Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

My visit to a natural fish spa in Khanom, Southern Thailand, was memorable.  I remember a trip to the natural fish spa at the Tontarn Resort and Spa in Kuan Thong sub-district of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Thailand.

There was a rage for fish spas where theseDoctor Fish” the operators keep the fish in glass tanks in shopping malls and even night markets.

You may see the fish spa tanks in Malaysia and Bangkok, Chiangmai, and other cities.

However, in Khanom, experiencing the natural fish spa in a  river setting is what Thailand does best to promote ecotourism.

Natural River Fish Spa Khanom in the River

Tontarn Resort and Spa has a natural fish spa set in a lush nature sitting on a stream with outdoor pools.

The pools teem with Garra Rufa fish, also called “doctor fish.”

This small species of cyprinid fish is native to the river basins of Turkey.

The Turkish people find the healing properties of the fish to ease the symptoms of psoriasis and eczema.

The beautifying effect that Garra Rufa fish have on the skin is dramatic.

These little fish will only eat and remove any dead skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow.

There are two marked differences between the natural spas compared to healthy fish spas.

For starters, these fish are more abundant and could measure up to three inches.

Second, there are hundreds and possibly thousands of fish in the interconnecting pools.

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

A fish spa in a natural river setting is what Thailand does best to promote ecotourism. Photos: Doris Lim

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

There are timber decks to sit around the pools in relaxed settings. Photos: Doris Lim

A Natural Fish Spa Experience

The fish’s experience gently nibbles away at the skin of the feet can be ticklish at first.

The fish doctor will only nibble away dead skin.

Many people will scream out when the fish nibble.

Even though the sensation is just ticklish, many are apprehensive about putting their feet into pools full of fish.

Garra Rufa fish don’t bite but gently suck the dead outer layer of skin off.

During the removal, the fish produce an enzyme that has a vitalizing effect of growing the new skin.

As I had a pedicure a week before my trip, the fish only took a few precautionary nibbles.

I had a good laugh looking on.

My companion screamed whenever he put his feet into the water. His rough soles and hairy feet were a magnet for the fish.

Most of the fish in the pool would leave other feet to “attack” whenever he dipped his feet in the water.

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

This boy with his parents was screaming when he saw the fishes swimming in the pool waiting. Photos: Doris Lim

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

It’s fun to go in a group to try this relaxing treatment. Photos: Doris Lim

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

The fish will only nibble away dead skin, and the sensation is ticklish to most people. Photos: Doris Lim

Natural Fish Spa Khanom River Thailand Review

A closer look at “Dr. Fish” cleaning the soles and cuticles around the toes. Photos: Doris Lim

Natural Fish Spa Biggest Ticklish? YES!!!

Most visitors will laugh or even squeal as it can be ticklish, depending on your sensitivity. It is relaxing to soak your feet in the cold waters.

At the end of almost an hour, we got up from the ponds. Our feet felt soft and silky. The new skin feels smoother and healthier.

The operators informed us that the local elderly are fond of this popular treatment as it helps promote blood circulation.

It was an enjoyable experience and a lot of fun!

Precautionary Measures for Natural Fish Spa Khanom

According to Wikipedia, this species of freshwater fish is used for treating skin diseases.

Garra rufa, the Red Garra, is a nibbling fish, a small species of cyprinid fish native to rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes in Anatolia and the Middle East.

Since the early 21st century, they have integrated Garra rufa into a spa treatment where they feed on patients’ skin with psoriasis.

I find the doctor fish treatment helps to ease the symptoms of psoriasis. However, this is not a cure for the disease.

There is no cure for psoriasis that exists. Using the fish as a spa treatment for the wider public is still widely debated on efficacy and validity.

For visitors suffering from psoriasis or other skin conditions or sensitivities, check with the spa first.

What else is on the Farm?

Tontarn Resort and Spa have a sheep farm and share the paddock with goats and alpacas.

One of the many eco-tourism hot spots for sustainable travel in the Land of Smiles.

Tontarn Resort and Spa100 Moo 1, T.Khuntong, A.Khanom, Near Center,
Khanom (Nakhon Si Thammarat), Thailand, 80210 | Telephone: +66 81 945 0263

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