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Vietnam Gay Travel

Join a gay cruise along the Mekong, visit heavenly Ha Long Bay or get lost in chic Hanoi. The choice is yours.

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




Quick Facts

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

LGBTQ+ Rights in Vietnam

Gay Vietnam Travel

Best Places to Visit in Vietnam

More Info

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

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Unrecognized
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Single only
LGBTQ+ Discrimination: No Protections

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 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 and clubs are peppered throughout.

Gay Pride in Vietnam

Hanoi Pride: Annually in November

Best Gay Bars in Vietnam

Hanoi: Golden Cock Bar
Hanoi: Savage
Hanoi: GC Bar
Ho Chi Minh: The Tipsy Unicorn
Ho Chi Minh: Frolic Bar
Ho Chi Minh: Thi Bar
Ho Chi Minh: Taboo

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 and outdoor lovers will fall head over heels 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 city refuses to 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 and Chinese occupation. Eat a bánh mì al fresco while watching locals practice t’ai chi in the city’s lush gardens.

2. Ho Chi 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 and negotiate your way past knock-off vendors, you’ll discover a city ripe with charm and dripping culture and history. Ho Chi Minh is a city pulsing with energy and rushing forward despite its incredible past.

1. Ha Long 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 monoliths that reach for the heavens. These incredible islands are covered in lush forests as sea birds soar above like a halo. Ha Long Bay has long been explored but its angelic, otherworldly aura begs to be rediscovered again and again.

Best Time to Visit: Vietnam is balmy all year long, but the dry season is ideal for traveling (between November and April). Hanoi’s daytime ‘winter’ highs are about 22C/72F, while Ho Chi 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: We’re dedicated to ensuring our tours are safe for everyone, but it is our belief that each traveler has a responsibility to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from COVID-19. As of May 1, 2023, Out Adventures no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on most of our tours. If vaccination is a requirement for entry, or on select cruises, this will be communicated at the time a trip is confirmed to depart. Before booking, we recommend that you read our COVID-19 Information Page and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to understand what we’re doing to minimize risk, and what will happen if you contract COVID-19 before or during an Out Adventures tour.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Vietnam, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to 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 e-visa in advance by applying online.

Last updated on August 21, 2023. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
LGBT Rights in Vietnam

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

Gay Activity: Legal
Lesbian Activity: Legal
Gay Marriage: Unrecognized
Right to Change Gender: Legal, but requires surgery
Same-Sex Adoption: Single only
LGBTQ+ Discrimination: No Protections

Gay Vietnam Travel

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 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 and clubs are peppered throughout.

Gay Pride in Vietnam

Hanoi Pride: Annually in November

Best Gay Bars in Vietnam

Hanoi: Golden Cock Bar
Hanoi: Savage
Hanoi: GC Bar
Ho Chi Minh: The Tipsy Unicorn
Ho Chi Minh: Frolic Bar
Ho Chi Minh: Thi Bar
Ho Chi Minh: Taboo

Best Lesbian Bars in Vietnam

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

Best Places to 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 heels 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 city refuses to 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 and Chinese occupation. Eat a bánh mì al fresco while watching locals practice t’ai chi in the city’s lush gardens.

2. Ho Chi 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 and negotiate your way past knock-off vendors, you’ll discover a city ripe with charm and dripping culture and history. Ho Chi Minh is a city pulsing with energy and rushing forward despite its incredible past.

1. Ha Long 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 monoliths that reach for the heavens. These incredible islands are covered in lush forests as sea birds soar above like a halo. Ha Long Bay has long been explored but its angelic, otherworldly aura begs to be rediscovered again and again.

More Info

Best Time to Visit: Vietnam is balmy all year long, but the dry season is ideal for traveling (between November and April). Hanoi’s daytime ‘winter’ highs are about 22C/72F, while Ho Chi 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: We’re dedicated to ensuring our tours are safe for everyone, but it is our belief that each traveler has a responsibility to protect themselves and their fellow travellers from COVID-19. As of May 1, 2023, Out Adventures no longer requires guests to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination on most of our tours. If vaccination is a requirement for entry, or on select cruises, this will be communicated at the time a trip is confirmed to depart. Before booking, we recommend that you read our COVID-19 Information Page and our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions to understand what we’re doing to minimize risk, and what will happen if you contract COVID-19 before or during an Out Adventures tour.

Other Vaccinations: Based on the entry requirements for Vietnam, there are no other vaccinations needed. To determine if you should take preventative measures to 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 e-visa in advance by applying online.

Last updated on August 21, 2023. Disclaimer: The information provided was accurate at the time of publishing, but cannot be guaranteed.
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Loved every minute of it.

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A wonderful river cruise experience

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Brian Y

An amazing way to experience Cambodia and Vietnam

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The riverboat is an amazing way to experience Cambodia and Vietnam. Unlike large ships, ours was very intimate and allowed us to visit sights much more comfortably than long bus rides.

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