Traditional Thai Massage Special Promotion at The Guest Hotel & Spa, Port Dickson

Experience our signature Traditional Thai Massage (60mins) at RM88* (RM93.30 after 6% GST) this month. Call us for reservations:  06-651 7781

*This offer is only applicable for The Guest Hotel and Spa, Port Dickson outlet. 
*Valid from 20th July to 31st August 2015
*Normal price for Traditional Thai Massage (60mins) is RM 109.20.
*Promotion is only valid from Monday to Thursday, excluding Public Holidays from 10am – 3pm (treatment has to be completed by 3pm).
*Not applicable for any other on-going promotions, offers and discounts.
*Terms and conditions apply

Escape to a Thai-inspired spa sanctuary in Bukit Bintang

Nothing like a ‘retail therapy’ to stimulate and invigorate one’s senses.. With the opening of Thai Odyssey at Fahrenheit 88, you can now indulge in our massage services and at the same time, do a little bit of shopping for exclusive Thai art & merchandise. Located on the 2nd Floor of Bukit Bintang’s shopping haven; Fahrenheit 88, Thai Odyssey is truly therapeutically innovative!

If you are looking for fine Thai handicraft and art pieces, check them out in this outlet. Browse through the special selection from Thailand while you enjoy the ambience with floral scents and soul-inspiring music.

Opening Hours :

10.00 am – 10.00 pm (Monday to Sunday)

Treatments :
Half Body Massage
Traditional Foot Massage
Traditional Thai Massage
Thai Aromatherapy Massage
Thai Herbal Therapy

Contact :
Lot 2-42, 2nd Floor, Fahrenheit 88,
No.179, Jalan Bukit Bintang, 55100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel : 603-2143 6166
Fax : 603-2143 6266

Experience a piece of Thai serenity at The Gateway@KLIA2

 

Ask business travelers whether they enjoy traveling and you will most likely get a shrug of tiredness as a response.  Ask vacationers if they like long layovers in airports and you will most likely see them shaking their heads disapprovingly.  No doubt about it, getting on and off planes, catching another flight, checking-in or waiting for luggages, waiting in transit lounges … if only they could be easier, it could have added more fun to traveling.

Indeed, heeding the call to cushion the effect of long wait and restlessness, or healing stretched muscles walking from one terminal to another, relieve therapy is just around the corner.  Step into Thai Odyssey at The Gateway@KLIA2, and instantly let loose those tensed muscles and soothe them back to their flexibility.

Situated on the first floor, you will not miss the award-winning brand, the most recognisable logo of Thai Odyssey.  As you are about to take the escalator to the check-in counters, you will pass the charm of our facade where its distinctive Thai decor exudes a sense of calmness and serenity.  Even when you exit the Express Rail Link gate, just look up, you will notice the shopfront that prominently displays all things Thai.  The two familiar figurines with the welcoming Wai gesture, with their palms pressed in front of their chests, as if you could already hear them say “Sawaddee ka!”.

Spreading out at 5,000 square feet of floor space, all you need to do is to open up your senses to be pampered in the serene environment.  There are 17 body-contoured reclined weaker chairs for foot massage therapy.  Three of the chairs are in a room exclusively for female customers who require total privacy.  For couples wanting a short break from traveling, there are couple rooms with two massage beds to let you enjoy the therapies without leaving each other’s sight.

For travelers who would like to freshen up with a shower, there are two shower rooms in each of the male and female toilet areas and they are available on a first-come-first-serve basis particularly for customers who select the Thai Aromatherapy Massage.  Giving you more time to enjoy the relaxing moment either alone or with a partner, there are aromatherapy rooms which are already equipped with shower facilities.

Taking care of your every need is one of our highest priority.  Even with your luggage, we have prepared a left-luggage service for travelers.  In total peace of mind, you will let go and let us indulge you with scents, sound and satiate your senses till you drift into deep relaxation.  Waking up, you are refreshed and rejuvenated, ready to go that extra mile…

The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 6)

Continued from Part 5 – How does Thai Odyssey implement its winning formulas?

