How to tell the difference between a 'normal' and a 'naughty' massage parlor:
Whether you are looking for it or not, Bangkok's sex industry is a part of the country's massage establishment. And it can be quite embarrassing to take a mother in-law to an establishment that offers testicle or balls massage. Depending on the quality of the shop a menu will have a large variety of services, including special lotions and full body scrubs.
Luckily many massage parlors near Bangkok's nightlife give you a clue whether or not they offer happy endings. First off if you see an establishment with suspiciously tinted windows with ladies wearing a short skirt is the first sign it is an massage establishment that provides sexual services.
But the biggest clue is in the name of the establishment; Smile Teen Massage, Love Teen, Dream Massage or anything of that sort is usually a signal that you will find more than just massage therapy. If you hear the word "Nuru" which is a type of gel specifically used as sexual massage enhancement, then you'll know it's a naughty massage establishment.
These types of establishments provide different types of happy endings for men. Hand jobs, blow jobs, or full service. Even prostate massage which is quickly becoming popular all over Bangkok's red light districts. An oil massage from full service typically includes a naked massage girl rubbing her breast all over the customer.
Some oil massage parlors charge customers up front for the price of the massage on top of sexual services. And some establishments require payments afterwards.
Bangkok's Soapy Massage Parlors
This is definitely the type of establishment you do not want to take your mother-in-law to. There is no way to make a mistake that soapy massage parlors in Bangkok is all about prostitution, but with a twist.
You choose a massage lady from a section called the 'fishbowl', which is an area sectioned off with a large piece of glass with. Customers can sit and watch the ladies and take their time choosing with the help of a 'papasan' who is basically a salesman.
Unfortunately the soapy experience has changed today and not really for the better. Customers now have the option of choosing a lady from the fishbowl providing an erotic bath, followed by a massage and then intercourse.
Now you can find 'sideline' or 'model' ladies who charge more but do less. So customers only get an erotic bath followed by sex, no massage at all. Sideliners and models do not sit behind the fishbowl. Matter of fact you will find them in an area closer to customers.
So today, there is a drastic reduction of ladies working behind the fishbowl. While more are working as sideliners for the easier money.
Everything at a soapy massage parlor gets paid up front. The price depends on the quality of the girl, youth, appearance, physical features etc. You can expect to pay a minimum of 2500THB for about an hour in most major soapy massage shops in Bangkok.
Traditional Thai Massage
There are many traditional business in Bangkok providing a true and legitimate Thai massage experience with no funny business.
I recommend choosing a shop that looks clean with a spa like feel and environment.
One very popular massage establishment in Bangkok is Health Land and Spa. It is very popular with local Thais and the prices are very reasonable with lots of services and no funny business.
Health Land has 5 locations in central Bangkok but the easiest one to get to is the Asoke Health Land branch in the Sukhumvit district.
Akane Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 33
Angels Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 24/1
Culi Spa & Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 31
Dream Heaven Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 33
Dream Massage Bangkok - Sukhumvit Soi 31
Geisha Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 33
Love Teen Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 33
Mango Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 24
Orchid Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 31
Paradise Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 26
Pink Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 24
Snow White Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 26
Teen Massage 1 - Sukhumvit Soi 33
Teen Massage 2 - Sukhumvit Soi 24
Teen Massage 3 - Sukhumvit Soi 33
Thonglor Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 26
Annies Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 2
Darling Massage - Sukhumvit Soi 12
Huay Kwang District: Take the MRT subway train to Huay Kwang station.
Near Thailand Cultural MRT station:
Colonze 2 (Renamed as Ocean Massage)
Near Pha Ram 9 MRT station:
Amsterdam Massage (closed)