SEE A DOCTOR FISH | THAILAND

SEE A DOCTOR FISH | THAILAND

Mikey told me once that he wished he could smack someone so hard that Google can’t find her anymore.

But we found fish spa as we rounded the corner in a night market in Hua Hin. Ridiculous isn’t it.

Try smacking fish, Mikey?

Fish doctor? Google that, please.

Er… epidermis-eating Garra rufa also known as doctor fish is a species of fish that lives and breeds in the pools of some Turkish river systems and hot springs.

Yup the live demo was going on.

There were several low lit glass aquariums with stools where customers could sit with their feet immersed in warm fresh water. We watched one with pretty pedicured feet being attacked by the tiny toothless Garra rufa fish the size of anchovy. These were swarming around to suck and nibble away at dry and dead skin at toes, heels and ankles.

“She seems to be enjoying toe sucking,” Mikey winked and grinned.

The operator of the spa turned on her charm to convince us that this form of relaxing therapy would stimulate acupuncture points, helping to regulate the nervous system, relax the body and release fatigue. Improve blood flow and circulation, remove bacteria and reduce foot odour and help with athlete’s foot.

The fish are sort of an organic skin exfoliator. The results is said to leave your feet feeling softer, cleaner and refreshed after treatment. Happy feet.

The owner said that the spa operates good standards of hygiene. There’s practically little risk of infection.

Almost convinced and tempted us to try. Did we?

Mikey yelled at us to take a look at the other tanks. He found a man with nasty foot psoriasis on both feet having a spa!

Needless to say, we took off immediately to hunt for a safer offering. Made mental notes to buy pumice stones and metal files.

In the meantime, we could live with ugly feet for a while until we reached home.

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