At Thai Odyssey, standards are kept high. They have a strict requirement on the front desk and staff are sent for training every three months to reinforce good practices. “We need our staff to be polite and gentle. If we get staff who are unable to comply with our culture, we are sorry then, but we are unable to work together,” explains Chuah.
When you walk into Thai Odyssey, it feels like Thailand. That is exactly how Chuah wants everyone to feel. Malaysia fades outside the door and the whole Thai culture takes over. So much so that Thai tourists have even commented to Chuah that it feels better than their own Thai massage centers.


The details are of great importance at Thai Odyssey. Everything from the bedsheets, the softness of the pillow and the lighting does not escape the eye of Chuah. In fact, he along with his partners were fully responsible for the interior design of the outlet. “I love design. I have also visited many resorts and spas to get ideas to create the outlook for Thai Odyssey. Also, thanks to our team of contractors who are with us from day one, we work together to finalise the designs too. Almost everything you see in our outlet comes from Thailand.”


Every Thai Odyssey outlet is identified by its romantic down lights and luxurious settings. Ornate Thai décor welcomes the customer along with the polite receptionist. Rooms are made for customers to sink into total relaxation. The scented rooms, fragrant beds, the willingness to serve and the smiling masseuses themselves. Everything has been made to bring the customer to a new state of well being.


In many developed countries, massage services are considered a professional business. Malaysia however, still carries the misconception of massage having a negative connotation. Thai Odyssey has persevered to provide genuine and skillful spa and massage therapies since its inception. Their hard work has paid off, for they have received much encouragement and support from Tourism Malaysia in the past two years. “We hope to change the public’s perception that a massage and spa experience can be wholesome and clean. All in all, we aspire to provide for the well-being of our fellow Malaysians.”

Songkran Thai Water Festival


Traditional Thai New Year, or better known as Songkran Festival is celebrated in the most fun way not only by the Thais, but also people from all around the world.  How big is the 3-day celebration? An estimated 1 million travelers, both domestic and international, are expected to pass through the country’s six main airports operated by Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT).  As you know, most of the professional therapists in Thai Odyssey are originally from The Land of Smile, we have collected all the information you might be interested or needed regarding the largest water festival in the world. Let’s splash it!

Wait
But first of all, let’s practice your Thai a little.  Since this is the New Year they are celebrating, why not we learn a phrase or two to wish them a great year ahead?  C’mon, let’s get into the holiday spirit!  Repeat after me: “sah-wah-dee pee mai”, it means “Happy New Year”.  However, nowadays you’ll be more likely to hear this “suke sahn wahn song kran”, which means “Happy Songkran Day”.

Songkran 101
The background of Songkran festival is far more religious. The word “Songkran” stemmed from the Sanskrit “Sankranta”, which means “a move or a change”, literally.  Water is the main element of this holy festival, to wash-down the negative beliefs and actions, plus bringing good luck and prosperity in the New Year.  However, the water fiesta which was once all about fresh starts, has evolved to a fun, refreshing and a must-join yearly water fight.  Splashing water at one another has become the no.1 attraction of the festive season.  Besides, it’s the greatest way to temporarily run away from the burning heat without anyone thinking that you’re insane.  After all, April is the hottest month of the year in the exotic land.


Gear Up For The Festivities
This is war!  If you wished to come home alive, you have to be ready.  Did I just sound so serious? Anyway, since this is the water war of the world, wouldn’t it be great if you equipped yourself with some practical tools?  Water guns, water cannons, water balloons, buckets, traditionally fragranced powder and even a truck that fetches the “attackers”, you name it.  Imagine that, from children to adults, everyone is fully equipped for the festivities.  It’s a water, water, water world, only it’s not a theme park but a kingdom.  Therefore, be prepared, form a team with friends and drench yourselves in the fun.

Songkran Major Hot Spots


Bangkok
– As the city that never sleeps, is surprisingly less happening during this festive season.  The main reason being most of the locals have gone home to celebrate this national holiday with their families.  Still, you’ll find the water fights happening in few places including: various spots around Banglamphu, Rattanakosin Royal Square, Phra Athit Road, Santhichaiprakan, Wisut Krasat, Khao San Road and Silom.

Chiang Mai – The largest and one of the most culturally significant city in Thailand, is well known for arguably the most fascinating Songkran celebration in Siam nation.  The celebration goes on almost anywhere, as long as a week.

Pattaya – No stranger to tourists and expatriates, this is an island surrounded by rice crops.  Thus, Songkran festival isn’t as simple as a New Year celebration but also the time of the year to look for a rain god.  Plus, parade and cultural events also take place at the same time. Swim wear is a must-have item!

