Category Archives: Asia

By @ 07/27/18 in Gay travel, Japan, Tom Goss, Travel, Traveling Tom


Konnichiwa from Kyoto, Japan! For thousands of years, Kyoto was the cultural center and capital of Japan — and It shows. Kyoto boasts expansive temples and a deep sense of tradition. As Kyoto modernized, it never lost its sense of culture and history, making it a fascinating example of modern and ancient Japan living side by side.

Join Trav’lin Tom for a fun, fast-paced tour of temples, bamboo groves, food markets, and even Japanese karaoke.

Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent. He travels with his husband, Mike, all around the world and sends us these video updates. Click on his video and follow his KinosakeOnsen adventure. Follow Tom’s other video adventures here.

TOM’S ALSO A TALENTED PERFORMER

Tom is also a singer, songwriter, and filmmaker whose concerts and projects keep him constantly moving. When not traveling for work, Tom is usually traveling for fun. Check out his music at TomGossMusic.com and more Trav’lin Tom videos on YouTube.

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Meet all of our Global Correspondents hereSubscribe to ManAboutWorld here and find insights from Tom, our global correspondents and the staff writers at the magazine Ed, Billy and Kenny.

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By @ 06/11/18 in Barry Joy, Gay travel, Shanghai, Travel

Barry Hoy and his partner with Shanghai in the background in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineShanghai literally means the city by the sea, and it is the gateway to China. There are endless things to do and see, like shopping in high-end venues for designer items, or stroll through the backstreets for photo opportunities… or to hunt for interesting trinkets and traditional Chinese handicrafts.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 1: Discover Hong Kong.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 2: Kuala Lumpur here.

Where to Stay

Jing An Shangri-La – Located on the Puxi side of the Huangpu River in the Jing An Business District – one of Shanghai’s most prestigious and fashionable business and commercial districts. The hotel boosts spectacular 360-degree panoramic views of the city.

Peace Hotel – This has been a Shanghai landmark for over eight decades, enjoying a premier location on the Bund. The hotel faces the Pudong area over the Huangpu River, where you will find all the impressive high-rise buildings and towers.

Where to Eat

Here are a few suggestions: 

  • Yong Yi Ting at the Mandarin Oriental – A one Michelin star restaurant featuring Chef Tony Lu and his unique vision, combining the diverse gastronomic influences of Shanghai and its neighbouring provinces.
  • 1515 West at the Jing An Shangri-La – The 1515 West, Chophouse & Bar combines the aesthetics of an old Shanghai movie set with the décor of a classic American bar and grill.
  • Din Tai Fung – This is the chain of restaurants that made Xiao Long Bao (soup dumplings) famous, so it’s only logical that they serve some of the best in the world.
  • Yang’s Dumpling – With multiple locations throughout the city, they serve their famous pan-fried soup filled buns.
  • Shanghai Grandmother (by the Bund) – Shanghainese restaurant with many classic local dishes.
Adventures in Shanghai by Barry Hoy for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineGay Nightlife

There are not many gay bars in Shanghai, but here are a few top picks of places to go for a drink and to meet locals:

  • Lucca – One of Shanghai’s best-known gay bar and club in the French Concession area. It gets busy on weekends and attracts upscale local and international crowd.
  • Happiness 42 – Modern and chic, with a sexy red lighting throughout the bar. It’s a good place to start off the night.
  • Paw & Six – Located in the same building as Lucca on the sixth floor, this place attracts more of a bear crowd.
  • Snap! – Monthly party where people gather for a night of dressing up and dancing. Each party generally has a unique theme, and the location may change so you should check with a local or on WeChat (Chinese social app) for details.

Did you know that most visitors require a visa to enter China? Want more information about this and the Transit Visa Exemptions? Visit asianmapleaf.com to read more about our adventures in Shanghai. Also, stay tuned for more of our ultimate must-see travel stops around the Globe.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 1: Discover Hong Kong.

Read Barry’s Journey to Asia, Part 2: Kuala Lumpur here.

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By @ 06/11/18 in Barry Joy, Gay travel, Kuala Lumpur, Travel

ManAboutWorld global corresondent Barry Hoy contemplating the city of Kuala Lumpur shirtless. Because.

