Pretty good massage place. It's clean and warm with good and soft blankets, so nice in winter. The room by itself is a little small but it is ok. The massage was good but not strong enough for me.
They could not advise me about the best essential oil to use in function of my profile so i don't think they really do "aromatherapy". They just add some perfumed oil in the massage and that's all. No advice about the choice of the oil.
I just would like to precise that Just Massage reopened a few months ago. So I think you should try both, Dzung and Just Massage, to see what is your favorite place.
So I normally don't write reviews here but I noticed the latest one by Asienizen and it made me really angry to see such a ridiculously thoughtless and uninformed piece about a place that's been my local hang out for over 3 years.
If you're going to write a review on here check your facts before just wildly slating a local business and accusing them of taking advantage! How hard is it just to ask a few polite questions to the staff about the new prices instead of moaning like a b**** on the New Hanoian and potentially affecting someones livelihood?
Firstly Ete just got a new English chef in who is totally changing and trying to improve the menus, which is obviously both a difficult and time consuming process. If you eat there right now you'll notice there are some big improvements already, and shock horror, better food costs more money!
Secondly, even if, which I highly doubt, the price was ramped up for Tet, think about where you live. The staff are mostly Vietnamese. They don't have ANY big holidays except for Tet, the one time of year where nearly everyone gets to spend a lot of time with their family. Nearly all restaurants, bars and shops close for at least a few days. But some of them give this up because they really need the money.
So Asienizen, the next time you're sipping a cocktail on holiday and lamenting the tragic and heart breaking loss of 20,000 VND maybe think about this. Why the hell shouldn't they expect something? Hanoi and it's citizens aren't your personal entourage in a 5 star hotel slaving away for under 5 dollars an hour just so everything is perfect for you and your wallet every day of the year!
I for one was extremely grateful Ete was open during Tet. It's a total nightmare during this time to find somewhere to go that you can buy decent food and that's sociable too. Sure, the place isn't perfect, it's a little pricey (relatively, still ridiculously cheap for western standards) and sometimes things aren't the way you want, but this is true of pretty much any of the main Western hang outs here.
Ete rocks, friendly staff, tasty food, good drinks and a fun and welcoming atmosphere. It's the one place in Hanoi which feels like a local where I can escape from all the craziness. Thanks to everyone there for doing such a great job!
bun cha was quite delicious but the seats were not very clean, the owner was not seem to be welcoming. one set is a lot, it could make you really full, but the meat was overgrilled so i'm afraid they are not quite heathy. the shop was messy, squeezy, i still wonder whether this is part of vietnamese culture...
After living in Hanoi for two years and visiting Ete dozens of times, I feel like I can give a somewhat informed review.
This December, I began visiting Ete frequently because it's close to my new office and I was quite impressed with the food. The prices were not cheap but reasonable, and the portions were massive. I enjoyed the wide selection available on the menu, and dishes were well made. I began to eat at Ete at least 3 times a week, because I thought the selection, portion size and price were great.
During Tet, I saw that Ete would be open, and so I went over to order a meal. To my dismay I noticed they had changed from their normal extensive menus to a much-reduced menu printed on a massive board, inscribed with "Happy New Year" on the top. I then noticed something about these "special" menus - they had "special" prices - higher prices to be exact. I was not very happy with their "Happy" menus and thought - you're going to take advantage of fewer restaurants open at this time of year by charging me more? But I figured that once the holiday ended, Ete would bring back their normal menus. So I stopped coming to Ete until after Tet in the hope that the prices would go back down.
I came back to Ete several days after Tet and they still were using the less-selection, higher-priced, "Happy" New Year menus. I asked the staff why this was the case, but didn't get much of an answer. I came back a week or so later, and they still hadn't returned to their original prices and selections. I asked some of my other friends who frequented Ete, and they noticed the same thing, many felt the food quality wasn't what it used to be. Furthermore, some of the portions didn't seem quite as large as before Tet. So I decided to stop eating at Ete, and now only go to drink an occasional beer.
