Koh Samui Spa Resort Guide

Holistic Spa

For a perfect relaxation, you can avail the spa services, which rejuvenates both the body and the soul. Holistic Spa bringing together ancient healing traditions with contemporary therapies and facilities to nurture your being in every way.

The Passage Resort and Spa

Has been proud to present Samui Island as ‘Heaven of Earth’ for all and you’ll recall for so long. Under the warmth of sunshine, our sparkling pool can provide you with another form of impressive experience.

Muang Samui Spa Resort

Situated on the east coast of Koh Samui Island, Muang Samui Spa Resort is idyllically located on the white sands of Chaweng Beach, 10 minutes drive, or 3 kilometers from Samui International Airport, and 25 kilometers from Nathon City and ferry pier. Luxury, comfort and space to enjoy your surroundings are guaranteed.

The Imperial Spa

Be chilled with The Imperial Spa, which is provided relaxing massage therapies to sooth the body, mind the soul. With elegant traditional Thai style buildings, this boutique Samui hotel offers spacious rooms and unrivalled services.

Sivara Spa

A full range of facial and body treatments is available for ultimate pampering at Sivara Spa. Gently nestled into the hillside amidst towering coconut palms and tropical trees, each residences is well designed to meet guests satisfaction with spectacular teakwood interiors and spacious balconies overlooking tropical gardens and The Gulf of Thailand. Nice space, nice atmosphere, nice wait staff, etc. Unlike other Koh Samui bungalows resort, all our bungalows and villas are well spaced to offer a degree of privacy not available elsewhere.

The island now boasts of having many excellent spas that can truly be referred to as world-class. The Samui Health & Spa Guide reviews the best, discovering the individual charm and areas of expertise in each place (examples from their treatment menus are also included). This in-depth information, plus some interesting related articles, should help you in selecting which spas are best-suited to your requirements.

What to See in Xian, China

Xi’an, a city drenched in history and culture dates back to one million years ago which there were 13 dynasties had established their capital cities here from the 11th century Before Christ to the Tang Dynasty (618-907A.D.). And occupying the prime central location in China, it is dotted with the most mysterious and the mind-blowing tourist attractions in the country. The most distinguishing feature of Xi’an is that it has retained its ancient heritage and culture of the bygone era. Despite its rampant modernization now, traveling in Xi’an, you will unveil the stock of surprises at these places:

Shaanxi Provincial History Museum

The newly-built Shaanxi Provincial History Museum sits on the north-west of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an southern suburb. In this state-level museum, the essential cultural relics of tracing back from the Lantian (a county in Shaanxi) pithecanthrope of the prehistory to the different Chinese dynasties and to the First Sino-British Opium War (1840–1842) are exhibited in the Local History Hall. This hall covers an area of 6000sq.m, including two stories centrally located in the museum. In the west side within the museum is the Theme Exhibition Hall covering 2500sq.m, where shows the special themes with Shaanxi historical and cultural features such as the Silk Road, Yaozhou Porcelain etc. The opposite of the Theme Exhibition Hall is the Historical and Cultural Exhibition Hall (or East Exhibition Hall) covering a floor space of 2500sq.m. This hall is used for Sino-foreign cultural exchange and receiving and showing the quintessence of culture and antiquities from the other provinces and municipal cities of China. Moreover, there are some tributary facilities in the museum such as the Protection Centre of Cultural Relics, Library and Multifunctional Academic Report Hall etc.

The Shaanxi Provincial History Museum is a combined building of the classical Chinese palatial architecture, courtyard architecture and modern architecture, with which makes a very well match the architectural styles of the prosperous Tang Dynasty and the modern architectural styles. The tiles covered on the roof of the museum are the mignonette glazed tiles that popular in Tang Dynasty (A.D.618-907), its walls built with the pastiche asbestos bricks, and the windows installed with the big brown glass and aluminium alloy frames. The whole building looks very Magnificent, massive, elegant and graceful. Under the cover of the trees and the interspersion of the lawns, every corner of the museum seems to permeate through the ancient flavor. It is a grand building!It is an excellent ubication for learning Chinese history and sight-seeing!

