5 fitness trends to boost your fitness in 2018!!

Indeed any physical activities represent an important part of any weight-loss or weight-maintenance effort, but the main purpose of this is to stay healthy in the long run. However, the fact is many of us always set a resolution or goal in becoming better than the year before, unfortunately also many of us don’t usually adhere to it even within the first week. With the rate of obesity and depression cases rising rapidly, we think it is time for a positive change in your health. Luckily in this era, everyone has the opportunity to be fit and healthy as there are plenty of workouts to choose from. All you have to do is find a style of workout that you enjoy; prep your mind to it and GO FOR IT. Without further ado, let’s explore 5 fitness trends that will give you amazing results in 2018:

Wearable fitness trackers

This trend is one of the top fitness trends worldwide as it gives people the ability to monitor everything from the number of steps we take, to our heart rate and even sleep activity. Psychologically, people who track their performance by day will tend to be more motivated to increase their steps the following day. This wearable technology encompasses everything from smart watches, activity trackers like FitBit to even heart rate monitors. Not forgetting the various apps you can download on your phone which can deliver your workout plan at a press of a button.


Looking for a way to exchange those loose fats to sexy lean muscles as quick as possible? Then HIIT is the best work out for you! HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training as it consists of intervals with short and adrenaline rush exercises which last less than 30 minutes. This work out keeps your heart rate up and helps burn more calories in a shorter time – totally ideal for those with a busy schedule! HIIT is considered to be much more effective than normal cardio because the intensity is higher and you are able to increase both your aerobic and anaerobic endurance while burning more fat than ever before.


Although Yoga has been around for thousand of years, it is getting increasingly more popular by the years. This ancient mind and body work out can be practiced on- the-go which can help improve your mood and strengthen your entire body. Yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.

Small Group training

Group training sessions are highly motivational as it encourages a greater number of people to be active while, enhancing social skills and enjoyment. Small group training is so popular because it mixes the effectiveness of having a personal trainer, but in a group of 4-6 people and not charging the same high prices like they do for a purely individual session. Also, unlike working out in a huge group of an exercise class, the personal trainer can focus on this

Outdoor activities

Based on a survey done by the American College of Sports Medicine, outdoor activities are one of the best ways to enhance overall fitness. The survey considers outdoor activity as anything from golfing to tennis to adventurous activities like rock climbing and hiking, which can burn an estimate of at least 530 calories an hour. Harvard Health Publications estimates that a half hour of playing golf and carrying clubs can burn up to 244 calories.

Overall, whichever workout you choose, remember that besides losing that excess weight, you gain a lot more other health benefits such as less stress, better immune system, better overall organ function, better sleep, and in a long run just a better, fitter and healthier you!


White Elephant Family Spa

White Elephant provides affordable authentic experiences from the land of a thousand smiles in the comfort of simplicity and a relaxing spa-inspired haven to offer total relaxation through our healing services catered for you and your family.


Call +603- 77107866 for reservations
Address: S13, 2nd Floor, Centrepoint, 3 Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama, 47800 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia.



7 Wonderful Places to Visit in Malaysia


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Happy Malaysia day!! Malaysia Day is celebrated on 16 September every year to commemorate the establishment of the Malaysian federation. It is known as a significant date in the history of Malaysia as it marks the collaboration of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore to form Malaysia in 1963.

Currently, Malaysia is divided into two main regions, Peninsular Malaysia on the west, consisting of Kuala Lumpur and the nearby states, and East Malaysia, consisting of Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo Island. Regardless, Malaysia still owns its trademark as `Truly Asia’ thanks to all the country’s best heritage cities, natural spots, food havens and urban experiences. Here are 7 wonderful destinations to visit in Malaysia:

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Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is one of the best tourist destinations not only in Malaysia but in South East Asia because of its breathtaking towers like Petronas and KL tower. Not forgetting the hawker bazaars down Petaling Street and its throbbing energy of night life in Changkat and Bukit Bintang. Apart from the views of cityscape from the countless skybars, you can visit the mysterious Batu Caves and its acclaimed Islamic art museum or shop till you drop at Pavillion or KLCC.



