When in Thailand, don’t forget to go for massage!! Located near Chiang Rai Night Bazaar, Monmueng Lanna Massage is the one that you should not miss if you are around the area as the receptionist at Spinomad shared that this is one of the best along Phaholyothin Rd.
Phahonyothin Road is almost like one of the main street in Chiang Rai city central, so it is very common to stumble upon a massage parlour in every few steps. Something different about Monmueng Lanna Massage is that it has a nicer interior with a traditional thai woody deco as compare to many along the street.
Once you enter, you will see the reception as well as a price list for you to choose your service. I took an hour of Thai massage which cost $300 baht. Although, I can find cheaper massage along the same stretch at $250 baht, I guess a more cosy environment is worth to pay a little bit extra.
After choosing my massage service, I was brought inside the parlour where there is a wash area for the feet. I really appreciate this compared to those that just wipe the feet and start the service as it feels so much cleaner.
After my feet was dried with a towel, I was brought to a private room with soothing traditional Thai music playing in the background while the masseur commenced on the massage service.
After the service, I was also served with a cup of ginger tea. My masseur, Kritana B, speaks a bit of english so communication was not an issue. Overall, it was a relaxing massage which took away my tiredness from the whole day of walking around. Oh yes, I also like the fact that the masseur excused herself to wash her hands before massaging my head and shoulder. I left feeling refreshed and I had a great sleep that night.
Although tipping is not a must and the cost of the massage is slightly more expensive than many of its competitors, I feel that a good massage is definitely worth for me to show some appreciation to the masseur by tipping her. A prominent landmark would be the CAT ‘n’ A CUP Cat Cafe, a popular cat cafe, which is located just across the street. Do note that there is another massage parlour that has a similar deco just beside, so don’t go into the wrong one. =)
Monmueng Lanna Massage
879/7-8 879/7-8 Phahonyothin Rd, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Rai, Chang Wat Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
Tel: +66 53 711 611