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Pack your bags! Tiffany Chan discovers the hottest Asian getaways for the best gay parties, pride parades and events

Phuket
It’s about time you headed for the gym if you haven’t done so already. You need to beef up if you want to take part in the 11th annual Straits Games, which returns to Phuket, Thailand, between October 12 and 14. First launched by Malaysia’s Leadership Programme for Gays and Singapore’s Men-After-Work, the three-day event is a fun opportunity for gay people from across Asia to compete in a range of friendly sports such as volleyball, tennis and swimming. There are also various social events, including the amazing shopping race and club parties. Don’t worry, though – it’s no hunger games. We promise it’s all fun and play.
Phuket Town Sapan Hin Sports Arena, (66) 84 848 796; facebook.com/groups/hkttsg2012.

Shanghai
Boys, we don’t know if you’re ready for this but it’s official: Club Angel Shanghai is hosting yet another Heaven Circuit party – The Power of Love on September 1. Strut into Angel’s impressive man cave and dance the night away with Mexican superstar DJ Alex Acosta. You might also explore its kinkier side-bars built to fulfill specific inclinations – Castro Lounge for house music loving-expats, Fantasy Club for those keen on making new friends, Teddy’s Bar for those longing for larger hunks and the prison-themed Cage for S&M enthusiasts. Do note that drinks are unusually purchased with a prepaid card system. Heaven is the largest circuit series in China and happens every three months. Party details are TBA.
Club Angel, 2088 Yan An Xi Lu, Shanghai, (86) 400 669 1069; angelshanghai.com.

Taipei
Taipei’s Pride Parade is all about crowds, traffic and rainbows. The 10th Taiwan Pride Parade hits the streets on October 27, focusing on equal marriage rights. More than 50,000 gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and even a few straights participated last year and even more are expected to attend this time around. Adding to the festivities, HX Productions and G5 are hosting three nights of not-to-be-missed parties. Taiwan Pump at Jump features DJ Sawa from Japan and DJ Big Kid from Singapore on October 26. Australian DJ Alex Taylor and DJ David S from Taiwan are at Taiwan Pride at ATT 4 FUN on October 27. Dance like nothing matters at Taiwan Power at Luxy on October 28. All three halls at Luxy open with an international DJ line-up. Not to be missed! Tickets are on sale now at 3580 1197. 
Oct 26-28; $750, taiwan-pride.com.

Tokyo
On what is one of the most essential gay nights in Asia, thousands of men flock to ageHa, one of Tokyo’s largest party venues renowned for its massive gay dance extravaganzas every few months. The club boasts four dancefloors and an outdoor pool, and it’s equipped with an astoundingly impressive lighting and sound system. If you’re fortunate and happen to be in town during one of their parties – do go. Be sure not to miss the island-themed Tribal Journey party on October 20 and the White Ball on December 22. DJ lineup and entry price are TBA, so check out the website.
ageHa Club, 2-2-10 Shin Kiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo, (81) 3 5534 2525; ageha.com.

 

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