Bangkok Gay Saunas – As we continue to explore the Bangkok gay scene, this time we’ll talk about the gay saunas of the city. Having lived in the Big Mango for 15 years, and yes, having spent a chunk of that time perusing the saunas, I’ll try to give some helpful hints on the good, the bad, and the ugly of these venues.
The most popular of Bangkok’s gay saunas with tourists is the famed Babylon. However, I’ve already reviewed this sauna in detail in a previous article, so we’ll move on to a couple of the other large saunas in the city.
There are some 20 gay saunas in Bangkok, many of them very Thai and quite small. Most of these type saunas have virtually no foreign customers, stay open until sunrise, and attract a lot of cute, young Thais who seem to get hornier as the night wears on. The crowd also gets larger, younger, and cuter the later you stay. For these reasons, you may find them worth a visit! There are too many to list here. Just check a gay Thailand site for a listing.
However, the two I’ll talk about here are large ones with nice facilities – Chakran and Farose II, both of which have an almost exclusively Asian clientele. The upscale Chakran sauna is located near the Ari station of the BTS Skytrain, on soi Ari 4.
Chakran is probably the nicest and cleanest sauna in Bangkok – even more so than Babylon. It has four floors, but part of it was recently converted to a gay massage parlour called V Club, which has the same ownership. Incidently, it is one of the better gay massage venues in the city. V Club and Chakran Sauna have separate entrance into the building.
Moving V Club into the Chakran building effectively cut Chakran’s gym in half, and also took away its nice restaurant. But you can still order food around the pool area.
In spite of these changes, the four-storey Chakran Sauna is still big enough and well worth a visit, even though almost all of the customers are Asians, mostly looking for other Asians.
The staff is friendly and cute, with many of the boys around the pool area from neighboring Myanmar. As with most Thai saunas, you are given a key at the entrance where you pay the admission price of between 150 and 250 baht, depending on the day of the week. Those under 25 get a reduced price, and it’s free on certain nights for customers under 21.
You will find a towel in your locker which you wear around the sauna. I always bring shorts to wear in the gym if I intend to work out, but you could also wear your towel there.
On the first floor there’s a nice pool area with exotic décor, a large Jacuzzi, and a large steam room which gets a lot of action. There’s also a smaller dry sauna and some showers.
Upstairs is a large cruising area with very clean private rooms that lock. They have naked zones on certain nights in this section, and also naked zones in the Jacuzzi/steam room area on specific nights.
They also have foam parties and other events at Chakran. Check out their website for more information.
The other large Bangkok gay sauna well worth a visit is Farose II in the Ramkhamhaeng Road area, off soi 21. The originally Farose is still open in the Saphan Kwai area of Bangkok. Farose II is a newer and nicer facility, but Farose I does have large sections which are naked zones with a lot of action.
Farose II would be a great venue if they’d keep it cleaner. There’s a very fun dance room on the first floor, filled with cute, young Thais in underwear (this is one of the few saunas where underwear is worn rather than towels). The dance room gets busier the later the hour, starting around 11 p.m.
The crowd also tends to get cuter and younger the later it gets, with a lot of go-go boys arriving around 2 a.m. for some hot action. There’s also a karaoke room on the first floor, and a pool outside beside a nice cruising jungle area. Also by the pool is another building which is quite dark for play.
The second floor of Farose II is a cruising area with rooms that lock, and some dark areas for encounters. The third floor is the naked zone, which also has rooms to take someone you meet. The fourth floor is a rooftop area with nice views and free Thai food.
The general lack of cleanliness is the worst thing about this place. Its biggest plus is the plethora of cute, youngish Thais who frequent it. You’ll rarely see a foreigner here, and a surprising number of the Thais will play with you. I’ve found it much easier to hook up with a Thai here than at Chakran where the crowd tends to be more upscale.