Phuket Gay Pride 2018

Phuket Gay Pride Festival attracts revelers from the world over and is a week of fun and well-organised activities, parties, competitions, quizzes, parades and over-the-top costumes and characters. Based around Soi Paradise and gay-friendly hotels, the festival certainly leaves its mark on Patong Beach.

  • Event Dates

    The Phuket Pride Week is normally held in April, however organisers have announced that the event will not take place in 2018. The event is set to return in 2019.

  • Key Highlights

    The main event is the parade (the largest of its kind in Thailand) which is followed by a variety of stage entertainment. Afterwards, the venues around Patong Beach and Paradise Complex become a large partying scene that extends late into the night.

  • Plan Ahead!

    Although the event takes place at the end of season (April), Pride attracts visitors from across Asia and beyond. Hotels close to Patong Beach and Paradise Complex fill up fast, so book early.

Pride in Phuket – Beach fun and more!

Once a year the Phuket Gay Carnival will take place, and for three nights, Paradise complex becomes a little Rio Carnival with lots of lights, plenty of balloons and flags, lots of extravagant shiny costumes, and the ever popular Katoeys (ladyboys). During those three nights, bars will put on small street performances and contests and the bars will be crowded.

This carnival was originally in Bangkok but was brought to Phuket probably for traffic jam reasons. The Parade going around Patong Beach on the last of the three days can create a serious mess, so remember that if you plan to drive your car along the beach road, it might take two hours to cross Patong. Each gay bar and Phuket Simon Cabaret will work on their best costumes and decorated floats to proudly parade on huge trucks, driving down the beach road. Great occasion for photos as the entire town, gay or not, gets into party mood. The Parade will end at Paradise Complex where the last wild party will begin.

Stargazer Talent Contest has become an integral part of Phuket Pride’s Celebration and is now on its third year. This contest is open to all expats who live in Thailand and our Thai community. Stargazer brings together a wide range of singers, bands, dancers, acrobats, actors who are scored and finally crowned the winner by spectators and professional judges at CC’s Hideaway, Kata Phuket

We have found hotels with good reviews that keep you close to all the action,

Orchid Resortel,    Lub d Hotel,    R-Mar Resort and Spa,    Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa.

Where we stay!

The Meridien Phuket is our favourite location, close to Patong Beach, with direct beach access, great rooms and a delicious breakfast! Book early.

Gay Map of Phuket

Most of the gay events taking place during Pride in Phuket will occur along Patong beach and in the Paradise Complex.

Video Of Gay Pride Phuket

Highlights of Pride in Phuket

Recommended Hotels in Phuket

The popular gay bars and nightclubs in Phuket are located in the area surrounding the Exit Road of the Paradise Complex in Patong Town. Clubs get busy from 11pm. The hotels we have recommended are within a short walking distance of the bars and beaches.

Diamond Cliff Resort
5 Star, Luxury

Diamond Cliff Resort & Spa Phuket



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Diamond Cliff Resort and Spa is set within 20 acres of beautiful gardens above Patong. Overlooking the Andaman Sea and Kalim Beach, it offers 3 restaurants, 3 bars and 2 pools

Lub d Phuket
4 Star, Boutique

Lub d Phuket Patong



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Bangla, Lub d Phuket Patong offers both private and dormitory-style rooms with air conditioning. The stylish hostel features its own outdoor pool, free WiFi in all areas

R-Mar Resort, 4 Star
Readers Choice



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Featuring private balconies, rooms at R-Mar Resort and Spa come with a 32-inch flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. A fridge and tea/coffee making facilities, Free WiFi is available

Orchid Resortel
3 Star, Great Location



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The air-conditioned rooms come with cable TV and a fan. A refrigerator and tea/coffee making facilities are also provided. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower.

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