Thailand welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) visitors: its tourism authority targets the LGBT market, and Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Koh Samui are often the only Asian cities included on lists of gay-friendly tourist destinations around the world. There is no law against homosexuality in Thailand, in contrast to some of its regional neighbors.
Phuket Island, the pearl of the Andaman Sea, is the largest island in Thailand – about the same size as Singapore. It’s also one of the prime Gay areas in Thailand with superb hotels, restaurants and day or night activities. With its countless palm-fringed sandy beaches and fun gay scenes, makes it one of the most welcoming gay and gay friendly holiday destinations in Southeast Asia for individuals and families alike.
On Phuket Island there are 36 amazing beaches. The nicest sandy beaches are all on the west coast, the most popular ones being of course Patong, Karon, Kata, Kamala and Bang Tao, but some are still peaceful in the northern part: Naithon, Maikhao and Haad Sai Gaew. The East coast is covered by mangrove in the north and rocky in the south at the exception of few hidden beaches such as Laem Ka. The east coast offers beautiful view of the nearby islands.
The main town is 'Phuket City' but everyone calls it Phuket Town. Thalang Road in the city center has applied to be a UNESCO heritage site with the many Sino Portuguese mansions and shop houses, including some jewels such as the Baan Chinpracha House Museum, China Inn, the Thai Hua Museum and the recently renovated Blue Elephant Restaurant.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival which is the number one festival in Phuket, that occurs on the 1st to the 9th day of the 9th moon according to the Chinese lunar calendar (October). Songkran in April is an occasion to have fun throwing water at each other for a day and mostly party all night. Loy Kratong is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar (November) is celebrated by releasing on the water little floats made of leaves, incense and flowers. Old Phuket Festival, end January, and Chinese New Year are the occasion for parades in town. Other lively and colorful events unique to Phuket include the Phuket King’s Cup Regatta and Phuket Bike Week. At the end of April, the largest Pride Celebration in Southeast Asia is held.