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Out Globetrotter: Benjamin Solomon in Thailand

Gay Thailand - Chiang Mai temple - Benjamin Solomon Out Globetrotter

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Who: Benjamin Solomon, Editor-in-Chief of Next Magazine

Where I Went: Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Koh Samui in Thailand

What I Did: Celebrated Songkran Festival (Traditional Thai New Year turned giant wet T-shirt contest) with locals in the inner city of the country's religious and cultural capital, Chiang Mai; rode a private boat through the sprawling Angthong National Marine Park for hiking on giant limestone karsts, snorkeling and private beach exploring; climbed to the hill-top temple Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep to be blessed by a Buddhist monk; partied till dawn in Silom.

What I Recommend: Explore the sprawling traditional markets in Chiang Mai and sample divisive local delicacies like fish-covered sticky rice, durian and century eggs; a shopping spree in one of Bangkok's high-end malls, like the travel themed Terminal 5, which houses local artisans and fashion designers next to international brands; launch traditional lanterns into the sky from the secluded beaches of Koh Samui while sampling traditional Thai whiskey; dance all night on the beach with thousands of Aussie tourists during the Full Moon party; search for treasures in the amulet market in Bangkok.

Where I Stayed: The lush and isolated Four Seasons Chiang Mai, the Four Seasons Koh Samui's sprawling and stunning mountainside beach resort, and the Sofitel's peculiar new design hotel, So Bangkok.

What I Wore: Polo by Ralph Lauren Men's Sander boat shoes; New Era Authentic Collection 59Fifty New York Yankees cap; Brooklyn Industries Marauder Water Resistant Nylon Backpack

What I Ate: Fried worms; durian fruit; Thai Fish with Three Flavour Sauce; Lap mu; mango with sticky rice; Spicy Papaya Salad; street vendor corn; fresh strawberries with cayenne pepper and sugar; mee grob

What I Skipped: Wat Phra Kaew/ Grand Palace (opt instead for the free and if-not-more stunning Wat Arun just across the river); elephant rides

What I Loved: Hanging backstage with the ladyboys at Starz Cabaret in Samui; Shopping with a local in the bustling Thai Markets; traditional washing of the hands and feet with local women during Songkran; the superstitious and wacky ways in which to make monetary offerings at the Buddist temples; traditional clothed Thai stretching massage

Street scenes during Songkran


Gay Thailand - Chang Mai temple 2

Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Gay Thailand - Bangkok Amulet market

Old men inspect tiny wooden carvings at the Bangkok Amulet Market

Gay Thailand - Ben on an OX

Benjamin rides a water buffalo on the grounds of the Four Seasons Chiang Mai, which features real rice patties

Gay Thailand - Worms

Worms! Snacktime in Chiang Mai

Gay Thailand - Wat Arun

View down the steeps stairs of Wat Arun in Bangkok

Gay Thailand - Starz cabaret Koh Samui

Ladyboys at Starz Cabaret in Koh Samui

Gay Thailand - Four Seasons Koh Samui

A tub with a view at the Four Seasons Koh Samui

Gay Thailand - Flowers

Handsewn flower garlands are everywhere during Songkran

Gay Thailand - Dancing Girls

Girls perform acts of extreme flexibility at the gates to Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep

Gay Thailand - Chiang Mai Cooking School

Learning how to cook traditional Thai recipes at the Four Seasons Chiang Mai

Gay Thailand - Century Egg

 Our market guide shows off the repulsive century egg

Gay Thailand - Buddhist blessing

Buddhist monks bless the staff and guests during the Thai New Year at the Four Seasons Bangkok

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