Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai

Guide to Gay Friendly Hotels in Chiang Rai Thailand (2023 Updated)


Generally speaking, well known hotels &  resorts in the Chiang Rai are welcoming towards all LGBTQ couples and most of the 4 & 5* hotels are gay friendly Chiang Rai.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in Thailand may face legal challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents.Both male and female same-sex sexual activity are legal in Thailand, but same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for the same legal protections available to opposite-sex couples. About eight percent of the Thai population, five million people, are thought to be in the LGBT demographic.

Chiang Rai is a city in northern Thailand, in the mountainous province of the same name. They city is near the borders of Laos and Myanmar (formerly Burma). Wat Phra Kaew is a royal temple that once housed the jade Emerald Buddha and now displays a replica. Nearby, the Navel City Pillar is a monument made of more than 100 Khmer-style pillars. Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park is a museum showcasing Lanna artifacts.

 Top attractions to visit in Chiang Rai?

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1. The North Hotel 3* – Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai


The North Hotel
The North Hotel

Situated in Chiang Rai, within 300 m of Old Bus Station and 600 m of Clock Tower Chiang Rai, The North Hotel features accommodation with a garden and free WiFi throughout the property as well as free private parking for guests who drive. Boasting a terrace, this property is located a short distance from Chiang Rai Saturday Night Walking Street, Statue of King Mengrai and Wat Pra Sing. The accommodation provides valet parking, a tour desk and luggage storage for guests.

Central Plaza ChiangRai is 3.1 km from the hotel, while Wat Rong Khun – The White Temple is 13 km from the property. The nearest airport is Chiang Rai International Airport, 9 km from The North Hotel.

The North Hotel is a small, family-and-friends-run hotel in the city centre of Chiang Rai. We aim at giving our guests good quality and personal service for a reasonable price. We are centrally located in a quiet street with the bus station and The Night Bazaar in one end, and Sirikorn [silikon] Market, the fruit and flower market on the other. We are also within walking distance from everywhere in downtown Chiang Rai.

Locally Owned and Operated. This hotel is nestled in a Great location, if you want to be close to everything. It is a quiet, clean and nicely run property. It’s not a 5 Star property but neither is its price.

Our room was clean and quiet. The location was right by the night market. I found the price we paid more than fair. Don’t stay here if you are planning to spend your vacation in the room. This is a place where you get a good night’s sleep, rest and hot shower. Our room was a third floor walk up. keep this in mind if you have issues with stairs. Leave your shoes in the rack at the bottom of the stairs. The hotel washed our clothes for a small fee. Picture tube tv was a little old school but the air conditioning worked fine.

The proximity to the bus station and the night market/bazaar made the North Hotel our first choice. There is air con & a fridge in each room. Clean sheets & towels. We would absolutely stay here again.

Great location – a minute or two to the night market and bus station in Chiang Rai.

We paid very little to stay here in a private twin room with AC. AC was over one of the beds, so if left on overnight, AC is blasting into your face. My friend did not have an issue with this, but others might. The beds are hard/thin and the pillows are very lumpy – I’ve never seen pillows so lumpy!

There is a fridge in the room. We did not have access to the balcony from our room but did see that other guests did – appears that the queen/double rooms are larger than the twin rooms. Wifi available.

The location of the North Hotel honestly couldn’t have been better, prime location for night markets in particular! The house cat is friendly and clean although will sometimes venture into the dorm rooms in particular so keep the door closed! Slightly unsettling at first when we discovered there was no lock for our dorm room, so keep that in mind while booking it. We didn’t worry about this too much though as we felt safe leaving our bags there. Anyone who climbs up all those stairs deserves to rob us if I’m honest. Our room was clean, although smelt of sulphur all the time, this wasn’t really an issue however as it was the case everywhere in Thailand. Stay at the North if you’re wanting a good location with clean rooms, but don’t ask the staff to help you out with organisation as the language barrier will prove to be an issue, instead go to a tour office where they can translate properly. Great location

Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai
Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai

How much does a room costs at The North Hotel?

Prices start 15 $/night for Standard Double Room.

This double room features a balcony and air conditioning

Where to book online – The North Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai you can find the best hotels deals in Chiang Mai during Lantern Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Chiang Mai on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.



