For the rights of Transgender in Vietnam – A long way to go

Vietnam has been viewed as one of the most progressive countries in Asia on LGBT rights. Everywhere around the country, both young people and their parents are calling for LGBT rights. The country itself has been sending mixed messages. For instance, it lifted a ban on same-sex marriage ceremonies in 2015, but the government has yet to offer gay couples real legal recognition.

Comparing to the others, transgenders are encountering more difficulties in being recognized by the community. Apart from the physical hurt after the sex reassignment surgeries, the transgenders also face the judgement from society, and the unequal treatment, such as low wages and working conditions. A majority of transgenders in Vietnam leave school early and struggle to make ends meet. They work as waitress, helpers, street vendors, or perform as street singers and dancers in weddings or funeral, and usually receive the disregard from people around. Many of them are denied by their own families and have to work flat out to earn money. In order to overcome all the difficulties, they usually gather into small groups, living together and taking care of each other. But they never lose their hope in life and never stop trying.

In Jan 2017, the newly amended Civil Code took effect, and for the first time Vietnam allows people who have undergone gender reassignment to register under the new gender. However, it is still a very long way for transgenders to be completely accepted and fair-treated by the society. In order to do this, they need help from the community, help from the activists who raise their voice to ask the legal rights of LGBTQ people.

Helping out our transgender community is not the job of any particular organizations, but the effort of the whole society in protecting them from discrimination and acquiring for their equal rights. Lambda Vacations is proud to be of the supporters for our LGBTQ community, and contribute a part of our profit in helping the poor transgenders in getting stable jobs and providing them more education opportunity. We can not cover them all, but we believe in a brighter future for LGBTQ if all of us keep moving forward in the right direction!

 

Hanoi Pride 2017

Hanoi Pride 2017 lasted in September for a week with a series of exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, a bike rally and street walking.

The capstone events of the sixth annual Hanoi Pride – the bike rally, parade, and Pride Festival – will bring together almost 1,000 LGBTQ community members for the elimination of prejudice and discrimination against the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community in Vietnam, a country in which same-sex intimacy remains taboo.

Over the last few years, Pride has become a movement spanning from informal LGBT collectives on and offline to formal organizations and transnational, inter-governmental entities. The movement has brought about significant changes for the LGBTQ community in Vietnam on several aspects: same-sex marriage is now legal, public opinion is shifting and tolerance is on the rise within workplaces, classrooms and families.

This is the first year that Hanoi Pride has been organized by a committee of 11 organizations in Hanoi working on LGBTQ rights. Organizers said that with the theme of “Pride Capital”, Hanoi Pride 2017 will reflect its city: celebrating traditional cultures while remaining open to modern changes and maintaining strong family ties while empowering individual.

“May be people in Hà Nội will have opportunity to know better about LGBTQ community than those living in remote regions,” Vương Khả Phong, secretary of Hà Nội Pride

 “If Hà Nội Pride can get lots of support and success in the city, this will further motivate the organisers of this event in other regions of Việt Nam.” Hoàng Giang Sơn, a member of NextGEN association – a network of young leaders working on LGBTQ issues

– According to Vietnamnews–

Vietnam hideaway resorts – where privacy is utmost

Even though the busy cities tend to be more popular venues for gay travelers thanks to their vivid night life, a few days hide away in the extreme private beach resorts must be a perfect add-on to the dream trip. Being a gay friendly destination with long-stretched coast from North to South, Vietnam offers a wide ranges of beach resorts hidden away from the crowd. It’s where you can totally relax and enjoy the free days of your beloved! All the staff are gay supportive and all the services are at excellent level!

WHALES ISLAND RESORT

After 4 hours from Saigon, flight included, you are in another world, in the heart of an archipelago, on an island, in a setting of coconut palms, transparent water, coral and multicolored fishes from the window of the bungalow buried in the tropical vegetation.

This is a real Ecolodge resort, Fan and mosquito net, no air conditioner. Natural decoration, elementary comfort, for a stay in the nature, at the peace of the sun course and the tides.

Fort the beautiful discoveries, there is also the marine reserve of Whale Island. You will be able to overview with a mask and a snorkel the protected sea life, the coral that has been planted and the artificial reefs that house a multitude of marine species.

What a great place for escaping together!