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The history of the town makes it more worthy to visit. UNESCO even declared Melaka a World Heritage Site in 2008, with its remains of old churches and forts of the Portuguese colonial rulers bear significant memories of the colonial days. Enjoy shopping for antique art galleries or craft stores at Jonker Street and you can stop by a chinese coffee shop or restaurant for a meal of Melaka’s famous Chicken Ball rice.


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Known as the Pearl of the Orient, Penang is one of Malaysia’s most famous island. In Georgetown, the state’s vibrant capital is declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the old and the new blend together in a mix of shophouses-turned-museums and humble hawker stalls have gained fame internationally. Penang is also famous for its iconic Char Koay Teow, Asam Laksa and its Teo Chew Cendol, which even tourists love to indulge in. You can even soak in the sun at the beaches of Batu Ferringhi for a day of water sports or lazy sunbathing.

Genting Highlands (Pahang)

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Located just 45 minutes away from Kuala Lumpur, Genting Highlands is ideal for a quick holiday getaway in Malaysia. Boasting round-the-clock exciting entertainment such as the cutting edge and contemporary Sky Casino, there are abundance of card tables and other gaming alternatives to enjoy. For avid shoppers, shop till you drop at the SkyAvenue Mall or the renowned Genting Premium Outlet, which is linked through a connecting bridge to the Awana SkyWay station. If you are feeling tired after a long day, feel free to rejuvenate at Awana SkyWay’s Thai Odyssey outlet at Level 3 and treat yourself to any of their full body authentic Thai massages of your choice or even just a Traditional Foot Massage. While you are there, don’t forget to hop on the gondola ride for a breathtaking view of rainforest below and try to spot for the anticipated Twentieth Century Fox World Malaysia. Definitely the perfect getaway destination to escape the hot and humid weather in Kuala Lumpur.



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Located off the northwest corner of Malaysia, Pulau Langkawi is one of the top island destinations in Malaysia for both foreign tourists and Malaysians. Langkawi could be called Malaysia’s version of Phuket( the busiest island in Thailand) which offers a lot of tourist attractions such as Malaysia’s largest indoor aquarium and natural features such as the crowded-but-beautiful Pregnant Maiden Lake, a beautiful formation that is believed to help make women more fertile.

Mulu National Park (Sarawak)


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Gunung Mulu National Park is one of the most fascinating nature parks of Malaysia. Located in the middle of the jungle of Borneo, it is one of the few places where you can experience the ‘real’ jungle feeling. The park that was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000 is home to the longest cave in Southeast Asia. In addition, the park is known for a special natural phenomenon, called the ‘Bat Exodus’. Every evening, you will get to enjoy the sight of millions of bats flying outward to the jungle from the caves, where they reside.


Gunung Kinabalu (Sabah)


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Climb up to this highest mountain between the Himalayas and the island of New Guinea. In Malaysia, this mountain is called Gunung Kinabalu and it rises almost twice as high of its Crocker Range mountain neighbours. While hiking towards its peak, you shall come across several fine walking trails in the rainforest at the base of the mountain where the climate is agreeably cooler than the coastal base. Even though you might not wish to climb the mountain, you can admire its beauty from most parts of Sabah, Kota Kinabalu and the islands of Tunku Abdul Rahman National Park, consisting a group of 5 popular islands which are Pulau Gaya, Pulau Sapi, Pulau Manukan, Pulau Mamutik and Pulau Sulug.


There you have it – 7 amazing places around Malaysia to visit which makes our country beautiful and at the same time representing Asia in the globe. With that, Happy Malaysia Day to all Malaysian and let this celebration bring us together.

8 effective ways for you to fall asleep better every night!!


In this day and age, most of us are usually caught up in a busy lifestyle and we often sacrifice our sleep to deal with it. Unfortunately, it takes a toll on everything from your job to overall health. Sleep is essential because the body repairs itself while we are asleep and regenerates energy to keep us functioning when we are awake.

