Siem Reap abounds with massage shops, and they all offer a relaxing end to a long day climbing around the ruined temples. They vary in style and quality, There are those that are housed in quite basic shophouses and offer the usual kinds of massage you would expect. You can opt for a foot massage, an oil massage, which is gentle and relaxing, or a Khmer massage, that’s pretty much the same as a Thai massage – pushing on acupressure points and pulling the body around into contorted positions, it has been likened to being helped to do yoga. These massage places are all over the pub street central part of siem reap but its hard to recommend any in particular, the experience will depend on how good the individual masseuse is. Mostly the layout of the shops are the same, with a downstairs area containing seats for foot massage
and upstairs there will be mattresses or perhaps massage tables separated by curtains. There are always staff outside the door to hand out flyers and price lists to passers by.
There are some massage shops in siem reap that market themselves as spas, offering a more up scale environment and a wider range of services, the boutique spas can offer not only massage but also aromatherapy, body wraps and scrubs, steam rooms and saunas. Bigger hotels contain spas like these, also names to watch out for around town are Lotus spa and Bodia spa. The spas in Siem Reap will have nicer private massage rooms with soft music and better air conditioning.
Lastly, there’s the latest craze of fish massage in many locations. Put you feet into a tank full of water, there are hundreds of fish in there, they will nibble on the dead skin cells of your feet.