AMIANA NHATRANG

Just 10min-drive from the bright lights of Nha Trang City, but Amiana is a world away in terms of tranquility.  The green resort owns white beach sand and 2 fresh and salt water pools. The mable outdoor bathtub, coconut shell paintings. Amiana was the resort that celebrated wedding for a famous gay couple of Vietnam: designer Adrian Anh Tuan and his boyfriend businessman Son Doan.

SIX SENSES NINH VAN BAY

Six Senses Ninh Van Bay sits on a dramatic bay that gives the feeling of an island, with impressive rock formations overlooking the East Vietnam Sea. White sand beach and towering mountains add to the sense of being intimately at one with nature. The resort presents the reality of the destination, with an architectural style incorporating traditions of Vietnam. A romantic dinner on the beach offer is a forgettable experience for you and your partner.

AMANOI RESORT

A tranquil retreat situated on a beautiful white-sand beach overlooking spectacular Vinh Hy Bay. 31 Pavilions, a number with private swimming pools. All positioned on the hillside with impressive views. The design of villas fuses contemporary elegance with traditional Vietnamese architectural styles.

SIX SENSES CON DAO

True to Six Senses’ philosophy of selecting remote yet accessible destinations in areas of outstanding natural beauty, the Six Senses of Con Dao is a breathtaking location, which has been protected for decades as a national and marine park. Con Dao itself is also rewarded as non-touristy quaint.

JW MARIOTT PHU QUOC

You can find this property perched on the pristine beaches of Phu Quoc, a hidden gem off of Vietnam’s south coast. Famed Architect Bill Bensley has designed our resort to pay homage to the fictional historic Lamarck University, with a whimsical ambiance that is utterly unique. All of our 244 rooms and suites are extraordinary in their individuality; most feature breathtaking views of the bay. All sumptuous villas include perks like balconies and private pools. Dine in style during your resort stay.

 

 

Hanoi top gay friendly hotels

Lambda Vacations has hand-picked some lovely boutique and luxury hotels for your romantic trip to Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital. All suggested hotels have perfect location with easy access to city highlights, a stone thrown to nightlife activities, and most of all, are committed to be gay-friendly accommodation. Besides the famous brands who have been advocating for LGBT rights in travelling such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, etc., we also select some boutique options which also aim their service to LGBT – friendly.

O’GALLERY PREMIER HOTEL – 3 star hotel

O’Gallery Premier Hotel & Spa prides itself on having a gallery of the most luxurious and morden accommodation in Hanoi Old Quarter. Each detail painstakingly crafted, to remark history, architecture to bring most comfortable stay to our valued customers. We not only value the artistry, architecture but also built its décor and setting perfectly.

LA SIESTA HOTELS – 4 star hotel

The hotel is harmonious combination of both modern in style as well as embodying the hidden charm of Hanoi’s old quarter. Set apart from the rest of our other properties, it embodies pure luxury. Promising a warm welcome and personal service superbly located on old Ma May Street, it is in easy reach of Hanoi’s evocative Hoan Kiem lake and major attractions. The latest gem is both modern in style as well as embodying the hidden charm of Hanoi’s old quarter.

THE LAPIS HOTEL – 4 star hotel

The Lapis Hotel is a celebration of classic elegance inspired by sophisticated French architectural and interior design. The grand lobby uses fine imported materials taken from all over the world and exceptional pieces of art that take advantage of the phenomenal local talent. Warm Vietnamese hospitality is employed to extend excellent service, and our restaurant offers premium local cuisine with a contemporary twist.

HILTON HANOI – 5 star hotel

Perfectly located in Hanoi’s stylish French Quarter, Hilton Hanoi Opera is awarded as an iconic hotel and a landmark in itself. The hotel is within walking distance of Hanoi’s thriving business district, Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter. From locally-styled guest rooms to Vietnamese restaurant Ba Mien, this is a real experience and taste of local history and culture. With versatile meeting space and a heated outdoor pool, the hotel offers all-you-may-need for an unforgettable stay.

APRICOT HOTEL – 5 star hotel

Apricot Hotel, passionate about Vietnamese art, culture and heritage and proud to share local experiences. As the first hotel in Vietnam to strike a delicate blend between locally renowned art and hospitality, Apricot Hotel is Hanoi’s newest small luxury hotel. Located steps away from the city’s iconic Hoan Kiem Lake, the hotel pays homage to Vietnam’s finest artists by showcasing original artwork.

