Need to relax even more?
Published/Last edited or updated: 5th March, 2016
There are blind massage parlours dotted all over town and there doesn’t seem to be a great deal to distinguish them, as far as we were able to make out. We did our best, but only managed to try out two of them (oh the hardship!), and have one small piece of advice to give. We like a strong massage, probably a little bit more than is strictly healthy, but we would hesitate before submitting ourselves to another strong blind massage -- to describe it as "sportive" would be something of an understatement. A one-hour massage was just $4.
For a more relaxing experience, head across the water to Banteay Srey Spa. Here in a beautiful wooden house, you’ll find skilled -- and relaxing -- massage services with a one-hour oil massage starting at $12, a face massage for $5, or a 30-minute foot massage for $5. They sell Coco Khmer products as well -- one of our faves -- and if all that lying around being rubbed has made you work up an appetite, you could do a lot worse than tuck into some of their delicious fresh juices or organic snacks while watching the water glide by from the comfort of their waterside sala. Banteay Srey Spa also offers yoga classes every Monday to Saturday at 09:30 and 17:00. The morning class is a powerful kickstart to the day and is open to men and women, while the evening class is a more relaxed, but still challenging, yin yoga session for women only. Sessions are $5 for drop ins.
Jolie Jolie is the longest running beauty parlour in town, and offers lovely manicures, pedicures, facials, scrubs, waxing and massages in a quiet, relaxed setting. Massages start at $10 for 45 minutes, while a pedicure is just $6. A facial will set you back only $15. All products are 100% natural, and you could really feel how great care is taken here to ensure the best service is given.
Jolie Jolie St 733: T: (092) 936 867.
Banteay Srey Women’s Spa: Teuk Chhou Rd; T: (012) 276 621; open daily 11:00-19:00.
Nicky Sullivan is an Irish freelance writer (and aspiring photographer). She has lived in England, Ireland, France, Spain and India, but decided that her tribe and heart are in Cambodia, where she has lived since 2007 despite repeated attempts to leave. She dreams of being as tough as Dervla Murphy, but fears there may be a long way to go. She can’t stand whisky for starters. She was a researcher, writer and coordinator for The Angkor Guidebook: Your Essential Companion to the Temples, now one of the best-selling guidebooks to the temples.