New Guide Offers a Revealing Glimpse at Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Life in Thailand

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Utopia Guide to Gay and Lesbian Thailand Offers Local Insights to 18 Thai Cities, Including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Pattaya and Samui.

The newly published Utopia Guide to Thailand is the most comprehensive guide to contemporary gay and lesbian life in 18 Thai cities, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Samui and Pattaya.

Listed within are contact details for organizations and businesses that are popular social alternatives for both local and visiting homosexuals, including accommodation, bars, discos, spas, and restaurants. A special section of the book highlights Thai groups, clubs, and spaces that are especially welcoming for women. Hundreds of tips and warnings from actual visitors provide first hand insights for both frequent visitors and armchair explorers.

With three annual gay pride festivals and highly visible ladyboys and tomboys everywhere you look, Thailand, not Disneyland, seems to be the happiest place on Earth for gays. Yet Thai gays, lesbians, and transgenders face the same challenges to gain respect and understanding as everywhere else in the world. Still, Thailand manages to integrate gays into its everyday life, and allows tourists easy access to its refreshing live-and-let-live culture.

The Utopia Guide to Thailand provides a remarkable insider's glimpse at the vibrant, everyday life enjoyed by locals and welcoming to gay and lesbian visitors in The Land of Smiles.

The book is available for sale now in printed and electronic form at http://www.utopia-asia.com/utopiaguide and will also be available in bookstores internationally and from popular online book resellers in January.

A pioneer on the Internet, Utopia has been Asia's most popular resource for gays and lesbians since 1994. Utopia's website is located at http://www.utopia-asia.com and more information about Utopia may be found at http://www.utopia-asia.com/utopiais.htm

"These fun pages dish out the spice on even the most buttoned-up spots in Asia." -- TIME Magazine TIME Traveler

"A really good place to start looking for information... excellent coverage of gay and lesbian events and activities across Asia." -- Lonely Planet

"The leading gateway to organizing a visit is Utopia, which excels at events, insights, contacts, listings and links..." -- Time Out Bangkok

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