Express Love Freely At These Seven New Lgbt Friendly Destinations

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Never before in the history of our planet has it been this easy to travel thanks to the internet. The internet has also resulted in an easier flow of ideas and information resulting in broad-mindedness. This has led to people around the world embracing differences in cultures, religions, races and personal choices. And, we must take #pride in this. An increasing number of countries and destinations are embracing LGBTs with open arms. Here are seven new LGBT-friendly destinations from God's Own City of Rio to cosmopolitan Korea, from the blue heaven of Canary Islands to neon nightlife of Tel Aviv.

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Photo of Thailand by Varun Suchday

The land of sun, sand and full moon parties has set an example for others by promoting LGBT travel and LGBT-friendly businesses. Popular tourist destinations like Bangkok, Pattaya, Chiang Mai and the Phi Phi Islands are welcoming LGBT travellers with open arms. There are a wide array of LGBT friendly beaches, hotels, nightclubs and resorts to choose from.

Top things to see and do in Thailand: Enjoy the pulsating nightlife of what many consider 'the gay capital of Asia' - Bangkok; visit two of Thailand’s most popular gay beaches, Dongtan Beach and Jomtien Beach; head to Pattaya's BoyzTown district for gay bars, massage parlors and quirky restaurants; live the pleasures of tropical paradise in Phuket; feel the thrill of watersports in Krabi and go crazy at world famous Full Moon Parties of Koh Phangan.

Flight cost: Round-trip flights from Kolkata to Bangkok cost around ₹7,887.

Daily budget: ₹4,500 including accommodation, three meals, local transportation and tourist attraction fees.

Best time to visit Thailand: The best time to travel to Thailand is during the cool and dry season between November and early April when the temperature ranges between 20 to 32 Celsius with little to no rainfall.

Where to stay in Thailand: Little Village, Chiang Mai (₹2,629 for double), Cocktail Hostel, Bangkok (₹209 dorm bed). For more options, check here.

For Thailand travel guide and itineraries, please check Tripoto Thailand Guide.

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Photo of Tel Aviv, Israel by Varun Suchday

Israel's most progressive city, Tel Aviv celebrates the LGBT community like no other. People from around the globe flock to Tel Aviv's pride festivities and the unique LGBT film festival and gay culture fair. With historic architecture, white sand beaches and bustling LGBT scene in Tel Aviv's downtown and art district, there is something for you and your partner.

Top things to see and do in Tel Aviv: Dance to the energetic beats at the LGBT bar Shpagat; relax on the powdery sands of Hilton Beach, Tel Aviv’s unofficial gay beach; witness the amazing architecture of Neve Tzedek neighborhood; stroll down narrow cobblestone alleyways of Old Jaffa; dine on Israeli delicacies in quirky restaurants of HaTachana; and come to pace with Israel's art scene at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

Flight cost: Round-trip flights from Delhi to Tel Aviv cost around ₹29,000.

Daily budget: ₹8,000 including accommodation, three meals, local transportation and tourist attraction fees.

Best time to visit Tel Aviv: The best times to visit Tel Aviv are March through April and September through November with temperature ranging between 12 to 29 Celsius.

Where to stay in Tel Aviv: Overstay Hostel (₹1,412 dorm bed), The Postel (₹4,645 for double).

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Photo of Canary Islands, Spain by Varun Suchday

The Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco have been a favorite of sun-starved Europeans and North Americans. Now, they are gaining popularity in LGBT community as well. These heavenly islands are home to stunning national parks, colonial towns and quaint fishermen villages along with LGBT-owned hotels, friendly hip bars and an LGBT nude beach. They offer a unique sub-Saharan experience with Spanish flavours.

Top things to see and do in Canary Islands: Explore the colonial charms of San Cristobal de la Laguna, a UNESCO World Heritage City; witness the stunning sub-Saharan landscape of Gran Canaria, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; walk through quaint fishermen towns of Fuerteventura Island and leave all your inhibitions behind at the LGBT nude beach of Maspalomas.

Flight cost: Round-trip flights from Delhi to the Canary Islands cost around ₹46,000.

Daily budget: ₹8,000 including accommodation, three meals, local transportation and tourist attraction fees.

Best time to visit the Canary Islands: The best times to visit the Canary Islands are between March and May and from September to November with temperature ranging between 15 to 27 Celsius.

Where to stay in the Canary Islands: Hotel Pujol, Las Palmas (₹3,877 for double), Ecohostel Bettmar, Las Palmas (₹1,777 dorm bed). For more options, click here.

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Photo of Australia by Varun Suchday

Last October, Australian voted 'Yes' to legalize same-sex marriage. Sydney is the heart of the Australian LGBT community. But the cities of Melbourne, Perth and Gold Coast aren't too far behind. The Great Barrier Reef, the Outbacks, the Great Ocean Road, Twelve Apostles and the indigenous wildlife like the kangaroos are too hard to resist.

