Massage and spa culture is constantly evolving, offering a large range of options with prices to suit all budgets. From facials, mud baths or aromatherapy, whether it’s Thai, deep tissue, or four hands that you’re after, you can find it here. Particularly charming are the spas adorned by antique decor left untouched in old villas, often accompanied by swimming pools and full gardens. Prices will vary depending on the type of treatment.
Local insight: Not exclusively for the ladies, there are plenty of spa and massage options for men.
Beauty depends on style, fashion and confidence from the top of your head to the tips of your perfectly painted toe nails. As one of its top national exports, we suspect that the Vietnamese paint more foreign nails per capita than any other country. Standards are high in nail salons and prices are extremely affordable - usually starting around VND50,000. Splurge on some creative nail art to add colour to your day.
Local insight: Use Salons instead of street beauticians who may not use sterilised tools.
Pamper yourself at one of Saigon’s numerous hair and nail salons. At most salons, VND130,000 will buy you a hair wash and a head massage. If you’re willing to pay for a little more, the city’s luxury salons offer experienced hair gurus at prices that will truly amaze. There are also many street-side stations willing to do quick, cheap cuts. However, if you want a stylish trim, it is worth going to a salon and paying a little extra.
Local insight: Don’t say yes to every question or you will have to shell out for additional services.
A marriage of French countryside and Vietnamese tradition, Dalat is a dreamy, pine-covered city surrounded by undulating hills. The town itself is full of burgeoning flora, and is a hub for both domestic and international tourism...
Vietnam’s local artisans and folk artists produce stunningly ornate work, be it lacquer ware, block prints, silk paintings or calligraphy. Since the 1960s, the ancient practice of embroidery has expanded to include majestic scenes and detailed portraits. Larger works can take over a month to produce, and subjects include beautiful landscapes, animals and traditional Vietnamese flowers...
Nowhere in the world is the diversity and availability of lacquer arts more evident than in Vietnam. With a range that spans from museum pieces to holiday ornaments, it is expansive. Vietnamese people have been processing lacquer for more than 2,000 years. Following a French lacquer painting class in 1930, the art form developed into a technique that combines the traditional Asian and European styles....
XQ Vietnam are known as the masters of embroidery. Their hand-embroidered art is truly fantastic. Created by skilled local craftsmen, the sepieces make great gifts for Vietnamese people, and a meaningful souvenir for international visitors.