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Escape the City at Fah Lanna Spa in Chiang Mai, Thailand

December 22, 2015

When traveling throughout Thailand, one of the best activities to experience is the traditional Thai massage.  Although this specific massage has a reputation for being unconventional and a bit painful, the feeling afterwards is worth the pain.  One of the best places you can get this incredible massage is at Fah Lanna Spa in Chiang Mai.  This spa resort offers an incredible array of massages and packages that includes facials, Thai massages, and a specific northern Thai massage technique that can only be found a few places, including Fah Lanna.

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The two main factors that make this spa so unique is its dedication to Thai culture and its soothing atmosphere.  Every room and all of the decorations, both inside and outside these rooms, have been thoroughly thought out.  The antique furniture and the local thai products that decorate the spa accent each other in a way that gives you a true authentic Thai feeling.  To add to this, the large blooming trees and small fountains found everywhere you turn makes you feel like you are in nature.  The relaxing vibe that these two features creates makes you forget that you are in a city.

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My favorite part about Fah Lanna, however, is that each room is dedicated to a Thai city and its specialty hand-crafted item.  The owners of this spa are truly proud of Thai culture and are dedicated to show how much Thailand has to offer.

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When we arrived to Fah Lanna, we were served ginger and roselle tea while we waited for our treatments.  Although it was difficult to choose from the vast options of massages they offered, we finally decided on a 7-step facial, a Thai herbal ball massage, and an aromatherapy oil massage.  The masseuses were so skilled and gentle that even with my facial, I almost fell asleep.  What sets this spa apart from the rest, however, is the unique massage style they offer, called Tok Sen.  This style is used only in the north of Thailand and Fah Lanna is one of the few places that offers it.  Instead of using the traditional method to relax the muscles, a wooden stick and hammer is used instead.  This method is stronger than the traditional way and really ensures your muscles are relaxed at the end.

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When you are finished, you are given a second ginger tea and some rice biscuits to help you regain energy.  There is also the option to eat at their delicious cafe that is attached to the spa.  It was so delicious, in fact, that it deserves its own review.

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Fah Lanna Spa has its own unique vibe that cannot be found anywhere else.  It has a wonderful mix of a soothing nature-like atmosphere while experiencing the truly authentic Thai culture.  Fah Lanna Spa is definitely a must-do while exploring Chiang Mai.

Fah Lanna Spa
Prices vary per package
Reservation: email@fahlanna.com
Address: 57,57/1 Wiang Kaew Road, near corner of Jabhan Road, Sripoom, Ampur Muang, Chiang Mai 50200
Phone: 053 416191 or 088 804 9984




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