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A Museum that Empowers Sex Workers

Empower Sex Work Museum

Chantawipa Apisuk, the Director of Empower Foundation | © BKMagazine.com

Chantawipa Apisuk, the Director of Empower Foundation | © BKMagazine.com

Learn all about the history and reality of sex work in Thailand at the Empower Sex Work Museum. The Empower Foundation supports sex workers by campaigning for labor laws and providing education and protection. Their museum, led by Chantawipa Apisuk, was built to challenge Thai society’s preconceptions about sex work, which has been illegal in the country since 1960.

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Support Local and ex-pat Female Comedians

Bangkok Hilarious Comedy Club

Lady Laughs is a monthly open mic stand-up comedy show organized by Bangkok Hilarious Comedy Club. For just 250 baht ($8), you can enjoy sets from the city’s best female comics. Pros, regulars, and first-timers are all welcome to take to the stage, so you can even try your hand at it yourself if you like.

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Challenge taboos with this forward thinking Sex Shop

The Hidden Closet

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Sex toys are illegal in Thailand and in the country’s conservative society, sex is very much a taboo subject. Oranan Tangpanitano is looking to change that with The Hidden Closet, a luxury erotic boutique store. Here, she sells toys, lingerie, BDSM gear, and sexual wellness products. She’s also opened The Hidden Closet studio, which functions as a luxury erotic art space. At this branch, you can rent luxury outfits and accessories, have erotic photo shoots, and even take classes in the Japanese bondage art of Shibari.

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The LGBTQ+ Night Club to Visit

Maggie Choo’s

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Bangkok isn’t short of venues for LGBTQ-friendly nights out, but Maggie Choo’s certainly tops the list. Every Sunday, it hosts weekly drag shows, where members of Bangkok’s LGBTQ community flock to watch performances from Bangkok’s best drag queens, including the stars of Drag Race Thailand.

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Connect with other women at the United Nations

UN Women Regional Office

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Outside the United Nations office buildings in Bangkok | © Lilian Suwanrumpha/Getty Images

UN Women has a regional office in Bangkok, which hosts regular events highlighting women’s issues. Open to the public, women can attend events to discuss women's rights and important matters. Their most recent event was a night of talks from Thai women about domestic and sexual violence.

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A Meal from Asia's Best female chef

Paste

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Courtesy of Paste Bangkok

To get a taste of Thai-style fine dining from one of the best chefs in Bangkok, look no further than Paste.  This Michelin-star restaurant is led by Chef Bee Satongun, who was named Asia’s Best Female Chef in 2018.

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A local Café Run by women

Oh La La Café

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If you’re looking for a great brunch spot, visit Oh La La Café. Run by a woman named Oh and her small team of mostly-female staff, this cute little cafe serves waffles, sandwiches, cakes, and lots of other homemade delights.

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Visit Bangkok's Birth-control themed restaurant

Cabbages and Condoms

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© theaposition.com

Women’s reproductive rights are a pillar of feminism, and Bangkok’s birth-control themed restaurant runs a unique campaign for change on the subject. Cabbages and Condoms began as a humble vegetable stand at the office for Thailand’s Population & Community Development Association, which also sold condoms and oral contraceptives. Now, it’s a huge restaurant, which donates all of its profits to programs for health, education and HIV/AIDS programs throughout Thailand, as well as the on-site family planning clinic. As you walk to your table, you’ll pass amusing works of art that encourage safe sex, including life-sized statues adorned with thousands of decorative condoms. At the end of your meal, you’ll even receive a condom instead of a mint. If you’re not hungry, it’s worth a visit to the gift shop.

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A Woman-Founded burger joint worth visiting

Bad Burger BKK

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Chef Poupée left a career in fine dining to start a tiny burger stand at a street market. She quickly drew a cult following and went on to set up her own restaurant, Bad Burger BKK. During LGBT Pride Month, she flies the flag by serving them in rainbow buns.

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A quiet retreat in the heart of the city

Ariyasom Villa

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If you’re looking for a quiet retreat without leaving the city, book a night or two at Ariyasom Villa. This boutique luxury hotel is set in a traditional teak house with a lush green garden, right next to the river. Guests can enjoy dining at the hotels’ Na Aroon vegetarian restaurant and relax with treatments at the Som Sen spa.

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Budget accommodations for solo female travelers

Mad Monkey Hostel

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Courtesy of Mad Monkey Hostel

Travelers on a budget might prefer Mad Monkey Hostel, where they can stay in a female-only dorm room with six other women. It’s located right next to the backpacker center of Khao San Road and costs only 450 baht ($14) per night.

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