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The Thai Detox
Nidarshana Saikia Das
The regular detox regime made of fasting on fruits and vegetable juices, vitamins and supplements, colonic irrigation, urine tests, dietary consultation, yoga and meditation, is garnished with the iconic Thai massage, nature trails, water sports - all at locales so laidback, that alongside your body, it leaves your soul rekindled.

And the cherry on your Creole Christmas Fruitcake is Thailand's moderately priced 5 star resorts that go so easy on the pocket that you would not mind extending your stay if your treatment requires it. Hippies or bachelors, honeymooners or families, brief-cased business class or backpackers, Thailand has something for every bracket and wallet. Also, the “smile” is surely contagious!

See & Do
  • Kickstart with some mind-boggling marine adventure (name it – you have it) at Pattaya, Phuket, Krabi, Similan Islands, Tarutao, Ko Tao and Surin Islands, and view exotic marine life from glass-bottom boats. A longtail boat ride to Ko Phi Phi’s Maya Bay (remember Di Caprio’s luscious beachside stints at “The Beach”?) is a trip worth your while if you are in a group.
  • Shots of adrenaline guaranteed if you go rock-climbing at Rai Leh (Krabi), hiking in Khao Yai National Park, night safari at the Khao Kheow Zoo and bottle feed tiger cubs at Tiger Zoo Park (Pattaya).
  • Religious or atheist, Thailand’s Buddhist temples’ riot of red and gold, architectural and artistic prowess, will leave your jaws slackened and spirit rejuvenated. Bangkok’s Wat Pho (for its 40m long golden statue of reclining Buddha), Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn) and Wat Traimit (for world’s largest golden seated Buddha), Kaew’s Wot Phra (for its emerald Buddha and fine wall graphics) are the best.
  • Do plush greens crafted by the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Greg Norman, out of misty mountains, interspersed with gurgling streams and waterfalls and parked by white sandy beaches, mean more than eye-candy? Dear Golfer (you sure are), Thailand can be your Mecca!
  • If Akshay Kumar’s kicks and hits in CC2C impressed you, you’d love watching the live knockouts – Krabi Krabong (sword fight) and Muay Thai (kick boxing) right in his land of tutelage.
  • To mingle best with the locals, walk into the Thai populace at the floating and night markets of Bangkok and Pattaya. Shop or simply watch them, sipping piping hot, tamarind flavoured Thai chai. Shopaholics, enquire if the Thailand Annual Grand Sale is on, for the best bets.
  • Tiffany’s Show (famous Transvestite Cabaret Show) and Thai Extravaganza at Alangkarn, both at Pattaya; a riverboat cruise down the infamous River Kwai; watching trained monkeys harvesting coconuts at Koh Samui; elephant safari ride through remote Thai hills to see the long-necked Padaung Tribe are few of the many Oriental delights relished best at Thailand.
  • I might be noosed for both mentioning and evading this one: Thailand’s infamous nightlife (happens 24X7, though). Well, well, well, once there, you’ll know what to “See & Do”. If you’re game, just don’t miss Ko Phagnan’s full moon party. A minimal pain, no bleeding Thai bamboo tattoo will go great with it, what say you?
World’s 10 Best Detox Spas
  1. Banyan Tree Spa – Phuket, Thailand
  2. Brenner’s Park Hotel & Spa – Baden, Germany
  3. Canyon Ranch – Arizona, USA
  4. Cooper Wellness – Texas, USA
  5. Chiva Som – Hua Hin, Thailand
  6. Landmark Mandarin Oriental – Hong Kong, China
  7. La Praire – Montreaux, Switzerland
  8. The Spa, Four Seasons Resort – Chiang Mai, Thailand
  9. Ananda Spa – the Himalayas, India
  10. Wildflower Hall – Shimla, India
Thai bytes
  1. Best Season: November to February
  2. Recommended Stays: Kamalaya Spa (Koh Samui), Natural High (Koh Samui), Banyan Tree (Phuket), Six Senses Spa (Phuket), Chiva Som (Hua Hin), Four Seasons Resort (Chiang Mai)
  3. In ancient times it was believed that our mental state had a great effect on our bowels or the “seat of emotions”. Hence the demand for colon detoxes and the Ampuku massage (involves belly rub). If your friend – detoxed and back from Thailand – would not stop smiling, you know it has more to it than the ‘bay-watch’.
  4. The ubiquitous, brightly hued, Thai temple miniatures (bird house look-alikes) perched about in every house and business are actually “spirit” houses for good luck.
  5. Indian namaste can be easily passed for the Thai wai – one of the many reasons we Indians feel at home there.

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