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Big (or Great) Wild Goose Pagoda is located in the Ci’en Temple 4km from the Xi’an downtown. It was built in 652 A.D. designed and supervised by the first master abbot Xuan Zang for keeping the Sanskrit classics and offering sacrifice to the Buddha’s relics and other things that he had taken back from India. Besides, there are two steles with inscriptions by two emperors of Tang Dynasty. Now the epitaphs still can be seen clearly there.

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is a pavilion-like brick pagoda. It is totally 7 stories, 64.839m in height; the side length of the tower footing is 25m. The pagoda body is quadrate-pyramidal, which is rubbed bricks with tight joints, you can tell apart the bay between two walls by the prisms jutting out on the brick walls. The tower is a very traditional Chinese style architecture if you spiral upwards from the staircases, the ancient city seen from the top of the pagoda is a tremendous spectacle. On the four sides of each story of the pagoda are the arched doors; There are many carving pictures can be seen on the lintels and doorframes of the stone gates on the first floor. They are very valuable, especially, the picture of the Scene of the Monk Preach on the Hall on the lintel of the west stone gate. Also its nearby attractions are very beautiful such as the Lotus Garden of Tang Dynasty, the Northern Square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda, they have attracted many tourists to hand around. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is one of Landmark Constructions of Xi’an, and it is a must for the tourists.

Small Wild Goose Pagoda

Standing on the Jianfu Temple near the east part of the South Friendship Road and is 3km away from the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Because the pagoda is lower than the Big Wild Goose, it is called Small Wild Goose. The pagoda had 15 stories before 1556, but the extant is merely 13 stories because its top was destroyed in an earthquake in that year. The foursquare pagoda is 43.3metres high now and each sideline of its base is about11.38meteres. The eaves are jutting out on each story. There are arched doors on both the south and the north sides in each story. On the lintels and the doorcases of the first floor, the vines, grass, flowers and the immortal pictures can be seen carving. There are wood stairs reach to the top of the pagoda, as you stand at there, a beautiful panorama will spread out before you.

In the Jianfu Temple, there is a big ancient iron bell made in 1192, it weighs more than 10,000kg. Every morning, the bell was rung in a definite time and its tolls were so loud and resonant that they could be heard from tens of miles. The Small Wild Goose Pagoda and the Morning Tolls in the temple have become one of the Eight Attractions in the central Shaanxi plain. In recent years, the Shaanxi Folk Custom Museum in the Jianfu Temple has been opened to the public to exhibit the old Shaanxi conditions and customs.

Bell Tower

The Bell Tower was built in 1384 (Ming dynasty), which perches in Xi’an city centre. It stands facing each other with the Drum Tower, and is deemed as one of the landmark constructions and the bright pearl of the ancient city.

The tower was constructed with grey-green bricks and with a square platform. It is 36 meters in total height, covering more than 1377.4sq.m. This half- timbered three-storied construction with the triple dripping eaves and timbered saddle roof (a Chinese architectural style) covered by bottle-green glazed tiles. Outside the entire building is with the colored drawings, but inside the building is with the gold-overlaid colored drawings. Many beautiful pictures were drawn on its girders and many carvings were engraved on its ridgepoles.

The tower has four red big doors. On their leaves, 64 woodcarvings were enchased according to the stories. The carvings’ compositions are very reasonable and dainty. They are fairly exquisite in technique and with very high artistic value. Under each flying eave, a big bell is hung. On top of the tower stands a 6-meter round gold-plating roof crown on a lotiform seat (the Buddha’s seat) with colored glaze. It makes the tower look more grand and magnificent, and reveals the unusual styles of the architectural arts of the Ming Dynasty. Now there is a giant resemblant copper bell hung in the tower. The original bronze one that made in Tang Dynasty has been housed in the Forest of Steles Museum. In the ancient time, it was used to give the correct time at dawn.

Drum Tower

Drum Tower is opposite to the Bell Tower, which has been the important historical and cultural relic under state protection. It was built in 1380 A.D, just the Bell Tower’s elder by four years. The tower is a tall and magnificent architecture with triple dripping eaves and timbered saddle roof (a Chinese architectural style) covered by glazed tiles. With the pendentives and the colored patterns, it looks very statedly and splendid.