Phuket – The largest island in Thailand, is another hot spot during Songkran festival.  Water guns, water cannons, buckets and barrels full of water can be seen anywhere.  If you are interested, you can always join the Thai New Year merit-making ceremony in the community.

Khon Kaen – The home of “Sticky Rice”, is one of the four major cities in Isan province, Thailand.  Over the years, Khon Kaen has up its game in celebrating the Thai New Year.  If you’ve experienced Songkran festival in the above said locations, this would be another option to fulfill your enjoyment.

Songkran Must-know

Be Protected – The first rule about having fun is to have the practical tools.  As mentioned earlier, arming yourself will be great since there’s not an option for not getting wet in this over-the-top celebration.  The best way to do it is to have at least one water gun, never let it out of your sight and always ready to recharge.

Be Waterproof
– Of course not you, I am talking about your gadgets and valuables!  It’s advised not to bring your valuables such as jewelry and timepiece with you or you’ll be busy protecting them than yourself.  As for other must-brings including phones, cash and wallet, a waterproof bag will do.  For girls who wears makeup, be sure you’re wearing a waterproof mascara.

Dress Right
– Since you know this is a water fight, I am sure you understand shirt and slacks, gown and heels are crossed in the checklist.  Guys are simple, a T-shirt, shorts and a pair of flip-flips, you are good to go.  For the ladies, make sure you avoid see-through clothes.


Be Polite
– Don’t try to splash the locals with water if they expressed their unwillingness of getting drenched.  As much as we want to have fun, we should remain respectful and only target those who are in the game. If you do not want to take part, smile and say “mai len kha” (female) or “mai len krup” (male), or just wave your hand and shake your head with a smile.

No Tuk-tuk
– Only if you have quenched enough for a day and wish to go back to your hotel room. Make sure you’re off the big roads and say no to open-air transportation. A taxi is your solution. And don’t worry about your well-drenched body and clothes, the drivers are more than happy to send you to your destination.


Have I Missed The Fun?
Well, sorry to say that you have missed it.  Nevertheless, don’t be disappointed as this event will be held annually.  So mark your calendar and join in the fun next year! In the capital of Thailand, the nationwide water war lasted 3 days, from April 13 to April 15. Moreover, if you wish to prolong the festivities, heading to Chiang Mai is a great idea because the locals celebrate this national holiday up to a week.

There is always fun to visit Thailand.  The delicious food, friendly locals, cultures and affordability and many more reasons for us to visit the country again and again.  And if you can’t be there as often as you want to experience the Thai culture, you can always visit us at Thai Odyssey for a traditional Thai spa time served by our professional therapists.

Moreover, either you are looking for our nearest outlet or interested in our price packages available, you can always visit our website at www.thaiodyssey.com. Or better yet, stay in touch with us through www.facebook.com/thaiodyssey.

 

Relieve Therapy for “Text Neck”

Too much of anything can be a pain. Nowadays, even too much of texting creates unavoidable pain – the pain in the neck, that is. It even has a medical term which is called “text neck”. An epidemic that has affected millions of smartphone users.

According to Dr Kenneth Hansraj, when we stare into our phones by tilting our neck, we are increasing the weight of our heads which will cause serious stress to the neck. Without realising it, this will result in neck pain. Effectively, our head when we look straight ahead weighs about 5.4kg on our neck. When we drop our head 15° down to look at the phone, it weighs 12.2kg on the neck. The lower the head, the heavier it weighs. It will strain the neck further when the head is lowered to 60° when it will weigh 27.2kg. Imagine your fragile neck and spine are carrying the weight of a 4-year-old child for over one hour, how long before you get a neck and shoulder pain?

People are texting an average of two to four hours a day with their heads dropped down, with 700 to 1,400 hours a year of excess stress on the cervical spine, no wonder many people are suffering from head pain, neck pain, arm pain and numbness.

To ease the effect of dropping our head to text, what else but to text less. To take that extra care for our well-being, nevertheless, is to be cautious to find time to relax, especially the neck and shoulder areas. If you can’t find time to book yourself a massage with a therapist, work out the knots on you own with these exercises:

Head/Scalp
This is an exercise you can do whenever you feel drowsy or give yourself a short break to refresh. Just place the heel of your palms close to your ears but not cupping them. Hold your head at your temples and push scalp upwards. Hold a few seconds, and release.

