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inside Features 8 True Love Part 2 10 Long Distance Love 12  Cover Story: A Movie Maverick: Apichatpong Weerasethakul 19  Gay Poetry: A Midnight Brawl 20 Special Feature: Eating Out in Thailand 28 Over the Rainbow 32 Out it Profile: Dirk Weeber

Out Every Month 4 5 6 34 36 39 90

Inside Out Shout Out ! Out Post Out on TV Out At The Movies Ask Darika Coming Out Next Month

Out in Thailand guides, listings & maps 44 Out in Bangkok 56 Out in Chiang Mai 64 Out in Koh Samui 68 Out in Pattaya 80 Out in Phuket

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FROM: SUBJECT: DATE: TO:

James Barnes <editor@out-in-thailand.com> SHOUT OUT ! March 2011 You

Shout OUT March hare movie madness rules this month in the form of our WORLD exclusive interview with Thai movie maverick, Palme Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Or winner, Apichatpong Weerasethakul and the first part of our 101 Essential Gay Movies series. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re also serving up a mouthwatering menu of good eateries in our special Eating OUT in Thailand feature. We meet gay activists Kun Kittinun (Danny) Daramadhaj of the Rainbow Sky Association and Dirk Weeber, colourful Podology expert. All your regular favourites are here too and please keep your emails coming in- all published post is presented with a prestigious free OUT in Thailand t-shirt!

James Barnes


Dear James,

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Dear Editor, Your contributor may be right about Marlon Brando’s fine performance in Reflections in a Golden Eye (Feb issue). Part of its success might be beca use Brando was ‘straight’, though allegedly helped out early in his career when the rest were busy. It was perhaps worth pointing out that the role was schedule d for Montgomery Clift, who director John Hus ton wanted after working with him on Freud. So did his friend and would-be co -star, the iconic Elizabet h Taylor (surely the best friend gays ever had). She even offered her fee as part collatoral to get Clift insured. Sadly a heart attack robbed him of the part, which he would have played wonderfully (if differently from Brando), as a gay man and one  who suffered as did the film›s character. Liz and Monty co-starred in another ‹gay› movie Suddenly Last Summer, but it›s not in the class of Reflections...which is by the way available on DVD. Sincerely RB (Phuket)

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PS If readers check EARLY pics of Robert Forster they will see why he got the part of the young soldier! Dear RB, Clift has always been one of my fantasy guys... those amazing eyes. Stand by for your t-shirt! JB

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True Love?

Part 2 - From this day forward

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Paa had come to Pattaya from a poor village in Isaan to make his fortune. But his overriding mission was to find true love. He started work the very day he arrived. He was given a tee shirt with the bar’s logo on it and a pair of quite baggy shorts, which didn’t fit at all. He washed his long hair clean and he noticed the rest of the boys in the bar spent a long time on their own hair, giving themselves elaborate hairstyles, spiked and peaked. He always kept his hair long, straight and perfectly brushed. The whole evening he had to put up with different farang touching him. Sex with men wasn’t something our homeboy had come across before. The whole idea of gay sex, and gay sex for money was completely strange to him. He even had one farang sit next to him for about an hour. During this hour, the man spent most of the time with his hand inside the boy’s underwear. At one point the hand movements of the man got quicker and quicker, until Paa couldn’t hold back any longer.

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Chris had come to Pattaya; a retired stockbroker from Surbiton. He had come for the cheap gay sex and the chance to make his golden handshake last. On his first night in town he went to a bar he didn’t used to frequent often. However he had been told there were some new boys there and they were fresh from Isaan. He looked around and one boy in particular caught his eye. He did look new and did look different. Unlike the others, he had a “normal” hair style rather than it being primped and preened. He sat down with the boy, and, as frequently happens, the lad didn’t resist when he put his hand inside his very baggy shorts. He marvelled that the shorts appeared to have been made for the boy, with just enough room extra to get his hand inside. After what felt like a very small time playing inside, the lad’s breathing suggested a climax and Chris started working harder and faster. The boy didn’t try to stop him, in contrast to most of the bar boys, and he climaxed. “He must have been new,” mused Chris. “They don’t normally do that at all, let alone so quickly. “

The inevitable had happened and he had to go to clean himself up. The man tried to come in with him. Paa, not knowing what was going on, refused the advances and closed the door firmly with the customer on the other side. At least he gave him 100 Baht when he left, which went towards food for the following day. He knew he could get a good meal of pork or chicken fried rice for 20 Baht and a bottle of water for 6 Baht, so there would be plenty left to start his fortune. But it also left him feeling very dirty and unloved. A very disillusioned boy, far from home crawled wearily up to bed and quietly cried himself to sleep. When the boy went to the toilet to clean up, Chris followed, in the hope of giving himself some relief, but the boy shut the door in his face and the disappointed customer had to go back to his seat, unfulfilled. Even though the boy didn’t speak any English, they had managed to communicate, using the very pitiful Thai that he spoke and a lot of gestures. The boy had told him his name, but Chris had seen so many in his life, and the name just didn’t stick. He did have a nice time though and gave the boy a brand new 100 Baht note for the trouble. He had many of these in his wallet and £2 for an evening’s groping was really small change for him. His evening out so far had cost less than £10 and although he hadn’t managed a climax, he had had a good evening. He left the bar and went to bed that night, in his new home, smiling and happy. The next day …. See next month’s OUT iT

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Long Distance Love: a survivor’s guide. By Damien Bouhours

I was 20 when I first came to Lao PDR. It was April and the country was actively preparing itself for the Buddhist New Year celebrations (Pi Mai Lao). If this colourful and wet event was surely a bonus in my travel plan, it wasn’t what convinced me to book my ticket to fly half way round the planet. I had met a cute Lao guy on some gay website. After chatting our fingers off on MSN, I had decided to move things a step further and meet him in real life. Love at first sight, days of walking on clouds and I couldn’t be happier. But this was only a vacation and I eventually had to go back to my boring European routine. We were back to square one. Actually, we weren’t exactly at the same point. Our situation was even worse than before. I had kissed his lips. I had felt his skin on my fingers. Marcel Proust cherished the odors of freshly baked madeleines as his dearest memory. My madeleine was my lover’s smell. With thousands of kilometers separating each other, the lack of him became excruciating and the only 10

window opened to his world was my cold computer screen. How frustrating! Phone calls helped for a while, cam sex did too but we needed more. After few difficult months, I managed to move to Lao PDR. When our story ended, I had to deal with a long-distance relationship again, twice! From a boyfriend living in Chiang Mai to another one spending most of his time working in Pattaya, I had my share of that schizophrenic l i f e - style.

One day, I’d be jumping in his arms and have passionate I-missedyou-so-bad sex but the next we would have endless I-missyou-so-much conversations over the phone. Sadly, it always failed the test of time and left my heart in pieces.

I’m convinced that long distance relationship trauma is the new disease of the 21st century and of course we can all blame it on Internet. Thanks to Fridae, Gayromeo, Gay.com or Manhunt, we can now meet people living in other cities or even countries; we find them exotic, intriguing and much more appealing than those who live around the corner, so we end up dating internationally. Relationships move as fast as the speed of your wireless connection. You hop on a plane, meet up for a date, chemistry is there, you go back home and you already are in a committed relationship. Several of my close friends are now dealing with that situation, with varying success. If their journeys are different, their hopes are identical. They all deeply believe in their love for one another and feel that a few hundreds or thousands kilometers won’t stop them from being together. Realistically speaking though, geographical distance is often followed by a sentimental gap, growing bigger and bigger between each partner, as time passes by. So don’t waste a second. No spontaneity is allowed if you want to survive a long distance relationship. You’ve got to be prepared, organized and able to plan your love reunions in advance. It will give you a sense of stability and ground your relationship. If getaways can’t occur as often as you would like, be prepared to make concessions. I don’t know if it’s testosterone’s fault or simply the central place given to sex in the gay universe, but asking two men together and living apart, to stay faithful to each other can sound, nowadays, like a bad joke. The concept of the open relationship has taken over the gay world as rapidly as sissy boys shake their asses to Lady Gaga’s beats. Monogamy

has become tacky. In Thailand, “gigs” gravitate around your loved one. You close one eye and have fuck dates with other guys. You’ve just got to convince yourself that cheating doesn’t mean anything and that your feelings for one another aren’t fading away. Is it a skip and jump from a break up? It doesn’t have to be. Just set your own rules and make sure you take every decision as a couple and not as two single people sharing a special bond. To ensure that your love is distance-proof, there is actually only one requirement: don’t let that uneasy situation poison the core of your relationship. Don’t let distance be its central component. It should be about you and him, not about the absence of “us”. Keep in mind that being apart is not a death sentence hanging over your love story, it’s just an obstacle.


