If you are in Thailand, you may hear Thai people say, “Jai yen yen,” which literally means, “cool, cool heart.” The meaning reflects a sense of calm and relaxation. When you have “jai yen yen,” you’re not taking things too seriously—you’re taking time to relax and revitalize your body and embrace the Thai way of life.
Bangkok’s Rejuvenating Spas
If you’re looking for a relaxing spa vacation with the best possible treatment, you’re in the right place. Spas in Thailand are legendary. The traditional Thai massage is therapeutic and revitalizing, and you can find it almost anywhere, even if you’re not planning to luxuriate at a spa resort. In busy Bangkok, where you’re likely to spend long days walking around the Grand Palace and other majestic sites, there’s no better way to end the day than to enjoy a relaxing massage. In Chiang Mai, the artistic center of Thailand, you’ll also find plenty of relaxing resorts that cater to your every whim.
Of course, the Thai spa treatment doesn’t stop with a simple massage. Spa resorts throughout Thailand incorporate a wide variety of exotic treatments, including facials, body wraps, herbal treatments, and other traditional healing methods that are remarkably effective for your mind and body. You can enjoy some of the best-known and most-visited spas in the world in Thailand.
Phuket Makes Good on its Promises
These magnificent spas are everywhere—in cities, at the beach, and on the amazing tropical islands. The Banyan Tree Phuket, on the island of Phuket, is a highly ranked, international center that will give you an experience to remember. Phuket is a tourist paradise that offers you every type of distraction that you could possibly want, including excellent golf courses, tropical environments, beaches, and fine food. The Banyan Tree spa resort, named the world’s best spa by [source], is as good as it gets. Its service is spectacular, and you can enjoy a dinner cruise along the coastline and, of course, get a 90-minute traditional massage. The indulgent Marriott Phuket and the Mandara Spa, also on the island, departs from the traditional Thai spa experience and offers a range of Indonesian treatments, including steam treatments, mud wraps, and aromatherapy. Also check out the Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket, which features Ayurvedic treatments and a fusion massage combining Thai and Swedish techniques.
Thai Massage for Body and Soul
So just what is a Thai massage? To the uninitiated who have been inundated with tales of the more seamy side of Bangkok, a Thai massage could be “that kind” of massage. And, while those “massages” are certainly available if that’s what you’re looking for, the traditional Thai massage is something else entirely. It’s an ancient form of therapy that goes back thousands of years. The Thai massage is non-sexual, invigorating and rejuvenating to both body and spirit, and is an excellent activity for couples who want to relax together. Since it’s a deep-tissue massage, it will reach your tight muscles that haven’t been reached in years. Masseuses are both male and female, and are mostly female. You’ll be surprised when your 90-pound, five-foot-tall masseuse bends you in ways that you could never have imagined, and she’ll seem to reach right under your skin to get to exactly the right spot that needs attention.
After a long day of sightseeing, shopping, elephant riding, or whatever else you are doing in Thailand, stop into a resort or a neighborhood massage parlor and enjoy.