The Bangkok sex massage industry is a booming business and is perfect for those who fancy some discreet sex and massage, though the word massage is somewhat of a misnomer. Known locally as a ‘soapy’ massage, they are also perfect for those who just want some sex without all the malarkey of visiting bars, buying drinks, paying bar fines and short-time fees.
A Bangkok body and soapy massage can be the most sensual experience, especially for those who don’t know what it’s all about. You go in for what you think is a massage and end up getting lathered down, massaged, then blown and then ravaged on the bed. They can be a bit hit & miss and are not as numerous or easy to find as the bars, but we have provided a list below of some of the best in town.
Inside a Bangkok Sex massage Parlour
Inside is essentially a bunch of girls – between a few and a few dozen – sat behind a pain of glass. This is known as the ‘fishbowl’ and is often one-way in the top places so they can’t see the customers. You sit the other side on sofas with a beer and see which one takes your fancy. They all have numbers, to which you point out to the supervisor. The girl will then lead you to a backroom and you will be stripped down and be given a soaping down in a bath – the hostess should also be naked at this point.
She may then perform the ‘soapy’ on top of you, where she lathers herself up, and you, and slides up and down while you’re lying on a lilo. If done properly, this is very sensuous. After this, you shag on the bed next to the bath, although, generally, when you blow your load, time’s up. Most girls will expect a tip, and will (annoyingly) keep referring to it for the duration, which can be a huge turn-off. If you had a lazy, bored individual, be sure to let the supervisor know in the main room. You’re paying for a service after all.
Venues range from high quality with smart, willing girls, like Eden, to down-at-heel places with uninterested girls. However, this analogy is not a given as even some of the cheapo places can offer a great service. The price is between 1,500 and 2,500 baht for 90 minutes, although some places will make you take two ladies minimum and so the price goes up.
Avoid the sex massage parlours on a weekend, when they get busy. Also avoid going late at night as usually only the dregs are left over. If you see a minibus of Japanese or Koreans turn up, also avoid as many of the choice girls will be taken and the price also goes up. Generally, the earlier you go, the better, and many long-time users will have a soapy before hitting the town.
Unlike beer bars and go go bars, Bangkok body and soapy massage parlours can be hard to find, so it is often best to go with a taxi or tuk-tuk as the drivers know where they all are. They receive a commission at whatever place you decide on, but it can save a lot of time and effort.
Happy Ending Massage
These are essentially an oil massage with a twist; i.e., you get tossed off at the end. They are regular places off the street that look like any other of the myriad Thai and oil massage places, but with the extras. The telltale sign is that these places will typically be close to bar areas and have pretty, suggestive girls beckoning customers. The massage booths in midrange hotels also tend to offer this ‘discreet’ service.
The price is about 200 baht for the massage and an extra 300 baht for the happy ending wank. If you’re not sure, ask the girls out front if they do happy endings. If not and they start laughing, don’t worry, you won’t be the first to have asked for this at a standard massage parlour. You can also ask them inside while performing the massage. If she accidentally-on-purpose keeps brushing against your balls, you know you’re in the right place.
Massage Parlours in Bangkok
Eden: Bangkok’s best known massage parlour, which is actually a pretext for full-on sex and little massaging. It’s expensive but receives rave reviews and they do all sorts of specials; two girls, girl and ladyboy, girls on girl, etc. Actually, their only rule is you have to take a minimum of two of their workers. Open: 12:30 to midnight; Sukhumvit Soi 7/1 (between sois 7 and 9), near Nana Skytrain, tel: (02) 255 4672, website.
Chao Phraya I & II: these two huge places are far from subtle, and they are a favourite destination of tuk tuk drivers who have picked up curious tourists from elsewhere in the city. It has huge signs at the front (Chao Phraya 1’s sign says “J-One”), a vast selection of girls and a very lavish service. 537 Sri Ayudhya Road, tel: (02) 245 5740-3.
Emmanuelle: another Rachada big one, Emmanuelle really does pull out all the stops and typifies the flamboyant, glitzy side of the Bangkok sex massage scene which can be found on Rachada. Dozens of attractive girls, luxurious facilities everywhere and a very high-class service are to be had here. Open: 14:00-00:30, 55 Rachadapisek Road, Dindaeng, tel: (02) 276 4690-4, website.
Caesars: one of many vast, neon-lit palaces at Ratchadapisek Road, no expense is spared at Caesars. Catering largely for Asian tourists and with membership cards available for loyal customers (of which there are many), this is the place to go for typical bold and brash Bangkok decadence.Open: 14:00 to midnight, 212 Ratchadapisek Road, tel: (02) 692 5060, website.
BB Fashion Massage: part erotic spa, part body massage parlour, this place is conveniently located opposite Robinsons Department store on Sukhumwit Road and offers a variety of luxury massage treatments (including tub sessions) from very pretty ladies who might go all the way for a fee. Open: 13:00-22:00, 18/7 Sukumvit 23 soi, Sukhumvit Road, tel: (02) 664 0582.
Annie’s Soapy Massage: on the same street as Nana Plaza, Annie’s is another famous soapy venue and is popular with patrons of the Nana scene. Good value, though the girls can be hit and miss. Open: 10:00 to midnight, Sukhumvit Soi 2, tel: (02) 251 5680, website.
Bamboo Massage: probably more towards the dirty massage end of the scale rather than the fishbowl places we’ve listed here, this is a good place to go for those new to the massage scene. On Sukhumvit Soi 8, map included on website. Open: 10:00 to midnight, Sukhumvit Soi 8 (near Nana BTS station), tel: (02) 254 4487, website.
Darling Massage: not far from Annie’s and a big rival, Darling’s neon sign is a familiar sight to people who frequent the lower Sukhumvit night scene. A tad more expensive at 2,500 baht a session, but you’ll be getting your money’s worth here at this long-running, professional Bangkok establishment. Open: 13:00-23:00, Sukhumvit Soi 12, tel: (02) 229 4653.
Thong Lor II Spa and Massage: probably not quite as ‘full-on’ as some of the other recommended places, and with prices to match starting at 400 baht for a one-hour oil massage. Extras have to be negotiated and paid on top, though. Open: 10:30 to midnight, Sukhumvit Soi 24, tel: (02) 258 8639.