Top things to see and do in Australia: Admire the unbelievable beauty of the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge; dive in the Great Barrier Reef to discover the beauties of the underwater world; drive down the Great Ocean Road to admire nature-sculpted rock formations like the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge; spot kangaroos, koalas, sea lions and penguins on Kangaroo Island and live the cosmopolitan life in uber modern Melbourne.

Sydney Travel Guide - Happening bars, chic cafes, Bohemian 'hoods and drag shows.

Flight cost: Round-trip flights from Kochi to Perth cost around ₹23,000.

Daily budget: ₹8,500 including accommodation, three meals, local transportation and tourist attraction fees.

Best time to visit Australia: The best times to visit Australia are September through November and from March to May when the temperature ranges between 12 to 25 Celsius.

Where to stay in Australia: Courtyard West, Melbourne (₹5,441 for double), Chiliblue Hostel, Sydney (₹1,200 dorm bed). For more, check here.

For Australia travel guide and itineraries, please check Tripoto Australia Guide.

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Photo of Vietnam by Varun Suchday

One of the more recent additions to the list, more and more LGBT folks are heading to the multicultural country of Vietnam. Vietnamese government recently abolished the same-sex union ban, legalizing homosexuality. The cities of Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi harbour a colourful LGBT scene while the countryside is home to verdant valleys and green mountainscapes. With a coastline stretching 3,260 kilometers, there is always a hidden beach waiting for you and your loved one.

Top things to see and do in Vietnam: Shop, dine and embrace the nightlife of hip and happening Ho Chi Minh City; admire the melange of Asian and French colonial architecture of Hanoi; witness karst hills rising out of aqua-green waters in Ha Long Bay; experience the mystical rice terraces of Sapa and for a complete beachside getaway head to Nha Trang.

Flight cost: Round-trip flights from Bhubaneswar to Ho Chi Minh City cost around ₹13,340.

Daily budget: ₹2,700 including accommodation, three meals, local transportation and tourist attraction fees.

Best time to visit Vietnam: The best time to visit Vietnam is spring (February to April) and autumn (August to October) when temperatures range between 18 to 30 Celsius with little to no rainfall.

Where to stay in Vietnam: Silverland Sakyo, Ho Chi Minh City (₹7,156 for double), Hanoi Holiday Diamond, Hanoi (₹1,932 for double), Hachi Hostel (₹355 bed in dorm). For more options, check here.

For Vietnam travel guide and itineraries, please check Tripoto Vietnam Guide.

"God made the world in five days, he rested on the sixth day and created Rio on the seventh". That is what Cariocas, Rio's residents, believe. And you will believe the same when you will witness the seduction of Rio de Janeiro. The statue of Christ the Redeemer, golden sands of Ipanema, cachaca at Copacabana, tropical rainforests, famous favelas and samba from sundown till sunrise, Rio will breathe the carioca energy in you and make you dance to its tune.

Top things to see and do in Rio de Janeiro: You absolutely can't miss the towering statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the modern wonders of the world; stroll the swanky beaches of Ipanema; sip a cachaca with your feet in the silky soft sands of Copacabana beach; visit the famous favelas of San Pedro and move your feet to the supernatural tunes of Samba.

Flight cost: Round-trip flights from Mumbai to Rio de Janeiro cost around ₹67,000.

Daily budget: ₹4,500 including accommodation, three meals, local transportation and tourist attraction fees.

Best time to visit Rio de Janeiro: The best time to visit Rio is between December and March when temperatures range between 23 to 30 Celsius.

Where to stay in Rio de Janeiro: Hotel Atlantico Tower (₹2,689 for double), Orla Copacabana (₹5,480 per night). For more options, check here.

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Photo of Cape Town, South Africa by Varun Suchday

Cape Town is the prime LGBT destination in Africa. Its De Waterkant neighborhood is home to multiple LGBT hotels, bars and clubs. Clifton Third beach, one of the best LGBT beaches in the world, is also around. All this and the aqua blue waters Atlantic, iconic mountains and the Big Five are within the vicinity of Cape Town.

Top things to do and see in Cape Town: Head to the top of the iconic table mountain for phenomenal views of The Cape; pay respect to Nelson Mandela by visiting Robben Island where he was imprisoned for 18 years; walk among 2,000 African penguins of Boulders Beach; explore the Bohemian 'hood of De Waterkant and swim in the turquoise waters of the trendy LGBT-friendly Clifton Beach.

Flight cost: Round-trip flights from Mumbai to Cape Town cost around ₹34,500.

Daily budget: ₹8,000 including accommodation, three meals, local transportation and tourist attraction fees.

Best time to visit Cape Town: The best times to visit Cape Town are from March to May and from September to November when temperatures range between 14 to 25 Celsius.

Where to stay in Cape Town: Kleinbosch Lodge (₹4,400 for double), Perle Du Cap (₹3,500 for double). For more options, check here.

For Cape Town travel guide and itineraries, please check Tripoto Cape Town Guide.

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