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My partner and I have tried (almost) all the different types of massages you can find around Siem Reap and Phnom Penh:
Sadly none of these satisfied the needs of our urban aching bodies. Then we came across a recommendation in the NY Times website call Health Care Center Master ‘Kang’. We were hesitant because we were disappointed with an earlier recommendation also from the NY Times website on a Japanese restaurant in Phnom Penh. But we decided to give this Master Kang a try anyway, as we had some spare time before catching our evening flight back to HK.
This place a bit outside town, about 15 minutes on a tuk tuk. It is a big establishment, occupying 2 floors of space. We were the only customers there, and the only people we see were Chinese people! (Nothing wrong with it, just a bit surprised.) After soaking our feet in a dimly-lit room where basins are placed on the floor for the feet, we were escorted upstairs to a large room with 2 massage beds with its own bathroom. There were also massage clothes for us to change into. We initially asked for 60 minutes of body massage, because we didn’t want to stay long and pay for an mediocre massage. But a few minutes into the massage, I realized this masseuse knows what she is doing and at that point I asked my partner if she wanted to extend the original 60 minutes. She complied and we got 90 minutes. The masseuse was sooooo strong, but in a good way! There was a bit of stretching which I dig. Definitely one of the best massage I have had in a long time. The price was USD $15.00 for 60 minutes, USD $ 20.00 for 90 minutes. More expensive of course compare to the ones along the Riverside, but if you like a good strong massage, and if you can live without a fancy decor, you ought to give Master ‘Kang’ a try. I know I will go back if I visit Phnom Penh again.