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What It’s Like to Get a Fish Pedicure in Cambodia

No matter how comfy your walking shoes are, any traveler knows the pain of walking all day. After sightseeing, there’s nothing I want more than foot rub. However, on a trip to Cambodia, my normal pedicure got a little… interesting.

Not to brag, but I’ve had quite a few spa experiences.

Sometimes, it’s a job perk. Other times…. well, I’m not so sure (for example, this relaxing volcanic ash bath). My Cambodian pedicure fits into the latter category. I’m sure many of you have heard of fish pedicures, but if not, here’s the gist: you dunk your feet into a tank of teeny, tiny fish and they nibble the dead skin off your feet.

Gross, right?

It took me quite a bit of time to muster the courage to dip my toes in the water. And when I did, wow. It felt like hundreds of fish were tickling my toes. Maybe it’s because they were?

I’m not going to lie– the experience gave me the heebie jeebies. At first, anyway. After a bit, I settled in and relaxed. Within minutes, my tootsies were soft, smooth, and ready for another day of exploring.

While I wouldn’t necessarily seek this experience out again, it was a fun way get out of my comfort zone. I think that’s key in exploring a new place, especially one that’s very foreign to you. It puts you into the frame of mind to be bold, try new things and embrace the adventure. If you ask me, that’s when most of us are our best selves.

Would you try a fish pedicure? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve done on vacation? Share in the comments!

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  1. I tried a fish pedicure in York, England a couple of years ago. I didn’t laugh as much as Sam, but my reaction was similar. I had my feet apart and it was strange because the fish would move from one foot and leg to the other en masse. I watched two locals do it first and interviewed them before jumping into the shallow end. It was different and worth any risk (you don’t know what else is lurking in that water). I recommend it—once.

  2. I did try a fish pedicure, but it was in Venice. I watched people for a long time before I got the courage to do it. I liked it!

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