one of the absolute best vacation bargains you will find anywhere on earth, so
try to visit if you can and stay at least 10 days.
||U.S. Citizens: Passports are
required for international air travel to all destinations outside the
The reason Thailand is included in our website is
that we believe social nudity and nudist beaches, if not resorts, will happen
in the future. Nudity is not yet accepted in Thailand, although topless
sunbathing is quite common in all tourist beach areas. The other reason is that
we get frequent inquiries about Thailand from you for both conventional as well
as nudist vacations.
Thailand is one of the absolute best vacation
bargains you will find anywhere on earth, so try to visit if you can and stay
at least 10 days.
Most all the Thai service personnel in any tourism
center, city, hotel or resort speak English, as well as other languages in
addition to the native Thai language.
Background: Thailand, formerly
known as Siam until the 20th century, has been part of the civilized world for
hundreds, if not thousands, of years. This beautiful country of over 60 million
people is in the heart of southeast Asia, bordering Myanmar (Burma) to the
north and west, Laos and Cambodia to the east and Malaysia to the south.
Buddhism is the predominant religion plus the rich heritage and traditional
values of its citizens make for a wonderful reception and warm welcome for
visitors and foreigners (ferrangs). Culturally, the Thai people are the most polite and caring
people of all we've ever come in contact with in a tourist environment. They're
pre-disposed to care for you and your well being, almost as if it's a personal
Contrasting with its rich heritage and ancient ways, Thailand is
actually quite modern with bustling modern cities where antiquities are cared
for, family is revered and guests always respected. Major cities are as modern
(and crowded) as any you will find anywhere in the world, coming as a surprise
to many first-time visitors who may have a typical "tropical paradise"
impression of the country. Bangkok, the capital with over 10 million
population, is the best example of "east meets the west." Primarily in the
country side and along the Gulf of Thailand shore to the south, in Andaman sea
to the west and on the Thai islands will you experience "tropical splendor"
with beautiful white sand beaches, waving palm trees and a relaxed atmosphere.
Reality sets in, however, when you
gaze at the ocean across beautiful sand and see hundreds and hundreds of beach
umbrellas scattered along the water's edge.... predominant in most of
Thailand's developed tourism areas. Finding a deserted stretch of beach to bask
in the sun nude is possible, but you will have to hunt for the spots, since
nudity is not accepted in any public area whatsoever. Nudity is considered rude
and thoughtless there. Curiously, however, topless sunbathing is seen
everywhere in most of the Thai beach destinations and vacation resorts so it
would seem the country is catching up to the European standard of social
nudity. If you visit Thailand, you will see mostly European visitors, hopefully
helping to pave the way for more nude acceptance. Just don't hold your breath
until it happens.
We believe Thailand is at about the same
developmental stage regarding nudity as Mexico (toplessness) and we hope that
social nudity in a resort or tropical destination will be for real in the near
future. It has been reported that the Thai department of tourism has even
studied possible beach areas for nudist development, supposedly up near the
Thai/Burma border facing the Andaman sea to the west near Ranong.
major Thai islands for tourism are Phuket (poo-ket) and Koh Samui. The former
is fully developed and over run with tourists most places on the island while
the latter is more laid back with less tourist infrastructure, since much of
Koh Samui is a national park, the Anthong Tropical Reserve. Both islands are
about one hour by air south of Bangkok, with Phuket on the Andaman Sea and Koh
Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.
About the only deserted stretch of
sand you will find on Phuket island is east of the airport at Mai Khao beach, 6
miles long, which has basically no services or resorts on it except the
Marriott on the north end and Crown Nai Yang to the south. You will need an car
for this exploration. Another adventurous way to hunt for a secluded nude beach
is on the surrounding islands, such as Racha Yai or Racha Noi just south of
Phuket island. You can make a deal with the driver of a "long-tail" boat at any
of the tourist towns to help you find such a beach to drop you off with your
honey and come back later to pick you up. If you do, always pay a part of the
driver's fee first and the rest payable upon pick up. You don't want to be
stuck out there for the night!
