Update 2020 CoVid-19
Amazing Thailand is open, IF you are in the country already. Domestic flights are cheap. Expats and Thais are travelling up and down the country trying to make up for lost International tourism. We are still waiting for news about when Thailand will open the borders for International flights and a possible new long stay visa.
The gay scene in Phuket in Paradise complex is at the moment limited to the new Zig club. Phuket Gay Homestay is open and accepts booking from phuketgayhomestay.com
From 1 April Phuket went from high season busy to a total lockdown and shelter at home was the law. All tourists gone, airport, hotels and beaches closed and serious travel restrictions imposed. For a destination living totally from tourism this was of course totally devastation.
The build of Phuket international tourism has been an ongoing for the last 40 years and it stopped in just 1 day.
We don’t know when things are going back to normal or more likely a new normal. There are several news sites in English for Phuket. The latest updates are to be found here.