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Where to wax: Phnom Penh’s best beauty spas

Whether you want a quick in-and-out, a pain-free experience or full luxe treatment, Phnom Penh’s many spas have something for everyone. We’ve rounded up five of the best

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Anna’s Spa
If you live in the south, Anna’s Spa close to Russian Market might be the most convenient option. In a comfortable lobby, clients are welcomed with a cup of tea to sip while they choose their treatment. The waxing beds are clean and comfortable with embroidered sheets, and the room is decorated with earthy red and dark ivory tones. The staff are attentive and make sure you are comfortable during waxing, which is done swiftly and carefully. Eyebrows: $5; full leg: $27; bikini: $12; Brazilian: $25. #49de0 Street 430.

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Aura Spa
The newest branch of Aura Spa is now open on street 294 and it’s a simple, modern design: charcoal walls, dark wooden seats and a large fish pond with stepping stones that lead to the reception desk. The therapists are very gentle and the waxing rooms peaceful – though the gentle lighting and scenic nature prints on the walls might not provide much of a distraction. At least you can count on privacy – each room has its own toilet and shower hidden discreetly behind a floor-length flowing curtain. Eyebrows: $6; full leg: $30; bikini: $12; Brazilian: $25. #23 Street 294.

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Bliss Spa
If swiftness is important to you when it comes to waxing, Bliss Spa is a winner. Set inside an airy colonial mansion on Street 240, complete with a running waterfall, Bliss merits the name – this is a place to sip the complementary iced tea and chatter with girlfriends for an hour or two. But nobody wants to linger when it comes to waxing and, happily, the beautician knows that. She’s a pro – efficient and very speedy. It’s slightly haphazard – she sometimes pulls the hair in both directions. And make sure you ask her to close the window if you don’t want the couple getting pampered outside to catch a full view. Eyebrows: $6; full leg: $32; bikini: $15; Brazilian: $30. #29 Street 240.

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Bodia Spa
The treatment rooms at Bodia Spa are some of the most luxurious in the city: dimly lit, fragrant-smelling havens with showers, hot tubs and rose petals. The therapists are friendly and eager to put clients at ease. If you’re more about style than a speedy getaway, Bodia will suit you. The whole process can take a while, with the very gentle therapists and multiple cups of tea that are served up. The massages and spa treatments, for which they are best known, are worth a look. They offer a splendid couple’s treatment, with champagne thrown in. Full leg: $26; bikini: $15; Brazilian: $25. Corner of Street 178 and Sothearos Boulevard, above U-Care.

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Cha Nails
The top choice for many, thanks to Kimleang, the head waxer, who has a reputation for fast and hygenic action with minimal pain. She’s got a strong fanbase: testimonies we heard ran the gamut from “she knows what she is doing and does a great job” to “anyone with good eyebrows goes there”. At $10 for a straight-up bikini, she’s one of the cheaper options, too. If you’re in for something more relaxing, they’ve got a neat afternoon tea set up: get an express mani-pedi with a bottomless pot of tea and finger sandwiches (cucumber, cheddar, smoked salmon and egg) as well as scones and clotted cream, for $22 per person. Full leg: $20; bikini: $10; Brazilian: $25. Above Deco restaurant, corner of Streets 352 and 57.

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