There are many massage shops along Mae Nam Khwae Road, which is also where the beer bars are at, yet Kanchanaburi body and soapy massage parlours are back on the main road towards the city centre. One sex massage place is in the River Kwai Hotel and the other, Amorn, just across the road.
The Thai massage experience known as the ‘soapy’ massage is unique to Thailand and an activity that not many foreigners know about. They are mainly aimed at local Thai males, which is why they’re usually away from the tourist areas. You won’t find a typical tourist massage shop giving a soapy!
Kanchanaburi body and soapy massage parlours are not really anything to do with massage in the real sense of the word. They are all about sex, using ‘massage’ as a pretext. Some of the girls that work the trade will give you a bit of a rub, but the whole notion of it is to get you laid.
Sex massage parlours are typically situated within large hotels, such as the River Kwai Hotel, or big karaoke joints. They’re open to all and you simply walk in (free) and sit opposite a ‘goldfish bowl’. This is a display cabinet of the talent that you choose from to give you the massage.
They all have numbers and when you spot one you like, tell the roving manager or guy on the desk and he’ll call her out. You are then lead back to a private room and ravaged. The rooms are usually small and have a tub, bed, TV and are air-conditioned. The girl will get you to strip off and jump in the tub she’s just filled – there is no sex at this point, with the idea to spend some of the time getting you clean.
She will also strip off and may join you in the tub to lather you down. The soapy bit involves her sliding over you while lying on a lilo, which is a great thrill. After this and a bit more fooling around, which may include a blowjob, you get to have sex on the adjacent bed.
With everything taking place onsite, discreetly, and no need to buy drinks, pay bar fines or taking girls to your hotel, the concept of the soapy massage is a popular one. They’re especially popular in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai; less so in other places in Thailand of the type that foreigners would frequent.
The price of the sex massage in Kanchanaburi is around 1,500 baht and is for an hour or two. That doesn’t mean all that time is spent having sex, as you have seen. In fact, as soon as you blow, she will likely wrap things up and get back in the fishbowl as quick as possible. Most girls ask for tips, even before you get down to it. If they’re no good, just ignore them as you don’t have to pay them a dime. You pay the guy or girl on the desk before going with the girl.
Kanchanaburi sex massage parlours
River Paradise (River Kwai Hotel): The massage parlour here is right next door to the hotel, which is on the main road not far from the War Cemetery. It has the classic fishbowl and plenty of girls, though some have seen better days. Prices are similar to Bangkok’s basic parlours, although cheaper than Eden. Open: 18:00-01:00 (daily); 284/15-16 Sangchuto Road, tel: (034) 513 348-9, website.
There is also the Amorn, across Sangchuto Road from the River Kwai Hotel, although it doesn’t have as good a selection of girls. Also, some Thai karaoke places in town will do you ‘happy endings’, but these places are not apparent to tourists and are perhaps best avoided.
For standard, no sex massage, stick with Mae Nam Khwae Road, where there are good and cheap hands. You can have traditional Thai, oil or foot massage here for a few hundred baht. Foot & Thai massage (tel: 087 166 6381) is well known. Massage at spa resorts include: Azure Spa at the River Kwai Resort & Spa, Pung-Waan Spa, and Suan Nanachaat.