When you are deprived of sleep, you stop your body’s natural energy-recharging mechanism which can damage your overall well-being. Tossing and turning all night can also affect the productivity and ability to retain information the next day. To help you solve your problem, whether you are a morning person or a night owl, we have listed down 8 effective ways for you to fall asleep and sleep better every night.

Drink something warm before sleeping

A hot cup of chamomile or peppermint tea can help you sleep, as both teas are made from compounds that are used to promote sleep. Research concluded that chamomile tea can help with reducing anxiety, whereas peppermint tea helps with stomach digestion, hence help you sleep. Make sure to stay away from caffeine as it can lead to an unwelcome energy boost!

Treat yourself to a good massage

Massage is already known to help reduce stress and tension. Besides that, it can also help with sleep disorders. That is why most of the massage techniques or therapies that we offer at Thai Odyssey will give you ultimate relaxation. To name a few, you can choose to try our Traditional Thai Massage also known as passive yoga, Thai Aromatherapy Massage which uses soothing essential oil, Traditional Foot Massage where gentle acupressure is applied to reflex points on the feet in order to induce deep relaxation and Thai Herbal Therapy where we use a pair of herbal poultice filled with beneficial Thai Herbs as part of the session.

Break a sweat

Work out earlier in the day to help you sleep at night because nothing beats burning those calories off to achieve deep, restorative sleep. Whichever suits your capability – whether it is just a 30-minute brisk walk or some intense aerobic work-out, physical tiredness is essential to getting a good night’s sleep.

Take a warm shower before bed

Taking a warm shower an hour just before bed can soothe your muscles, calm your mind and raise your body temperature. Try using our Back to Nature’s Aroma Bath Gel for a more stimulating relaxation. Once you step into your room, your body temperature will gradually drop, putting your body into `relax mode’ which will help you to fall asleep.

Set a `device curfew’

The blue light from the screen of your computer, TV and mobile phone will just stimulate your brain and make you stay alert. This will make it more difficult for the body to understand when it is time to wind down, so it is best to set a time limit to stay away from devices before hitting the sack.


Avoid heavy meals before going to bed

Eating a lot for dinner will make it much harder to fall asleep on time, especially when there is meat in the menu because your body will be trying to digest the protein. Studies suggest that dinner should be taken before 8pm, or at the very least, not within the 2 hours before sleep. Otherwise, the food will be poorly digested and could increase the chance of having heartburn in the middle of the night.

Scent up the room

Different fragrant oils have different effects on the brain. Some fragrant oil can also help you fall asleep like a baby, such as Vanilla, Lavender and Lemongrass. Speaking of Lemongrass, our very own Back to Nature’s Lemongrass Essential Oil which is used with our reed diffuser gives out a purifying scent that can help you calm down and relieve insomnia. Just a few drops of it and you can easily get a good night sleep.

Establish a daily wake up time everyday

Set a routine to work out when you need to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. It is best to keep a consistent wake up time, even on the weekends. However, if you really need to sleep in on weekends to cover the hours of working late-nights during the busy week, feel free to do so. Just don’t make this a regular habit. Irregular bed time and wake-up hours can lead to poor sleep patterns, so try and be disciplined while you are at it.

We understand it is not an easy task to fall asleep and getting enough quality sleep over night as bad habits usually cling on hard into our lifestyle. However, do reconsider if you are willing to sacrifice your health, relationships and career due to a weakened immune system, inefficient mental focus and irritability. Getting a good night’s sleep is natural and expense-free which benefits your health and well-being, so why not try out these effective ways and watch your life change for the better.



8 unbelievable benefits of Lemongrass herb

Thinking of a cold drink that is thirst-quenching, yet healthy to drink on a hot day?

Or perhaps a steaming hot healthy drink for breezy rainy days? These days, Lemongrass is known as a famous ingredient in most Asian cuisine, especially in Thai food. However, this `super food’ can also be your daily delicious cup of herbal tea to support your health in various ways. As the name suggests, Lemongrass has a pleasant citrusy flavour, with the fragrance of Lemon but in a milder and sweeter taste. All you have to do is chop the grass, put it in water, bring it to a boil and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. Alternatively, you can add the Lemongrass pieces in the teapot and let it brew. From acting as a pain reliever to an anti-depressant, Lemongrass is a natural way to relieve many ailments.