Kuala Lumpur is the capital of Malaysia and a place where you will find a variety of cultures from the region, all living together in one city. There is Chinatown, Little India, Malay village and many more neighbourhoods. In this city, it is not uncommon to find a Muslim mosque, a Hindu shrine, a Christian church, and a Buddhist temple – all in the same area! Story and photos by ManAboutWorld correspondent Barry Joy.

Click here to read Barry’s Journey to Asia Part 1: Discover Hong Kong.

And here is Journey to Asia, Part 3: Adventures in Shanghai.

Where to Stay

Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur – Set in the heart of the city’s business and shopping district, and near major landmarks such as the Petronas Twin Towers and the Kuala Lumpur City Center. Despite it being right in the city centre, the hotel is still set amidst plenty of lush greenery, and has a good size outdoor pool and lounge area.

Where to Eat

There are a lot of food options to try in Kuala Lumpur. Here are a few to wet your appetite!

  • Nobu – Located on the 56th floor of the Menara Petronas, it boosts dramatic 360-degree views of the KL city skyline, including the iconic Petronas Twin Towers.
  • Jalan Alor – Famous street food in Kuala Lumpur and bustling nightlife.
  • Old China Kafe – Step back in time at this charming and authentic café in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown.
  • Fatty Crab (Fei Lo) – Best known for its seafood. Make sure you try the Sweet and Sour Chili Crab!
Some of the many delectable food items on offer in Kuala Lumpur via ManAboutWorld global correspondent Barry HowThings To Do
  • Petronas Twin Towers – The iconic Petronas Twin Towers are basically the symbol of Kuala Kumpur, and they dominate the skyline. Make sure you buy tickets in advance (especially for the bridge connecting the two towers). Visit com for tips to save some money and enjoy a cocktail at the same time.
  • Batu Caves – Deep inside a Limestone Mountain, just outside the city of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, is the Batu caves. The cave is one of the most popular Hindu shrines outside of India.
  • Chinatown – Wander down little laneways and into cute coffee houses and restaurants, or around the markets filled with fresh fish, fruits and vegetables, and out on to the lively main street of Chinatown.
  • Little India – colourful neighbourhoood with lots of restaurants where you can sample different types of fragrant curries or snacks.
  • Pavilion KL – This is a huge shopping centre where you can satisfy all your shopping needs.

Make sure you also visit the beaches and little towns outside of the city of Kuala Lumpur. The city itself offers some great food and sights, but it’s not a place where you would want to spend more than a weekend.

Important note about homosexuality:

Gay sex is still technically illegal in Malaysia and punishable under a colonial-era sodomy law. Foreigners are generally safe from this, but caution is still recommended.

Want more information? Visit asianmapleaf.com and read more about our adventures in Kuala Lumpur. Also, stay tuned for more of our ultimate must-see travel stops around the globe.

Click here to read Barry’s Journey to Asia Part 1: Discover Hong Kong.

And here is Journey to Asia, Part 3: Adventures in Shanghai.

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By @ 06/05/18 in Barry Joy, Gay travel, Hong Kong, Travel

Barry Hoy writing for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine - in Hong KongWhether you are visiting for the first time, or re-exploring if you have been before, Hong Kong is an exciting, energetic and vibrant city that really lives up to the term – “East meets West”. To get you started on your journey, here is a mini guide to one of Asia’s greatest cities, including top accommodations, top places to eat, and the best experiences. Story and photos by ManAboutWorld correspondent Barry Joy.

This is Journey to Asia, Part 1.

Check out Journey to Asia, Part 2: Kuala Lumpur here.

And here is Journey to Asia, Part 3: Adventures in Shanghai.

Where to Stay

The Murray – Hong Kong, A Niccolo Hotel – This newest luxury iconic landmark hotel has stunning natural fabrics and stones, leathers, and plush textiles, creating a contemporary chic sanctuary, and an ambience of understated sophistication.

The Kerry Hotel – Hong Kong – Bringing a dynamic approach to hospitality to the shores of Victoria Harbour, it’s the city’s first urban resort offering an unparalleled array of dining options, leisure activities, business and meeting services, and wellness programs.

