Koh Samui Gay Travel
Koh Samui gay travel advice to help you find the best hotels, things to do, gay bars and amazing day trips.
The Gay Travel Experience: Koh Samui, Thailand
A Short Story: Koh Samui Upon Arrival
I would like to share a short story with you about my arrival to the island. My Airbnb host picked me and my best friend Taylor up from the airport. He gave us a one-hour tour of the island to welcome us.
Assuming we were straight, this man still found it important to point out the gay area of Koh Samui to us in Chaweng. He spent a little time explaining how well-accepted the gay Thai people are within the Koh Samui local community.
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Gay Koh Samui: Hotels & Where to Stay
Koh Samui has a plethora of options for places to stay. The island is quite large. Hotels and Airbnbs come in all sorts of price ranges, too.
Bophut Beach and Chaweng at the northeastern tip of the island are popular places for booking hotels in Koh Samui. They are close to the airport and there is lot of nightlife nearby. This is definitely the busiest part of the island.
I stayed in an Airbnb in Fisherman’s Village at the west end of Bophut. I absolutely loved this area. Everything we needed was nearby and the neighborhood vibe was quaint and cozy.
Not too far away from here, I’d consider the noteworthy W Hotel Koh Samui. It’s jaw-droopingly beautiful and definitely one of the favorite gay accommodations in Koh Samui. The W Hotel is located in Maenam, just west of Fisherman’s Village.
The farther south you go on the island of Koh Samui, the more secluded things get. The southern shores are where most of the luxury real estate is concentrated. Lots of timeshares are built in the south.
Koh Samui Experiences for the Gay Traveler
Fisherman’s Village is home to many bars and restaurants. I tried many of them and a few really stood out.
There is a French restaurant in the Enjoy Beach Hotel & Restaurant that has tables directly on the beach. The service and food were amazing. Happy Elephant and Zazen Restaurant are two other Koh Samui Restaurants I enjoyed.
Visiting Thailand is the perfect opportunity to get custom clothes and suits made. There is a suit shop in the Fisherman’s village where I got three button-down dress shirts custom measured and fitted for around $100 USD. Wouldn’t you rather get a steal on custom suits instead of buying standard fits back home?
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Gay Koh Samui: Visit The Jungle Club
My group of friends headed to The Jungle Club for a resort day since our accommodation did not have a pool. The Jungle Club is located on a giant cliff that overlooks the entire northern part of Koh Samui.
They have an infinity pool you can pay to use, although I dont think they normally do this! Even more luxurious was their precious treehouse dining table room. You actually have to climb a ladder to get to the table!
Koh Samui Day Trip Ideas
Absolutely take a boat tour to Koh Mudsum, often also spelled “Koh Mat Sum.” Your eyes will light up when you see this little paradise island. First, check schedules and arrange a ride at one of the travel stands in Fisherman’s Village.
A buggie will drive you to the south end of the island, probably with a couple other passengers, where you catch a boat.
Koh Mudsum is a gorgeous, tiny island only inhabited by day that has one of the most beautiful shorelines I have ever seen. Shallow azure waters stretch for what seems like forever. Wading through the seashore was rather dream-like. I’ll never forget the tiny ripples breaking over my legs.
Grab a drink at the hut when you arrive and soak in the sun. Additionally, you will likely have a chance to jump off the boat to snorkel during the ride to the island. Being amongst the schools of fish in the crystal waters was a beautiful experience.
Koh Samui Gay Bars
My first few nights, I didn’t seek out any gay bars in Koh Samui. Starting out my trip, I spent a couple nights having drinks in the vibrant Bophut Fisherman’s Village.
There are firework/fire dancing shows on the beach in front of Coco Tams once the sun sets. Ask the bartenders which night they are planned for since I believe it changes. These performers are incredibly talented.
Chaweng is where you will find the Koh Samui gay bars and the most gay nightlife activity. One night I made a trip to Chaweng to visit Bar Solo, which I was super excited to check out. This modern spot is a hangout for some gay locals, although it is not specifically a gay bar. Nonetheless, I still had a fantastic time.
You’ll find a bunch more fun gay bars and clubs in the Chaweng area. One of the best bars for drag shows and a fun, flashy time is K-Club Koh Samui. the have a lot of seating, which is always a plus for solo travelers to feel comfortable. Drag queens strut bath and forth along the runway that cuts through the middle of the room.
Another gay bar that I totally wish I had gone to is Pride Bar Samui. This place looks so fun and I totally regret not trying it! They have the perfect environment for meeting other travelers, including pool tables, small-table seating, food and more. They also host drag and cabaret shows.
Koh Samui Gay Travel Tips
Want even cheaper drinks? Alcohol prices can easily reach western standards, especially if you find yourself hanging out in a tourist area.
Get around this by looking for small alcohol carts in alleyways between bars and restaurants. These are usually half the price. And since you can walk freely with your drink, why not take one to go?
Always have a poncho handy if you will be out exploring for the latter part of the afternoon. Pop-up storms can bring torrential rain and flood local streets. Don’t let anything valuable get wet!
Ridesharing is available in Koh Samui with the NaviGo app. We used this to get around quite a bit, especially when it was raining in the afternoon. You’ll probably want to download it before your trip.
Some Koh Samui Airbnb rentals are actually in buildings that were initially intended to be hotels. With this in mind, there is a chance that you will need to pay your own electricity bill at the end of your stay if you are staying in an Airbnb like this
If you want another way to save money on alcohol, it’s definitely worth it to stop in a convenience store to buy a bottle. In some tourist areas, drinks seem to be pretty expensive.
Take out one large sum of cash at an ATM so you don’t keep needing to use local ATM’s for more Baht. Some bank’s fees can be quite high to keep taking out cash. Just be on the safe side and keep smaller amounts in separate areas of your backpack or luggage.
Bangkok to Koh Samui: Flights
Even though Koh Samui is a Thai island, it’s large enough to have its own International Airport. Flights to Samui USM Airport from Bangkok are frequent, although they come at a higher price than most other domestic Thailand flights.
The Samui Airport was built by and is privately owned by Bangkok Airways. Since this airline has a monopoly, they don’t have competition pushing flight costs down. If you are coming from Bangkok, there is really no other convenient route choice to get to Samui.
If you are coming from somewhere farther south in Thailand, there are large ferries available that depart from mainland Surat Thani. They make stops at Koh Samui Island, Koh Phangan and lastly, Koh Tao. This option is definitely cheaper than flying!
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