Thailand has emerged as a premier destination for travellers seeking authentic wellness experiences amid breathtaking natural surroundings, away from the hustle and bustle of big cities.
From therapeutic hot springs to luxurious spa treatments, this southeast Asian country is abundant in a wide range of unique health and wellness services rooted in local wisdom across its various regions, making it one of the world’s most exciting destinations for health-focused travellers. In 2017 alone, the country drew in 3.3 million tourists from around the world who used its renowned health and wellness services.
Discover wellness traditions in Thailand’s central region
The country’s Prachin Buri province is known for its herbal plants and traditional Thai medicines. One of the main attractions is the Abhaibhubejr Thai Herbal Medicine Museum which showcases an archive of traditional medicines. Visitors can also indulge in the day spa treatments offered at the museum.
Cultural tourism and traditional ways of life can be explored in the Samut Songkhram province which is home to the well-known Amphawa district where travellers can relax and unwind with a view of the picturesque floating market along the canal.
The Baan Amphawa Resort and Spa is an idyllic retreat on the banks of the Mae Klong River which blends traditional Thai houses with contemporary Thai luxury to create a haven of historical elegance among the lush tropical landscape.
Travellers looking for a luxury spa experience can head to the Suphannika Spa. One of the many treatments offered here is the signature “Amphawa heritage” treatment – a therapeutic massage specially designed to ease neck, shoulder and back pain arising from “office syndrome” by combining Thai, Tui Na (Chinese) and relaxing massage techniques.
Relax amidst nature in the southern region
The therapeutic hot springs of the mountainous and heavily foresting Ranong Province are known for their medicinal properties. Travellers can unwind at the Raksawarin Hot Springs and Public Park, where the temperature of the water remains at a constant 65 degrees celsius.
Thailand’s largest southern province is Surat Thani. Famous for its crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches, Surat Thani is a gateway to Thailand’s natural beauty. Travellers can head to the Cave Rai Ra Beach Spa – a natural paradise at the Royal Muang Samui Villas for spa treatments in a peaceful, cave-themed environment.
In the heart of Koh Pha Ngan island, there is Jaran – a multi-faceted tropical oasis that brings together yoga classes overlooking a breath-taking mountainous view and a healthy eatery offering a plant-based Thai menu with locally sourced ingredients.
At the Ecotourism Khlong Noi Community, visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities and attractions such as cruising or simply enjoy nature. The local community lives by the canal and sells products made from local materials like coconut shell and nipa palm leaf.
Experience traditional healing techniques in Thailand's northern areas
The Chiang Mai province, blessed with stunning natural beauty and a unique indigenous cultural identity, is the economic, cultural and tourism centre of Northern Thailand. Here, travellers will find the Jirung Health Village – a sanctuary in the heart of the Maerim district that combines Buddhist traditions with modern techniques to create a personalised healing experience for travellers looking for a break from their busy work schedules. The Jirung Health Village is both a resort and a wellness centre that offers a range of treatments based on ancient therapeutic techniques.
Travellers can also experience the local lifestyle at Ban Rai Kong Khing in Hang Dong district which provides a traditional Lanna-style massage technique called “Yam Khang” – a fire therapy aimed at relieving muscles, tendons and bone pain.