MASSAGE HOI AN STYLE: A Quintessential Vietnamese Spa Experience
Not sure what to expect from a standard Vietnamese massage in Hoi An? This humorous article will give you all the information you need.
Nomad Yoga Hoi An
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Muay Thai Training in Hoi An
Muay Thai is a martial arts sport and the national sport of Thailand. It’s often referred to as the “Art of Eight Limbs” due to the diverse use of body parts, including punches, kicks, elbows, feet and knee strikes. Known for its unique combination of simplicity and power, it’s quickly growing popular among locals and expats in Hoi An as a great way to tone up, build strength and de-stress.
A Luminary Life
I experienced Osho Dynamic Meditation for the first time at a community center in the backstreets of Tokyo when a Japanese friend invited me to try this peculiar-sounding technique that she’d been raving about for years.
A Luminary Life: A Path to Wellness and Healing in Hoi An
A Luminary Life is an exciting find with its diverse therapeutic offerings. Its adventurous menu is geared towards the holistically-inclined with several niche treatments, as well as some well-known techniques such as Reiki, acupuncture, and osteopathy. The schedule frequently shifts to include new therapies aimed at enhancing individuals’ mental and physical wellbeing.
Pure Beauty Spa
The recently opened PURE Beauty SPA is primarily a Beauty Treatment Centre. As well as the usual massage, manicure and pedicure services on offer, there is an extensive array of treatments to be enjoyed using next-generation high tech equipment, all delivered in a pristine and professional environment.
Coral Spa $-$$
In the midst of An Hoi’s crowded “Spa Alley” lies Coral Spa – a place that could easily be overlooked but one that’s well worth seeking out. Because what Coral Spa offers is more than your average massage. Walking in here is like visiting friends, ready for an afternoon of giggles and chats. A fun setting in which you can slip off your shoes and settle in for some superb service.
Five Senses Spa $ – $$
Five Senses Spa is, and always has been one of my favorite Hoi An spas. The reason? Simply put, they employ the best masseuses in town and once you find your dream massage why go elsewhere? That is why I, like many other regular customers, keep coming back year after year.
Citrus Health Spa $$
The day I went to Citrus Health Spa was blustery, with that kind of misty rain that accumulates on your glasses. It was dark, gray, and downright dismal that day which was why, when I walked into the spa, it was like stepping into a lemon grove of pure warmth and light.
Pandanus Spa $-$$
Considering Hoi An’s confusing profusion of spas on every corner, Pandanus Spa is a standout. Owned by husband and wife, An and Anh, this little place is clean, relatively cheap and provides a consistently good massage. So good in fact, that this reviewer, after paying, walked home with glassy eyes and her shirt on back to front.
The Magic Spa $$
If you want the feeling of visiting a lavish spa without having to splash out for gold décor, The Magic Spa could be just your spot. This place is all about the pampering so get their silk robes on and enjoy the magic hands of their masseuses.
If you’re looking for a reasonably priced quality massage in a place where the atmosphere and calming ambience is one of a resort day spa then Palmarosa Spa is definitely worth a visit. Using 100% natural ingredients, their healthy range of treatments includes facials, body scrubs, massage, foot massages and manicures. They also have a crèche.
Hoi An Blind Massage Center $
There’s no fancy towels, floating music or wafting oils but it’s clean and for $5 you can get one of the best massages in town and it won’t be just your body that feels good when you walk out. Your blind or partially-sighted masseur, who would battle without your patronage, will get a boost too.
Massage & Spas
In Hoi An, there are more massage parlours available than limbs that need rubbing From budget, no-frills affairs to lavish sanctuaries, it’s actually quite easy to reach Nirvana here. Or to get pretty damn close.
Charities in Hoi An
Charities in Hoi An and Vietnam in general are desperately needed and appreciated as social spending by governments is often negligible in many areas. In this context, corrupt and fraudulent practice can sometimes run riot.
Annen Yoga Studio
Many people know Annen mainly for its restaurant that serves delicious Vegetarian food. But attached to the restaurant is also the Annen Yoga Studio, offering classes in English and Vietnamese.
La Luna Spa $$
Soft music, trickling water and lovely Sunny (Tram) on reception welcomed me into La Luna Spa, a place that felt a world away from busy Bà Triệu outside. While reluctant to reach for the usual massage spa clichés, I really did feel like I’d entered an oasis of calm!
The Kianh Foundation, Hoi An: The Journey
There was never a less likely candidate to work with children than Jacquie Wrafter. ‘If I stared at other people’s children, they bellowed’, she laughs. Nevertheless, after leaving her publishing job and taking off for a year around the world, this is exactly what she found herself doing.
