Thailand is full of charms such as gorgeous temples, world heritage sites, exciting cuisines and exquisite spas. I attended a press conference hosted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand and visited the capital Bangkok. This is my second trip to Thailand.
It takes approximately 6 hours and 30 minutes from Haneda Airport to Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. If you take Thai Airways international flight TG661 which departs at 0:20, you will arrive after waking up from a deep sleep. This is a popular flight as there is plenty of time to leave after get off work and you can recover on board.
Arrival time is 4:50 am local time. The best time to start your morning activities in Bangkok is right after arriving in Bangkok. However, it is also true that the body is a little stiff. So I decided to treat this day as a wellness day to work out, enjoy a comfortable stay and relax with spa and gymnastics.
Challenge “Lucy Dutton” at “Temple of the Reclining Buddha”.Refresh with exercise that works on the inside
Since I arrived early in the morning, there was no traffic jam, and I went directly from the airport to the hotel. Put down your luggage and go to the main temple of Thai massage and the royal temple Wat Pho. The purpose is to start the Thai-style health regimen “Lucy Dutton” next to the massage service center on the east side of the main hall at 8:00 every morning, and the duration is about 30 minutes. It’s perfect for waking up refreshed.
Since the tour starts at 8:30, notify the intention to participate at the entrance, purchase tickets (200 baht, about 720 yen, 1 baht = about 3.6 yen) and enter the venue. The quiet space in the morning is a place for cats to relax, and time flows slowly. Walk for about 10 minutes to the meeting point. Participation in Lucy Dutton is free and you can just jump in and get involved. About 5 people sweat in a few days, and dozens of people sweat in the morning on many days. It will be canceled on rainy or active days.
Around 8:00, the instructors arrive and “Lucy Dutton” begins. Originally there were 127 poses, but only 24 poses exist. You can firmly learn 18 postures in it. Instructors line up and let you see the forward and backward moves, so even beginners can feel at ease. In addition, he observed everyone’s movements and corrected the posture step by step. Accompanied by the mantra “Noon Scatter (1, 2, 3)”, you can adjust your breathing and pose.
It mostly consists of stretching and has a specific menu that improves blood flow and works on the heart and organs. It is said that it can expel the air in the stomach and promote the recovery of shoulder and neck pain. These poses are similar to yoga in that they all have Indian influences. There is a statue of “Lucy Dutton” in the courtyard, and “Sararai” is decorated with pictures of traditional massage positions, so you must see it.
With the “Lucy Dutton” lighter, you can admire the 46m long x 15m high reclining Buddha. Soft expressions will heal you from morning onwards and calm your mind. The 108 Buddhist worldviews expressed by the mother-of-pearl work on the sole are a must-see. And you can also enjoy the corridor view after starting the tour at 8:30. The area around the Reclining Buddha is usually crowded with people, and there are many people taking pictures, but in the morning, the space is as quiet as the pictures. This is the moment when you can spend quality time with the reclining Buddha.
Depart from “Wat Pho” around 9:30 and go to “Wat Arun” on the opposite bank. This is the shrine depicted in Yukio Mishima’s novel “The Temple of the Dawn”. Built during the Ayutthaya period, it is said that when King Zheng Xin fled from Ayutthaya to the invasion of the Burmese army, he came to the temple at dawn. King Zheng Xin is said to have established the Thonburi Dynasty, the predecessor of the Bangkok Dynasty.
The tower soars into the sky, the exquisitely carved demon gods and monkey gods, and the dazzling ceramics are the highlights. It is a famous temple in Thailand, pictured on the 50 baht coin. Previously, it was possible to reach the upper floor via stairs, but after the renovation, this is only the first step. It’s still tall and has great visibility.
There is also a building dedicated to King Zheng Xin in front of the tower. After visiting the shrine, you can get purification and amulets with holy water by donating (20 baht, about 72 yen). An entrance fee (50 baht, about 180 yen) is required. As in other temples, clothing and short skirts that expose a lot of skin are not allowed. The fastest way to get there is to take a speedboat across the Chao Phraya River from Tha Tian Pier (4 THB, about 14 JPY one way).
Relieve flight fatigue and rejuvenate at Divana Scentuala Spa
After visiting the temple, it was almost 11:00 and we moved to Divana Sentuala Spa which just opened three months ago. Inspired by the romantic poetry of King Rama VI, the new store is based on the Thai rose concept. With a focus on traditional Thai houses and gardens filled with greenery, there are 19 rooms in total. I’m glad to hear that they are considering using Thai Rose for special treatments and massages in the future. Popular classes are hydrotherapy classes, essential oil classes and traditional Thai massage.
