For many same-sex couples, finding comfort and safety is a top priority when planning their travels, and for good reason. There’s nothing worse than having to experience awkward moments, mocking, or danger on a vacation that you’ve invested time and money into. We’ve created this list of Top Gay Friendly Travel Destinations, to alleviate your concerns, and give you the ability to relax on vacation!
Featuring two especially gay friendly major cities and one of the world’s best gay beaches, Australia is a fantastic vacation destination for same sex couples. In Sydney, gay and lesbian culture forms a vibrant part of the city’s social fabric. Sydney played host to the 2002 Gay Games and annually hosts Australia’s largest annual tourist event, Mardi Gras. Join in the Mardi Gras festivities, which include a parade that is attended by more than half a million people. East of Sydney, North Bondi Beach is listed as one of the world’s best gay beaches.
We encourage travelers to enjoy Sydney city living by exploring the Rocks District, climbing the Harbour Bridge, and exploring the iconic Sydney Opera House. Love water activities? The Great Barrier Reef features some of the world’s best snorkeling and diving. We recommend a stay at the Lizard Island Resort, which offers access to some of the best snorkel and dive sites. Want to unlock one of Australia’s best kept secrets? Melbourne has a thriving gay scene and is full of culture. Be sure to check out the Fitzroy, St. Kilda, and Carlton neighborhoods.
2. Bora Bora
Gay and straight, young and old, honeymooners everywhere flock to French Polynesia, and specifically Bora Bora, for a romantic island getaway unlike any other. Widely regarded as the most romantic island in the world, Bora Bora is known for its pristine blue lagoon, powder soft sand, unparallelled romantic services, and breathtaking emerald green mountain peaks. Honeymoon in style in an overwater bungalow; we especially recommend the accommodations at the Four Seasons Bora Bora and St. Regis Bora Bora.
These resorts offer some of the finest romantic services anywhere in the world, including private candlelit dinners, private motu (islet) rentals, romantic flower turndowns, Gourmand chocolate couples massages, and tailor made fireworks displays. No matter where you say, we recommend enjoying a meal at La Villa Mahana, an incredibly intimate gourmet restaurant which only serves six couples per evening. Nestled inside a replica of a Tuscan villa on Bora Bora, this restaurant boasts incredible privacy, a delicious five course Epicurean menu, and perfect ambiance.
With its delicious cuisine, stunning temples, Buddhist culture, and pristine beaches, Thailand is extremely gay friendly. With their wide spread cabaret shows and affinity for dressing up, Thai locals are very accepting. Whether you’re a beach bum, a culture enthusiast, a food connoisseur, an elephant lover, or you just have a love for religious architecture, Thailand has something for everyone.
In Bangkok, we recommend a visit to the Grand Palace, the Reclining Buddha, and the Jim Thompson House (where you can learn about the silk tycoon’s mysterious disappearance). In Chiang Rai, we recommend a visit to the Golden Triangle, where you can visit the border towns in Burma/Myanmar and Laos. The Opium Museum, which is said to be one of the best in Thailand, is also located in Chiang Rai. Chiang Mai is an excellent place to experience the magic of an elephant camp. We especially recommend the Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp, which provides you with unforgettable excursions on these magical creatures. In Koh Samui, Phuket, and Krabi, take in the pristine waters, incredible views, and stunning neighboring islands. We especially recommend the Rayavadee Resort in Krabi, which is situated at the edge of the Krabi Marine National Park and offers exciting half and full day excursions to the sites of Krabi. Coastal Thailand is a beach lover’s paradise!
Planning the perfect LGBT friendly vacation, honeymoon, or anniversary trip should be a stress free experience. Contact one of our destination specialists for itinerary suggestions and expert advice for your next exotic vacation.