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Review: Tuan Anh — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tuan Anh is another of the many specialty hair salon massage shops catering to male customers in Ho Chi Minh City. For the most part Tuan Anh and shops like it cater to a local customer base though it doesn’t seem that any discriminate against customers on the basis of their national origins.

Because there are so many similar shops nearby Tuan Anh may get lost in the mix for many. The shop does have a sign but it is the last on the street and it does not necessarily stand out. The only thing that might set the shop apart is the presence of a woman alongside the usual male tout slash security guard who stands out front.

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Tuan Anh has a very small lobby with a few chairs. That is where the three or four ladies on staff congregate in between customers. For most of the day their work seems to consist of laying about or maybe looking at a phone to take the time in between sessions.

The women working at Tuan Anh make up quite a mix for their small sample size. They range in age from probably mid twenties to mid thirties. While beauty is ultimately in the eye of the beholder the gals at Tuan Anh would probably considered average by most men. Unlike the ladies at some other shops in the area the women at Tuan Anh do not wear matching dresses or any other kind of special uniform.

While the situation might appear dire to some the ladies on staff seem to take it all in stride. That seems to be more or less typical of the local industry and the locale in general even if some people do claim things are a lot harsher in the land of the ascending dragon than the land of smiles.

After customers step into the lobby at Tuan Anh and select a service provider they are led up a flight of steep metal steps that look like they may have once been bolted to the side of a helicopter or cargo plane. That leads them to a higher floor which is where services are rendered.

Private rooms on that level are further divided into individual booths as is common of some shops of this type such as the better known Benny’s. The booths are made up of frosted glass connected to metal frames that offer limited privacy without closing things off completely. Since there are rarely more than one customer in the place at a time that’s probably a moot point anyway.

Tuan Anh is a little less equipped than some of its competitors. For example there don’t appear to be sinks in any of the booths and fans are places where one might otherwise expect an air conditioners. Still things are nearly as bad as they are over at the worst massage parlor in Vietnam.

The typical oral services for a shop of this type are offered as a matter of course. Rates also reflect those of the area. That means that locals pay a ticket price of 200,000 Dong ($9 USD) plus whatever tip they want to hand over at the end of a session. Foreign visitors in the know may render a similar amount though many seem to think that the somewhat widespread practice of handing over 400,000 Dong or more is the new norm.

Tuan Anh. 113A Nguyen Phi Khanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Open seven days a week from 11:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

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