This experience is “Aromatherapy Body Massage” (1950 baht for 90 minutes, about 7020 yen). This is a full-body massage that uses oils to relieve muscle stiffness caused by stress and tension. By using the oil, you can relax in the aroma and guide the smoothness to your skin. After an interview with the staff, a scent is chosen. 4 types of Jasmine to rejuvenate and relax, Skin nourishing Olive, Anti-aging Rose and Detoxifying Lemongrass. I decided on the most popular jasmine and asked for medium strength.
I was directed to a private room for two. You can have therapy with a friend or as a couple. Shower caps, changing underwear, and bathrobes are provided on the bed. Lock your valuables in a safe. One shower and one toilet. If you sweat a lot from sightseeing, take a quick shower before your treatment. Ring the bell when you are ready. This time, Mr. Song, who has been with the company for 5 years, is in charge.
The “Aromatherapy Body Massage” begins with a foot massage. Soak your feet in warm water spiked with rose and lime, then massage them in with large grains of salt. In the blink of an eye, my feet were smooth. After you catch your breath, move to the bed, lie on your stomach, and massage your legs, back and shoulders carefully. Jasmine essential oil permeates the whole body at just the right temperature, making you dreamy instantly. Because I asked to focus on my back and shoulders, I was able to focus on the treatment and my body softened all of a sudden.
The bottom half is around your back, legs and stomach. and relax the base of the neck. In about 90 minutes, your entire body will be radiant and your skin will be moisturized. You can take a shower at the end, but you can change clothes as is if you want to apply oil. 10% + alpha of manually prompted price. Back at the lobby area, reminisce about the blissful times while enjoying seasonal fruits and rose tea. I’m sure I should make an appointment the day before I return home at this time because I’m going to miss that feeling.
If you go to a spa, be sure to bring the products. We recommend the “Queen of the Night” series, which contains about eight types of Thai flowers that bloom at night. “Glory Age Defy Organic Hand Cream” 30g 380 baht (about 1,368 yen), 80g 850 baht (about 3,060 yen). We also sell room fragrances and essential oils for treatments. If you want to bring your favorite scent home, don’t hesitate to buy it.
The health of the hotel.Exercise and yoga, vitamin C shower next to the clinic
During my stay in Bangkok, I stayed at “Movenpick BDMS Wellness Resort Bangkok”. Located in the center of Bangkok, about 7 minutes walk from the spa. It is adjacent to the BDMS Health Clinic, which provides services centered on Thailand’s latest regenerative treatments and preventive medicine. The hotel is currently undergoing renovations. A new restaurant and fitness area are planned to open in the future. The biggest feature is the lush green garden and pool area. You can relax in a tranquility that is hard to believe you are in the center of.
The room I live in is “wellness suite” about 74m 2 .Bedrooms have king size beds or twin beds. It consists of two rooms with sofa, desk and minibar. The bathtub and shower are separated, and the shower head can change the water flow for massage. There are also yoga mats, elastic bands, balance balls, etc. They are also considering introducing yoga channels so that they can train in their own rooms in the future. Amenities adopt “ELEMIS”. From bath salts to sponges, toothbrush sets to cotton swabs, combs to mouthwash and more. There is also a restroom and toilet near the entrance.
Up to 14 bottles of minibar are available for free. A coffee machine and tea are also provided. All rooms have balconies, which are a good place for leisure in the hotel. In addition, the same room configuration “Wellness Sleep Suite” (about 74m 2 ) with “YouBed”, which allows you to adjust the softness of your bed to provide a good night’s sleep. It is said that continuous use of vitamin C in the bath can help improve skin quality.
Standard “Deluxe Room” (about 42m 2 ) was also visited. It is said that due to the renovation, a flat-screen TV was introduced and the layout of the furniture was changed to allow for a wider use of the room. “Superior Room” (about 42m 2 ) are pretty much the same arrangement. They say they have a little more furniture than a “deluxe room”.
For meals, please eat “Tamarind” from Old Dining. Especially breakfast, you can enjoy the feeling of vacation while looking at the garden. Vegetables and yogurt related products are plentiful, food that leads to a healthy body. I appreciate that they offer a special juice every morning. Of course, Japanese people also have miso soup for breakfast. You can also enjoy a hearty meal with a variety of breads and menus.