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February 25, 2015

The Scotland-born traveller on her adopted hometown and its treasures

I've lived here since… 2011. I stayed because I love the tropical climate, and for my job as General Manager of Asia tour operators Backyard Travel.

For culture, you can't miss… the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Then Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple and the Old City area. There are so many parts to Thai culture, that there’s not one single place where you can really comprehend all aspects of it, but this area is a good starting point.

February 25, 2015

The Scotland-born traveller on her adopted hometown and its treasures

I've lived here since… 2011. I stayed because I love the tropical climate, and for my job as General Manager of Asia tour operators Backyard Travel.

For culture, you can't miss… the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Then Wat Pho, a Buddhist temple and the Old City area. There are so many parts to Thai culture, that there’s not one single place where you can really comprehend all aspects of it, but this area is a good starting point.

February 14, 2015

The couple said their wedding vows and exchanged rings onboard a Vietjet flight on Valentine's Day, according to an advertorial on a local news website

Lesbian couple Tang Ai Linh and her partner Pham Thi Thanh Phuong celebrated their wedding onboard a Vietjet flight today – Valentine's Day – from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok, Thailand.

February 12, 2015

Officials are concerned about the high HIV rate among gay men

Bangkok officials have urged youths to forgo sex on Valentine's Day and burn incense at a temple instead.

The appeal was made out of concern for the high HIV rate among gay men and the country's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in southeast Asia.

In the capital, HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men stood at 30% in 2013, which is comparable to AIDS hotspots in Africa.

February 12, 2015

Officials are concerned about the high HIV rate among gay men

Bangkok officials have urged youths to forgo sex on Valentine's Day and burn incense at a temple instead.

The appeal was made out of concern for the high HIV rate among gay men and the country's teenage pregnancy rate, which is the highest in southeast Asia.

In the capital, HIV prevalence in men who have sex with men stood at 30% in 2013, which is comparable to AIDS hotspots in Africa.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 12, 2015

'To their advantage, trans models are usually tall and extremely gregarious'

Thailand’s leading modeling agency last month celebrated the worldwide launch of its new transgender division.

Bangkok-based Apple Model Management Agency became the first agency in the world to represent transgender models when the division launched in Thailand in November.

Although transgender models have always been widely accepted in the southeast Asian country, the advent of transgender women in the mainstream media sparked the idea of creating a transgender division.

February 10, 2015

'Some hotels put up signs prohibiting dogs, durians and transgenders'

A well-known transgender model filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand yesterday (9 February) after she was denied entry to a club in Bangkok because of her gender identity.

Sarina Thai went to Onyx club on Royal City Avenue with four foreign friends on New Year's Eve. The security guard admitted her friends but turned her away after he checked her ID and found out she was transgender.

Thai said she felt humiliated and decided to file the petition to try and bring about social change.

February 10, 2015

'Some hotels put up signs prohibiting dogs, durians and transgenders'

A well-known transgender model filed a complaint with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) of Thailand yesterday (9 February) after she was denied entry to a club in Bangkok because of her gender identity.

Sarina Thai went to Onyx club on Royal City Avenue with four foreign friends on New Year's Eve. The security guard admitted her friends but turned her away after he checked her ID and found out she was transgender.

Thai said she felt humiliated and decided to file the petition to try and bring about social change.

January 26, 2015

We delve into the back catalogue of landscape and travel photographer Weerapong Chaipuck

Bangkok-based photographer Weerapong Chaipuck has been making waves for years with his incredibly moving, intensely colourful snapshots of Asia.

For more information about Chaipuck, and to see more images that'll make you want to quit your job, up sticks and see the world, visit his 500px.com website by clicking here.

Right: Cemara Indah Village at sunrise

January 21, 2015

Travel search site's new guides also encompass Barcelona, Berlin and New York

Travel search site momondo.co.uk has launched a new series of comprehensive city guides for iPhone users – that are completely free to download and use.

Following on from momondo's popular iPad app, the guides will encompass 11 cities around the world: Amsterdam, Bangkok, Berlin, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Lisbon, London, New York, Paris and Rome, with more cities to be added throughout the year.

November 25, 2014

Survey finds transgender people are treated the worst

More than one-third of LGBTI Nepalis have reported discrimination or abuse in three or more public settings, according to a recent study.

The Los Angeles-based Williams Institute and the local Blue Diamond Society (BDS) surveyed 1,500 people from 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts, including individuals from 150 caste and ethnic groups.

