One of the things I love about coming to Asia is the massages. The first time was in China and the masseuse came to my room. It was the best 90 minutes for $10. I requested another massage the next day. Then, I went to Thailand and scheduled several massages.
Well, for my trip to Vietnam, I decided to have a massage in each city I visited. The massages range from 399,000 to 739,000 dong ($15 to $35) between 60 and 90 minutes.
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
After I recuperated from my jetlag, I scheduled my Thai massage on the second day. I promptly arrived for my 60 minutes of bliss. I was escorted into a room and promptly undressed and was on the table with a cloth over me. The masseuse entered and started working on my back. I felt the tension easing out of my body. It was just the right amount of pressure. I was thinking she is great. Then the masseuse asked, “how is the pressure?” I almost bolted when I heard the male voice. Normally, I’ve always gotten a female masseuse in Asia. In the States, I prefer men. It was a welcome surprise.
The Paragon Saigon Hotel spa was one of the best experiences.
Hoi An, Vietnam
I was so ready for my second massage. The hotel was beautiful and enjoyed the intimacy of the Ancient Town of Hoi An. I went ahead a scheduled my 60 minutes massage at the Hotel. It was a disappointment. The firm hand that I was expecting for a Thai did not happen. My masseuse was oil happy. It was not an enjoyable experience but I did have my massage
Hotel: Hotel Mercure Hoi An Royal
For this massage, I opted to do it outside the hotel. I also selected the hot stone massage. I’ve done hot stone before. but my preference is always a Thai Massage. The experience was enjoyable but I will always remember my first in Ho Chi Minh City.
Halong Bay, Vietnam
When I arrived in Halong Bay, it was a rainy day. However, I have no attention in letting rain put a damper on my plans. As I was checking in, the hotel provided a spa menu. I was reading the menu like a novel. The one item that caught my attention was an Indian Massage. I opted for the Ayurveda Abhyanga which is an expression of self-love using hot oil. I had to Google the Ayurveda Abhyanga to get a clear understanding of the massage. It was a regular massage with a variation of using hot oil. It was the best 90 minutes of pure relaxation.
Hotel: Royal Lotus Hotel Halong
My last massage was in Hanoi and once again, I opted to do it outside the hotel. The spa had Cupping on the menu and I was like “yes, I want to do something different”. When I arrived, they told me it was not available. I was disappointed. They offered a 75-minute Thai massage. I did enjoy it, however, I was looking for something different on my last day in Vietnam.
Vietnam will always have a special place in my heart. This was the first country where I had a massage in every city that I visited. Vietnam will definitely see me again.