INTERCONTINENTAL HANOI WESTLAKE – the upper 5 star hotel

InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is superbly situated on the serene waters of historic West Lake. The hotel features 293 guest rooms and suites showcasing the best of contemporary Vietnamese design. With the combined comforts of the ever-tranquil West Lake, spacious accommodation, luxurious facilities and attentive Vietnamese hospitality, guests soon discover that the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake is the perfect place to stay.

SOFITEL LEGEND METROPOLE – the upper 5 star hotel

A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, the Hotel Metropole Hanoi has a long tradition as a luxurious property for prestigious events and a popular rendezvous for business and leisure travelers. These include many celebrities, playwrights, ambassadors and heads of state. The recipient of numerous international awards for its fine service, this legendary landmark has contributed to the richness of Hanoi’s heritage.

 

 

Hoi An gay friendly hotels

Lambda Vacations has hand-picked some lovely boutique and luxury hotels for your romantic trip to Hoi An. All suggested hotels have perfect location with easy access to city highlights, a stone thrown to nightlife activities, and most of all, are committed to be gay-friendly accommodation. Besides the famous brands who have been advocating for LGBT rights in travelling such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, etc., we also select some boutique options which also aim their service to LGBT – friendly.

LANTANA RIVERSIDE – 3 star hotel

Situated in one of the most sought after locations in Hoi An, Lantana ​Hotel​ sits on the Hoai Riverside, located just 5 minute walk from the centre of Hoi An Ancient town. A perfect blend of a peaceful location and within a few minute walk of the Ancient Town​,​ makes for a great position loved by our guests.

ALMANITY HOI AN – 4 star hotel

Located in the heart of Hoi AN ancient town, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Almanity is charming and poetic, welcoming and unassuming. Every detail of the resort is designed to relax our guests and reflect our passion for creating an unforgettable experience. Almanity provided inclusive spa package, a modern interpretation of ancient fables.

BOUTIQUE HOI AN – 4 star hotel

Explore the rich heritage of hoi an at Boutique Hoi An Resort. Discover authentic Vietnamese cuisine and hospitality, unwind in the swimming pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens or indulge in a massage at our hotel spa. The villas are directly on the beach facing the sea with large terraces for the ultimate in privacy and relaxation.

LA SIESTA HOI AN – 5 star hotel

Staying at La Siesta Hoian is a great chance to relax in a boutique retreat reflecting the essence of Hoi An ancient town’s characteristic style. The resort is next to green rice fields and winding village lanes, near the Thu Bon River and a short walk from Hoi An old town. A unique feature bordering our grounds is an ancient neighborhood communal house, dedicated to the 15th century Thanh Ha pottery village founders. Few hotels can boast direct access to ‘their own temple’.

 HOTEL ROYAL HOI AN- MGALLERY – 5 star hotel

Right next to the majestic Old Quarter of Hoi An and bordered by the tranquil Thu Bon River, Hotel Royal Hoi An MGallery by Sofitel is the latest gem on the crown jewel of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Featuring modern and artistic facilities ranging from luxurious rooms, two signature restaurants, a charming Royal Spa, modern meeting rooms and especially a stunning swimming pool, Hotel Royal Hoi An is the ideal get-away destination for romantic breaks, family vacations or inspiring events.

FOUR SEASONS THE NAM HAI – the upper 5 star hotel

Shining a light on Vietnam’s Cultural Hearland, Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, Hoi An  – offers an illuminating connection to three extraordinary UNESCO sites from a private kilometre-long stretch of one of Forbes’ “Best beaches in the world”

 

Hue gay friendly hotels

Lambda Vacations has hand-picked some lovely boutique and luxury hotels for your romantic trip to Hue, former capital of Vietnam. All suggested hotels have perfect location with easy access to city highlights, a stone thrown to nightlife activities, and most of all, are committed to be gay-friendly accommodation. Besides the famous brands who have been advocating for LGBT rights in travelling such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, etc., we also select some boutique options which also aim their service to LGBT – friendly.

