One of my favorite massage spas in Chiang Mai is the Mandara Spa (located inside the Top North Hotel compound near the Thapae Gate of the old city).
I’ve visited a number of times and have always had a very pleasant, relaxing massage. There is a wide list of services available and the prices are very reasonable (for instance: only 200 baht for an hour-long Thai massage). I’ve come for Thai Massage, Oil Massage, as well as the 90 minute Thai/Oil combo. They usually have promotions going for various combos for longer pampering sessions!
I’m always warmly welcomed by Chin, the friendly manager and her staff. They remember past customers and welcome you back like you’re family.
Two of my favorite masseuses are Oo (not sure about spelling but that’s how it sounds) and Tanya. Both ladies are surprisingly strong for their size. Oo gave me a great 90 minute combo that started out with strong but relaxing pressure work, running her palms up and down my legs and back and doing some light stretches, then finishing off with a great oil massage.
All of the staff are capable of doing all types of massage but if you’re looking for something a little different, try a Thai massage with Tanya who’s of Burmese descent. She adds a bit of Burmese flavour to her Thai massage, meaning less painful stretches and more pressure work along meridians using her palms, thumbs, elbows, and knees.
One floats out of the room and into the main salon where little jam cookies and tea are served. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend you check out Mandara Massage.
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