Whether you decide to have it as a cup of tea, add it to your meal or use it as an ingredient in essential oils, here are 8 reasons to include lemongrass in your lifestyle:

1. Improve digestive system

Lemongrass has a cooling component which helps soothe your stomach and eliminates bacteria in the digestive tract to prevent digestive disorders. It also reduces bloating, prevents constipation and heals diahoerrea.

2. Detoxifies your body

Lemongrass is a natural diuretic which is packed with antioxidants that help in detoxing and cleansing from within. It removes the toxins from the liver, kidneys and bladder and also helps to relieve fluid retention.

3. Boost metabolism and burn fat

Lemongrass can help you achieve and maintain your ideal body weight. Based on the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013, polyphenols found in natural plant compounds blend with the caffeine content in tea, increases the usage of energy and fat oxidation.

4. Helps to fight Cancer

Based on a research done at the Ben Gurion University in Israel, studies have shown that Lemongrass has an ability to fight cancer while leaving healthy cells intact. Thanks to a component called Citral and its effectiveness; it serves as an anti-inflammatory to fight against cancer cells. Cancer patients are encouraged to drink fresh Lemongrass tea every day.

5. Ease menstrual pain

Lemongrass tea is excellent in relieving menstrual pain, hot flushes and even early morning sickness due to its soothing effect. Make sure to drink it hot or warm for optimal effect.

6. Great healthy skin and hair

Lemongrass is filled with Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are essential nutrients for beautiful skin and hair. It actually improves blood circulation, clears oily skin, treats eruptions like acne, pimples and eczema, hence it is used extensively in the cosmetics industry.

7. Relieves muscle aches and insomnia

Lemongrass is a favourite ingredient used in soothing oil because of its purifying benefits for the skin. Hence in Thai Odyssey, Lemongrass is used in most of our spa products. The refreshing scent combined with the oil’s soothing properties offer a calming impact that ease fatigue, sore muscles and improve not only the duration of sleep, but also its quality.

8. Keeps fever, coughs and flu away

Fever, coughs and flu are the common combination that regularly affects everyone. However, if you take a cup of Lemongrass tea everyday, your immune system will strengthen which allows your body to fight such infections.

This is because Lemongrass is rich in vitamin C and antibacterial goodness to keep bacteria at bay.

As you have read, Lemongrass has many miraculous benefits that can help from different health problems. With that, don’t forget to add Lemongrass to your diet for a healthy lifestyle!

5 simple steps to create a spa sanctuary at your home!

Craving a little luxury in your life? Want to feel spoiled and relaxed without having to leave your home? Every now and then, we all want to escape from our daily-routine life and treat ourselves with tender loving care. It is true that we may not always have the time for a much needed wellness treatment, but it doesn’t mean that indulging self-care activities are forbidden. Just set aside an evening or a weekend to have a relaxing spa day at home!

Here are suggestions to create a spa experience at home by using our ` Back To Nature’ range of products by Thai Odyssey, filled with natural ingredients to pamper your body and soul.

Step one:

While you are at it, put on some relaxing music to help put your mind in the mood. It could be anything instrumental or even some bubbly pop music – hey whatever you are into, we won’t judge.

Step two:

Change into comfortable clothes or a bath robe and scent up your bathroom or bedroom with our Reed Diffuser, infused with fragrances of Eucalyptus, Halo Effect and Orchid to get that awakening and refreshing ambience. You’ll be in total relaxation!

Step three:

Exfoliate that beautiful skin of yours with our Shower Salt Scrub to nourish and rejuvenate your skin from within. (Our selection of shower salt scrub: Butterfly Pea and Siam Rose.)

Then wash off in a warm shower with our Natural Bath Soap, which is made mild and gentle, suitable for all skin types. Also, don’t forget to sing your lungs out to release feel-good chemicals in the brain.  (Our selected choices of Natural Bath Soap: Aloe Vera, Lemongrass, Mixed Herbs, Charcoal, Lotus Stamens, Lavender, Goat Milk Seaweed, Centella Honey, Lavender Butterfly Pea, Tumeric, Cucumber, Tomato, Mangosteen Husk and Black Sesame.)


