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Travel & Resources: HOI AN

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General Information

    Hoi An Luminaries (c) 2015 by John C. Goss

    Just a 30-minute taxi ride south of Da Nang in central Vietnam, Hoi An's main attraction is its bustling Ancient Town UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fairly well-preserved trading port architecture from the 15th century onward now host shops, bars, and courtyard restaurants catering to the masses of mostly Vietnamese tourists who come here to holiday. The old town really comes alive when night falls and people come out in droves to eat at the riverside, take a boat cruise, or wander charming lantern-lit avenues in the cool of evening.

    Hoi An Rainbow Lanterns (c) 2015 by John C. Goss

    With its small town atmosphere, don't expect to find any openly gay venues flying a rainbow flag (although that may come soon given the rapidly expanding conversation about homosexuality throughout Vietnam). But, there are plenty of quality businesses being run by young, gay entrepreneurs where you can spend your pink holiday dollars. Apps like Jack'd and Grindr are constantly buzzing these days with messages from discreet local Utopians looking to meet up.

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Restaurants and Cafes

      Hoi An Street Food (c) 2015 by John C. Goss

      Hoi An's Ancient City area is a moving feast of street food vendors who set up shop at different times of day and sell their yummy specialties for a few hours until they run out. Look for crowds sitting on tiny plastic stools and observe what's being served. The bigger the crowd of eaters, the higher the yumminess probablity.

    • An Gia (Vietnamese, tea) UTOPIAN VERIFIED AUG 2016
        93 Lac Long Quan
        090-863-8489, email

        Gay-friendly tearoom and restaurant near the beach, opposite Palm Garden Resort. Small place, nice setting, relaxing atmosphere, with a garden in front. Serving authentic Vietnamese food and a good selection of artisanal teas.
        Utopia Member Benefit: 10% DISCOUNT.
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        Comments from Utopians:

        "I've eaten here twice now, both times excellent. Wine available by bottle or glass. Be patient; everything is cooked to order and they care about getting things right. Highly recommended." -- JohnT, Aug 11, 2016

        "An Gia Cottage Restaurant, opposite Palm Garden Resort 93 Lác Long Quan, 098-950-1400. Gay friendly owner. Reasonable price. Excellent service and food." -- Maarten Kop, Travel Guru Vietnam, Dec 18, 2015

    • Hoi An Banh Beo Lady UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2015
        Hoang Van Thu St, just southwest from the intersection with Tran Phu St in the Ancient Town

        Foodie alert! Top notch examples of two of central Vietnam's unique specialties: banh beo (see pic below), chewy bite-sized pancakes of rice flour steamed in little ceramic dishes and topped with a savory mix of shrimp, pork, shallots, chiles, crunchies and fish sauce (order a bunch); and banh nam, rice and tapioca sheets heaped with banana-leaf steamed meat and more savory/spicy goodness. She's usually serving from 2-4pm. Thanks to our friends at EatingSaigon.com for this great tip!
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      Hoi An Banh Beo (c) 2015 by John C. Goss

    • Nu Eatery UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2015
        10A Nguyen Thi Minh Khai
        +84 12-9519-0190, email

        Exit the landmark Japanese Covered Bridge from the "monkey altar" side, then take a right turn down the first small alley and Nu Eatery is on your left in a beautiful little Art Deco heritage house. Gay-owned, casual dining experience. Already famous for their great home-style Asian food with an American sensibility threaded through. Menu highlights include pork belly steamed buns, potato salad with pickled green beans and soft-boiled egg, pulled pork "Sloppy Joe" with carmelized onion on fresh baked brioche, and juicy sesame chicken with green mango and slaw. Intimate space filled with friendly international customers having good conversations over a glass of cold beer. Open air people watching perch on their 2/F balcony. Save room for their homemade desserts, including luscious lemongrass and subtle chile pepper ice creams. Ask owner, Troy, what's new in Hoi An. Reserve in advance as there is usually a line at the door and seating is limited.
        Utopia Member Benefit: FREE DESSERT with your meal on member's first visit.
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Shops and Salons

    • Chic Couture UTOPIA VERIFIED JUL 2015

    • Ken Tailor UTOPIA VISITED JUL 2015
        11 Nguyen Thai Hoc (one block west of the Hoi An Market)
        +84 91-791-3500, email

        Gay and lesbian-friendly tailor conveniently located in the ancient town district, just a block from the Market. Made-to-measure clothes by a convivial, young owner who has been tailoring since 1998 with four months training on making men's suits and shirts in Savile Row. Drop by and say hello. Everyone is welcome at his shop.
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