HUE SERENE PALACE HOTEL – 3 star hotel

A brand new hotel that features luxurious rooms and suites. We offer convenience to our guests by providing modern elevators, restaurants, and other great amenities. Offering fantastic value of money, our hotel is located right in the heart of ancient Hue city , in a lovely and small ,quiet lane, and lavishly decorated with modern furniture. The Hue Serene Palace Hotels are the ideal choice for all tourists.

ELDORA HOTEL – 4 star hotel

Since opening in April 2014, Eldora Hotel has become a luxury icon in the heart of Hue City, delivering distinctive service featuring French artistry and graciousness. The well-appointed luxury bedroom feature distinctive the Renaissance elements and include furnishings made of luxurious materials, immersing guests in the mystique of the ‘premier of luxury’.

 PILGRIMAGE VILLAGE – 4 star hotel

Pilgrimage Village is a rustic resort in a secluded area of Thua Thien Hue. It offers authentic Vietnamese culture and hospitality, extensive spa treatments, and different onsite bars and restaurants.

LA RESIDENCE HUE – 5 star hotel

With elegant neoclassical architecture, sophisticated and luxurious decoration, La Residence Luxury Boutique Hotel occupies the boundary where tradition and innovation meet. The intimate and relaxing atmosphere, the personalized and refined service and the thorough attention to detail make each stay at the La Residence Hoi An an unforgettable experience. Every room and suite, furnished in the classical style, reflects the characteristic comfort and charm of the hotel as a whole, and delivers a superior standard of service including access to the latest technology while offering views of the Ancient Town or River.

Saigon top gay friendly hotels

Lambda Vacations has hand-picked some lovely boutique and luxury hotels for your romantic trip to Saigon, Vietnam. All suggested hotels have perfect location with easy access to city highlights, a stone thrown to nightlife activities, and most of all, are committed to be gay-friendly accommodation. Besides the famous brands who have been advocating for LGBT rights in travelling such as Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, etc., we also select some boutique options which also aim their service to LGBT – friendly.

C CENTRAL HOTELS – 3 star hotel

Within easy reach of sky bars, hip restaurants, historical and cultural attractions, and the city’s best parks. This is the ideal base, as visitors have easy access to all the office headquarters, while the best city nightlife is right on the doorstep. Whether you’re after a sophisticated drink within one of Saigon’s hidden whiskey bars, or you’re up for some people-watching in the city’s glitzy nightclubs, there’s no better place to be.

SILVERLAND YEN HOTEL- 3 star hotel

Silverland Yen Hotel was renovated from a 9 floors building with friendly and simplicity design. We’ve tried to remain natural items and materials not only to let customer familiar with both friendly atmosphere and interior but also is our service. Each customer will be warmly welcomed as a friend, a member of family different from the hurriedness of Saigon.

FUSION SUITE SAIGON – 4 star hotel

Located in the center of the Ho Chi Minh City and close to all major tourist attractions, Fusion Suites Saigon is an all-suite property with a minimalistic, modern design and the Fusion signature wellness philosophy deeply embedded at its core.

LIBERTY CENTRAL CITY POINT- 4 star hotel

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel is a cornerstone of true Saigon city living. Contemporarily designed with modern rooms and suites, the hotel offers guests convenient hotel accommodation in central business district which is only 8km away from Tan Son Nhat International Airport. The hotel lies within walking distance of Le Loi Boulevard and the Central Business District. Many of Ho Chi Minh City’s main points of interest and thrilling nightlife venues are also in the vicinity.

RENAISSANCE RIVERSIDE SAIGON HOTEL – 5 star hotel

Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon is a hotel for the curious, the adventurous, and for those who see every journey as a chance to be inspired by the unexpected. With sensational panoramic views of the Saigon River, and in the midst of the vibrant business and tourist hub of Ho Chi Minh City, the hotel features total 336 comfortable and spacious Guest Rooms and Suites as well as two exceptional dining venues – Viet Kitchen and Kabin Restaurants – which offer amazing culinary journeys across international and Cantonese cuisines as well as local flavors and specialties.

LE MERIDIEN SAIGON – 5 star hotel

Situated in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, alongside the Saigon River, offering 343 guest rooms and suites, Le Méridien Saigon is an entry point to the many attractions of this fabled city. A relaxed oasis, Le Méridien Saigon offers a full range of amenities for the modern traveller. Start the day with a workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center, or finish it with a signature treatment at Explore Spa. With natural light and panoramic views, this modern hotel property features a unique in-door sea-salt pool (26m) and sundeck with outstanding views of the Saigon River.

