An Must-visit Gay-owned Restaurant in Phuket, Thailand

7 09 2017
Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in Phuket, ThailandGay Phuket update: Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in Phuket, Thailand is a class act from start to finish. The sumptuous dining space, superb service by host Corry and the culinary distinction of Chef Marc are usually hallmarks of the finest European Michelin Star restaurants. Their exquisite home by day and restaurant by night, with only six tables, lavishly set with fine French napery, antique silver cutlery and elaborate glassware, could only be described as distinguished opulence.

On arrival we enjoyed the sultry sounds of famous French divas while sipping pre-dinner champagne cocktails in the tropical pool garden before being served an amuse bouche of mushroom cappuccino.

The menu varies throughout the year. An appetiser of large plump scallops fried in ginger and served in a rich pumpkin soup was delectable. The house speciality, Champignons á la Madeleine, features mushrooms stuffed with a secret recipe belonging to Marc’s aunt and they are seriously delicious.

Grandmother’s Pot-au-Feu (rabbit stew) in a white wine sauce with two mustards and tarragon was a wild French treat and the sauce was so good you could have bathed in it. Canadian Lobster and fried turbot filet in lobster bouillon sauce, with coconut milk from Marc’s own garden, was also sensational.

Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineSipping French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley we studied the á la carte dessert menu. What a dilemma, everything sounded so enticing. Marc suggested the surprise dessert medley to share. How could we go wrong with a master chef in the kitchen? Luscious petit fours served on top of an ornate glass bowl containing Siamese Fighting Fish was a touch of finesse to complete a perfect dinner.

Story and photos by John Walker & Gavin Patterson, ManAboutWorld correspondents who blog here and on They visited this restaurant in Phuket and found it wonderful and quite unique. It is owned by two lovely Belgian men who packed up their European restaurant and transported it to their new home in Thailand.
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5 Reasons To Visit Thailand Now

8 02 2016
Sergio and his smile at the beach in the Land of Smiles (Thailand) and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Sergio and his smile at the beach

So many people had recommended Thailand as a great place to visit, with so many enthusiastic reviews and comments about this beautiful country and its inhabitants. I had very high expectations… and all of them were fulfilled. I just came back from a three-monts trip around Southeast Asia, and Thailand was both the first and last stop of my trip. It’s definitely a recommendable destination whatever your idea of perfect holidays is. Why you should choose Thailand then?

This report on Thailand — the Land of Smiles — was written by Sergio Scardia, the Scruffy Italian Traveler an ManAboutWorld’s latest global correspondent.

Here just five reasons to love the Land of Smiles:

  1. Are you a foodie? Tired of the boring Western food, in desperate need of a break from pizza, burgers, buns. don’t hesitate! Thai street food, with its gorgeous fresh recipes full of vegetables and natural flavours, its fresh fruit juices, amazing rice based currys… will conquer your belly, and make you feel home!
  2. Are you a party fan? Looking for big nights out, plenty of booze, music and crazy beach Sergio in the Land of Smiles (Thailand) and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineparties, or buzzing bars in the best areas of the cities, no place in the world is better than Thailand! Gay bars in Bangkok and Phuket, for example, are full of locals and visitors every night of the week, and at weekends even packed! So they are a great choice for some good fun!
  3. Are you looking for a relaxing environment, sandy tropical beaches for a honeymoon-like holidays… you will find plenty of them in Thailand! Krabi, Koh Lipe, Koh Tao are my favourite ones so far… but many more breathtaking amazing places are just waiting for you to discover them!
  4. Are you looking for some “me time”, in need of relax and meditation, to free your mind from stressful Western lives? Or for a cultural holidays, because your dream is wandering for hours around ancient temples, feeling lost in time… well, don’t think twice! You will find plenty of opportunities in Thailand!
  5. Are you interested in hiking, rafting, swimming in beautiful lakes, rivers, spending hours under natural waterfalls, looking for the most beautiful snake, butterfly, monkey, or rat to capture in your pics, as well as meeting local people in their own villages, or looking for a bit of adventure? You must definitely try Thailand!

See? In the so called Land of Smiles, you can virtually find anything you are looking for! Are you still in doubt? Plenty more pics of beautiful Thailand on my Instagram account, Should we organize a trip together? Just get in touch.

Sergio in the Land of Smiles (Thailand) and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine

Dine Around The World: Authentic Thai Comes to The Big Apple

18 10 2014

paetrioA recent New York Times article about a new, authentic Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens – Paet Rio–  seemed to both harken back to ManAboutWorld’s ‘Dine Around The World’ feature we published in our New York Takeover guide this past Spring, and look ahead to our upcoming Thailand guide. Our idea was to showcase the culinary diversity throughout New York’s five boroughs – the Poles of Greenpoint, the Russians of Brighton Beach, the Koreans of Jackson Heights, and so on – but the news of Elmhurst bursting onto the scene as NYC’s new Thai Town is welcomed news to us.

You can read all about how to Dine Around The World in New York bysubscribing here! And keep an eye out for our Thailand guide, coming soon!

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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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OUT Adventures Wants to Send You to Thailand!

6 08 2014

outthailandOUT Adventures is giving away the trip of lifetime over on their website and Facebook page!

Contestants can win a Grand Prize 10-Day luxury trip for two (including airfare!), or a 2nd place 7-day luxury hotel package. Enter now by clicking hereand learning more about the contest. (All entries will receive a $100 travel voucher.) Winners will be announced August 16.

If you’re thinking of traveling to Thailand, check out our in-depth, insider coverage of the Land of Smiles — including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, and the southern islands with their postcard-perfect beaches — in our current issue. Click here to subscribe!

Welcome To Our Newest Correspondent: Jacob Holder

8 06 2014

travelshot2Hailing from the Lone Star state, Jacob Holder’s insatiable thirst for culture and travel has led him to travel the world, living extended periods. His expertise in marketing communications has had him posted in six different countries spanning four continents.

Jacob is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian; and is currently studying Thai in Bangkok where he co-founded Taste of Thailand Food Tours, a community-led effort to serve Thai culture and tradition through culinary experiences created for tourists and other visitors. Ranked as the city’s top food tour, Taste of Thailand has received rave reviews from top-tier travel blogs and publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine.

His passions include exploring new neighborhoods and discovering culinary gems in the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok and sharing them with visitors and guests. Jacob resides with his partner in Thailand’s capital.

Follow Jacob on Twitter at @tasteofthaitour and connect with him on his website Taste of Thailand Food Tours.

Good Morning, Bangkok

27 04 2014


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 And look for our insider coverage of Thailand in an upcoming issue!

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