A Movie Maverick

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This month we have a world exclusive interview with Cannes Palme D’Or winner, Apichatpong Weerasethakul who spoke to James Barnes about that ‘win’, his life, his love, gay rights and coming out in Thailand.

Apichatpong is a movie maverick. A truly independent, Thai, film maker who is no stranger to controversy but who remains as modest as he is insightful. Last year, his dreamlike movie, ‘Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives’, caused an international sensation and picked up the world’s most coveted cinema prize, the Palme D’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Ever since he has been whisked around the globe attending screenings and movie festivals but now he’s back home. “I was happy just to be selected at the Cannes competition because that’s already very hard. I did not hope to win, I just wanted to present my film and be clobbered by the critics!” he jokes, “Cannes is the place to make you mature as a filmmaker, to be able to handle all kinds of criticism.”

avoid it. After KKU, I went to Chicago to study fine art and focused on film. I was heavily into experimental film. I didn’t think of filmmaking as a career. In trying to finish my thesis film, I got support from many people and gained funding. So in 1997, I ended up in Bangkok and later started my company.” That company is called, ‘Kick the Machine’, a name that represents the rebel with a cause that is Apichatpong. His dress is casual, his manner is thoughtful. His talent spreads across many disciplines; writing, editing, producing and directing features, shorts and documentaries. “In experimental film, you do everything by yourself- like a painter or a sculptor in a classical sense. Therefore, I view these activities as the same unit. There’s no preference- I love it all.”

It’s not easy to imagine how a boy who grew up in Khon Kaen could scale such dizzy heights but consummate film fan, Apichatpong explains, “I was lucky to grow up when people still went to film theatres. The movie magic is strongest with a large screen and I was hooked to all kind of movies - Thai, Chinese, Indian, and American. Then came the VHS. Interestingly, I was into horror American B movies, along with Woody Allen’s and Fellini’s. I just knew that I had to make a film, but I didn’t know what kind.”

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“I studied architecture in Khon Kaen University, mainly because I also love architecture and I was anti-Bangkok where filmmaking was taught. As a person from Khon Kaen, I felt the discrimination in Bangkok and tried to

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“In experimental film, you do everything by yourself- like a painter or a sculptor in a classical sense. Therefore, I view these activities as the same unit. There’s no preference- I love it all.”

Not being signed to a studio gives this artist his freedom but self-constraint is also part of the formula: “Because you are free, you have to know your limit and have to control yourself. Film is one of the most expensive arts,” he confides, “You are responsible for everything from the start.” Apichatpong often uses locations within the natural world and there is a definite spiritual presence which combines to generate a mystical, magical, primeval quality in his films. “There are many things in nature that we have lost our ability to understand, to communicate with, because of our so-called progress. In addition, there are many things that nature has yet to reveal to us. Therefore, I always return my characters to nature, to find him or herself, or to be back home, where we used to live ages ago. It also has to do with my aversion to big cities. I find ways to move my crew to open spaces.” 14

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Not everyone in the west could easily understand the enigmatic ‘Uncle Boonmee’ but Apichatpong says, “I think it has to do with the individual’s approach to life and to the cinema. The movie is for a certain audience, not necessarily cinephiles. I have so much feedback from the western audience that surprised me, revealing to me. They have decoded something that I wasn’t conscious of when making it. In Thailand, I think it is my most successful movie. People here said that it was accessible.” Maybe Apichatpong’s enfant terrible tag is because he has made no secret of his sexuality. “Since I was young, I was attracted to both men and women. I was confused when I was in university. In the late university years I think that I switched gears.” Unlike many professional Thais, he came out to his family: “When I told my mother. She was shocked for a few minutes I guess. But she was happy that I was happy.

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She was actually more concerned about whether I could survive as a filmmaker!” But he never thought about that survival in terms of his sexuality. “I haven’t thought about this. I don’t think my sexual orientation has dampened or has benefited my career,” he says, candidly. The country’s moral guardians heavily censored his film, ‘Syndromes and a Century’ but with characteristic bravery he chose to highlight the cuts by showing a black screen for the entire running time of that which was cast to the censor’s floor- something that has never been done before, in or outside Thailand. “It was my statement. Some audiences got very angry. Some said that they preferred to watch a movie, any movie, which has been altered from an original version, as long as they were entertained. It showed me that people are very submissive. However, I also have had many supporters of that decision.”


Surprisingly, perhaps, Apichatpong has no plans to back the new gay rights movement in Thailand: “I will never support it outright because I feel that being gay or straight is not special. You don’t need to shout out to get attention. I would support human rights - that’s what many Thais don’t realise we have. Then we can lessen the discriminatory practices. Then I hope that straight men don’t have to dress up as women or pretend to be Katoey on screen to make people laugh.”

Plans for Apichatpong in 2011 include a feature film and a documentary: “It is vague now. I know that it will be about the Mekong River and pig disease! I am also trying to make a film portrait of Donald Richie, a Japanese-Film scholar and an artist.” His philosophy is clear, “I know that living in Thailand you have to censor yourself to a certain degree. I hope that we can practice this censoring less and be more comfortable with ourselves. Most importantly - don’t blindly believe in everything.”

Midnight brawl

By Koonmo

A brawl woke me in the middle of the night. I tried to go back to sleep but could not. I should’ve been just annoyed; instead I became sad: Two boys tenderly bonding had driven a female angry-mad. She couldn’t accept that two equals could fall in love. She assumed that it was only in a vulva that a penis could drive. Dear sister, how wrong you are, open your eyes and look around. The order of nature has opposites but also beauty in similar kind. What is it that makes people so blind? Since when has love had a gender? From behind my window pane, I felt your sorrow, but also their surrender To that pull that attracts two male lovers who never intended to hurt you. I beg of you to reconsider and let this sweet love flower between these two.

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Special Feature Eating OUT in Thailand This month we’ve been OUT and about, munching our way through menus to serve you up with some great tips on where to eat OUT in Thailand. Our mouth-watering selection includes Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Pattaya and we’ve piled on the pounds on your behalf! Thailand is famed for fine food and here are some of the best eateries for you to try...

Le Triomphe de L’Arc! In prime position in the Jomtien Complex, L’Arc is a superior eatery presenting a comprehensive menu of what the owners, Christophe di Ponato and Lydia Gerard, describe as a traditional French ‘table,’ a place where friendly customers chat between tables and enjoy fabulous food. Before coming to Thailand, chef Christophe owned a Parisian restaurant on Rue de L’Arc de Triomphe and Lydia worked as a production assistant in French cinema. “Life was becoming boring in Paris and we had the chance to move to Brazil or Thailand. We chose Pattaya because it is a place that never sleeps and we had friends here who could offer plenty of good business advice,” say this attractive young couple who have been getting some serious attention from local foodies. “Everything is homemade- terrines, desserts etc and we select only ingredients of quality. We have a French butcher and baker and we have a bouchon style, with some simmered meats in the old fashioned way- bourguignon, rabbit etc.” Diners are not discouraged from meeting chef in the kitchen- a sure sign of confidence. Lydia, Maitre d’hotel, and waiter Nat could not be more attentive and charming and have many gay friends. There can be no doubt that this establishment is truly gay friendly and if you want an authentic French meal with good wine at reasonable prices you should visit L’Arc, share the triumph and relaxed ambience. OUT iT could not recommend L’Arc more highly.

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L’Arc Restaurant Bar + Vins Jomtien Complex Reservations; Chris 038 251 921 Lydia 084 564 4626


Eat Me in Bangkok Handsome Australian, Darren Hausler came to Thailand from Japan and opened the fabulously chic Eat Me restaurant in 1998. “I have been in a relationship with a lovely Thai man for six years,” confides this energetic young restaurateur, who has a winning way with the fashionable folk that flock to enjoy the sensational dishes presented at Eat Me. He describes the food as, “Modern international and regional,” and his exciting menu changes every few months.

