The 9 BEST gay cruises in Asia for 2020

Sail away, sail away, sail away…

We all know that Enya classic – you know the one – the lyrics had you googling where the Orinoco is, checking Maps for where the Yellow Sea is and singing “from Peru to Cebu, feel the power of Babylon…from Bali to Cali For us, it's always a song we associate with cruising the oceans, exploring waters new out in the vast blue – just like Pi Patel and his tiger on board that wreck in the middle of the Pacific in the Ang Lee 2012 movie: Life of Pi.

There's nothing better than a gay cruise, especially in our favourite continent – Asia. We're always super excited to see a growing number of them popping up. We've sifted through them all and put together this comprehensive guide to the best gay cruises in Asia.

For our guide, we've split them up into two parts: the first for exclusive gay cruises and the second for cruises where there is a gay group amongst a larger charter.

PART 1: Exclusive gay cruises

01

INDONESIA: Everything to Sea naked gay cruise

17-23 April 2020*

Explore Indonesia's incredible Komodo Islands on a nude gay cruise with Everything to Sea

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $1,790
  • Dates: 17-23 April 2020*
  • Traditional wooden sailing ship with max. 12 guests
  • Itinerary: Flores- Loh Baru – Gili Lawa

Free. Honest. Fun.

Three words to describe an ‘Everything to Sea' experience.

Spend seven glorious days aboard a wooden vessel as it glides across the Flores sea waters. For this cruise, it's all about comfort – so no one is ever pressured into getting fully naked.

When you're not enjoying the freedom of body and spirit, you have the entire Indonesian archipelago to behold. Thousands of islands, big and small, surrounding you, awaiting discovery. Some are uninhabited, others are just home to an assortment of unusual creatures, especially the Komodo Dragons!

Despite it being a relatively short trip, there is a lot packed in to the itinerary, from snorkelling in the sea to hiking through the Indonesian islands. This trip allows for lots of lazy days on the beach and stargazing from the boat. It's a journey that doesn't take a lot out of you, yet gives you such an other-worldly experience.

One of the highlights has to be the trip to Namo Island, famous for its red sandy beach. The contrast of the flaming ground against the soft green mountains in the background is a picture-perfect treat. Of course, the real adventure is swimming through the Rangko cave where the crystal clear waters sparkle so brightly, you can see it light up the darkness of the cave, whilst dodging the friendly resident sea turtles.

The boat itself is super luxurious, with expansive decks to relax on, spacious cabin rooms, attentive staff and a stunning dining area. It's perfect for meeting and interacting with your fellow passengers. It's made from wood in the traditional “Bugis” style, which avoids using any nails. Bugis style boats have the ability to last forever, as long as you look after and preserve them well – leave them to neglect and they begin to rot (kind of like our Seby on a grumpy day…).

*Other dates available in 2020: April 27-30, June 12-18, June 22-25, July 17-23, July 11-15, August 14-20, August 24-27, September 18-24, Sept 28-Oct 1, November 2-5

Everything To Sea is offering our readers an exclusive 5% discount valid for any cruise booked on their website. Just use the coupon code SAILNOMADICBOYS at checkout.

02

VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA: Brand G Jewels of Vietnam and Cambodia

15 – 27 October 2020

Brand G's gay cruise through Cambodia and Vietnam is a luxurious way to explore these two countries

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $5,199
  • Dates: October 15th – 27th, 2020
  • Luxury river cruise ship with max. 68 guests
  • Itinerary: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City

Two countries.

Two cultures.

Two new adventures to tick off the bucket list.

Seeing Vietnam and Cambodia had always been a pipe dream for both of us. So when we got to explore these beautiful nations, it would be an understatement to say we were super excited!

Spending 13 days across Vietnam and Cambodia allows you to get an in-depth and comprehensive flavour of each country. The trip starts with a 3-night stay in a luxury hotel in Siem Reap before embarking on the cruise. The cruise itself is 7 nights aboard a luxurious ship, complete with delicious meals, an incredible gym and plenty of space to lounge around. The final two days are spent in a hotel in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon).

