Phuket is the largest island in Thailand, and also the most popular with foreigners. 80% of all travelers visiting Thailand spend some, if not all, of their time on Phuket. It is located in the Andaman Sea off southern Thailand, and is mostly mountainous but has numerous find sand beaches.
The most popular tourist areas on Phuket are the beaches lining the western coast of the island: Patong, Karon, Kata, and Kata Noi. These areas have easy access to wide, long beaches, and also have Phuket’s most vibrant nightlife and cheap shopping. When Herman and I travel to Phuket, we generally stay at a tiny beach on the extreme southern end called Nai Harn Beach. There are fewer tourists there and no nightlife to speak of, but it’s a great getaway and the locals are charming. It even has a little gay section of the beach where local gay men come to frolic in the water, play volleyball, and watch the radiant sunsets.
All the festivities for the Gay Pride celebration, however, take place on Patong beach, the largest and most popular of all Phuket beaches. At Patong, most of the gay hotels are packed within a three-square-block area called Boys Town, in the Paradise Shopping Complex. But because the celebrations at Boy Town go on every night until the wee hours, during pride week, we stay at a quiet little gay B&B on the outskirts of Patong call Club One Seven: a pleasant fifteen minute stroll from all the action.
The procession files down the entire length of the beachfront street and ends at a beachside park where loud music, the great BBQ seafood, and exotic drinks flow freely all day and all night long.