Late last year I came back from a Gay Asia Adventure across four countries with three gay friends. We had been planning the trip since early 2016. Some things went to plan and others didn’t. I was really looking forward to visiting Thailand again but it was not quite the same anymore. The new places that I had never visited before were the highlight of the trip for me.
First Stop was Kuala Lumpur. It was only an overnighter. I wasn’t expecting much. I was a little cautious not to make it obvious that I’m gay in an Islamic country. But as it turned out we we had a wonderful night there, had a huge Malaysian style dinner and then hit Blue Boy Disco. We tried to find some of the other gay bars without any success. Google maps just wasn’t doing it for us.
I enjoyed it so much there and wanted to see more of the gay life, so on the way back to Australia I stopped over there for an unscheduled five extra nights and flew in a nice guy whom I met in Cambodia to spend some time together. We had a fantastic time and did lots of gay activities together. I had to also contact work and tell them that I was going to be two days late back for work. They were not happy when I told them I was meeting up with a hot guy from Cambodia in Kuala Lumpur for some relaxation 🙂
Bangkok and Pattaya were a bit of a disappointment for me. I lived in Thailand previously for ten years. I hadn’t been back for quite a few years and was looking forward to the old life style and friendly people that I was used too. But it had changed dramatically. To me it’s just become too commercialised and everything revolves around money especially in the tourist and city areas. Passing by bars we were almost dragged inside them by groups of guys standing at the doors. Even after saying “sorry… no”, they still kept hassling us. But I’m sure in the country it hasn’t changed much and the people are as welcoming and friendly as they always have been. Just wish that I had time to head up to Isarn and see my old Thai friends there.
It was fate I guess that I wasn’t going to have an awesome time in Thailand as on the first day I left my Sony Xperia z5 on the seat of a taxi and it drove off. After contacting the police and making numerous phone calls to the taxi company over a few weeks it wasn’t returned, even after offering a reward.
Also, Bradley my gay friend from Hong Kong was playing Pokeman in Pattaya, was racing to catch one in the middle of the road, he fell over and grazed his knee badly which became quite infected after two weeks and had to visit BNH Hospital Sathorn. It really put a dampener on our visit to Thailand. The good news is that we both submitted insurance claims online with Cover More Insurance and they promptly settled both claims.
I’ve been to Cambodia before but never to Siem Reap so we used the services of Siam Roads a gay tour company. Our gay tour guide was Sareth who was extremely helpful, friendly and entertaining. We did a wonderful boat trip, visited the markets and a military museum and of course spent a full day discovering Angkor Wat Temples which were magical.
The gay resort in Siem Reap was superb (details revealed in a future article) and the night life in the Pub Street area was awesome. It was hard to find the gay bars but eventually we found Bar Code which rocks and has live shows every hour. I fell in love with a nice Cambodian guy whom I met on Hornet and we spent a number of nights together fucking each other at the gay resort. Siem Reap was definitely the highlight of the trip for me.
Last stop was Taipei. I’ve never been there before and immediately found it a little similar to Singapore and loved every minute there. The city is very organised and it’s easy to get around using underground and overhead trains. There is a train that runs up to the Zoo which is fully automatic and driver-less. We did lots of sightseeing, all the usual stuff like Taipei 101, Taipei Zoo and Maokong Gondola. The hotel was luxurious (details revealed in a future article), the food delicious and services in general are very professional. The people are always in a hurry but very polite.
Red House the gay area is very quaint and relaxed with a stack of gay bars. It was a little quiet early but picks up as the night goes on. There were plenty of hot Taiwanese guys around to keep us happy and entertained. We had an interesting visit to Bear Junkies where government officials had set up an AIDs booth and were doing free HIV testing, so I took advantage of it and took the test.
My friend from Australia Ben and his Taiwanese boyfriend, Devon left the tour group at this point and traveled down south so that Ben could finally meet Devon’s family and, if everything went well, ask his parents for their blessing on their gay marriage. Did it go to plan or not? All will be revealed in a future article 🙂
In hindsight we probably visited too many countries. Seven flights all up was a bit of a drainer. We were travelling, on the go, doing and seeing things non-stop which was enjoyable and interesting but quite tiring. We didn’t really get much time to relax apart from when we were in Pattaya.
Two things that I learnt from this trip. Bars in general are on the decline and apps are huge. If you wanna meet up with a guy and have gay sex then gay apps are the way to go. In Kuala Lumpur and Taipei especially I noticed that people there generally mind their own business and are not in your face pushing things on you. If you want something there… you go to them. A little different to Thailand where sales people in the cities have become quite annoying and persistent.
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