To Ho Chi Minh City, the LGBT scene in Vietnam’s capital is more low-key. While there is still a long way to go, public opinion is changing positively and quickly, to the point that probably no one saw this move coming a decade ago. For now, travelers to Hanoi will find friendly and open-minded locals but a relatively small queer scene.
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LGBT Must-know Travel Tips
Showing Affection in Public
Too much public display of affection, from straight or gay couples alike, would not be very welcomed. It’s not like there’s a penalty for it, but it may appear offensive to some locals due to Vietnam’s culture of restricting physical contact in public places.
Recreational and Tourist Activities
The top attractions in Hanoi are open to the public so queer or not, you can publicly and safely enjoy Hanoi’s many offerings. Though for couples, we highly recommend booking private tours to be able to spend quality time together.
Hanoi as a lot of fun activities for travelers
Transportation – Accommodation
Oftentimes, private transportation and accommodation would be more favorable. So for that purpose, hotels are often the best choice in comparison to other types of accommodation. Hotels can also act as a contact point should you want to book private tours or rent a motorbike in Hanoi.
You can enjoy many activities in Hanoi solo or as a group!
LGBT Friendly Places in Hanoi
We get that everyone likes to hang out with people that have common interests. That’s why we’ve recommended these gay-friendly hotels, cafes, and bars in Hanoi that are hotspots for travelers to stay and visit.
LGBT Friendly Places in Hanoi: Hotels
Hanoi Royal Palace Hotel
One of the cheapest hotels with private rooms in Hanoi with still exceptional quality – we would not recommend going for anything less as rooms tend to get damp and dirty. The hotel’s perfect for single travelers in the center of the city, who want helpful staff and a clean, tidy place.
The hotel also has great views
Nexy’s very gay-friendly and respectful to all travelers. This is a luxury hostel option right in the heart of the old town, yet it’s quiet at night. The compound features dorms and a few chic, cheap private rooms with balconies. There is also a living room, a roof-top terrace, and a game room. If you are traveling alone, on a budget or you want to make friends during the trip, we highly recommend Nexy Hostel.
A look of the chilling space
Lotte Hotel Hanoi
If you don’t mind staying out of the center, this luxurious 5-star property is in Hanoi’s second tallest skyscraper! Remarkably contemporary and modern with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic city views, outdoor and indoor pools, 2 bars and a rooftop sky bar, this will be a stay you never forget!
True to its reputation, the rooms are of high quality
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LGBT Places in Hanoi: Cafes – Bars
For a city of its size, Hanoi has a relatively limited gay nightlife. But when it comes to coffee places, there are plenty of them; because Vietnamese people love their coffee, it’s for everyone to try safely and publicly. Hopefully, the current boom in tourism will encourage more LGBT bars, clubs, and events.
Address: 5A Bao Khanh Street, Hang Trong Ward, Hoan Kiem District
The biggest gay bar in Hanoi conveniently locates in the Old Quarter. It’s packed at the weekend, usually with a nice mix of the local LGBT community, ex-pats, and visitors. It’s more of a place to meet up for a chat, to play pool, and more!
Address: 112 Xuan Dieu Street, Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District
Savage’s a newly opened cocktail bar owned by a gay French. Everyone is welcome, so it’s not a gay-restricted bar, but there are plenty of cool ‘alternative’ events and great vibe so it’s worth a visit. Remember to dress to impress, they have a bouncer and cover-charge as well.
The decoration makes it feel more New York than Hanoi
Address: 238 Au Co Street, Quang An Ward, Tay Ho District
An uber-alternative place that refuses any labels – but it is very gay-popular, definitely a worthy note among LGBT friendly places in Hanoi. It’s mostly filled with ex-pats, but Sidewalk’s the type of place you can head to and strike up a conversation with someone in just a few minutes.
The place attracts many people
More about Coffee Places in Hanoi.
LGBT Friendly Places in Hanoi: Events
Hanoi Pride has been growing considerably since 2012. Every September, thousands of people gather for this colorful parade. In the week beforehand, there are plenty of LGBT exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, and a bike rally. It is one of the few open displays of LGBT Pride in Hanoi.
Stay updated for all the glitterati or find support from these public groups:
Attendees at the Hanoi Pride
The event gained great support
Further Things to Consider for LGBT Friendly Places in Hanoi
Regardless of your sexual orientation, there are many things you’ll need to prepare as a traveler. Hanoi is so full of life that it is worth a visit on so many levels. Even if you are a solo traveler or a group member, the city has a wide range of destinations to offer. We hope that our list regarding LGBT friendly places in Hanoi will help you to get ready in the best way possible!
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