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Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018

Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa

Location: Zira Spa, Chiang Mai, Thailand

Zira Spa
A few days ago, as cheap as it already is, I feigned an excuse to a B150 foot massage with some friends to conserve my cash. But I wanted a Thai massage in Thailand! My white knight (my universe!) comes to the rescue and gives me (and Mike) a luxurious spa package at Chiang Mai's most prestigious spa resort - Zira Spa

Whatever is on the Menu
It all started while I was walking along the Old City and saw this palatial presence on the street that resembled a luxurious boutique hotel. It turned out to be a spa resort. Given its size, opulence and ostentatious appeal, I wouldn't be surprised if it's Chiang Mai's best and most expensive. I walked in and talked to its affable manager, Mr. Un. After a short talk, we shook hands on a barter deal that included a lavish pampering for me and Mike on any package they have on the menu. Whoa!

The Spa Packages
After booking, Mike and I went to Zira Spa where a fruit plate welcomed us. Nice touch! We scanned what's on the menu. The least expensive package started at B699 for the introductory massage. I took the Royal Thai Lanna Massage (Signature) at B2,400 for the 2-hour session. The most expensive package I saw was the 5-hr Royal Honey Moon 9-Menu at B6,200! I don't know what Mike took but I heard him say he wants oil with the massage. Cool! With that, our therapists began the ritual - foot wash first. We went in further in the palatial area to what seemed like a center garden with a pond full of giant koi. We could see the rooms and their adjoining balcony up to the 4th level.

Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa
Mike and me having a foot bath

Massage Room
After the foot bath, our therapists took us to our individual rooms. The spacious room I was in was luxurious - its own jacuzzi, shower system, toilet and yes, the massage table. Wait! There is also the key card lock!

Hotel in Disguise
A balcony on every room? A door key card? This was beginning to look more like a luxury hotel. Hmmm....this must have been designed to be a hotel originally - according to Mike, who owns a few hotels in Chiang Mai. I wonder why it ended up as a spa resort.

Royal Thai Lanna Massage
I wish I could describe in detail what happened, but I was so blissed out in those 2 hours as my professional therapist kneaded my muscles, stretched my limbs, twisted my torso, pulled my fingers, etc. I was in a constant state of half-dazed joy the entire time. All I know is that everything went well and I came out of it with a big smile - and so did Mike! I didn't even feel the 2 hours pass by. I guess that says it all.

Ending Thoughts
Let's face it. With cheap street massage you can get for B150, Zira Spa is not for everyone. But that's the whole point. There are discriminating people out there who wish to be pampered by the best thing money can buy. That's where Zira Spa comes in - in service, in professionalism, in amenities and in the overall package of making you feel pampered, looked-after and valued. Given its perfect 5-Star rating from 228 reviews in Tripadvisor, you don't even have to take my word for it.

If you have spare cash for pampered indulgence, don't look any further. Just book a session at Zira Spa!

--- TheLoneRider



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Chiang Mai, Thailand

important places in Chiang Mai IMPORTANT PLACES
Chiang Mai Bus Station Bus Station
Chiang Mai Train Station Train Station
Chiang Mai airport Chiang Mai International Airport
Nong Buak Hard Park Nong Buak Hard Park - free yoga classes daily

hotels in Chiang Mai HOTEL
Chiang Mai Nawa Sheeva Hotel Nawa Sheeva Hotel - big room, high ceiling, salt-water pool
Chiang Mai Nawa Saraan Hotel Nawa Saraan Hotel - upscale container-themed, garden setting, most expensive coffee maker in Chiang Mai

birds nest restaurants in Chiang Mai RESTAURANT
Chiang Mai birds nest restaurant Natural Bird Nest by Burapa - authentic bird's nest soup

Thai massage in Chiang Mai SPA / MASSAGE
Chiang Mai, Royal Thai Lanna Massage Zira Spa - upscale authentic Thai massage and spa treatment

cafes in Chiang Mai BICYCLE RENTAL
Chiang Mai bicycle rental Top Thailand Adventure Tour - bicycle rental

USEFUL INFORMATION

Chiang Mai FYI / Tips
  • the tourist area where most of the hotels, restaurants, ticket offices, tour operators are, is located in the Old City
  • to exchange your dollars to Thai Baht, the Super Rich Money Exchange give the best rates. There are many branches scattered around Chiang Mai
  • get a cab outside the train station for Baht 50 (instead of paying B100 if inside the train station) to Old City - if you haggle nicely enough...I did!
  • for only B50/day, best to rent a bike to go around the Old City - it's a 2.5km2 with lots to discover
  • FREE daily yoga classes from 9:00am to 10:15am at Nong Buak Hard Park (southwest corner of Old City). Resident and passing-through teachers take turns conducting yoga classes.
How to Get around Chiang Mai
  • red taxi (shared) - B50 standard fare
  • tuk-tuk
  • bicycle - B50 daily rental
Blues/Jazz Bars in Chiang Mai
  1. North Gate Pub - at Chang Phueg Gate, great Tuesday jam session
  2. Road House - in front of Porn Ping Hotel
  3. Boy Blues Bar - at the Night Bazaar
Chiang Mai Cost Index
  • B60 Chiang beer
  • B250 1 hour drop-in yoga session
  • B200 one hour Thai body massage at WAYA Massage (highly recommended)
  • B50 noodle soup with meat
  • B50 coffee
  • B40 pad thai
  • B30/kilo wash-only laundry
  • B50/kilo wash+iron laundry
  • B100-150 dorm bed/night
  • B250 fan room/night
  • B30 internet cafe/hour
  • B170-190 Movies Sat-Sun and public holidays
  • B130-150 Movies weekdays
  • B100 Movies Wednesdays (movie discount day)
  • B750 1/2 day Thai cooking lessons
  • B900-1000 1 full day Thai cooking lessons
  • B400 Muay Thai boxing ticket
  • B2500 starting room rate at the luxury hotel, Nawa Sheeva (highly recommended)

