Join a gay cruise along the Mekong, visit heavenly Halong cất cánh or get lost in chic Hanoi. The choice is yours.


It’s been part of Imperial China, colonized by the French & even divided into rival states. Today Vietnam is a must for ambitious adventurers, where you can explore layers of history, unspoiled beaches, mysterious bays & marvelous cuisine with a European influence. Hanoi and Ho chi Minh also live up khổng lồ the spectacular reputations Southeast Asian cities are renowned for.

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Quick Facts

Capital City: Hanoi Currency: Vietnamese Dong (VND) Languages: Viatnamese Best Time of Year khổng lồ Visit: November khổng lồ April

LGBT Rights in Vietnam


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Gay Vietnam Travel


Best Places to Visit in Vietnam


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There’s a strong gay scene in major centres like Ho bỏ ra Minh & Hanoi, same-sex marriage is legal, & LGBT people can even serve in Vietnam’s military. Paradoxically, however, gay couples và individuals are not explicitly recognized or protected by law.

Gay Activity: LegalLesbian Activity: LegalGay Marriage: UnrecognizedRight to lớn Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgerySame-Sex Adoption: Single onlyLGBT Discrimination: No Protections


As a traveller (straight or gay), it’s best to lớn avoid public displays of affection, but in turn you shouldn’t expect any issues regarding sexuality. Head khổng lồ Hanoi or Ho chi Minh for the country’s largest gay scenes, including some spectacular Cabarets and Drag Shows.

Gay Villages in Vietnam

There are no gay districts in Vietnam. Bars & clubs are peppered throughout.

Gay Pride in Vietnam

Hanoi Pride: Annually in November

Best Gay Bars in Vietnam

Hanoi: Golden Cock BarHanoi: BirdcageHanoi: SidewalkHanoi: SavageHanoi: The 100 Beer GardenHanoi: Hanoi Queer Takeovers (Popular monthly parties. See listings)Ho chi Minh: Republic LoungeHo bỏ ra Minh: The Tipsy Unicorn

Best Lesbian Bars in Vietnam

There are no Lesbian Bars specifically, but all listed ‘Gay Bars’ are lesbian friendly.


5. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

A staggeringly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage National Park containing a labyrinth of cave systems. Hikers, bikers và outdoor lovers will fall head over heel for this lush region.

4. Hoi An

For a taste of Vietnam as it once was book a few nights in Hoi An. This historic thành phố refuses lớn put on a show as it continues as it always has.

3. Hanoi

Hanoi is a melting pot of culture, cuisine and architecture. While still proudly Vietnamese, the nation’s capital has experienced lengths of both French và Chinese occupation. Eat a bánh mì al fresco while watching locals practice t’ai chi in the city’s lush gardens.

2. Ho đưa ra Minh City

Formerly Saigon, this metropolis still retains the scars of its past – you can literally see the bullet holes. If you can dodge the bicycles và negotiate your way past knock-off vendors, you’ll discover a thành phố ripe with charm and dripping culture & history. Ho bỏ ra Minh is a thành phố pulsing with energy & rushing forward despite its incredible past.

1. Halong Bay

There is no better way khổng lồ experience Vietnam’s main tourist attraction than by cruise. Awake at dawn & witness a golden sunrise behind limestone monliths that reach for the heavens. These incredible islands are covered in lush forests as sea birds soar above like a halo. Halong bay has long been explored but its angelic, otherworldly aura begs khổng lồ be rediscovered again & again.


Best Time to Visit: Vietnam is balmy all year long, but the dry season is ideal for traveling (between November và April). Hanoi’s daytime ‘winter’ highs are about 22C/72F, while Ho đưa ra Minh city hovers around a heady 29C/85F throughout the year.

Electricity: A-, C- and G-type sockets.

Time Zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: Out Adventures requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination from all guests, following recommendations by the World Health Organization & the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more details please see our Covid-19 FAQ.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Vietnam, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to lớn reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

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Visas: Visas can be usually arranged upon arrival at major airports, but if you are taking our Vietnam và Cambodia Mekong River Cruise, you must get your visa in advance via your local Vietnamese consulate or embassy.


Last updated on Sept 24, 2021. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
LGBT Rights in Vietnam

As a traveller (straight or gay), it’s best to avoid public displays of affection, but in turn you shouldn’t expect any issues regarding sexuality. Head to lớn Hanoi or Ho bỏ ra Minh for the country’s largest gay scenes, including some spectacular Cabarets & Drag Shows.

Gay Villages in Vietnam

There are no gay districts in Vietnam. Bars & clubs are peppered throughout.

Gay Pride in Vietnam

Hanoi Pride: Annually in November

Best Gay Bars in Vietnam

Hanoi: Golden Cock BarHanoi: BirdcageHanoi: SidewalkHanoi: SavageHanoi: The 100 Beer GardenHanoi: Hanoi Queer Takeovers (Popular monthly parties. See listings)Ho chi Minh: Republic LoungeHo bỏ ra Minh: The Tipsy Unicorn

Best Lesbian Bars in Vietnam

There are no Lesbian Bars specifically, but all listed ‘Gay Bars’ are lesbian friendly.


Best Places khổng lồ Visit in Vietnam

5. Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park

A staggeringly beautiful UNESCO World Heritage National Park containing a labyrinth of cave systems. Hikers, bikers and outdoor lovers will fall head over heel for this lush region.

4. Hoi An

For a taste of Vietnam as it once was book a few nights in Hoi An. This historic đô thị refuses to lớn put on a show as it continues as it always has.

3. Hanoi

Hanoi is a melting pot of culture, cuisine and architecture. While still proudly Vietnamese, the nation’s capital has experienced lengths of both French & Chinese occupation. Eat a bánh mì al fresco while watching locals practice t’ai đưa ra in the city’s lush gardens.

2. Ho bỏ ra Minh City

Formerly Saigon, this metropolis still retains the scars of its past – you can literally see the bullet holes. If you can dodge the bicycles và negotiate your way past knock-off vendors, you’ll discover a thành phố ripe with charm và dripping culture and history. Ho chi Minh is a thành phố pulsing with energy và rushing forward despite its incredible past.

1. Halong Bay

There is no better way to experience Vietnam’s main tourist attraction than by cruise. Awake at dawn and witness a golden sunrise behind limestone monliths that reach for the heavens. These incredible islands are covered in lush forests as sea birds soar above lượt thích a halo. Halong cất cánh has long been explored but its angelic, otherworldly aura begs lớn be rediscovered again & again.


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Best Time to lớn Visit: Vietnam is balmy all year long, but the dry season is ideal for traveling (between November & April). Hanoi’s daytime ‘winter’ highs are about 22C/72F, while Ho bỏ ra Minh thành phố hovers around a heady 29C/85F throughout the year.

Electricity: A-, C- and G-type sockets.

Time Zone: (GMT+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta

Covid-19 Vaccination Requirements: Out Adventures requires proof of full Covid-19 vaccination from all guests, following recommendations by the World Health Organization và the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more details please see our Covid-19 FAQ.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Vietnam, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures khổng lồ reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as Out Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

Visas: Visas can be usually arranged upon arrival at major airports, but if you are taking our Vietnam & Cambodia Mekong River Cruise, you must get your visa in advance via your local Vietnamese consulate or embassy.


Last updated on Sept 24, 2021. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.