Foreign-born gay and lesbian travellers will find Taipei friendly and exciting. An open-minded city, Taipei hosts Asia's finest Gay Pride parade every October. It's common to see LGBT couples holding hands on the streets, though not common to see them kissing. The centre of gay nightlife is the bar and restaurant area around the Red House in Ximending.

Useful resources include Utopia (www.utopia-asia.com), Taiwan LGBT Hotline Association (hotline.org.tw/english) and Taiwan LGBT Pride (twpride.org).

While in Taipei you can get up-to-date information on gay nightlife options from Toto at three little birds hostel. A community of lesbians often meets at Love Boat; ask for Olivia.

Men's Saunas

The two enduring and most popular men's saunas are Rainbow Sauna and the much flashier ANIKi Club.