Thai Massage and Spa

A traditional Thai Massage will make your vacation to Bangkok complete and they are so inexpensive you can afford one every day.

But which one should you choose and where should you go to get the cheapest massage in Bangkok?

Traditional Thai Massage

Massage is very popular with Thais, and Bangkok massage shops or spas can be seen in every shopping centre or streetscape.

There are various types of massage to be aware of:

  • Foot massage
  • Neck and shoulder massage
  • Full body massage
  • Full body oil massage

Massage shops may also provide other services, such as:

  • manicure
  • pedicure
  • nail painting
  • waxing
  • facial scrub
  • body scrub

Some Bangkok massage shops also offer spa treatments.

Let me help you understand the different types of massage and then you can decide for yourself which one suits you.

Bangkok massage price board at On Nuch

Massage treatments are generally one hour or two hours duration.

The Foot, and Neck and Shoulder massage, would typically be of one hour duration.

The Thai massage and the Oil massage will be one or two hours depending upon your preference.

Just be aware that some places in the tourist areas of Bangkok or around main tourist beaches will not specify a time for the length of the massage.

In this case you will get maybe 45 minutes or 90 minutes, so it won't be the bargain that you thought it was when you discussed the price initially.

You can read a detailed description of what happens if you select the Traditional Thai Massage here.

Bangkok Massage

Most tourists like to experience a Bangkok massage when they visit Bangkok.

Even though getting a Thai massage in Bangkok is extremely cheap, you tend to pay higher prices in the tourist areas or in the shopping malls outside of the main tourist areas.

My latest Bangkok travel idea shows how you can have a Thai massage at half the cost and within 400 metres of a BTS station.

I often use this advice myself, but will admit that the money I save, I give as a tip, as massage is a physically hard low paying job.

Cheapest massage in Bangkok

As you walk back from the BTS you will see this sign on your right

Okay, so if you want to do something different and seek out the cheapest massage in Bangkok, here are the simple instructions to get to "Massage Street".

  • Take the BTS out of the City to the On Nut station
  • Exit the train, go down the stairs on your right hand side and walk back the way the train just came from, ie towards Bangkok city
  • Walk across the first street and continue on 50 metres
  • Turn right into the second soi at the fruit stall
If you are looking for the cheapest price for a Thai massage then go down this Soi at On Nuch

This soi is a short cut to the large Big C shopping centre and it is full of little shop houses offering a Bangkok massage.

The Big C shopping mall is right at the far end of this small soi.

Big C at On Nuch Bangkok

On "Massage Street" you can take your choice from Thai Massage, Oil Massage, Foot Massage or a Neck and Shoulder Massage and treat yourself to a full two hours; well, why not, it is just so cheap.

Bangkok massage shop at On Nuch

I am not going to recommend any particular Thai massage shop, you can take your pick, the prices are usually displayed in the window or on a board outside.

Some of the signs might only be in Thai and the staff may not speak English.

You can check out how to get to On Nuch from your hotel by going to the BTS Website here.

What is the Bangkok massage price?

How much can you expect to pay for a massage in Bangkok? 

Massage price in Bangkok in this little Soi at On Nuch

Currently a massage in the tourist areas of Bangkok is around 350 Baht for 1 hour and 500 Baht for two hours.

So if you are staying around Chidlom, Sukhumvit, Nana or Silom or anywhere that has a lot of tourists then the prices for the street shops would start around this rate.

On this soi in On Nuch the rate is 150 Baht for 1 hour and 250 Baht for 2 hours; a 50% saving.

Massage shop in Bangkok

By general Bangkok standards this is a very cheap rate, probably brought about by the intense competition in the area.

Having travelled extensively in Thailand this is the cheapest price that I have seen for a full 1 hour or 2 hour massage.

Cheapest massage in Bangkok

These prices are current at December 2014 and they may change in the future but I expect them to still trade at a discount to the other Massage shops in Bangkok.

Massage prices in Bangkok massage shop

Sabay Body Massage - Seacon Square

Sabay Body Massage is a full massage and spa shop in the basement of Seacon Square shopping centre just near to the mobile phone stands and close to one of the Robinsons Dept store entrances.

Seacon Square Thai Massage shop in the basement near Robinsons entrance

Your Bangkok massage treatment starts with you changing into a soft shirt and pair of wide legged trouser.

The next step is to wash your feet with warm water and sea salt. If you are at all ticklish this will get you giggling.

Most shops just do a quick warm water wash, so the use of sea salt is a nice professional touch.

After drying your feet you will be led into the back where there are a range of shared and private rooms depending upon the treatment or massage that you selected.

Sabai Body Spa and Massage shopfront
Sabai Body Spa and Massage shopfront

Therapists at Sabay Body don't provide any "extra" services so you can feel quite comfortable taking your spouse or partner with you and not having those embarrassing moments.

All massage and spa services are provided in a professional manner by trained therapists at very reasonable cost.

Massage shop staff photo board

Next time you are in Seacon Square shopping mall take some time out to pamper yourself and have a relaxing massage or spa treatment at Sabay Body.

Dr Massage - Suan Luang Rama IX Park

Dr Massage is located in the small outdoor market outside the gates to Suan Luang Rama IX park. 

You have to ring and make an appointment with Dr Massage as he is usually fully booked up. It is no good just rocking up and hoping he will be available, generally he won't be.

This is the entrance to the market and Dr Massage as right at the back

Dr Massage can't speak English, so get a Thai to call for you.

I can't remember the exact price. I think he is around the 400 Baht for a two hour Thai massage, but he may be a little more now as this was three years ago.

Anyway he is worth it, as he seems to know what he is doing.

As he is working in the open air in the market tent, it is advisable to go early morning or later in the afternoon or it may be a bit hot.

All relaxed after my two hour Bangkok massage

So far I have given you some a few ideas of what is involved in a traditional Thai Massage and where you can get the cheapest massage in Bangkok, but perhaps you are not leaving Suvarnabhumi Airport or are just staying in that area.

Well, for those of you that are just passing through Bangkok Airport you can visit Chang Massage and Spa, located in the International Terminal

For those people in transit that intend to stay in one of the hotels near to the Paseo Shopping Mall, you can go and investigate Ananda Lanna Spa, which I can highly recommend.

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