Massage parlours typically mean sex, and while having a massage is popular, the word ‘parlour’ implies more than an innocent body rub. The concept of a sex massage is most popular in Bangkok, although Chiang Mai body and soapy massage parlours are also a hit here, and actually there are more of them than there are go go bars.
Tourists won’t typically use massage parlours in Chiang Mai, mostly because these places are hidden and out of the way. They are mostly the domain of the locals, expats and visiting groups of Japanese and Korean men. The best thing about them is that you don’t take the girls home, and therefore don’t need to negotiate prices and pay bar fines as it’s all done in-house. The other big plus is that it is all very discreet, plus you get a wash and a massage as well as sex!
Soapy massage parlours are mostly standalone or attached to hotels on the outskirts of the city. You wouldn’t know they were there unless you walked past. Inside these is a room with seats facing a pain of glass, behind which is a group of women. They have numbers on and range from a handful to a couple dozen. The girls usually come in different price brackets, depending how pretty they are and what they do.
How does it work?
You pick a lady you like (tell the number to the roaming manager or guy/girl on the desk), pay first and then go back to a room. The rooms are usually small but are decorated and come with air-conditioning, TV, tub and bed.
She’ll run a bath and get you to strip, while she strips. Jump in the bath and she’ll lather and wash you down, after which there’ll be romping on the bed. Those places that do the full ‘soapy’ experience will also lather and oil you down over a lilo outside the bath. The girl will then proceed to massage you with her body by sliding up and down. This can be a very gratifying experience if the girl is doing it right.
As above, the soapy bit comes before sex, though you can also do it on the lilo. The price is 1,000-1,600 baht and is supposed to be for 90 minutes. However, as soon as you blow, it’s over, so have a tug before you go to these places.
Another type of massage in Chiang Mai is the dirty massage, which comes with a ‘happy ending’. These are smaller massage shops that usually reside near the girlie bars. You pop in for a standard oil rub and can opt for the extra wank, which is between 300-500 baht. You may feel somewhat uneasy with this at those places with just a curtain to separate you and the other guy who’s having his organ tuned. The massage itself is 200 baht.
Most of them are near Loi Kroh, plus there is also OT Massage (near Pandoras sex massage parlour) for a bit more of a professional approach. It’s a seedy place but has a good choice of girls, though no sex. Massage and happy ending: 600 baht. The go go bar StarXix also has a massage setup downstairs for 500 baht.
Sex massage parlours in Chiang Mai
The selection at some of these massage parlours is pretty good, but you’ll need to get there early (before 19:00) before any tour groups pay a visit. Rooms are clean and safe and they typically open until about midnight. Tuk-tuk drivers know where they all are, but bear in mind the driver will get a commission (more expensive for you).
Sayuri: The best in town, though mainly caters to groups of visiting Asians. Prices are fair here (from 1,200 baht), rooms are comfortable and there’s a good choice of ladies. They can be a bit of a bore at times and it’s best to get there early. Also includes a bar and karaoke lounge. 3 Bumrungrat Road, Soi 2 (halfway down Bumrungrat Road, east of the river), tel: (053) 242 361.
Pandoras: Nondescript place out near the railway station in a semi-rough part of town. Doesn’t have a great selection of girls and is also subject to visiting groups of Japanese and Koreans. So so room and massage, but quite pricey at 1,600 baht and up. Off north side of Charoen Muang Road (near railway station), east of town.
Ping Phayom: A bit out of the way and not really for tourists, this complex has a reasonable selection of girls for 1,100-1,600 baht. Also has a bar, karaoke and snooker room. Mixed reviews and a bit steep for what it is. Corner Suthep Road & airport back-road (Wing 41 road).
Chiang Mai Massage Parlour: Popular with tour groups from Bangkok and situated next to the Phucome Hotel, this place has lots of ladies and fair rates. It’s good when there are no tour buses in, but you never know when that will be. Rates are 1,000-1,600 baht depending on the girl. Corner Huay Kaew and Cholpratan roads (entrance next to hotel car park), between the old town and mountain.