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Cheap and legit massage in phnom penh?

Posted by grak88 on 12/2/2012 at 10:53

Can anyone recommend a cheap, clean, and legit massage place? Anyone been to the blind massage place recommended in LP?

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Posted by busylizzy on 12/2/2012 at 15:15

Yes, I checked out the Blind Massage place. It was fine... not the best, not the worst.

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Posted by Benno on 13/2/2012 at 03:03

GRAK88,
Pretty much ALL the massage places dotted around the public areas of Phnom Penh are legit. Range from $US4-10/hr. The Gov't really cracked down on the 'massage' palour scene and forced 99% of the non legit massage services into bars and places only those that do their research locate.
Having spent about 10 days over 2 trips to Phnom Penh, the obvious massage joints did what the box said, massage.

The blind one 'Seeing Hands Massage' is OK and morally fantastic if not a little more expensive. The massages are OK, like busylizzy said, 50/50.

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Posted by Lostbeachbum on 19/2/2012 at 04:48

I just spent a month in PP and had near daily massages. Don't let the places full you, they might not advertise as much as before but extras are available at the vast majority of locations. My favorite place is $7 and in the old Kirichim Cinema at the corner of Sihanok and 125. It has a Western Spa feel to it and free steam bath. There is a large arcade on the 2nd floor which is a lot of fun afterwards. Seeing hands is also very good, never had a bad massage there. The places on the South end of the riverside give great oil foot massages. Have a great time in PP, I sure did!

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Posted by MADMAC on 19/2/2012 at 05:12

"I just spent a month in PP and had near daily massages. Don't let the places full you, they might not advertise as much as before but extras are available at the vast majority of locations."

I would think that as long as you can get a quality massage, though, that exrtras being available would be irrelevent to everyone else here.

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Posted by sayadian on 19/2/2012 at 07:09

Sex is a big service industry in Cambodia and services are available in restaurants,karaoke joints and, of course, massage.that doesn't mean you can't get a good, straight massage but as a girl I know in the business told me with a smirk youu might want only a massage but you'll probably be tempted to take it further.I've just been informed a good place is Yanjo on Street 63.Near Lucky Supermarket just off Monivong,
BTW the moral crusade to clean up the country happened about 18 months ago and like al govt initatives lasted just a few months. All is back to normal now

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Posted by THEIBC on 21/2/2012 at 13:48

If you fancy a bit of luxury we offer a discount at Bodia Spa, which was awarded "Best Spa" in Cambodia. I think you may be being a bit too cautious about some places though, as the others have said, lots of 'dodgier' looking places can give you a good massage. Be careful if you ask for a traditional massage as some can be excruciatingly painful, even off the women!

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Posted by sayadian on 21/2/2012 at 20:04

' Be careful if you ask for a traditional massage as some can be excruciatingly painful,'

that reminds me of one I had in Ayuthaya a while back.
Beautiful traditional teak house, service was excellent and then she started walking on me.I heard the crack as I felt the pain-she'd managed to crack one of my ribs.don't let it put YOU off but for me that was the last Thai traditional massage.

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Posted by Benno on 16/3/2012 at 16:46

sayadian,

That's interesting and informative...the bit about the 'moral crusade' crack down 18mth ago and now back to normal, that's when I was in PP, hence the post above. A couple of locals I was speaking to were of the opinion that it was in for good but I guess like most less wealthy countries energy for a particular cause runs out of puff.

I hope it hasn't gone all sleezy town as I really like the place (Country for that matter).

Thanks for the info.

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Posted by MADMAC on 16/3/2012 at 23:00

Benno
Morality comes from the will of the people. If the will is there to induce certain morals, they will be present. Official "crackdowns" tend to be transient for this very reason. The more free a society is, the more you tend to see "immorality", because people are never unified on the definition of good morality. For example, my morals and my mothers are absolutely not the same.

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Posted by sayadian on 17/3/2012 at 00:56

Madmac
interesting discourse but the rumour goes that Mrs Hun Sen was out shopping with her friends when she passed one of these establishments.Shocked,she spent the next few days nagging her husband to do something about it.So the places were raided.It didn't mean there was any general cleaning up of moral standards, it just gave the police the power to take the girls to the police stations 'were they receved the attentions of our wonderful police force for the night' Basically just a working night with the exception they didn't get paid.

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Posted by MADMAC on 26/4/2012 at 02:44

"I paid $25 US for the massage, versus the $10-12 US the other shops were advertising."

That's like 750 baht!!! We have a first class place at OTOP here for 150 an hour and it is NICE. Good ambience and so forth. Course that doesn't help if you're in Cambodia, but 25 bucks an hour?? That's almost stateside prices.

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Posted by sayadian on 26/4/2012 at 07:17

I'll second that as massage in Bangkok is around 150 baht. It's a really hard question to answer since Cambodia has got the morality of everything and everybody is for sale.You might find that sad but if you're a girl working for peanuts and you like the guy well...
Most massage places advertise around $3.A lot of what you might call 'dodgy' places actually do a proper massage but as I said the rest is up to you.The girls tend to put themselves across a bit so temptation is always in the air but hey that's life.

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