Qian Hu Fish Spa – $10 for Half Hour25 July, 2009
Qian 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.
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.
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.