Gay people love finding new places and then telling all their friends that they were among the first tourists to go there. If that destination is unique and exotic, even better. Now, Asia is slowly becoming more and more popular with tourists, so what you should do, as a gay person, is find an Asian country, go there, take a bunch of photographs and be a travel influencer of your kind. Vietnam is perhaps that place – first of all, it’s great for all LGBTQ people and secondly, it’s a wonderful country to see and experience. This destination will be huge in the years to come, so make sure to go there immediately! Why, you ask?
1. Because of the facts
Even though it might seem that Asian countries are not that friendly towards LGBTQ people, let’s leave those prejudices behind. Vietnam is one of the most gay-friendly countries in Asia, and they are all extremely welcoming to the LGBTQ community. As far as same-sex marriage is concerned, the ban on same-sex marriages was lifted in 2013, but marriage is still defined as only between a man and a woman. This means that it’s allowed, but not legally recognized. Moreover, you are allowed to change your sex and gender in Vietnam, which makes it quite a modern Asian country. They are also very welcoming towards all gay travelers from all around the world, and they host their Gay Pride in Hanoi which has been growing quite strong since its debut in 2012.
2. Because of the LGBTQ-friendly areas
Even though it’s quite gay-friendly, you shouldn’t expect that all parts of Vietnam love the LGBTQ culture. Even though this culture is quite known and popular in big cities such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (formerly known as Saigon), there certainly are small villages where locals may not have been exposed to this culture. There shouldn’t be any hostility, though, just curiosity. In Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, you will be able to find several gay hotels, clubs, bars and saunas. However, bear in mind that showing your affection in public, regardless of your sexual orientation, is not very common.
3. Because of the motorbike fun
Motorbikes are very important in Vietnam. Basically, many tourists opt to come to Hanoi and then rent a motorbike in order to see other places in its vicinity. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind experience that you simply have to try out. However, this is not the only tour of the country that you can take. There are so many cool tours in Vietnam that it will be quite difficult for you to try and go with only one. Starting from bicycle tours to photography and culinary tours, you can certainly experience everything in Vietnam.
4. Because of Saigon
As already mentioned, Ho Chi Minh City is one of the most gay-friendly places in Vietnam. This city used to be known as Saigon because it lies just along the Saigon River, and was the capital of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Ho Chi Minh City is definitely unique, and there are so many different things that you can do there. You can either go to some of its best bars and experience this city while partying, or you can see several important historical landmarks, such as the War Remnants Museum.
5. Because it’s very Instagrammable
Vietnam is definitely a mesmerizing place, and each corner is Instagrammable. If you really want to take some killer photos (and we all know how important this is to us gay guys), you have to visit Hoi An, one of the most beautiful places in Vietnam. This town was not that affected by the Vietnam war and is one of the rare places where you can see authentic Vietnamese architecture. Moreover, you simply have to see the beautiful fields of Sapa, which is very close to Hanoi. These rice terraces might just be the thing to help you take care of your Instagram feed! To sum up, yes – you need to visit Vietnam. After all, it’s better to do it now than when it becomes quite a mainstream option. So, pack your bags, book your accommodation and have a great trip!