The dining room is cool and elegant, the design is as contemporary as the food with walls decorated with stunning art from Bangkok’s famed H Gallery who rotate their exhibition here to feature local artists. Currently showing; ‘‘Painted Tainted Sainted’ by Cameron Wolf. The service is superlative with sophisticated cocktails and a bewildering selection of wines, mostly from Darren’s native Australia but also includes some great Gewurztraminers from Alsace (always a

treat with Asian/fusion food) along with Italian and French favourites. Try the red onion tarte tatin for starters- it is sublime. Fish is cooked to point and imported meats melt in the mouth. Aromatic north African flavours are present and the temptation of the deserts will be difficult to resist. Choose to dine indoors or in the lush tropical gardens that grace this superior eatery in the heart of Bangkok.

Eat Me 20 metres off CONVENT Rd (in Soi

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Khun Oh La LaLa Fourchette There’s been quite a buzz around Chiang Mai for the last couple of months. Internet forums have been full of it. Nattering foodies have been quick to urge a visit. The word is OUT. New, La Fourchette restaurant is THE place to go.

Mata Hari:

I spy a great meal! La Fourchette 162/2 Prakpoklao Rd Chiang Mai Tel: 089 851 8292 + 053 277 482

Thai owner, chef Khun Oh, was born in Bangkok but grew up in Chiang Mai. His father was the renowned Coq D’Or chef and Oh started by cleaning the kitchens as a little boy. He also picked up plenty of haute cuisine technique from his Pappa as well as a true love for food. It has been said that love is the most important ingredient in any dish and it is certainly in evidence here. “I cook classic French food for tourists and expats,” says this modest musician (you’ll see his bass guitar and banjo at the bar!), “the restaurant style is casual and relaxed, the ambience is romantic.” With Lautrec prints on the wall, it all feels like a Parisian Bistro salon but the prices are unbelievably low. Expect 3 courses with wine to come to less than 1000 THB per head. Os a moelle on crispy hot toast with sea salt or fab French onion soup, fish cooked to point, superb steaks and stews to the mouth-wateringly excellent frozen Cointreau soufflé are but a sample of the goodies on offer. 24

There is no better restaurant in Pattaya. Mata Hari Restaurant opened in 1996 and quickly established itself as one of Pattaya’s premier restaurants. Since then, under the watchful eye of Louis, the effervescent proprietor, it has built a reputation second to none for its consistent quality and value for money.

Mata Hari Restaurant Co., Ltd. 482/57 Moo12 Thappraya Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150 Thailand www.mataharirestaurant.com +66 (0) 3825 9799 info@mataharirestaurant.com

This f i v e star taste bud treat should not be missed with chef cutting his costs by producing absolutely everything himself. Oh says that he does not want to be rich, “I just dream that my customers will walk away happy.” Gay diners populate the place in healthy numbers, seduced by the wonderful food, terrific value, superlative service and Oh’s passion for perfection.

The sumptuous bar and dining room have an up market, colonial design that is at once inviting, classy and comfortable. The small army of staff are the friendliest and most efficient that you will find, they are attractive, attentive and smart. Most of them have been at Mata Hari for years and the service is seamless. The innovative menu offers traditional European fare as well as some exotic dishes that are certain to tantalise your palate. A Scandinavian guest recently told everybody that, ‘for the best pea soup in the world’, he had to come to Pattaya and it was cooked by a chefette from the rice fields of Isaan! That lady chef just happens to be Louis’ wife and completes the friendly, family feel of the eatery. The imaginative European menu has something for everyone, from the extravagant to the pure and simple. The

excellent presentation is a feast for the eyes and Mata Hari’s extensive wine cellar features wines from the premier wine producing countries of the world. The experienced sommelier will be pleased to advise you on your choice. The awards and accolades for Mata Hari have accumulated over the years; the most recent being the Miele Guide from Singapore as one of Asia’s finest restaurants 2010/2011. What is neat is that it involves a voting system around Asia, where Miele contact food critics/ enthusiasts and these guys in turn ask the readers of their newspapers/food magazines in their country to vote for their favourite restaurant. No surprise that Mata Hari is the peoples’ choice so call and make a reservation- this place is popularand tell Louis OUT iT sent you. 25


Eating OUT on Koh Samui

People have been writing travel books for a long time. Herodotus (484 BC425 BC) wrote of his of travels around the Mediterranean, Ibn Batutta (1304– 1377) recorded his journey from Tunisia to China where travel writing had been popular since the Song Dynasty (960 –1279). The Grand Tour (1660 -1940s) the traditional travel of Europe undertaken by upper-class European men of means gave us the modern travel guide and hugely influenced many cultural customs we practice today. Since the earliest records of taking pleasure in travel, one subject has always featured - food how food bears the unique fingerprint of its maker, community, origins, ethnic contacts over time and across geography, 26

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and its role in shaping cultural identity, birth, marriage, death and war. Many people have written of the importance of food but few as elegantly as Virginia Woolf (1882 – 1941) when she said “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well’. When you travel, if you have dined well or not depends on the individual. Some seek out the comfort food of their homeland, others delve into the cuisine of their host country, and some dine in a famous restaurant solely for its name, others just want fuel and anything goes. It does not matter, what is important is you dine well in your own terms and on Koh Samui that’s easy.

For a small island, Samui has a dizzying number and variety of restaurants. From top end expensive hotel restaurants to a range of often foreign owned, usually nationally or food type themed places and Thai owned restaurants with a few tables or large busy family run complexes serving their regional versions of Thai, Chinese and European foods, or Thai markets where most Thai people shop for food to cook at home. The most recent Samui craze is coffee shops of every denomination popping up. A number of the major Samui hotels have famous and beautiful restaurants, which some may find expensive, they also have big marketing budgets so they can toot their own horns. For this article, we recommend a range of smaller places in Chaweng, Bophut areas visitors might otherwise miss, where you find excellent food, value for money, intriguing settings, and while none are gay, the staff probably is. Top Ten Restaurant and Bar, north Chaweng Beach Road, opposite Iyara Resort & Plaza. Modern European food, smart, airy, comfortable environment, live music. $ medium Little Holland, Restaurant & Bar, Chaweng Beach Road, north Chaweng, opposite Anantara Chaweng Lawana Resort. European, Thai, pizza, pasta, Dutch snacks, BBQ every Monday 7 pm. Informal, clean, terrace. $ medium Otaru Sushi. Chaweng Beach Road, at top end of one way street. Sushi, Sashimi & Otora foods in elegant, clean Japan style restaurant, air conditioned. $ medium

Krua Bophut, Fisherman’s Village, far end of one way street, elegant wooden Thai style beach side building, Thai food, bar, excellent service in a comfortable, beautiful space. $ medium H.O.T House of Thai, Chaweng Beach Road. Thai food, smart lively atmosphere, air conditioned. $ medium Chaweng Food Market towards beach end of road across top of Chaweng Lake, next to 7 Eleven, behind food stalls. Several small, open air restaurants, Thai, European, Chinese menus, fresh fish, busy, parking. $ budget Fishermans Village, Bo Phut. Charming old Chinese/Thai fishing village now wall to wall smart beach side restaurants/bars, big variety of Thai and European foods. Quite, no noisy bars allowed here, Walking Street Market Friday nights. $ medium Thai Markets are lively, fun, places where Thai people buy meat, fish, vegetables, spices everyday goods to cook at home. For the visitor they are interesting places to visit especially in the early evening, great for inexpensive fruit, precooked Thai snacks and gay boys will marvel at the male Thai eye candy. These markets can be found all over the island most often close to Thai residential areas. $ budget All restaurants & locations mentioned have websites except Chaweng Food Market and Thai markets. 27


Over the Rainbow

It wasn’t easy, as Danny explained, to spread the word but with his ‘hi-so’ connections and friends in the media he and the Rainbow Sky Association became a familiar and regular feature on many a TV and radio programme as well as getting extensive coverage for its aims in newspapers and magazines.

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The Rainbow Sky Association is dedicated to helping Thailand’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGT) communities. It’s work and influence is extensive and is the responsibility of one man: Kun Kittinun (Danny) Daramadhaj. Danny’s journey through life has led him down many paths and byways. He is a forward thinking and philanthropic man with a mission.

