First-time visitors will definitely have tons of activities to choose from: Shopping (swanky malls such as Siam Paragon to the renown Chatuchak Weekend market); eating (Somboon Seafood curry crab, haha), culture (Wat Pho, Grand Palace, my personal favorite Jim Thompson House, etc.), entertainment (Calypso Cabaret ;-D, Patpong); and of course, getting a Thai massage (check out the ubiquitous spas near most hotels, offering a limited menu of Oil Massage, Body Massage, Foot Massage and Thai Massage).
For a second-time visitor, i would recommend setting aside a couple of hours to go to a day spa for even more pampering. These are typically converted houses, and located in various sois (side streets) in the Sukhumvit area. My favorite one
is the Bangkok Oasis Spa Sukhumvit 31 branch, which i had visited previously and had such a great time at.
Thus, a return visit (yeah, i'm senti that way) was in order and i booked online in advance.
As you enter the gate, you feel like you left the bustling, noisy madness of Bangkok behind and ventured into a tranquil place where time stands still. Check out the lovely exteriors below:
|Pond and staircase to the treatment rooms|
|Entrance to the reception area|
Ah, here below is the entrance to my own private room/villa. I had availed of the "Oasis Pampering" package, which consists of a body scrub (i chose the Thai Coffee, Honey & Yogurt ;D), an Aromatherapy hot oil massage and lastly, a Thai facial.
"DO NOT DISTURB" mode on for the next 2 1/2 hours!
|Inside the room|
The scrub and massage proved to be soothing, and i was in a hazy, dream-like state in no time. Totally relaxed, with my mind in shutdown mode. (Had you asked me to recite the alphabet then, i would probably have gone as far as "E" only).
And this next picture below was not some sort of vegetarian snack they served. Rather, these were the ingredients for my facial.
I drifted to sleep at some point, and woke up feeling refreshed, with my face as smooth as _______ (hmm, how to describe? A baby's bottom? Porcelain? Silk? Ray Allen's jumper?)
As i sipped hot ginger tea in the reception area, and waited for them to bring my shoes around, i didn't feel like leaving yet and tarried way too long, which resulted in having to hurry a bit for my dinner appointment with my friend, winsome Jellybean.
Oasis Spa Bangkok at Sukhumvit 3164 Soi Swaddee, Sukhumvit 31, Wattana, Bangkok
Open Daily 10.00am-10.00pm
Website : http://www.oasisspa.net/destination/bangkok/