I’ve probably had upwards of 50 or so massages since we arrived in Thailand and while I’ve had a few mediocre massages, I can’t say that I’ve ever felt awkward (not even when the ladyboy masseuse got caught checking out my package). Last night was the exception.
We got really spoiled at Pai Massage in Chiang Rai and we’ve been hoping to find a similar shop close to our new place. We’ve tried 3 or 4 different places since we’ve been back and finally had a pretty decent foot massage at a new shop a few kilometres down the road.
I tweaked my back playing badminton yesterday so I figured it was a great time to try an oil massage. I headed down late yesterday evening hoping for a relaxing massage before bed. Well, before I even got undressed the masseuse started calling me “sexy man” in her broken English. In and of itself I wouldn’t mind (who doesn’t enjoy a little flattery) but every time she said it, she followed it up with a loud slurping sound and would say something in Thai. It was perhaps the only time since we’ve arrived that I was glad I didn’t speak the language. Ever have one a nervous laughs? Last night was my time. Did I mention the massage was bad too? Fortunately, it’s not much of a loss when the massage was only $9.