Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Is Thailand The Best Place In The World For Massage?…

Jan 15, 2012 5 Comments by

Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Is Thailand The Best Place In The World For Massage?…

by The Guru

Thailand might well be described as “massage Heaven”, certainly for men.  I have no doubt that the quality and variety of massage on offer in Bali is superior but for sheer volume and availability, it is hard to match Thailand, especially in the tourist areas.  Every conceivable space appears to have been converted into a massage parlor!  There is no shortage of attractive young women (and men) to pamper you either!  So here I will guide you through my top 10 tips for situations you may encounter whilst looking for a massage…

In no particular order, here are the top ten things you HAVE to know about getting a massage in Thailand.  Although every massage is different, there are some common unwritten rules:

Where Can I Get a Massage?
– Almost anywhere is the short answer!  It really is not an exaggeration to say that massage shops are probably one of the most common sights on Thai streets especially in tourist areas.  There are millions of shop houses (a Thai concept of a shop below with rooms above) offering massage, thousands of dedicated massage buildings like big old bongo halls with a wide choice of services and of course most hotels offer massage.  A nice compromise are the dedicated massage parlours with a choice of girls and services and nice private rooms.  There are many of these in each location in Thailand. The choice is yours but the cost and services vary considerably.

Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Is Thailand The Best Place In The World For Massage?…

What are the Main Types of Massage? – The two main types of massage are therapeutic massage and sexy massage but the boundaries are blurred and it is of course possible to have a very therapeutic massage with a ‘happy ending’.  The main decision you will have to take at the outset is what combination of well-being and sex you want in the mix as this will govern where you look, what you find and how much you pay.  Of course the traditional Thai massage is far cheaper and is great value whereas a sexy massage varies depending upon the person who is giving it.

What are the Prices? – A traditional Thai massage in a modest setting by a competent masseur or masseuse will be around 200 THB to 400 THB for each hour or part thereof.  A foot massage is about the same price.  An oil massage is generally 100 THB more per hour so between 300 THB and 500 THB per hour.  A Lotion massage is the same price as an oil massage unless there is a special lotion used which might cost extra.  Soapies cost around 1,500 THB to 2,500 THB as a fixed price for the whole service.  Not much massage massages are around 3,500 THB to 4,500 THB as a fixed price for the whole service.  Escorts are more expensive and vary dramatically depending upon the service and person.  Any massage taken in a hotel will be much more expensive, even five or six times the price check just outside the hotel door first!  Thai massage parlours are cheaper but are a little dangerous for a ‘farang’ (foreigner) to try so I will not go into that.

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Traditional Thai Massage – Famous the world over, this is a great experience.  You are given a robe to wear and you are massaged to a fairly strict programme on all the main pressure points of the body with a variety of different moves and styles.  Do not be surprised if you are in a room with others with no privacy as it can be a regular social event for Thais.  It is very good for you and stimulates the circulation but is not particularly relaxing and there is no danger of you falling asleep!  Warning:  those with a bad, back, neck or another area of the body should be very careful with Thai massage as it may harm you if you do not take care.  Some of the moves are nothing short of pseudo-chiropractic manipulations and they can cause damage if you are already vulnerable and if the masseuse is petite and cannot control a big body like yours properly.  You have been warned!  There is not normally any sexual element to this type of massage though if you are aroused and alone with a keen masseuse she may well change the tactics this way…

Foot Massage – This is a must for any traveller at least once and certainly regularly if you are doing a lot of walking.  It is a very organised procedure along the lines of the traditional body massage but focussed on the feet and you sit in a chair normally.  It does however normally include the legs and the shoulders and neck at the end so it is a great overall way to relax.  People often do fall asleep in this relaxing massage so do not be surprised if you hear snoring from the chair next to you!

