Review: Liberty 2 — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Liberty 2 is one of the many hotel based massage facilities located in District 1 of Vietnam‘s southern financial center Saigon. Perhaps it is more accurate to say that the hotel is called Liberty 2 and the massage facilities are located inside of it. The hotel is undoubtedly the main business even though the sauna draws its fair share of customers.

Entering the massage facilities is as easy as going through the doorway immediately to the left of the main entrance to the hotel. This doorway contains a flight of stairs that lead up to a front desk. Customers can go around the desk and to the right to enter a decent if quiet bar with nice looking wait staff or they can tell the English speaking woman at the front desk that they want a massage. Customers are then shown a price sheet that indicates the rate for a massage which is 420,000 Dong ($19 USD) payable after the session is over with.

There is a section with lockers were a lot of locals leave their stuff to use some of the facilities in the place but the front staff seems keyed in to the fact that most visitors would rather skip over this since they lead them directly up another flight of stairs into one of the many massage rooms.

The massage rooms aren’t tiny but they definitely aren’t spacious either. The VIP rooms at a place like Minh Tam 2 are certainly much better even if the service is otherwise pretty much the same.

After the customer is led to the room he is expected to disrobe and wrap up in a towel while waiting for the masseuse to arrive. The masseuses wear uniforms that change from time to time though a short sleeve white top and a purple cloth skirt with shorts sewed is pretty representative. They each have numbers that customers can refer to when requesting a specific masseuse though they don’t always wear them.

The women working as masseuses are almost all good looking and in some cases absolutely gorgeous. They seem to range in age from 19 to the upper 20’s. There don’t seem to be any women doing massages who are older than that and none are unfit or overweight.

The masseuses speak English to varying degrees with most only able to say a few words and a very select few being able to speak at a near fluent level. Of course this only matters so much at a massage place where everything is pretty self explanatory.

When the masseuse enters the room the customer lays face down on the table and the massage begins. None of the masseuses seem to be particularly skilled in this regard and a few can barely massage at all. A select few can deliver a decent rub down but I’m not sure how important this is to most customers.

After some back rubbing the customer is instructed to flip over and the front side is then worked over. There can be some hinting around and bumping into sensitive areas here but it isn’t always done. In some cases a mediocre massage is simply followed by a direct inquiry as to whether or not the customer wants a special massage which means a happy ending done by hand.

With small glass windows in the doors of each room and some foot traffic going back and forth in the halls virtually all the time nothing more seems to be on the table. This may contribute to the ability of places like this to function but I can’t be sure because I don’t know how things go behind the scenes in Vietnam.

In some cases the masseuses try to negotiate a tip before performing the special services but usually it seems to go unmentioned. Tips are given after the fact with the usual rate being equal to the price of the massage or a little more at 500,000 Dong which is just over 22 US dollars.

As I have written many times before it is tough to rank the skills of a large number of women working in any place like this. There are so many factors and variables that it doesn’t make much sense to try to make an overall judgement. While one woman may be an expert with her hands another may be a total klutz who doesn’t know a thing about the soft touch despite her line of work. At the very least it would be fair to say that the women who work at Liberty 2 are dedicated to their work and do their best to make sure the customer leaves satisfied if only to ensure that they make decent tips.

Even beyond that though the women do have a general sweetness to them that is a very admirable feature considering their line of work and the fact that they surely have to deal with all sorts of guys including those who don’t know how to act like gentlemen. My hats off.

After the massage is wrapped up the masseuse typically hangs around and helps the customer get dressed before leading him back downstairs to the front desk where he can settle his tab. There are usually male porters downstairs who can hail a taxi. They seem to be very grateful for even a small tip even though they thankfully don’t come right out and ask for them.

As a decent place with attractive women that has been around for quite awhile the Liberty 2 is a good example of an establishment of its kind in Ho Chi Minh City. Taking everything including other businesses in the area into consideration I think it the place deserves an above average score of three stars.

Liberty 2. 129-133 Ham Nghi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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17 Comments

  1. Eric says:

    Thanks for the review. I go there quite often as it is conveniently located and I can chill out at the bar after. The review is pretty accurate, nothing to correct imo. As usual they will always haggle the price but lowball from 200 000vnd and then raise to 300 000 and they will usually accept. Don’t go over that. They would rather make 300000 than lose it or get 100 000 for just a massage. I’m always trying to find new places.

    • rockit says:

      Thanks for the report. It seems that most customers who can speak Vietnamese pay 300,000 or so while most who cannot pay a little more. New reports from Saigon are on the way. Cheers!

  2. Viz says:

    nice report. I would say 400k isn’t too much. Did they offer both leg and back massage ? It’s kinda bad if you just get a massage for 400k. What I typically paid is sauna with 2 legs and back massage for roughly 2 hours, totaling 400k. I tip 500k usually too since it’s hard work on the girl :) next time, tell her to take her bras off. It’s usually a thing that many people ask for, and a generous tip will help them remember you ( and maybe you can get something extra next time).