If you own a tub at home, draw a hot bath and add in our Aroma Bath Salt for the ultimate relaxation. Its combination of formulated high performance minerals will help soothe your emotions and boost self-confidence while you’re soaking your stress away. (Our selection of aroma bath salt: Butterfly Pea, Frangipani, Lemongrass and Rose.)

Once you are done, you can then enjoy an aromatherapy bath with our Aroma Bath Gel to immerse in a reviving experience, leaving your skin glowing, hydrated and healthy.

Step four:

Towel off, but before your skin is completely dry, rub on some of our Aroma Body lotion to lock in the moisture which was absorbed during your shower. It is also perfect for daily use or as part as your bedtime ritual. Its fragrance smells heavenly, plus it is blend with natural plant oil, which gives your skin that nourish-finish that helps improve skin elasticity. (Our selection of Aroma Body Lotion: Vanilla and Butterfly Pea

Step five:

Rest your soul and treat yourself to a high-quality rest with a 30-minutes nap. To enhance the calming effect for a good rest, invest in our Eye Pillow Gift Set. It comes with a 5ml lavender essential oil for you to apply a few drops on the eye pillow before usage. Just close your eyes and place the cooling eye pillow on your eyes and drift into slumber. You can also use the Eye Pillow to help you relax and sleep at night.

And there you have it – a perfect day (or evening) of pampering and relaxation planned out for you in your very own home!

Heating Herbal Pads- instant relief & therapeutic relaxation!

Relaxing and taking time off from any daily physical and mental strenuous activity is very important, especially for working adults, housewives and even students. Yes, we do identify the needs of every individual to ease stress in the most convenient way.

That is why; we are introducing our brand new Heating Herbal Pads which are generously filled with the most healing herbs such as Lemongrass, Star Anise, Turmeric and Mangosteen Peel.
This perfect blend for tranquility helps relieve pain in joints, reduce muscle stress, swelling and inflammation. They can also improve blood circulation and relieve menstruation cramps for women. All you have to do is refer to the instructions below:

Step 1- Remove Heating Herbal Pad from packaging
Step 2- Heat-up in microwave for 1-2 minutes

Step 3- Attach Heating Herbal Pad on strap

Step 4- Place Heating Herbal Pad on shoulder, waist or foot until it is cooled
Our Heating Herbal Pads are wearable and available in three designs that can be worn around the shoulder, waist and foot. Prices start from RM231.10.

Since Father’s Day is approaching, we have a special promotion for all our customers to enjoy. If you purchase or reload e-cash of RM1000, you will get a complimentary Heating Herbal Pad (Waist) as a token of appreciation. Our offer is valid until 30th June 2017, so what are you waiting for? It could even be the perfect gift for your dad. No more headaches on what to get him for Father’s day!

Authentic Spa Experience from Thailand now @ IOI City Mall

IOI City Mall, a brand new lifestyle and entertainment regional mall for at Putrajaya now hosts the authentic spa sanctuary from Thailand. Thai Odyssey will be serving you from 5th September on-wards at Lot B1-7 & 8, Basement 1.

Call for to inquire about our opening promotion: 012-350 7833

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 B1-7 & 8, Basement 1, IOI City Mall,
Lebuh IRC, IOI Resort City, 62502 Putrajaya, Sepang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.

Tel: +6012-350 7833

Authentic Thai Spa Experience at 1Mont Kiara

Relax with the touch of our highly trained masseuses for a Traditional Thai Massage. These are the healing energies to balance the body, mind and spirit.

You can indulge in our massage services at  Thai Odyssey at 1Mont Kiara, . Located on the 2nd Floor of this latest shopping haven, enjoy and luxuriate in a therapeutically Thai massage as you escape from daily stress and more!

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
Body Scrub

Contact :
L2-16, 2nd Floor, 1 Mont Kiara,
No.1, Jalan Kiara, 50480 Mont Kiara, Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03-6201 0282
Fax: 03-6201 0933