Why Thailand Is The Best Wellness Retreat For Your Mind And Body

Looking for a healthy vacay? Here’s your perfect wellness destination.

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Images of soft white sand and striking turquoise waters must fill a traveller’s mind when they think of Thailand – as they should. But most travellers visiting Thailand start their journey in the south. Here’s why you should consider starting in the north instead…

If you’re looking to explore and discover an easy-paced getaway that combines both heritage and wellness in your next holiday, then you should head over to Chiang Mai to relax and recharge.

What’s there to see

Chiang Mai is a mix of the best of South East sensations: from ancient majestic temples to the vibrant city in the mountainside – not to mention the wellness spots. We talking spas and retreats and a large variety of vegan and vegetarian restaurants… There’s a lot to take in. Plus, Thailand offers a diverse range of luxury resorts and detox centres throughout the country. There really is no better destination to purify the body and mind.

And let’s not forget the sensory wonderland of beaches in the south, boasting an impressive number of luxurious (and green!) hotels and resorts. There’s certainly something for everyone.

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Chiang Mai – Wat Buppharam.


Oasis spa
Chiang Mai – The Oasis Spa.


Chiang Mai – Doi Inthanon National Park Wachirathan Waterfall.

Feel good during your long-haul flight

Whoever thought the journey could give you all the feels? Turns out, it’s possible – even in economy class. Well, if you fly Singapore Airlines, that is. Think: smooth check-in, super friendly and conscientious flight attendants – it’s got it all. If you need help winding down, they have a great entertainment system sporting dimmed screens, and every seat comes with an adjustable footrest, as well as USB ports and outlets. Here’s what you need to know about their flights:

Effective from 31 March 2019, Singapore Airlines has increased flights between Johannesburg and Singapore from seven to 10 times a week.

The additional flights (SQ481) are on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday and depart from Johannesburg in the evening at 22:30, arriving in Singapore the following day at 14:55.

The daily flight (SQ479) departs at 13:45, arriving in Singapore the following day at 06:10. There’s also a daily departure from Cape Town (via Joburg) to Singapore.

Singapore Airlines, along with SilkAir (the regional wing of Singapore Airlines) and Scoot (the low-cost carrier option), flies to five destinations in Thailand: Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Koh Samui.

A perfect package

We’ve made it really easy for you. If you’re ready to experience your well-being dream destination, check this tailor-made package from Thompsons, which has more than 40 years’ experience in compiling packages, to provide an exclusive eight-night combo from Chiang Mai to Krabi to Phi Phi and Phuket:

The package includes: Return flights from Johannesburg into Chiang Mai and out of Phuket, including airline levies. Internal flight from Chiang Mai to Krabi, including airline levies. Return airport to hotel transfers.

2 Nights accommodation at the 4* X2 Chiang Mai Riverside Resort
2 Nights accommodation at the 4* Beyond Resort Krabi
2 Nights accommodation at the 5* Zeavola Resort – Phi Phi
2 Nights accommodation at the 4* Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort (breakfast daily)

Price per person sharing: from R30 715

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X2 Riverside Resort.


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Beyond Resort Krabi.


Zeavola Resort & Spa – Krabi.

Note: Peak season surcharges and block-out dates may apply. Prices are per person sharing, unless otherwise specified. All prices are indicative and correct at time of loading onto the Thompsons website and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, rate increases, airfare increases and availability. For standard terms and conditions refer to Thompsons.

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