When traveling to Thailand you are given a variety of choices for massage services. A Thai massage can help you to relieve stress and find your inner well-being. However, plenty massage places in Bangkok offer services that go beyond that.
In Thailand, it is quite obvious that massage services are readily available, accessible, and cheap compared to the Western standard. From the street side walk to the five star hotels (and many places in-between), massage services are almost as readily available as the food offerings throughout Thailand. Many foreign visitors would consider Thailand a “culinary and massage paradise.”
We all know that a quality massage session is a great way to relieve stress, rejuvenate the body, and improve one’s mood. It is also a well-known fact that lots of massage establishments in Thailand offer services beyond the standard menu, and cater to the fancy of gentlemen from all walks of life to satisfy their mental, physical, and sexual appetite.
Various terms are used to describe these services such as “special massage,” “happy ending,” “massage plus,” love you long time” etc. Whatever you call it, the end result is intended to provide sexual pleasure for the client i.e. hand job, blowjob, or sex. In many cases, the standard massage is of minor importance in relation to the kinky part of the entire service session. If you hesitate to take a freelance working girl home and don't want to drive all the way to Pattaya's brothel-like beer bars at Soi 6, you can get a massage combined with intimacy in Bangkok's massage places for relatively little money.
Foreigners prefer Sukhumvit area for a sexual massage, while locals are focussed on Huay Khwang and Petchaburi area
On surveying various prominent “special massage” districts around Bangkok, we have noticed the following:
- Most tourists are visiting the broader Sukhumvit area where most service girls are tan skinned from the Northeastern provinces.
- In contrast, most locals and expats go to the larger massage parlors around Petchaburi Road and Huay Kwang district. Here, the girls are mostly from the Central or Northern Thailand provinces with whiter skin tone, and are considered as the preferred beauty standard by Thai and other Asian men from Japan, S. Korea etc.
But why aren't these venues just simply declaring themselves as brothels?
The short answer is that prostitution is illegal in Thailand, and it’s obvious that officials are aware of the hanky-panky activities occurring at these establishments. Therefore, these places advertise themselves as massage shops to operate as legitimate businesses.
Enough about the boring legal issues and back to the focus of our subject matter, that is, we will give our readers some insights on these massage establishments and their service offerings.
How is the procedure in such a massage venue?
Generally, it starts with you selecting a lady of your preference followed by an optional shower and/or body cleaning. The main session starts with an oil massage and the complete rubdown of all body parts. Keep in mind that the quality of the massage here is not on par with most traditional Thai massage shops as it is not their major service specialty, but the experience is still very pleasant.
Starting the massage session, the girl will engage in a lighthearted and simple conversation to ease the atmosphere (breaking the ice if you will), but don’t expect any deep discussion as most of these girls’ English proficiency is basic. As the session progresses, the girl will move closer to your sensual area to get you in the mood, and once your body signals for more she would give you the pricing, and if you agree then the fun part will began. However, in certain places, you would discuss the service details and make the payment upfront, and in some rare instances the girl of your choice might not offer a “happy ending” if she doesn’t feel you.
The reverse could be true where you decide not to have a “happy ending” and just have a traditional Thai massage. This may cause some frustration on the part of the girl, and she will most likely complain and try to make you feel guilty, which can create an unpleasant and awkward situation. We highly suggest you to discuss your massage intentions upfront to avoid any possible annoying experience.
Are massage places safe?
Yes. There are no grim-faced and intimidating security guards or shady hit man look alike individuals at these places, and in many of these massage shops there isn't even a man present. Most of these places will treat their customers like kings with great hospitality, and even tolerate a great deal of unpleasant behavior from most customers. However, we advise you not to try any trick and/or get into unnecessary disputes with the staff. Most Thai people are not aggressive and are patient, but if you push beyond the limit there will be unfavorable consequences.
Should I beware of sexual diseases?
In many of these special massage venues, the girls are regularly tested for various STDs like HIV for obvious personal and business reasons, and no girls would accept unprotected sex. However, no one should have the illusion of assuming that there is 100% health safety guarantee from any of these places, and there is no third party health standard verification for these establishments.
In general, there are two types of massage venues that offer sexual services.
Massage Shops with 'Happy Ending'
Massage shops that offer a “special service” look like most other regular massage shops, with the exception of having girls (both young and older) wearing revealing cloth sitting by the front door actively recruiting customers. They display suggestive gestures and use common scripted terms such as “hello handsome man,” “good happy massage,” “come come” etc.
In general, most of the special massage girls have average skills, but they more than compensate for this deficiency with their looks and sexual services. Many men prefer this type of venue because they want the flexibility of having the option to choose a “special service” if the mood is right or just have a traditional Thai massage only. The traditional Thai massage costs around 200-300 THB per hour, while the extra “special service” is negotiated with the girl either upfront or during the session, price depends on your personality, negotiation skill, and the type of service requested.
