Wellness Tourism in Vietnam

Since the COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of environmental concerns, wellness tourism has seen tremendous growth around the world. People are now placing increased emphasis on their health and well-being, resulting in an increased demand for relaxation, fitness and self-discovery trips.

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Vietnam, a new land of well-being

Wellness tourism, defined by the Global Wellness Institute  (GWI) as a journey focused on improving personal well-being, is gaining popularity. This trend, already well established in India, Japan, China, Thailand and Indonesia, is now resonating in Vietnam.
Vietnam, with its sublime landscapes, refined gastronomy and fascinating history, has long attracted travelers from around the world. But the country also has immense potential for wellness tourism, a facet still unknown that deserves to be explored.
A land of thousand-year-old traditions, Vietnam is now a must-see destination for a trip to the heart of well-being. Straying from the beaten path, the country unveils a unique holistic approach, where nature, cuisine and art come together to deliver a transformative experience.
Beyond traditional spas and relaxing massages, Vietnam offers a multitude of options to recharge and reconnect with yourself.

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Vietnam, a haven of well-being with millennial roots

Vietnam is not just about its heavenly landscapes. It is also an ancestral cradle of wellness practices, rooted in Taoist and Buddhist philosophy. These millennial traditions aim to harmonize body and mind, offering travelers a deep reconnection to themselves.
Traditional Vietnamese medicine, with its natural remedies and ancestral massage techniques, attracts wellness enthusiasts. Baths with medicinal herbs, practice of Viet Vo Dao (Vietnamese martial art) or massages inspired by the Chinese tradition "vietnamized": the options to relax are multiple and authentic.

Traditional Vietnamese Medicine

Born from Traditional Chinese Medicine, Vietnamese medicine, called Thuoc Nam, has forged a unique identity. Indeed, the different climate of Vietnam has led to the use of a specific local flora, enriching the traditional pharmacopoeia.
More than just a medical practice, Thuoc Nam is a true philosophy of life. Inspired by Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian visions, it incorporates a deep social and spiritual dimension. Man and Life are seen as an inseparable whole, and harmony between body and mind is essential for optimal health.
Thuoc Nam also draws on science and the arts. Careful observation of nature and knowledge of the properties of plants are at the heart of the practice. In addition, the art of massage and the practice of physical exercises contribute to the balance of body and mind.
For history and tradition lovers, a visit to the Fito Museum in Ho Chi Minh City is a must. This unique museum traces the history of Vietnamese medicine and exhibits instruments, plants and ancient manuscripts.

Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong… an ode to vital energy

Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong... Names that resonate as an invitation to relaxation and well-being. Ancestral practices, each in its own way, which aim to harmonize the vital energy, the Qi. The choice of practice depends on the needs and preferences of each. The important thing is to find a discipline that provides pleasure and allows to reach a state of relaxation and well-being.

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The traditional herbal bath of the Red Dao

It is in the northern region of Vietnam that we find the majority of the 54 ethnic minorities who live in the country of the two deltas. Each of these local communities has its own customs, traditions and folklore, all united by their strong commitment to preserving their way of life and cultural identity. The Red Dzao people are known for their almost encyclopaedic knowledge of medicinal herbs. If herbal baths are common in all ethnic groups in Vietnam, they have become the emblematic expertise of Red Dao: a traditional herbal bath of Red Dao can be composed of 10 to 120 different plants! It is said that their expertise dates back to prehistoric times. Today, Red Dao women venture into the forests on the last day of the year to collect the ingredients for the ritual bath that will welcome the new year. In addition, this community has also developed herbal oils and ointments with multiple beneficial properties.

Tui Na, the traditional Vietnamese massage

Originating in ancient China and practiced in Vietnam for centuries, Tui Na is a unique traditional massage. Inspired by the principles of Chinese medicine, it aims to rebalance the flow of vital energy, Qi, in the body. Thus, Tui Na is based on the idea that Qi is the source of our well-being. If its flow is disturbed, blockages can occur, causing pain and disease. The massage then acts as a regulator, restoring the energy balance and relieving the resulting ailments. Unlike Shiatsu, Tui Na is practiced in a sitting position. The practitioner uses his hands to stimulate the acupuncture points.

Foot massage

In Vietnam, foot massage, called "Chan massage", is a common practice rooted in tradition. Considered a second heart, the soles of the feet are full of muscles, nerves and acupuncture points linked to the organs of the body. By stimulating these points through massage, Chan provides many benefits, especially managing and resolving pain, stress and fatigue both physical and mental.

