Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thai Massage: A Savior When You Are Dog Tired

Prior to cherishing a recent trip to Thailand, a friend had let me know to stay away from Thai massage parlors. Thailand has a reputation for “dirty” (sexual) massage, but in my experience, most massage parlors in Thailand are “clean” and not in any way sexually oriented. It is just that you have to be seeking relaxation of mind and body in the most peaceful environment ever.

Due to the very steeply low fee (around $5 for a 1-hour massage), and due to the fact that I have been donned with  a lot of neck and shoulder problems for a couple of years now owing to my sedentary work style, I had four massages in just over a week in Thailand. Below is a description in a summarized manner; drained out the best of my experiences. There are many massage in Chiang Rai .

The group of friends I was travelling with wanted to go for a Thai massage. One of them had already experienced a foot massage at a Thai massage parlor near the hotel. She enjoyed it so much and had been constantly boasting about it for hours. My mates opted for foot massages, but due to my neck and shoulder pain, I opted for an upper body massage. I was taken in a separate room, a small room with a mat on the floor. I was asked to slip into a comfy pair of silk pajamas. The top had an open back (like a hospital gown) so that oil could be applied to my back. Everything was completely hygienic and commendable but the best was yet to come.

The Thai massage practitioner went after my neck, back, feet, legs, and hands with a sworn vengeance as if I had done something wrong in the life before this to her. She arched my back, slapped me (not to harshly though), hit me with her rounded fists, kneaded my knots as well with her elbows and knees, snapped my fingers and toes (made me feel heaven), and folded me up into positions I couldn’t even have imagined! Fortunately, it was a magnificent experience. It might have sounded harsh the way I have narrated it but it was stark opposite. She asked on several occasions if the amount of pressure she applied was tolerable.

I would be honest to tell you all this that all the 4 massages I had was at the Nina Massage parlour in Chiang Mai. I even offered a tip to the ladies each time since it was worth it. For those who plan to visit Thailand, do not be scared at all! It is an experience of a lifetime.

New bridge at Chiang Rai

New bridge at Chiang Rai

Officials in Chiang Rai are readying themselves for the launch of the newest Thai-Lao friendship bridge on December 11th , 2013 .

Chiang Rai governor Phongsak Wangsamoe on Thursday disclosed that the construction of the 4th Thai-Lao friendship bridge was almost complete, and preparations were underway for the inauguration ceremony on December 11. The newest land link to Laos would act as a passageway into and from China. After the launch, more tourists are expected to visit Thailand, and there will be an increase in the amount of trade in goods. Currently, work is underway to finalize work for the immigration and customs points at the bridge, added Mr. Phongsak.

Regarding the benefits for locals in the province, residents will make more income from selling locally-made products. He added that Mae Sai, Chiang Saen and Chiang Khong districts in the province are slated to host economic zones and merchandise distribution centers in the future. Then it is good news for people in Chian Rai and Thailand to travel to Laos .

Chiang Rai drug bust

Two men were arrested with a large quantity of methamphetamine and “ice”, or crystal methamphetamine, with a street value of more than 100 million baht in a joint suppression operation in Thoeng district of Chiang Rai province on Sunday, officials said in a press conference Sunday.

Pol Gen Pongsapat Pongcharoen, secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotic Control Board (ONCB), said the operation was carried out by a combined force of the border patrol police, Pha Muang Task Force and Rangers Task Force 31.

Acting on information obtained in an intelligence operation, the authorities intercepted two pickup trucks in front of Wiang Thoeng Kindergarten in tambon Wiang of Thoeng district on Sunday and arrested two men – Jaroon Khamnoi, 56, and Prasong Saen-arthit, 34, both natives of Nan province.

Found in a search of the two vehicles were 496,000 methamphetamine pills and 30kg of crystal methamphetamine, worth altogether about 100 million baht.

Pol Gen Pongsapat said the drug haul followed a close watch on deliveries of drugs to five communities – Wat Duangkhae, Saphan Pun, Wat Phrayakrai, Surao Daeng and Wang Som in Bangkok and on 69 drug dealers.

It was learned that the drugs delivered to these communities were supplied from the North by drug networks of a man called Jo and a woman identified as Suchinda Thuaypha, alias Jeh Phen, 43, who received the drugs which were smuggled across the border from Myanmar to Chiang Rai by a drug gang under Lt Col Yi Se.

The two men were delivering the drugs to the five Bangkok communities, Pol Gen Pongsapat said.