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Where can I get a good massage in Hanoi?

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Massages in Hanoi range from very cheap and cheerful foot massages through to high-end luxury spas, where you’ll pay nearly $100 for just an hour of pampering. The choice can be overwhelming but here’s a selection of places we think are worth checking out.





Our top pick by a long shot is over West Lake way: Yakushi. This is a no-nonsense traditional spot where the focus is on health and healing rather than frills and flowers. Yakushi is popular with expats for a reason: it’s clean, friendly, well priced, and the massages are fantastic. We’ve tried and tested the hot stone and shiatsu massages, but also offered are Swedish, aromatherapy, acupressure with oil and lymphatic drainage. A Swedish one-hour massage costs 250,000 dong, hot stone is 270,000 dong and the rest are 290,000 dong, with clear signs asking that you do not tip staff.

Yakushi should be your first pick for a great massage in Hanoi. Photo taken in or around Where can I get a good massage in Hanoi?, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

Yakushi should be your first pick for a great massage in Hanoi. Photo: Samantha Brown

If you have time and want to float rather than walk out, add in a facial, starting at 350,000 dong for 75 minutes. Book well in advance, especially for evenings and weekends. They are responsive to emails if you don’t have a phone to hand. The centre is located down an alley off Xuan Dieu Street just near Saint Honore—don’t mistake the different spa on the main road for it.

For a cheap and cheerful foot massage, we really liked no-fuss Van Xuan, which has three locations. We tried the Ly Quoc Su outlet, and had an excellent back, shoulders, arms and foot massage for just $6. Your feet soak in blissful hot water while they massage the rest of your body using acupressure only while seated (a proper full-body massage is a different treatment done on massage tables).

No-fuss Van Xuan is popular for a reason: great prices, assured massage. Photo taken in or around Where can I get a good massage in Hanoi?, Hanoi, Vietnam by Samantha Brown.

No-fuss Van Xuan is popular for a reason: great prices, assured massage. Photo: Samantha Brown

We also tried a foot massage at Wonder Foot nearby on Nha Tho, and while it was pretty good and set in a pleasant upstairs room away from the ruckus below, we were a bit put off by unfriendly staff insisting that the price did not include service, that would cost an additional 70,000 dong. We always tip, but seems a bit odd that it’s obligatory—just charge a ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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