Where to Eat

Hong Kong is renowned for its food scene. From Chinese to western food, and everything in between, it is a foodie’s paradise with options from street side snacks to high-end five star restaurants. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Street food and “Cha Chaan Teng” – Hong Kong has amazing local street food, including items such as stinky tofu, curry fish balls, squid or octopus tentacles, egg waffles, egg tarts, Chinese buns, and pastries. Also, you must try a local Cha Chaan Teng (translates to “tea restaurant”), where you will find fuss-free affordable comfort food. They are all around the city!
  • Zuma – Zuma features a sophisticated twist on the traditional Japanese Izakaya type of restaurant. Make sure you try out the much-loved champagne Baikingu brunch!
  • Tao Li at the New World Millennium Hotel – Overlooking the spectacular Victoria Harbour, Tao Li is celebrated for its elegant selection of dim sum and authentic Cantonese dishes.
  • Rech Restaurant at the InterContinental – A Michelin star restaurant – this is the first outpost of Paris’s most famous seafood restaurant by Alain Ducasse.
  • Ham & Sherry – Spanish restaurant serving some of the city’s best aged Spanish hams, tapas items and sherry. Make sure you also check out the Backbar hidden in an alleyway behind the restaurant.
Barry Hoy writing for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine - in Hong KongGay Nightlife

There are endless things to see and do in Hong Kong. Here are a few top picks for where to go out for a drink and meet some locals:

  • Bing Bing (formerly Circo) – This cocktail lounge and dance club in Causeway Bay boosts a great view of the city. It is super crowded later in the evening and tends to draw more locals than foreigners.
  • Time Bar – Located in an unassuming alleyway in the Soho area, this is more of a place for a quiet drink or intimate conversation. The younger local crowd tends to spill out into the street where the drinks continue to flow.
  • Zoo – This is a high-energy bar in Sheung Wan with regular theme nights. The crowd is a mix of locals and expats.
  • FLM – One of the few gay clubs where you can dance on the first floor and have a quiet drink on the second floor. FLM is across the street from Zoo and tends to have a more international crowd.
  • Petticoat Lane – One of the newer gay bars with great drag performances and a small outdoor terrace. The crowd is mixed with a lot of expats and people from out of town.

Want more information? Visit asianmapleaf.com and read about our adventures in Hong Kong. Also, stay tuned for more of our ultimate must-see travel stops around the Globe.

This is Journey to Asia, Part 1.

Check out Journey to Asia, Part 2: Kuala Lumpur here.

And here is Journey to Asia, Part 3: Adventures in Shanghai.

 

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By @ 03/14/18 in Asia, Barry Joy, Correspondent, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Barry Hoy, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine correspondent

Welcome to our newest global correspondent Barry Joy, also known as Asianmapleleaf, is an Asian-Canadian, born and raised in Toronto and transplanted to New York City. Travel is his passion, so he is always on the road or up in the air. If he’s not travelling, he’s most likely already planning his next trip. Barry fell in love with traveling the first time he flew to Asia with his family as a kid, and since then he has been exploring new destinations and meeting new friends from all around the world.

Barry is an ambassador of all things travel – he is also a travel, food and lifestyle writer who showcases great destinations, their local experiences, and all of the must see places around the world. Through his Instagram and travel blog, Barry shares these moments and his favorite destinations with his readers and followers. He is also a travel editor-at-large for Swagger Magazine, North America’s premiere men’s luxury lifestyle publication.

Follow along his adventures on Instagram and Twitter at @asianmapleleaf, or at www.asianmapleleaf.com.

Barry Hoy, ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine correspondent

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By @ 03/08/18 in Gay travel, Japan, Tom Goss, Travel, Traveling Tom

TRAVELING TOM VISITS KINOSAKEONSEN

Traveling Tom travels to KinosakeOnsen, a city known for its soothing and healing hot springs spas. He takes us through the countryside and to this charming town of relaxation, ancient traditions, heartfelt hospitality and delicious food.

Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. He travels with his husband, Mike, all around the world and sends us these video updates. Click on his video and follow his KinosakeOnsen adventure. Follow Tom’s other video adventures here.

TOM’S ALSO A TALENTED PERFORMER

Tom Goss is a singer, songwriter and storyteller based in Los Angeles, CA. Tom has spent the last decade aggressively touring — performing over 1,000 shows in 100+ cities, traversing 40 states and 5 countries. An adventurer at heart, there are few places where Tom can’t find something to climb over or jump off of.

