Everything You Need to Know About Thai Massage in Bangkok

Thai massage is a popular form of massage therapy that has been practiced in Thailand for centuries. It is a unique blend of traditional Thai massage techniques and modern massage therapy. In Bangkok, there is no entrance fee for Thai massage unless you go to the Wat Pho temple, where there is an entrance fee of 100 baht. Thai massage prices in Bangkok range from 200 baht to 400 baht (6-12 USD) (82 INR), occasionally 500 in the most elegant places.

Massage parlors are also often the places where most Western men have their first experiences with paid sex. So the way of thinking is like: “I don't want to be masturbated or anything like that, but it seems really nice, so let's try a Thai massage.” And it's much more discreet to spend an hour in a private massage parlor rather than walking down the street hand in hand with a bar girl. If you're a young backpacker and you're reading this, you're probably wondering why I've completely ignored Khaosan here. Well yes, there are a lot of massage places in Khaosan, but all of them are totally “normal” and offer no extras. The average massage woman in that area is also over 30 years old and all wear traditional Thai massage dresses. It's best to drink some cheap beers in bars (80-100 baht for a big bottle) and then look for a girl in one of the nightclubs.

Tickets for a Thai massage are not required unless you visit the Wat Pho temple, which has a standard entrance fee of 100 baht. Thai massage prices range from 200 baht to 400 baht, which is 6 to 12 US dollars, and 822 Indian rupees, occasionally 500 in places that are a bit luxurious. Arunda Lavender Massage is a very affordable massage parlor that offers a variety of services and is particularly popular for its aromatic oil massage. If you want a quieter and more relaxing experience, you can request a private room. Customers finish their treatment with a cup of hot tea in a beautiful garden area to enjoy a last moment of tranquility before leaving.

The Lavender Massage by Arunda is conveniently located in the Ratchathewi area, opposite the Platinum Fashion Mall, where you can do some shopping and grab a bite to eat before or after your appointment. Addict Massage is actually a reputable massage place in Bangkok. They have certified physical therapists who really know how to get rid of body aches. The best examples of these little-known massage centers are Ratchaprarop Soi 8 (Ratchaprarop Airport Shuttle Station), Pracha Rat Bamphen Road (Huai Khwang MRT Station) and Soi Charoen Krung 42 (Saphan Taksin BTS Station). However, if you're looking for something new and you're curious if ladyboys actually do their job better than girls, since they “know what a guy wants”, then you can check out my guide to ladyboy massage parlors in Bangkok. Unlike the massage industry, where business is thriving, prices may have risen a bit, but the growing number of tourists (and most expats) are happy to pay 800 baht for an hour of very healthy entertainment.

I don't pay more than 250 baht per hour when I get a massage, but I go to a variety of Thai massage parlors and spas found in local Thai neighborhoods. But if you find a place that only offers soapy massages, you'll know they're good at what they do. It's a little more expensive than the other massage stores listed here, but it's worth every penny you spend. Wat Pho, which is the main Thai massage center, is usually very crowded, while Sukhumvit is known for its luxurious resorts and spa facilities. Of course, you can also get an excellent traditional Thai massage that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Zen Tara Massage & Spa: an 8-minute walk from Ratchathewi BTS Station, located in the Pratunam area, they have private cubicles to ensure a relaxing experience in their scent-filled interiors.

At the end of your treatment, anywhere in Let's Relax, you will receive a bowl of sweet sticky rice with Thai mango. In addition to Thai massage, this spa offers foot massages, facials, body scrubs, herbal compresses, herbal vapors, and oil massages. The massage starts from the feet and then moves upward, towards the head, gradually focusing on the main pressure points usually up to one hour. If you ever wonder how they came up with that name, it's because their massage will transport you to heaven. One thing you should know is that you don't take off your clothes for a traditional Thai massage since it's all done while you're fully clothed.

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