The other island location with a good
mix of beaches, tropical ambiance and some tourism development is on Koh Samui,
in the Gulf of Thailand. If you rent a car, there are also lots of places to
explore and beaches to visit at or near many of the modest resorts on the
Andaman Sea between Phuket Island and Ranong, near the Burma
Here is a Trip Report we've received about Koh Samui and nude
sunbathing there. Thank you "Anu," who reports on Phangan Resort on the island
of Koh Samui. Trip Report:
"Though a lot of
travel magazines say that topless and nudity is not allowed and is punishable
in Thailand, my experience has been different. I love to travel to Thailand and
Koh Samui Island is my favorite place. On the beach resorts of Koh Samui, where
I had a really wonderful time, dropping your bathing suit is no problem at all.
Topless is as common as in the West.
NOTE: It's always best to check
with the citizens about their local customs regarding nudity and toplessness.
Please remember to treat all Thai citizens with respect.
There is an
airport at Koh Samui with direct air service from Bangkok and Singapore. The
Bangkok flight is a little over an hour. One can also travel by train to Koh
Samui, including a ferry ride of about 90 minutes from the mainland coastal
town of Surat Thani to the island.
Koh Samui has many resorts. The
main beaches there are Chaweng and Lamai where there are numerous small
resorts, one of which is Samui Resortel on Chaweng Beach, about 20 minutes from
the Koh Samui airport. Chaweng is a great resort place with lots of European
tourists. Chaweng is a great place for nude and topless sunbathing. Costs can
vary greatly but a typical, modest room rate is about USD $40/night for two. (A
"luxury" accommodation may be up to USD $100 total).
Koh Pha Ngan is
the name of a smaller island 45 minutes from the coast of Koh Samui, in the
south Thailand Sea below the mainland mainland. The main beach there is Haad
Rin. The "Full Moon Party" held every month at Haad Rin Beach on full moon
night is the only party in Asia which can come close to Mardi Gras or any
wet-and-wild party in the West, where inhibitions are dropped as easily as
clothes, where one drinks and dances the night away. About 10,000 people gather
to celebrate a night long party. (See: http://www.kohphangan.com)
Haad Rin beach one can easily take the liberty of nude sunbathing without any
problems and we did that on all the days we were there. Pha Ngan is the ideal
place to have a great holiday; it's peaceful, the water is clear and warm, the
sand white, the people smiling and helpful. Plus, no one bothers you much and
you can enjoy nudity without any fuss. A resort named Paradise is where we
stayed on Pha Ngan in addition to the Seaview Resort. These types of
accommodations are one step above camping at about $10/night.
addition, on Pha Ngan Island, there is also a resort called the Sanctuary on
Had Tien Beach, actually more of a health spa but with terrific ambiance and a
laid-back atmosphere. We visited this resort last year and spent a week there.
This place is just heaven on earth. There were about 30-40 guests staying
there, mostly Europeans. Here, we could easily take off tops and bottoms and
spend almost the whole day nude on the beach. There were about 5-6 nude couples
and 5-6 topless ladies at first....but after seeing us, many others joined in
(nude sunbathing). Many tourists not staying at the resort also visited the
beach area and towards afternoon, the place became like Cap d'Agde in France.
This is a great place. One can actually visit the open air spa nude, too. Cost
of a "luxury" dwelling is about USD $50/night including breakfast. The website
is: http://www.thesanctuary-kpg.com/ (but officially, it's not a nude resort).
The majority of nude practitioners are actually Europeans on Koh
So relax all you sunbathers and don't hesitate to take your
bikini off while in Pha Ngan. While topless is perfectly OK in Koh Samui, be a
little discrete in dropping your bottom there. Enjoy !!!! "
If you're traveling with fellow nudists, your other option is to rent a
secluded villa with a swimming pool, and use it as your base of operations for
the balance of a conventional, textile vacation.