A lawyer by training qualifying from Ramkhamhang University in just two years; breaking all previous records, afterwards he practiced general law and conveyancing. Helping his grandmother in her real estate business, Danny is particularly proud of her because she was a cousin, a direct descendent, of King Rama IV.

and quite a few of them gay too. Business grew to include hotels and saunas directly aimed at the country’s gays, bisexuals and lesbians and it was through his social contacts that Danny became aware that many LGBT people suffered from official and unofficial discrimination, prejudice and ignorance. His attention soon turned to the problems facing Thailand’s LGBT community.

In an effort to challenge these problems he established the Rainbow Sky Association, an advocacy project to lobby, inform and ultimately to empower the country’s gay people. Danny says Thailand’s GBLTs faced difficulties in four areas: the law, personal and occupational, and within the family. The Association has ambitions to promote human rights and sexual health education to young Thais and especially those in vulnerable groups like sex workers.

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From that first spark for a nationwide advocacy organisation and the increasing publicity it was gaining, Danny took the alliance to greater heights. He told me that although spreading information and raising awareness are significant activities there are others in which it is vital for the Rainbow Sky Asscoiation to be involved. Danny realised that the best way that his ambitions would be realised was by making the alliance a NonGovernmental Organisation (NGO) and gaining charitable status. Incorporating the alliance into an NGO was a formidable task taking six years of what Danny described hard and difficult work. Eventually with his commitment, energy and drive the alliance gained the coveted status and is now recognised by the World Health Organisation with which Danny and the RSA work closely. Indeed so successful has the relationship with the WHO been that the Association has recently been awarded a 500-million baht grant to further its outreach and human rights work with GLBT people.

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Already the grant is helping the RSA in its work to educate the vulnerable through exhibitions and education sessions in different parts of Thailand, more are being planned. These exhibitions are held at places where gays and lesbians congregate, like saunas, discos, and bars. Danny explained the importance of sexual health education for young Thai men and women. The main concern is of increasing awareness about the use of condoms, of HIV, syphilis and other sexually transmitted infections. It surprised me to hear that condoms for some are equal to the cost of a meal or two. So the choice for these younger and poorer people is difficult and the use of condoms becomes a secondary consideration to that of eating. He went on to explain that young Thais have many opportunities to engage in unsafe sex whether it be in discos, bars, saunas, public parks and toilets or by casual prostitution. New media has also increased the availability of easy sex, chat rooms and social networking sites all have the potential, with some sites seemingly encouraging casual sexual activity with strangers.

Asked about his future hopes Danny was quick to reply with a list. He would like to see civil partnerships legalised, outlawing of male-to-male rape and punishments for the rapists. He wants equal rights for gays and transsexuals in the military ending of “Sor Dor 49”; a statement of “permanent mental instability” issued to rejected gay conscripts. Danny was upset at Thailand’s failure to support equal rights for homosexuals in a recent UN Human Rights forum. His greatest wish would be that Thailand looked to more enlightened countries and follow or better the leading EU and US practices on homosexual equality. At the end of our meeting I could not help but believe that with Danny as a driving force behind the RSA there will be a crock of gold at the end of this rainbow.

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Dirk Weeber- OUT iT Profile T

Thailand seems to draw more than its fair share of larger than life characters and German born Dirk Weeber-Arayatumsopon (37) is certainly one of them. This former political team member of Germany’s EX-Chancellor Helmut Kohl first came to Thailand in 1999. Wheelchair bound, he fell in love with the Kingdom and his Thai partner, Wuttipong. Together they now split their time between Bangkok and Chiang Mai where they operate MFT – The Podology Centre and this month, Dirk speaks exclusively to OUT iT.

Dirk is an indomitable man. He has a daily struggle with a mutation of shingles that is potentially fatal and requires a computer controlled morphine feed to control the pain. He has endured several surgeries related to this disease. Always the activist and no stranger to controversy, he is a tireless campaigner for HIV/ AIDS charities and with the help of Thai high society and celebrities, raises money for poor and underprivileged Thais, especially children. He collects Thai antiques from the King Rama V period and earlier. At home, his cupboards are crammed with newspapers and magazines full of articles about his professional, philanthropic, political and personal achievements. His many awards include the Tolerance category 2009 European Culture Award for his support of HIV children projects in cooperation with the Royal 32

Family of Thailand. He is also proud of honorary pins of Crown Prince Vachiralongkorn and his spouse, Princess Srirasmi, Crown Princess Sirindhorn and Princess Soamsawali. Dirk is president of the Thailandfreunde e.V. organization (in Thailand called Phuenthai German international organization), dedicated to supporting AIDS orphans, victims of child prostitution and other good causes. Their last cash donation went to the Northern School for blind and disabled children in Chiang Mai. His latest award he got from the late princess Galyani Foundation as the only foreigner listed. Last month he was a judge in the Miss India pageant in Chiang Mai’s Khum Kantoke cultural theatre. Dirk first met Wuttipong during all the colour and romance of the Loy Krathong festival in Bangkok. “It was love at first sight,” says Dirk, his dazzling grey-blue

eyes, glittering with pride. The couple “married” in Germany in 2003 (civil life partnership), where they started a Medical Foot Therapy Centre and Podology School. 5 years later, they moved to Thailand; to stay and set up their two clinics. “Our patients are 40% Thai and 60% foreigners,” confides Dirk. “The Thai concept that the feet are the inferior part of the body was first introduced by French and Portuguese missionaries and is linked to the bathing of Christ’s feet. The feet are actually holy- think of Thais praying to Buddha’s footprint at so many temples.” “Podology is not related to reflexology, pedicure or spa,” He adds, “we treat medical conditions, cracked skin, and sensation loss in diabetics, in-growing nails, fungal infections and a whole

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As the now senior judge, Jackson will have to broaden his vocabulary beyond, ‘Yo! Dog!’ and, ‘A little pitchy, for me, there.’ It seems that while the audition stage of the competition is in progress, he is trying to be the obligatory bad guy but he’s not cutting much mustard when attempting to out-bitch the infamous Cowell. Maybe he should use the Tyler trick with the shrunken underwear? Ryan Seacrest is, as ever, on hand as the master of Idol ceremonies, a job that he does with seamless perfection. This Teflon coated host is smoother than a vintage port served in a silken goblet and never puts a syllable wrong, even when the show goes live. We’ll miss his frequent (scripted ad lib) clashes with Cowell but

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Blue Meanie, Simon Cowell may have gone to create US X Factor but American Idol (True Vision ch.54) is back on Star World for its tenth season. Also gone is Ellen (Highwater?) and Kara Dioguardi so there are some new judges on the panel. In comes the unnecessarily beautiful Jennifer Lopez and boosting Aerosmith’s sales, Stephen Tyler. Brit producer, Nigel Lythgoe stays to count the cash and onscreen, Randy Jackson returns. J.Lo

So far, J Lo has failed to sink her faultless teeth into savaging hapless hopefuls and seems to have taken the Ms Nice Guy role established by Paula Abdul while Tyler also seems reticent when it comes to those appalling wannabes for which the show is famed. If you ever wondered what Joan Rivers would look like without the cosmetic surgery, take a look at this heavy metal rocker who has a habit of squealing into his mic like a baboon in a too tight truss. Joan Rivers

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It’s all a very jolly circus and, when the contenders are boiled down to the finalists, it is a rare chance to enjoy some great live music on the boob tube- a treat that is sadly lacking on the schedules. It’s a slick circus too with Mr Lythgoe as backstage ringmaster, no cents are spared to make the screen shimmer with classy images and Ken Warwick (fellow Brit, executive producer and director) knows his trade well. Do we care who wins? Not really. As Ryan might say, ‘It’s all about the journey.’

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101 ESSENTIAL ‘GAY’ FILMS- Part 1

By Brian Baxter

OUT at the movies

The magazine’s editorial team does not – could not – claim the following lists as definitive. An unwieldly 1001 titles might be better, given the startling rate at which gay related cinema is expanding world wide.

Still, as the actress said to whomever, ‘You have to start somewhere’. When complete we’d welcome your additions (maximum three) or criticisms, for a further list. There will be more titles in April and a director’s list with key recommendations in April.

No shorts: so no Kenneth Anger nor Jean Genet’s great work Chanson d’Amour. No porn and no offensive rubbish such as I Love You Philip Morris.

