Thai Spas to salivate over

JW-Marriott-Phuket-Resort-Spa

From a cheapo massage at Wat Pho Temple in Bangkok to a deluxe therapy overlooking Burma at the Four Seasons Tented Camp, Thai spas have a divine slather-your-body-in-exotica mystique. But where to go? Thailand is bursting with wellness destinations. Over the centuries wellness has been honed to an art in Thailand. Peer through the bougainvillea […]

I’d rather be in Shangri-La

What snow?

Oh, welcome to the first day of spring in Saskatchewan.     Much as I like a good walk in a blizzard as much as the next person, I can’t help thinking of mystical places like Shangri-La right now, where the lotus flowers aren’t covered in frost and that steamy air makes you wish for […]

Beach scene in Koh Samui

Nice, er, bathing suit!

Hey, look! It’s me on the beach in Chaweng -that amazing stretch of soft-as-ash sand on the southern Thai island of Koh Samui. Ok, I lied. That is totally not me. This is me … Ok, I lied again. Wait – isn’t she married to Ice-T? No, here I am. I prefer to go into […]

A Koh Samui Valentine

Watermelon

  I know I’m far away in Thailand but I haven’t forgotten you on Valentine’s Day. How could I?       You’re sweeter than watermelon …       You’re the icing on my cholesterol-laden pastry.       You’re cuter than a monkey on a red wooden motorcycle …       My […]

Am I the only person who hates yoga?

Fake it 'til you make it!

“You’re weak!” said the yoga teacher. “You don’t do yoga so you’re weak!” Yes, I know I am, but thanks for pointing it out. My only consolation is that the girl next to me was informed she sat like a robot. I’m never taking yoga again, I thought, limping home from that class. Yoga sucks. […]

Life lessons learned on the beach in Koh Samui

Palm reading

Little did I know that when I came to Thailand I would find deep and wondrous wisdom on the beach. And now, dear readers, I will impart these life lessons to you: 1) It’s never too late to change direction (if a tree can do it, so can you). 2) And if you should think […]

Soul searching in Thailand

it ain't fancy, but it's home

This running-away-to-Thailand holiday is going very well. Feel a bit guilty about ditching life at home as well as my poor beleaguered fiance (sorry, honey!) who is slogging through winter all alone, but have successfully proven that one can arrange a major trip on 8 days notice. I’m staying at a little place called The […]

Mandara Spa in Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River

Couples suite Mandara Spa in Bangkok Sheraton Orchid Hotel

The River of Kings, the Chao Phraya, is an endlessly captivating artery of Bangkok, and in this bustling Asian city where traffic and noise are constants, staying or taking a spa break along the Chao Phraya River is a relaxing respite. Mandara Spa in Bangkok on the Chao Phraya River Capitalizing on its riverside location is […]

Rock star elephant water

Chang Water

I’m mindlessly drinking a bottle of water at the airport in Bangkok, waiting for my flight to Koh Samui – an island down south – when I take a look at what I’m drinking …   It’s rock star elephant water! It seemed unusual, so I asked a flight attendant who the hottie was. Turns […]

Choosing a hotel in Bangkok

A garden-y pool!

Can I just say how much I hate jet lag? And I especially hate jet lag to Asia – in this case, Thailand. Jet lag is like being stupefied by some witchy Harry Potter spell with a dose of flu on the top. You’re falling asleep when you should be admiring the Temple of the […]

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