  • Transportation
  • B450 bus, Chiang Mai to Bangkok
  • B160-180 bus, Chiang Mai to Pai
  • B1250 bus, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B1650 slow boat, Chiang Mai to Luang Prabang
  • B210 bus, Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, 3-4 hours
  • B360 Green VIP bus, Chiang Mai to Mae Sai (Thai border town for visa run to Tachileik, Myanmar)
  • B50 bicycle rental, 24 hours
  • B200 motorbike rental, 24 hours
  • B273 #51 sleeping train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B638 #7 a/c train from Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  • B50 red taxi fare from point to point
  • B100 red taxi fare from train terminal to city

  • Tours
  • B2000 full day elephant sanctuary
  • B750 Chiang Rai one-day tour
  • B1500 mountain biking scenic ride
How to Get to Chiang Mai from Bangkok by Train from Bang Sue Train Station

For more train info: Bangkok to Chiang Mai trains - departing from Hua Lamphong - MRT (Bangkok)

(I'm using Bang Sue as a starting point because I was closer to it, but you may be closer to the Hua Lamphong station)

  1. take the MRT train to Bang Sue Station. Take the #1 Exit to the north provincial trains
  2. Proceed to Counter 2. You will see an information booth, a train schedule chart and the ticket counter. Choose the train and pay at the ticket counter.
  3. daily train schedule:
    • 8:48am - #7 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:30pm, not sleeper, B638
    • 2:06pm - #109 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 4:05am, sleeper
    • 6:31pm - #9 Premium Train, arrive Chiang Mai 7:15am, sleeper, B938 upper deck, B1038 lower deck
    • 7:56pm - #13 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 8:40am, sleeper, B768 upper deck, B838 lower deck
    • 10:22pm - #51 Train, arrive Chiang Mai 12:10pm, sleeper, 3rd class B270 (non sleeper), 2nd class B438, B728 upper deck, B798 lower deck
Chiangmai Blogs by TheLoneRider
  1. Mike Chong Aug 8, 2018
  2. An Intimate Conversation with my Universe in Chiang Mai Aug 8, 2018
  3. Kneaded and Pampered at Zira Spa Aug 4, 2018
  4. Savoring a Baht 3,500 Birds Nest Soup at Natural Bird Nest by Burapa Aug 3, 2018
  5. Yoga Exploration at The Yoga Tree with Gernot Aug 1, 2018
  6. Yoga In The Park - Chiang Mai July 31, 2018
  7. Yoga with Adam at Hidden House Yoga, Chiang Mai July 29, 2018
  8. 2 Weeks in Chiang Mai July 25 - Aug 7, 2018
  9. A First Timer in Chiang Mai Apr 9-23, 2016
  10. Dance Mandala in Chiang Mai at The Yoga Tree Apr 19, 2016
  11. Songkran Waterfight Festival in Chiang Mai Apr 13-15, 2016
  12. Border Crossing from Siem Reap (Cambodia) to Bangkok (Thailand) to Chiang Mai April 9-10, 2016
General Travel Tips
  1. arrive early - in case there is a snag (visa snag, documentation snag, transport ticket snag, etc.), you will have ample time to troubleshoot the problem if you arrive early (to the airport, to the bus terminal, etc.)
  2. put detailed itinerary on the Calendar apps of your smart-phone according to timelines - this is where you do all your thinking and planning. Once written down, you don't have to think anymore while you are on the journey...you just follow the steps. This frees your mind for something else that might happen while you are already en route
  3. avoiding scams - as a general rule, I ignore the touts or anyone I don't know who call out to me. The calling comes in many forms - "Hi! Where are you from?", "Excuse me! Excuse me!", "Where are you going?". I don't look them in the eye and I remain non-verbal with them. If you reply to them, you just gave them an 'in' to hound you. In order not to look rude, I smile and wave the 'not interested' hand to them, without looking at them.
  4. power bank - hand-carry your power bank. Do not check it in. You can be called in when you are already inside the plane to go all the way to the loading dock so you can personally remove the power bank...and chances are, you'll have to surrender it to them. And you might delay the plane departure!

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