The criteria are simple: no TV movies (so sadly not the seminal That Certain Summer (1972) or An Englishman Abroad (1983).

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The movies should reflect aspects of gay life, not necessarily as the main concern as with, say, A Single Man (2009) but the theme must be integral to the film e.g. Life During Wartime (2009). So here’s the first 50 or so. Check out further information on www.imdb.com, using the titles, production date, country of origin and director given after each film.. Then track them down on DVD, for which most are available.

LANDMARK MOVIES: a clutch of LIFE’S A BITCH…and then you die. works that helped change attitudes or were breakthrough movies in a repressive situation, such as Coming Out – the first gay film to emerge from (the then) East Germany.

Different from the Others; Ger.1919 Richard Oswald/ Mikael: Ger. 1924 Carl Th. Dreyer/ Victim U.K. 1961 Basil, Dearden/A Bigger Splash: U.K. 1973 Jack Hazan/ Dog Day Afternoon: U.S.A. 1975 Sidney Lumet/ To an Unknown God: Sp.1977 Jaime Chaverri/ Taxi Zum Klo: Ger.1980 Frank Ripploh/ Cruising: U.S.A. 1981 William Friedkin/ My Beautiful Laundrette: U.K. 1985 Stephen Frears/ Coming Out: East Ger. 1989, Heiner Carow/ Brokeback Mountain: U.S.A. 2005 Ang Lee/ Spring Fever: China, 2009, Ye Lou.

BOYS WILL BE BOYS: History, hormones and human nature tell us all in this cross section of movies confirming the facts of life and the heartbreaks that all too often attend them. Friends for Life: Italy 1955 Franco Rossi/ Special Friendships: Fr. 1958 Jean Dellanoy/ If…. U.K. 1968 Lindsay Anderson/ The Devil’s Playground: Aus. 1976 Fred Schepisi/ Poem of the Wind and the Trees: Japan 1987 Yoshikazu Yasuhiko/ You are not Alone: Dk. 1978 Ernst Johansen and Rasse Nielsen/ Edge of Seventeen: U.S.A. 1988 David Moreton/ Nico and Dani: Sp. 2000 Cesc Gay/ Silom Soi 2: Thd. 2006 Piya Rangsitiinchai/ Summer Storm: Ger. 2004 Mark Kreuzpainter/ Beautiful thing: U.K. 1996 Hattie Macdonald.

Queer bashing and other ‘pastimes’ feature in this list, and elsewhere in the articles, often as part of the action – especially in prison movies such as The Shawshank Redemption or The Glass House. From enraged passion, from blackmail to rape, from Cruising to the works and life of Pier Paolo Pasolini, brutality and murder contribute to the notion that ‘gay’ is something of a misnomer. No one has understood this better than the great British director Terence Davies. Rocco and his Brothers: Italy 1963 Luchino Visconti/ The Terence Davies Trilogy U.K. 1963/ 491: Sw. 1964 Vilgot Sjoman/ Reflections in a Golden Eye: U.S.A. 1967 John Huston/ Villain: U.K. 1971 Michael Tuchner/ El Diputado: Sp. 1978 Eloy de la Inglesia/ Scum: U.K. 1979 Alan Clarke/ Johns: U.S.A. 1996 Scott Silver/ Burnt Money Arg. 2000 Marcelo Pineyro/ Bangkok Love Story (a.k.a. Friends): Thd. 2007 Poj Arnon/ Clapham Junction: U.K. 2007 Adrian Shergold.


LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE LADIES: Joyce Wieland/ Lianna: 1983 U.S.A. Again no claims for a definitive list, but an acknowledgement of some fine films with lesbians as key figures, sympathetically treated (especially by the French, ahead of the games as always in cinema) my male and less often by female directors. Lots more, of course, from Garbo in Queen Christina (1933) to a suicidal Shirley MacLaine dying for love of Audrey Hepburn in The Children’s Hour (1961). Plus other versions of Huis Clos.

John Sayles/ Mulholland Drive: U.S.A. 2001 David Lynch/ Frida (Kahlo): Mex. Can U.S.A. 2002 Julie Taymor/ Un Unexpected Love U.S.A./ Can 2003 Lee Rose/ Notes on a Scandal; U.K. 2006 Richard Eyre/ An Unexpected Love: Fr. 2007 Christophe Honore.

Maedchen in Uniform: Ger. 1931 Carl Froelich and Leontine Sagan/ Quai des Orfevres Fr.1947 Henri-Georges Clouzot/ Olivia: Fr. 1951 Jacqueline Audrey/ Huis Clos: Fr. 1954 Jacqueline Audrey/ The Silence: Sw. 1961 Ingmar Bergman/ The Haunting U.K./U.S.A. 1963 Robert Wise/ Rachel, Rachel 1968 U.S.A. Paul Newman/ The Far Shore: Can. 1976

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Bangkok is the frenzied hub of Thailand. The Skytrain and MRT (subway) have made it much easier to get around, taxis, tuk-tuks, buses and motorcycle taxis are plentiful. There are many markets, glitzy malls, beautiful temples and museums, as well as the bars and shows for which the city is famous.

Get to Chatuchak Weekend Market by catching the Skytrain. Mor Chit bus terminal is nearby. Mah Boon Krong (MBK to locals -take Skytrain to National Stadium) is the largest shopping center in the district and is a transit/orientation point. Keen shoppers head for the area around Siam Square. Other malls include Siam Center, Siam Discovery Center, Centerpoint and the World Trade Center. A walk away from the latter stands Panthip Plaza, possibly the best place to get deals on computers in Southeast Asia. The Sathorn/Silom area forms the core of Bangkok’s central business district and is home to a number of embassies. Silom Road offers more shopping opportunities, including the Patpong Night Market. Silom is most popular with English speaking visitors and has the most popular venues catering to gay tourists. 44

Recommended Attractions: • Jim Thompson’s Houses • National Museum/Wang Na Palace with its excellent exhibits for a slice of Thai history •  Wat Arun for breathtaking views of Bangkok and Chayo Phraya River • Grand Palace/Wat Phra Kaew with its amazing Emerald Buddha, colourful mosaics and glittering spires •  Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple and home of the Reclining Buddha • Wat Traimitr (Golden Buddha) Chatuchak Park Weekend Market, the most famous of Bangkok’s markets, where you can buy almost anything at amazing prices if you bargain Lumpini Park to relax and take a break from the chaos of Bangkok and to view the weightlifters in the early morning


The Bangkok Gay Scene Bangkok has a plethora of gay venues unrivalled in Asia. Most Foreigners go to Suriwongse, Silom and along Sathorn Road. Everything is within easy walking distance. Silom is the main gay area. Silom’s Soi 2, Soi 2/1 and Soi 4 are close to the BTS Skytrain (Sala Daeng) and MRT Subway Silom) stations. Silom Soi 4 offers a more relaxed atmosphere with its mix of clubs, restaurants and bars. Telephone Pub, The Balcony and Sphinx all serve food and some have ‘happy hour’ and monthly promotions. A two-minute walk from Soi 4 is Silom Soi 2/1, where local expats and Thai guys congregate for dinner and drinks at Richard’s Pub & Restaurant and later at G.O.D. nightclub. Silom Soi 2 features gay disco, DJ Station, for the hip crowd. An entertaining mini cabaret show launches the fun around 23:00. Facing DJ Station, Expresso is a place to cool off and reenergize. Disco Disco is another party palace. Between Silom and Sathorn Road, there are several massage salons. Soi Duangthawee (“Soi Twilight”), between Suriwong and Rama IV Roads, is where most go-go bars with “special shows” are located.

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Stop in at Dick’s Café or Maxis Restaurant on Soi Duangthawee for some great food before hitting the bars. The world famous Babylon Sauna and hotel is on Soi Nantha (off Sathorn Soi 1). Lose all track of time in the sauna, steam rooms, playrooms, bars, restaurants, swimming pool, gym, hair salon, reading lounge and internet room. Babylon is extremely popular among Thais, expats and visitors, so expect weekends to be busy. College-aged Thai men and business professionals go to Ramkhamhaeng (Lamsalee) and Kamphaeng Pet Road. These popular gay Thai areas are mainly Thai-for-Thai culture with different rules to those in Silom. They are not money boys nor looking for foreigners to date. It is worth a trip here if you just like to watch or have a date already. Soi 89/2 draws thousands of university students, working professionals, and those that just like a good time. The most popular places are Club 9 Café, ICK Pub, See Men, Crazy Dance Club, and Lamsalee Dance Pub. Although it is probably 98% Thai, the foreigners are welcome as long as they remain polite. It is an insult to proposition a patron with money!