Hands/Forearms
Place your right palm facing up on your thigh, push the heel of your left palm slowly along the right forearm towards the direction of your wrist. Use enough pressure to feel some heat but not burning. Continue to brush on your open palm all the way down towards your fingertips and lastly, towards your thumb. Repeat a few times, and switch hands.


Neck/Shoulders
Drop your shoulders and let loose. Slowly tuck your chin to your chest to stretch your neck. Place two or three fingertips on the back of your neck where your neck and shoulders meet. Press firmly and hold, releasing when the muscles feel more relaxed. Roll your shoulders forward and back slowly. Repeat as needed.


Perhaps it is good to schedule your time for a regular head and shoulder massage at Thai Odyssey. At least three times a week for a rejuvenating time after work. Do remember that for a one-hour foot massage, you will feel more relieved with a ten minute head and shoulder massage at the end of the foot massage therapy. Be rest assured that this will leave you feeling light and refreshed even if you intend to go back to work.

The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 5)

Continued from Part 4 – What are Thai Odyssey’s winning formulas?

Today, massage is very much a part of lifestyle. While 50% of Chuah’s customers come to reap benefits from a stressed mind and body where; “Many customers find that the massage relieves migraines,” says Chuah, “especially with too much time spending in front of the computer and work, massage becomes a passive exercise for many people on-the-go.” The other 50% come in once a week, as part of their lifestyle, a place where people just come to enjoy, relax and rejuvenate.

It’s not just the people between thirties and sixties who enjoy a massage. Thai Odyssey’s outlet in JB sees consistent teenagers come in for a massage. In fact, business there is one of the best, especially over the weekends when Singaporeans come over. “We receive encouraging response in all our outlets; but in JB, during the weekends, customers are willing to queue up patiently for their turn. This itself is quite a surprise to me.”


“If someone were to ask me the key to my success, I would say it is my team.  A team who appreciates our company’s core values, not only the therapists but right down to our wonderful staff who serves tea and clean the outlet or office.  I am lucky that I have a very good team which also comprises of experts and professionals who know the spa industry, with their support and partnership, we have created a successful business. In fact, many workers who started with me 10 years ago are still with me today.  I love my staff and everyone I have the pleasure to work with,” says Chuah simply. “I visit every outlet to ensure I touch base with every one of my staff. We are like a big family and I organise events for everybody to get together. That builds on togetherness and helps make us strong.

With the encouragement I get from my staff, partners and family, it motivates me to want to serve more.  I would also like to express my gratitude to Tan Sri Danny Tan (Founder of Tropicana Golf & Country Resort) for his overwhelming assistance and generous support, who has helped and inspired me to think big and achieve greatness.

When we do CSR events, I do it differently. Besides donating money, I bring my staff to an old folks home, where we sing, dance and give shoulder massages to the elderly. We try to bring joy and companionship and in the same time, create camaraderie among ourselves.”

This article appeared in The Star on 3rd June 2014.

Related article:
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 1)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 2)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 3)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 4) 

The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 4)

Continued from Part 3 – What are the systems that Thai Odyssey implemented that successfully helped to  steer the business to the right path?

At Thai Odyssey, every customer gets their feet washed before going on to their massage. This is a very traditional Thai practice that customers love. “I have some customers say to me, they pay a little more here, but get someone to wash their feet,” quips Chuah.

To explain why they are serious in training their masseuses to set a standardized code of service, Chuah continues, “We ensure only good therapists come our way. Our requirements are that our masseuses come from well-known massage schools in Thailand and have four to six years of experience. After they have been recruited, they will go through another month of intensive training to learn Thai Odyssey’s Integrated Spa & Customers Service System (TOISCSS) before they begin work as a masseuse.”


They also train their front desk personnel to have impeccable customer service skills. Their masseuses do not speak much English, only their native languages. They do not make an effort to teach them English because it is part of the authentic Thai experience for customers as it comes as a whole Thai experience package.

