Healthland massage is the best massage centre I've ever seen this place was gi-normous. Huge.
The centre is not one of those shop front places where there is little than a matress and a curtain. Here you are taken from the foyer into a reception area to change your shoes. Then you'll be introduced to your masseuse and escorts upstairs to a private room which can handle upto 3 people at one time.
Now from here you'll be given the robes to change into and then the massage commences.
I went for the 2 hour traditional thai massage both times. Brilliant value at the cost of 450 baht.
After the massage you change and are given a soothing jasmine green tea before departure.
It's open until 12am. But arrive before 10pm if you want the 2 hour massage. I went twice. It seems to be real busy about 9pm.
Ruen -Nuad is a charming wooden house with partitioned massage stations. We have some problem to find out where it was the place(there were no numbers in the buldings) but finally it was very a very nice place.
1 hour traditional massage 350 B, foot 350B
When you're a Thailand, you must try the massages. They're not very expensive, I think it's about 250 baht for a foot massage. It's stated Foot Massage but they do massage up to your thighs a little and give you a good (though short) back and head massage too.
The 'heavier' massage ladies tend to massage better!! Must GO.
One of the main attractions of going to Thailand is their affordable and therapeutic Traditional Massages. I have various kind of massages (of the non-sexual kind) and my feelings about them are as follow:
1. On my first evening in Bangkok, I tried the "Foot Reflexology Massage" at one of the most recommended orthordox palours in Bangkok, Marble House, and it was good. It melted away most of the fatigue felt in my feet after a full day of shopping. The 1 hour session cost 300 Baht (not including tips of 100 Baht).
2. On my second day, my friends and I visited Wat Po, and so tried out the massages at their very famous "Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical School", where a lot of Traditional Thai Masseuse and Masseurs learnt their craft from. It was really fantastic!
After enjoying an 1 hour session of the Traditional Thai Massage with Ayurvedic Herbs, I felt very relaxed and calm. They also do "outside visits", but its more expensive at 980 baht, despite the slightly longer 1.5 hours session. The 480 Baht paid for the 1 hour session is a steal in my opinion.
The steamed Ayurvedic Herbs are quite hot though and after compressing your skin with it, it leaves a liquid residue that turns cold really fast due to the air-con blowing on it. If you think you will be uncomfortable with this, then just try their Traditional Thai Massage (without the Ayurvedic Herbs) at 350 baht..
Do note that the school has 2 massage centres, one within Wat Po itself, and another air-conditioned one a short walk away in Sanamchai Road.
3. On my third evening, I went for a 2 hour Thai Oil Massage at Marble House again and experienced the worst massage ever!!! I have another tip under the section of "Tourist Traps" which provides the details of this torture session I received and paid 1000 Baht for.
Oh you simply MUST get a traditional Thai massage. There is nothing like it in the world, and this from a girl who gets a home massage at least once a month and visits a spa about once every 3 months. It is unbelievable and an experience you will never forget. I came out feeling brand new!
The Healthland Spa is the perfect place for this indulgement. It's a large luxurious establishment with 7 floors of private rooms and a very competent staff. It is open from 9am to 11pm.
For a quick, inexpensive and convenient (clothed) massage, check out the little hut called Let's Relax Oxygen Station situated outside BTS Skytrain Siam Station. It's run by a company called Blooming Spa which operates several spas in Thailand.
We had a 30 minute back & shoulder chair massage costing 250 Baht each (December 2006 price).
Tired of Shopping? Walking and Sight Seeing? Well, its time for you to have the foot massage. There are lots of massage parlors in Bangkok that offer this kind of service. Very soothing and relaxing to your feet. They use scented oils and lotion.
Price ranges from 200-350THB
Want to pamper yourself more? Try the fampus Thai Massage and Body Spa
There are numerous massage parlors and Spa centers which offer this kind of service. Most of the hotels offer in-room service so it will be less hassle on the part of the client.
Price ranges from 800THB-up (depending on the package you will avail)
Went to Thailand with my husband for our last 2006 trip. On the top of my list was a traditional thai massage. A friend of mine recommended a place she had once gone to.
It was so wonderful, we went there our first night after lots of shopping and walking around. My husband and I received the foot massage treatment which lasted an hour. By the time our massuese was done our legs and feet felt as good as new!! The owner was a nice gentleman who spoke english really well & suggested that start with a light massage since it was our first time. (Thai hard massage = really hard & not for beginners)
Went back again the next day to receive a traditional thai massage for 2 hrs. (Its recommended that you use two hours so each body part can be properly massaged). Fantastic!!! The best part was the facial massage near the end!!
Definitely recommend this place, it was by far the best thai massage establishment and not expensive at all.
