Josh and I started of our second day of vacation by scooting down to Bang Tao Beach and walking in the sand. Afterwards we went to get our first massages but at the last second I chickened out and got a pedicure leaving Josh to get his first Thai massage alone. Thai massage parlors range in setup, but for the most part there is a front area where you can get manicures, pedicures and foot massages and then back rooms (some are actual rooms with doors, some are areas sectioned off with curtains, some have actual beds and others are just cots on the ground) where body massages take place. All of the massage places we went to seemed to be reputable and not the type of place where happy endings are given out. All around Thailand in the touristy areas there are massage parlors, usually the masseuses sit out front and wait for customers. You can kind of tell the places that are of the shadier variety from how the masseuses dress and who they call out to come and get massages at their facility. Anyways, back to Josh’s first massage. He decided to go with the Thai massage which is a whole body massage that lasts an hour (an hour seemed a to be a standard rate for all massages) and cost 300 baht which converts to a little over $9. This was Josh’s first massage and afterwards it was funny to see him stumbling around like he was drunk.
After the massages Josh, Natalie and I headed down to Kamala Beach where as luck would have it they were having a festival. This meant that there were atleast 30 food stalls selling various foods and a stage where live performances were being held. We ate way too much food here…there was just so much variety and it was all super cheap (about $1 an item) and tasted amazing. Natalie even picked up some freshly bbqed crab that was amazing.
After eating way too much food and drinking delicious fruit smoothies we all went to get food massages. This was my first ever experience with being massaged and it wasn’t horrible, I would later come to find out that it wasn’t the best foot massage, but after walking around for 2 days in sandals it still felt amazing. We then decided to get another round of massages (this time we opted for Thai massages which was a huge mistake since they press on your stomach and we had overindulged in food and drink).
And we capped off the night at a small bar on the way home which ended up being a ladyboy bar. We soon found out after sitting down that almost all the bartenders at the bar were ladyboys. We spoke with one, Yuki for quite a while and she told us about how great Thailand and Cambodia are and Josh even ended up losing to her in 3 rounds of pool. It was interesting to speak to a ladyboy and her English was amazing (apparently she spoke something like 4-5 languages). After the police drove by the bar quickly closed and we headed back to our room.