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Another approach to welness tourism in Vietnam

Moving away from the beaten path of classical tourism, we invite you to an introspective journey where nature, cuisine and art prove to be sources of healing and harmony.

Nature as therapy

Vietnam offers a variety of breathtaking landscapes, from the green mountains of the north to the idyllic beaches of the south. This diversity allows a total immersion in nature and reconnection with its elements.
Whether you are looking for a peaceful retreat in the rice fields, a relaxing beach holiday on a sandy beach or an adventure in the jungle, Vietnam will delight you. Rejuvenating in the heart of Vietnamese nature is a unique experience that nourishes the soul and body. Breathing the fresh air of the lush valleys, listening to the lapping of the waves on the beach or being lulled by the singing of birds in the jungle are all moments that provide deep relaxation.
Did you know that the country with two deltas is full of national parks, nature reserves and lush forests? It is the ideal place to reconnect with the Earth and marvel at the beauty of natural landscapes.
Instead of locking yourself in a spa, try…
  • • Dong Van Geopark Hike: Explore the hiking trails of this mountainous region of northern Vietnam and admire its spectacular vistas.
  • • Yoga by the sea: Imagine practicing yoga at sunrise, feet in the sand and facing the immensity of the sea. Vietnamese beaches offer an idyllic setting to reconnect with yourself.
  • • Jungle Trekking: Adventure through Vietnam’s lush jungle and discover unique wildlife.

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Cooking as a remedy

Vietnamese culinary art is not just a simple tasting, it is a real invitation to well-being. The use of herbs and spices with healing properties, such as ginger, turmeric and lemongrass, transforms each dish into a gastronomic and therapeutic experience.
Instead of following a strict diet, why not explore Vietnamese cuisine as a therapy?  Forget about strict and restrictive diets, and explore Vietnamese cuisine as a holistic approach to wellness. Let yourself be carried away by its intense flavors and delicate fragrances, while nourishing your body and stimulating your mind.
Take advantage of your stay to, for example…
  • • Take local cooking classes: Learn how to prepare traditional Vietnamese dishes. Not only will you discover new flavours, but you will also be able to immerse yourself in the local culture.
  • • Walk the morning markets: Join the locals to buy fresh ingredients at the market. The smell of fresh herbs and spices will revitalize you.

Art as meditation

Vietnam is a land of art and culture where a multitude of ancestral practices promote relaxation and contemplation. From calligraphy to painting, sculpture and music, each discipline offers a unique path to inner well-being.
Taking a silk painting class or attending a puppet show on the water allows you to connect with your inner self and express your emotions creatively. It is an invitation to explore his imagination and give free rein to his sensitivity. Let yourself be transported by the beauty of ancient temples and peaceful pagodas, and discover Vietnamese spirituality through its artistic manifestations. The contemplation of the country’s sublime landscapes, through painting or photography, invites reflection and introspection.
Instead of just admiring the works of art, why not use them as a means of meditation? For example…
  • • Take part in art workshops: Let your creativity run wild! Whether you are passionate about painting, sculpture or pottery, you will find inspiration in the sublime landscapes and rich culture of the country.
  • • Visit art galleries: Enjoy a day at the gloomy weather and discover the works of contemporary Vietnamese artists. Each painting tells a story, expresses an emotion and can be a source of inspiration. Let yourself be carried away by the diversity of styles and techniques, and discover the unique vision of the world of Vietnamese artists.

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Vietnam, a land of awakening and transformation for authentic wellness tourism

Vietnam stands out as a unique destination for authentic and deep wellness tourism. Beyond simple relaxation, it is a real initiatory journey to self-discovery. By immersing themselves in ancestral traditions and exploring the country’s natural riches, travelers reconnect with their deep essence and discover a new dimension of well-being. No doubt that the Blue Dragon Country is an ideal destination for people looking for a journey of transformation and self-discovery.

Trusted DMC tips for a holistic trip to Vietnam

  • ✓ Choose destinations that are authentic and off the beaten path.
  • ✓ Choose eco-friendly accommodations.
  • ✓ Participate in workshops and retreats to learn about local traditions.
  • ✓ Be guided by wellness experts for a personalized experience.


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The last word

Vietnam, with its natural treasures, rich culture and ancestral traditions, is an ideal destination for an unforgettable wellness trip. The Country with Two Delta is ideal for people looking for a journey of transformation and self-discovery.
Like a desire to recharge your batteries? Contact us quickly and let yourself be transported by the magic of this country and offer your body and mind a transformative holistic experience.
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