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The capital of Vietnam is home to a population of around 7.5 million people and attracts more than 12 million tourists each year. It is a thriving hub of cultural entertainment that ranges from jazz and traditional water puppetry to busy restaurants serving hallmark Vietnamese food. Hanoi is also a great city for a night out and there are a lot of popular clubs and bars that attract locals, backpackers and tourists. For those looking for a more adult form of entertainment, that’s what we’ve been researching for you.
In this guide, we take a look at the venues around Hanoi where adult thrills can be found in abundance – as well as the prevailing laws surrounding them.
- 1 Prostitution in Hanoi
- 2 Hanoi Escorts Guide
- 3 Sex in Hanoi
Prostitution in Hanoi
Prostitution is illegal in Hanoi and most activities around buying and selling sex are prohibited, including running a brothel, soliciting, pimping, pandering and profiting from another person selling sexual services.
Despite being against the law, it is still possible to pay for sex in Hanoi with prostitutes being available from massage parlours and barbershops as well as in the form of escorts and street hookers. Some girls work as independent prostitutes in hostess bars and KTVs.
There is a high demand for prostitution in Hanoi and policing is not strict, particularly when it comes to tourists, as long as activities are discreet, do not contravene any other laws such as drug use, indecent public behaviour and occur between consenting adults. Infringements of the law are usually treated very leniently with a small fine of 50,000 VND ($2.20).
Vietnam has a growing reputation for its sex industry and, though it does not compare to Thailand in terms of volume and variety, it has become a hot spot for sex tourism.
There are an estimated 20,000 prostitutes in the country though some studies suggest that this figure could be as high as 200,000. As the capital city, Hanoi has a good proportion of Vietnam’s prostitutes and you can find sex for sale throughout the area.
Most prostitutes working in Hanoi are Vietnamese but the industry also attracts women from neighbouring China, Laos and Cambodia. Prized for their fair skin and light eyes, women from Eastern Europe are in high demand with Asian tourists and Russian escorts are also popular. Unlike some areas of Asia, Vietnamese girls are more inclined to have sex with foreigners.
Escorts picked up from the internet charge a reasonably standard hourly rate of around 300,000 to 500,000 VND ($13 to $22) which is for a one shot session. Street hookers can be negotiated for less ($5 to $10) and massage parlours often charge more for a fully inclusive service.
Hanoi Escorts Guide
Hanoi has a good coverage of escorts and though you can pick up a Vietnamese girl from just $20 per hour on the street though there are some more premium models who charge a lot more.
Not all agencies are foreigner friendly or speak good English. The girls on the books of the top agencies are high-class call girls and are able to pass discreetly in most major hotels.
Sex in Hanoi
There are plenty of adult venues in Hanoi where you can get sex including massage parlours, barbershops and hostess bars. Some venues are difficult to find, particularly after dark, as business frontages are quite small. This is due to the fact that property taxes in Hanoi are based on the width of a building.
The red light areas offer plenty of street prostitutes and, after dark, much of the centre of Hanoi also offers rich pickings for a pick up.
Brothels are illegal in Hanoi and you won’t find bordellos like those in Australia, USA or Europe. The closest you will find to a brothel experience is in a massage parlour (see below).
Karaoke bars are a feature of plenty of Asian cites and, by and large, offer innocent family entertainment. However, some KTVs (known as special or girly KTVs) provide more adult services and you can arrange for the company of one or more girls to join you in your private room. Though much of the action is in kissing, fondling and some manual stimulation, you can often arrange for your hostess to accompany to your hotel after your session for something more.
The KTV will charge you a fee of around 500,000 VND ($22) per girl plus you will need to pay for her drinks and a tip is expected depending on the kind of service you receive. Not all girls will provide a ‘takeaway’ service but expect to pay standard escort fees if she does leave the KTV with you.
The result can be a more expensive way to get ‘companionship’ in Hanoi but does give you a far more entertaining evening out.
The Fortuna Hotel has a massage parlour as well as a KTV, Boss Palace, which you can find at 6B Lang Ha.