As there was ever a giant drum in the first floor (a replacement placed there now) of the tower, the correct time used to be given by beating the drum at dusks. In the former days, there were big plaques hung on the first floor, each weighted about 3 tons. On the third floor, there are 14 red exposed pillars and 24 unexposed pillars supporting the top floor. In the hall there are 3 big palace lanterns, 12 mid-sized lanterns and 16 small-sized palace lanterns hung there. The Drum Tower and the Bell Tower are sister tower and are called together the Morning Bell and Evening Drum in Xi’an. Mounting on the second floor, you can overlook the Mt. Zongnan and a beautiful panorama of Xi’an.

The Great Mosque

The Great Mosque was built in 742 A.D, which is one of the ten famous tourism attractions of Xi’an and situated in the northwest of the Drum Tower. It is an ancient Chinese palatial architectural complex with platforms, pavilions and halls, over 13,000sq.m in size, out of which more than 5,000sq.m are occupied by various structures.

The Great Mosque is rectangular in shape, divided inside into four compounds. A timbered archway which is near the screen wall facing the gate in the front compound will dazzle your eyes when you visit here because it is with upturned angles and flying eaves, painted beans and engraved ridgepoles, and covered with the glazed tiles. It was built in 17th century and approx. 9 meters high. On both sides of it are three wing mansions respectively, where some ancient furniture dating back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties is set out. Passing through the Five-roomed House and entering into the second compound, you will see a stone archway with three doors and four poles stands in its centre. There are four characters carved on the tablet of the frieze of the archway. On its both sides tablets were also carved with four characters. In addition, there are the authentic calligraphic works of two famous calligraphic masters. The style of the calligraphy is very elegantly, written rapidly and powerfully, and the character fonts are very formal. They are the classic of Chinese calligraphy. Westerly about 10 meters a stele carved with a dragon erects on both the south and the north respectively. Further the west is the Chici Hall (Appointing and Granting Hall), there are seven stone steles carved with the Arabic, nastalik and Chinese characters in the hall. In the fourth compound, there is a big hall covering 1,300sq.m, it can accommodate 1,000 for worship and its ceiling bears more than 400 colorful classical Arabic-styled scriptures rilievos.

The Great Mosque is a perfectly wonderful combination of the traditional Chinese architecture and Islamic architecture and is acclaimed as the peak of perfection by the visitors. Therefore, it was listed as one of the famous Islamic cultural relics of the world.

Forest of Steles

Situated in the Shaanxi History Museum and is near the Sanxue Street, which was first built in1087 A.D.

The Forest has collected the oldest and most steles in China. Its eponymy is because there are many steles in this present site. The Forest of Steles comprises 7 large showrooms, 8 verandahs and 8 stele pavilions, and treasures more than 2300 ancient steles and epitaphs of the Han (Western Han and Eastern Han), Wei, Sui, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. Now there are over one thousand steles and epitaphs are exhibited, among them, most are chiseled by the chirographers of Tang Dynasty (618-904 A.D.).Here, not only can you appreciate the different calligraphic styles such as the seal characters, square characters, cursive characters and semi-cursive characters etc, you can enjoy the magic penmanship of the great calligraphers such as Ouyang Xun, Yan Zhen-qing, Liu Gong-quan, Wang xi-zhi and Su shi and so on.

Circumvallation of Ming Dynasty

The circumvallation of Ming Dynasty is not only the most well-kept ancient Chinese city wall, but the largest in scale and intact ancient military construction in the world.

The circumvallation was built on the base of the city wall of Sui (581-617A.D.) and Tang Dynasties (618-904A.D.) in the reign of Hongwu (1370-1378A.D.) of Ming Dynasty (1368-1627A.D). This strong and stable construction is 13,912 meters in circumference, 12 meters in height, the fundus is 18 meters in width and the top is 15 meters. The measurement of the wall’s thickness is longer than that of highness. On the city wall, there is a series of military annexes such as the moat, pontlevis, brake gate towers, embrasure watchtowers, main towers, turrets, crenels and city gates etc. They made up of an integrated and air tight city defense system in the age of cold steel. The Circumvallation of Ming Dynasty provides abundant and precious information and human landscape for the visitors who are interested in the ancient wars directly.

