Monday, 21 September 2015

Bangkok gay saunas update Sep 2015

Bangkok gay saunas update Sep 2015

The gay sauna scene changes quickly, from 27 down to 24 since my last report. http://christianpfc.blogspot.com/2015/03/bangkok-gay-saunas-update.html (Closed: Fab former Bangkok Ten, Out former Sukhothai, d.blu now diblu hostel.)

For current information see here as well: http://www.travelgayasia.com/bangkok-gay-saunas/ 

List of currently operating gay saunas with websites (only own website or facebook, not counting entries on other websites) in blocks of five:

Babylon (Sathorn) http://www.babylonbangkok.com/en/facilities/facilities-sauna 
Beach Resort (Sukhumvit Soi 71) http://www.thebeach-g-thailand.com/thebeachresort.html 
Chakran (BTS Ari, Soi Ari) http://www.chakransauna.net/
Cruising (Pahonyothin opposite Major Cineplex Ratchayothin) http://www.saunabangkok.com/index.php (with Dejavu)
http://cruisingsauna.com/
Dejavu (Ladprao Soi 122) http://www.gthai.net/dejavu/ 
http://www.saunabangkok.com/index.php (with Cruising) 

Farose 1 (BTS Saphan Kwai, Pradipat Soi 19) http://www.farosesaunabkk.com/cont_ram.html
Farose 2 (Ramkhamhaeng Soi 21) http://www.farosesaunabkk.com/index_eng.htm
Grey Gymnastics (Soi Ronachai 2 near Samsen railway station) https://www.facebook.com/pages/GG-Sauna/712815285398351
Heaven (Silom / Mahesak) http://heavensauna.com/
Macho (Borommaratchachonnani Soi 15 behind Central Pinklao) http://gthai.net/machosaunagay/
https://www.facebook.com/saunamacho1 

Male Box (Rama II Soi 52 next to Central Rama II, opposite Big C and HomePro) no website
Mania (Silom Soi Convent) http://www.saunamania.net/ 
Men Factory (Silom Soi 2/1) http://mfsauna.com/
https://www.facebook.com/menfactory
Mind (Sukhumvit Soi 48) http://www.mindsaunaformen.com/ 
(update 28jan2017: website turned into advertising)
M-Place (Tiwanon Road Nonthaburi) www.mplace4men.com 

Muffil (Ladprao Soi 113) no website
Phoenix (former EDOK, Taksin road Soi LG near Soi 14)
http://www.phoenixsauna.net/ 
Pumarin (near Zeer Rangsit) http://www.thepumarin.com/sauna 

R3 (Ratchada Soi 3) http://www.r3sauna.com/
Safe House (Sukhumvit 78) http://www.gthai.net/safehouse/
Seed (near Ramhamhaeng University) no website
39 underground (Pahonyothin BTS Saphan Kwai) http://www.gthai.net/39sauna/new.html 

The following table lists my preliminary final findings. Work in progress. Readers are welcome to submit data to fill the blanks or to argue about my assessments.

Distance by air in km from Malaysia hotel with indication of direction.

Entry price in Baht for weekdays and medium age (price can vary: young/old, weekday/weekend, early/late, special events, membership). Price in brackets is the price I paid, but it might be weekend price, will check for weekday price.

Opening times on weekdays (in 24 hour format, minutes omitted in case of full hour).

Towel quality. Chakran gets downgraded from good to soso in towel because they have “small towel” days. Same for Sauna Mania, different towel size on different days.

Food or Drink available. M-Place had free guava (as long as lasts, about 30 minutes) on two visits, Male Box and 39 underground have free cookies. Farose 2 has free buffet and free drinks (soft drinks and whisky), Babylon, Chakran and Heaven have a restaurant (abbreviated rst in table), most have free drinking water.

Size of sauna. Small, medium or large by my estimation of square meters.

Pool or Jacuzzi. Farose 2 sauna has a pool, but I have only once in over 10 visits seen someone using it. (Jacuzzi) means there is a Jacuzzi, but it was not in operation when I visited.

Access. Ease of accessibility by public transport (walking distance from from MRT/BTS/bus, NOT distance from central Bangkok), signage and is there anything else around? 39 underground gets good because easily accessible from BTS and food stall and massage parlors around. Muffil gets poor because long walk from bus stop and nothing else around. R3 gets soso despite walking distance to MRT because you have to follow detailed instructions to find it.

I could add condom/lube/poppers to indicate availability of these items. Any suggestions what else to add? 

No entry means data not available on internet and I haven’t been or I don’t remember.
 

Distance
Price
Open
Towel
Food/Drink
Size
Pool
Access
Babylon
0.5 W
230
10:30-22:30
good
rst/water
big
yes
good
BeachR
5.8 E
99
15-6


big
yes
soso
Chakran
6.7 N
230
15-23:30
soso
rst/water
big
yes
soso
Cruising
12.3 N
130
16-2
soso
no/free
medium
no
good
Dejavu
10.4 NE
140
16-2
soso
no/free
medium
Jacuzzi
soso
Farose1
7.9 N


poor
free/free
medium
no
soso
Farose2
7.9 NE
(170)
15-6
soso
free/free
big
(yes)
poor
GreyGym
6.4 NW
170

good
rst/
small
no
soso
Heaven
2.9 W
150
13-23:30
good
rst/water
medium
Jacuzzi
soso
Macho

140
14-1





MaleBox
13.4 W
(200)

soso
(free)/yes
small
(Jacuzzi)
good
Mania
1.5 W
200
15-6
soso
no/water
medium
no
good
MenFac
1.5 W
150
14-6
poor
free/
medium
no
good
Mind
5.2 E
140
15-24
soso
no/water
medium
no
good
M-Place
15.1 N
100
15-23
good
(free)/free
small
no
poor
Muffil
11.5 NE
140
14-
poor

medium
(Jacuzzi)
poor
Orion

160
14-1





Paradise
14.8 N
140
14-2
poor
/free
medium
Jacuzzi
soso
Phoenix
6.2 W
120
17-24


small
no
good
Pumarin
27.8 N
160
16-24


medium
Jacuzzi
poor
R3
4.6 NE
160
throughout

no/water
medium
Jacuzzi
soso
SafeHouse
9.4 SE
99
19-1
good
no/pay
small
no
poor
Seed
9.3 NE
100
12-6
soso
pay/pay
small
no
soso
39underg
7.9 N
160


(yes)/water
big
no
good


M-Place is in Nonthaburi province, Pumarin is in Pathum Thani province, Safe House in Samut Prakan province, but all filed under Bangkok because they are easily accessible from Bangkok.

There are 8 saunas elsewhere in Thailand: Pattaya Sansuk Sauna, Chiang Mai Club One Seven and House of Male, Ubon Ratchathani Relaxing Sauna, Udon Thani UD Sauna, Hat Yai Elysium Sauna (former GL sauna) and Zeus Club, Phuket Aquarius guesthouse and sauna (and more? http://www.travelgayasia.com/phuket-gay-saunas/).

Language note for those who didn’t notice:
preliminary final results is an oxymoron.
Soso should be so-so, but as soso it has two o like good and poor and fits better.

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