Serendipity: A new look at Thai spas


IT’S THE TITLE of a new ebook about Thai resorts and spas by Jim Carr and published by Spa Canada magazine.

The full title of the book is Serendipity – The magic and wonder of Thai spas. It can be read on Kindle, Nook and Kobo eReaders as well as on Iphones, Ipads, Android tablets, Android phones as well as on your computer from a variety of ebook sellers like iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble (US), Kobo (Canada, Japan and Australia), Booktique (Singapore), Flipkart (India), Submarino Digital (Brazil), Gardners Books and Tesco (UK), MIBOOK (Denmark), LAIE (Spain), Baker & Taylor (libraries and institutions in 120 countries), eCentral (Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia), Scribd (“Netflix” for books), Ciando (Germany), EBESCO, ePub Direct and Ebooks.

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“I got the idea for the book while research a story on the cost of treating life-threatening heal illness like heart attacks and strokes in Asia,” he says.

While in Thailand, he also visited three resorts/spas/clinics in Bangkok, Hua Hin and Chiang Mai, and became acquainted with the kindness and gentleness of the people he met in each area of the country. The scenery was a plus.

His stories on these spas were a big hit with readers of Spa Canada magazine and when he returned to visit a few more spas and resorts, he was soon to become aware of the special cache that Thai spas had for spa goers around the world.

When he asked industry professionals in Thailand and elsewhere, he didn’t get one clear answer but a number – the scenery, the resorts in which the spas were located, and above all, the special touch of Thai therapists.

Thailand has been a major tourist attraction for millions of tourists every year, with many making Thai spas their prime reason for coming.

That’s when Carr started thinking about writing a book about Thai spas on the kind and range of treatments they offered. He returned and visit 60+ hotels and resorts throughout Thailand on a spa journey that took him from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in the north before heading south to Pattaya, about an hour’s drive from Bangkok, and to Koh Samui, an island in the Gulf of Thailand, then to Krabi and Phuket on the Andaman Sea before heading back to Bangkok, stopping en  route at Hua Hin, where Thai royalty have their summer homes.

All resorts/spas he visited had five-star ratings and included outstanding individual properties like Dhara Dhevi Chiang Mai, which looks lile a Thai-style Disney World from a distance; St. Regis Bangkok; TriSera Phuket; and Ritz-Carlton Phulay Bay Reserve, just outside Krabi in the south; Naka Island, Phuket; wellness spas like S Medical Clinic, Bangkok; Absolute Sanctuary, Koh Samui; and Chiva-Som in Hua Hin; plus hotels and resorts managed in these areas like Amari, Anantara, Banyan Tree, Centara, Dusit Thani, Evason, Four Seasons, Grand Hyatt Bangkok, Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, InterContinental, Peninsula, Six Senses, and Shangri-la; as well as a number of boutique resorts like Ping Nakara Chiang Mai.



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