Thailand, long known for its breathtaking landscapes and warm hospitality, has also become a beacon of progress for LGBTQ+ rights in Asia as of late. With the country’s parliament passing a landmark marriage equality bill that would legalise same-sex marriage, Thailand has taken another important step toward embracing and celebrating love in all its forms. The country is widely expected to become the only Southeast Asian country to recognise same-sex unions by the end of 2024.

While the historic bill is making its way through Thailand’s legislative process, a revolution of love is already unfolding in the bustling streets of Bangkok and the tranquil beaches of Phuket. Thanks to Thailand’s progressive stance, the country’s top resort and urban destinations are increasingly becoming the top choice for LGBTQ+ travellers looking for a place where their love is celebrated.


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As Thailand gears up to become a pioneer for LGBTQ+ rights in Southeast Asia, there’s never been a better time to experience its rich culture and warm hospitality. Whether you prefer the serenity of its northern hills, Bangkok’s electrifying nightlight, or idyllic southern islands, every couple can find their perfect destination in the Land of Smiles. 

Avani+ Samui, a luxury resort, is celebrating the landmark decision with a new Pride promotion: Love & Liberty: Samui Edition, for those pining for a romantic getaway. In addition to a myriad of luxury perks on-site, the resort offers complimentary transportation to the nearby Seen Beach Club, where the party never stops. The resort team is also on hand to arrange kayaking and paddle-boarding expeditions into the mangroves for sightings of local wildlife and a bit of alfresco exercise.


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For a taste of local culture, board a traditional longtail boat for a romantic afternoon island-hopping and soaking up Samui’s generous sun. You will start off snorkelling or diving off the coast of the tiny, white-sand Koh Tan Island, followed by sunbathing, swimming, and selfies with adorable resident water pigs at Koh Madsum. 

For anyone who wants to be a part of Thailand’s beautiful journey toward equality—as the country finds itself on the cusp of a major cultural change—now is the time to visit the Land of Smiles and experience firsthand the vibrant spirit of inclusivity that Thailand radiates. Whether you’re basking in the sun on a secluded beach, exploring the rich cultural tapestry of the cities, or simply enjoying the company of your loved one in a setting that respects and honours your bond, Thailand offers a warm welcome to all.