Fighting the Good Fight, Thai-Style

Entrance to the ceremony grounds of the Wai Kru Ceremony in Ayutthaya, with a statue of Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom

Entrance to the ceremony grounds of the Wai Kru Ceremony in Ayutthaya, with a statue of Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom

There are many reasons I find myself getting lured back to Thailand. While tropical weather, exotic beaches, luscious mountains, incredible food, and world-famous hospitality are surely enough to keep anyone coming back to “The Land of Smiles,” the opportunity to get kicked in the face is not high on my must-do vacation list. Yet, that is precisely why I’m here.

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Twenty-Four Hours in Bangkok, Thailand

Sunset lounging on the Amari Executive Floor

Sunset lounging on the Amari Executive Floor

When venturing to Thailand, or indeed any part of Asia, it’s possible you’ll experience at least one night in Bangkok, and given the Thai people’s enthusiasm and welcome toward tourists, it’s a great gateway to ease in your Asian adventure. Strikingly different from the West, whilst accommodating enough, the Thai capital city offers variety to suit any traveler’s palate, whether you want to begin with a bang, explore the culture, or wind down before jetting home.

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How to Pick the Perfect Spa in Thailand

Couples massage room with private jacuzzi tub at Rarin Jinda Spa in Bangkok, Thailand

In my mind, Thailand has always been synonymous with luxury pampering and with it, world-class spas. But apparently the spa industry, as we Angelenos think of it, is a relatively new offering.

According to recent news from the Thai Tourism authority, “It has been exactly 20 years ago since the opening of Chiva-Som, Thailand’s first dedicated spa, health and wellness centre. Since then, the industry has come a long way and diversified into one of the most lucrative niche-market components of the Thai tourism industry.”

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Part 2 - Los Angeles to Bangkok - From One City of Angels to Another

View from Mandarin Oriental Bangkok 10th floor hotel room

Still sleepy from the previous day, Jason and I awoke to an incredible view out of our 10th floor window at Bangkok’s Mandarin Oriental hotel. From directly over the river, we watched as the different watercraft cruised, floated, or roared up and down the Chao Phraya river. We then met up with Maxine downstairs at Lord Jim’s for a quick breakfast and coffee before the day’s adventures began.

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