The Purple Dragon Story

Founded in 1998, Purple Dragon is Asia's largest, oldest and most respected tour company offering travel arrangements for gay and lesbian visitors to ten Asian couhtries. We pioneered LGBTQ travel to Southeast Asia...

...but you don't have to be gay to use our services

Over the years, our customers have sent us their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers. Our tours are open to everyone. Every tour is different because every customer is different, so we adapt what we offer on our website to make your experience as unique as you are.

It's all about experience--our experience and the experience we give you

We create quality independent travel experiences that take you to dazzling places in ten countries. We have been doing this for two decades, so we have the know-how and resources necessary to deliver an experience that may change your life.

While Purple Dragon pioneered LGBTQ tours in Asia, anyone is welcome to use our services and enjoy the experiences we create. Our mainstream guests choose us because they know they will probably get something better from a gay tour company.

All of our tours are private, and every tour is different because every guest is different. We are adept at focusing on the interests and needs of each of our guests so that they have a deeply personal experience in the best gay destinations in Asia.Perhaps this is why so many of our customers return to us again and again. You do not have to be gay to enjoy what we offer. Our mainstream guests choose us because they know they will get something better from a gay tour company.

Private travel programs include almost everything

You will find nearly one hundred customizable itineraries on this website. Virtually all of these include airport transportation, hotel, our outstanding private English speaking tour guides, admissions costs, private car and driver (where appropriate) and other features. We use gay owned, or LGBTQ-friendly hotels everywhere possible. Our guides are the best we can find. Our programs (we hate to call them "tours") are designed to be used back-to-back to create longer itineraries. In most cases you can begin any day you like.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our website is extensive and easy to navigate and will answer most of your questions, so please spend some time familiarizing yourself with what we offer before you contact us. We have also anticipated other questions that our guests ask based on fifteen years of experience. Just visit our FAQ page.

Custom travel

Your travel experience should be as individual as you are, so we are happy to customize our packages wherever possible. If you want more than just sightseeing, we offer programs for people who love cooking, beaches, history, culture, temples, hiking/trekking, shopping, massage, spa, spas, and meeting new friends.

If you need help planning an extensive itinerary, you can take advantage of our itinerary planning service. You can read more on our Custom Tours page.

A tan and a tummy tuck

Since Thailand has some of the world's most advanced, yet least expensive health care we are happy to assist you with recommendations for things like dental work, Lasek, cosmetic surgery and "lunch hour face lifts." While we are not physicians, we do have years of expertise advising our customers about medical and dental procedures available in Thailand. We can hook you up with health care professionals we know, trust, and have worked with for years. You can read more about that on our Wellness & Beauty page.

Community involvement

We have always been involved in some of the communities where we work. Nearly 20 years ago we established a free condom-give away program in outdoor cruising areas in Saigon. Our guide staff away 250,000 condoms.

Our Managing Director was the founding co-chair of Bangkok Pride. He has also helped to establish one of the first community groups for gay Thais. He is now doing something similar in Bhutan.

Our manager and guides in Siem Reap (Angkor Wat) established a "community rescue" project. This has grown to the adoption of a village and its school. With the help of the generosity of our customers we have given children dental care, dug wells, supplied farming tools, and many other things. We have a Facebook page for this. Please Like and Share it.

Sex is not our business

As long-time community organizers and AIDS activists, Purple Dragon does not promote or condone sex tourism. We fully support the fight against the exploitation of women and children. Our guides are not sex workers and we do not make "introductions."

Featured in the press!

We've been gratified by the kudos we've garnered from the likes of Time Magazine (Travel Watch column), Out Traveler, Passport Magazine, Wall Street Journal, BBC World Service, South China Morning Post, Toronto Star, CNNand Yahoo!, recommending the quality of our services. That pushes us to work all the harder to make your holiday the best it can be.

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