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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
thailand incentives Story by Johanna Mc Kinnon top5 1. 2. COOking ClaSS at the FOur SeaSOnS Chiang Mai The picturesque Four Seasons in Chiang Mai is quintessentially Thai and features a cooking school that is designed as an open air ‘lanna’ style kitchen with multiple cooking stations. The weekly program has been designed by the resort’s culinary team and offers guests a hands-on Thai experience. Depending on the day of the week, classes can be cooking spicy salads, traditional soups and noodles or spa cuisine, all the while learning the secret tricks of the trade. There are also daily activities that include an early morning trip to the local food market, a vegetable carving session and creating your own Thai dishes with the help of the master chefs. Classes can cater for a group of eight guests and operate from Monday to Saturday. For more information go to www. fourseasons.com/chiangmai. Whether it’S a spa treatment or a day on the golf course, we’ve reviewed some of the best incentives in thailand. Chiang Mai Mandarin Oriental dhara dhevi Spa Considered Thailand’s first world-class destination spa, The Dhevi’s Spa and Ayurvedic Centre is more than a place to get a facial; it is a centre for luxurious relaxation and wellness. The 3100 square metre sanctuary is decorated with ornate sculptures depicting symbolic Buddhist motifs. The structure took more than three years to construct. The spa was built by 150 Chiang Mai artisans from the original Burmese temple in Mandalay, Myanmar. The spectacular exterior is matched by the impressive interior of all of the treatment rooms which feature Thai silks, polished teak and antiques. The signature treatment is the Lanna massage which uses traditional Thai massage practices involving applying warm herbal oil before a pressure point massage where the therapist then uses a tapping technique with tools made from tamarind tree wood to ease away muscle tension. As well as luxurious massages the centre also provides yoga and tai chi with a complete holistic approach to relaxation. For more information about the treatments available go to www.mandarinoriental.com. 38 miceAsia.net