Connect with Tom on the following social media platforms:

Meet all of our Global Correspondents hereSubscribe to ManAboutWorld here and find insights from Tom, our global correspondents and the staff writers at the magazine Ed, Billy and Kenny.

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By @ 09/07/17 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, John Walker, Phuket, Thailand, Travel
Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineGay Phuket update: Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in Phuket, Thailand is a class act from start to finish. The sumptuous dining space, superb service by host Corry and the culinary distinction of Chef Marc are usually hallmarks of the finest European Michelin Star restaurants. Their exquisite home by day and restaurant by night, with only six tables, lavishly set with fine French napery, antique silver cutlery and elaborate glassware, could only be described as distinguished opulence.

On arrival we enjoyed the sultry sounds of famous French divas while sipping pre-dinner champagne cocktails in the tropical pool garden before being served an amuse bouche of mushroom cappuccino.

The menu varies throughout the year. An appetiser of large plump scallops fried in ginger and served in a rich pumpkin soup was delectable. The house speciality, Champignons á la Madeleine, features mushrooms stuffed with a secret recipe belonging to Marc’s aunt and they are seriously delicious.

Grandmother’s Pot-au-Feu (rabbit stew) in a white wine sauce with two mustards and tarragon was a wild French treat and the sauce was so good you could have bathed in it. Canadian Lobster and fried turbot filet in lobster bouillon sauce, with coconut milk from Marc’s own garden, was also sensational.

Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineSipping French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley we studied the á la carte dessert menu. What a dilemma, everything sounded so enticing. Marc suggested the surprise dessert medley to share. How could we go wrong with a master chef in the kitchen? Luscious petit fours served on top of an ornate glass bowl containing Siamese Fighting Fish was a touch of finesse to complete a perfect dinner.

Story and photos by John Walker & Gavin Patterson, ManAboutWorld correspondents who blog here and on GayMenonHoliday.com. They visited this restaurant in Phuket and found it wonderful and quite unique. It is owned by two lovely Belgian men who packed up their European restaurant and transported it to their new home in Thailand.

More Thailand
For more gay Phuket and Thailand recommendations, download the free ManAboutWorld guide to Thailand available for iOS and Android devices.



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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.

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.

 

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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
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    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
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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

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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

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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 @ 02/29/16 in Gay travel, Indonesia, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
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Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia

This photo was taken in early January 2016 at Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia near a seaweed farm. In the distance you can see Bali. During the wet season (October -April ), it will rain frequently in Bali; however, it almost never rains in Nusa Lembongan and the island is only a 30-minute boat ride from Bali.

Besides visiting Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia. ManAboutWorld correspondent Michael Siebert is living and working in Australia, as an independent traveling optometrist

Michael Siebert in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Michael Siebert

throughout Australia and New Zealand, where all his passions, patient care, photography, philanthropy and travel are merged into one.

Connect with Michael on Instagram, at www.drmichaelsiebert.com or via Facebook.

ManAboutWorld has information on many more destinations around the world! 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
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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.

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Sergio at the beach



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By @ 02/04/16 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Japan, ManAboutWorld, Travel
The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

The Wonder 500, about Japan, in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Japan has a problem other destinations would love to have. They have a rich abundance of incredibly cool things spread throughout the country that are unique to Japan. From wild, hand-picked (and crazy expensive) green teas to delicately woven charms meant to insert in envelopes — but only for correspondence with a cheerful message — to sweet/spicy wasabi treats and much  more.

The Wonder 500 gathered 500 products from 47 prefectures and eight categories (travel, kitchenwares, housewares, stationery, interior, fashion, food and beverages) to display in an intimate venue that is open to the public (a 4 West 43rd St just west of 5th Ave). This is an opportunity to discover some of what makes Japan so special. Have some tea; try a treat; purchase a few very early Christmas presents; and escape from New  York to the Land of the Rising Sun for a delicious hour or so.

The Wonder 500™ exhibition runs from January 28th until February 9th at the Exhibition Hall at 4 West 43rd Street (4-16 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036, USA) from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. daily, with admission free to the public. For more information, visit www.TheWonder500.com.

Photos: Above is ManAboutWorld editor in chief with Ritsuko Nakamura in a traditional kimono at the Wonder 500 in New York and below is a selection of items you will find there.

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The Wonder 500



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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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