Let’s not kid ourselves. Living in Bangkok with its constantly cool happenings and vividly livid social scenes can be exhausting. The city has plenty to offer and much to love thereby, yet there are times even the conscientious city dweller will admit they’re one Sun Salutation away from losing the plot. Yet they don’t. And do you know why? They’ve cracked the code (and their muscles) and gotten hold of a secret of two words: spa resorts.

Spa resorts in Southeast Asia are no recent discovery. We flourish in wellness on this side of the globe, between traditional Thai massages and ancient Ayurvedic practices. It’s something the region is particularly good at (besides food, culture, and shopping, though we digress), and it’s something that makes up a big part of our lives. After-work massages are a thing in Bangkok. Oil treatments and yoga are the norm in Mumbai. And you can’t really say you’ve been to Bali if you didn’t come back at least internally more beautiful.

Regardless, it can be difficult and sigh-fully time-consuming to know and plan just where to head, or even where to start. Therefore, we’ve taken it off your busied list and put together a host of spa resorts in Southeast Asia for you to check out every month. From mountain to beach retreats and secret hideaways, unwind with a capital ‘U’ and practice the art of relaxation at these haunts. Inhale the wellness. Exhale the worries. And then definitely thank us later.

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