Chan Resort for Nudists: A new clothing optional property that might appeal to
nudists primarily is being advertised for nudist use. Chan Resort is located in
Pattaya where we've visited before. Pattaya is on the seacoast so you have
access to the long, wide beach there. This resort is NOT on the beach. There's
lots to do and see in the area plus Pattaya is on the mainland, south-southeast
of Bangkok about 110+ miles so it's easy to visit both cities. You can reach
Pattaya via ground transportation via bus or train in 2.5 hours if you choose.
A small Thailand nudist association recently
formed. Contact them at: www.thailandnaturist.com
On Koh Phangan
For a men's nude getaway, Peter Photikoe (born in the USA) offers
his AWE Resort for periodic nude Yoga retreats. His property is on Koh Phangan
near Koh Samui. See more at: http://benakedyoga.com His E mail address:
|| Typically, most
international flights arrive in Bangkok. From there, most popular tourist
destinations are no more than an hour or so away by air from Bangkok, so if you
plan to go, assume you will be arrive into Bangkok from just about any foreign
destination. Thailand is served by numerous major airlines which typically run
seasonal specials, so an air bargain is not hard to find, especially if a
resort package can be included. Plan to spend a couple of days in Bangkok to
get used to the time change and, if nothing else, for shopping and seeing the
world famous temples and night life there.
U.S. Citizens: Passports are required for international air
travel to all destinations outside the USA.
flight times between the west coast of the U.S. and Asia can vary between 10-14
hours, non-stop, either direction.
|| You will find every type of accommodation in Thailand from a
beach bungalow for $10/night to Super Luxury resorts for $300-$400/night.
Absolutely great standard tourism accommodations and hotels can be had for less
than $100/night for two people, which typically includes your private room with
private bath, use of health clubs, swimming facilities, a full American
breakfast and hotel taxes included. The lower end of the scale for a $10
bungalow is one step above camping and back packing so make sure you know what
you want before you go. Electricity is 220 so take a converter. Some hotels
have hair dryers so you may need to take your own.
There are no nudist resorts in
Thailand and no official nude beaches. "All inclusive" resorts don't appear in
Thailand since food and services are so inexpensive, there is really no
economic reason for their wide spread acceptance. The only exception is Club
Med at Kata beach on Phuket, which includes all meals, plus beer and wine at
dinner plus all types of non-motorized water sports plus direct access to Kata
Beach, the best developed of all of them on Phuket.
||Thailand is one of our all time favorite destinations for
eating, other than maybe Italy. Food, services and hotel accommodations are so
inexpensive there, you just can't go wrong.
Most tourist destination in Thailand
include restaurants serving both western as well as local cuisine. Oriental and
Thai foods with soups, rice as a staple, seafood, green vegetables, hot spices
and fruit make up a typical local selection. Western palettes will find food
selections for just about everything else including McDonald's and all major
ethnic choices including Italian, Mexican, Indian, Japanese and Chinese dining.
Thai food is generally served with the basics such as hot soups, fruit,
a seafood dish plus chicken, pork and beef selections, many of which are
prepared with optional hot spices available. Our personal favorite are the
dishes served with satay sauces as a side dish along with red pepper and other
spicy condiments. Our motto: If it makes sweat pop out on your forehead, you
know it's got to be good.
Price example: One four course Thai dinner we
had in a 5 star restaurant cost about US $10/person including taxes and tip.
