Doc T, a medical specialist and CEO of a large medical center rang urgently from his shangri-la(ish) enclave across the vast sea, not for the operating table together with us, of course. They wanted a short but golf-intensive holiday in China but the horrible earthquake of May 2008 took place. We recommended Chiang Mai, Thailand and the group duly arrived despite difficulty in securing connecting flights. The group comprised mostly seasoned golfers who did two rounds per day at different courses for two days. Together with the other round of 18-hole play immediately on arrival, they clocked up five rounds each over three days. No mean feat for these ‘mature’ golfers, the youngest was 45 year-old and the oldest 58.

While the non-golfers enjoyed their fair share of shopping and sight-seeing; the golfers made full use of their time in the evening to unwind and relax their tired muscles by having massages by professional masseus.

For those not too familiar, amongst many other things, professional full-body massage and foot reflexology-massage are the latest health craze the city has to offer at the moment, and at a reasonable rate too. No? Ask the Doc!