    • rockit says:

      Sorry, but you pay 400,000 for 2 hour massages where? The price stated in the this review is accurate for locals and foreigners alike. Cheers.

    • Viz says:

      here it is
      http://hocban.net/dia-chi/109014-hotel-phong-lan-2.htm

      generally, it’s pretty low-key, so ask for a massage (on second floor or 3rd, behind a door of the hotel’s restaurant), and proceed! I’m not quite sure if they can speak English, but these are more local friendly. Tip the manager like $2 or so to bring you a nice looking girl. If you don’t like it, exchange for another one. There used to be a hot girl that i frequent there. However, she quit when i came back the second time. Remember, if you don’t like one, just ask for exchange (after you tipped the manager a few dollars ). 400k is a little too much, i think i only spent like 300k there each time, 2 years ago. It’s in district 9, so it’s a little less touristic. However, i can promise quality girls, and a hj. Most of them are under 25. As far as i know, all the girls i went with are under 20 years old.

      I plan to come back soon after 2 years of living in U.S. That’s how much i miss it lol. If you can, bring a local with you so you can get the best treatment without being ripped off.

  3. Deca says:

    I think the rates just went up. I was there in the beginning of October, this year and
    the entrance fee was 250,000 dong. It used be a lot less last year i.e. 220,000 or 180,000
    if you came after midnight. I’ve been there probably 6 times or more in the past 3 years and
    it is one of the best deals for quality back rubs and a good HJ at the end. If you don’t want
    you don’t have to do it .
    Yes the girls try to negotiate as much as 500,000 dong for a tip for a HJ.
    I only paid 200,000 dong for a tip as my Vietnamese friends told me. I usually pay just 100,000 dong
    for a tip for a legit massage without any hankypanky. They will try to get 200,000 for a tip anyway
    but you can decline after writing the tip again and canceling it at the cashier’s. You have to explain
    to the cashier that the girl tried to extort more tip out of it and they will let you walk away. But you
    have to explain to them you just wanted a legit massage and you didn’t get any hand job, which
    can be embarrassing to explain but they have been very understanding at this and
    all other hankypanky massage spas as I really just want a good massage and nothing more.
    Also, you can have etra 30 min of free foot massage at the end with another staff.
    You are required to tip another man or
    girl for at least 50,000 dong but they will all try to get 100,000 dong from you. So you might have to
    haggle a bit even for this 30 min extra service.
    Cheers!!

    • rockit says:

      Rates seem to be going up across the board in Vietnam for everything. Then again the Dong has been weakening against the dollar.

    • jardon says:

      Certain gals will try to weasel 500,000 from you and give you the story that other guys are paying them that. Don’t buy into that baloney, it’s all part of their game.

    • rockit says:

      Some guys surely are paying that much though. I bet some even pay a whole lot more. Getting to know a lot of working women has shown me that in most places locals pay the most reasonable rates as a general rule but there are always some local guys and visitors who shell out huge amounts of money often times for nothing. A gal I know who left the go go bar game years ago was just telling me about a Singaporean who would often barfine her, take her out to eat, then give her the equivalent of $100 USD and send her home. Cheers.

  4. jardon says:

    Check out another nearby hotel called Vien Dong. They have some cute ones there.

    • rockit says:

      The Vien Dong houses one of the many hotel based massage parlors that I will probably review in 2016. Cheers.

  5. cardinal says:

    i’ll never understand why people travel 6000 miles or so to pay for a handjob!…anyway….
    How many massage places in hcm provide full service?..and what districts have the most.
    It seems KTV is the best way to go for proper inercourse-is my assumption right?…..good website btw…

    • rockit says:

      I don’t know that anyone travels specifically from the US or Europe to Vietnam for a handie but for people who live closer, live in Vietnam or are there for any host of other reason the service can often be attractive. There are “karaoke om” places in Vietnam along with adult oriented barbershops, cafes and more as I have written about elsewhere on this site. Foreigners looking for full service usually resort to freelancers at places like Apocalypse Now, women who are promoted on motorbikes or apps like WeChat or select full service massage parlors that are only open to foreign men. Cheers.

    • meow says:

      “select full service massage parlors that are only open to foreign men”

      rockit, can you name some of these and where I can find them.

    • rockit says:

      Hopefully you can understand that I omitted such information purposely, and why. Cheers.

    • Deca says:

      I would like to know where there are. Rockit!! I have been to Vietnam for many times but haven’t found such massage parlors!!

    • rockit says:

      There’s a good reason I haven’t written about the exact locations of such places that I’m aware of. Many are near the airport. Cheers.

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