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OUT in Chiang Mai C

Chiang Mai is known as ‘The Rose of The North.’ Steeped in history, this ancient capital of the Lanna Kingdom nestles in bucolic beauty and is blessed with a milder climate than most Thai holiday destinations- a feature that attracts Thais and foreign tourists, especially for the February Flower Festival, Songkran in April, Loy Krathong in November and New Year revellers. Great retail therapy is available at Central Airport Plaza and the walking street market on the Rachamadoen Road, every Sunday.

The Old City, just 2.25 sq Kms, is guarded by a moat with floodlit fountains and remnants of the archaic red brick city walls that form a perfect square with gates at the cardinal points. The atmosphere is tranquil and the charms of cobbled lanes, countless temple courtyards and the distinctive Lanna architecture with its multi-layered roofs, are irresistible. Chiang Mai is known as the cultural Capital of Thailand because of the bounty of handicrafts, exciting arts scene, writer’s club, galleries and bewildering choice of restaurants, bars and live music venues. Gay Life The two main Gay centres are outside moat. The Chang Pueak neighbourhood, north of the moat is where you will find The Spirit House Restaurant & Bar that 56

serves Thai and western food, with a soundtrack of classical music and a collection of fascinating antiques, many of which are for sale. Nearby you will find the Circle Pub and Freeguy host bars. Adam’s Apple Club has a sensational show and a collection of beautiful guys above the sophisticated Metro Bar which is at street level. Just across the road is Lotus Hotel & Garden Bar, the first gay hotel in the city and an established Chiang Mai institution. On the Changpueak Road, The Playhouse Theatre is Chiang Mai’s newest attraction. This lavish venue showcases famous pieces from international musicals, performing art, and dance shows. Niammanhaemin and Santitham has some of the most expensive real estate outside of Bangkok and a hip and hap-

pening scene of bars (don’t miss the very gay friendly Glass Onion), boutiques and coffee shops. Krits is a popular gay restaurant next to rainbow bar, La Vie en Rose- just off the Huay Kaew Road where you will find the Soho Bar and Guesthouse and SoupaSteak Restaurant/Darlings Wine Bar. For a work out or chill out, go to The House of Male is open from midday to midnight with pool, steam room, gym, friendly male staff, private rooms, bar and food. Tuesday and Thursday are ‘Buddy Nights’ where entrance is two for the price of one- very popular with students from the local university. Nearby is the long established PJ’s Place guesthouse, renowned for sweet and personal service. Santitham is not far with many new eateries, guesthouses, bars and coffee shops, including Thai restaurant/guesthouse, Sabaidee Santitham.

Doi Suthep being the most famous as a place of pilgrimage and for spectacular views of the city and the surrounding countryside and also Pu Ping Palace, a Royal retreat with beautiful gardens. A couple of hours away is Doi Internon, the highest Chedis in the Kingdom. Two hours north of Chiang Mai is the Golden Triangle, where the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos meet and is Chiang Rai province’s most popular attraction. Elephant rides and white water rafting are available to the adventurous and Chiang Mai has a large zoo, famous for its pandas and fantastic marine exhibits. A few kilometres out of the city in the Hang Dong area is Ban Tawii, replete with hundreds of outlets selling handicrafts and furniture at wholesale prices.

On the east side of the city, on the bank of the River Ping is Club One Seven which offers great accommodation, bar, sauna, pool and gym in a complex comprising two traditional Thai teak houses that feels like a rural retreat. Getting around Travelling around the city is easy. Choose from Thai tuk-tuks (negotiate the fares first), songtaews (red pickup covered trucks, with two rows of bench seating, patrol the main routes charging a flat rate of 20 baht per person within the city limits and longer journey fares negotiable) and yellow-metered taxis. Other things to see and do Chiang Mai has hundreds of ornate temples with the mountaintop Wat Phrathat

Open Daily 20.00-01.00 3/5-6 Hatsade Sewee Rd Soi 3 T. Chang Phuak ,Chiang Mai TEL: 053 404 361

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Lotus Hotel www.lotus-hotel.com Santitham Guesthouse PJ’s Place Hotel & PJ’s Tours www.pjs-place.com Soho Bar & Guesthouse www.sohochiangmai.com Club One Seven www.cluboneseven.net The Rachamankha Rachamankha Road Seven Suns Guesthouse www.sevensuns.net Souvenir Bed & Breakfast

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161/7-8 ซอยเอราวัณ ถ.ช้างเผือก 161/7-8 Soi Arawan Changpueak Rd. ต.ศีรภูมิ อ.เมือง จ.เชียงใหม่ 50300 T. Sripum A.Muang. Chiang Mai โทร : (053) 214996 Thailand 50300 Tel: (053) 214996 Showtimes: 10-11 & 11.30-12.30

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Adam’s Apple Club www.adamsappleclub.com 053 220 380 New My Way 053 404 4361 Free Guy Club Chang Puak Road www.freeguy-club.com Circle Pub 053 214 996 The Playhouse www.playhouse-chiangmai.com 053-410671 Powerboys www.powerboysclub.com 053 222 216

Houses, land and apartments for sale and rent in Chiang Mai Full legal service

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Spirit House Lotus Hotel Garden Bar

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The Crystal Restaurant 053 872 809 Sabaidee Santitham Restaurant and Bar 089- 9514554 West Restaurant Krits Restaurant Soupa Steak & Darling Wine Bar The Playhouse www.playhouse-chiangmai.com 053-410671 Beccofino Trattoria Nimmanhaemin Road 053 226 590 The House & Ginger Restaurants Moonmuang Road 053 419 011 The Gallery Charernras Road 053 248 601 Kampangmuang Gallery 0854 803 4265 The Whitehouse Bar & Restaurant La Fourchette 089 851 8292 + 053 277 482

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Barocco Karaoke Club M Karaoke Sofa Boy Karaoke

084 172 5676 Huaykaew Road

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Gemini Hatsadisawee Road River House Massage 053 876 085 Marn Mai Chai Kha Massage www.marnmaimassage.com053-230623 Marspa Massage 053 221121 House of Male 053 894 133 Mystic Orient Massage www.mysticorientmassage.com 053 874 334 M2M Massage www.m2mmassages.com 053 820 669 The Wall Massage www.thewallmassage.com 053-274-275 Classic House Massage 053 904 852 2 Brothers Massage www.2bmassage.com 053 206 403 Sanctuary Spa & Massage www.sanctuarythai.com 053 280 349 Victory Massage www.victory-massage.com 053 275813 Club One Seven www.cluboneseven.net 053 274 317 The Blues Club Massage www.blueclub-spa.com 086 677 6592 One 2 Come www.one-2-come.com 053 204 385 Relaxation Massage 053 276732 His Club Massage www.hisclub-chiangmai.com 053-204148 Massage & Spa by Club M 086 420 2339

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OUT in Koh Samui W

With jungle covered craggy hills, lush coconut plantations, and quiet beaches, balmy evenings Koh Samui is the perfect place to kick back, recharge and of course party a little. Samui is Thailand’s third largest island with a Thai population of 50,000 an area of 228 sq km thus Samui is considerably smaller than Phuket, 570 sq km or Singapore 699 sq km.

Samui is a rapidly growing gay holiday destination especially for romantic couples where gay life is a relaxing, quieter, fun contrast to the exuberant gay life of Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket. As the spa capital of the region Samui is also the perfect place to indulge yourself in affordable massage and body treatments. For gay men the Emerald Green Mens Club in north Chaweng is the premier gay only destination for high quality, man 4 man massage and body treatments, they also provide their services in the spa at the super chic X2 Resort Samui, south of Lamai. The most popular way to get about on Samui is self-ride motorbike, rental cars are available and hotels can arrange drivers. Taxis are notoriously expensive but songtaew pick-up trucks are a cheap de facto public bus service. If you want 64

a tour around Samui or go diving with a gay guide, contact Rainbow Scuba & Tour. There is plenty of eye candy on the many idyllic beaches around the island. When you feel hungry there is a huge variety of places to eat, from top of the bill restaurants to cheap eateries and Thai market stalls. Check out eating options in OUT iT Magazine or on the website at the end of this article or cruise the Internet; your hotel will have a copy of the Samui dining guide.