The Hanoi Hotel at 8D Giang Vo also has a good adult KTV.
Other KTVs in Hanoi worth checking out include:
- Eagle Karaoke, 135 Phuc Tan-Hk-Hn
- Giang Xuan, 201 Nguyen Van Cu
- Hero Karaoke Family, 236 Nguyen Van Cu
- Karaoke 999 Gian Dinh, 999 Nguyen Van Cu
- Karaoke H2, 33 Nguyen Khiet
- Khanh Do Ktv , 70 Nguyen Troung To
- Nguyen Anh Karaoke, 125 Long Bien
- Phuong Anh Karaoke, 29 Nguyen Khiet
- Phuong Huyen, 248 Nguyen Van Cu
- Quang Hung, 8 Nguyen Khiet
- Sweet Bar Café, So 47 Doc Bo De
- T & T Karaoke, 245 Phuc Tan
- Thien Thai, 247 Nguyen Van Cu
- Thu Cuc Karaoke, 15 Nguyen
- Tuan Anh Karaoke, 292 Nguyen Van Cu
- Xuan Y Karaoke, 241 Phuc Tan
- Yen Linh, 258 Nguyen Van Cu
A common feature of city life in Asia, love hotels are popular in Hanoi and are also known as nhà nghỉs. Offering room rental by the hour, these small guest houses were originally set up to provide courting couples a private place to hook up for sex instead of having to do so in a public place or in overcrowded family homes.
Of course, they also serve as a great facility for prostitutes.
You can expect to pay up to $25 for a love hotel but many smaller guest houses can charge around $5 to $10 for a short time rental. You get what you pay for and the cheaper nhà nghỉs can be quite grubby.
If you are spending some time in Hanoi then it is worth finding a good quality love hotel and trying to get a preferential rate. Most international hotels do not allow guests to take Vietnamese women to their room with them so having a comfortable and clean alternative is good forward planning.
There are hundreds of bars and clubs in Hanoi with most attracting freelance prostitutes hoping to pick up tourists. Some bars are known specifically for being hostess bars where customers are charged a fee for the guaranteed companionship of their choice of girl for the evening. Though this does not guarantee any sex, it does offer customers the full attention of a girl to spend time with. If you are visiting Hanoi alone then hostess bars are a popular way to spend an evening out and the girls are often open to extending the evening by accompanying men to a local love hotel. Some hostess bars even have facilities on site to provide a private space for oral and manual relief.
Of course, picking up a prostitute can be done in many bars in Hanoi including those in the hotels but hostess bars give more of a GFE than a straight pick-up. Whilst some men prefer a more business-like transaction, some guys will enjoy the flirtation and the chase.
Some good bars and clubs for companionship services and pick-ups are:
- Any of the bars in Ha Tien street including (Tom’s Bar, Local, Dragonfly, Prague and Temple)
- Chien Hostel Bar
- 1900 Club, 8B Tạ Hiện, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội 111508
- Hanoi Backpacker Party Hostel
- The Bank
- The Toilet Club, 6th Floor, 41 Hai Bà Trưng, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội
Most bars in the red light areas (see below) and around the centre of Hanoi will offer you the companionship services of a hostess. You can also find some good venues in the Old Quarter and around Hoan Kiem Lake.
Swinging is not very popular in Vietnam and you won’t find many local couples involved in the lifestyle. Most swingers in Hanoi are expats or visitors. There are no clubs as such but you can make private arrangements using the Swingers Hanoi Dating Group.
Erotic Massage Parlours & Barbershops
Also known as ‘tẩm quấts’, the majority of massage parlours in Hanoi provide happy ending with many also offering oral services. A few will offer full service if the salon isn’t busy. You can get the same service in massage parlours as you can in ‘fake’ barbershops.
Service at these venues can be quite perfunctory and most do not offer you much choice in girls.
