Good things to know and scams to avoid
Don’t expect the same quality as Thailand. This goes for both sexual and non-sexual massages. The girls are uneducated and usually aren’t very professional, but they are relaxing. Tipping is expected so always check if it’s included in the price to avoid any shocks later on. This can catch people by surprise.
You’ll often get poor service. Girls are pushy to attract foreigners
inside and the attractive ones wearing skimpy clothes may not be the
ones who give you your massage - you don’t get to select the girl that
Unlike the massages that I’ve had in Thailand and Cambodia,
you’re not usually naked on the table. You’re expected to keep your
underwear on or wear the shorts that they provide.
The latter is a
better option unless you don’t mind getting your underwear covered in
oil. You’re only naked in the steam-rooms or baths in VIP or Super VIP
rooms in the hotels.
As with most things in Vietnam, people see foreigners as dollar signs
and will do almost anything to get your money. Scams are common along
Bui Vien and Pham Ngu Lao.
There are two in particular to be
aware of. The first is that someone goes through your locker and when
you confront them they become aggressive. The other is when two girls
are working on you – one appears to have a coughing fit and excuses
herself to drink water whilst the other works heavily on your neck as a
As she exits she slips her hand in your clothes hanging on
the door and takes something to give to her friend outside.
not always easy to tell which ones will be honest or not. Typically, if
someone is actively trying to get you to have a super cheap massage,
they will have ulterior motives.