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Lao Red Cross herbal sauna and massage

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A number of Lao Red Cross sauna and massage centres are spread throughout Laos and we rank this as one of the best of the lot.

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Whether you need to recover from the bus or want to prep for your journey on an overly packed slow boat, a traditional sauna is a great way to sweat out stress and soothe tense muscles.

If this is your first Lao sauna experience, it’s straightforward: pay 15,000 kip, put on the sarong, then sit in the room which fills with steam infused with a wonderful aromatic mixture of herbs. Alternate between the hot box and cooling off in the fresh air while sipping cups of herbal tea. The sauna is extremely popular with the locals in the evening so you may have to wait a few minutes for your turn.

The massages are also great and inexpensive – they start at 40,000 kip for one-hour, 60,000 kip with oil. The massage room looks nicely maintained and they even make an effort with fans, privacy curtains and some music.

You should be clean before entering the sauna or massage so shower beforehand or use theirs. Change room, lockers, sarong and towel are provided.

The centre is a five-minute walk from the town centre. Head in the direction of the slow boat landing (upriver) down the hill and across the bridge. It will be on your left.

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