Chiang Mai: 9 Top Tips For A Health And Wellness Vacation

Where can I find a great restaurant, lovely family guest house, terrific breakfast venue, swimming pool and gym complex along with some top health and wellness treatments. It’s all here on the Engaging Thailand tips blog.

Health And Wellness Treatments In Chiang Mai And What They Involve

  • The Ayurvedic  treatment of Shirodhara involves the constant stream of essential oils combined with herbs poured over a customers third eye, which is found in the forehead followed by the gentle massaging of the scalp. This is a great treatment for the restoration of mind and body to balance, and to assist the flow of energy around the body.Ayervedic treatment begins with a 30 minute consultation to establish your body type, or dosha (personality) before any Ayurvedic treatments are selected for you.  Once your body type is known the treatments can be tailored accordingly.
  • Moving from India and Ayurvedic techniques over to China and concentrating on natural ways for detoxification with a Chi NeiTsang massage. Chi Nei Tsang is the Chinese for internal organ and massage is carried out over the navel and surrounding abdominal area. The work of the Chi Nei Tsang massage is to release negative emotions, stress, tension and sickness, bring comfort to the abdomen area and supply vital energy to the internal organs. Chi Nei Tsang can also be helpful in  the treatment  digestive problems, like bloating, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • The ancient treatment of Tok -Sen dates back some 5000 years and is only found in the Chiang Mai area of Northern Thailand. Tok-Sen translated means to ”clear blocked energy lines” and the process is carried out using a wooden instrument to tap away the negative energy and rid muscle tension. Tok-Sen can be carried out with the traditional Thai massage. If you are looking for instructions on this treatment in any books, you won’t find them. Tok-Sen is a treatment passed down through families in the Northern (Lanna) area of

  • Another ancient, but highly effective Thai treatment is the  Thai Herbal Hot Compress a very deeply relaxing and detoxification therapy. The Thai herbal hot compress has been known of since the battles between the Thais and the Burmese during the Ayutthaya period some 200 years ago. The therapy is a combination of warmth and over 20 blended herbs including kaffir lime, plai, som, citronella, lemon grass, turmeric, tamarind, galangal and camphor just to name a few. Thai herbal hot compress consists of pressure being applied in the form of the heated herbs massaging the body with a  rolling and kneading action. The treatment is used to treat illnesses and to alleviate aches, pains and muscle tension.
  • Finally why not cap off any of your treatments with a very relaxing and rejuvenating  Aromatherapy Milky Bath .  The benefits here are immensely soothing to both body and mind and a nice soak in a petal filled warm milky bath is paradise. The treatment works in a way that some of the aromatic oils are absorbed in to the skin and soothe the body. The remainder of the aromatic essential oils are inhaled from the atmosphere and hence soothe the mind.

Swimming Pool And Gym

  • We have already discussed that Chiang Mai is a long way from the beach, but that there is plenty of sun and water available else where in Chiang Mai. If you are someone who whilst indulging in the culinary delights of Chiang Mai would like to offset it with some exercise to stop the unwanted pounds from stacking up in the form of a gym for a work out and a pool for a swim, then I know just the place. The Hillside Fitness Center which is on the 4th floor of the Hillside Plaza & Condotel 4 on Huaykaew Road chiang Mai has a great pool and gym. For a fee of 100 baht to use the gym single entry and then 50 baht to use the pool for a visit it is a very inexpensive way to spend a few hours. A day in Chiang Mai for me is not complete without a work out, swim and finally a long relaxing time in the sun by the pool with a quality book. A total of 150 baht  approximately £3-00 to stop myself feeling guilty from the curry and Singha beer and to learn something worthwhile whilst laying in the sun – who needs the beach. The gym has everything you could need with cardio machines, weight machines and plenty of free weights, the pool is quality as well. You can also buy or rent one of the condos in the building if you would like.

