Gay Travel Update From Around the World

19 01 2016
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Centro Cultural Kirchner

ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine keeps you up to date on gay travel options in major global cities. ManAboutWorld’s travelin correspondents stay on top of hip things to do in a score or two of our favorite cities. Here’s their latest gay travel update.

VENICE, ITALY
In the past several years, the very gay-friendly Caffe Centrale has benefited from significant upgrades. The eccentric and modern space feels more elegant and sexy. The service is friendlier and the food, which was wonderful to begin with, is even more scrumptious. Be sure to try the beef tenderloin in Amarone wine sauce or maybe the Catalana of crustaceans (salad of grilled shellfish), but definitely order their mojito in the pot, for dessert. It’s Venice, so you can even have a gondola drop you off, or pick you up, from their canal-side dock. Now how romantic is that? — Arthur Wooten

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
If you’re in BA, check out the fabulous new Kirchner Cultural Centerwhich has already been welcoming approximately 10,000 patrons a day who walk around an ornate, turn-of-the-last-century building that has been converted into what promoters claim is the fourth-largest cultural center in the world. Best of all, everything in it is free, from video installations to comedy acts to symphony concerts and contemporary musical acts. — Pablo DeLuca (see above)

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS
The Godfrey Hotel Boston is scheduled to open early January 2016 in Boston’s much improved Downtown Crossing district, which was the primary retail area of Boston a century ago then went into a decline towards the end of the 20th century. With its central location between Boston Common and the financial district, Downtown Crossing is re-emerging with trendy new residential and commercial buildings. The hotel, situated in a gorgeously renovated building, will offer luxurious accommodations in the center of the city as well as complimentary high-speed WiFi and other perks. — Kenny Porpora

BANGKOK, THAILAND
The Accor-managed Pullman Bangkok Hotel G provides a nice option for gay travelers thanks in part to its location at Silom 188, just a few blocks away from all the action. The hotel was recently remodeled and includes an excellent breakfast. The gym could use an update, but it is sufficient. The hotel may remind you of Delano in Miami: very white, clean and modern. If you want an amazing facial treatment, make a left out of the hotel and bring that tired mug into Dahra Beauty and Spa at Silom 154 for some pampering. — City Seen correspondent, Michael Siebert  (photo below)

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Pullman Hotel G, Bangkok

NEW YORK, NY
You’ll find the Natural Gourmet Institute,a hidden gem, on the second floor of a non-descript Chelsea officebuilding, where every Friday night they set the communal tables and light the candles for a three-course vegetarian (often vegan and/or gluten-free) BYOB dinner. Prepared by the student chefs and chef instructors of NGI’s Chef Training Program, it’s a unique local experience — and very affordable at $45.Billy Kolber

TORONTO, CANADA
Rapper Drake and Restaurateur Sursur Lee opened Fring’s Restaurant, a posh, celeb-laden Asian fusion hot-spot, in September, drawing heaps of headlines and a glitzy grand opening. The clubby downtown hangout is inside the old Crush Wine Bar and is expected to be the new see-and-be-seen dinner spot, with celebrity DJs, a full bar, and menu by the renowned Lee. — Robert Sharp

For even more gay travel inspiration and trip-planning information and suggestions for destinations, tours and events download ManAboutWorld’s latest issue. Start planning your next trip now!

This was originally published in ManAboutWorld’s December issue and re-posted in Towleroad on December 18. Photos: Top: courtesy Kirchner Cultural Center; Bottom: courtesy Pullman Hotel G, Bangkok.

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#TBT: Bangkok, 1967

7 08 2014

bangkok1967If you can believe it, this is Bangkok. No flashing lights. No endless skyline. No chaos and congested traffic. This photo of Bangkok was taken in 1967, just shy of 50 years ago. In the background, you see The Democracy Monument, built in 1939 at a major traffic circle in Bangkok. There’s quite a bit more traffic these days, to say the least. (And we love the three-wheel samlor that no longer exist on the streets!)

The photo is makes us nostalgic for Bangkok, where our editor-in-chief Ed Salvato recently visited, and where we’ve always had a special relationship. It is a city that’s become one of the largest and most populated in the world. Its meteoric rise to the top of desired travel destinations is one of many reasons why we dedicated our summer issue to the great Southeast Asian country.

In our issue, we cover Bangkok along with Phuket, Koh Samui, Koh Phi Phi, Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. Click here to subscribe for our latest issue, on digital newsstands now!

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Good Morning, Bangkok

27 04 2014

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It’s going to be a hectic few days for me as I traverse Thailand, from Bangkok to Chiang Mai to Phuket to Koh Phi Phi. Here’s a photo of the stunning view from the rooftop of the Sofitel So Bangkok hotel overlooking the verdurous treetops and epic skyline just beyond. If you have any Thailand photos or stories from your travels, send them along to kenny@manaboutworld.com. And look for our insider coverage of Thailand in an upcoming issue!





Five MenAboutWorld in Bangkok

27 04 2014

maw-300x225Yes, FIVE of ManAboutWorld’s Global Correspondents came together from New York, Berlin, and beyond to meet up in Bangkok the other night to explore all that Thailand has to offer. If you’re not a subscriber, you can rectify that here to get our insider guide to Thailand – Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Koh Phi Phi – in a soon-to-be-released issue. And check out the bios of all our impressive correspondents here





We’re Heading to Thailand!

22 04 2014

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 9.12.09 AMManAboutWorld is sending me to Bangkok, Chang Mai and Phuket, Thailand to conduct research for our upcoming Thailand coverage in the magazine, in a travel guide and in our social media platforms. Over the next couple of weeks, be sure to check for my updates in this blog, as well as on FacebookTwitterInstagramTumblrGoogle+ and Pinterest. Or just subscribe to the darned magazine for heaven’s sake! 🙂 Our sure-to-be-definitive gay guide to this incredibly beautiful and gay-welcoming country is scheduled for our July/August issue. Subscribers will just tap, download, lean back, swipe and enjoy! For all others, subscribe now. For the cost of a couple of Manhattans in Manhattan you’ll have a year’s worth of the best gay travel advice on the planet.

The total distance from NYC to Bangkok is nearly 9,000 miles. My flights stops once, in Abu Dhabi.

 

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This is the second leg of the flight.





We’re Heading to Thailand!

13 04 2014

289100726_33aee6aa58_zThis is going to be a busy month of travel for the ManAboutWorld team. One of us is going to Thailand later this month. Editor in chief Ed Salvato is returning there for the second time after a couple of decades. He’ll report on the changes he observes and what’s remained the same. Is it still the land of smiles? Stay tuned for his updates here, on Twitter and our Facebook page and of course in the pages of our iPad and Android magazine. Ed will be traveling with Out-Adventures, a gay travel and tour company, co-owned and operated by Robert Sharp, one of our ManAboutWorld Global Correspondents. The gay-friendly Tourism Authority of Thailand is providing assistance for the trip and also offers LGBT trip planning resources on their site Go Thai Be Free.

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