Explained: Why Tourists From China Are Being Drawn To Thailand’s LGBTQ+ Community

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09/12/2023

Thailand has established itself as a welcoming refuge for the LGBTQ+ community. Thailand is well-known for its beautiful beaches, extensive cultural heritage, and exciting nightlife. In recent years, an increasing number of LGBTQ+ tourists from China have started travelling to Thailand to celebrate and embrace who they truly are in a welcoming environment. Here we examine the causes of this trend and its effects on the LGBTQ+ population in Thailand and China. Xinyu Wen visited Thailand in June and organised her two-week trip around the Pride celebration in Bangkok. Instead, the 28-year-old stayed for a month and a half because her participation in the march sparked conversations and new understandings in the booming LBGTQ+ community in the Thai capital.

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