HOTEL DES ART – MGALLERY – 5 star hotel

True to its name, this Hotel is as much an art museum as a 5-star boutique hotel. With feminine lines standing in striking contrast to the neighbouring office, the building is a modern work of art unto itself. Once inside, guests can peruse the owner’s personal collection of paintings and antiques, which adorn every wall and hall of this distinctive establishment.

INTERCONTIENTAL ASIANA SAIGON – 5 star hotel

InterContinental Asiana Saigon Hotel has been awarded Asia’s Leading City Hotel and Vietnam’s Leading Conference Hotel 2015 by the prestigious World Travel Awards. Rising 21 stories above cosmopolitan Hai Ba Trung Street, this integrated complex is a business & leisure destination, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the downtown area and easy access to everything. Rooms & suites at Intercontinental Asiana Saigon feature floor-to-ceiling windows and marble bathrooms with a separate rainforest shower.

THE REVERIE SAIGON- the upper 5 star hotel

Just opened in 2015, The Reverie Saigon is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World and the highest hotel in Ho Chi Minh City. Each room offers beautiful panoramic views through
floor-to ceiling windows. The Reverie Saigon features the largest array of rooms within Ho Chi Minh City. With sweeping views of Saigon, the 62 luxury suites and 224 luxury rooms are the height of fashion, prestige and the best address to stay in HCMC. Featuring a top-shelf cocktail bar, European, Chinese and Indochina inspired fine dining, a luxurious spa and world-class service facilities, this hotel is fast becoming an icon.

PARK HYATT SAIGON – the upper 5 star hotel

In 2015, Park Hyatt Saigon underwent an extensive renovation of its guestrooms and public areas, upgrading all hotel amenities and introducing the latest technology, while maintaining the building’s timeless charm. Park Hyatt Saigon was recently named Best Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at the Destin-Asian Reader’s Choice Awards 2015; Best Business Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City at the Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Awards 2015; and one of the ‘World’s Best Hotels’ at the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2015. This elegant French colonial-style hotel comprises 245 guestrooms and suites. It redefines urban luxury with a sophisticated design, handcrafted detail and modern day comforts.

 

 

Vietnam most suggested Coffees and Bars

Together with hotels, the 2 biggest cities of Vietnam also offer a wide range of nightlife recreation with coffee shops and pubs specialized for LGBT community. You can choose to relax at a coffee shops owned by people from our community, or heat your night up at the lively music bar with dances and drinks!

HANOI

CAFÉ LGBT

A Small and basic coffee shop for local LGBT in Hanoi. This is great friendly place for LGBT community to meet and share their life experience.

Address: 36 Bui Ngoc Duong St

 CAFÉ NHÀ ẤM

Very cozy and nice coffee shop, owned by a lesbian barista. This is great friendly place for LGBT community to meet and share their life experience.

Address: 2, Hao Nam St

 COMGA CAFÉ & RESTAURANT

Located close to the Old Quarter, COMGA offers a friendly environment to all LGBT persons. Com Ga used to be a typical “Rice chicken” restaurant serving up a nice selection of Hoi An style chicken dishes. Then it was turned into a combination cafe and restaurant with an LGBT community on the top floor. Friendly staff and the rainbow influence was a nice surprise.

Address: Conner of 1 Cửa Đông 58 Hàng Gà St

 GC BAR

Established about 15 years ago, GC Bar is one of the first bar in old quarter. The bar offers a friend atmosphere and this is a great place for local and expat LGBT to come and meet together.

Variety of wine at reasonable price, good music

Address: 5, Bao Khanh St

 SAVAGE BAR

The lounge is clean and comfy with a very nice bar and a colourful musical vibe to cheer everyone up and the red cube focuses on the music and gives all the room that the DJ and the dancers need to express themselves. The lounge has also the fantastic rooftop with a beautiful view.

Address: 112 Xuan Dieu st

 SAIGON

 NO STRESS CAFÉ

No Stress was established with the primary aim of being a LGBT-friendly coffee shop. The location is pretty central, right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Situated in a rather quiet alley, the coffee shop is your shield, a protection against all the hassle, being “No Stress”.