Evening buffets are about US $11-$12/person for everything, tips and drinks
included. Breakfast and lunch can be had for less than $5/person.
only part of a dining experience with costs comparable to American or European
pricing is liquor. Don't expect a bargain there, as alcohol is priced about the
same everywhere, except for perhaps the local beer, which is about $1-$1.50 per
||Room rates can vary from US $10/night for a bungalow to
over US $400/night, with about US $100/night the average for a fine, tourist
class hotel such as a Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, for example. Room rates usually
include air conditioned private room and bath, hotel taxes and a full American
breakfast for two.
||Tourist destinations include all ages in Thailand. There
are no "adults only" resorts there.
||Thailand is a wonderfully tropical experience enhanced with
the culturally-instilled politeness of its citizens.
treatment and a welcoming smile are extended to all
guests and visitors so don't regard
their smile and thoughtfulness as friendliness. Actually, Thai citizens are
somewhat shy until they get to know you, as they are culturally somewhat
inhibited by their nature to refrain from appearing to impose upon you in any
way, including striking up a conversation. Their reticence may be
misinterpreted as shyness.... which it is not. Their behavior usually
represents their cultural reluctance to refrain from imposing upon you in any
Thai people are spotlessly clean as are most of their cities and
Thailand has mountains, beaches, lowlands, spectacular
geological formations along the coast, huge limestone outcroppings, great for
trekkers and mountain climbers, great night life, plus a rich heritage and
wonderful people that make this country one of our personal favorites, world
Lots of the lowlands,
hills and tropical beach areas remind us of the western coast of Mexico or
Costa Rica, with its lush greenery and local wildlife..... a lot like Mexico
except instead of a burrow making its way down the road, you might come upon a
huge elephant instead, which usually gets the right of way. By the way, driving
is on the left side of the street.
If you like the outdoors, you will
enjoy Thailand, especially what it offers for eco-tourism. Our personal
favorite tour was a half day with the elephants, to be around them, to watch
their show, watch them bath in the river and to ride with them for about an
hour was really special. The Thai elephant population has dropped from 20,000 a
few years ago to a few thousand now, with most in captivity and very few living
in the wild or in the jungle. Their numbers have been drastically reduced by
poaching and by the destruction of their habitat.
||You can just about do it all in Thailand but snow ski. With
islands and beaches, lowlands and mountains, scuba diving and boating,
trekking, mountain climbing and elephant riding, huge cities and small
villages, modern buildings and ancient temples, you will have a hard time
choosing your "perfect" vacation elements.
The most popular tourist
stops include Bangkok, Chiang Mai in the mountains, Phuket, Koh Samui and
Pattaya on the beaches. Off shore, the Andaman sea and the islands on the west
side of Thailand offer some of the best scuba diving available. Numerous scuba
dive shops and live aboard boats are based in and around Phuket. The Star
Clipper sailing vessel is based seasonally out of Phuket so you can mix a land
or resort vacation with a great week's cruise to southeast Asia ports of call.
You can even charter a sailing vessel if you wish in Phuket with or without a
crew. There is also a nice yacht owned by a Frenchman there who may be of a
mind to take you nude sailing.
Island & Beach Destinations
two most popular Thai islands for tourism are Phuket and Koh Samui. The former
is fully developed and over run with tourists most places on the island while
the latter is more laid back with less tourism infrastructure, since much of
Koh Samui contains a national park, the Anthong Tropical Reserve. Both islands
are about one hour by air south of Bangkok, with Phuket on the Adaman Sea and
Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand.
About the only secluded stretch of
sand you will find on Phuket is east of the airport at Mai Khao beach, which
has basically no services or resorts on it except the Marriott to the north and
Crown Nai Yang resort to the south. You will need an car for this exploration
which will take you to the north side of the island. More development is
scheduled for this six mile long beach area, so enjoy it while you can.
All beaches in Thailand are supposed to be "public" but some resorts
are located on land adjacent to the public beaches, rendering them inaccessible
unless you're a resort guest. Another adventurous way to hunt for a secluded
nude beach is on the surrounding islands, such as Racha Yai (Koh Racha or Raya)
or Racha Noi south of Phuket island. You can make a deal with the driver of a
"long-tail" boat at the tourist towns of Rawai Beach or Chalong to help you
find such a beach to drop you off with your honey and come back later to pick
you up. Raya is closest at about 7 miles out in the bay. If you choose that,
pay a part of the driver's fee first and the rest payable upon pick up. You
don't want to be stuck out there for the night! Most of the offshore islands
are a 20-30 minute trip on a fast speed boat or "long tail" boat, so called
since its straight six cylinder engine is linked directly to the propeller
mounted on a long shaft. Instead of a rudder, the driver just moves the engine
and drive shaft as one unit to change direction. This is a great trip for fun,
nude beaching and snorkeling with 2-3 couples.
