Why not! You deserve it.
.We all need pampering once in a while to help soothe away the day-to-day stresses of life that we encounter.Nowhere in the world is the art of pampering carried out so well and with such skill as in Thailand.
There are absolutely loads of spa establishments in Chiang Mai,with fantastic wellness packages ranging from 2-4 hours or you can just have single treatments.The beauty of using day spas is you can combine your pampering with your sightseeing during the day and still enjoy the delicious Thai food in between.
Visit a combination of Thai spas that include not only the Thai touch, but other Asian healing influences as well.The complete package of heavenly pampering, but at very reasonable prices.
So if you think you could use a treat and would like a spot of Traditional Thai Massage, Aromatic full body oil massage, Thai herbal steam body scrub, Thai herbal clay mud wrap, mineral hot spring therapy massage and the rest. then this is the type of itinerary for you.
Day 1: Bangkok
On arrival in Bangkok and after checking in to your Bangkok Hotel and freshening up , the river boat buffet cruise should be the first stop. This is a great way to cruise the water ways viewing the great Bangkok sights, combined with superb Thai food.The food is absolutely fantastic, varied and so much to choose from. For those with good appetites you can go back to refill your plate as many times as you like. This really is fantastic Thai and International buffet food, exemplary service and music from the resident musicians all in all it makes for a very memorable occasion.
Day 2: Bangkok
Rise really early and visit the fantastic early bustling activity of the morning markets complete with an array of colourful fresh fruit and vegetables. Take in breakfast afterwards at one of the many roadside restaurants. Try a tasty Thai noodle known as (guay diaw) these are packed with a number of delicious ingredients. You can have it with Chicken, Pork, Duck or whatever and it will also include Noodles, bean sprouts, Coriander, fresh Chilli and spring onions. Take a stroll through the heart of China town in Yarowat road. China town is a busy and bustling place , just full of activity. How long you want to stay in China town will depend on your toleration of crowds, heat and noise. For me personally, I love it.
China Town, Bangkok
Day 3: Bangkok – Chiang Mai.
There are many ways to travel to Chiang Mai including taking a the quicker 1 hour flight option, but I prefer the scenic drive up. Leave early for Chiang Mai stopping off for refreshments and to look at points of interest along the way. A good mini bus driver and guide will certainly know of these on route. The journey is between 6-7 hours , but with stop offs you should be looking at getting to Chiang Mai around late afternoon. early evening. On arrival in Chiang Mai and after checking in to your hotel, take a stroll in the centre of town. One of s Chiang Mai’s biggest tourist attractions is probably the night bazaar. The night bazaar is like a huge market with Thai and Northern Thai goods at low prices especially if your bargaining skills are good. When the bargaining is complete, try the Kalare food centre which has tasty dishes for great prices and you can watch the free traditional Thai dance shows. The Kalare food centre is right bang in the middle of the night bazaar. The night bazaar maybe somewhat on the touristy side of things, but a good place to get your bearings from.
The heart of Chiang Mai
Day 4: Chiang Mai
Spend the a couple of hours of the day in the spa with a mixture of massage and spa wellness treatments according to your choice. I would recommend Lanna Come Spa . Try the Lanna exotic treatment package , but check out the packages for yourself on the Lanna come spa website. The rest of the day should be used to visit Doi Intanon National Park. Doi Intanon is Thailand’s highest peak, visit three great waterfalls which have picnic areas and food vendors. The mountain is also the home of approximately 5000 hmong and Karen tribesman. In the evening, but no later than 7-00pm pop along for a meal in the magnificent restaurant of Aroon Rai, in my opinion one of Chiang Mai’s best restaurants. The food is incredible and has been serving the best Gang Gari Chicken curry for many years. Aroon Rai restaurant can be found near Thapae gate. I must admit it is my favourite restaurant in Chiang Mai. No airs and graces just quality food.
Lanna Come Spa, Chiang Mai
Day 5: Chiang Mai
In the morning take a trip to Krisdadoy the beautiful botanical gardens and flower park 700 metres above sea level. This really is a beautiful and peaceful place to spend some time. I prefer to visit in the morning as the afternoon heat can be a bit energy sapping. No need to worry about energy in the afternoon if you have booked a spa session with Cheeva Spa. Check out the Cheeva website for a list of fantastic packages and treatments. In the evening attend ‘Kantoke’ in Chiang Mai. Kantoke is the eating of delicious northern dishes accompanied by a superb Lana style folk performance featuring candle dancers, finger sword dancers and performances by the various hill tribe groups.Kantoke is where the food is served to low tables whilst diners sit on the floor supported by big beautiful cushions.
Krisadadooy Botanical Gardens, Chiang Mai
Day 6 Chiang Mai
Take a trip to visit one of the hill tribe settlements on the outskirts of Chiang Mai to view rural life. In the afternoon return to the magnificent Lanna Come Spa for a further mixture of your chosen massage, spa and wellness treatments a total relaxing afternoon. Make your choice from 2 or 3 hour packages, viewable here on the website. In the evening we visit another fantastic top restaurant with fantastic Thai dishes and music. Thai and western food called The Riverside restaurant on charoenrat road on the banks of the ping river. Open 5pm – 1am.
Sunday Walking Street Market, Chiang Mai
Day 7: Chiang Mai
In the morning visit probably the most sacred temple of the north in Doi Suthep called ‘Wat Phra That Doi Suthep’ the temple lies at the end of a 300 steps staircase, with good weather there are some terrific views of Chiang Mai.Reserve the afternoon for a return trip to Cheeva spa and continued unashamed pampering with one of their many quality packages.In the evening check out the shopping and tasty food of China Town on Chang Moi road, Chiang Mai, it has far more bargains than the night bazaar and a great place to do some final shopping.
Other Must Do’s
- Make sure one of the days on your itinerary is a Sunday for the walking street market, held near Thapae Gate. The night market takes on a carnival like atmosphere with lantern balloons and has some of the most tastiest snacks imaginable all at ridiculously low prices.
- Make sure that breakfast most mornings in Chiang Mai is had at the fantastic Sailomjoy restaurant on Rachadamnoen Road again just across from Thapae Gate. https://engagingthailandtips.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/a-great-place-to-eat-in-chiang-mai/