RAKxa opened its doors in December last year as Bangkok’s first fully integrative wellness and medical retreat—a breakthrough for the capital’s hospitality scene which is already celebrated for its stellar service. Tucked away on Bang Krachao, a protected jungle-clad island on the ‘Green Lung’ of Bangkok, RAKxa combines advanced medical treatments with revered holistic therapies for a unique wellness-oriented destination using cutting-edge technology. The RAKxa experience—designed in the form of multi-day retreat programmes—begins at home and carries on long after you leave with certified medical doctors prescribing a precise treatment plan post-stay. For KH Dusadee Tancharoen, the managing director of RAKxa, this idea of putting Thailand on the medical wellness map was always a dream for her. Four months after its opening, we speak with Kh on her journey to wellness, what makes RAKxa unique and the crucial factors in implementing lifestyle change.
What was your life before RAKxa? Before RAKxa, I worked in real estate and worked long hours without much focus on life balance. It was my health that made me turn the corner into wellness. This has long been a passion and a dream of mine, to create a wellness escape that goes beyond what people normally associate with Thailand. Understanding that tourism is a key driver in Thailand’s economy and how wellness is more important today than ever before, I saw an opportunity to create something truly remarkable to place Thailand on the medical wellness map of the future.
How can one maintain a wellness routine from home? To maintain a wellness routine from home, it’s about understanding what they need to do first and what is realistic from home. And then it is about discipline.
Who would this healthy holiday destination suit? Our healthy holiday destination suits those who want to make significant life changes, those who don’t know where to start and those who would like to know themselves better. At RAKxa, we help them no matter where they are on their wellness journey.
What do you hope guests will take away from their stay? RAKxa offers a sanctuary, somewhere immersed in nature that fully combines alternative and complementary medicine with Western modern science, giving our guests a fully transformative wellness experience. We hope our guests will have a deeper understanding of their current state of health and what they need to live a healthy life after they leave.
Describe an ideal retreat experience here in five words. Enlightening journey to better health.
What sets this resort and the retreats you offer apart from the rest? We are the only retreat of this kind that fully integrates modern medicine with ancient medicine and holistic therapies, along with a medical gym, anti-inflammatory food and renowned Thai hospitality. We fully blend all these and consider this balance between mind, body and soul to be the key to ultimate wellbeing. RAKxa is also the result of a compelling three-way partnership between M.K. Real Estate Development Plc, Minor Hotels Group and VitalLife Scientific Wellness Centre, a subsidiary company of the renowned Bumrungrad International Hospital. We promise a fully transformative experience through tailored wellness programmes designed by certified medical doctors based on real results using cutting-edge technology.
What are the crucial factors involved in implementing a successful healthy lifestyle change? You have to believe in yourself and want to make the changes—this is key. If you want and desire, and understand the steps you need to take, then your journey will be successful.
What does true balance look like? True balance comes when all the elements come together harmoniously—body, mind and spirit.
What’s your fitness motto and why? My fitness routine comprises doing a few movements daily. Having a little routine is better than doing nothing at all.