Thai massage is endemic all over, including in Hat Yai, and this fair southern city also does the sex massage well. Outside Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai, the soapy massage is not very well represented, although in Hat Yai it certainly is. Reason being is there is less in the way of bar girls in town and the locals and visiting Malays prefer the discreetness of massage parlours.
Hat Yai body and soapy massage parlours are sometimes attached to big hotels but are normally part of a karaoke setup, as well as being standalone entities. They are locally known as aab op nuat (meaning hot bath and massage), which makes it legal. The sex part is considered consensual to satisfy the law, though there is actually very little massage.
How much and where to get it
Sex massage parlours in Hat Yai can be found all over the place, from the well known Pink Lady right in the thick of the shopping area and the expensive Garden Home Hotel to the popular Chao Phraya 4 along Thamanoon Vithee Road and the cheapo places farther out. Not all hotels have them and the top places wouldn’t even consider it.
If you don’t know where you are going, ask any tuk-tuk driver and he’ll know. He’ll proceed to take you to the most expensive places to get commission, so it’s often best to insist he takes you to one of the cheaper places.
It’s just like walking into a lounge bar, except there are a bunch of girls sat behind a huge pain of glass where a bar would be. You simply sit down, have a beer and eye them up. When you’re ready, let the attendant know which one (or ones) you’d like and they’ll call them out. You pay first before being lead back to the room.
The sex massage rooms are usually quite small and come with a tub, bed, TV (in the better places) and a floating mattress at the true soapies. You strip off and the girl will wash you first in the tub (clean, warm water). She’ll also strip and often join you, after which you romp on the bed.
The soapy involves her lathering and sliding all over you using all parts of her body for the ‘soapy massage’. Some girls are better than others at this (usually the more expensive ones), while others will do extras, such as taking it up the backside. The attendant in the main room will make all this known to you; it’s all very open like that. It goes like this, ‘those on that side will do this and the other side won’t’.
Prices go from as much as 2,000 baht for 90 minutes (Pink Lady, Garden Home Hotel) down to 700 baht for the same amount of time along Thaiakam Road. The difference is—apart from the apparent beauty of the girls—that the better ones have better decorated rooms and facilities. The girls will also ask for a tip. Oblige if they do a good job, but if lousy, lazy and constantly pestering, don’t bother.
Happy ending massage
There’s also a few of these happy ending places in Hat Yai that give a legit oil massage followed by a tug on the organ. They are typically set out the way, such as along Thaiakam Road, and cost about 200 baht for the two hour massage and between 300-500 baht for the wank.
Not all provide this service, however, and it’s best to ask first if you really want it. A good indication for those that offer the happy ending is that they’re usually located near karaoke places and have pretty, young girls outside.
Hat Yai sex massage parlours
Garden Home Hotel: They do massage here although it’s advertised as a lounge. Has a fishbowl and rates are similar to Pink Lady. You can also short-time the girls from the lounge for around 2,000 baht or take them home for a steep 4,000 baht. 51/2 Hoimuk Road, tel: (074) 234 444, (074) 356 737.
Chao Phraya 4: Not far from Pink Lady and located on the popular Thamanoon Vithee Road (east), Chao Phraya is a sex massage parlour and bar. It’s slightly cheaper than the Pink Lady but the girls are almost as good. 520 Thamanoon Vithee Road, tel: (074) 262520-34.
Thaiakam parlours: There are three main massage parlours along this road, Chintana, Atami and Paris. They’re all close together (straddling the road) so you can do the rounds and see which one has the best girls—it varies with the time of day. Prices for Hat Yai body and soapy massage parlours here are from as low as 700 baht, including the room and the girl. This area is actually quite fun as it has a laid-back feel with a range of bars, street cafés, restaurants and karaoke.