We’ve been having so much fun in Penang! With so many new things to experience and enjoy, it’s been difficult to write about them all.
Last week, we had the unique experience of going to a fish spa. If you haven’t heard of a fish spa (we hadn’t), let me clarify that it’s not a place where fish go to get a facial. It’s a place where people go to get treated by fish.
Yes, I’m serious.
But not just any fish. “Doctor” fish that remove your dead skin by nibbling on you. Sound crazy? Yeah, it feels crazy, too, but that’s exactly what they do. Why would you want this, you ask? Supposedly, it’s used to treat various skin conditions, particularly on the feet, and of course, it leaves your skin feeling nice and clean. Many people do it along with a pedicure.
There’s a fish spa within walking distance of our house here in Batu Ferringhi. It’s on the main road, and you can recognize it from the big signs out front that says “Dr. Fish” and “Marine Fish Spa” with pictures of fish swimming around feet. I think it cost about $30 (USD) for our entire family to get a 30-minute treatment. ($10/adult, $5/kids)
The atmosphere was pleasant and clean. They have an advanced water filtration system to keep it sanitary, and comfortable pads to sit on while you dangle your feet in the water.
After putting our feet in, each of us screamed and squealed! Not because it hurt, or was unpleasant, but because it tickled! It was a sensation unlike any other I’ve had. It continued to tickle for several minutes, but we did eventually get used to it.
And afterward, my feet felt surprisingly good! The kids want to do it again. I’m not so sure if I do, but it was fun to try. Check out this video of us at the fish spa.
Speaking of fish, we’ve eaten our fair share in the past couple weeks. It’s often served with the head attached here, and Emily really likes it (well, we haven’t actually tried the head).
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