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

As LGBT+ culture becomes more mainstream and hook-up apps replace cruising sites, the old gay haunts, clubs and bars in Taipei, have dwindled. This might also indicate that there is greater social inclusiveness if that the LGBT+ community feels comfortable going to non-LGBT venues.

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

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 and every month, nightclub Triangle hosts a gay party night called WERK! (www.facebook.com/werktaipei).

Gs Hotel (www.gshome.co) is a men-only guesthouse offering singles, doubles, twins and dorms, some with shared bathrooms and a steam room in Songshan District.

Men's Saunas

The sauna culture in Taipei is still going strong. Two popular establishments are ANIKi Club and Soi 13.