Red Cross Massage and Sauna

A great way to relax

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What we say: 4.5 stars

Just over the eastern side of the river next to the petrol station on the main road is a sign pointing to the Red Cross Massage and Sauna.

It's 700 metres along a bumpy road and then up a hill to get to the seemingly empty Red Cross grounds. But once you've bought a ticket for the sauna and have entered the bamboo shack, you start seeing people ducking in and out of the steam room alternating between brutal steam punishment and rejuvenating cool fresh air.

The local-style wood-fired sauna is at times unbearably hot and breathing is sometimes difficult. But the herbs that are used in the sauna smell healthy and the sweat which pours from your body is sure to be releasing all sorts of toxins.

After the sauna some people choose to have a massage on the mats behinds the curtains next door. Over the course of the hour, the old masseuses knead and iron every single inch of your body ensuring you leave the Red Cross with a spring in your step.

This place is a fantastic local experience and the perfect antidote for the pain suffered during a long Lao bus ride.


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