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wolfyy’s Singapore gay travel guide to the best hotels, gay bars, saunas & things to do.

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The Gay Travel Experience: Singapore

My visit to Singapore was brief, but in that short time I discovered so much about local Singapore gay life. I met several gay locals, expats and travelers who showed me their world. They were eager to spend a night laughing over drinks and later playing our favorite songs.

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Singapore is marvelous, glimmering Southeast Asian city that you absolutely must visit. A major business hub, gay locals and ex-pats harmoniously commingle. Gay nightlife thrives here, too. Did you know there are several gay bars and clubs in Singapore?

singapore gay travel experience
singapore gay travel
singapore gay travel

Flawlessly landscaped city blocks and unique modern architecture exemplify just the beginning of Singapore. I guarantee that the local food centers, immaculate gardens and unbelievable hotel options will have you jumping to book a trip!

Gay Singapore: Hotels & Where to Stay

Singapore is a rather large city. I recommend you stay in a hotel in the city center (near Raffles Place or Marina Bay) so you can easily walk to the main attractions. Anywhere nearby a waterfront is a good bet, whether it’s the Singapore Marina or Singapore River. 

Singapore hotels with amazing view

For the best views, check hotels in Boat Quay, the neighborhood that borders the marina to the north. You definitely won’t be disappointed.

Singapore hotels with amazing view
infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel

You’ve probably already heard of this famous hotel, but Marina Bay Sands is one of the most exclusive. It’s known for having the world’s largest infinity pool. You can only access it if you’re a guest of the hotel!

exploring singapore

Hostels in Singapore are especially popular with travelers making their way through Southeast Asia since the city is quite expensive. Be careful not to accidentally book any of the day-use only listings. In general, hostels will cost at least 35 Euro/$40 USD per night.

Singapore hostel
infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
Singapore hostel

I crashed at the cozy and modern B.E.A.T. Capsule Hostel, located directly on the Singapore River close to the marina. This hostel was by far the best I’ve ever stayed in. Air conditioned and private, it was perfect for spending a few nights.

Does Singapore Have a Gay Neighborhood?

Although Singapore is an extremely modern society and a world business hub, the country remains very conservative in all aspects of life. Gay men tend not to congregate into a single gay neighborhood in Singapore.

looking for singapore gay neighborhood
exploring singapore
looking for singapore gay neighborhood

Many gay ex-pats live in Singapore on foreign business assignments. These guys will be living in company-provided housing and so you will usually find them nearby the business districts.

The locals on the other hand are spread out. They don’t live in a single “gay” area of Singapore.

Singapore Gay Travel Experiences

The iconic Gardens By The Bay was my favorite spot in Singapore. But, there’s much more to it than the famous Supertree Grove! 

Take a walk along the pond at Gardens by the Bay for some tranquility and to escape the tourist crowds. There are plenty of hidden walkways with diverse plantings to see. See the different Gardens By The Bay attractions in the video below.

Explore Marina Bay

Walking along Marina Bay is a great option for an entire afternoon. You can take in views of the skyline while strolling along the waterfront. I started my journey from my hostel on Boat Quay and walked to the shops at Marina Bay Sands, where I could cool off in the air conditioning.

gay traveler at marina bay Singapore

Along Boat Quay are a bunch of small outdoor restaurants overlooking the fountain in the river. This area of town is where you will find the cheapest beer in the city, and it really comes alive after sunset.

Alcohol can be expensive in Singapore, but this adorable waterfront promenade is perfect for an evening of cheap drinks. I ate at Forum Restaurant, however most restaurants here more or less offer the same options.

gay traveler at marina bay Singapore
tourist spot Singapore marina bay
tourist spot Singapore marina bay

The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands is quite a pleasant place to walk through and window shop. Its an ultra-modern mall with high-end stores and cafés. On the lowest level there’s a food court where you can get some cheap eats.

The Maxwell Hawker Center

Locals and tourists alike will tell you to go to the Maxwell Hawker Center. This no-frills outdoor food stall building is great for experiencing local foods.

Maxwell hawker center

Expect dozens of tables bustling with people from all walks of life. Bring cash, as most places either don’t take credit cards or only accept local bank cards.

food at Maxwell hawker center in Singapore
Maxwell hawker center

The Maxwell Hawker Center is best if you’re having an earlier dinner. After 9 PM things start to die down and the stalls close.

food at Maxwell hawker center in Singapore

Make your way to Chinatown for delicious late-night restaurant options. There is a mix of food trucks and restaurants with air conditioning at the Chinatown food market.

