Thai culture is pretty tolerant of male and female homosexuality and a generally relaxed attitude to gays and lesbians prevails. From a legal point of view, same-sex sexual activity is legal. Public displays of affection – whether heterosexual or homosexual – are frowned upon. Although Samui doesn’t have the high-profile gay scene that you’ll find in Bangkok or Phuket, Pride Bar in Chaweng is a popular gay hang out. For more gay-friendly listings visit Utopia (www.utopia-asia.com).