The ship's design takes after the French colonial era, with a sophisticated and comfortable interior. Plush seating, spiralling staircases and wide-open spaces are to be found within. As for the trip itself? Highlights include visiting seaside towns like Long Khanh Island. Stopovers allow you to wander around the markets, try out the different local food and buy a few souvenirs.

The excursion to Phnom Penh is a surprise highlight. It has a fantastic gay scene we had no idea about. We also recommend visiting the Killing Fields (Choeung Ek). It's an extremely harrowing experience, but one we think everyone should undertake and learn about some of Cambodia's darkest days. We also love the gay scene of Saigon and highly recommend checking out some of the bars and clubs here on your final 2 days of this trip.

BrandG is offering our readers an exclusive 5% discount for this cruise. Click the button below to check availabilty and prices.

Fill out this form to check availability and get a 5% discount for the BrandG Jewels of Vietnam and Cambodia gay cruise.

You can also contact BrandG directly, but don't forget to mention the promo code NOMADICBG at checkout to get your 5% discount off the total price.

03

THAILAND: GaySail Exclusive Catamaran Cruise

24 – 31 December 2019

Experience the stunning islands of Thailand on this clothing optional gay cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from €1,895
  • Dates: December 24th – 31st, 2019
  • 2 luxury catamarans with max. 10 guests on each
  • Itinerary: Phuket – Ko Phi Phi – Patong

GaySail is a fabulous company that creates some of the best LGBTQ sailing experiences.

Climb aboard the 40ft lagoon catamaran and forget all your troubles. The crew are waiting to make this holiday one you'll never forget.

Each cruise generally sails with just 20 gay guys, so you quickly become a tight close-knit family, and usually lifelong friends.

Though each cabin has two men per room, we recommend going with a partner. That is unless you're comfortable sharing with a stranger – you never know, it could lead to a lifelong friendship or more!

This cruise is based in and around the famous south-west islands of Thailand, including Phuket (which has an airport and is, therefore, the transport hub) and Phi Phi, which is famous for being the island featured in the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach”.

Highlights from this trip include rainforests, mountains, limestone pinnacles jutting out from the sea and of course, some of the best beaches we've ever been to. If like us you're into snorkelling and diving, you'll be in paradise on this trip.

Plus, you may have noticed the dates the trip sets sail on…that's right: Ho ho ho! The cruise ship team make a fantastic dinner on December 25th, so it will feel no different than being at home. Then, on New Year's, ring in midnight in Patong with a fabulous gay party!

Gay Sail is offering our readers an exclusive 5% discount valid for any cruise booked on their website. Just use the coupon code NOMADICGS5 at checkout.

04

VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA: Out Adventures Mekong River Gay Cruise

1 – 13 January 2020

Cruise down the Mekong River on Out Adventures gay trip through Vietnam and Cambodia

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $4,850
  • Dates: January 1st – 13th, 2020
  • Luxury river cruise ship with max. 44 guests
  • Itinerary: Siem Reap – Ho Chi Minh City

Ring in the year 2020 with a fabulous gay cruise in Asia! We say “why not!”

Out Adventures' Mekong River Gay Cruise is another favourite that also takes in two of our favourite countries in SE Asia: Vietnam known for having the best food in the world (we're totally subjective about that comment), and Cambodia – think Lara Croft nature and temples around Angkor Wat…

Both countries are super gay friendly, each with gay scenes and large LGBTQ communities in Siem Reap + Phnom Penh (Cambodia), and Ho Chi Minh City + Hanoi (Vietnam).

The gay cruise itself stretches across 13 glamorous days. You'll be snickering at the thought of all your pals freezing in the miserable January cold back home. After all, this is the only way to get over the post-Christmas blues.

We particularly love the idea of the pot-making class in Ben Tre. If you're old enough, you'll also want to recreate that Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore moment from the movie: Ghost.