A thai massage is a must when visiting Bangkok. In the Sukhumvit area most parlours offer one hour massage at 250 BATH. Most of them offer oustide service (you can only imagine what that means), but also decent massage without any sexual content in more or less scruffy locals. I was quite happy with Naree Massage. You sit in chairs and can watch the telly while your head and feet receives the best treatment after a long day in the streets of Bangkok. Nasree massage offers (like everybody else) Traditional Thai massage, milk-oil body scrub, oil massage and aromatheraphy oil.
This massage parlour is located in Chinatown and is called "369 Thai Massage". A 2-hour massage only costs 350 Baht here. This is cheap if you compare to the massage rates in the MBK shopping centre where a 1-hour massage will cost around 300 Baht.
Although the main glass door entrance to this massage parlour is tinted, there is no hanky-panky here. Just nice and muscle-soothing traditional Thai massage. After going through the glass door, a lady will lead you to the 4th storey where the main premises is located. After paying at the cashier, your masseur (you can ask for Masseur No. 44 as I found her really strong and good in her massage skills) will bring you to a wash area where she will wash and scrub your feet (somehow ticklish as she scrubs your sole though).
The massage area consist of private cubicles catering to individuals or groups of different sizes. You will have to change into the T-shirt and PJ provided. Once done, you are all set for a soothing and yet physical session with the masseur. The massage session involves some odd positions and maneuvers whereby muscles and bones all over your body are given a good rubbing and cracking respectively. You should definitely tip the masseur after all her physical exertions. As a guide, I usually give between 100 to 200 Baht.
Try a traditional Thai massage. A 2 hr massage consisting of 45 minutes of refexology (foot & lower legs) and 1 1/4 hrs on the back and neck is so relaxing that you don't even know where the time goes. Although you can probably get it cheaper, we sprang for the equivilant of $11 for the 2 hrs. Wow! For an extra $1 or $2 you can have the massage in your hotel room. These ar NOT sleazy massage parlor ripoffs, but an honorable profession.
When you are in Wat Pho you can have a traditional Thai Massage or Foot Reflexology here.
Wat Pho is Center of learning and keeping the knowledge of Thai Traditional Medicine.
The prices are reasonable, maybe you have to make an appointment here first (before having a look around the temple).
120 Baht for 30 Minutes
200 Baht for 1 hour
You can find the building on the left hand when you enter the complex.
If you have the time, you can also make a course in Thai Massage here.
30 hours in total 10 days and 6000 Baht
You MUST try the traditional Thai massage when you visit the country. We went for a 45-minute session of Thai foot massage at a mall....My mum, brother and hubby all felt soooo good that they nearly fell asleep.... but i was in so much pain! Guess my threshold of pain isn't very high! We also tried the Thai body massage (1 hour) at the hotel (Asia Hotel) spa. It was very relaxing and good for your stiff muscles. My hubby liked it so much that he went for another treatment the following day.
Prices are pretty attractive (compared to what you pay in Singapore), but I prefer to go for the spa salons in hotels. Some of the "spa" and "massage parlours" you find in the sois do look a tad sleazy....
Thailand is the health and beauty center of the world! I say this for a few reasons. First of all, the women here are absolutely beautiful. Their skin glows flawlessly and their bodies are slim and fit. This obsession for beauty is demonstrated also by the ubiquitous beauty shops that offer anything from waxing to massage. Beautifying products are well advertised and stock all shops by the row. I decided to give one of the beauty shops a try as I was in desperate need of a haircut and longed for a massage. I didn?t know what to think about the massage as I had had a Swedish massage before but never a Thai massage. The brochure that described the Swedish massage showed a woman lying prone on a padded plinth with a fluffy towel over her completely relaxed as another woman gently massaged her shoulders. This is the relaxing type of massage that I?m used to. The brochure that described the Thai massage showed a woman fully clothed in a somewhat awkward sitting position with the massage therapist contorted around her. This made me a little nervous but what the heck, when in Rome... Right? So, after my haircut, I was taken to a back room where a woman washed my feet. Then I headed upstairs to an air-conditioned room with several cushioned mats on the floor. I was the only one there at the time and I chose a mat. The room was dark and fragrant. The therapist started with my feet and worked her way up. She twisted, pulled, pushed, elbowed, stretched, pounded, and kneaded me. She used her whole body. One example is the following; I was sitting with my legs out in front of me, she was behind me sitting the same way with her feet in the middle of my back, then she pushed into my back with her feet and pulled my arms backward with her arms. Afterward, I felt somewhat beat-up (good pain) but definitely more flexible and my muscles were more relaxed. The whole hour cost me $4.50 and was well worth it