9.13.2010

The Best Massage in The World


I have found the place for the best massage in the world.

A short 20-minute taxi ride from Bangkok's shopping center Pratunam, we headed over to one of the famous temples near the Chao Phraya river. I told my husband he just had to try the best massage I've ever had. He almost could not get by without a massage every week, so I thought he'd be the best person who can validate my claim.

For those of you who are familiar with Bangkok's temples, Wat Pho is actually the home of one of the largest Buddhas, the Reclining Buddha. This temple is a walking distance from the Grand Palace. People don't miss it in their first Bangkok tours. As we have already seen the Buddha in our previous visits, we went start to the massage school. When you enter the temple near the Reclining Buddha, you have to walk towards the back and look for the glass door of the massage center. If you're lost, feel free to ask some locals or tour guides at the temple.

Aside from being the home of the Reclining Buddha, it's interesting to know that Wat Pho is the birthplace of the traditional Thai massage. We cannot wait to get our massages as we have been walking around Bangkok for almost a day for our trip. It will be nice to get those muscles relaxed and be energized for another sightseeing trip ahead.

We got a one hour Thai Massage. When we went to the receiving desk, the receptionist thought we were Thai and automatically spoke to us in their native tongue. When we said "Sorry?", she immediately switched to English, and she spoke good English at that. We were told to wait 15-20 minutes for our turn and were given a number.

There's a small waiting area near the receiving desk where customers can sit on the benches and wait for their number to be called. When our number was up, someone escorted us to the dressing room and gave us Thai pajamas. On your way there, you can see several beds beside each other where people are being massaged.

Since they were fully booked, my husband and I weren't able to get beds beside each other. I proceeded to my area and a lady in her 50s showed me a small wooden locker where I can leave my things. The lady proceeded to start the massage on my legs. It felt great. Even if my legs were tried, her massage wasn't painful at all. She knew where to massage the right parts so that I wouldn't feel the pain as she put pressure on my muscles.

The massage was so good that it's almost impossible not to go into deep sleep. More than a few relaxed muscles later, the massage therapist told me the massage was over. She gave me tea in a plastic cup and led me to the dressing room to change. I met my husband at the reception area, and his huge smile gave away his approval for my best massage place ever.

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