Three things to do for a full night in Phuket: #2 – Get your massage on!

Everyone knows that massages are super expensive in North America. The prices can be sticker shocking even for people who’ve never left the continent. I can only imagine what South East Asians must think when they come to places like NYC and Toronto and see what these people charge. Yet another reason, I don’t go to spas back home. However, when I come to Asia – I go “buckwild” on massages.

#1 : Get some food in your system
#2 : Get your massage on:

#3.1 :Ride a Tuk Tuk

So when you finish your dinner on Rat-u-Thit, then wander anywhere on the street and look for the signs or the loads of ladies that are hustling for massage services (no dirty massages either)

I’ve been here for three nights, so far and each night has started with an hour long foot massage for 200 baht. The foot massage includes the following

  • Massage of both feet and thighs
  • Shiastu massage of upper back
  • Head massage and neck effleurage
  • Khmer Shoulder massage

You’re going to ask, then why is it called a “foot massage” … well in reflexology, they assume that the feet contain nerve connections to all parts of the body. Hence a massage of feet must also include a component where they close the stimulation loop … “touch a pressure point on the foot that affects your head, then we must also close the pressure point in the head”

The prices listed above are the actual prices with your tip being optional. So for an hour, a foot massage would cost the equivalent of 200 baht/30 = $6.70 CDN – which is a phenomenal deal.

About Rishiray

Rishi Sankar is a Cloud HRMS Project Manager/ Solution Architect. Over the past 15+ years, he has managed to combine his overwhelming wanderlust with a desire to stay employed, resulting in continuing stints with 3 major consulting firms (IBM, Deloitte, Accenture). He documents his adventures around the world on "Ah Trini Travelogue" with pictures and stories from the road/tuk-tuk/camel/rickshaw. You can follow him on Twitter at @rishiray and on Facebook at "Ah Trini Travelogue . He doesn't like Chicken Curry but loves Curry Chicken and is always trying to find the perfect Trinidadian roti on the road. He also doesn't like cheese and kittens ... and definitely not together. E-mail from his blog is appreciated like a 35 yr old Balvenie at

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