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Gay Guide Vietnam
Similar to other south-east Asian countries, Vietnam is relatively tolerant with regards to homosexuality, which was never explicitly forbidden and is not even mentioned in the Penal Code. Prostitution is however forbidden in all forms and is heavily punished. In July 2013, the Ministry of Justice surprised everyone by announcing on its webpage that a discussion about the recognition of same-sex partnerships should be launched. The announcement was very cautiously worded but is remarkable insofar as Vietnam would be the very first Asian country to officially register gay partnerships. A constitutional provision defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman was repealed in November 2013. But in summer 2014, the National Assembly's Committee for Social Affairs removed a provision giving more rights to LGBT-relationships from a government bill. Topics such as these and sexually transmitted diseases are avoided in conservative Vietnam and displays of open gay relationships are not gladly seen in public. In the last 10 years however life for gay men has become more relaxed. In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and to some extent in Hanoi there is a small gay scene developing. The entire country is becoming more accessible for international tourists and for Asian fans a further recommendation. Above all the friendly Vietnamese make a trip well worth while.
Cities in Vietnam
|Ha Noi||Hô Chi Minh City (Saigon)|
Name: Viêt Nam
Location: South East Asia
International country code: 84 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Language: Vietnamese, English
Area: 331,114 km² / 128,065 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Dong (VND) = 100 Xu
Capital: Hanoi (Ha Noi)
Religions: more than 50% Buddhist, 8-10% Christian
Climate: Tropical climate in the south, monsoon climate in the north with a hot, rainy season that lasts from mid-May to mid-September and warm, dry season between mid-October and mid-March.