Been wandering around the city all day long and need a refreshing ending to your sweaty day? Treat yourself to a massage and you’ll be fully charged of energy again. But question: where can you get the best massage in town? You can ask Mr. Google, or if you have begun reading these words, keep reading till the end.
Massage in Vietnam
Thousands of years ago, people have already resorted to using their hands to help reduce pain by pressing, rubbing, kneading, etc. on parts of the body. Over time, skills had developed, people have created a technique based on using the cleverness of hands and the therapy of acupuncture, which wasn’t called “massage” until now. It is said that Vietnamese massage takes effect from Chinese; however, we can always find the differences between these styles: focus on kneading, working out the knots in your muscles.
There are mainly 2 kinds of massage in Vietnam: the Vietnamese traditional one and the Thai style since the demand of Thai massage is quite high. The bellowing recommendations that we give include both of them. But before revealing, there is an “old-fashion” fact about massage in Vietnam that I think it is quite interesting to know.
Massage Meant Something Else…
When it came to massage parlors, people used to think of it as a place just for men. Those massage parlors were thought to be the place where guys would come for adultery. And as a matter of fact, there used to be thoughts that if a guy is seen going in/out a massage parlor, he’ll be considered as a playboy. But ”used” is the keyword here and now, things are better. More and more people go to parlors, even girls. People realize that massages are a great way to relax after a day of hustling and bustling for life in this big city. So, there is no worry, just keep calm and enjoy your massage, because you are going to be introduced to the 5 best massage places in town.
1. Cat Moc Spa, 61-63 Tran Dinh Xu S.t, D.1
There is the reason as to why Christina’s puts Cat Moc Spa on our recommendations map. This place is top notch. Located on Tran Dinh Xu, a non-busy street in District 1, 500 meters from Pham Ngu Lao backpacker area, it is very easy to find. The area is well-decorated with calming lights, natural melodies and delicate aroma scents that blend through the air flowing through the Vietnamese architecture which brings you peace from the moment you step in. This spa will pay for your transportation to get there (one way). All you need to do is tell the receptionist the amount of money that you paid for your taxi (or Uber), they will refund right after.
The average price is around $10 for 30 minutes treatment and they provide you many choices ranging from Swedish massage, Traditional Thai massage, Hot Stone massage, Vietnamese herbal relaxing massage, facial/body skincare and other beauty services. If you ask for a recommendation of which package to choose, then the 75-minute long Hot stone therapy is ideal when you need a total relaxation or the 30-minute long foot care after a whole day of walking exploration of the city should be considered. And just a small note, you should make a reservation if you’re going with a group of more than 2 people.
2. Miumiu spa, 84 Ngo Duc Ke S.t, D.1
Miumiu has 4 spas in District 1, but the one on Ngo Duc Ke street is the most central one due to its golden location: right in front of the Bitexco Financial Tower and just 800 meters from the Ben Thanh Market. The modern Asian-style architecture of Miumiu Spa combined with the subtle decorative furniture and the tranquil ambiance of melodious music will melt your tension away.
Besides the Vietnamese and Thai massage, Miumiu also introduces you the Shiatsu massage from Japan which focuses on using one’s fingertips only instead of combining the elbow, knee, and clenched fingers during the massage. This treatment is believed to relieve stress, lower back pain, digestive discomfort, headaches and so much more such as help with fertility and reproductive issues. There are only two 30 minutes services for you to choose here: the quick foot or quick body massage, the rest of your options are above 60-minute long which won’t let you down. The fresh ginger essence massage is a favorite among patrons so you should give it a try. Do not worry about tipping as the service fees include a tip for the staff. They will also provide hand-made antioxidant juice before services begin and a cup of Vietnamese tea after. And one last thing, credit cards are accepted and you need to book 24 hours ahead of time. This spa is quite busy, especially on the weekends.
3. Saigon Heritage Spa, 69 Hai Ba Trung S.t, D.1
Ranking number 1 on Tripadvisor, this can’t be recommended any better. Just a few steps from the Saigon Opera House, this is such an ideal place to relax your body. Saigon Heritage welcomes you with its cozy atmosphere, lovely staff and especially the mysterious hallway which are all good signs for an amazing massage.
This spa is very proud of their massage therapists who were trained very carefully before joining the line of in-service massage therapists. They specialize in traditional massage & spa aroma oil from Vietnam & Thailand and beauty services, like facial care, for example, are just the side services. If you ever come here, consider getting the golden package: 40 minutes of body massage with hot stones, with a 30 minute long scrub with THANN salt scrub and a 10 minutes shower. The fascinating hot stones with the added fresh cucumber facial pack will give you the best experience ever. Afterward, a cup of blooming flower tea leaf from the mid provinces of Vietnam is a good way to bring back your consciousness. “Good service, good price” is a perfect way to describe this place.
4. Moc Huong Spa, 9C Ton Duc Thang S.t, D.1
For one looking for the best massage in Saigon, Moc Huong should be on the top of the list. For first timers, it might be a little bit overwhelming because of their extensive menu. They offer a wide range of treatments; from body massage (Hawaiian, Thai, Shiatsu, Swedish, Aromatherapy, Four-Hands, Six-Hands, and their signature Moc Huong Body Treatment), to foot treatments, pedicure and manicure, and facials. To make it easier for you, keep in mind the 90 minutes Moc Huong signature package: perfect amount of time, lots of interesting rubs and stretches. This is also such an ideal place for busy people or those who play sports to take a break. They add express and sports massage with plenty of selections for you to pick and you can even ask the massage therapist to focus on a particular part: head, shoulders, legs, feet, hands, arms, back or neck or you can name them all.
There are both male and female massage therapists for you to choose from and you can even get a massage with two therapists at a time and with an appropriate level of strength based on what you require. Afterward, you will be served a cup of cool tea and a plate full of candied ginger and lotus seeds. Advance bookings are not essential, however, we recommend you to call at least 2 hours earlier to reserve your appointment. Easy to access location, reasonable prices and a wide range of services, you can’t find any better place.
5. Golden Lotus Spa, 15 Thai Van Lung S.t, D. 1 or 139 Ton Nhat Tien S.t, D. 7
Golden Lotus is a Korean-style spa and also known as the first family spa in Vietnam. If you are traveling with your family, this shouldn’t be missed. You can bring the whole family for a Jjim Jil Bang (sauna room), for a Korean style experience. However, the Jjim Jil Bang is only available at Golden lotus spa at 139 Ton Nhat Tien S.t, D.7, which is a bit far from the center of the city.
The Korean style spa treatment is fantastic but the massage services here are also great options and will undoubtedly will satisfy you as well. You won’t have any problem figuring out which service you would get since their menu is so simple and clear. They also have a restaurant here in which you can enjoy some food after your amazing massage. As a recommendation, the 90 minutes body massage with hot stones would be great.
These spas go above and beyond to provide you with the ultimate experience. Now close your browser and head for your massage. A super relaxing rest-of-the-day is waiting for you!