While LGBTQ Thais often still face discrimination in the workplace, the kingdom's gay party scene is famously loud and proud, known for late-night clubbing and cabaret shows in Bangkok and along its coastal resorts.
We asked dating app users how frequently they meet a guy as a result of using their apps.Most dating app users reported that they date guys they meet through the apps, at least occasionally.They used to come in the past, but this year suddenly there were a lot, so we added Chinese songs," Bon Nadech, the owner of ZAG bar told AFP. They're polite and curious about Thailand," said a waiter at the nearby MO2 club.Chinese travel companies are also crowding in to tap the market.All but one of the top 12 dating apps we surveyed received an overall use satisfaction score of more than 50%.
Leader of the pack is Planet Romeo with an overall satisfaction score of 75%, closely followed by Blued, Scruff and Growlr.
With an estimated LGBTQ population of 70 million, China has the world's third-largest "pink market" after Europe and the United States.
Yet in China being openly gay is still fraught with difficulties.
"I have a lot of friends who don't feel safe in China and feel they need to hide.
In Thailand they don't have to worry," said Ji Chengfeng, a 37-year-old entrepreneur from Beijing, who was visiting Phuket on one of his frequent holidays in the kingdom.
Almost all gay dating apps offer both a free and paid-for version of there service (providing users additional functionality or removing limits on messaging).