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Gay and Lesbian in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City)

Saigon recently has seen a jarring turn for a society considered embracing and open as the citizens are growing more accepting of the queer community. Check out our post for gays and lesbians in Saigon to pay for a beautiful trip to this genial city.

The Scene of Gay and Lesbian in Saigon

Overall, Saigon welcomes international visitors regardless of their sexual orientation. However, Vietnamese society, in general, still has a conservative attitude towards homosexuality.

According to an article in The Guardian, verbal harassment of gays and lesbians in day-to-day life is fairly common in Vietnam. Some teachers even consider “being LGBT as a disease.”

Having said that, Vietnam has never conducted any homosexuality-anti law, turning the country and Saigon into one of the most LGBT-friendly travel destinations around Asia. Despite specific discrimination, the community of gays and lesbians in Saigon has been taking more vital steps in fighting for their rights.

Saigon VietPride, an annual LGBT ceremony, attracts thousands of marchers and has become an exuberant celebration in the city. Furthermore, media and public attention have witnessed a forward-looking movement encouraging gay rights and recognition.

Overall, the city is relatively hassle-free for gay and lesbian travelers, and one can say Saigon is among the most LGBT-friendly cities in Vietnam. Feel free to explore the fantastic attractions and dynamic energy that the city has to offer.

Some Notes to Travel as Gay and Lesbian in Saigon

The traditional Vietnamese perception is not very open to public affection, even for heterosexual couples. Therefore, remember to tone down the PDA when traveling in Vietnam.

Check out these Facebook groups for traveling and living in Vietnam as LGBT.

1. VietPride: Follow this page to see when the next Viet Pride will take place so you can join in the exuberant fun with the locals

2. FTM Organization: FTM is a non-profit organization that focuses on transgender people in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam. It was founded with the aim of creating a better community for not only transgender people but also LGBT people as a whole. The organization also has many meaningful community projects (LGBT-free movie screenings, workshops on LGBT rights, etc.) that are open to everyone to join.

Note: The content of these two Facebook groups/ pages is entirely in Vietnamese. However, language is not a barrier, as the admins can freely communicate with you in English.

Shopping for LGBTQ+ products may not be easy as homosexuality is still considered taboo for the most part in Vietnam. Consider shopping online for LGBTQ+-friendly products.

gay and lesbian in saigon war remnant museum

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Travel Destinations for Gay and Lesbian in Saigon

The city is now identified as one of the highest LGBT population cities in Vietnam, and must-visit attractions for gay and lesbian travelers are increasing. Here are the best LGBT-friendly places in Saigon.

Thi Bar

Address: 224 De Tham Street, Pham Ngu Lao, District 1
Opening time:
Sunday – Tuesday: 5 PM – 1 AM
Wednesday – Thursday: 5 PM – 1:30 AM
Friday – Saturday: 5 PM – 2:30 AM

Lo To Sai Gon Tan Thoi

During the performance, Sai Gon Tan Thoi’s crew, which is all from the LGBT community, will dress up in the stunning traditional costume of Vietnam—Ao Dai—and will announce the numbers of the Lottery game by singing a song.

As the show is entirely in Vietnamese, it is highly recommended that you have a local friend with you for the best interpretation.

Entertaining shows for Gay and Lesbian in Saigon1

Gender Funk

Gender Funk is appreciated as one of the most dynamic gay scenes in Saigon. It holds many drag shows every month.

Entertaining shows for Gay and Lesbian in Saigon2

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Concluding Thoughts on Gay and Lesbian in Saigon

Although Saigon is a safe and open destination for gay and lesbian tourists, there are some limitations to public displays of affection as it is not culturally acceptable. Nevertheless, your sexual orientation shouldn’t hinder your adventure in Saigon in any way.

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