01590 624467

01590 623551

The Philosophy of Fun

7th Nov 2017

By Wellness Expert and Spa Director, Lina Lotto.

Thailand is widely known as ‘The Land of Smiles’ and sanuk contributes significantly to that well-earned reputation.

One of the first words I learned when I moved to Thailand was ‘sanuk’ and how important it is in Thai culture.  Loosely translated it means ‘fun’ and the use of the word is widespread. In fact it means much more than fun.  It involves taking pleasure and enjoyment from whatever is happening, mundane, boring, exciting or challenging.  Sanuk adds another dimension to the experience of Thailand and the culture is imbibed with this playful and light hearted approach to life. 
The Philosophy of Fun | SenSpa, Hampshire Blog
Perhaps it is attributable to the Buddhist influence, but it seems to me that maintaining harmonious relationships and engaging in a friendly way is as important as achieving the goal in Thai culture and sanuk plays a major part in this. For example when haggling in the market it is vital that a good dose of sanuk is added to oil the wheels of the deal.
Becoming bellicose, outraged or too serious in any negotiation always ends badly. Keeping a sense of humour and playfulness, no matter how outlandish the price generally wins through. The more fun loving, the lower the price!  It’s a bonus that both parties have a jolly nice time in the process.
In fact, rather than dignifying a customer who adopts an aggressive negotiating style a street vendor may simply refuse to cooperate and will wave away the deal. Humour goes a long way in building rapport.
We Westerners can be perceived as taking things far too seriously and when compared with the good natured and fun loving Thai way, they might be right in thinking that. We can learn from the Thai people in this respect and I certainly did when I lived and worked there - my goal orientated ways did not always achieve results.
My first year working in Thailand was fraught with confusion but when I realised that my task focused approach sometimes overrode the importance to my Thai colleagues of harmonious relationships, I soon got the message and then life became less stressful, smoother and more enjoyable. Tasks were completed and jobs got done, but in a different way.
The Philosophy of Fun in Thailand | SenSpa, Hampshire Blog
In a nutshell, sanuk is an essential concept to understand when visiting Thailand. Adopting it is one of the best strategies for an enjoyable life with the added bonus of remaining young at heart.
Inspired by the concept of Sanuk, find out more about the NEW spa day offer:


The Philosophy of Fun | SenSpa Blog


Click on any image below to view some of the highlights of our award winning facilities.

Hydrotherapy Pool | SenSpa at Careys Manor Thai Herbal Poultice Massage | SenSpa at Careys Manor 14m UV Swimming Pool | SenSpa at Careys Manor Tai Chi Classes | SenSpa at Careys Manor Peace and Serenity | SenSpa at Careys Manor

  • “The only thing missing from this otherwise authentic experience, is the jet lag”.

    Sunday Times Travel

  • The SenSpa Health Club has become a second home to me! The staff are really friendly and I particularly enjoy the PT sessions - the social activities make it feel  more like a club than a gym!"


  • "Greeted with a friendly 'sawadeeka', snug white robe, slippers and a cup of hot Thai green tea, SenSpa guests are treated to an impressive two-floor hydrotherapy haven."


  • "Why fly to Thailand? Lose the spa miles and go to the New Forest instead. The authentic Thai influence sets SenSpa apart from other spas."

    The Good Spa Guide

  • "We are B-I-G fans of SenSpa‘s bodycare and haircare: unbelievably good value, and performance that rivals products 5, 6, sometimes 10 times the price.".

    The Beauty Bible

  • “The spa seems to have done wonders for my skin, which now feels fresh and super soft”.

    National Geographic Traveller

  • “The award-winning Thai spa is the highlight, featuring what I've found to be the widest range of spa experiences in Hampshire”. 

    The Telegraph

  • "Aim to spend a good part of the day in the spa – there’s so much to enjoy you’ll thank yourself for sacrificing a Saturday morning lie-in”. 

    Evening Standard

Special Offers & Wellness Tips Straight To Your Inbox

Join The SenSpa VIP Club


Our Awards & Accreditations

SenSpa Awards