Travel Updates – June 2024

Happy PRIDE month around the world! Pride Month, celebrated annually in June, honors the LGBTQ+ community and its history, struggles, and achievements. Justravel Asia is proud to be the first official LGBTQ+ DMC in Vietnam. We appreciate the diversity in our team, not only in June but in everyday work and life!
Join James, a young LGBTQ pâtissier in Saigon for a dessert making section at his cozy baking house, or take your kids to a Saa paper workshop in Luang Prabang. Tons of fun things around Indochina this month to celebrate your summer.
Dessert making
with LGBTQ pâtissier

Meet James, a young pâtissier whose passion for cooking and baking has never faded. James started up at his early 30s for his first bakery and since then, he has never stopped learning to enhance his baking skills. James follows the concept of healthy sweets and creates desserts/cakes using whole wheat ingredients . Let James share with you his story, how his family accept him and his brother as LGBTQ, and how he develops his cooking/ baking skills. Roll your sleeves up to start making some Vietnamese desserts such as steamed banana with cooked coconut milk or local caramel flan with coffee and such.

Saa paper
a traditional art to be preserved
Saa paper, also known as mulberry paper, is a traditional handicraft in Luang Prabang, Laos. This type of paper is made from the bark of the mulberry tree and has been used for centuries in various forms of art, writing, and decoration
Perfect for families looking for fun and creativity, Saa Paper workshop at Porsaa Learning Center & Art Gallery immerses visitors in the enchanting world of Mulberry ‘Saa’ Paper. Participate in this enlightening half-day session and construct a paper lantern that is uniquely yours by fashioning your own mulberry paper and decorating it with fresh flowers and leaves.
Pride world
in Vietnam

LGBTQ rights in Vietnam have seen significant progress over the past few decades, though challenges remain. Homosexuality has never been criminalized in Vietnam. The country does not have laws that criminalize consensual same-sex activities. While same-sex marriage is not legally recognized, Vietnam made a notable change in 2015 by removing fines for holding same-sex marriage ceremonies. Social attitudes towards the LGBTQ community in Vietnam are evolving, especially among younger generations. LGBTQ individuals are becoming more visible in media and public life. There are numerous of notable groups include ICS Center, PFLAG Vietnam (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), and iSEE (Institute for Studies of Society, Economy and Environment).

Pride events, such as VietPride, have been held annually in various cities since 2012, but instead of June, VietPride is usually held in August – September.

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Hanoi countryside tales by traditional crafts

Today, drive an hour along the Red River to Ha Noi’s neighboring countryside through immense rice fields and fruit farms. Visit the village that birthed Vietnamese incense upon arrival. This village’s incense, made from over 30 herbs with skills passed down from generation to generation, is known for its pure, light scent. A guided stroll through the hamlet with older residents will take you to various family-run workshops to see the entire incense-making process and hear about the glory days of this traditional craft. Help the host make incense.

Take another short drive to a rural community behind endless rice fields and duck farms. The locals’ 200-year-old fish-pot crafting heritage includes bamboo weaving. Walk around the village to see the typical Northern countryside architecture: dark brown tiled roofs, three-room houses with elders sitting in front weaving fish-pots and chatting. Visit a local artisan who rode his bike across Vietnam to proudly promote his village’s unique traditional craft. Create your own fish pot with his help and give it as a present.

Notes:

  • Availability: Morning
  • Suggested time: 08:00
  • Duration: 6 hours

*Optional to add Nha Xa silk village
*Incense making at Thon Cao, Hung Yen. Fish-pot making village at Thu Sy, Hung Yen.
*Possible to have lunch at Hung Yen