This cruise also gives you the chance to sail on sampans (flat-bottomed boats) through the lush mangroves and bamboo groves of the coast. Landing at the fruit orchards, you will meet with locals who happily provide you with tea and honey. Yep, this trip sure is a treat! With a taste of the bustling cities, as well as an in-depth look at the rural countryside, you will quickly fall in love with Vietnam and Cambodia just as we did!

Out Adventures is offering our readers an exclusive $150 discount for this cruise. Click the button below to check availabilty and prices.

Fill out this form to check availability and get a $150 discount for your Out Adventures Mekong River Gay Cruise.

You can also contact OutAdventures directly, but don't forget to mention the promo code NomadicOA at checkout to get the $150 discount.

05

VIETNAM: Out Adventures Vietnam Gay Cruise and Tour

13 – 17 January 2020

Spend some time in beautiful Ha Long Bay on this incredible gay cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $2,750
  • Dates: January 13th – 17th, 2020
  • Luxury cruise ship with max. 64 guests
  • Itinerary: Hanoi – Ha Long Bay

This is a fantastic experience which is part gay cruise, part vay-cay.

It starts out in the unique limestone formations of Ha Long Bay in North Vietnam aboard a luxurious yacht.

As you sip away on a delicious cocktail, the yacht cruises along, visiting floating villages like Cua Van, where you get the chance to explore on kayaks, visit the markets and meet with fishing families.

Over the subsequent five days, the cruise continues to explore more of the Vietnamese coast with lots of activities offered on-board, like Tai Chi. Other highlights of the trip include a sightseeing tour of Hanoi, learning about how Vietnam declared its independence and how it survived the Vietnamese War.

You'll get to go on excursions to charming villages, magical grottoes and secret lakes. You can even take part in a spot of night-time squid fishing – a truly unique experience! This gay cruise can be booked as a stand-alone journey or added on to the end of the above Mekong River gay cruise if you want even more bang for your buck, as it were…

Out Adventures is offering our readers an exclusive $150 discount for this cruise. Click the button below to check availabilty and prices.

Fill out this form to check availability and get a $150 discount for your Out Adventures Vietnam Gay Cruise.

You can also contact OutAdventures directly, but don't forget to mention the promo code NomadicOA at checkout to get the $150 discount.

06

THAILAND: SaltyBoys Au Natural Sailing

21 – 28 March 2020

Explore the stunning natural beauty of Thailand on an au naturel cruise

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from € 1,195
  • Dates: March 21st – 28th, 2020
  • Luxury yacht with max. 10 guests
  • Itinerary: Phuket – Krabi – Phi Phi Don

Discover Thailand – one of the most gay friendly countries in Asia.

On this gay cruise, you'll get to experience Thailand's spectacular nature, au naturel!

The beating sun feels oh so good on the skin – you simply can't help but take off all your clothes! The beauty of this tour is that it's ideal for gay solo travellers looking to make new friends.

This gay naked cruise explores the Thai coastline such as the fabulous islands of Phang Nga Bay and the famous ‘James Bond Island'. Whilst there's no 007 to be seen out here, you'll instead get your fill of dazzling coastline views! Other highlights include Koh Hong, Railay beach, picturesque Krabi and Koh Phi Phi.

Choose between going on a yacht or boat, either one is relatively small and intimate. There are generally 10 gay guys per boat/yacht so it never feels too overcrowded. One awesome thing about this cruise is you can try your hand at sailing. Your captain (also referred to as the skipper), will happily show you the ropes and let you take charge!

PART 2: Gay groups among other cruises

Ok, ok, so I suppose the gays can't have everything… we've included some cruises that aren't exclusively LGBTQ folk, but usually comprised of a small gay group within a larger cruise. That being said, they are still a fun way to get to know other gay travellers while seeing stunning parts of the world:

07

CAMBODIA AND VIETNAM: Diva Destinations Luxury Mekong River Lesbian Cruise

1 – 13 October 2020

Lesbians can enjoy their own gay cruise with Diva Destinations down the Mekong River in Vietnam

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from £5,059
  • Dates: October 1st – 13th, 2020
  • Small gay group on a luxury river cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Ho Chi Minh City – Siem Reap

Let's hear it for the girls! After all, they just want to have fun, right?

