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By @ 07/20/16 in Bangkok, Gay travel, Thailand, Tom Goss, Travel

Travelin’ Tom takes us to exotic, thrilling Bangkok in gay Thailand. He packs in a whole lot of information in a short video including magical spots like the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha; delicious street food; buzzing shopping stands; fragrant flower markets, and much more. Tom Goss is a ManAboutWorld global correspondent and a talented singer. Click on his video and follow his Bangkok adventure.

UPDATE: We *just* launched our brand new and FREE guide to gay Thailand! Download the ManAboutWorld app now on the App Store in Google Play and find the new guide in the library. Or click here for a 3-month free trial subscription offer.

For more of Travelin’ Tom videos, click here. Be sure to subscribe to his YouTube channel.

ManAboutWorld has a FREE guide to gay Thailand, including Bangkok but also the islands & beaches, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and more. Download the app (see below) and you’ll find the free guide.

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By @ 01/19/16 in Bangkok, Boston, Buenos Aires, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Toronto, Travel, Venice

City Seen gay travel update in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld magazine’s City Seen keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s peripatetic correspondents stay on top of cool things to do in a few dozen of our favorite metropolises. Here’s this month’s gay travel update.

Natural Gourmet Institute, NYC, in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section

Natural Gourmet Institute

You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea office building, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca

The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert 

Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

Venice in Towleroad and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine CIty Seen gay travel update section


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This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: Hans Randecker via Flickr Creative Commons; Middle: Courtesy Natural Gourmet Institute; bottom: Courtesy City Seen correspondent Arthur Wooten

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By @ 10/26/15 in Thailand
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Skyline views from a suite inside the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

In 1876, The Oriental opened on the river banks of Siam, becoming the nations first five-star hotel. Throughout the end of the 19th century and well into the 20th, the hotel became a respite from the dirty, chaotic city of Bangkok, a sanctuary for world-renowned writers, many of whom penned their novels in the upstairs suites, the same suites that now bear their names.

It was nearly a century later when The Mandarin Hotel opened in Hong Kong, another five-star affair, and the hotel that would lead to the formation of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. In 1985, when The Mandarin of Hong Kong and The Oriental of Bangkok joined forces, the group was forged, and would go on to become one of the world’s most prestigious and decadent hotel brands.

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By @ 05/01/15 in Asia, Daily Dose, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Michael Siebert, Travel
ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Michael Siebert visited Bangkok and stayed at ManAboutWorld Editor’s Choice award winner the Sofitel So Bangkok. Here’s his report, just in; and above a self portrait he took (using a timer) of him and a friend.
Sofitel So Bangkok is a fantastic, well-located hotel combining together elegant French luxury and warm Thai hospitality and styled by Monsieur Christian Lacroix.
The pool is spectacular along with the view.  If you are a chocolate lover, be sure to visit the “chocolate lab” at ground level, as well as the rooftop bar, Park Society.  An excellent time to visit is during the Thai new year in April each year; lastly, don’t miss out of the water fight in the Silom area during the new year.

*DDTI: Daily dose of travel inspiration.

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By @ 08/07/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

bangkok1967If you can believe it, this is Bangkok. No flashing lights. No endless skyline. No chaos and congested traffic. This photo of Bangkok was taken in 1967, just shy of 50 years ago. In the background, you see The Democracy Monument, built in 1939 at a major traffic circle in Bangkok. There’s quite a bit more traffic these days, to say the least. (And we love the three-wheel samlor that no longer exist on the streets!)

The photo is makes us nostalgic for Bangkok, where our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato recently visited, and where we’ve always had a special relationship. It is a city that’s become one of the largest and most populated in the world. Its meteoric rise to the top of desired travel destinations is one of many reasons why we dedicated our summer issue to the great Southeast Asian country.

In our issue, we cover Bangkok along with Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. Click here to subscribe for our latest issue, on digital newsstands now!

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By @ 04/26/14 in Adam Groffman, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel


Yes, FIVE of our Global Correspondents came together from New York, Berlin, and beyond to meet up in Bangkok last night to explore all that Thailand has to offer. If you’re not a subscriber, you can rectify that here to get our insider guide to Thailand – Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Phi Phi – in a soon-to-be-released issue. And check out the bios of all our impressive correspondents here

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By @ 04/25/14 in Asia, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Thailand

bangkok rooftopIt’s going to be a hectic few days for our Editor-in-Chief as he traverses Thailand, from Bangkok to Pattaya to Chiang Mai to Phuket to Koh Phi Phi. Ed too a second to send us this stunning photo from the rooftop of his hotel overlooking the verdurous treetops and epic Bangkok skyline just beyond. If you have any Thailand photos or stories from your travels, send them along to And look for our insider coverage of Thailand in an upcoming issue!


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By @ 04/23/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel


In honor of our Editor-in-Chief, Ed Salvato, taking off this morning to Thailand, we thought this gorgeous image of the Wat Arun, the temple of dawn, by the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok, was appropriate. Look for our insider guide to Bangkok in an upcoming issue.

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By @ 04/22/14 in Asia, Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel, We're heading to ...


The total distance from NYC to Bangkok is nearly 9,000 miles. Ed's flights stops once in Abu Dhabi.

The total distance from NYC to Bangkok is nearly 9,000 miles. Ed’s flights stops once, in Abu Dhabi.

ManAboutWorld editor in chief, Ed Salvato, is heading to Bangkok, Chang Mai and Phuket, Thailand to conduct research for our upcoming Thailand coverage in the magazine, in a travel guide and in our social media platforms. Over the next couple of weeks, be sure to check for his updates in this blog, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Google+ and Pinterest. Or just subscribe to the darned magazine for heaven’s sake! 🙂 Our sure-to-be-definitive gay guide to this incredibly beautiful and gay-welcoming country is scheduled for our July/August issue. Subscribers will just tap, download, lean back, swipe and enjoy! For all others, subscribe now. For the cost of a couple of Manhattans in Manhattan you’ll have a year’s worth of the best gay travel advice on the planet.

This is the second leg of the flight to Bangkok.

This is the second leg of the flight to Bangkok.







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By @ 04/13/14 in Asia, Ed Salvato, Gay pride, Gay travel, Gay travel magazine, ManAboutWorld, Robert Sharp, Thailand, Travel, We're heading to ...

Bangkok Pride Pool Party

This is going to be a busy month of travel for the ManAboutWorld team. One of us is going to Thailand later this month. Editor in chief Ed Salvato is returning there for the second time after a couple of decades. He’ll report on the changes he observes and what’s remained the same. Is it still the land of smiles? Stay tuned for his updates here, on Twitter and our Facebook page and of course in the pages of our iPad and Android magazine. Ed will be traveling with Out Adventures, a gay travel and tour company, co-owned and operated by Robert Sharp, one of our ManAboutWorld Global Correspondents. The gay-friendly Tourism Authority of Thailand is providing assistance for the trip and also offers LGBT trip planning resources on their site Go Thai Be Free.

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