Traditional Massage in Bangkok
Thai traditional massage is a centuries old form of physical therapy. For many people, Thai massage is energizing and results in more flexibility. It can also relieve muscle and joint pain. All of these things are especially beneficial to travelers who often suffer from the stiffness and achiness that results from long flights and lots of walking while sightseeing.
But Thai traditional massage is not the typical "spa massage". You do not disrobe for a Thai massage. The massage can be quite rigorous and while many westerners find it envigorationg, some would describe it as somewhat painful. Approach with caution if your body is tender. A foot massage may be more to your liking.
There are hundreds of places to get a massage in Bangkok but services vary widely. For starters, it should be noted that some massage establishments in Bangkok cater primarily to men and offer services other than traditional, therapeutic massage. Prices tend to range from 250 to 350 baht an hour. Most experts on massage say that to get the full benefits, a two-hour massage is necessary; but many people opt for one hour.
If you want an authentic Thai massage, why not take a trip to Wat Po and get a massage at their school. Wat Po is located at Sanam Chai Road and Maharaj Road next to the Grand Palace. Entry fee is Bt 50
- Wat Po is open daily from 08:00 - 17:00 hrs
- Massage service fee Bt 250/hour
- Herbal massage service fee Bt 350/hour
- Foot massage service fee Bt 250/hour
Traditional massage has its roots in Wat Po in Bangkok where a massage school is open to all. Should you decide to pursue a course, a visit to the school is recommenced. A number of websites seem to emulate Wat Po, but the official site (in English and Thai language) is Wat Po
An interesting option for getting to Wat Po is the Chao Phraya river taxi. Debark at the Tha Chang pier, Tha Tien Pier or Pak Klong Talad Pier. Then walk to the Thai Wang Road entrance.