Address: 245/4 Nguyen Trai St

 THE AVENUE CAFÉ

New café & restaurant that serves delicious coffee, brunch, light meals and a variety of drinks in a gay-friendly atmosphere. The attractive interior décor attracts many LGBT customers, local and international.

Address: 50 Dong Du St

JOURNEYS SANDWICH CAFE

Owned by an American gay, Journeys Sandwich Café is a friendly place for local LGBT community. Come and enjoy the sandwich which is prepared at high standard.

Address: 21 Nguyen Van Trang

PAPA CAFÉ

The café offers drinks and meal services. Around 8PM, the stage is busy by some local gay guys & their LGBT friends who come and share their singing skills.

Address: Cong Truong Quoc Te

LE PUB

Located inside the heat off walking street Bui Vien, Le Pub is a favorite hang-out place of LGBT community in Vietnam. This bar & nightclub (opened in 2004) has a fun, upbeat atmosphere, a chill-lout lounge and karaoke.

Address: 175/22 Pham Ngu Lao St

WHISKEY & WARES

Whiskey & Wares is owned and operated by a two young American guys, attracting local and expert LGBT comminute

The bar serves a selection of whiskey, mixed drinks, Vietnamese-inspired cocktails with homemade ingredients, as well as a range of locally brewed craft beers – at reasonable prices.

Address: 196 De Tham St

CENTRO BAR SAIGON

This is a frequent place of LGBT community. The bar attracts a large gay crowd and gets busiest on the weekends

Address: Cong Truong Lam Son

REPUBLIC LOUNGE & CAFÉ

This is a frequent place of LGBT community. Republic Lounge serves Asian fusion, Italian and Mexican food and features DJ and drag shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The bar attracts a large gay crowd and gets busiest on the weekends

Address: 63/201 Dong Du St

 

Vietnam Spa list

Enjoy the tender massage with traditional methods and organic materials from one of our recommended Spa. With a deep understanding of original human anatomy, physiology, and natural healing treatments, the Spa experts here will surely help relax your muscles and refresh your mind after long day tours.

HANOI

ANAM QT SPA

This well-established spa is one of Hanoi’s leading beauty therapy and relaxation centres. Split into men and women’s sections over three floors, this elegantly decorated lakeside building has a number of rooms designed specifically for different massage techniques, facials, hair and foot treatments.

Address: 42 Hang Trong St.

 EXOTICAL SPA

This well-appointed spa near Truc Bach Lake offers a complete range of hand, body, hair, face and foot services. Skin polishing scrubs, all-natural facials, haircuts and colors, shiatsu massage, hand reflexology and cosmetic tattooing and more are available. Booking ahead is advised.

Address: 57 Nguyen Khac Hieu St

 LE SPA DU METROPOLE

Located right into Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi Hotel, it is proposed Spa treatments inspired by the local culture to relax you, recharge your batteries. The three level spa features lavishly interior design and theme treatment suites making the experience unforgettable.

Address: 15 Ngo Quyen St

SEN GARDEN

Huong Sen Healthcare Center, the forerunner of Sen Garden, was founded 25 years ago, on 16th April 1992, with the ultimate goal to take care of and help customers to regain their vitality and get rid of stress after days of hard work. Such a mission drives us to develop a unique model of remedial healthcare treatment that can be tailored to suit each and every of our dear customers.

Address:  110 Thai Thinh St

Z SPA

Located right in the heart of Hanoi capital with just 10min walk from the famous acient streets, Zspa has the unique and complex infrastructure with professional service concept, skillful and passionate masseur staffs, to bring you the best service and joyful.

Address: 829 Hong Ha St

POLAR SPA

Located right in the center of Hanoi, Polar Spa has the unique and complex infrastructure with professional concept, skillful and passionate male masseur.

Address: 237 Giang Vo St

HOI AN

ZEN SPA

With the concept to promote traditional therapy, ZEN spa uses only natural products extracted from medicinal herbs and grasses grown in their Zen garden. Your 5 senses would be stimulated with meditative music and the beautiful surroundings. Relax and enjoy!

