Loving to eat means learning to feed. Sometimes you can even become the food.
There are two aspects to this blog entry. The first is the most obvious. In many shops and in many temples you can buy fish food — either pellets or bread to feed to the fish. Typically, the ponds, rivers, and canals are coffee-brown from the silt and muddy soil with massive fish teaming just below the water surface. It’s quite a cheap thrill to see the snarling mass of huge fish fussing and fighting to gobble up the food.
10 cents, well spent.
The second way to feed fish in Thailand is a little more costly — and much more ticklish. For a few dollars, you place your legs, from the knees down, into large fish tanks and they nibble the dead skin on your legs and feet. It’s quite shocking. Literally. The sensation of the nibbling fish is like a low-grade voltage shock. It’s impossible not to laugh at the absurdity of the situation. The tingling vibration becomes more muted as the time passes, but it never fully goes away before your 20 minutes is up. Afterward, your skin feels soft and your cheeks are sore from smiling so hard.
Britt is a photographer/music producer & proud member of #teamtraynham