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Travelling around countries like Thailand can be a life-changing experience. Stunning islands, historical temples and huge national parks are everywhere you turn, leaving you with plenty of things to see, do and explore. When exploring, however, it’s important to listen to your body, as all that walking, trekking and swimming can leave you feeling sore and tired. Luckily for you, Bangkok is home to some amazing massage parlours. Whether you want some therapy for your muscles, or simply wish to relax, here are Bangkok’s best massage parlours.
It’s often difficult to cultivate a sense of nature in a city like Bangkok, but those wishing to do so should take a leaf out of Organika’s books. Organika Secret Spa is clean and green, with a minimalist decor and foliage fostering a sense of returning to nature and calm – meaning the massage has almost done its job before you’ve even been touched. Each of its massages are stunningly perfect, helping to reset both your mind and body, promote a sense of wellbeing and remove all the tension you may have. It’s a wonderful experience in a tranquil, aromatic setting that’s unlikely to be forgotten.
Navigating Bangkok on the best of days can leave you feel stressed and worn out, but thankfully there are places like Bamboo Spa on hand to leave you feeling lighter and ready to take on the city again. There are a large number of services available, from the traditional Thai massage to more specialist massages, such as detoxification and reflexology. Staff are attentive and professional, with a quality to cost ratio that’s hard to beat. The bamboo theme is authentic and calming, and the spa itself is clean and fragrant, leaving your mind at ease to relax whilst you enjoy the treatment.
Thailand’s stunning Wat Pho temple has been the base of Thailand’s traditional massage and medicine since King Rama III established the nation’s first university here, in a bid to both preserve and further develop this noble art. Today, traditional Thai and foot massages take place in a communal setting in the temple grounds themselves, in the place where it all began, for a truly historic and culturally significant experience. It might not have the luxury or privacy of some other massage parlours, but it’s a little slice of history and as authentic as they come – not to mention in the shadow of one of Thailand’s most famous temples.
Specialising in relaxation and comfort, Divana Spa features a number of different treatments performed by highly trained therapists, all designed to ensure you leave both feeling and looking better than when you entered. Everything about Divana whispers peace and tranquillity, from the sensual aromas that radiate through the spa, to its lush, green garden and water features. Its decor is distinctly Asian, with various features and impressions helping to create an authentic experience that will always be in the forefront of your memory when someone mentions your trip to Thailand. Thai massages, hot oil massages and many more different types are available to help melt your troubles away and leave you recharged and ready for more of what Bangkok has to offer.
Everything about The Hive Spa radiates elegance. Designed by James Waterworth – one half of London-based interior design force Alexander Waterworth – comfort, elegance and luxury are represented throughout the spa, and its light colour palette provides a sense of calm and spiritual cleanliness. Its rooms are private and luxurious, it uses only the finest essential oils, scents and candles and its massages are performed by some of the finest therapists in the country. It features a wide range of massage therapies, from 30 minute head and shoulder massages to the more indulgent aroma massages. There are a number of other services to enjoy too, including facials, manicures and pedicures. A well-deserved treat.