many enthusiastic reviews and comments about this beautiful country and its inhabitants. I had very high expectations… and all of them were fulfilled. I just came back from a three-monts trip around Southeast Asia, and Thailand was both the first and last stop of my trip. It’s definitely a recommendable destination whatever your idea of perfect holidays is. Why you should choose Thailand then?

Here just five reasons to love the Land of Smiles:

  1. Are you a foodie? Tired of the boring Western food, in desperate need of a break from pizza, burgers, buns…
    Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

    Mangia

    don’t hesitate! Thai street food, with its gorgeous fresh recipes full of vegetables and natural flavours, its fresh fruit juices, amazing rice based currys… will conquer your belly, and make you feel home!

  2. Are you a party fan? Looking for big nights out, plenty of booze, music and crazy beach parties, or buzzing bars in the best areas of the cities, no place in the world is better than Thailand! Gay bars in Bangkok and Phuket, for example, are full of locals and visitors every night of the week, and at weekends even packed! So they are a great choice for some good fun!
  3. Are you looking for a relaxing environment, sandy tropical beaches for a honeymoon-like holidays… you will find plenty of them in Thailand! Krabi, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao are my favourite ones so far… but many more breathtaking amazing places are just waiting for you to discover them!
  4. Are you looking for some “me time”, in need of relax and meditation, to free your mind from stressful Western lives? Or for a cultural holidays, because your dream is wandering for hours around ancient temples, feeling lost in time… well, don’t think twice! You will find plenty of opportunities in Thailand!
  5. Are you interested in hiking, rafting, swimming in beautiful lakes, rivers, spending hours under natural waterfalls, looking for the most beautiful snake, butterfly, monkey, or rat to capture in your pics, as well as meeting local people in their own villages, or looking for a bit of adventure? You must definitely try Thailand!

See? In the so called Land of Smiles, you can virtually find anything you are looking for! Are you still in doubt? Plenty more pics of beautiful Thailand on my Instagram account, instagram.com/gios981. Should we organize a trip together? Just get in touch.

Sergio in the Land of Smiles, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio at the beach



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By @ 10/26/15 in Thailand
As seen in ManAboutWorld magazine

Skyline views from a suite inside the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

In 1876, The Oriental opened on the river banks of Siam, becoming the nations first five-star hotel. Throughout the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th, the hotel became a respite from the dirty, chaotic city of Bangkok, a sanctuary for world-renowned writers, many of whom penned their novels in the upstairs suites, the same suites that now bear their names.

It was nearly a century later when The Mandarin Hotel opened in Hong Kong, another five-star affair, and the hotel that would lead to the formation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. In 1985, when The Mandarin of Hong Kong and The Oriental of Bangkok joined forces, the group was forged, and would go on to become one of the world’s most prestigious and decadent hotel brands.



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By @ 10/12/15 in Asia, Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel
As seen in ManAboutWorld, the gay travel magazine

A sweeping view of the Bagan Temples in Myanmar

We are thrilled and excited to announce our newest adventure, a 10-day excursion to Myanmar and Thailand, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to two of the most spiritual, tumultuous, arresting countries on Earth. And we get to do it with our friends at Belmond, who are among the greatest luxury brands today. The editors here will have a chance to experience Belmond’s luxurious river cruiser through Mandalay Bay, their five-star accommodations —  the Belmond Governor’s Residence in the Dagon Township — and to be part of an ancient civilization.

In the days to come get ready for posts here for how I’m preparing for this trip and then the trip itself. Also check out Instagram and Facebook feeds for photos, thoughts, impressions and recommendations.

We also invite you to comment and post with any questions or comments you may have. Feel free to leave a comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear your impressions. We are excited about trip and we plan on writing it up in a future issue of the magazine but the more we know what you are interested in, the better and more focused our coverage will be.

We’ll begin our adventure in Bangkok where we’ll stay at the towering Mandarin Oriental overlooking the seemingly endless

Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok

skyline. After to days of exploring the chaotic, debaucherous and deeply religious city, we’ll depart for Myanmar, where we’ll land first in Yangon and then over to Bagan where we will  board a river cruise through the Mandalay, stopping in small, ancient towns and taking in the historic temples.

DOWNLOAD MANABOUTWORLD: Check out our digital gay travel magazine for savvy gay travelers by downloading the ManAboutWorldApp on the iTunes App Store or Google Play. We support iPads, iPhones and Android devices. There are a few FREE publications in all of the apps — including a free and fabulous guide to Thailand (on tablets only) — 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 @ 10/18/14 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Thailand, Travel

paetrioA recent New York Times article about a new, authentic Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens – Paet Rio–  seemed to both harken back to ManAboutWorld’s ‘Dine Around The World’ feature we published in our New York Takeover guide this past Spring, and look ahead to our upcoming Thailand guide. Our idea was to showcase the culinary diversity throughout New York’s five boroughs – the Poles of Greenpoint, the Russians of Brighton Beach, the Koreans of Jackson Heights, and so on – but the news of Elmhurst bursting onto the scene as NYC’s new Thai Town is welcomed news to us.