Address: 10 Tran Hung Dao St

GINGER SPA

All of spa treatments are based on a deep understanding of human anatomy, physiology, and natural healing, a well-preserved tradition in Vietnamese and oriental cultures, matched with different musical arrangements and all-natural ingredients.

Address: 115 Cua Dai St

MẠ SPA

Mạ spa was concieved on the concept “ the transformation from rices seeds to saplings”. Sown seeds bringing an aray of life to barron fields. Away from the noise & hustle and bustle of the main street, Ma Spa, right in the rice fields, would like to invite you to come and enjoy peacful surroundings, where you can sit and relax whilst watching Buffalos work in the fields, birds sing and anarray of wildlife search for food in the fileds.

Address: 1 11B Le Thanh Ton St

SAIGON

JASMINE SPA

Jasmine may look small and unassuming but for those in the know, this long established, total body wellness spa is a gem and rightly so. Renowned for great results, this cozy urban sanctuary has a large, loyal following that swears by its friendly and professional service.

Address: 45 Ton That Thiep St

L’APOTHIQUAIRE

Both the town and elegant villa branches of this popular day spa practice a purely holistic approach to therapy, using natural products rich in essential oils imported from France. Skilled therapists and health experts offer a comprehensive range of wellness choices, from nutrition, yoga, fitness, beauty to massage.

Address: 64A Truong Dinh St

SPA TROPIC

Established since 2002, Spa Tropic is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s most reputable boutique day spa. Spa Tropic is now housed in a refurbished villa of the former Chilean consulate. Its stylish interior reflects the art deco style of the Indochine period offering guests an opportunity to experience the flavor of old Saigon.

Address: 79 No. 2/1 Phan Ke Binh St

NADAM SPA

Nadam Spa in Ho Chi Minh established on 18/01/2008 with an enthusiatic investment of stylist Phuc Nguyen. Nadam spa was built in the imperial palace with ancient brick, wood and pattern. Nadam spa is growing and become the best spa for men in Vietnam . And it was voted ” one of the most beautiful spa in Asia ” – according to reputable websites ( http://www.utopia-asia.com/ ) votes.

HERO SPA

Located in the heart of the city, Spa Hero features a luxurious space with a number of areas and a stylishly decorated entrance close to nature.

Address: 149/1 Le Thi Rieng St

RAINBOW SPA

Located in district 10, Rainbow Spa offer you relaxing moment after a day excursion with us.

Address: 436A/36, 3/2 St

NAM SPA

Located in the heart of the city, Nam Spa features a luxury space with a number of spa facilities. Together with spa service, Nam Spa provide some healthy drinks for the clients.

Address: 91/10 Hoa Hung St

HIM SPA

Located just a 15-minute drive from city centre, HIM Spa offers a range of sauna and spa facilities including a dry sauna, steam room, darkroom and showers.

Address: 7, street 15, Him Lam, Trung Son

SEAHORSE SPA

Located in the heart of the city, Spa Hero features a luxurious space with a number of areas.

Address: 525/11C, Su Van Hanh St

GUY SPA HOUSE

Located in the heart of the city, Guy Spa House offers great service for spa and massage treatment with professional male masseur. A nice outdoor pool, dry sauna, open-air showers, relaxing area offer you relaxing moments.

Address: 421/7 Su Van Hanh St

 

Vietnam favorite shops

For shopaholics! Let’s have your shopping desire fulfilled! From local hand-made accessories to finely crafted clothing, from antiques and artifacts to clever embroideries, Vietnam have them all. Follow our list to find what you might need!

HANOI

54 TRADITIONS

54 Traditions Gallery is the only gallery in Vietnam focusing on the antiques, artifacts and art of Vietnam’s 53 minority groups and the Kinh majority people. They have over 1000 objects on display and objects from our collection have been exhibited in museums in Hanoi.

Address: 30 Hang Bun St

IPA-NIMA

Delicately beaded bags, purses and accessories from Hong Kong designer Christina Yu. Flamboyant colours, rhinestones and sequins are used to create sheer portable glamour.

Address: 34 Han Thuyen St

KHAI SILK

Specializing in chic, timeless style, Khai Silk is the largest retail silk outlet in Vietnam with a number of prominent city boutiques and small deluxe hotel shops.

Address: 96 Hang Gai St

THREE TREES

Finely crafted modern jewelry in a variety of precious metal and diamond designs.

