The pampering Spa experience

Thailand is famous for its spas

Thailand is famous for its spas

The hustle and bustle of Bangkok can get overwhelming at times and the perfect way to relax and unwind when it all gets a bit too much is retreating to the spa for a good pampering. Luckily, there are some great spas to choose from in Bangkok, meaning that ultimate relaxation is just minutes away.

Thailand is celebrated around the world for its tranquil spas, where quality and professionalism are at the forefront. In Bangkok massage is a primary concern and one of the world’s leading massage schools can be found in the nation’s capital. People travel from all over the world to study at the Wat Po massage school and earn the certificate that shows their skills as a leading masseur.

Traditional Thai massage is an energetic and highly stimulating experience. The city’s modern and expertly decorated spas combine traditional techniques and Thai herbs with a range of more contemporary holistic treatments. Although massage is still top of the bill, other treatments you will find on offer in Bangkok’s spas include facials, body wraps, body scrubs and hydrotherapy. Many spas even have a sauna and Jacuzzi, which are the perfect places to ease aching muscles before your massage. Are the sauna heats up your pores will slowly open, releasing the toxins that usually make the skin feeling heavy and dirty.

As you step into the Thai spa you will be met by light, natural music and a heady aroma, which is wafted from an air purifier or oil burner. A well presented masseur will greet you with the traditional wai and the dazzling Thai smile. You are well on the road to relaxation already as you take a seat in the waiting room or tranquil spa garden.

A good treatment to start with is a food and leg massage. This wonderfully relaxing massage is the first word in indulgence. As you sit back and chill out your feet will be carefully washed and dried and then rubbed all over with healing balm that makes the skin tingle. The foot and leg massage takes about 30 minutes and leaves tired feet feeling refreshed and revitalized.

There are a number of different types of massages to choose from and times vary from 30 minutes to two hours. Many people prefer to start with the 30 minute massage the first time they visit the spa, although the process is so soothing that it isn’t long before they are opting for the full two hours.

All the spas are well presented

All the spas are well presented

Another particularly relaxing spa treatment is the facial. Facials are just starting to become popular in Thailand and there are already a number of different types of facials available including peels to remove the dead skin cells, facial masks to leave your skin feeling soft and looking great and detoxifying masks, which are particularly popular in Bangkok as the city suffers from a high level of polluting, leaving the skin feeling gritty and dry.

When visiting the spa you should allow yourself plenty of time to recover afterwards; don’t be in a hurry to pick up the frantic pace of life again and rush back into the polluted city streets. Most spas will have an area for you to relax in afterwards and even provide light refreshments.

There are a huge number of spas in Bangkok, all offering widely differing experiences. It is important to take the time to choose the right spa for you to make sure you get the most from your experience. One of the main considerations is convenience and you will probably want a spa located close to your hotel or apartment. Take a look at your local spas and check the menu of the services and prices they offer.

Don’t be afraid to take a tour of the spa before you book a treatment and remember that you can always walk away if the spa doesn’t meet your standards. Luckily, there are a good number of top quality spas available in Bangkok, so it is quick and easy to step from the heat and stress of the city streets to ultimate pampering.

Offering fantastic service and a great range of treatments, Oasis Spa is one of the best spas in Bangkok. Other leading spas in Chiang Mai include the Ananda Spa, Orientist Spas, the Mandara brand and Spa I am.

About the Author

Andrew Bond is a travel writer who has been living in Thailand and writing about the region for more than 10 years, contributing to numerous local magazines and major web travel brands. He travels around South East Asia by tuk-tuk, bicycle, cyclo, jeepney, taxi, moto, elephant or foot in search of new smells, sounds, sights, and atmosphere. Share your travel bits with him on Google +

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