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“Unprofessional massage”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of The Spa Garden

The Spa Garden
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Hanoi
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10 reviews
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“Unprofessional massage”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Living in Vietnam, I go for a massage at least once a week and I also enjoyed great massages in Thailand several times so can tell the different massage styles (Vietnamese, Japonese and Thai) well appart and like all of them. The outside garden of Spa massage looks promising and my partner and of booked a 90 min Mystique Lao massage. My massage girl was young and, though friendly, had no clue about massage and most definitely hasn't had the opportunity to learn her profession properly. It was more if a stroking exercise with pressing random points of the body. The noise from the aircon and the fan didn't particularely help relaxing either.

Visited October 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“There are better alternatives”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

We came here after it was recommended in the Rough Guide, Luxe guide and the Groovy guide to LP (yes I like guide books!).
Having been to L'hibiscus the day before however we were a little disappointed. It's a bit rough and ready as all the local spas are, but the masseurs seemed a little disinterested. My husband's full body massage was not as good, and the prices were higher.
I'm not sure how Spa Garden has risen to such heights of fame but do look around, there are so many options in town.

Visited August 2012
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Tehran, Iran
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34 reviews
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“it was good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2012

this is one of the things that you can do when it's rainy in Lunag prabang and you don't know what other things to do, my friend and I first went to another place which was closed, they told us that it is so cold!!...then we wentto spa garden, I liked the atmosphere, the girls who massaged us vere professional, but you should not compare these massages to those thy one, otherwise you are going to be disappointed, it was good...hey, don't forget tipping....they deserve it.

Visited October 2011
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New York City, New York
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“Overpriced but clean”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012 via mobile

We went to few different places and Spa Garden is the cleanest and prettiest but the massage is not the best.
The girls show no interest in their job or your satisfaction.
My sugestion is since the massage is so inexpensive comparing to the western world, try several places. Se what works for you.

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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“Good massage, so-so pedicure”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2012

I originally intended to get the aromatherapy massage but it was quite pricey at this location, so I opted for the Lao mystic massage instead (I believe it's just a fancy name for the traditional massage).

I arrived on a Saturday morning without booking. The place definitely looked more upscale (so is the price) than the many other massage parlors along Mekong. The reception spoke good English and is very pleasant.

They were full at that time but would be able to accommodate me in an hour. Since I had time, I got myself a pedicure while waiting. The pedicure itself was so-so: It was a lot shorter than the more elaborate pedicures I've had at many other places. To my disappointment they didn't soak my feet in hot water nor get rid of dead skin at the ball of my feet. Other than that, it was a decent pedicure. (I've had a much better experience at the same price in Bali though! See my review for Murano Spa on Tripadvisor.)

However, the massage itself exceeded my expectations! I've read that Lao massage is a gentler version of Thai, but this session was A LOT gentler than Thai! My masseuse didn't try to contort my body too much (which I really appreciated), and I drifted off at some point (this is another criterion I use to evaluate how good a massage is - massages are supposed to be relaxing, right?).

I was served ginger tea both after the pedicure and after the massage. I accidentally left my sunglasses at the pedicure area before entering the massage room. The reception was kind enough to keep them and returned them to me when I was done with my massage.

Overall, I would recommend this place for massage.

Visited June 2012
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