The center of gay day/night life on Samui is Chaweng. Most gay businesses hang off the 3-4 kilometre long Chaweng Beach Road, so taking this road from the north end opposite the Nora Beach Resort is the Emerald Green Mens Club, Samui’s leading gay spa for quality massage and herbal body treatments. Further down the road in the main part of town, behind Starbucks is K Club, a lively small gay bar with take away staff. In south Chaweng is Boy Zone bar at the end of a soi opposite the Centara Grand Beach Resort, a bar with a gay/mixed crowd, take away staff and an 11.30 pm show. In the same soi is Tropical Fah Samui for gay massage, body treatments, facials etc. Samui has a Cabaret obsession with four clubs featuring Thai ladyboy and gay lip-synch performers. Starz Cabaret behind Khun Chaweng Resort is the largest, pumping out a classy show every night. Close by is Christy’s while 1 kilometre down Chaweng Beach Road is Starclub Cabaret, upstairs opposite Family Mart. In Lamai Beach on the main street beside Fusion Club is Zodiac Cabaret and Tina, a ladyboy icon on Samui. All shows kick in about 9.30 pm with bar service and free entry. A short distance along from Zodiac is recently opened Boys Bar Samui. If dancing, drinking and cruising is your number, remember Samui is a late hour party town. From midnight, Thai and Farang gays head to Green Mango and Sweet Soul bars in central Chaweng for a diet of loud music, no frills bar service and fun for mixed crowds until 3 am. Out of town on the ring road close to Makro Cash and Carry, is Mekkala Spa an intimate massage business run by long establishes Samui resident, Khun AJ. A short distance further on in Mae Nam is gay only GK Men’s Spa close to Bandara

Resort for a range of massage styles and treatments Over the hill in Lamai is Boys Bar Samui with take away staff. Pick up a copy of OUT Magazine at any gay venue for an accurate gay Samui map and venue listings. There are no gay hotels on Samui. There are a wide range of accommodation options from famous brand name hotels through to exclusive private villas or simple, Samui style bungalows and good quality, gay only, owner occupied B&Bsomething for all needs. Check out the options on the website below or search the Internet. Websites for all the gay businesses in this guide and more detailed information on gay accommodation, bars, restaurants, massage, things to do, what to be aware of @ www.gaykohsamui.net & www. gaykohsamui.com 65


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Top Ten. Pacific rim/Asia food. Chaweng Beach Road. 077. 230. 235 Chaweng Food Market. European/Thai. www.gaykohsamui.net Little Holland, European/Thai/Pasta. 080.144.9830 Otaru Sushi, Chaweng Beach Road. 077. 601. 222 Krua Bophut Thai Food, Fishermans Village. 077.430.030 H.O.T. House of Thai, Chaweng Beach Road. 081 821 9388 Dalat Dow Market. Fresh fruit. www.gaykohsamui.net Fisherman’s Village, Bo Phut. www.kosamui.com/bophut/ Five Island Restaurant, Sea food. Taling Ngam. 077. 415. 359


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Pattaya has a bustling, vibrant scene 24 hours a day. Shopping starts at sumptuous malls- Central Festival, Royal Garden, Mike’s Plaza and The Avenue. For the Movies, cinemas abound. For dining, there’s a range of restaurants suiting all tastes and budgets, from local street stalls, to five star gourmet haut cuisine. Water sports include diving, jet skiing and parasailing. Try Go-karting or bungee jumping or a massage at one of the many salons. There are many gyms and exercise facilities.

Just some sample highlights around Pattaya; • P  attaya Elephant Village has guided tours through the jungle on elephant back, ox cart, rafting, and much more. • Nong Nooch Tropical Garden has beautiful landscaped gardens and amazing panoramas. Don’t miss the French Garden and Orchid display. Also daily cultural and elephant shows as well as a charming zoo at this “Chelsea Flower Show” winning Garden. • Tiffany’s and Alcazar Ladyboy cabaret shows, both on second road, are a feast of glamour and glitz. Tiffany’s in particular is energetic and tours the world with its spectacular show. • The crystal clear waters of Koh Larn, are 45 minutes by ferry. This island, 70

the nearest to Pattaya of many, offers relaxation in the most tropical of styles. Gay Pattaya In the day time, you can play at the gay beach at Jomtien. Dong Tan Beach is a short ride from Pattaya. Here you can relax in deckchairs or on loungers, and be waited on all day. It is, however, in the evening when the city comes truly alive. The longest established gay area is Boyztown. Here, and in the adjacent Pattayaland, you can find a selection of 25 establishments. The illuminated sign of Boyztown is the adopted logo for Gay Pattaya. Boyz Boyz Boyz is the oldest and original male gogo bar in Pattaya and their show is a “must see”. The Copa Showbar has an exciting, twice nightly, cabaret show and a unique erotic un-

derwater show. Funny Boys Gogo has recently been voted the best gay venue in Pattaya. Panorama Pub at the end of Boyztown is the place for “watching”. The stylish Wild West Boys presents two shows nightly, and is not to be missed. The Sunee Plaza area, with almost 50 assorted establishments, is the largest of Pattaya’s gay nightlife zones. It’s a vibrant and energetic area with lots of fun and enjoyment on offer, whatever your tastes. The trademark neon sign of Krazy Dragon will lure you into the “Number one male table top dancing bar”. Mike’s Bar La Cage on Soi V.C. is now an institution, with its parties - one a week in high season. Corner Bar has been open almost as long as Sunee and now has an authentic “Texas” feel and offers Texan snacks. Wonderland, Sunee Plaza’s cabaret show bar has twice nightly shows at 10pm and 12pm. Often described as being “more earthy” than Boyztown, Sunee Plaza is well worth getting to know. The third main gay area, over the headland in Jomtien, is the Jomtien Complex.

Here you can find a variety of gay bars, restaurants, and hotels. The Venue is the flagship hotel, and cabaret show bar, with regular new spectacular shows. Of the many beer bars particularly notable are Question Mark Bar and Two Faces. Some of the bars also offer massage services and there are two specialist massage houses. You might like to try the newly opened Ganymede bar with its guest rooms above. Finally, for the true Night Owls, Pattaya offers a selection of world class late night discos. Dave Man Club and Nab are just two terrific venues where you can dance the night away, surrounded by super sexy Coyote dancers, until the wee small hours of the morning. For more information see: www.nickysgaypattaya.com www.boyztown-pattaya.com www.suneeplaza.info www.pattayahotmale.com www.gaytingtong.com

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OUT in Phuket

All are Central and Convenient to the Phuket Paradise Complex Gay Scene

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Phuket is the quintessential tropical resort vacation, complete with exotic nightlife. There are international flights directly to the island, or fly easily and affordably from Bangkok or Pattaya Utapao. VIP buses are available between Phuket and Bangkok. There are virtually no metered taxis on the island so book ground transportation from the airport with you hotel. From Phuket airport to Patong in a private car direct to your hotel is 600 THB. You can find a shared minivan for less. Motorcycle rentals are inexpensive. In the daytime there are affordable busses. Most Tuk Tuks have a 200-baht minimum rate and motorcycle taxis start at 40 baht.