This journey is spread across 13 days aboard the stunning Mekong Jewel – a luxury river cruise ship. It's set to make its first-ever trip at the beginning of 2020, so by the time this package comes into effect, it will still be in its youthful prime!

Meeting in Ho Chi Minh City in south Vietnam, the girls start by exploring the Ben Thanh night market – a mix of stalls selling homemade art and delicious cuisine. The cruise itself is jampacked with markets in fact, it even includes one that floats on a river. While later sitting atop the Mekong river, locals from the towns of Vinh Long and Cai Be take to the waters to present their treats and goods to you from their own small boats.

Another highlight of the trip to look forward to is Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia. Despite decades of political hardships, the citizens are still smiling and welcoming towards any new faces. Its charming spirit is truly infectious and you will quickly fall for the delicate architecture and quaint facades.

08

CHINA, JAPAN & SOUTH KOREA: Pied Piper Gay Group Cruise

14 – 28 March 2020

Travel with a gay cruise group to incredible ports in China, Japan and South Korea

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $1,119
  • Dates: March 14th – 28th, 2020
  • LGBTQ group on a huge cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Hong Kong – Nagasaki – Seoul – Shanghai

Explore East Asia aboard the massive cruise liner the Celebrity Millennium. With its sheer glamour as it sails across the ocean, you won't be left wanting for any tiny bit of luxury!

This trip will see you exploring parts of China, Japan and South Korea.

Why see just one place when you can see many from aboard a moving hotel?

The ship itself is relatively new, having been built in 2002. It can carry over 2,000 people, so the festivities onboard feel super grand. As part of the Pied Piper experience, you will be placed within an LGBTQ group, which is when all the real fun begins!

Boarding in Hong Kong, the cruise then sails to Taiwan, Japan and South Korea, before spending two nights docked in Beijing, China. This gives you plenty of time to go ashore and explore one of the most popular tourist attractions in the world: the Great Wall of China.

09

DUBAI, INDIA AND SRI LANKA: Pied Piper Gay Group Cruise

2 – 17 March 2020

For a truly epic experience, join a gay cruise from Dubai to Singapore with stops in India and Sri Lanka!

The cruise at a glance


  • Prices start from $1,354
  • Dates: March 2nd – 17th, 2020
  • LGBTQ group on a huge cruise ship
  • Itinerary: Dubai – Bombay – Colombo – Singapore

An overnight stay in Dubai? Count us in! That's before the cruise even begins…

You'll be able to discover cities in the Middle East, India and Asia as you sail from Dubai to Singapore on the Celebrity Constellation in all its glory.

With tons of fabulous amenities and luxuries, you will be torn between staying on the ship and exploring the exciting ports of call.

Though we do highly recommend you pull yourself out of the ship's Jacuzzi and go out and explore as much as you can when the ship docks. This gay cruise allows you to meet locals, shop through markets, visit museums and get a real feel for each country's culture, particularly in South Asia (you'll be a master head wobbler in no time!)

With stops in Oman, India, Sri Lanka and Phuket, you'll have plenty of opportunities to explore famous sights like the Taj Mahal or just relax on some glorious beaches. During the days out at sea, you can enjoy the ship's many lush amenities, like the rooftop movie theatre, the nine different restaurants and the luxurious spa. One thing's for sure, you will never forget your time spent on this cruise!


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Stefan Arestis

Stefan is the co-founder, editor and author the gay travel blog nomadicboys.com. As a travel nerd, he has explored more than 80 countries across 5 continents. What he loves the most about travelling is discovering the local gay scene, making new friends and learning new cultures. His advice about LGBTQ travel has been featured in Gay Times, Gaycities, Pink News, Gay Star News, Attitude and Towleroad. He has also written about gay travel for other non-gay specific publications including Lonely Planet, The New York Times, The Guardian and The Huffington Post. Stefan is also a qualified lawyer, having practised as a commercial property litigator in London for over 10 years. He left his lawyer days behind to work full time on Nomadic Boys with his husband Sebastien. Find out more about Nomadic Boys.

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