Address: 15 Nha Tho St.

CRAFT LINK

Craft Link cooperates with different NGOs to carry out poverty alleviation programs. Here you can find traditional handicraft & handmade items from Vietnam’s ethnic minorities.

Address: 43 Van Mieu St

MEKONG QUILTS

Part of French-Belgian NGO Vietnam Plus, Vietnam Quilts has grown to employ around 150 women in rural villages. Their hand-made products, sold here, ranges from bed covers to aprons, table sets and decorative pieces.

Address: 58 Hang Trong St

HOI AN

KHAI SILK

Specializing in chic, timeless style, Khai Silk stocks ties, scarves, and a range of clothing and accessories. Inside Riverside Resort

Address: 175 Cua Dai St

YALY COUTURE – TAILORS

Hoi An has more tailors that you can shake a tape measure at, but for guaranteed quality and service, Yaly is unbeatable. They can whip up that perfect traditional dress ‘ao dai’, prom dress, wedding tuxedo or haute couture copy in next-to-no time.

Address: 47 Nguyen Thai Hoc St

AU LAC WOOD ART

Craftsmen have built on the tradition of Vietnamese woodcarving to create modern pieces for the home.

Address: 152 Tran Phut St

NGOC THU LANTERNS

A traditional lantern from this atmospheric town makes the perfect souvenir or gift, and this family-run shop here have been making lanterns for generations.

Address: 138/6 Tran Phu, Dist

HOI AN ART CAFÉ

Hand-crafted abstract shapes and images of Buddha in marble and bronze by Swedish sculptor Eric Kappeler and his team.

Address: 60 Nguyen Thai Hoc St

HUE

 XQ EMBROIDERY

There is very little shopping in Hue, but visit XQ Embroidery for beautiful decorative items created from thousands of shimmering stitches.

1 Pham Hong Thai st,  St. – Tel: 84 (0) 234 383.4441

HEALING THE WOUNDED HEART SHOP

Selling beautiful handicraft & eco-friendly gift items produced by disabled students. All proceeds return to fund these artisans and heart surgeries for poor children in Vietnam

Address: 23 Vo Thi Sau St.

SAIGON

EM EM

Specialising in Bat Trang pottery from northern Vietnam, handmade handicrafts, clothing and gifts.

Address: 38 Mac Thi Buoi St.

MINH LONG PORCELAIN

It has been admired in Asia & Europe for its timeless quality as well as its meticulous craftsmanship and rich tradition. Visit the shop and you will surely be filled with a desire to own a Minh Long creation

Address: 65 Le Loi St.

 XQ EMBROIDERY

Each beautiful image, composed of thousands of shimmering stitches, is hand-crafted by a team of skilled artisans and can take from three months to over a year to complete. Choose from the exquisitely detailed pictures, screens and decorative pieces on display, or provide an image of your choice for a bespoke service.

Address: 26A Le Loi St.

MEKONG QUILTS

Mekong Quilts employs women in the remote communities to train them do this craft. All profits generated from the sale of the quilts are reinvested into the community through Mekong Plus: scholarships for children, agricultural training and micro-finance programmes, etc. As a result, not only does your support through the purchase of products help to provide sustainable employment to women but the profits from the sale of the quilts also benefit the poor communities in which they live.

There is a wide range of hundreds of designs ranging from contemporary to Asian-inspired designs. There are a variety of quilts to choose from which include different colours and themes.

Address: 68 Le Loi Street

ALPHANA

Attractive jewelry in a range of gold, diamond and precious stone designs. Also offers made-to-order service.

Address:159 Dong Khoi St. – Tel: +84 28 3825 8356

IPA-NIMA

Delicately beaded bags, purses and accessories from Hong Kong designer Christina Yu. Flamboyant colours,

Rhine stones and sequins make for sheer portable glamour.

Address: 26 Ly Tu Trong St

LA BELLA

This well-established Vietnamese label includes a feminine range of sweet and chic clothes & bags, as well as some well-cut shirts for men.

Address: 85-87 Pasteur St

MAI LAM

Casual and evening wear, bags and shoes. Military surplus and other fabrics are delicately embroidered in a range of eye-catching contemporary Indochine-inspired designs

Address: 132-134 Dong Khoi St.