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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.

November 10, 2014

Laotian runner-up sparks third gender debate in her Communist country

A 22-year-old Venezuelan on Saturday night was crowned Miss International Queen in Thailand at the world's biggest beauty pageant for transvestites and transgender women.

Isabella Santiago beat 21 other contestants from 18 countries to win the title and 440,000 baht (US$12,500) in prize money in the resort town of Pattaya. The winner can also opt for a free cosmetic procedure, including gender reassignment surgery.

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.

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 19, 2013

The milky white sands and clear waters of Koh Lipe's beaches give way to a sunken ship now covered in marine plantlife and supporting new ecosystems

Just over 20 years ago, Thailand had the world's fastest-growing economy.

Now, the country remains one of Asia's biggest tourism destinations. Over 16 million annual visitors come to try the flavorful cuisine and see the influences of Buddhism in the natives' daily life.

In spite of its reputation as a metropolitan melting pot, Thailand's unsung heroes (the further-to-reach destinations) are equally if not more impressive as holiday getaways.

November 4, 2013

Brazilian transgender woman Marcelo Ohio has won the 9th Miss International Queen beauty pageant in the Thai city of Pattaya

Brazilian Marcelo Ohio was crowed the 2013 Miss International Queen in Pattaya over the weekend in a competition including 25 transgender women from 17 countries.

American Shantell D'Marco came second in the international transgender beauty pageant, with local contestant Nethnapada Kanrayanon coming third.

Ohio was one of three Brazilians to enter the contest this year, organized by the Tiffany's Show Pattaya.

October 31, 2013

In an exclusive series for Gay Star Travel, Sydney-based journalist Chris Muakcha Topp reports on his travel adventures in Southeast Asia. He starts off in Bangkok, Thailand

One night in Bangkok is definitely not enough.

Christmas is near and the Thai capital is full of farang (Thai for Westerners), shopping for gifts by day and sex by night.

Me? I'm trying to meet up with a friend (let's call him A) from Essex a city not too far London, who's had a little work done.

For the equivalent of ฿50,000 (€1,169, $ 1,608) a top cosmetic surgeon waved his laser wand to remove excess fat under A's eyes and gave him a Botox top-up.

January 5, 2013

A lovers’ quarrel between two security guards on the rooftop of a Bangkok hotel ended with both men dying

Two gay men who worked as security guards at the same hotel are dead after a lovers quarrel ended with one stabbing the other to death and then killing himself by jumping off the roof.

Sinchai Neesantier, 52, and Wittawas Saeng-ard, 28, both worked as security for a luxury 24-storey hotel in Bangkok’s Phra Nakhon district and were seen arguing on the rooftop on Thursday night.

On arrival police found the younger man’s dead body in a pool of blood on the rooftop and assessed on scene that he had been stabbed at least 10 times.

April 14, 2012

Gays from around Asia and the world have flocked to the Thai capital to enjoy the annual water fights and other celebratory events

It is the Songkran festival again in much of Southeast Asia, but Thailand has easily stolen the spotlight from its neighours.

With maximum temperatures topping 95°F (35°C) at the hottest time of the year in Bangkok, it is only natural that people are happily getting into wet and wild water fights, which originated as a way to pay respect to people and also mark the traditional Thai New Year.