Massage shops that have 'special massage' in their list of services are concentrated in following areas:
|This is an Arab dominated district where most shops have adopted to their clienteles’ preference, in that, the girls are more on the curvy and heavier side.|
|At this street, there are a few massage shops and all do offer a special massage .|
|Lots of shops with pretty girls used to be in the passage way next to Villa Market, and on the small alley that connects Ambassador Hotel to Soi 13. Most of the Massage venues here have moved to other locations. However, there are several shops farther inside the street (see map).|
|There is a sexy massage place with 10-20 girls next to 7-11 which is near The Sportsman Bar. A one hour Massage including full service costs 1000 - 1500 THB here.|
Soi 14, 15, 17 & 19:
|On each Soi (street), you can find a few massage shops offering “special services” . The choice of shops and girls is rather limited in this area.|
Soi 18, 20:
|There are few shops on Soi 18 and Soi 20 that focus mainly on traditional Thai massage. Occasionally, they might offer you a special massage if the situation is right.|
|Located next to Queen Park Plaza where many lady bars operate their businesses, this street has a large number of shops with abundant choice of girls. You might be surprised to find many shops in the small alleys, and most of the shops in this area explicitly list “special service” offering on their menu. Prices for traditional Thai massage only range between 250-300 THB, and 700+ THB for extra services.|
|Being connected to Soi Cowboy, this area also has a high concentration of shops with pretty girls offering special services (there are 2-3 shops offering only traditional Thai massage). Here, the girls literally try to drag you inside as part of their sales technique. Prices are fairly similar to other shops offering similar services.
It's worth mentioning that most girls working in this area have no massage skills, and their main objective is to get each customer to the “special service” and collect the money, pretty much get in and get out type of approach where minimum customer care or relations are neglected.
|Located in an alley opposite of Emporium shopping mall. These venues cannot be called traditional massage shops as the service offering is “body to body massage” also known as soapy massage. Here, a girl starts each session by taking a bath with you in a private room, and rubs her body against yours in a sexual manner while washing you clean, then have sex with you to end the session.
When entering these venues, the Mama-san would line up several girls for your selection. For some people, this process feels uncomfortable because you will find yourself in the spotlight, with more than 20 gorgeous girls staring and smiling at you. Others might have difficulties choosing because the girls all seem to be equally desirable and sexy.
Many of these girls are model-like and prices start around 2,200 THB, and it seems like most customers are either Japanese or Koreans.
|This alley is popular among with Japanese customers, and many girls here know some Japanese words and often wear a traditional Japanese dress or school girl uniform. You can get a full wellness package with soapy massage and sex for around 1,800 THB and up.|
Soi 27, 29, 31:
|These streets have Japanese men as the main customer base, and quite obvious by the way the girls dress. However, all nationalities are welcome, and prices for a traditional Thai massage are around 300 THB with “special services” around 1,200 THB extra.|
Soi Ratchaprarop 8:
|After an exhausting shopping tour at Pratunam district, you can get a nice traditional massage followed by a “happy ending” around this area. There are about 4-5 massage shops here.
Fun Fact: individual massage stations are separated only by a curtain. Consequently, you will hear (involuntarily) all the naughty things your neighboring fella is doing with his girl, if you demand absolute privacy then these places are not suitable for you.
|Silom Road (Sala Daeng):||Several massage shops with mostly ladies are located along this major road, but a few massage shops with male staff only are available. You can expect to get a good traditional Thai massage, and in many cases be offered “special services” option.|
|Silom Soi 6 & 8:||These two side streets on Silom road harbor a few of massage shops lining up next to each other. As of lately, the numbr of massage shops here has decreased.
Many customers are tourists or Japanese expats. Here, you can expect a good quality traditional Thai massage, and generally one does not talk about “special massage” upfront. Rather, the massage girl or boy will offer it towards the end of the massage in a more cautious manner.
Soapy Body to Body Massage Parlours
Unbeknownst to many tourists, there are some huge massage parlors on Petchaburi road and the broader Huay Khwang area. These places look like big hotels, but they are simply brothels that combine soapy massage with sex related services, and this is where most Thai men and expats go for their monkey business.
Upon entering the establishment, you will see lots of girls (20-50) sitting behind a glass room, and these girls are called “Fishbowl Girls,” and are prettier than the most of the standard massage girls (some are even ex-models). Many of them fit the preferred standard of beauty in Thailand, meaning someone with lighter skin tone.
If you are interested in a particular girl, you talk to the Mama-san and negotiate the price. Depending on the girl, the type of services, and the massage parlor, the prices vary between 1,500-7,000 THB. Customers can pick from a broad range of services i.e. hand job, blowjob, rim job, regular and/or anal sex, role plays, threesome or more etc. It all depends on how much you are willing to pay.
Huay Kwang Area/ Ratchadaphsek Road:
- Poseidon Entertainment Complex
- Colonize 2 Massage Parlour
- Caesars Entertainment Complex
- La Defense Massage Parlour
- Emmanuelle Entertainment Complex
- Nataree Massage
- Copa Cabana Massage
- Hi-Class Massage Club
- Subway Entertainment Massage
- The Lord (Massage Club & Spa)
- Victoria Massage
- Petch Siam
- Long Beach
- La Belle
- นิว ฮาวาย (New Hawai)
- Amsterdam Massage Parlour
- Cupidy Massage
- Angelina Massage
- Biwa Massage
- Bangkok Cozy
- Meree Massage
- Nancy Massage
Photo: La Belle Massage
- Annie's Soapy Massage, Soi 4
- Akane Fashion Massage, Soi 33 & Chitlom
- Nyan Nyan Massage, Soi 33
- Kochoran Massage, Soi 33