Review: 152 Massage — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Although it is not internationally recognized Vietnam actually has a huge adult entertainment industry that rivals those of some of its neighbors in Southeast Asia. The local government and press recognizes this fact and discussions over things like regulation and even legalization of the industry have popped up with regularity over the last few years. At the same time places around the country are often raided and occasionally shut down.

Millions of people visit Vietnam for various reasons each year. If they are unaware of the adult oriented industry that exists I would guess that it because it is low key and more oriented toward locals than anyone else. While there are karaoke clubs and massage parlors mainly oriented toward Asian businessmen and a few remaining hostess bars more oriented toward Westerners around the majority of places are set up for local guys.

Although these places are mainly catered to Vietnamese clients they all seem to be accepting of foreigners even when they can’t speak the language. Foreigners who don’t know the routine can be over charged or even ripped off in some places but most places are surprisingly honest and straightforward.

While intimate barbershops are very common in Vietnam massage parlors are probably more numerous. In cities like Saigon many of these massage centers operate inside of two and three star hotels. Places like the previously reviewed Saigon Star are a good example of this sort of establishment. While these businesses see their share of Vietnamese customers they also serve a lot of foreigners.

Some other places operate independently and see few foreigners. The worst massage parlor in Ho Chi Minh City is one example of this sort of place. Another is 152 Massage.

152 Massage is very easy to find. It is located at 152 Tran Quang Khai in District 1. This is a major road that also houses international fast food restaurants and the place even has a big bold sign out front.

Customers enter 152 Massage through a garage at ground level. There they pass a small desk staffed by male attendants who can barely muster a word in the English language. These attendants guide customers to an elevator that takes them up and into the establishment.

Once inside customers are greeted by a male manager who does his best to explain the system. The charge for a VIP session is 600,000 Dong ($27 USD). A superior “super” set costs a bit more. Once customers agree on a service they are given a numbered wrist band like those handed out in Macau’s saunas.

Fitted with a wrist band customers then head up a flight of stairs where they find a lounge filled with uncomfortable leather chairs and two flat screen televisions playing local programming. Customers take a seat and receive an included free drink and foot rub. The foot rubs are given by Vietnamese men which doesn’t seem to bother locals one bit but may feel odd to others. The lounge seems to be a haven for younger local guys with nothing else to do. They may or may not work for the massage parlors.

Once the foot massage is over customers are given the opportunity to tip. It is optional and probably something a lot of locals don’t take very seriously though I imagine the foot rub guys make very little in the way of regular salary and welcome any tips wholeheartedly.

After receiving their complimentary foot rub customers are led up what feels like hundreds of more stairs to one of many massage rooms. In reality probably no more than two flights of stairs are traversed but in the heat of a Saigon summer they can resemble a major mountain.

The VIP rooms at 152 are spartan. While they are outfitted with televisions, lounge chairs, a full tub and a massage table they are nothing like the VIP massage rooms at a place like Minh Tam 2.

Not long after customers enter the rooms they are met but one of the many available masseuses wearing a short pair of skorts and a white top. The masseuses tend to be very attractive women ranging in age from nineteen to twenty five. They are typically very beautiful with white skin and fit bodies. Their hair and makeup is usually very well done even though they are working throughout the day.

Although most of the masseuses at 152 cannot speak much English at all they tend to be warm and courteous. They also tend to be witty which enables them to guide customers through sessions even when they speak a different language.

Sessions at 152 go just as they do at other similar massage parlors. Customers are bathed from head to toe and offered a shampoo. Then they are dried off and taken to the massage table. There they are covered with a towel and given a mediocre back rub. That leads to a front rub. That is followed by an offer of hand service.

Some service providers simply assume that all customers want hand service. Others find a way to ask. Unlike some other massage parlors around town a tip is usually not discussed. The masseuses may assume that any foreigner able to find his way into the place is astute enough to know that the usual tips are between 200,000 and 400,000 Dong ($9-18 USD).

Once the massage service is completed customers are quickly washed off and helped to dress. Then they write down the amount they would like to tip their masseuse on a provided piece of paper. This paper is given to an attendant downstairs who collects the total amount due.

152 Massage is a mid-range massage parlor in the middle of the city. It doesn’t really stand out from many of the others around. At most its rooms may be a little worse for wear and it may have slight more beautiful ladies on staff than some competitors. I give it an average score of two-and-a-half stars.

152 Massage. 152 Tran Quang Khai, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Open seven days a week from noon to midnight. Click here for map.

2.5

16 Comments

  1. guy says:

    found the saigon massage chicas were more keen on giving bj’s then having sex…. and the opposite was true in thailand (generally speaking)

    • rockit says:

      The majority of establishments like massage parlors limit their activities to hand jobs or oral. There are a few reasons for this. They are less likely to get in trouble by limiting themselves to these activities which are pretty easy to hide. They can probably also find more women to work and arguably better looking women to work. There are still thousands and thousands of women offering full service in the city. Only a portion of them work in massage parlors though. Cheers.

    • Deca says:

      I think by the local law, every door of the room in those spas must have a little window and people outside can see what is going on. I think this might be the reason why FS is not available in the spa. And giving Bj seems not as intense as sex in their culture. In Cambodia, it seems the opposite and FS is easier than a bbbj.

    • rockit says:

      What is and isn’t law is flexible and subject to interpretation. In fact some places do not have windows or have windows that are covered. It doesn’t necessarily indicate anything either. Some places have no windows but offer nothing but real massages. Other places have full large windows in the doors but offer full service even in the middle of Ho Chi Minh City. There are also dozens of places in Phnom Penh that offer uncovered oral to customers on a regular basis and often for very little money. Cheers.

    • Deca says:

      Wow. I am so behind you for Phnom Pen and Hochimin.
      I need to catch up. Cheers!!

    • Deca says:

      Rockit, Please share with us where to find cheap bj in Phnom Pehn. Since Sophie’s bar was closed, I couldn’t find anything else there. cheers!

    • rockit says:

      There are no places I know that offer that solely and explicitly but there are numerous small bars and massage parlors where it is offered with regularity and often for just a few dollars. Cheers.

    • Deca says:

      Would you mind giving me the names of bars or parlors? Thanks!!

  2. Rad says:

    Hey buddy,

    love reading your reviews… might come down to hcmc next year… besides ben ny’s.. any other you can recommend? a place for bj, cim and fingering pussies… cheers

    • rockit says:

      Sorry I don’t make recommendations or suggest that anyone do anything. This website is for entertainment only. Cheers.

  3. Rad says:

    Ok mate fair enough… so for Benny’s…. can we choose the girls and finger her pussy and 69 or is that up to the girl?

  4. Matt says:

    Any word on a place that’ll service my American Viet and I together?

    • rockit says:

      I don’t think there are any places like that in Vietnam. If there are, I don’t know about them. Couples services are uncommon even in countries like Thailand with all sorts of adult entertainment. Cheers.

  5. Marley says:

    Hi, I am planning a stag night for a friend and we are considering Ho Chi Minh as a destination. Do you know if there are KTVs in HCM like Alexis in Jakarta, i.e. a private room for a group and ladies to choose from who will stay the night, with the activities getting wilder as the night progresses, e.g. sexy dance etc?

    • rockit says:

      There are definitely KTVs in Ho Chi Minh City and many hire some very good looking women. The Japanese area has some. Most of the time they are pretty much on the straight and narrow however. Some women will negotiate to meet customers after work but it is often unsanctioned by the shops themselves. The “karaoke om” are more low rent and oriented to locals. The ladies who work them are more likely to provide sexual services. Of course this is just what I know and this website is only for entertainment in any event. Cheers.

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