Bulging with a population close to seven million people, free-spirited Ho Chi Minh City is Vietnam's largest and most exciting city. Tree-lined boulevards with magnificent French villas, outdoor café, chic fashions, and beautiful young people who never seem to sleep, make this "Paris of the East" one of Asia's up-and-coming cultural and economic centers. Besides visiting all the famous tourist spots, you'll have plenty of time for shopping, a visit to a tailor (custom made clothes are very inexpensive), plus al fresco feasts of mountainous platters of crab and other local delicacies. Gay Saigon is famous for its nightlife, so don't miss a chance to go dancing at a local disco or people-watching at a crowded, street-side bia hoi (fresh beer) shop. You'll also enjoy a cruise down the placid waters of the Mekong River where you will visit a floating city, explore pagodas, and visit local coconut confectioners. Arrive any day of the week and stay three days or longer. Saucy Saigon will cast a spell on you that lasts a lifetime.
Convenient Modular Programs
Purple Dragon offers travel packages in Saigon with private tour guides share their city, their culture and the local gay scene with gay and lesbian visitors. Purple Dragon's Saigon packages offer great value and save you time and effort by arranging your choice of hotel, round trip airport transportation, and sightseeing with a personal English-speaking guide. You can always add extra nights and optional sightseeing if you wish.
Saigon Sizzle ▸ Four days, three nights. In addition to a full-day city tour you also make a full day trip to the Mekong Delta.
Simply Saigon ▸ Guests with less time may choose this two-night program that includes a full day city tour.
Optional Day Trips from Ho Chi Minh City
You can enhance your visit to Ho Chi Minh City by adding one or more extra nights and enjoying one of our great optional side trips.
What We Do
Purple Dragon is Asia's oldest, largest and most respected tour operator specializing in programs for discerning gay and lesbian travelers. Our all-inclusive tours include hotel accommodation, sightseeing with a private English-speaking guide, airport transportation, admission costs and more. In general, we do not offer pieces of our tours separately.
All of our tours are private and include private transportation and one of our legendary private guides. We do not offer group tours. The big advantage to a private tour is, of course, that you do not have to put up with other people or compromise your own schedule or activities to suit others in a group. You can spend a bit more time at places that really matter to you, avoid places that do not, and go at your own pace.
We use gay-owned or gay-friendly hotels wherever possible and show our guests the local gay nightlife where it exists. You do not have to be gay to enjoy one of our all-inclusive tour packages. A growing number of mainstream guests travel with Purple Dragon because they know they will get something better from a gay company.
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Saigon's streets are decorated with plants and flowers during Tet, the lunar new year celebration
Forget Ho Chi Minh City's notorious 20th century history. Today it is a fun and beautiful place to spend part of your well-deserved vacation. Exploring gay Saigon with one of our private English speaking guides is more like seeing the sights with a local friend than being on a "tour."