I am a huge fan of massage. Here in England I treat myself to a massage once a month as my job involves heavy lifting. However, in my opinion, nothing compares to Asian massage.
On a trip to Vietnam a couple of months ago, I had the pleasure of experiencing authentic Vietnamese massage.
I felt higher than I have ever felt from a massage after experiencing Vietnamese. I would recommend paying more and visiting a proper spa in Vietnam. You can get treatments for around 3 dollars which is cheap and cheerful. But, to experience a treatment that will improve positivity and feel amazing during and after, expect to pay over 10 dollars. Trust me, it’s worth it. If you are in Hanoi, I recommend SF Spa which is rated highest on Tripadviser. You need to book in advance.
I had a treatment in Hanoi on my last day and tipped my therapist 5 dollars. When she didn’t know I could see her, she kissed the money and put it in her purse. This made me pretty emotional.
For me, massage is a huge part of travel. Especially if travelling solo, massage gives you human interaction and touch, which is very important. It also helps me relax and connect with the culture as most massage therapies in Asia date back thousands of years.