November 14, 2014

Bangkok-based agency has 18 girls in its trans division

A Thai modeling agency has launched the first transgender model division in the world.

The Bangkok-based Apple Modeling Agency annouced the division on Tuesday (11 November) and has 18 transgender girls on its books.

Apple is one of the leading and largest modeling agencies in the southeast Asian country.

Draq queen Pangina Heals interviewed ten of the models for Coconuts TV on a photo shoot for Lips magazine.

'We have three physical types of transgender models,' said Siwaporn Hotarapawanond, director of the agency.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.

October 22, 2014

More than 80 others were detained at the unlicensed club

Thai Police detained more than 80 people on Sunday night in a raid on an unlicensed gay bar in Bangkok.

Hijack Sauna in Lat Yao district was operating a gay bar without a license and was raided after complaints about noise from local residents.

Police entered the venue at 4am, blocking the front and back exits and turning on all the lights.

May 15, 2014

Thailand’s School Rainbow campaign will seek to draw attention to the plight of young LGBTI people this Saturday with a campaign that will see chalk rainbows drawn on the ground at school gates on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO)

A new campaign against the bullying of LGBTI young people kicked off in Thailand yesterday with students at Bangkok’s Thammassat University drawing gay pride rainbows on the footpath to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHO).

The event launch for the School Rainbow campaign saw a colorful performance by a Rainbow All Boy Cheerleaders squad as students colored in the rainbow and wrote messages of support in chalk.

April 7, 2014

New Thai HIV campaign TestBKK is targeting men who have sex with men to get more gay Thai men to know their HIV status in the capital Bangkok

Community organizations in Bangkok, Thailand have joined forces to launch the ‘TestBKK’ campaign targeting gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM) to increase HIV testing in Bangkok.

Using the slogan ‘Suck. F*#k. Test. Repeat’, TestBKK will use its website www.testbkk.org, Facebook, popular websites and mobile applications used by gay men, to spread information and messages designed to encourage more gay men in Bangkok to test for HIV and to be more aware of HIV risks and the importance of using condoms.

December 31, 2013

A group of local gay men show Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp through the Malaysian capital during Ramadan, offering a warm welcome in a city with a dicey anti-gay reputation

I won't usually visit a country where me and my kin can face severe penalties for being who we are and doing what we do.

But this time a booking stuff-up of my own making means I'm spending less than two days in Malaysia enroute from Bangkok to Sydney.

And part of me likes the idea of spending even a short time alone exploring a new city, although I realize this isn't a choice everyone has the privilege to make.

December 31, 2013

Leave the sex tourism and moon parties behind for night-dives and jungle raves in Koh Lanta, an untarnished beach paradise where the ocean teems with whale sharks, manta rays and bioluminescent algae

Swimming in the sea at night always has a certain magic about it.

Perhaps because you can see less, your sensation of touch is heightened and a warm tropical sea feels even more welcoming. The warm blanket of the sea is simultaneously matched with the possibility of danger of what might be lurking beneath the surface.

That opening scene from the film Jaws is always difficult to forget.

Tonight, my swim left me spellbound.

December 19, 2013

Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp contemplates his future as he concludes a Thailand tour in the dreamscape that is Phuket

What story about travelling in Thailand would be complete without mentioning Phuket?

December 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

December 13, 2013

Navigate the sands and waters of Thailand's beach gem with Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp in an exclusive series for Gay Star Travel

Koh Samui, about an hours' flight from Bangkok, provides the serenity Pattaya will most likely never know.

There aren't any high-rises on Koh Samui due to planning regulations; the tallest things you'll see here are the palm trees, and most hotels have exclusive beachfront access.

Don’t stay near Bophut unless you like feeling you can reach up and touch planes landing as you swim, but visit the area for it’s amazing restaurants.

November 21, 2013

One of the world's most lucrative and controversial drug trades originated in this sleepy town in northern Thailand

Over the past week, Gay Star Travel has taken you around Thailand to an island with only one road, an island with a shipwreck and a turtle-shaped island you can walk around in one hour.

November 20, 2013

Koh Tao may have some sleepy beaches perfect for lazy sun gazing, but the island’s true beauty is said to be underwater

The smaller islands off the coast of Thailand may not be typical gay destinations, but there’s much on offer in terms of rest, relaxation or adventure, and occasionally a small LGBTI presence.