Wat Po or the Temple of the Reclining Buddha as it is known, was not only one of Thailand’s first universities (founded in the Chakri Dynasty in 1782) but it remains the centre of Thai Arts and Knowledge. Traditionally, methods of Thai medicine and massage were gathered from the elders and passed on at the university to the next generation. The modern Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School in Bangkok opened in 1955 and became the first Thai Medical School under the approval of Thai Ministry of Education. Amongst other things, the school offers courses of Thai Pharmacy, Thai medical practice and Thai Massage.
Why are we telling you this in our weekly blog on Marrakech? Well, there are a few Wat Po massage centres dotted around the world and now there’s one in Marrakech too, Africa’s first. It is located at the Fellah hotel, situated 20 minutes outside of the city in Tassoultante. The centre is open every day from 10am to 7pm and there are plenty of cheerful Thai therapists on-hand to offer advice on massages, aches and treatments. Out the back there’s a wonderful garden full of Thai herbs and plants that have been specially imported to make the ointments and oils. The spa is a real treat and is definitely worth a visit.