Southern Vietnam is hot. It’s also dirty (beware sidewalk holes filled with water and muck) and the showers/toilets (I insert a “/” because they often come in the form of one) are less than hygienic. It is therefore standard to feel permanently unclean.
Ironically, the mud baths make you feel the cleanest you’ve ever been.
The mud baths are located 15 minutes from Nha Trang beach and cost about US$7.
Here’s a step by step process on how to mud bath.
First, before diving in the sites precious mud pools, you must clean all the germs and dirt of you in the communal shower. Sadly, these are also the showers where you wash after you’ve visited the mud baths and one man chose this opportunity to whip out his genitalia and give them a good 10 minute scrub. My communal shower lasted a mere 5 seconds. I ran away silently screaming.
Get dirty. We asked our guide what the secret of the mud baths were. His response was “they are magic… and have lemongrass”.
Dry in the Sun
Sit around getting sunburnt until the mud starts to stiffen. Most people seem to skip this step. Probably because it’s inconvenient to wait for mud to dry.
Communal shower part 2
You have mud everywhere. Every crease in your body. Every lining of your swimwear. At this point I am more sympathetic to the man who had to wash his balls however, still wish he was slightly more discreet about it.
Walk through a column of jet stream water. To me, this was too much. Jet streams hurt my body. I am precious. The 4 month baby in front of me however, disagreed. He had a blast.
Take a super hot bath.
Keep finding mud in random parts of your body. But now, you are mostly clean.
A steamy hot bath is so relaxing, you’ll want to fall asleep. Don’t. You’ll drown.
Chen giving his ‘sexy face’
Let the waterfall massage your shoulders.
A final optional dip in the pool.
My tip for Mud Baths in Nha Trang
Seriously go here. I’m usually not a fan of massages/beauty therapy but this is such a unique experience you must give it a try. Just keep your privates to yourself.