Massages and Spas in Phuket
Massage in Phuket is among the many things travellers love about Thailand. Here, massages are cheap and available everywhere, you don’t even have to plan, you only have to pick. One hour or two depending on the time you have on your hands will wipe out fatigue and sore from your explorations. And what better way to spend an occasional raining day!
A spa is a great experience with more possible treatments than you could try on your holiday. Some can be very sophisticated, and even a bit ‘over the top’. Very often your hotel will have its spa. I remember a time when Hotel names didn’t always have to end with ‘& Spa’, especially when some are nothing more than a massage room. Most popular treatments are aromatherapy, scrub and Thai massage. Read more
Beach massages are fun and easy! Since you are already doing nothing, treat yourself to more nothingness! Open air Salas are great to spend an hour in the hands of a good masseuse, listening to the waves and beach sounds with a gentle breeze. Usually costs 300 to 400 baht per hour. A word of advice: for an excellent massage, go for the elderly ladies, not the pretty young ones!
Easy to spot with their rows of La-Z-Boy chairs, they are also everywhere and sometimes even in the streets. Foreigners not familiar with it might feel a bit ticklish at first, but will be surprised how nice it is after the first five minutes. Don’t be shy; try it! If you have been walking a lot, it will get you back on your feet like magic. You can ask for ‘soft pressure’ or ‘hard pressure’ depending on how you like it. An intense pressure provides better results, but in some cases, it can be painful.
Thai massage is often in the same shops as foot massage, usually upstairs. In most places, it’s nothing more than mattresses separated by curtains. They typically offer Thai massage which uses no oil or oil massage which does. If you have back problem, inform the masseuse to avoid some of the back twistings and stretchings.
Fish Spas in Phuket
Everyone tries this one more for fun than for a real reason. Dipping your feet in an aquarium full of little suckers is an amusing idea, and it gets ticklish at first. Some of my friends are convinced that their skin got softer after this weird experience. One more reason to try and decide by yourself. I even saw once a spa internet cafe; I wonder how safe this is.
I promised myself I would never write about something I never tried, but I’m going to make an exception (and I also never lie, so you are going to have to believe it). I won’t get into details, but you can get a naughty massage in most of the massage shops in Patong. However, Christin massage has been famous for two decades for its soapy massage. This massive pink building is so famous that it is used as a landmark to indicate a direction. Nice.