Vietnam Massage ….

I have been to a number of massage places in different cities since I have relocated to Vietnam and until now, have thought them overrated. The first person that tried to convince3 me that they were good was my friend Ken from the US. He used massage services on a regular basis and was a big fan. After a bit of his coaxing, I decided to give it a try.

My first experience was very unsatisfactory. It was mostly about a good looking woman rubbing a person for an hour to relax and sexually arouse you before swooping in and trying to get big dollars for an extra service. Dammit!!!, Of course I knew about these places as everybody else does, but back then I did not know how to tell a legit massage place from what some people refer to as a “Rub and Tug” place. I was still not a fan of massage. Where was the relaxing soothed muscle?

For a while I did not bother, but eventually decided to try the blind massage center based on reports from others of it being a great way to relax corded muscles. Since I suffer from leg cramping during sleep, I thought to give it a try. Sure enough, Bao my masseuse discovered the tight calf muscles and went to work on them. It was quite painful and the only after effect seemed to be aching calfs and no relief. I was still unsatisfied and I gave up until some3body suggested the spa experience.

I was guided by a young man to a private room where there was a Jacuzzi bathtub, a steam room, sauna, and a massage bed. A very attractive young woman came in and to my surprise, began to remove my clothing. I started to resist, but she assured me that there was no problem….. Uhhhhhh OK. After a steam bath with lung clearing eucalyptus oil, I was toweled down and put in the tub to be bathed by this young beauty. “No problem” she cooed to me as I was being bathed in entirety. I was then led to a sauna where she poured flower scented oil on the hot rocks. Again I was bathed and after she brought a small plate of fruit to refresh the pallet after the dry sauna Then came the 1 hour massage which included……. Yes……… a small Asian girl walking on my back. She used her feet, knees, and elbows for the massage. After finished, I was served a bowl of chicken soup and then led to a room where I could have a nap. I have to admit it was a very pleasurable two hour experience and I will go again, but still…….. No big deal about the massage.

Michael goes for almost daily massages in Saigon and offered to buy one for me. I reluctantly agree and a slight woman named Phuong is to be my masseuse. I know it is a legit place as the rooms are public and to my surprise, this small women starts kneading muscles in a way that was pleasant and relaxing. For the first time I walked away from a massage feeling much better than I walked in. I have gone back and had another, and think tomorrow I will do again. Perhaps in the end, I will become a fan of a good massage, but I guess the trick will be to find the right person.

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11 thoughts on “Vietnam Massage ….

  1. Hey Owee, can you recommend a good, clean R&T place in HCMC? I go on business sometimes and it’s a nice diversion if the both are good.


    1. Part of the problem is most that offer both usually are more into the tug and money. Foreigners usually get taken advantage of. I know of places but to say publicly would be irrisponsible and I would be leeding sheep to the slaughter. I guess the best advice I can give publicly is perhaos enjoy a VIP,massage and enjoy the pampering….. Any extra is up to you.

  2. I think that what you said was very reasonable. But, what about this?
    what if you added a little information? I am not saying your content isn’t solid., but what if you added something to maybe get folk’s attention?
    I mean Vietnam Massage ?. | is a little boring.

    You ought to look at Yahoo’s front page and watch how they create article headlines to get viewers interested. You might add a video or a pic or two to grab readers interested about what you’ve got to say.
    In my opinion, it would make your posts a little bit more interesting.

    1. Really? I wrote this post a vey long time ago and will review it and perhaps update even though I a reluctant to do so as my posts are a direct picture at the time……. Also because of the “massage” industry, I so not wish t speak too much. This is Vietnam….. not Thailand. I choose o to share with others unless trusted.
      If you find this site boring, please look somewhere else. I only want to help people experience the Vietnam that I love….. I do not give a sh*t about outside opinions unless valid

  3. What was the name of the spa you went to that was so great. We understand they advertise “VIP Massage”. I’d love to know the name, the brand, the company name so I can find something similar when I vist. You don’t mention in your post the name of the spa. Thank you in advance for the information.

    1. There are a number of them and the reason I do not ention them by name is that unless you can speak the language or know how the system works, there is a very good chance that you will be overcharged amd IO do not want to send people to places that take advantage of tourists. If you are in town, lopok me up and I will take you to one of the places.

  4. The Spa I went to was in Nha Trang, but they are located everywhere in Vietnam. Usually they have bold signs boasting VIP massage. You cannot miss them. A 1.5 hour service that includes a steam bath, sauna, bathing, massage and snacks afterwards can range between 200-300000 dong. The tip for the masseuse and the attendant is up to you.

  5. I’m a fan of Duyen Duyen on Le Anh Xuan st. The massage is very good depending on the masseuse and for $4 USD per hour a good deal. No hanky panky because the places are not private, my only gripe is sometimes there’s someone in there smoking or on their cell phone. The massage is usually great and deep tissue as you like, sometimes they hurt but usually they can tell by your response when to stop the pressure. I love that place and it doesn’t hurt that some of the girls are very cute but they do know their stuff.

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