E. and I took a spur-of-the-moment Valentine’s weekend trip to Pattaya, Thailand. Pattaya is a beach resort town on the Gulf of Thailand, a hour and a half from Bangkok.
We spent the day relaxing in beach chairs with water and shade.
Enterprising vendors walked through the beach chairs selling fried soft shell crabs and spring rolls, donuts, cold beverages, and grilled fish. People were even offering to give massages, manicures, pedicures, and hand drawn tattoos. Massage and salon treatments are a large part of the Thai culture.
After a day in the sun we stopped inside a mall to cool down and found a fish massage parlor. Some massage shops offer giant aquariums where you immerse your legs and garra rufa, or ‘doctor fish’, give you a massage by taking the dead skin off your feet and legs. Our feet actually felt softer afterwards.
Sounds strange, I know.
Do you think you would have a fish massage?