More Things to Do in Singapore

Take a walk through Raffles Place. A beautiful outdoor plaza and promenade, this is the best spot to absorb the bustle of Singapore without being surrounded by cars whirring by. It’s a pedestrian-only zone with plenty of shopping.

Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Gardens by the Bay Singapore
Parliament Building attraction in Singapore

Sentosa is an island south of the downtown where you can relax on the beach. It is reachable by transit, but a cab will be much more convenient. They also have a fantastic cable car that connects to the island! It’s one of the local’s favorite things to do other than eat at the hawker food centers.

Although I did not have the chance to visit, many locals told me they love to go to Sentosa to relax. You can explore Sentosa by booking a sightseeing tour.

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Singapore Gay Bars

I started my night out at a gay bar called Dorothy’s. It’s is a smaller lounge bar with a terrace overlooking some street shops. Dorothy’s closes a bit earlier in the night so it’s best to start your evening there.

Singapore gay bar
Singapore gay bar
Singapore gay bar drag show

Tantric Bar was my next stop. At around 2 AM on a Saturday, Tantric had a buzzing crowd! There are two outdoor patios with seating, a lounge bar area and another room where you can stand at tables.

Drag queens entertained us, strutting thought the main walkway of the outdoor space. While there’s not a ton of dancing, I’d consider Tantric to be more of a relaxed Singapore gay club.

Singapore gay bar drag show

Soon after I arrived at Tantric, I met a local gay Singaporean! We got to talking and he introduced me to his gay friends. Everyone was so friendly and given international crowd people are eager to make friends and talk with one another.

tantric gay bar Singapore

I met people from Singapore, Costa Rica, France and other countries. I’m certain you’ll be able to do the same. The diversity was also quite comforting.

Singapore Gay Saunas

It might surprise you to learn that Singapore has several gay saunas! 

Keybox is the biggest gay sauna in Singapore and has recently moved to a new 5,000 square foot space. A membership card costs $10 Singaporean dollars and rates are tiered by age.

Keybox gay sauna Singapore
Keybox gay sauna Singapore
gay cruising sauna Singapore

Ten Mens Club is a fantastic second gay sauna option. Their facilities are quite modern and they offer drinks and massage services. You can find Ten Mens Club’s events and promotions via the private telegram groups listed on their page.

gay cruising sauna Singapore

Shogun Club is another gay sauna worth a mention. I haven’t been here myself, but the reviews online are decent. You can get info on Shogun. Similarly, more information is available through private Telegram chats.

Singapore Travel Tips

Right on the equator, Singapore will be extremely hot and humid all year. I recommend you bring breathable clothing, pack a set of cotton handkerchiefs for sweaty day-adventures and a stainless steel insulated water bottle so you don’t ever have to drink hot water.

Singapore is quite expensive for a city in Southeast Asia. Prices will be about the same as most Northern European cities. However, it is easy to get by on a strict budget if you eat at the local food stands, stay in a hostel and drink in moderation!

tantric gay bar Singapore
singapore gay district
singapore gay district

There are plenty of options for short-term luggage storage in Singapore, ideal if you want to stash your bags somewhere more convenient to your departure destination, or if your hostel can’t hold your luggage any longer.

Taxis are relatively cheap, which is a plus. The price from the airport was reasonable. Download the Grab Taxi application and you’ll be good to go.

Singapore Gay Rights

One may think that the modernity of Singapore would come along with some gay rights, however this is not the case. The government is quite conservative and currently, there are no protections for LGBT individuals. Same-sex sexual activity is still officially illegal.

local neighborhood in Singapore

Importantly though, given Singapore is a diverse global business hub, the LGBT community is decently tolerated. 

In 2019, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong stated that everyone is welcome to come work in the country regardless of their sexual orientation. But, he also mentioned that visitors must recognize Singapore’s conservative culture and anti-gay laws.

local neighborhood in Singapore
gay trends Singapore

More and more LGBT rights activists have worked hard on decriminalization efforts in recent years. For now, we must hope for progress and support those fighting for gay rights in Singapore.

Parliament Building attraction in Singapore

I will say though, it is comforting that Singapore hase gay bars and events allowing the LGBT community to come together. can get together.

Singapore has a long way to go to catch-up with neighboring Asian countries such as India and Taiwan, where positive change has occurred recently.

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Next, see wolfyy’s gay travel guides to some fun destinations north of Singapore, including Penang, Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur.

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