Business wasn’t always smooth sailing though. After two years of operating, Chuah received a cruel shock when local authorities barged in to eight of his outlets on the same day, closed them down and locked up all his people. Chuah was accused of not having the right permits for his workers. At that time, each of his masseuse was carrying a working pass as issued by the immigration office. Chuah was informed that the working pass was only meant for a foreign professional. Chuah’s argument that it was issued to him by the immigration office fell on deaf ears. He was promptly locked up for five days.

“I didn’t sleep at all in those five days,” laughs Chuah. “I was even told that I would possibly be caned for my crime. Can you imagine what went through my mind? Thankfully I had good people who came to bail me out. After that, all my 50 workers were also released.”

Immediately upon his release, Chuah made his way to the immigration office to speak with the local authorities. Even though he faced lots of rejection, he did not give up. He continued to pursue the matter in order to get the authorities to create a column for him to fill in the names of his employees as spa therapists. Today, laws have been made to accommodate foreign workers and the immigration office issues working pass specifically for spa therapists. “Before that, there was no such form for this type of application. In a way, we initiated this,” smiles Chuah.

This article appeared in The Star on 3rd June 2014.

 

Related article:
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 1)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 2)
The Great Odyssey: A Story of Love and Honesty (Part 3)

Get A Foot Massage and Enjoy A Head & Shoulder Massage Too!

I have never given a thought to the neck pain I constantly suffered due to long hours working in front of a computer. As long as I can still move my neck without much restrain even though there may be a little pain when I turn my head too far back, that did not bother me. Unperturbed, I lived with that little neck strain for a long time.


One day, while researching for an article to write, I chanced upon a few questions that made me sit up and took notice: “Did you strain your neck working in front of the computer all day long?” Yes, and I wanted to know more.

“Did you feel heavy and tight at your head and shoulder?” Yes, they always did. As I read more about the consequence of a neck pain, the more I was determined to find a relieve for it. That was when I stumbled onto Thai Odyssey, the award winning Thai spa centre in Malaysia, which has over 40 outlets in many major shopping malls nationwide.

                              In recent years, they have opened a few more outlets in Thailand and China, promoting the health benefits of Thai Traditional Massage as a wholesome holistic therapy.As I stepped into their first outlet which they opened in 2004 in Centrepoint, Bandar Utama, the calming and soothing piped-in soft green music and the aromatic herbs that scented the room enveloped my senses immediately. The serene atmosphere instantly put me into the mood for total relaxation and rest. The details of Thai decor dotting every corner of the outlet, with its teakwood furnitures, Thai art and artifacts, even down to the made of their slippers and pajamas, were so inviting that I felt I had just been transported to Bangkok’suptown spa resort.I selected a 1-hour Foot Massage and after I had made my payment, the front desk Manager introduced me to my therapist. She took a look at my slim fitted pants and without my asking, spontaneously gave me a pajamas to change into even though I was there for only a Foot Massage. I thought that was a very observant gesture. Thumbs up from me.


As I settled myself onto a chair for a foot wash, I was amused when I remember a customer who gave a comment that in Thai Odyssey, you will get your feet washed for every service you selected. For that, I will give full points for service excellence.When the therapist had lightly scrubbed, cleansed and dried my feet, she led me into the room which had two rows of body-contoured reclining weaker chair. The room was dimly lit with ornately decorated table lamps, the place was quiet and calm even though some customers were already there enjoying their massages. As I settled myself comfortably in the chair, the therapist excused herself and came back with an eye pillow and a cup of tea. She placed the eye-pillow, which was infused with the scent of lavender, over my eyes. Feeling cozy, the muscles around my eyes were beginning to loosen up.


The therapist began to work on my feet, starting with the left foot, while wrapping up my right foot with a towel as if it was her precious possession. I felt so cared for and I liked the feeling. As she gently worked on my feet, it felt so snuggly, I dozed off for a while. When I awoke, she was already working on my right foot.To complement the 1-hour Foot Massage, it will finish with a head and shoulder massage. The therapist moved away from the chair while I sat up with my back facing her and she worked on my back, shoulder and neck, then up to the head. After a rejuvenating massage on the feet, the head and shoulder massage continue to re-energize the whole body, especially the neck area.The Foot Massage experience was so fulfilling, no wonder The Malaysian Women’s Weekly announced Thai Odyssey as the Winner in 2009 for ‘Thai Foot Massage for Best High-Heel Rescue’ – A review from one of our fan a.k.a professional writer –