Oh sweet pain
Published/Last edited or updated: 22nd April, 2021
A local institution run by an adept Thai masseuse with over 30 years experience, Ba Kom Goi is a must after a day of cycling around town. Supported by her small team of masseuses, the stout and mercilessly strong lady in charge uses her dagger-like heels to release pressure from various points in the body with remarkable precision.
The masseuses walk on customers while balancing themselves and adjusting pressure by holding bright-coloured ribbons that hang from the ceiling. They then drop down and proceed to bend, push and generally render you into a pile of Jello using moves that reminded us of Hulk Hogan in his prime.
It’s not all pain and suffering; there’s also plenty of enjoyable pressure and gentle massaging of the forehead, feet and practically everywhere in between. The rejuvenating process ends with cool stones and refreshing oils being placed on the back of the neck, hands and forehead. If you can take the pain, you’ll end up feeling like a new person.
An hour-long massage costs 300 baht, with 30 minute and 1.5 hour sessions also available.
Located across the street from Chiang Khan Riverview Guesthouse on Chai Khong Road, near Soi 18.
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
These tours are provided by Travelfish partner GetYourGuide.