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Oil Massage – Most foreign man’s favourite massage has to be the oil massage for good reason.  Inspired by the traditional massage and foot massage, it adds oil and a private room or cubicle to make it more intimate and more relaxing.  You should shower first then you will be led to a cubicle or room and the massage starts with traditional pressure points then graduates on to a more Swedish massage and the whole of the body is taken care of.  That said, the potential for this massage to evolve into a sex session depends on you, the location and the person giving the massage.  In a respectable hotel with you unaroused and the masseuse nervous, it will stay a massage.

In a parlour near a red light district or major tourist area with you in the mood and the masseuse focussed on extra income and you will struggle to resist!  ‘Extras’ may or may not be discussed but it is expected that you should tip the masseuse correspondingly and directly for the service she gives.  You will be able to shower afterwards to remove the oil, which although good for you, will make you very hot later so best to wash it off.

Lotion Massage – This is exactly the same as an oil massage but uses a lotion mix.  The concoction varies from place to place and can add to the cost if there are special ingredients but the benefit is that you do not have to shower afterwards as the lotion will normally be absorbed into the skin.

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Soapie – This is almost as much of a Thai institution as the traditional massage and people tend to either love them or hate them.  The normal format is a ‘goldfish’ bowl full of girls behind a glass screen with numbers on from which you choose the girl and then pay the all-in fixed fee to the manager.  Apart from drinks, that is the full cost.  They come in all shapes and sizes and skin colours but do not be surprised to see many white skinned girls as these are favoured in Thai society.  You will be escorted to a purpose built room and the session starts.  First a bath is taken with the girl where she cleans you, then a lie on an inflatable lilo where she will give you a very intimate body to body massage completely covered in soap lather quite unlike anything else you have experienced.  Then if by now you are still not begging for more, you will get more anyway because it is back to the bath for another clean and then over to the bed to consummate the relationship.  You then have yet another bath so will leave very clean, very relaxed and probably ready for bed!  Everyone in their life should try one at least once…

Not much massage massages! – There are various places well known to most expats that are little more than brothels.  They do offer massage but this is probably just a prelude to the more serious business.  Some places insist you take two partners to the room and others insist on some s&m activities.  Either way, the deal will be all-inclusive usually and will be explained well as the owners are always foreigners rather than Thais.  As with other places in the world, you pay your money and take your pick.  In Bangkok and Pattaya there is the most choice in this arena and there are even massage parlours catering to different nationalities such as Japanese testicle massage which is apparently not for the feint-hearted!

Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Is Thailand The Best Place In The World For Massage?…

Escorts & Thai Massage Parlours – Escorts abound everywhere in Thailand and they generally come to see you at your hotel room so if you are feeling lazy, it is ideal. Prices will be higher and you take the risk of not seeing the masseuse first but then most Thai girls in that business are very attractive anyway.  Not only Thai girls are advertised and another dimension in Bangkok is that is actually possible to book famous models, TV and film stars albeit at extortionate prices but the ultimate brag on return from your holiday would be a snap of you being massaged by Miss Thailand!  Only in Thailand…

I do not recommend visiting any place where there is a major language barrier and the rules are not clear at the outset.  The majority of the massage business in Thailand is not aimed at foreigners but rather the locals and so there are 10 of these paces to each of the above so be careful and avoid them is my advice.

Massage in Thailand is one of the most pleasurable aspects of a visit to Thailand for men and women but also a very big business so remember to keep your wits about you.  I cannot for obvious reasons give too much detail on the steamier side of things but lets just say, whatever type of “massage” you are looking for, it is probably available as are most things in Thailand!

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- The Guru

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5 Responses to “Thailand – Bangkok, Thailand – Is Thailand The Best Place In The World For Massage?…”

  1. hot stone massage herts says:

    Nice way with words. You posess a way with words that is rare these days. I shall bookmark this blog post. Cheers :)

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  2. Dan Collins says:

    I should have read this before going for my massage! I wouldn’t have had such a surprise then!

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    • Edward Moulton says:

      Hi Dan

      Yes, maybe… although part of the fun is often wondering things will lead… Let me know if you ever need any more info on Thailand or Asia in general!

      Cheers

      Edward M.

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