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Spas and massages

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Spas and massage parlours of every description are ubiquitous throughout Chiang Mai. Here’s a summary on what to expect and some suggestions on where to go.

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Traditional Thai massage is quite vigorous and involves some heavy kneading of pressure points and some strenuous joint bending. For those not used to it, it can be a fairly painful experience.

Not your average prison massage centre. Photo taken in or around Spas and massages, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Not your average prison massage centre. Photo: Mark Ord

Consequently—as with the sometimes painfully burning food—much is toned down for foreign visitors and the more gentle Swedish-style massage is also popular. Bear in mind that whatever the parlour or spa, any masseuse can have an off day, and while training standards ought to be higher in more upmarket spots, there’s always going to be a certain hit or miss element involved. Plus of course what’s a great massage to one person may be torture ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)


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