About Paradise Complex.Patong Beach on Phuket Island in
Thailand is the most popular and well-developed beach on Phuket
Island in Thailand. Long recognized as one of the world's Top 10
diving sites, Phuket is now Thailand's most important tourist
destination, offering a variety of beaches, attractions and exciting
If you have visited Patong Beach and Paradise
Complex before we think you will be pleased by the changes happening
here now. Owners of the Royal Paradise Hotel have been redeveloping
parts of the Paradise Complex to increase the number and variety of
shops and businesses here. The popular but noisy outdoor bars have
been closed and the most popular ones have relocated indoors here at
the complex. The outdoor bar areas are being demolished and
re-landscaped as pedestrian areas. These improvements should be
finished by October of '98.
If you haven't been here before
you will find a blossoming gay community only 8 minutes walk from
the beach. Should you choose to stay at one of the gay
accommodations in and around paradise complex, you will find
everything you need is just around the corner. In addition to
several gay guesthouses there are now over
20 gay bars and clubs, a disco with 2 shows nightly, 4
restaurants, coffee shops, hair salons, laundry services,
phone/fax and Internet services, tourist information and travel
agents. The gay community in Patong is strong and continues to
grow, with more variety than ever here at Paradise
If you are planning to visit Patong Beach during the
high season (Oct-April) it is strongly advised that you make room
reservations in advance as the most popular hotels are often booked
3-4 months in advance.
Through its "AMAZING THAILAND
1998-1999" campaign, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is making a
major effort to increase tourism in Thailand. Over 4 million people
are expected to visit Phuket in the next year and we hope you will
be one of them.
About the gay scene.We wish and intend to make your visit to our gay community as
happy as possible. Many guests are familiar with gay life in Phuket,
but for those new explorers, we have some thoughts we would like to
share. [These thoughts are also valid if you are straight and are
looking for a friend of the opposite sex.]
Start to think
with an open mind about the fact that your references and
experiences are most likely very different from those of most of the
Thai-men you will meet in the gay-community here. Also most of the
Thai-men you will meet are not like you here for vacation, they have
their daily life here including good times, bad times, joy, love,
happiness, sorrow as well as to make their living. Even if your
background is very different your feelings may not be that
different! Treat anyone with the same kind of respect you yourself
Please remember that the Thai-men you will
meet in the bars are working men and your satisfaction and happiness
is their income. If you talk with a man for a while in the bar, buy
him a drink, leave him a tip, or both.
You will as everywhere
find many kinds of (Thai-) men: masculine men, feminine men,
masculine boys, feminine boys and lady-boys. And do not be surprised
that some of the Thai-men who go with a gay-tourist are
Patong has bars with cabaret shows, go-go boys,
sexy shows, bars and restaurants, and almost all have Thai-men who
would go with a guest. If a Thai- man appeals to you, find out
through the captain or owner if he speaks English. It is always best
to be straightforward with the Thai-man and the owner of the bar.
Find out what the Thai-man likes and does not like. Also find out if
he will spend the night, or just spend a shorter time together with
you. If you do not find out about this in advance you may be
confused and disappointed later. There is always a fee to the bar
that is not negotiable if you want to take away a Thai-man working
in that bar. There may be some flexibility with your payment to the
Thai-man. It may involve only sex, staying the night, or perhaps you
will have company for your entire holiday. Please remember, he has
friends or family, and will need some time for his daily life too.
Payment can be at the end of your adventure, but it is more
thoughtful to consider payment as you both go along.
of course meet all kinds of Thai-men here in Patong, also gay men
that you can meet under the same conditions and circumstances as in
every other country.
Different Thai-men you will meet here
have as well as all other men different intentions with seeking
contact with you. Making contact to find: love, the pleasure of sex,
money for their living or a combination of all.
western-gay are normally very used to seek sexual contacts just for
the pleasure of sex or as a part of seeking love but we are not very
prepared that that may involve money. Here that is a reality. And
regardless if you want to be a part of that or not it probably make
your stay here in the gay community easier if you are mentally aware
already when you enter.
This does not mean that you can not
really enjoy and have a fantastic time meeting new friends in the
gay-community without taking a Thai-man and pay for that. But since
you will get suggestions it would probably save yourself and your
surroundings from a lot of confusion if you are straightforward with
your intentions. Pay a drink for the Thai-man, give him a tip and
explain with a friendly smile that you are not looking for someone
to go with if that is the case.
Remember that even if you get
into a really confusing situation here you are always better of with
a smile here than any kind of confrontation.
We hope you will
have a really nice time here and that our thoughts will help you to
make it even better.
Beaches and swimming.The best beaches on Phuket Island are on the west coast. The
most developed beach is Patong followed by Karon and Kata.