I’ve no idea where & when the massage visit to Vietnam but from the feudalist time, the concubines or servants for the King or sorts of had to do something similar once their owners ordered. Then, there were people earning a living just by being a street masseuse when most of their clients are men and the work was carried out right on street pavement, unbelievable huh??.
Along with the “open door” policy, where free entrepreneur was allowed and encouraged, facilitated massage establishments were opened and operated as to meet the demand of that new market economy.
At that time, there was quite a negative rumour running around the masseuses who are mostly young girls. Everyone doubt that there must be something hanky-panky happened between the girl and her clients ( mostly men ) in the massage room. It was ironically a lose-face situation then if your friend/relative saw you stepping into a massage shop in Vietnam.
The doubt was correct as the majority of massage parlours then were where men looking for happy-ending service. Today, more and more proper-run establishments were opened and believe or not, massage business has been mushrooming in all the big cities of Vietnam for over 20 years now. Of course, people don’t see it with a curious eye anymore.
Travel to Vietnam, after some days tour to all the sights in the city of Hanoi or Saigon or just, got back from a long journey to Ha Giang, it is good to think of a massage parlour to ease your legs and back from a lot of walking or long hours drive in the vehicle. For some massage lovers, trying a massage while travelling to a new destination is also a way to enrich their experience.
Some good establishments offer not only a full package but also a detailed menu for you to choose from. It is suggested that a package of 75-90′ can be right for everyone. Starting from the foot with some herbal medicinal foot dip, the body, the hot stone and ending by the head.
Price of this package is ranging from $12-15, including tip. If you ask for a private room, a surcharge may apply for another $7-10. There are plenty of good Vietnam massages in both Hanoi and Saigon but here is our two specific recommendation as below:
In Hanoi: Massage Dai Cat, 102 Tue Tinh Str, Hai Ba Trung Dist, Hanoi. Tel 04-39436303
In Saigon: Massage 118 at 118 Pasteur Str, District 1, HCMC. Tel 08-38215313.
Some further notes:
-Make sure your belongings are well watched or safely placed while being in the Vietnam massage.
-Expect some private talks probably happening between the two masseuses. Feel free to advise them to stop for the good sake of your relaxing hours.
-Even tip included, 90% of the case is nice to try for a further tip. The choice is on you, to give them a little more or to ask for the Manager.
Happy travelling and relaxing!