The first Phuket Pride event was held in 1999. Ulf from Sweden had the year before started Connect Guesthouse in the middle of the Gay area of Paradise Complex in Patong. At that time there was not much of cooperation between the LGBT operated businesses in Phuket and many didn’t even know about others existence. Ulf had been a regular tourist in Thailand and Phuket since 1984 and he was involved in events in Sweden even before they were called Pride. With a motorcycle and a map he started to catalogue places of LGBT interest and it resulted in the first listing of gay venues on a Internet and Connect became the starting ground for the first Phuket Gay Pride.
Meetings were held. Daeng from the famous Boat Bar was elected the first president for the first ever Phuket Gay Pride in 1999. It was an immediate success. The big happening was the Gay Pride Parade. For the first time the beach in Patong was empty on a sunny day in the high season. Everybody was at the beach road looking at the parade.
The second Phuket Gay Pride .
For the 3rd Pride event it was decided to change the date from February to September.