Lotus Palace

Lotus Palace (literality is Tang Lotus Garden) is near the Big Goose Tower, which is a largescale royal garden cultural theme park showing the prosperous Tang Dynasty. In Chinese history, this garden is a famous royal garden in ancient China. The present was built in the original site of Tang Dynasty. It is set in approaching history, tasting human culture and experiencing life to unfurl the refulgence of civilization in the piping time of peace in Tang Dynasty. The entire garden is divided into twelve cultural theme sections e.g. monarch, poesy, folk, bite and sup, female, tea culture, religions, diplomacy, science and technology, imperial examinations, songs, dances, and entrance door. They comprehensively resurging the civilization of the Tang Dynasty. In the garden, the pavilions, terraces, towers and many other richly ornamented buildings placing everywhere, including the Violet Mansion, Beauties’ Residence, Imperial Banquet Palace, Fragrant Forest Garden, the Theatre of Phoenixes Screaming in the Ninth Heaven, Apricot Orchard, Luyu Teahouse, Tang Market and so on. Everyday, many performances are on different attractions, such as Dance of Praying for Blessings to the Heaven by Beating the Drums, Musical Dance of the Office in Charge of Imperial Music, Performance in the Palace, the raiment shows, Kungfu performance of Shaolin (Temple), lion performance, stilts performance, and acrobatics etc. Wonderfully, the biggest world fantastic water-screen movies will bring you the frequent shocked tri-dimensional feelings with their musical fountains, lasers, flames, water mines and water spray in the evenings.

Ruins of Yuanmingyuan in Beijing

The Ruins of Yuanmingyuan is situated in the northwest of the Beijing City, west of Tsinghua University directly north of the 5th ring Road and less than 1 kilometers east of the Summer Palace. Before aggressive Anglo-French troops invaded China in 1860, the three gardens of Yuanmingyuan were part of a huge imperial residential and garden complex of the Qing Dynasty, set far away from the Forbidden City. At the beginning it was a gift from Qing Emperor Kangxi to his fourth son Prince Yinzhen(Emperor Yongzheng) and was mainly composed of water scenery. When construction began, the name, however, was still unknown. In 1709, Emperor Kangxi himself gave the plaque bearing the name “Yuanmingyuan ” to the garden.

Emperor Yongzheng explained the meaning of “Yuanmingyuan” in The Imperial Record of Yuanmingyuan by stating that the emperor should strengthen self-cultivation so as to perfect one’s character and reach the ultimate goal of becoming a sage. He had to show his wisdom, virtue and benevolence in running the country. The name Yuanmingyuan was not only a motto for Emperor Kangxi but also for future emperors.

After Prince Yinzhen succeeded the throne, he expanded Yuanmingyuan on a large scale to create a combines imperial garden and traveling residence. Starting in 1725, the emperor attended and handle state affairs during spring, summer and autumn in Yuanmingyuan.

The garden held a collection of countless jewelry pieces, cultural relics, antiques, ancient books and paintings. Yuanmingyuan demonstrate a thousand years of excellence in the art of gardening in China. Its artistic achievement is a splendid page in Chinese history, allowing Yuanmingyuan to receive the graceful name of ” the best among the gardens from the international community. “

On October 7th, 1860, soon after the Anglo-French Allied Forces first intruded into the garden, commanders of the invading troops issued an order to rob the site in three days. The treasures in the garden were looted and destroyed. On October 18th, under the command of British Minister, soldiers began to set the garden on fire, leaving them to burn for three days and three nights. The fire, smoke and ashes spread for miles. What was once the most splendid garden of gardens no longer existed.

The atrocity of burning down Yuanmingyuan by the Anglo-French Allied Forces was condemned and it aroused the indignation of all justice-upholding people al over the world. The freat French writer Victor Hugo once wrote a letter to sharply denounce the heinous crimes of the invaders Even the British Expeditionary Commander Grant had to admit what they had done was utterly unciviliaed.

After the Qing emperor abdicated, warlords unscrupulously took away huge amounts of stones for their own use of for sale. Some of the poor moved into the garden to look for treasure, cut firewood, raise cattle, and cultivate land. The garden was continually taken apart and spoiled almost daily. Carts fully loaded with broken material rolled out of the garden with interruption. The looting of wood, stone and earth lasted for decades. When New China was founded in 1949, Yuanmingyuan was already a waste land, only some barren hills, lakes, streams and western architectural debris remained along with some farmland.