It’s something we say when parting from one another – “mind yourself”, “take care” or a similar expression to that effect. But how many of us truly look after ourselves as much as we deserve, or indeed, as much as we look after others?
Whether you’re traveling or living in Hoi An, it’s definitely okay to treat yourself once in awhile. Because in the midst of all the sightseeing and shopping, after a day’s dodging wayward motorbikes or over-enthusiastic market ladies, it’s time to take some time out.
Whatever your take is on a “me day” – whether that means a few hours spend on a treadmill, a relaxing massage or a yoga session – here are all the ways you can rejuvenate and restore yourself in Hoi An. You’ll also find our guides to Hoi An’s tattoo scene and local charities below.
Yoga Hoi An
When in Hoi An, you’ve got several options if finding somewhere to practice yoga is high on your list. From modern yoga studios to gyms that also offer yoga classes, there is something to fit everybody’s taste. On top of classes suited to avid practitioners and casual yogis alike -ranging from Ashtanga, Hatha to meditation, you can also sign up for a 200-hour yoga teacher training course in Hoi An.
Lastly, if you’re an independent yogi looking for a serene spot to unroll your mat, we recommend An Bang beach as a great place to escape the hustle and bustle and breathe in that fresh sea air.
While some are on the search for the perfect souvenir to remind them of a place they visited, others prefer something more permanent. Until a few years ago, there was only one tattoo studio in Hoi An. Now, it’s a Millenial’s paradise.
You have plenty of artists to choose from and if you lack inspiration, you will also find someone willing to draw something for you from scratch. Needless to say you will end up paying a fraction of what you would normally pay back home so if you’ve been dreaming of two full sleeves and a life-sized tiger’s face on your back, now is the time!
If your way to unwind is by pumping some iron or hitting the treadmills at the gym, there are quite a few good gyms and health & fitness clubs where you can keep up your workout routine and release some endorphins whilst in the city. However, if you’re looking for great equipment in air-conditioned rooms and life’s little extras like picturesque swimming pools, saunas and steam rooms there are plenty of fitness rooms in the city’s high-end hotels. You can get a day pass if you’re only in town for a short time.
Massage & Spas
If massages are your non-guilty pleasure then Hoi An is the ideal destination for you. With a myriad of Hoi An massage choices, there’s no shortage of places to recharge those batteries with a good rub down.
The city is home to plenty of ‘day spa’ options. They offer a similar pampering experience to hotels but without the price tag. Here you’ll walk into low lit rooms, beautiful décor infused by swirling incense and mellifluous music. Whilst they may be a little bit more expensive than the corner spas, you’re still likely to pay less than you would back home so why not take advantage of those low prices and indulge?
If you fancy a splurge, there are various boutique hotels and resorts sprinkled across town, where you can find an extensive list of face, body, feet and hand care services.
Charities in Vietnam
No matter if you are an expat living here or just a tourist passing by, a little goes a long way and the amount of money you might spend on food, accommodation and different activities for a few days can help a family for several months. Have a look at the charities in Hoi An and if you find a cause you would like to support, don’t hesitate to contact them.
Hairdressers in Hoi An
Finding a good hairstylist whilst travelling or living abroad can be similarly challenging. What’s considered to be ‘good’ is somewhat subjective, so whilst we can point you in a sensible direction, finding a salon that you’re happy with is ultimately a game of trial and error.
However, it’s important to mention that there are few hair salons in Hoi An which are run by expats and have English-speaking staff. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also go to a local place with a picture of your desired outcome.