2. The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa 4* – Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai


The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa
The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa

Situated along the banks of Mae Kok River, The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa features Thai Lanna architecture, panoramic views of the hills, mountains and river, an outdoor infinity pool with massage jets, as well as 3 on-site restaurants. Guests can enjoy free WiFi in all areas, and private parking. There is van transfer service to Night Bazaar and the walking street on Saturdays and Sundays.

Each spacious studio and villa are fitted with an open living room with large windows that open out to view of the river or garden, and an outdoor bathroom with natural stone tiles. Other amenities include a personal safe, mini stereo, DVD/CD Player, and satellite TV. A tea/coffee maker, minibar and hairdryer are provided.

The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa also features the Chiang Saen Spa which boasts both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, and a well-equipped fitness room.

Location:The Legend Chiang Rai is located directly on the Mae Kok River, secluded from the city, yet within 5 minutes driving distance from the city center. The immediate environment is relatively undeveloped providing a tranquil, natural location ideal for a river resort & spa. The property gives a panoramic view to the near-by hills and mountains. The riverside across is largely undeveloped and preserved with large rain trees and lush vegetation.Accommodation:The resort features studios and villas offering king size or queen/single beds, designed to allow for maximum connection with the environment, opening up to nature – yet providing uncompromising comfort.

Nestled in 5 acres of riverside nature and with no building taller than a tree, The Legend has been uniquely designed to fit into and around its natural environment – not displace it.
With so many beautiful trees, plants and visiting birds it is hard to appreciate that we are still within walking distance of the Night Bazaar and the centre of town.

There are many things to come very shortly – our weekly Hill Tribe Market in the square at the front of the Hotel, our monthly Sunday Afternoon Tea at The Legend (complete with “real” English scones and strawberry jam) our new Dining Terrace and Bar / Library and shortly we will be introducing optional Trishaw Transfers to The Night Bazaar. We also have plans to produce our own honey for use in our restaurants and to bottle and sell it as a unique souvenir of a stay at The Legend.

Our aim is to get people to come and stay for a break at The Legend, not just stay with us overnight on a tour of Northern Thailand, so we are looking at many different ways to enhance a stay at The Legend.


Walking through the grounds we appreciated the lights and lanterns in the trees.
The hotel was a peaceful oasis in the city, in fact it was hard to believe you were actually close to the city centre.

Our room was large with a separate seating area and a terrace outside. The bathroom had a large Jacuzzi bath and the toilet was in a separate room. The bed was very comfortable. There were a lot of mosquitos inside the room but this was hardly surprising because of the gardens and the hotel’s proximity to the river. Possibly the doors had been left open before we checked in. Mosquito repellent was provided in the room.

There’s not much to do in Chiang Rai other than relax but there is the night market which is very tatty and the weekend food market. Bt 100 will get you a taxi to the large shopping mall which has an excellent range of places to eat as well as shops.

The most striking thing about The Legend is the gorgeous setting and the magnificent gardens. We loved the low key feel and the personal, friendly approach of the staff.
Our room was very spacious (especially the bathroom) and we appreciated the entrance area where you could put your luggage and where there was ample wardrobe space.

We had no trouble with mosquitos and had no need to use the mosquito netting over the bed. The air conditioning worked well but most nights we only needed the fans to keep cool.

This was our favorite out of the four places we ended up staying at in Thailand. The atmosphere was secluded and the Lanna architecture style was beautiful. The breakfast was free and the waitstaff was very attentive. It is located by the river, and about a mile walk to the main part of town. It also has a free shuttle bus to take you to the night market. I would highly recommend staying here if you need a place to get away

LGBT Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai
LGBT Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai

How much does a room costs at The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa?

Prices start 79 $/night for Deluxe Double. The One-Bedroom Pool Villa is  174$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This large villa features a canopy bed, large riverfront patio and private swimming pool.

Where to book online – The Legend Chiang Rai Boutique River Resort & Spa – LGBT Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai you can find the best hotels deals in Chiang Mai during Lantern Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Chiang Mai on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.


3. Mora Boutique Hotel 5* – Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rao


Mora Boutique Hotel
Mora Boutique Hotel

Situated in Chiang Rai, 600 m from Chiang Rai Saturday Night Walking Street, Mora Boutique Hotel features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, free bikes and an outdoor swimming pool. Among the various facilities of this property are a fitness centre, a bar and a garden. The accommodation provides a 24-hour front desk, room service and currency exchange for guests.

All rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a fridge, a kettle, a hot tub, a hairdryer and a desk. With a private bathroom fitted with a shower and free toiletries, rooms at the hotel also feature free WiFi. Guest rooms at Mora Boutique Hotel are equipped with a seating area.