You can expect to receive a reasonable massage but much of the tip will be earned on your masseurs manual skills. You pay around 100,000 VND to 300,000 VDN ($4.40 to $13.20) for the massage with a tip on top for your service. This is expected to match the room rate with many western men paying 500,000 VND ($22) for a good hand job and up to 1,000,000 VND for a blowjob. Bear in mind that if you do find a girl with good skills and want to come back, a healthy tip could make it worth your while for any repeat visits.
Just remember that you get what you pay for and the back-alley massage bars, though cheap, will undoubtedly be grubby and offer very little privacy. The larger spas will provide more comfortable accommodation with clean sheets and private surroundings.
You can find both erotic massage parlours and barbershops throughout Hanoi. Bear in mind that the more upmarket spas within hotels often offer more extras with their service such as soapy massage, four hands and traditional treatments like hot stone and nuru.
You can also find tẩm quấts around Doc Ngu and Thuy Khue and Nghi Tam. Other streets to try include Pham Van Dong, Pho Vong, Au Co and Kim Ma.
Strip clubs aren’t legal in Vietnam and you won’t find any clubs where the girls get topless. There are the occasional clubs that pop up in the city that only locals know the locations of. They are usually closed down quite quickly but invariably find a new home elsewhere. Offering cheap lap dances and often more, asking local taxi drivers is the best way to find these backstreet strip joints.
However, you can find plenty of nightclubs where girls dance sexily on stages. In some venues, the performers are prostitutes and you can arrange for them to join you for drinks and take them to a hotel after. This is similar to the hostess bar arrangements and is the closest you can get to a gentleman’s club in Hanoi.
If you are simply looking for striptease then you can arrange this with any escort; some KTVs may also provide this in your own private room.
136 Hàng Trống, Quận Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Hanoi
With the familiar Playboy bunny motifs and saucy bunny girl costumes, this place feels exactly like any strip club you might find in the USA or Europe. The one big difference is the fact that none of the girls get naked.
Drinks are reasonably priced at around $5 each and the club attracts just as many locals as it does tourists.
The club is open daily from 8.00pm to 2.00am.
Street Prostitutes & Red-Light Districts
There are a couple of areas of Hanoi that have a reputation for being a red-light district and you can find more of the city’s adult venues in these locations as well as more active street prostitution.
Street prostitution in Hanoi can be split into two types; hookers who wait on the street or in cafes and those that use mopeds to cover larger areas of the city. The latter are often driven around by their pimps. Both are easily identifiable by their sexy clothing and their straightforward approach. Sometimes they will simply ask if you are looking for ‘good time’ or ‘massage’ whilst others will just give you a price for sex. They may also offer you a ‘quick train’ which is slang for short-time sex.
Certainly as night falls in Hanoi, more and more people head to the streets and you can expect touts to approach you to try their services. This can be a mixture of the hostess bars, KTVs and cafes.
There aren’t that many sex shops in Hanoi but there are places in the city where you can find bedroom toys, sexy lingerie and aphrodisiacs. According to some locally conducted research, young women make up most of the clientele for sex toys followed by couples and then single men.
Hang Chieu Street in the Hoan Kiem district is popular during the day for being a touristy street market but after dark it has become something of a sex toy market.
The 69 Sex Shop
Số 9 Ngõ, 1008 Đường Láng, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000
This sex shop is situated in the west of the city, quite close to the To Lich River. They sell a pretty standard range of toys and accessories but have received many good reviews for being helpful in finding suitable products.
The shop is a little hard to find and you will need to slip behind the main street of Đường Láng at No 1008 and 1012 (moped shop).
The store is open daily from 8.00am to 10.00pm (closing at 8.00pm on Sundays).
Số 6 Ngõ 9 Hoàng Cầu, Quận Đống Đa, Chợ Dừa, Đống Đa, Hà Nội 100000
The Sexy Shop is located in an open mall in the heart of Hanoi. They sell a very typical range of toys but specialise in cheap corsets and lingerie. Much of the products are big name western brands such as La Senza and Ann Summers.
They have over 100 5-star reviews on Facebook and an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 on Google. Most feedback is very positive about prices as well as the fact that staff are very friendly.
The store is open daily from 9.00am to 12.00pm and 12.30pm to 9.00pm.
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