Spa Mantra is in the area in which I live in Chiang Mai. It's one of those fancy spas I've passed by a million times over the past three years in Thailand. They usually have some herbs steaming in a basket on the porch that waft through the air. After awhile the smells seduced me so I decided to give them a try.
This spa is extremely beautiful and much more professional than the places you run into near the night markets. I was greeted with delicious ginger water and even a form to fill out stating my allergies and health issues. I almost felt like I was back in Chicago. After I filled out my paperwork and drank my deliciously flavored water I received an herbal foot bath, that smelled great and I wished was longer.
After my foot bath and water I was lead through the gorgeous massage house up to the massage room. Each level is more beautiful than the last. I had a very sweet masseuse that spoke almost perfect English and explained what she was going to do. However this isn't my first rodeo. There's few types of massage that I haven't had thus far and Thai massage is one of my favorites due to the strength of the massage.
As usual I fell asleep during my massage, and this particular I was very tired. When I awoke I felt practically untouched. If I hadn't felt her before I drifted off and remembered waking up to turn over I would have thought she took a break. Some folks may enjoy a light massage but if you do I suggest going for an oil or Swedish massage, not Thai. At 750 bhat ( $21.00) it wasn't at total loss but perhaps I could have had a much better massage in the night market, minus the ginger water of course.