In conclusion: it seemed like the management at Ete decided to use the New year as an excuse to raise their prices and drastically reduce the former menu selections and dish sizes. So I'm charged more for less, and this is a sad, but all-too-common occurrence at so many good places in Hanoi. This is unfortunate because this virtually eliminates all of the reasons why I started going to Ete in the first place. Before the new year I spent about 600,000VND a WEEK at Ete, now I hardly go there at all and spend maybe 100,000 a MONTH.
So people of Ete, if you thought you were going to make more money by charging more for less, it didn't work with me. Sorry :(
I had a thorough tour of a few gyms in Hanoi when moving here. I was used to my boutique gym in the US and didn't want to compromise too much if I didn't need to.
I am not disappointed in CFYC. Though a bit expensive (you'll be paying about the same as or more than nice gyms in the US), it has seemed well worth the cost. The facilities are clean, spacious, and well-maintained for the most part. The club takes up four floors in the tower, and though at times it can get crowded, generally you won't have a problem finding the equipment you need. The staff is friendly and professional as are most of the gym-goers. The variety of equipment is pretty decent. There are plenty of treadmills, exercise bikes, dumbbells, weight machines, etc. There is even an MMA style fighting ring. On the fourth floor is where they have two yoga studios, a group class studio, and even a "relaxation area" where you will frequently (and oddly) find people taking a nap before and after classes. Locker rooms are decent with plenty of showers, a sauna, and steam room.
Now on to the negatives. Firstly about the locker rooms: when you check into the gym, you are assigned a locker number. This may not seem like that big of a deal but more often than not, you are squashed into a small area with 3 to 4 other people trying to access lockers immediately next to yours. This is not an issue of space, but rather the fact that the staff prefers to assign the same lockers over and over again. This leads to 5 people in a 1 square meter section of lockers and the rest of the lockers unused. This has been reported to their district manager and they claim that the issue is being dealt with. On to the other facilities: for being a pretty high-end gym (sometimes it feels more like a night club than a gym), it's lacking a couple of important things. I miss foam rollers, medicine balls, and kettle bells (although the report is that all of these are currently on order). Also, when it comes to personal training, a large portion of the Vietnamese trainers are not quite up to Western standards. Vietnam doesn't really have a fitness culture and it is still catching up. The higher ups in the company are working hard to get all of the trainers on the same page by sending people to train the trainers, but as you would imagine, it's a slow process. If you do decide to get a trainer here, be discerning and do your research. Generally speaking, picking one of the western trainers will keep you the safest, though there are a few of the Vietnamese trainers who aren't bad. Lastly it gets HOT in there, especially when it's crowded; so dress accordingly and bring a towel (you can get one at the gym, but it'll cost you).
The cons, though the list is long, really don't outweigh the pros. And they seem genuinely concerned with addressing any issues that are brought up. This is probably the best gym in Hanoi. Followed closely by Elite Fitness (Elite gets kudos because they have a pool - something that would elevate CFYC even more)
I think The Kitchen is great - nice decor, always a good atmosphere with comfortable chairs and sofas, candles in the evening, attentive staff and excellent coffee. It's always got great music and the food is good, though I always go for the Mediterranean salad as it's so good. There is an imaginative array of fruit juices and smoothies too. A bit pricey, but not more than other places of the same kind.
Unlike many other massage spas, Karen offers a really unique therapy and most of all, her time. She really gets to know what the issues might be and spends time focusing on them. She can somehow tap straight into areas of pain and relieve them. At some stages I could feel the energy moving around my body, it was really an amazing experience. I would recommend trying the different treatments as they are quite different but from what I have experienced so far, equally good.
Having my lunch there serveral times with my friends. Nothing better to warm a cold day in Hanoi than dishes like this eel noodle. The scrumptious soup remains the same quality since my first try. So I keep coming back.
Only 25,000vnd/bowl of mien nuoc(for me, mien nuoc-eel noodle w soup is my fav, but there are some other kinds like mixed noodle... They also offer soya milk (10,000vnd) and ice tea if you order.
Definitely an excellent gym in terms of equipment, facilities and especially classes. Since I live so close, it's extremely convenient for me to hit the gym before work for yoga and then after work for whatever class they're offering.
