Personally I found the cheapest and best Thai massages outside the usual tourist areas. I lived in the north in Chiangmai and where the locals would go was usually the cheapest and better massage. The one I found while vacationing in the south on phi phi, railay, and Bangkok were much more expensive.
If you are willing to venture past the toursit areas, and speak a little Thai, it is worth the massage! over 6 years ago
250 baht can get you a full body massage (1 hour 200 baht) and a heavenly head massage (15 mins 50 baht) in Chang Mai. about 3 years agoAnswered by Paul via WorldNomads.com
1 - Local Massage Shops – Great Value
You can’t really walk down a street in Bangkok without coming across a massage shop, they really are as ubiquitous as 7 11s. The massage shops are usually spread over several floors. On the ground floor you will find a row of chairs and footstalls where you will sit if you request a foot massage. Upstairs will be a series of mattresses separated by curtains that are used for Thai massage, and you get to put on some fancy pyjamas that make you look like a 19th century labourer, so the massage therapist can bend and stretch your limbs easily.
2 - Asia Herb Association
With three handy locations in Bangkok, Asia Herb Association is a smart choice for those who want a massage treatment that is designed to accommodate foreigners as well as locals. You will need to book ahead but the receptionists speak English, pick a time and duration and you can select the treatment once you get there. Here a Thai massage for an hour will cost 400 baht for 60 minutes.
3 - Health Land
From the outside Health Land looks like a retro mansion and inside it’s a little like a hospital but if you speak to the locals this is often their number one pick for massage treatments in Bangkok – the facilities are high quality and the massages are great value with a two hour Thai message costing only 500 baht.
4 - Massage by the Blind
It is often said that because of their lack of sight, blind masseurs are more in tune with your body and can provide a better treatment. It is also a great source of income for blind people, who often struggle to find employment in Bangkok. The Foundation for the Employment of the Blind in Bangkok has set up a massage shop in the building on Chan Kao Raod. Open from 9:00 until 20:00, a Thai massage here is great value at 200 baht an hour.
5 - Wat Pho Traditional Thai Massage
Wat Pho is considered the home of traditional Thai massage, with the guiding principles of massage actually inscribed in stone within the temple grounds. Massage skills have been honed and cultivated at Wat Pho for centuries so you are in really good hands. Wat Pho also run a school, so if you enjoy the treatment you could even take a new skill home! about 3 years ago