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Massage and spas

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When it comes to massages in Luang Prabang, be cautious. We’ve been poked and prodded enough to tell you that it’s important to know where to go or risk a comically bad experience.

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Generally speaking, you get what you pay for. However, there a few good-value spots worth seeking out and if you’re willing to spend a little more, you can have a top-notch spa experience for a fraction of what you’d pay in the West. Here’s your massage guide for Luang Prabang.

Yes please. Photo taken in or around Massage and spas, Luang Prabang, Laos by Cindy Fan.

Yes please. Photo: Cindy Fan

Laos doesn’t have a longstanding tradition of massage or skilful training like in Thailand or Indonesia. Southeast Asia backpackers accustomed to being spoiled by good, inexpensive massages will get a rude awakening if they get suckered into one of the town’s cheap massage joints, notably on the Mekong riverfront and some on the main street. Skip them. Hygiene and quality are dubious.

A Lao massage is done while wearing loose clothes or a sarong. The masseuse will focus on pressure points and the experience is more therapeutic (in other words: intense, deep tissue, somewhat painful) than relaxing. Looking for a soothing experience? Opt for an oil massage instead.

Budget The following budget places have little to no ambience, less privacy and can be hit or miss, but more often than not you’ll have a pretty good massage. If skittish about hygiene, feel free to bring your own towel ... Travelfish members only (Around 800 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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