I think they do a great job with their classes (yoga, Zumba and cycling are the ones I frequent), quite comparable to what I'm used to in the States. The only downside is that they're mostly in Vietnamese, but if you've attended similar classes in English, you can pretty much follow along with the moves. (I've also been picking up some Vietnamese in the process - like how to count to 10 and say "inhale!" - so that's a nice plus.)
The price is a bit steep, but that only encourages me to go even more to make sure I get my money's worth. The staff is welcoming and kind to me as well - then again, I'm a tiny Indian American girl in fairly decent shape, but I know they may treat others differently. I've noticed the local gym-goers also have some personal space issues - they might get a bit too up in your space, but just stealthly side-step away. You also might find some of them want to work out on the machine exactly right next to you, when there's a whole line of them available down the ways. Just hang in there, stay in your own zone. You get out of it what you put into it and it's a great experience over all.
ALSO - make sure you bring a towel, it's like a sauna in there.
I am currently a client of Hugues. I have had chronic pain in my right knee for approximately 2 years. After several procedures including an arthroscopy and both invasive and remedial services I came upon Hugues' clinic. After maybe 6 sessions Hugues managed to find the correct treatment drawing upon his nearly 20 years of service to physiotherapy. Before Hugues I struggled to walk without limping. Now, I am jogging as well as a 45 man can jog. In 6 sessions Hugues has managed to trump Highly regarded surgeons both here and Thailand with his manipulative and successful treatment of my knee. I am a skeptic of physio's no more!
Well done Mr Tierny
I lived in Da Nang for a little more than 3 years, visited HCM a couple of times, and my choice of taxi had always been Mai Linh. The flag down rate was dependent on whether the vehicle was big or small, but not once did I experience any problem whatsoever with their driver or the meter. Their drivers were courteous, honest and friendly.
I am returning to Vietnam in 2 weeks, this time to work in Hanoi, and this early, I am thinking of where to get a Mai Linh taxi at the airport when I arrive at past midnight.
NEVER TAKE THIS COMPANY. I have lived here awhile now and never take this 'reputable' company because it so expensive usually opting for thanh nga or thang cong. Tonight there were no other options at the bar so we took a mai linh as we live less than 1km from the bar. The meter came to 28,000 dong so I handed the driver 30,000 dong. When he saw the amount he threw it at me and said the cost was 80,000. I replied that no the meter read 28,000 and he immediately got really pissed and started screaming 'F*** YOU' at me... I got scared and threw the money at him (I now wish I had given him no money) and quickly exited the cab. He got out still screaming 'F*** YOU' at us until he realized we were entering an apt building with a security guard. What a sorry excuse for a man and a taxi driver. I so regret not standing up for myself and taking his information. He acted inexcusably. NEVER TAKE THIS COMPANY, is my only advice. If they are going to charge so much more than other companies in Hanoi they should monitor their drivers much better.
I went for a massage/herbal bath today because they were running a special for Women's Day. I brought headphones and prepared for the worst-chattering girls, noise, communal massage rooms, and it was the complete opposite.
A woman brought me tea while they prepared the room and then led me up a staircase into a private room. The woman gave me some super cute disposable undies and a light blanket. The room was quiet except for some peaceful music. She made sure the pressure was okay a couple times but besides that didn't talk-I'm not sure she spoke any English outside the standard couple questions and answers but it wasn't necessary. The massage was wonderful and professional-feet, legs, arms/hands, back, neck. There was no weird stomach, breast, or butt massage.
The bath was in an adjoining room and had two good-sized wooden tubs and a shower. The bath was beautiful & filled with pink flower petals and lime slices. She came back a couple minutes later with tea and then left me to soak until time was up. I dressed and came back downstairs and was given more tea and some sliced watermelon. I had no idea other people were even there (that's how quiet it was) until two more women came down the stairs.
The woman at the desk (with the best English) said most clients are from Japan and she can speak Japanese as well.
All in all a great experience, very professional and relaxing. The prices are a bit steep compared with other places but I'll definitely splurge again and come back-it was worth it.