Kerrie Hui in timeout.com.hk looks forward to the most colorful LGBT events of the next few months.
Sail around Southeast Asia in the Seabourn Odyssey with 450 other revelers on a gay cruise from Bali to Singapore is one such event.
Between March 15 and 25, gay people will be able to enjoy an immersive experience, with chances to explore beautiful seaside areas while making new friends.
Beginning in the small village of Tanjung Benoa in Bali, with its white sandy beaches and watersports, guests will be able to then climb aboard and see more of what Bali has to offer by spending a day in Celukan Bawang, Surabaya and Semarang before heading out to sea towards Kuala Lumpur.
Out on the deep blue, there will be plenty of activities to enjoy like windsurfing and waterskiing.
After Malaysia, you head towards beautiful Phuket, Thailand, for two days, before ending the trip in Singapore.
The Songkran Thai New Year will bring about another wet if not colorful party in Bangkok. According to tradition, it’s New Year’s Day in Thailand on April 13. So, for three days, the country washes away any bad luck left over from the previous year with water. Gallons of it in the form of high intensity water fights with water balloons and water guns.
Festivities begin early in Chiang Mai or on the pristine beaches at Phuket, where there is a procession of the Phra Buddha Sihing and a floral parade around Patong Beach.
Then prepare there is the Songkran Gay Circuit Party in Bangkok between April 11 and 13. There are plenty of LGBT parties going down, like the opening event, Fairy Tale, which is followed by the main party, Cybertron, on April 12 before the closing party, Amazonia, next day.
There are also two big daytime pool parties organized to make it the biggest gay party in Asia, says timeout.com.hk.
In Japan there is the Tokyo’s Rainbow Week between April 26 and May 6. The week is dedicated to providing greater awareness of the issues surrounding sexual minorities in Japan, as well as opportunities to party with more than 20 colorful events scheduled.
There are other gay parties scenes in Asia like the Shanghai Pride from June 13 to 21. Starting in 2009, this fest is the baby of all the Asian Prides – but still packed with activities.
With art and photo exhibitions, a ‘Pride Run’ on June 15, film and trivia nights, barbecues and a closing party, there’s still plenty to celebrate, says timeout.com.hk.
Finally, in Seoul there is the Queer Culture Festival. Dates are still to be confirmed but expect it to in June. This is South Korea’s largest celebration of homosexuality, with a film festival and plenty of Pride parties happening on top of aptly named Homo Hill.
Check out the Songkran Gay Circuit Party promotion video of last year: