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The Gecko: 8 October 2004


tourism pot continues to churn in Siem Reap.

** The FCC Angkor has decided to pull out all the stops and is in the process of

opening a high-brow spa called "Visaya", which management says means "Spheres

of the six senses". They've hired a team of masseuses and brought in an expat

consultant to train them in a whole bunch of fancy New Age techniques. Once the spa

is up and running it will no doubt be featured on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'

Angkor special.

But for those living a life of planned poverty, here's the deal: Until the spa officially

opens on October 25, massages at Visaya will be free. Potential customers have to

call in first for a reservation at 063-760-280, and keep in mind that with such a

bargain on offer the massage specialists may be all booked up.

But if you're lucky, give the Hot Rock Treatment a whirl. How's it work? Smooth stones

are heated up in a pot of boiling water, then once they're "skin friendly"

they are used to rub in some magic formula of herbs and oils.

If that doesn't suit your fancy, give the Honey and Crushed Herb Wrap a try and enjoy

the sensation of feeling like a Souvlaki sandwich.

** Other breaking news from the Kingdom's tourism capital indicates that Siem Reap

will soon get its first gay bar. Sources say that it will be called "Linga",

which comes from Sanskrit and refers to that male thingamajig that Freud spent so

much time thinking about.

Analysts speculate that there is some connection between the bar's name and male

homosexuality, but they refused to elaborate.



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