So you made it to Ko Pha Ngan, and after a few days of doing nothing but lying on the soft, white sand beaches with a cocktail in hand, it’s time to try something even more indulgent: a Thai massage. But you want something special, something that will melt away each and every knot in your body. Correct? Well read on to find the place that’ll suit you best.
Tuk, affectionately known as “Magic Hands,” has built up a huge following on Ko Pha Ngan. Her massage hut, built directly in the middle of Haad Salad, is something of an island institution, and is always packed. Tuk has passed her magical touch down to her daughter, who now runs the place while Tuk oversees her new operation in Thong Sala, and the entire Haad Salad team practises her techniques. Thai massages are 300 baht, but we recommend the coconut oil massage, which is also 300 baht (normally oil is pricier), and done with freshly-pressed coconut oil made on-site. Find it beside Salad Hut. (T: (081) 822 0798; firstname.lastname@example.org)
This has to be the most, or one of the most, modern spas on the island. Located on the outskirts of the main town, Thong Sala, near the Mason’s Arms, Pure Relax offers a host of services in a spacious, contemporary atmosphere with authentic Thai touches. For those who aren’t keen on Thai massage, they also offer Balinese, Swedish, sports, hot stone, and hot oil massages. The prices are higher than at most local massage shacks, though Thai massage remains steady at 300 baht for an hour, but the standard of service makes it well worth it. (T: (081) 621 1170; email@example.com)
OK Massage [super]
Despite its mediocre-sounding name, OK Massage actually is super. Once located on Haad Salad beach, they have now taken up residence along the main road in Chaloklum, near Lotus Dive Resort. The Thai massage here seems to have a better flow, with deeper pressure, leaving you feeling almost as if you’re floating on air as your sip your post-massage lotus tea. Thai massage is 300 baht and reflexology treatments are also available for 500 baht.
Lek massage is one of the island’s best-kept secrets. Locals in the know head here for Mr Lek’s renowned healing abilities. Book well ahead of time, as the schedule gets full fast. Find it on the 7-eleven Baan Tai road, on the right, just after Wat Pho temple. There is an herbal sauna across the road that makes for an excellent post-massage treat.
By Kaila Krayewski
Last updated on 30th November, 2013.