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From Here to Thai Serenity

By: Ed Rampell
Posted: January 7, 2009, from the January 2009 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Bangkok boasts beautiful Buddhist temples and palaces, but it is also a crowded, modernized metropolis of 10 million people, traffic and, as Thailand’s capital, the epicenter of national politics, including numerous street demonstrations. The good news is massage is such an integral part of Thai life that Bangkok sports numerous bona fide massage shops, such as Prauw Spa, which is located on the main drag of Sukhumvit Road.

There, my massage therapist performed a thorough foot massage, complete with a footbath in the mini-whirlpool of a push button-controlled pedicure tub. After an hour, I was moved upstairs to Prauw’s cubicles, where I experienced a traditional oil massage for another 60 minutes, recharging my batteries so I could once again face Bangkok’s hurly-burly swirl.

Rejuvenation destination

Thailand’s heavenly holistic havens rejuvenate and refresh spirit and body, transporting transcendent spa-goers further down the path to nirvana. After experiencing the pampering and royal treatment of the kingdom of Thailand’s spas, to paraphrase His Majesty Bhumibol Rama IX, the country’s current monarch, you may even say, “It’s good to be the king—or queen!”