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Fish Pedicures

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IMG_0462myfeet“What, fish feeding off the dead skin on my feet?” Ew!

Well, it looked harmless enough and I didn’t see teeth like on a piranha or shark so why not?

Seems like this is the new thing on islands around the world. I saw this offered first in the Dominican Republic and now here in Thailand. Some go by the name of “Dr. Fish” and in Thailand can cost from around $2 to $7 for 15 minutes of “cleaning.” I’ve also seen this packaged as part of a tour.

We were lucky to find the low-season price of 60 Baht ($2) for 15 minutes in the Krabi Night Market. Of course, we tried to bargain for an even better price, but failed. (Later we found out what a deal we’d gotten, as it was a lot more everywhere else in Thailand!)

After rinsing off our feet, we gingerly placed them into our own private glass-walled aquarium. Before we even submerged our feet, the fish were eagerly swarming to the top of the water!

Fish soon nibbled between our toes, at our heels, at our legs, and pretty much everywhere that was underwater. Kind of tickly, but not painful in the least bit! The most popular spot seemed to be my friend’s right heel! They pretty much swarmed there non-stop!IMG_0469 Sab fish feet

Afterwards we were shocked to find that the tough skin on our heels was actually gone and our feet and legs felt softer! Much easier on the skin than those pedicures where they scrape a ton of dead skin off with those rough boards!

We looked on the web to find out more about this fish pedicure experience. Here’s what we found:

“These fish have no teeth, use their powerful sucking lips to suck away dead skin, which can stimulate acupuncture point and modulate nervous system to relax your body and releases your fatigue.”

Also:

“Garra rufa live and breed in the outdoor pools of some Turkish spas, where they feed on the skin of patients with psoriasis. The fish only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow… (From the Wikipedia)

Wow! I needed to get some of these installed in an aquarium at home! Sounded cheaper than spa treatments and visits to dermatologists! Read the rest of this entry »

 

Thailand Tiger Cave Temple – No Tigers, Just Monkey Business

tigerstepsIMG_0299What? 1,237 steps to the top of the of the Tiger Cave Temple in Krabi, Thailand? It couldn’t be that hard, I thought to myself. Our tour guide gave us an hour and half to go up and back so it seemed quite doable.

Unfortunately I was very wrong! Even my friend, the exercise addict, started dragging and complaining a quarter of the way up. We had picked the hottest day of our time in Thailand to climb these steps and they were a real challenge. Armed with the bottle of water provided by the tour guide (that should have warned us!), we trudged up the steps, which varied in width, length, and steepness. Some flights of steps, more like ladders, requiring hugging the banister to climb up!

We were thankful for the few toilet stops spaced along the way, but not for the obvious reasons. Using the bucket of water for “flushing” the toilet to drench ourselves, we cooled off, but only briefly since it was so hot that our clothes dried almost immediately.

So up and up we went!

Each time we thought we were near the top, we found yet another flight of steps! All markers along the way were in Thai so no way to tell how close we were to our destination!

At the top about 45 grueling minutes later, we emerged to the sight of golden Buddhas and an altar, including Ganesha and two other figures.

The breath-taking views made it well worth the climb, though the antennas next to the Buddha just seemed out of place!

See for yourself!

On the way down, I passed many monkeys and blissfully laughed at the screams of the nearby Japanese girls. Later I found out that the monkeys love to take shiny objects and have been known to bite! (Lucky me to still have my camera!) They seemed so cute at the time, especially the mother and baby monkey. Don’t they seem harmless to you?

What a strange mix of the modern and the ancient, the civilized and the wild!

My legs finally recovered after a week, but the memories will live on for a long time!

 

Adventures in Southeast Asia – Hodge Podge Photo Montage

Kayaking at Bor Thor - caves and mangroves!

Kayaking at Bor Thor - caves and mangroves!

Sawadee! It’s June and we’re in Southeast Asia in southern Thailand at a cool place called Krabi. So far my friend Sabrina and I have been in Thailand for almost a week, beginning with a ride to Los Angeles, a long 13-plus hour flight to Taipei, and shorter flight to Bangkok, followed by wandering around in the confusing multi-floor airport (maybe the jet lag didn’t help), a ride on the railway, and a ride in a tuk tuk  (a tricycle rickshaw of sorts) to our home for the night (in the Khao San area, where you can get your 1 kilogram of laundry done for about a dollar!). Almost 24 hours later we were finally able to crash at our air-conditioned room at Queen Suriya’s Castle in the Khao San area.

The next day after one taxi, railway, plane, and bus (last one of the day!) later, we arrived after dark at our resort in Krabi, the Aonang Cliff View Resort, happy to be done traveling around for a while!

It’s the beginning of monsoon season here so we’ve had rain every day, with awesome downpours coming with hardly any notice. Despite the rain, we’re having no problem having fun. So far we’ve gone kayaking at Bor Thor (full-day tour under $30!), gotten two Thai massages ($7 for an hour!), eaten yummy meals (under $5), gone to the Night Market (meals for $1!), and taken a long tail boat ride in turbulent waters (and collided with an anchored boat)! That boat was suppose to take us snorkeling at four islands but was canceled due to weather after a few hours of being sprayed with salt water and bouncing up and down on the ocean! (Was a fun ride, though wish we could have gone snorkeling!) Read the rest of this entry »