Phuket is one of the world’s most exciting gay playgrounds. Parasail, snorkel, play golf, ride an elephant, canoe in hidden caves, sightsee, take a Thai cooking school course, dance the night away, or just spend lazy days on the beach. Phuket is such a popular international tourist destination for people from all lifestyles; they are not necessarily all gay friendly, so use a gay tour company at your accommodation or use the OUT guide. Phuket Fantasea is a vast outdoor theatre with a huge cast. Voted “best attraction” for several years running by the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the ticket price (up 80

to 2,250 including transportation and VIP seating) also includes a buffet dinner, cultural parade and street show. No visit to Thailand would be complete without a visit to a ladyboy show and in Phuket, Simon Cabaret, is recommended. One of the best views available from anywhere on Phuket is Promthep Cape near Nai Harn beach near Rawai beach, with a nearby restaurant for romantic sunsets. Elsewhere, the Big Buddha overlooks Chalong Bay, and is over 25 meters wide and 45 meters high, adorned with 135 tons of white jade marble. Phuket has great shopping, especially

SUNDOWNERS BAR & GUESTHOUSE A hassle free place to meet and socialize Selection of cocktails, beer, wine and champagne Ground floor: Bar, Terrace Bar, Pool Table, Internet Second floor: Air con Sports Bar, covered Terrace Bar Telephone: +66 (0) 76 344 215 Fax: +66 (0) 76 293 241 Mobile: Aek +66 (0) 872773846 John +66 (0) 833014036 Email: info@sundownersinparadise.com www.sundownersinparadise.com Open from Noon to 2am

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Phone Numbers 080 14 18 180 Dutch, English and German 08 1728 7227 or 089 542 6904 Thai & Lao

in Patong. Sharpen your bartering skills with street vendors or check out the higher end offerings at the very modern Jungceylon Mall with its spectacular outdoor dancing water shows. Only a 20baht bus ride (daytimes only) away is another modern shopping mall in Phuket Town, Central Festival. Phuket Town is very quaint and filled with restaurants, galleries, and more. It feels very unlike Thailand but more like a quaint little “Western” town. The epicentre of gay life on Phuket is on Patong Beach in the Paradise Complex, at the base of the towering Royal Paradise Hotel. A mix of gay and straight hotels and guesthouses, gay saunas, bars, cabarets, massage parlours, and guy shows, the Paradise Complex is a great place to hang out at night. If you book a room within the Paradise Complex, ask in advance about noise levels—most can offer you a room that is not on a main Soi. Paradise Complex has two types of cabaret shows: “Go Go clubs” and Discos. Much effort goes into the shows, so patrons bounce from one to the next. The oldest Go Go show bars are My Way and Tangmo clubs with other cabaret variations at Mamasan’s.

Go Go bars Dempseys, Boys & Boys and James Dean Bar are notable. The popular outdoor upscale “Beer Bars” as always packed. The most popular are Connect, Sundowner, James Dean & Friends. Chic, a stylish place converted to an openair lounge (where BB Boys used to be) across from the lovely Orchid Lounge, draped with Orchids, offers coffee, and snacks. For late night entertainment, try Kiss Club and Boat Bar. Both are Discos and have lively outdoor patios and free cabaret shows. Boat Bar is as friendly as they come, the owner is the host with the most, and the shows are incredibly moving, energetic and inspiring. The Backstage and Knud’s are recommended and superior accommodation can be found at the beautifully refurbished Club One Seven guesthouse and Restaurant. The Gay Day Tour is great fun, every Saturday. Revellers convene at 11:00 a.m. at the Connect Guest House in the Paradise Complex and then go by minivan and then speedboat to a Koh Yao Yai private beach, equipped with private fresh water shower and toilet. The price, 1,850 THB includes, beach chairs and umbrellas, plenty of food and an open bar.

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Knud’s Bar – Thai’s Best Boys Y.A.N. Heaven Bar Aquarius Guesthouse

083 173 0083 076 341 668

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The Backstage www.backstagethailand.blogspot.com 080 1418180 Superboys Passport Ma Prang James Dean & Friends Dempsey’s Heaven Bar Kai Bar Sundowners 08330 14036 Tangmo Time Kiss Orchid Lounge 08667 32789 Chic My Way Boys & Boys Boat Bar 076 342 206 Mama San Simon Cabaret Seed James Dean

[[ Karaoke ] 2 9 11 13

The Backstage www.backstagethailand.blogspot.com 080 1418180 OK Karaoke Twilight Bar Kar-Dor Karaoke

[[ Discos ] 29 35 39

Kiss Boat Bar Galaxy

076 342206 85


Paradise Complex

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The Minotel

www.minotelpatong.com 076 296654

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Club One Seven www.cluboneseven.net 076 366359 or 076 366360

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Rendezvous Hotel

16

Knud’s Bar – Thai’s Best Boys

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Connect

22

Blue Dolphin

www.bluedolphinphuket.com 0819 796220

24

Sundowners

www.sundownersinparadise.com 08330 14036

27

Aquarius Guesthouse

30

Orchid Lounge

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Adonis Guest House

www.adonis-phuket.com    076 345800

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Fong Kaew Mansion

www.fongkaew.be 076 292440

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Baan Nang Fa Guesthouse

www.fongkaew.be 076 292440

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The Amethyst

www.bootarika.com 076 342433 www.knudsbar.com 083 173 0083

RAT-U-THIT 200 PEE ROAD

www.aquariusguesthouse.com 076 341 668

11 14

ENTRY ROAD

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www.amethystresidence.com 076 366122

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James Dean

www.jamesdeanbar.com

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Loennoe Palace

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Siam Hotel

www.siamphukethotel.com 076 297080

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CC Bloom’s

www.ccbloomshotel.com 076 333 222

www.loenoepalace.com 076 344858

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www.orchidinparadise.com 086 6732789

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www.beachpatong.com076 294 195

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Seahag Restaurant

2

The Backstage

5

Club One Seven

7

Newspaper

17

Y.A.N.

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Connect

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ATM Restaurant

080 1418180 076 366359 or 076 366360

076 294 195 08450 72238

[[ Massage & Sauna ] 20

Spartacus

22

Blue Dolphin

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Mein Shatz

27

Aquarius Guesthouse

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ROYAL PARADISE HOTEL

076 341111

081 9796 220 076 346142

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34

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BAR+ROOMS

Paradise Complex

www.knudsbar.com

www.adonis-phuket.com info@adonis-phuket.com

e-mail: knudsbar@yahoo.com

0-7634-5800

Tel: 083 173 0083

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Phuket AMARI AMARI CORAL CORALBUS TOBUS TO BEACH BEACH TOWNTOWN

SOI NANAI 1

SOI NANAI 1

SOI NANA SOI INANA I2 2

SOI BAAN ZAAN

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PATONG PATONG SAI 3 RD. SAI(ROYAL 3 RD. (ROYAL AVENUE) AVENUE)

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PARADISE PARADISE COMPLEX COMPLEX

SOI NAM YEN ROAD

SOI C&N

SOI SUNSET SOI C&N

SOI SUNSET

SOI SANSABAI

FOUR SEASON

FOUR SEASON

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Lamai Inn Add Mansion Vech Guesthouse

Lamai Inn

SOI SANSABAI

RAT-U-THIT RAT-U-THIT 200 PEE 200ROAD PEE ROAD

PHRABARAM ROAD

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SOI CHALERMPRAKIAT

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4

Club Club Andaman Andaman

HAT PATONG ROAD

2

HAT PATONG ROAD

SAWATDIRAK ROAD

ROYAL ROYAL PHAWADEE PHAWADEE VILLAGE VILLAGE Sarathai Sarathai Resort Resort

SAWATDIRAK ROAD

SOI RAT-U-THIT 200 PEE 1 JINTANA HOTEL

SOI RAT-U-THIT 200 PEE 1 JINTANA HOTEL

SWISS-BEL THARA PATONG

KSR

KSR

SWISS-BEL THARA PATONG

BANG-LA ROAD (1 WAY)

BANG-LA ROAD (1 WAY)

WALK SIDE

WALK SIDE

SOI POST OFFICE

SOI POST OFFICE

SOI SOI PINE TREE

RAT-U-THIT RAT-U-THIT 200 PEE 200ROAD PEE ROAD Vech Guesthouse

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SOI SOI DR. WATTANA SOI PINE TREE

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SOI RAT-U-THIT 200 PEE2

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SOI KEPSAS

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THAWEEWONG THAWEEWONG ROADROAD

THAWEEWONG THAWEEWONG ROADROAD

Holiday InnHoliday Inn

SOI RAT-U-THIT 200 PEE2

5

SOI KEPSAS (SOI HOLIDAY INN) RUAMJAI ROAD

(SOI HOLIDAY INN) RUAMJAI ROAD

PRACHANUKHRO ROAD

PRACHANUKHRO ROAD

5

1

SOI DR. WATTANA

THAWEEWONG THAWEEWONG ROADROAD

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PISITKORANEE PISITKORANEE RD. RD. Wat Wat Suwankhiri Suwankhiri

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