Na Spa Escape $$
Na Spa Escape does what it says on the tin; that is, it allows to you escape. Unlike the countless massage joints that populate Hoi An’s Old Town, this place provides a true retreat. Set in the middle of...
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White Rose Spa
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Vietnamese Zodiac: The Dark Side
Ever wonder why zodiacs all over the world only have good things to say about everyone? Even faults are seen as positives as everyday reality goes out the window. You have to wonder where all the misery, war and poverty in the world comes from when reading these ‘fairy tale’-like descriptions where everybody is smart, compassionate and talented. This is a good marketing ploy that sucks in readers but it’s not much use to anyone.
1984 Tattoo Studio
Just a 10-minute bicycle ride from the Old Town, Western-style 1984 Tattoo Studio sprung up mid-2017 alongside Vietnam Backpacker Hostels Hoi An on Cua Dai.
1984 Tattoo & Piercing Hoi An
1984 Tattoo & Piercing was established in Hanoi in 2015. It was one of the first professional tattoo parlors in Vietnam with a professional working process and an emphasis on hygiene. Within 3 years 1984 had established 2 new studios with a second in Hanoi and a bold, new venture in Hoi An.
Emotion Spa $$
What makes an excellent spa experience? Discretion? Atmosphere? Professionalism? Great service? Emotion Spa offers all these things – and more. Their five-star TripAdvisor rating is well-deserved and though I have personally visited more than my fair share of spas, Emotion Spa is edging towards my all-time favorite.
Get Fit for Real: Tuan Toan Gym & Fitness Centers
Tuan Toan Gym & Fitness Centers are perfect for anyone looking for a good workout, whether you’re a professional athlete or finally making good on that resolution from three years ago. Owned by former bodybuilding champion, Mr. Toan, the gym has a competitive feel with upbeat music pulsing and photos of toned athletes covering the walls.
Ma Spa $$
Ma Spa offers a touch of luxury in the peaceful rice paddies, just far enough from honking horns and the noise of the streets to ensure you get pampered in peace. It’s a hidden gem and the start up 20% discount is available to all those who utter the magic words “Hoi An Now” when booking.
Children’s Hope In Action
Robyn Morley started Children’s Hope in Action (CHIA) in 2006 after spending the previous five years setting up disability services at Hoi An Orphanage. Despite continuing development in Vietnam there’s still a large gap between rural and urban areas regarding access to basic human needs.
Body Piercing: Hoi An Now’s Travel Guide to Money Saving
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Hoi An has several public gyms and fitness centers and a number of more expensive ‘health clubs’ that are attached to major hotels. Air conditioning aside, the much cheaper public gyms match and sometimes surpass their hotel-based rivals in both equipment and facilities.
Vist to a Thay Boi (Clairvoyant)
‘Strictly no photos’ whispered Ha, my office manager, as we made our way towards a small, dimly lit room. Hunched over a tiny round table, the 60-something Ly, dressed in the ubiquitous Vietnamese pyjamas, commenced by lighting incense and chanting then followed it all with a tonsil-dancing yawn.
Thanh Barber Shop $-$$
Crammed between two shops along bustling Cửa Đại, sits an unassuming, single-room building – Thanh Barber Shop. The worn sign out front was the only indication of what lay inside, the letters fading from the barrage of years of sun and rain. Inside is a simple setting, with no bells or whistles, for men looking to avoid the fluff.
A. Nho Hairdressing Salon & Spa $$
There is no such thing as a ‘bad hair day’ in Hoi An because that would indicate good hair days. With a humidity-reading constantly off the Richter scale, most days my frizzed out, brittle crown of glory makes me look like one of those cartoon characters who stuck their finger in a plug socket.
Are flower essences the new Prozac? Maybe so according to a recent Vogue article. Whatever the case, natural is very in right
‘Pick a card’, said Gillian Harrison holding out a pack. What you pick dictates where the crystal healing should be targeted. According to my card, I needed to gain confidence and detox my mind because negative energy was blocking my creative flow.
The brain child of Antoine and his partner Anh, Essensian provides clients with the tools they need to connect and ‘grow a rich interior world’ through yoga, meditation, and essential oil application.
JACK’S CAT CAFE $$
Must like cats … and truly great vegetarian food … and places off the beaten path … and, well, cats … lots of them, seventy-two to be precise. Jack’s Cat Cafe offers quality vegetarian fare in a shaded, spacious oasis of trees, ponds and pagodas.
My Gym in Hoi An: Nguyen Viet Toan Gym and Fitness Center
This review was written in April 2016. Since then Mr Toan has gone from strength to strength.