The Lanna Thai Spa Academy embraces in its training philosophy the culture and tradition of Lanna known as the “land of a million rice fields.” The Lanna people are famous for their hospitality, elegance, and goodwill. They are also recognized for their healing touch, where curative techniques seek to harmonize the physical body with nature. Consistent with eastern concepts, the Lanna touch compliments with worldwide healing traditions which aim to bring mind, body, and spirit into balance.

Infusing the Lanna philosophy into our training programs, we inculcate gentleness, grace, and hospitality as part of the rigors of the vocation even as we demand knowledge, professionalism, and the exacting techniques of the trade.

As our graduates carry our philosophy within them, we hope that they will contribute in making any spa treatment a unique experience in itself for guests privileged to enjoy the Lanna touch.

History of Lanna

Lanna, one of the earliest kingdoms of Thailand, was built in the 13th century by King Mengrai. Born in Chiang Saen, King Mengrai founded Chiang Rai as the capital of the Lanna Kingdom and formed the ancient cities of Muang Lai, Chiang Kham, Chiang Chang and Chiang Kong, with Fang as his base of authority.

Inspired by the history of the ancient Lanna Kingdom which is known as the beauty of the North, Lanna Thai Spa Academy strives to revive the local beauty and healing traditions and make them suitable for world wide application.

As a tribute to this legendary culture, Lanna Thai Spa Academy designates its classroom facilities with the following historical names.

Halls of Philosophy:

  • Chamber of Lao Meng (Theory Classroom)
  • Chamber of Chiang Rung (Theory Classroom)
    The above names are derived from two ancient cities where King Mengrai’s parents come from. These are where academy students are taught the philosophy of traditional and modern healing practices.
  • Chiang Saen corner (Library-Meeting Room)
    This name is taken from the birthplace of King Mengrai. Students can use this place to enhance their knowledge by reading more on their own.

Halls of Tradition:

  • Muang Lai Baan Boran (Thai Massage Classroom)
    One of the ancient cities that formed Chiang Rai as the capital of Lanna Kingdom.
  • Chiang Kham and Chiang Khong (Adjacent Massage Classrooms)
    These are adjacent classrooms named after the ancient cities that formed Chiang Rai.
  • Chiang Chang Beauty Chamber (Spa Treatment Room)
    One of the ancient cities in the North which is known for its beautiful women. This is where students practice traditional and modern spa and beauty rituals.
  • The Haripunchai Garden (Garden Terrace)
    Known as the most powerful cultural influences on Lanna, Haripunchai was founded on the 7th century along the bank of the Ping River by Princess Chamadevi, daughter of the king of Lopburi. Haripunchai was conquered by King Mengrai on the 13th century and the city itself continued to be an artistic centre until the 15th century.