Buffet and à la carte breakfast options are available each morning at the accommodation.

This stylish and boutique hotel is located in the heart of Chiang Rai. The Romantic and Relaxation atmosphere would comfort the guest to be unforgettable experience.

Centrally located in Chiang Rai, close to cafes and access to everything Northern Thailand has to offer.

The rooms are large, with a small living room area, and fabulous bathroom!! There is a balcony off the bedroom, our rooms face the pool, which offers a lovely view. Bed is soft, which is unusual in Asia. Smart tv in the bedroom means you can access Netflix and YouTube.

Food is served on the rooftop, by the pool, and in the downstairs restaurant. Breakfast is included and has many options. We had one meal here which was delicious! Definitely stay in for at least one meal while staying at the Mora.

Staff are friendly and attentive. They help arrange tuk tuk to get around town and can organize tours if desired. There is a spa on site, however we did not use the spa.

The hotel has so many unique advantages that we’re afraid they will raise their rates before we can come back again. All of the staff are unusually friendly and helpful. They have a concrete free parking area with convenient free spaces for guests with cars. The hotel is within 15 minutes walking distance of the night market. Their own restaurant, Chompor, is very good with lovely and interesting decorations, and it doubles as the breakfast area.

The pool is quite large. They have a washing machine and two dryers. They have a free afternoon tea from 1 to 5 pm on the top floor with light snacks. We found it singularly uncrowded when we visited the tea at 3 pm on two afternoons. The breakfast includes a buffet of interesting dishes and a menu of hot items, and there is ample space both inside and outside so you will always find a table, even at peak breakfast hours. Guests can drink the juice and soft drinks that are replenished every day in the minibar, and the hotel provides free munchies like banana chips. The bathtub is located against the windows so you can enjoy the view while soaking.

The shower and toilet are in separate glassed-off rooms. The well-cleaned bedroom and sitting room are decorated in northern Thai style with bare walls and ersatz wooden floors. They provide free transport to the night market. The hotel has 7 floors and an elevator. They wouldn’t reveal the recipe for their welcome drink, probably because it is so exceptionally refreshing. The free wi-fi doesn’t require frequent log-in, and it’s available throughout the hotel.

This hotel is one of the most beautiful hotels we have stayed in for a long time. It is indeed a boutique hotel with many luxuries. It is fairly central location to be able to walk to places like the night bazaar but the hotel also does free shuttles every half hour to the clock tower or night market. They also offer a free shuttle back to the airport which was very welcome. Free map to get around and bicycles. All of the temples etc are within easy reach and they can arrange a car for the day to take you around.

The reception, check in and staff are exceptional. They are probably one of the friendliest and most helpful groups of staff we have encountered. The rooms are very spacious with a very comfortable bed, a separate sitting area, wonderful bathroom with bath and separate shower, and good sized balcony. It is immaculate. The toiletries are gorgeous and there are complimentary extras in the room such as dried banana and mango and soft drinks. There is a coffee machine and some fruit provided on arrival.

A huge bonus is the laundry facilities – washing machine, dryers and washing powder/fabric conditioner- such a god send.

The hotel also has a lovely pool with comfy loungers, gym and spa. The roof top bar is a lovely area to enjoy a cocktail during happy hour whilst watching the sun set. The food is very good and reasonable and the breakfast has great choice and served with good quality items. There is complimentary afternoon tea on the rooftop with tea/coffee and small desserts.

I would return to this hotel in a heartbeat and is a far better choice than any of the larger, lifeless choices that we also looked at.

Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai
Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai

How much does a room costs at Mora Boutique Hotel?

Prices start 116 $/night for Deluxe Double Room. The Deluxe Suite is  149$/room per night with breakfast included – if coming on a honeymoon this is the perfect choice for gay couples.

This double room has a balcony, seating area and flat-screen TV.

Where to book online – Mora Boutique Hotel – Gay Friendly Hotels Chiang Rai you can find the best hotels deals in Chiang Mai during Lantern Festival  which is celebrated with much enthusiasm in Chiang Mai on or and see more reviews on TripAdvisor.

by Sorin

Sorin is a freelance travel writer. He is an experienced travel writer and traveller. Since 2012 he explored more than 60 countries on 4 continents: Asia, Europe, Africa and North America. Currently is based in Romania after spending the last 7 years in Myanmar.