In the tropical temperatures of Thailand, it is important to have a few tricks to help you stay cool and hydrated so you can enjoy your holiday to the max.
While many travellers flock to Thailand in search of its golden sunshine and tropical temperatures, there are times when balmy heat of the Kingdom can become a little too much – even for the locals.
No matter what your daily itinerary looks like, be it lazing on a sun bed or exploring the islands, it is important to stay cool and hydrated. Keeping cool will also ensure that you remain comfortable, and are able to fully enjoy the treasures that Thailand has in store for you.
If you are lucky enough to be staying in a private villa on an island like Phuket or Koh Samui, there are plenty of easy ways to cool down and chill out throughout the day.
Start your day with a refreshing rinse your villa’s expansive rain shower. A rainfall shower is an invigorating way to wake up, and the cool water is a blessing to warm skin that has heated up during your slumber. For cool, tingly skin, try out a few peppermint infused products – perhaps a scrub or a shower gel. Seal in a layer of cool moisture by applying a peppermint fresh moisturiser to your whole body. Your skin will thank you when you step out of the steamy bathroom and back into the air conditioned bedroom.
Swim & Swing
If too much sunbathing risks causing your skin to overheat, take regular plunges in your villa’s private infinity pool. There is no need to worry about disturbing other guests when you have the whole pool area to yourself. Lie back on an inflatable pool toy and enjoy a cool glass of water – or even swim a few laps to stretch and tone as yo cool off. During the sun’s hottest hours from mid-day to 3pm, it is wise to stay out of the sun completely. If you don’t want to lose the sound of the sea breeze by stepping inside, grab a good book and enjoy the fresh air from a hammock.
If you find your skin looking a bit red after a day of sunbathing, a soothing aloe vera massage is just the thing to freshen you up. Aloe vera acts as a wonderful cooling agent, and also helps to numb any sunburn pain or discomfort. Islands like Phuket and Koh Samui are home to an array of spas that offer this blissful massage treatment. However, if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your villa, why not ask your villa manager to book the services of a spa therapist? That way you can cool down with the help of an indulgent massage without ever needing to step outside.
Spice is Nice
If you ever wondered why people from all the hottest countries across the globe enjoy the spiciest dishes, then take a taste test. Eating spicy food that contains chillies (whatever the colour) raises your body temperature. As a result, your blood circulation increases and you start to sweat. Once the moisture evaporates from the surface of your skin, you soon cool down. In fact, eating a spicy curry often has a longer lasting effect than gulping down an iced drink.
On the rocks
It is extremely important to stay hydrated throughout the day if you want to avoid ailments like sunstroke. Watermelon juice over ice is probably one of the best drinks to hydrate you – and one of the tastiest! Alternatively, gulp down the juice of a young coconut to top up the natural store of electrolytes your body has lost through sweat. If all else fails, sipping on bottled water throughout the day will do the trick to keep you from drying out.