Massage in Saigon – Part One
June 7, 2010 § 4 Comments
Whether you want therapeutically effective or pure rub and tug, Saigon has it all. Living here, I probably spend about 10% of my time awake getting a massage. There are basically four types of massage here:
- Spa Style — this is what you’d expect in the Western world. Choices of styles, good service, very clean, and, expensive. Examples of this would be The Spa at the Manor or anyone of the hotel spas. I’m not an expert in this space as it’s all a bit expensive for my tastes.
- Foot Massage — Usually Japanese themed, this to me is the best bargain for a good quality massage. I used to think “why the hell would i want someone just rubbing my feet?”. But, one back injury and 100 massages later, i’m convinced this is the way to go. They typically also do a 90 minute session that includes a full body rub. These types of massages are almost always done in a room with other people. The one downside to this is Vietnamese and their cel phones can be VERY annoying if you’re just looking to relax. I stick with one place almost exclusively called Yuan foot massage. It caters to a Japanese crowd. $8 for an hour, $12 for 90 minutes, including tip. They serve great tea and are very professional. They have both guys and girls who do massage there, although it’s primarily girls. They aren’t cute, but, these little girls can put some serious pain on you. Ask for #5 or #11 and you will not be disappointed. Sorry guys, no happy endings here.
- Salon Style — There are quite a few of these places in town, most are actually pretty good. I typically go to one of three, Le Duyen 4, DMax or Duyen Dang 3. What you get here is a mix between therapeutic massage, facial, manicure, hair cuts and really whatever else you want from a treatment standpoint. The girls at the places mentioned are HOT, smoking hot. They dress very sexy and give excellent service. The Goi Dau, or hair wash is an amazing thirty minutes of relaxation. I will typically spend about 2 hours there getting a hair wash, which, is really a long facial under warm water and massage. The massage is good, typically they use hot stones on your back with just a little bit of oil. They also do this knee rub thing that feels great. Some days, when I’m hung over (wait, that’s most days), I have the girls bring me some Pho (soup) or a Banh Mi (sandwich) and I’ll chill in the VIP massage and watch some TV. Cost is 120,000VND ($6.50) for regular and 250,000VND ( $13) for VIP. Tips here are usually 100,000 VND ($5.50) to 300,000 VND ($16.50). There is no freaky stuff at these places either so, prepare yourself for ecstasy minus the release. Sometimes the girls there will meet you up for coffee at night or go clubbing. Typically though, they work long, hard days so don’t be too offended if you have trouble getting one to go out with you.
- And… the moment you all have been waiting for, the Rub and Tug… But, you’re gonna have to wait for Part Two to post for that.
- Yuan Foot Massage – 15B Le Thanh Ton Street
- Le Duyen 4 – – 72 – 74, Truong Dinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Duyen Dang 3 – 44, Truong Dinh Street, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- Dmax – 9A, Ton That Tung Street, Pham Ngu Lao Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
- The Spa at the Manor – 91 Nguyen Huu Canh Street