We're Asia's Gay Travel Pioneers
...but you don't have to be gay to use our services. Our customers like us so much that they send us their family members, co-workers and mainstream friends. That's the biggest compliment we can get!
Over the years, our customers have sent us their friends, family, neighbors and co-workers because of the outstanding experiences we create.
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. 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. 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.
With Purple Dragon, all you have to do is arrive. By the time your trip begins we have done all the hard work so you do not have to. All of our tours are private, so you get private transportation and personal guides everywhere. 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.
Unlike most tour companies, we have our own operations staff in eight of the ten countries we offer, which gives us a great deal of control over the quality we provide. We are very picky about hotels, and our guides are simply outstanding. Perhaps this is why so many of our customers return to us again and again. More than a third of our customer have traveled with us at least three times. The current record is a couple who have put their travel experiences in our hands 27 times so far. You can read comments from some of our guests here .
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 programs (we hate to call them "tours") are designed to be used back-to-back to create longer itineraries.
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 .
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, 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 .
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."
Websites you should know about
We're not in this alone. We have either direct connections to or have long time relationships with other websites that promote themselves online. We would like to tell you about a few. First are two sister sites:BetterBhutan.com is specializes in the "middle ground" between tours sold at the minimum government-set prices and tours using luxury hotels. Costs average only 3% to 5% more than the minimum, but the difference in quality is vast because of their hand-picked hotels. GayBhutanTravel.com accomplishes the same thing for LGBTQ guests. In both cases, tours are private unless you have a ready-made group. If you are looking for a trip to Bhutan with a small group and insist on quality we likeChampaca Tours, which also offers small groups to the Andes and even Ethiopia.
We have many good friends in Cambodia. For a unique stay in Siem Reap, you can stay in a Khmer-French villa within a walled compound with a lush, tropical garden (it's one of the few houses in Siem Reap with its own lawn), and an outdoor pavilion. Stays are by invitation only, but we are pretty sure you can be added to the guest list: https://www.villakhursani.com. Need a budget-friendly way to get from Bangkok to Siem Rap? Travel by road is an option.BangkokToSiemReap.com has a door-to-door plan that includes assistance at the border. You might just fall in love with Siem Reap and decide to move (or even retire) there. You can find a great apartment or house without leaving even leaving home on SiemReapRentals.com
Most of our customers want to read up about the places they plan to visit before they travel. There area lot of choices on the shelves of your local bookstore, but we think the one to look for is Rough Guides.
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. CNN and Yahoo!. recommending the quality of our services. That pushes us to work all the harder to make your holiday the best it can be.