4 things that are a lot cheaper in Hoi An than home

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Most people think of the obvious shopping for clothe but there are few things in Hoi An that cost a lot cheaper that what it would cost you back home and the standard of service is very good.

1. The dentists in Hoi An

This price list was taken from a dentist I have used thousand times over the years, Dr. Diep is a great dentist based in Da Nang, that will give you a clear idea of what the dentists cost in Vietnam:

Dental Exam Consultation
Limited Examination – Free
Periodic Oral Examination – Free
Comprehensive Oral Evaluation – Free

Dental Hygiene
Prohylaxis – 150,000 – 300,000 vnd
Topical Application Of Fluoride – 100,000 – 200,000 vnd
Tooth Sealant (per tooth) – 150,000 vnd

Teeth Whitening
Chairside Bleaching – 1,500,000 vnd
Home Tray Bleaching – 1,000,000 vnd
Internal Bleaching – 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd

Dental Restoration (Fillings)
Amalgam – 200,000 – 300,000 vnd
Resin-based Composite (anterior) – 300,000 – 500,000 vnd
Resin-based Composite (posterior) – 200,000 – 300,000 vnd

Crown bridges
Porcelain – 4,000,000 vnd (per unit)
Porcelain fused to noble metal – 2,000,000 vnd (per unit)
Full cast noble metal – 1,000,000 vnd (per unit)

Therapeutic pulpotomy – 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd
Endodontic Therapy (anterior tooth) – 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd
Endodontic Therapy (bicuspid tooth)- 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd
Endodontic Therapy (molar)- 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd

Peridontal scaling & root planing- 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd
Full mouth debridement- 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd
Periodontal maintenance- 500,000 – 1,000,000 vnd

Complete Denture – maxillary – 1,500,000 – 2,500,000 vnd
Complete Denture – mandibular – 1,500,000 – 2,500,000 vnd
Immediate Denture – maxillary – 1,000,000 vnd
Immediate Denture – mandibular – 1,000,000 vnd
Partial Denture – maxillary – 1,000,000 – 3,000,000 vnd
Partial Denture – mandibular- 1,000,000 – 3,000,000 vnd

Tooth Extraction
Simple Extraction – 100,000 – 300,000 vnd
Surgical Extraction (soft tissue / part-bony / full-bony) – 500,000 – 1,500,000 vnd

Surgical Implants – 14,000,000 – 18,000,000 vnd
Abutment Fixing – 4,000,000 – 6,000,000 vnd
Implant Crown – Porcelain – 6,000,000 vnd

Danang Dentists – 78 Phan Anh Street, Cam Le District, Danang

Tel for appointments: 090 5151 522


Now compare the prices back home you are on for a shock.

There are also a couple of very good dentists in Hoi An if you don’t fancy the trip there, will add some recommendations shortly…

2. Getting prescription glasses in Hoi An

Probably not something that comes to mind when visiting Hoi An and Vietnam in general. Getting prescription glasses in Hoi An is a lot cheaper than in the western countries. An eye check up is free and most of the professional shops in the outskirts of town practice fixed prices. Prescription glasses will cost from 30 usd to 100usd. Your prescription glasses can be ready in just 20 minutes!


There are a thousand reputable shops in Hoi An, I don’t personally wear glasses (yet) but this is the shop that always gets a good mention:

Tuan Hung Optic – Address: 277 Nguyen Duy Hieu street, Hoi An


3. Hairdressers in Hoi An

For men, a hair cut in a local barber cost around 10,000 vnd – 20,000 vnd but in these places English is rare so probably not ideal if you want to make sure the barber knows what you want although definitely a local experience!

I personally use Tuan Boy, for a quick hair cut for 50,000 vnd, his English is not great but he will found ways to understand what you are after.

For something more fancy there are two good addresses in Hoi An, Ba le well beauty saloon and Shine design studio.

Ba Le well beauty saloon has glowing reviews on TA and plenty of expats use their services.

Tuan Boy – Address: 148 Nguyen Truong To street. Open everyday

Ba le well beauty saloon – Address: 45/11 Tran Hung Dao Street, Hoi An. Website:

4. Massage in Hoi An

Massages in Hoi An, same as tailors can be a real hit or miss. Hoi An has probably reached 100 + massage parlors but as other things in Vietnam, there is no real qualification requirements to be a masseuse so there is a chance that you will be worst off after leaving the massage parlor.


My two recommendations are Palmarosa spa & NA spa:

1 – Palmarosa Spa

A real reference in Hoi An, Palmarosa spa is located on 90 Ba Trieu street. Established for many years, the therapists are also highly qualified and their prices are very affordable. Count 15 usd for a 40 minute body scrub & 30 usd for a full body therapy.

2 – NA Spa

NA spa has a few outlets in Hoi An, but the must visit is the main one located on the rice paddies. They offer half & full days packages, more fancy than Palmarosa spa, a great spot for the spa fanatics.

Other than these two mentioned, that are thousand more that are worth a try. Most resorts also have great spas but prices are much higher.

Palmarosa spa – 90 Ba Trieu street, Hoi An. Website:

NA spa – 100/5 Le Thanh Tong Street, Hoi An . Website:

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  1. CW April 7, 2015 at 2:40 am -  Reply

    Shine Design Hair studio is no longer open. The hairdresser moved back to Australia.

    • admin April 29, 2015 at 6:06 am -  Reply

      Thanks for the info, I removed it from the list – bit of slack on my part.

  2. Hannah July 21, 2015 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    You should go to Viet Han optical for prescription glasses. They provide very good deal with excellent service. We are very happy with them. They are in 540 Cua Dai st, Hoi An. Website:

    • admin July 24, 2015 at 5:41 am -  Reply

      Thanks Hannah! Will check them out

  3. Ben September 12, 2015 at 3:20 am -  Reply

    Hello, I’m a 31 Australian male and based on your recommendations, went to get a quick haircut at Tuan Boy.. My hair is very short and the “head shave” took 15mins. The old lady tried to charge me 500000VND! I negotiated and left paying 200000VND Not Impressed, DO NOT GO TO THIS STORE! They try to rip you off!! Beware!!!

    • admin November 19, 2015 at 9:14 am -  Reply

      Sorry to hear they have tried. Went for a haircut again last week and paid 50,000 vnd. I put prices so people know how much things are supposed to cost as this is common business practice in Vietnam and especially in touristic towns to always try to overcharge tourists. Always bargain first before getting the service, same for street food!

  4. John Barker October 28, 2015 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Many thanks for insight.Gives persons a real feel for ” Whether they come to live short or long term or just visit…

    Again thank you & have a blessed day,take care




  5. Chara November 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello ! Try also Ginger Spa !! It is amazing. The best services i had in my life. A bit more expensive than the ones around the streets, but they are more than qualified !

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