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Qian Hu Fish Spa – $10 for Half Hour

July 25, 2009

Qian Hu Fish SpaQian Hu Fish Spa

To get to Qian Hu Fish Farm, you can take their free shuttle service from Chua Chu Kang Bus Interchange.  Extracted some details from Qian Hu Fish Farm site – check their site for updated timetable.

Shuttle Bus from Chua Chu Kang Bus Interchange to Qian Hu Fish Farm

Map of Qian Hu Fish Spa

What’s Fish Spa

Doctor Fish is the name given to two species of fish: Garra rufa and Cyprinion macrostomus.  They feed on the dead and unhealthy skin cells on the human body, leaving the skin feeling smoother and softer.  As the fishes have no teeth, the process is not painful and can be quite a pleasant sensation after the initial ticklish feeling has subsided and you have relaxed into the treatment.

Doctor Fish have proven to be quite effective at treating flaky and dried skin, leaving only the fresh exfoliated skin beneath. They have also become popular as a treatment for medical conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.

There are many Fish Spas in Singapore but stick to the more reputable brands e.g. Kenko, Qian Hu Fish Spa since there had been a number of reports of shops using cheaper species of fish which could do more harm than good.  The Fish Spa service at Qian Hu Fish Farm is one of the cheapest in the market:

Walk-in rates for the Fish Spa – $10 for first half (1/2) hour and subsequent charges are at $0.30 per minute.  Slippers and towels are also provided as part of the fee.

If you are planning a company/family bonding trip by having fishes nibbling at their feet, you can also book in advance with Qian Hu Fish Farm -> they have this Spa Executive Tour (weekdays only, exclude Public holidays) that can cost as little as $5/head depending on the group size.  Check out the Qian Hu Fish Spa brochure (Direct link to a PDF file) for more details.

Qian Hu Fish Spa

This is the second time I am here for this Fish Spa.. I noticed that the fishes have grown tremendously in size or they had introduced new fish species.  Some are as long as my foot and my foot is already quite HUGE!  (see above picture).

The sign in Mandarin says ” Over Here -> Bigger Fish Bigger Enjoyment” and indeed it is a very interesting and ticklish experience.  Don’t worry, not all fishes are as big; there is just one pool with such big fishes, the rest are smaller ones.  You can see the difference between the small and big fish in the top right most picture.

Besides fish spa, you can see and buy fishes e.g. arowanas, goldfish in Qian Hu.  There is also a regular shuttle bus service back to Chua Chu Kang bus interchange.

Did you have similar fish spa experiences?  Share with us your favorite spots or stories of how you/your friend did not even dare to step into the pool of aggressive fishes, in the comment box below.

Comments (25)

  • Webbloggirl Reply

    July 28, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    very interesting site about travel…fish spa seems to be cool….
    .-= Webbloggirl´s last blog ..Go Travel and See Disneyland in California =-.

  • avontflex Reply

    August 2, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    fish spa…v pain…wil transmit hk feet disease…hahahaha

    • Tingyi Reply

      August 2, 2009 at 10:59 pm

      Haa.. its not pain but ticklish actually… but it will have to take quite alot of courage to put your feet in especially for the bigger fishes. I didnt put mine in.. =P

  • Saturday Singapore Issue 3: Singapore Flyer Reply

    August 8, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    […] similar experience to the Qian Hu Fish Farm Spa experience but much smaller yet just as aggressive fishes.  The fish spa charges here are […]

  • Betty Chan Reply

    May 20, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I went to the fish spa on a weekend (no car, so only can wait till weekend to take their free bus) and the place was quite packed with families. The kids were paying for Longkang Fishing and the couples were paying for the Fish Spa.

    For the fish spa, although it is quite cheap compared to Kenko at The Singapore Flyer, there are just not enough fish to share. The pools are so big and yet the fish are so relatively little.

    Even though Qian Hu have 1 pool that says “bigger fish, bigger sensation”, the fish in this pool is still too little and simply “too arrogant”. They keep changing location (as they swim around in 1 big pack) and a lot of time, my feet are being bored to death without their “kissing”.

    Betty Chan

    • Sheryl Reply

      July 30, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      must be because you have good feet. :)

  • Singapore, Singapore « Reply

    October 10, 2010 at 7:29 am

    […] which happens to be soaking your feet in a pool of fish, which nibble away at your dead skin.  I tried it.  Obviously it sounds and looks weird, but after you get over that hump, the next hurdle will be […]

  • Christ&Denny Reply

    February 8, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Hello :

    We are garra rufa breeder from Indonesia.
    If you need this fish, please contact us.

    Kind regards,

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      February 8, 2011 at 11:11 pm

      nope :-)

    • bensabeur Reply

      September 23, 2011 at 6:29 am

      bonjour je suis interresser pour vous achetez des garra suis de france .merci de me repondre

    • sUHAIMI Reply

      February 22, 2012 at 3:28 pm

      Hey christ and denny! im interested in buying the spa fish. hw much does it cost ? do email me at suhaimi_me@hotmail. thx 😉

  • Scott Reply

    April 4, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    I had no idea you had places such as these fish spas! That’s fantastic. I’ve seen these fishes and how they are used to treat certain skin conditions, but that was in Israel somewhere. I could do with a walk-in fish spa session and I am sure that having all my dried skin being eaten off would be a pleasant experience for me, even though it sounds quite horrible!

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      April 4, 2011 at 10:32 pm

      @Scott – sounds horrible but its a great and fun experience :-)

  • WordVixen Reply

    April 5, 2011 at 1:35 am

    A friend of mine just did this on a recent trip (I think she said Thailand?). I saw the pictures, and ever since I’ve wanted to try it. I’ve always had a problem with rough, dry skin around my heels and ankles. I don’t suppose any of these fish spa tanks go up to the knees? :-)

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      April 5, 2011 at 9:35 am

      They do go up to the knees here in Singapore

      • WordVixen Reply

        April 6, 2011 at 12:59 am

        Love it! I checked around online after I left your site yesterday, but can’t find anything like that where I live. :-/ Maybe if there’s enough interest, someone will start a fish spa here. :-)

  • Angic Reply

    April 15, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Awesome post, fish spa is a great habit actually..:) I had an experience a fish spa in singapore and it was fun and very relaxing..:)

  • Iskandar Reply

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Hi.. anione knows where i can get the fish in singapore??

    • Zhiqiang & Tingyi Reply

      June 7, 2011 at 9:13 am

      sorry dont know where u can get these doctor fish. believe you have to import them from overseas

  • paul sharpe Reply

    June 26, 2011 at 7:26 pm

    Please contact me as reguards me purchasing fish …I wish to purchase approximately 1000 fishes

    • Tingyi Reply

      June 30, 2011 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Paul, sorry we don’t sell fish.

  • irfan Reply

    September 8, 2011 at 3:15 am

    Do you do body treatment as well as feet? thanks

  • Clara Reply

    November 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    I am concern whether the fish are the genuine doctor fish.
    Normally, they would not resemble a Tilapia and should be small in size.
    Very small in size. Nowhere near the size of ur feet.

  • Mold Reply

    April 30, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    What’s up, I log on to your new stuff on a regular basis.

    Your writing style is awesome, keep it up!

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