The other island location with a good
mix of beaches, tropical ambiance and some tourism development is on Koh Samui
in the Gulf of Thailand. Two popular beach resorts there include Chaweng Buri
Resort (simple bungalows) and Imperial Samui.
On the mainland, if you
rent a car, there are also lots of places to explore and beaches to visit at or
near many of the modest resorts on the Andaman Sea between Phuket Island and
north to Ranong, near the Burma border. Or, stay around the seaside resorts
from Phuket to Krabi, due east.
Best beaches are on Koh Samui and the
best developed beach on Phuket Island, in our opinion, is Kata Beach on the
west central side of Phuket island. Club Med is located on Kata Beach as is the
other large resort there, the Kata Beach Resort. Numerous other beaches are on
Phuket and on the Thai mainland, too, but most others have less of tourism
development around them. The trade off with finding secluded beaches or resorts
is that there are usually few tourism facilities, hotels, resorts, restaurants
or nightlife nearby.
The town with the most development, largest (and
most crowded) beach, night markets, hotels, resorts and clubs is Patong Beach
in central Phuket on the west side of the island. Night life there can be wild
and crazy or quiet and subdued as you please. Most open-air restaurants, shops,
bistros and clubs are on Thaweewong Road facing the beach. The craziest street
for night life has to be Soi Bangla (road), right in the heart of Patong Beach.
There , you will find just about everything humanity has to offer from fine
restaurants and resorts, discos, to kick boxing clubs, night life to the
infamous "gogo" bars to street vendors selling "designer" clothes and every
type of knock off watch, CD and DVD, all for dirt cheap prices.
the best little resorts are actually located on small islands in the Andaman
Sea near Phuket or in the Gulf of Thailand, which require boat trips from the
mainland. If you like seclusion, these small resorts may offer a better choice
but be prepared for very modest accommodations usually with little or no night
Most overrated tours are
the day trip to James Bond Island near Phang Nga Town and the day trip to the
Phi Phi Islands for snorkeling----Koh Phi Phi Don and Koh Phi Phi Lay (where
the movie "The Beach" was filmed). If you want to go, consider hiring your own
private speed boat to see these places, if you must. Otherwise you may be
chugging along for hours in a "cattle boat" with 200 of your closest friends.
We would spend the money on a private speed boat, forget the canned tours and
find your own nude beach on a secluded island.
tourism things to do include half day or full day city tours in Bangkok, tours
of the temples (Wat Po, the Golden Buddha & the Grand Palace), arguably
worth standing in line for to see the largest reclining Buddha in the world
(it's massive). You can go just about anywhere in the city for $3-$5 by taxi.
The modern elevated "Skytrain" is also available to get around most of downtown
and into the suburbs, too, with 20 miles of track. The Sukumvit and Pratanum
areas are the newest sections of Bangkok with a diverse cultural mix, many
shops, restaurants and tourist facilities. SIAM square and the World Trade
Center are all within walking distance of most of the major hotels downtown. A
hotel or resort for every budget can be had in Bangkok starting at a few
dollars a night to $400/night or more. Any hotel's tour desk can point you in
the right direction for sight seeing as well as make arrangements for your
You can even spring for a full day tour to see the Bridge Over
the River Kwai.
Taking a ride on the Chao Phya River in a Thai long
tailed boat is a must do, tourist thing to do. Get a Thai massage or at least a
great foot massage for about 300 b (baht) or about $6-$7 for an hour....worth
every minute of it.