Hillside Fitness center And Pool: Huay Kaew Road


  • My usual trick of a morning is to get up early around 6.30 am  and take a walk in  a different direction of the city. On carrying out this routine one morning I walked up near the entrance to what is called the ”old city” in Chiang Mai and passed a small place that catered for western and Thai breakfast so went back and rallied up the troops to try somewhere new for breakfast. The name of this wonderful little family run restaurant is Sailomjoy Thai Restaurant and it can be found at  7 Rachadamnorn Road, T. Phrasingh, Chiang Mai literally just inside the ”old city”. The proprietors Khun Pom and Khun Weaw are just delightful people as our all the staff here. The only morning out of the 10 left that we did not have breakfast here was when they had a well earned day off. This place became the normal breakfast venue for the fantastic food, both Thai and Western, the great service and more than pleasant company. Everyone was trying different things each day like  Muesli, yoghurt and fruit all washed down with a blueberry smoothie, porridge and banana, scrambled eggs, club sandwiches and delicious Thai dishes like fried chicken and ginger, phat Krapow and Phat Thai. This truly is a marvellous breakfast place and worth tracking down and the prices are fantastic.

Sailomjoy Thai Restaurant with proprietors at the front


  • One of my favourite restaurants in all of  Chiang Mai, no sorry scrub that , one of my favourite restaurants in all of Thailand, let alone Chiang Mai is a place called Aroon Rai, which can be found on Kotchasan Road. It’s a place with very few airs and graces, but who needs airs and graces with the culinary delights that they serve up. I have yet to find anywhere in Thailand that does a better Yellow Chicken curry (Gang Gari), further more not only is the food fantastic, but the prices are more than reasonable. On a recent visit to Aroon Rai four of us ate an aray of dishes consisting of Gang Gari – Yellow Chicken curry, Spring rolls, Nam Prik oon – a mix of pork, garlic, chilli, onions and tomato,  Khao Niaw gap gai yaang – Fried Chicken and sticky rice plus ice Tea for all of us, which came to a grand total of 505 baht – just over £10-00. The food overall is excellent and the staff and service are prompt friendly and efficient.What more could you need.

Aroon Rai Restaurant


  • I suppose it is occasionally nice to stay in a very posh hotel and be waited on hand and foot especially if your pockets flow with currency, but for me all that is required with the accommodation bit is an adequate place to rest up and some where I can leave my luggage.   However in Baan Pim  on Sittiwong road a small road off of the main Chaiyaphum Road  you have a very clean, comfortable, friendly and tremendously priced Guesthouse ran by a lady called Khun Pim and her family. The guesthouse is conveniently located with access to everything that you would want including the massive Sunday Thapae night market or also known as ”Walking street market”. Rooms are equipped with air-conditioning or a fan if you prefer, on-line facilities for your e-mail and a beautiful tranquil garden setting to relax in and take in a cool drink of an evening….. just perfect….. and so is the price approximately 500 – 700 baht per night depending on the room and facilities chosen. Lovely family run traditional Thai Guesthouse with pleasant and attentive staff. For more information or to make a booking please visit

Baan Pim Guesthouse

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3 thoughts on “Chiang Mai: 9 Top Tips For A Health And Wellness Vacation

  1. Hey Engagingthailandtips,
    This might be off topic, however, Known for rock-bottom eating expenses, most visitors to Thailand nevertheless overspend on food, but in Chiang Mai, deals are just around every corner. The more adventurous traveler who seeks a more authentic Thai experience or wants to make his/her travel money go even further can find cheaper, and often tastier, alternatives if they know what to look for. Many other long-term visitors are baffled when I tell them of my favorite venues, where I get a huge plate of yellow rice with fried chicken, a cup of fish soup, half of a sliced cucumber, and ice water for 50 baht (1.43 USD). And that is on one of the most Westernized islands in Thailand!
    Nice One!

  2. I always use hot compress whenever i have some sort of body pains. They are really useful in relieving minor pain coming from physical injuries and sometimes insect bites. There are also pre-made hot compress fabrics that you can buy at a local store or you can just make a DIY version of a hot compress unit. You can use old clothes or Ziploc bags.-

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