LGBT-Friendly Travel Destinations in Vietnam

Four cities in Vietnam have recently been acknowledged for their commitment to celebrating diversity, as they are seen as safe destinations for the LGBT community. Despite existing discrimination globally, these cities have highlighted their dedication to embracing members of the LGBT community.

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Vietnam is proud to be one of the trailblazers in Southeast Asia for legalizing same-sex marriage and recognizing transgender rights in 2015. This progressive stance by the government has not only showcased its openness but has also made Vietnam an attractive market for the vibrant and diverse LGBT community.




Vietnam has always been friendly to the LGBTIQ+ community. Everyone should be free to be themselves, no matter who they are, where they live, and who they love. Photo: Adrian Anh Tuấn

As part of our commitment to making travel accessible for everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, and in celebration of Pride 2023, Booking.com is highlighting four LGBTQ+-friendly destinations in Vietnam. From bustling capital cities to breathtaking beach retreats, these havens welcome and encourage LGBTQ+ travelers to express themselves freely and authentically.

Cam Ranh

Nestled in a picturesque bay, Cam Ranh is poised to become southern Vietnam’s premier resort destination. With stunning beaches and a serene ambiance, Cam Ranh offers everything needed for a rejuvenating vacation.

Due to its uncrowded beaches and resorts, visitors to Cam Ranh can indulge in a luxurious getaway with ample privacy. In addition to sunbathing and water sports, adventure seekers can embark on a half-day trekking and cliff-jumping tour at Ba Ho Waterfall.

For couples seeking a romantic experience, a Guided Luxury Sunset City Cruise is a perfect choice. This enchanting cruise allows couples to admire the awe-inspiring beauty of Nha Trang Bay while savoring a delightful cocktail session followed by a delectable five-course gourmet seafood dinner.




The Cam Ranh Bay, Nha Trang. Photo: Kim Trang

Hoi An

With a rich history dating back to the 16th century, Hoi An is a captivating destination featuring ancient buildings and a thriving cultural heritage. Visitors can immerse themselves in the city’s history through visits to notable museums such as the Hoi An Folklore Museum and the Museum of Trade Ceramics…

The canals that weave through the Chinese and Japanese influenced architecture have earned the old town of Hoi An the moniker “Venice of Vietnam,” making it a major draw for tourists. At night, Hoi An transforms into a mesmerizing spectacle as thousands of lanterns illuminate the streets, creating an enchanting ambiance. Travelers can even partake in a lantern making class to craft their own traditional Vietnamese lantern, which symbolizes luck, prosperity, and happiness.




Hoi An Ancient Town. Photo: Nguoi Hoi An

Uong Bi City

In recent years, Uong Bi has emerged as a popular destination among travel enthusiasts seeking pristine natural landscapes and spiritual retreats. Blessed with stunning lakes, mountains, and forests, Uong Bi is a paradise for nature lovers.

There are numerous activities to explore in Uong Bi, ranging from hiking tours of Cat Ba National Park with its tropical forests and local lunch to a boat trip to Monkey Island, combining adventure with enchanting scenery. For a more spiritual experience, visitors can embark on a full-day tour of Yen Tu Mountain, a sacred site where Emperor Nhan Tong (1258-1308) resided and dedicated his life to religiosity after abdicating the throne.




The Dong Pagoda at the top of Yen Tu Mountain. Photo: Legacy Yen Tu- M-Gallery

Ha Long Bay

Halong Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, is renowned for its extraordinary seascape featuring around 1,600 islands and islets formed by limestone pillars. This enchanting destination needs no introduction, as its breathtaking scenery and plethora of activities make it a must-visit location. The vibrant city of Halong itself offers its own unique attractions to explore.

Exploring the caves, with their intricate geological and archaeological significance spanning thousands of years, is an absolute must in Halong. Travelers can choose between a half-day Halong Bay Cruise and Cave Visit tour or a Sunset and Evening Adventure at Cat Ba Local, maximizing their time and experiences in this captivating region.




The magnificent Halong Bay. Photo: Halong Tourism