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HANOI -- area code (84-4)

General Information

    Vietnam's capital city is lively and full of charm. The diminutive old quarter is a canton of shady, tree-lined lanes with names like "Comb Street" that reflect the goods traditionally sold from its shophouses. In fact, virtually any patch of open street or sidewalk is turned into a place to sell anything or park a motor bike. Pedestrians are often forced to share the road with traffic in an intricate ballet that must be quickly mastered the moment you ease out of your hotel (don't dash!).

    Hoan Kiem Lake sits at the hub of the old city, a jade mirror reflecting the French colonial facades and Chinese ornamentation that have both contributed to the city's heritage. The Opera House and classic Metropole Hotel are at one end and the old quarter and markets are at the other. For shopping, you might want to bring a calculator with you: Vietnam's instant millionaire Monopoly money is fun to play with but exhausting to manage.

    While there are plenty of gays in Hanoi, most are cornered into marriage and raising a family, and they don't frequent public spots where they might be subject to gossip. This makes for a quiet gay scene at mostly mixed places. The Internet has become the primary method for educated, working gays to meet each other and foreigners. This shadowy life has also made gay tourists a target for scams and hustlers -- Hanoi is full of smiling, fresh faces that flirt for fun and are looking to seize any opportunity to rise up out of poverty. But local gays want you to know that criminal characters are in the minority, and you'll have a lovely time here if you just use your common sense and, again, don't dash into anything. We suggest you make some friendly contacts online before you arrive, rather than succumb to visions in Hanoi's romantic haze.

    The metropolitan population of Hanoi is nearing 7 million (that's about 300,000 Utopians).

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Organizations

  • Hai Dang (Light House)
      736-6653. A club, under the auspices of the Center for HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Disease Prevention, which offers social support and HIV education to the GLBT community as well as sponsoring events and activities.


Travel Services

  • Gay Hanoi Tour UTOPIA VERIFIED APR 2014

    Holiday Houseboys UTOPIA VERIFIED SEP 2014
      Email. Select a personal tour guide to show you around the city. Speaking the local language, your guide will look after your safety and welfare, as well as ensure that you get the best deals and local flavor. He does the bargaining for you, carries your shopping, and makes sure you won't get ripped off. He will schedule each day based on your personal interests. Holiday Houseboys is all about getting the most out of your holiday.

  • LVP Travel Group UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2013
      123 Trung Kinh St, Cau Giay Dist, +84 6653-3869, email. Gay and lesbian-friendly tours and hotels in Hanoi and throughout vietnam. Cruise Halong Bay, try a spa, visit historic Hue, Saigon and more. Utopia Member Discount


Popular Spots

Accommodations

Bars and Clubs


Massage for Men


Meeting Places

    • Hoan Kiem Lake -- beware of rip-off criminals posing as friendly gays. UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2013
    • Lenin Park -- beware of rip-off criminals posing as friendly gays.
    • Thien Quang lake, especially cruisy, but beware of rip-off criminals posing as friendly gays.
    • Truc Bach Lake UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2013
        Utopia Map. Public exercise corner has lots of eye candy in the late afternoon and a beautiful view of the lake. Also, shirtless hunks jog all around the lake towards evening.


Restaurants and Cafes

      The Closet at Comga Cafe UTOPIA VERIFIED DEC 2013
        1 Cua Dong, Utopia Map, 090-808-5948, email. On the top floor of a stylish cafe in the old quarter of Hanoi. The Closet is dedicated to LGBT travellers and locals. All-day breakfasts, lunch and dinner are served with special cuisine from the ancient city of Hoi An. Enjoy food and drink here, feel comfortable with gay-friendly staff and decor. Free tourist info and Net access. Weekend parties, dances, intellectual seminars on LGBT themes, and artworks/crafts by talented LGBT individuals. They also sell condoms and lube as part of their support for HIV prevention. The Closet was created by Dr. Thuan Nguyen, Master of Public Health, who has over 15 years of work in business and support for HIV prevention and LGBT community development in Vietnam through employment of LGBT personnel. They support events such as Vietpride. His team will welcome you with smiles, dedication and good service. Utopia Member Discount

    • Daluva (fine dining) UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2013
        33 To Ngoc Van St, Tay Ho Dist, Utopia Map, 3718-5831, email. This upscale, yet casual, LGBT-friendly fine dining and cocktail bar has been completely refurbished and redesigned in 2013. With weekly menu changes stressing contemporary and refined falvors using fresh, seasonal foods, Daluva is one of Hanoi's only inventive modernist cuisine venues. Select, varied wines (a dozen available to try by the glass) and always new cocktails to try. They make many of their own ingredients, including fresh goat cheese, bitters and floral reductions used on their menu and in their drinks. A comfortable place for local and foreign gay and lesbian guests as well as LGBT employees. Vegetarian-friendly.
    • Hanoi Social Club UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2013
        6 Hoi Vu St (look for the rainbow flag on the door), Utopia Map, 3938-2117. LGBT-friendly coffee shop and restaurant that is a sponsor of VietPride and a friend to the queer community. Cozy and warm chill-out environment on three floors including a rooftop garden bar. Fantastic fresh and healthy foods (with lots of veggie options) and inventive drink specials including must-try "egg coffee" (don't miss!), homemade hibiscus soda and lemongrass-aide with vodka. Kick back with a beer and a bowl of their Pork Scratchings and fried tofu skin chips. Occasional music events. Open 8am-11pm daily. 6 Hội Vũ, Hoŕn Kiếm


Saunas and Fitness for Men


Shops and Salons

      Comments from Utopians:

      "I wanted to let you know about a new shop that just opened called Modern Skin at 133 Hang Bac, Hoan Kiem. It is a men's underwear shop and the owner is simply the cutest young Vietnamese guy. He brings his underwear in from Bangkok and he has all the brands that one would expect to find like Andrew Christian, 4+PIZ, Toot, GMW, and 2(x)its. The great thing is that he has "western sizes which are difficult to find in Asia. A good shop for gay men where we can find what we need." -- Mr. Gregory R. van Goidtsnoven M.Ed." -- Rocky, Nov 7, 2014



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