If you visit Bangkok over the weekend, visit
Chatuchak, reportedly the "World's Largest Flea Martet" with over 9,000
individual shops... twice as many as the Grand Bazaar boasts in Istanbul. You
can take the SkyTrain there from downtown. Visit Thailand's famous floating
market at Damnersaduak and stop at Thailand's largest Pagoda with lunch at the
Chinatown in Bangkok is reportedly the largest in the
world outside of China. One-third of Bangkok's population are of Chinese
heritage. The Chinatown market on Yaowarat Rd is also worth a visit where you
can find everything from glittering gems, to antiques, Chinese porcelain, to
high-end electrical appliances. Also, Sampeng Lane runs almost the length of
Chinatown where you can find everything else you couldn't find on Yaowarat
Road! For Indian goods, try Pahurat Road, also located adjacent to Chinatown.
For clothing, most tailor shops are reputable, especially the ones
inside your hotel plus, you can visit Pratanum garment district if you like for
all types of ready made clothes as well as custom made suits, dresses, coats
and dress shirts.
Go shopping for any and everything where you will not
believe the prices. For common items, street vendor products such as clothing,
knock off watches, shoes, leather and sunglasses, expect to negotiate. Start
with whatever the vendor asks, cut the price in half and haggle from there.
Night life in Bangkok can be found at Soi Cowboy (go go bars), Buckskin
Joe Village (pubs and restaurants), Soi Langsuan (live music), Sukhumvit Soi 24
& 26 (brewpubs and discos) and Soi Thonglor (pubs and live music). Also,
visit Patpong night Bazaar in the infamous red light district.
Mai is Thailand's 2nd largest city behind Bangkok. If you have time, it's worth
a visit for 2-3 nights. Lots of trinkets, tourism souvenirs, silver and bronze
markets, embroiderers and jewelers are located along Sankampaeng Road. Don't
forget to visit the Night Market, too, where we found some of the best
bargains... some of which you have to barter for. Hill towns are close by where
you can visit some artisans and craft markets for ceremonial masks, textiles
and woodcarvings. A few are tourist traps but it's still an adventure,
especially the rough and tumble trip up to and down from the hills. Our limo
was the back end of an old Chevy truck with benches....lots of fun and you had
time to visit with the locals
||Thailand has no "official" nude beaches.
||Thailand is just about the least expensive vacation
destination considering all the amenities, hotels, resorts and dining options
available. A great mix of modern and ancient, with a cultural diversity you
will rarely get in such a safe environment with the most terrific variety of
any vacation destination we've seen.
||Phuket and Pattaya, two of the most popular vacation
beach destinations are over run with tourists. Of the two, Phuket has a more
upscale selection of accommodations, restaurants and beaches than Pattaya,
which is on the mainland, a few hours south of Bangkok, but it's got a
decidedly "seedy" feel to the place.
||A more natural and tropical location is Koh Samui,
one the best combinations of beaches and modest accommodations in Thailand.
||Some of the more secluded resorts are actually
located on small islands in the Andaman Sea near Phuket or in the Gulf of
Thailand, both of which require boat trips from the mainland. If you like
seclusion, these small resorts may be for you.
||Topless beaches are the norm at most island
||Some small resorts and towns on the Andaman sea are
near rivers which empty on to shallow bays, where much of the water is either
murky or downright muddy, not good places for scuba diving.
||Avoid the canned tours and "cattle boats" for island
sight seeing in Phuket. Try arranging for a private tour or boat if you wish to
visit some of the islands on the "tour" circuit such as James Bond Island or
Phi Phi Islands, both of which are over run with other tourists. Prices are
inexpensive so you may want to consider a private speed boat for your island
||Dry season runs from about October to March. The wet season
runs from about March to September, when daily rains may be the norm. Other
than an actual storm front that may move through occasionally, the wet season
means there may be showers in the morning and sunshine the remainder of the
||Wish nude beaches and nudist resorts would happen, and
soon, in Thailand.
Wish there weren't so many tourist but, hey, that's
what helps make for a fun experience. Europeans definitely represent the
majority of visitors there and are a welcome addition to the tourism mix.
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