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BANGKOK’S recently opened The Siam, which is right by the Chao Phraya River and features resort-style pool villas, has an Australian connection. The boldly named Opium Spa is a facility by Sodashi, the botanical-based and 100 per cent chemical-free skincare line founded in 1999 by Perth-based Megan Larsen. Opium is the first exclusive Sodashi spa in Asia; it’s open 10am to 10pm and features five double treatment rooms, a hammam-inspired bath house, sauna, Jacuzzis and steam room. Choose from Sodashi treatments such as the 105-minute Samadara ultimate age-defying facial, which includes a rose quartz crystal face massage, or a 90-minute Thai herbal massage using heated compresses of aromatic spices and herbs. The Siam also has a comprehensively equipped gym and claims to be the world’s first hotel with a Muay Thai ring — this traditional style of boxing is referred to as the ‘‘art of eight limbs’’ due to its regime of punches, kicks, elbows and knee strikes. Also in Thailand, you’ll find Sodashi products and treatments at Kamalaya Wellness Sanctuary in Koh Samui and Trisara in Phuket. And that name Sodashi? It means wholeness, purity and radiance in Sanskrit. Kick back, relax and enjoy. More: thesiamhotel.com; sodashi.com.