By Noemi Gamel
You know that nasty feeling you get when your feet are calloused, dry, and flaky? The Thais have found the perfect solution for this! All you have to do is dip your bare feet in a tank and little fish will eat away the dead tissue off your feet.
Fish spas are becoming increasingly popular in Thailand. We had heard about them before visiting the country, but we did not find our first fish spa until almost at the end of our six weeks of travel in Thailand. As soon as we spotted the fish spa while walking down the street in Krabi, we signed up! The fish that do the dirty deed are toothless garra rufa, or “doctor” fish. I don’t think the name is that appropriate since doctors don’t usually give you a pedicure!
The experience was…ticklish! Tristan only lasted a few minutes. Chris, Kara, and I took advantage of the full 15 minutes for which we paid. I was literally twisting my body with laughter because of how ticklish the fish nibbles felt on my feet. Nevertheless, it was fun and at the end, my feet really felt silky and smooth.
Have you ever had a fish spa or similar experience? Let us know in the comments below.