Fodor's Expert Review women's prison
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If you want to do a good deed for Thai society as well as enjoy a great massage, stop by Chiang Mai's women's prison. Female inmates trained in Thai massage are allowed to practice their trade in a room adjoining the prison's shop (where handicrafts from the prison workshops are sold). A two-hour Thai massage costs B150—money well spent in assuring these remarkably cheerful women a solid foundation for life outside the prison walls. After the massage, relax over tea, coffee, or a Thai meal in the neighboring restaurant, also staffed by women prisoners.
A former director of the women's prison has founded a group of three massage salons, named Lila and all within the Old City, staffed by former prisoners who trained while serving their sentences.