You can read all about how to Dine Around The World in New York by subscribing here! And keep an eye out for our Thailand guide, coming soon!

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By @ 08/07/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

bangkok1967If you can believe it, this is Bangkok. No flashing lights. No endless skyline. No chaos and congested traffic. This photo of Bangkok was taken in 1967, just shy of 50 years ago. In the background, you see The Democracy Monument, built in 1939 at a major traffic circle in Bangkok. There’s quite a bit more traffic these days, to say the least. (And we love the three-wheel samlor that no longer exist on the streets!)

The photo is makes us nostalgic for Bangkok, where our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato recently visited, and where we’ve always had a special relationship. It is a city that’s become one of the largest and most populated in the world. Its meteoric rise to the top of desired travel destinations is one of many reasons why we dedicated our summer issue to the great Southeast Asian country.

In our issue, we cover Bangkok along with Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. Click here to subscribe for our latest issue, on digital newsstands now!

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By @ 08/02/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

Just in time for the sweltering August heat comes our super hot summertime guide! This special issue focuses on Thailand and is loaded with insider information about the urban insanity of Bangkok, the gorgeous beeches of Phuket and Krabi, the islands of Koh Phi Phi and Koh Samui, as well as the northern areas around Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. We also tackle six decadent hotels and resorts to make your idyllic Thailand honeymoon dreams come true.

And as always, the issue looks ahead to get you thinking about fall, which is right around the corner. Check out some of our favorite autumn events — from bucolic wine country retreats to bizarre Irish matchmaking.

Not a subscriber? You can change that in a few easy clicks here to get all our newest issue and all of our back issue full of insider tips from the world’s gay travel experts.

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By @ 07/17/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

outthailandOUT Adventures is giving away the trip of lifetime over on their website and Facebook page!

Contestants can win a Grand Prize 10-Day luxury trip for two (including airfare!), or a 2nd place 7-day luxury hotel package. Enter now by clicking here and learning more about the contest. (All entries will receive a $100 travel voucher.) Winners will be announced August 16.

Keep an eye out for our in-depth, insider coverage of Thailand – including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, and the southern islands – in our next issues. Click here to subscribe!

 

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By @ 06/09/14 in Correspondent, Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

travelshot2Hailing from the Lone Star state, Jacob Holder’s insatiable thirst for culture and travel has led him to travel the world, living extended periods. His expertise in marketing communications has had him posted in six different countries spanning four continents.

Jacob is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian; and is currently studying Thai in Bangkok where he co-founded Taste of Thailand Food Tours, a community-led effort to serve Thai culture and tradition through culinary experiences created for tourists and other visitors. Ranked as the city’s top food tour, Taste of Thailand has received rave reviews from top-tier travel blogs and publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine.

His passions include exploring new neighborhoods and discovering culinary gems in the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok and sharing them with visitors and guests. Jacob resides with his partner in Thailand’s capital.

Follow Jacob on Twitter at @tasteofthaitour and connect with him on his website Taste of Thailand Food Tours.



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By @ 05/02/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

hong island

After 10 days of blissful retreat in the Kingdom of Thailand, our Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato, and our four global correspondents, have headed home to their far-flung posts around the globe (and for Ed, another journey awaits him in Spain!) From the chaotic metropolis of Bangkok to the spiritual high ground of Chiang Mai to the tropical vistas of Phuket, we marveled at how much Thailand had changed since we had last visited more than 20 years ago, how far it had come, and how beautiful it had stayed. 

Look for our insider guide to Thailand in an upcoming issue. And if you haven’t been, go soon. There’s no place quite like it on Earth.

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By @ 04/29/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

thailandpicNo, the sign above isn’t the motto of Thailand, though head to the right hedonistic city (we’re looking at you, Pattaya!) and it very well may be. Instead, it’s just a funny sign we loved during our exploration through this gorgeous country and found it apropos for the time and place. More outrageous photos to come and we continue our adventures down through Phuket and Koh Phi Phi! And be sure to subscribe to get our full insider guide to Thailand coming soon!

 

 

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By @ 04/28/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

patara

In Chiang Mai, a spiritual northern city of Thailand, our Editor-in-Chief and four of our global correspondents found themselves at the Patara Animal Farm where they became proud new elephant owners (but just for the day.) It’s just one unforgettable excursion you’ll experience when trekking through this gorgeous country, where urban chaos and tropical beachfronts and hedonistic port towns and ancient, rural farms all converge. We’ll be covering Thailand in an upcoming issue and sharing all of our stories and insider tips.

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