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Massages in Vietnam??

  • Peat

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    Hi everybody, I just wanted to know whether we can find in Vietnam the same great massage places (good, reliable, cheap, on every corner) as in Thailand? Or is it different there? What should I know?

    Thanks, Petra

    #1 Posted: 7/9/2009 - 15:49

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  • BruceMoon

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    Petra

    Different culture, different government.

    My understanding is that the Vietnamese gov't severely restricts massage options in Vietnam. While a couple of massage providers exist, I suggest they are few and far between.

    Cheers

    #2 Posted: 7/9/2009 - 17:49

  • sayadian

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    There used to be the Vietnamese traditional massage place in HCMC a couple of years ago.Similar to Cambodia they are blind people.
    When I was in Danang, I stopped for a haircut one morning and while it was being cut a man who looked like he belonged in 1930's Shanghai dressed in a loud suit and with a pencil-line moustache and slick greased back hair showed me a card with a price list for massage.As he did a group of Vietnamese girls in short red skirts and tottering on immense high heels clattered in to the room.I guess they were the masseuses.I didn't take him up on his offer but......

    #3 Posted: 7/9/2009 - 19:40

  • Peat

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    sooo sad!!! I LOVED the massages in Thailand! But I don't want to get into some weird place, you know...
    Hard to find a good salon I guess...:(((

    #4 Posted: 7/9/2009 - 20:01

  • MADMAC

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    According to Lonely Planet, every provincial city in Vietnam has massage places - some legit, some not so. Since I have never been there, I can not verify the veracity of same information however.

    As for shady and not... that can sometimes be tricky to figure out anywhere. I once have a lady make overtures when my wife was lying on the mat next to mine... bold - very bold.

    #5 Posted: 8/9/2009 - 00:33

  • Pablot

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    Authentic massages for by blind masseurs are available in Hue & Danang, which means they are available in most major cities - you have to look. Expect to pay about 50,000 VND per hour.

    #6 Posted: 8/9/2009 - 11:09

  • MADMAC

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    I think the Vietnamese should change the name of their currency.

    #7 Posted: 8/9/2009 - 11:45

  • sayadian

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    'I think the Vietnamese should change the name of their currency.'
    Madmac,
    Yeh, it's a pretty flacid currency.

    #8 Posted: 8/9/2009 - 14:41

  • daawgon

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    I use the foot massage in both Thailand and Vietnam, and really find little difference. Naturally there's all types of massage and all different qualities. I was thoroughly impressed with the Foot Spa in Than Son Nhat Domestic Terminal/Gate 6 - top quality foot massage @ 130,000VND.

    Don't believe everything you read in LP (some of the worst hotel and restaurant leads!)

    #9 Posted: 9/9/2009 - 01:44

  • wanderlust13

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    Posted from within Vietnam.

    I got a back massage in Hanoi at QT spa right across from the Ho Hoan Kiem lake in the old quarter. This was an upscale, legit place so the massage was $25. The place had great ambiance with soothing music and an actual massage table as opposed to a simple table covered with a sheet. The massuese was clearly very well trained and the massage was a- freaking-mazing. I've got massages both in Thailand and Cambodia and they were perfectly fine and cheap. This one was on a different level and def worth the extra cash.

    #10 Posted: 9/9/2009 - 08:32

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  • Peat

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    mmhh. This is what I am paying in Germany as well for an hour of wonderful massage. Ok. seems, its a bit difficult to find good AND cheap ones in Viet. I guess, I just go the trial and error way. ;)

    #11 Posted: 9/9/2009 - 14:28

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