Written by Soma Dutta
Edited by Candice Neo
When you are in Bangkok, make sure you shop till you drop. But if there is one thing no traveller should miss out, it’s the amazing Thai massage experience.
While back home you may need to spend a bomb to indulge in a good massage – in Bangkok, you can actually get a good quality one-hour massage at 250 to 300 Baht (approximately USD $7.29 to $8.75) – so affordable! (You can find cheaper ones, but you may need to compromise on quality and experience.)
And even better, you don’t need to make a specific plan to go down to the spa, but can do it while you are out on your shopping spree, because there’s so many of them around! What better way to soothe that aching feet after 8 hours of shopping?
Of course, with so many cheap massages, it’s inevitable that you may come across those that offer sleazy services as well, but don’t worry, we have done the work for you to sift them out.
So here’s some of our recommended spa and massage parlours in Bangkok that are safe, budget-friendly and offer great speciality massages near the most happening shopping districts!
Near Pratunam/ Platinum Fashion Mall/ Siam Square area
The Pratunam and Siam Square area is easily a shoppers’ paradise in Bangkok. The ideal place if you are looking for a good bargain, though everything is already cheap and sold at wholesale prices.
At the Pratunam market and Platinum Shopping Mall, you can find affordable items that are sold at wholesale prices, while at Siam Square and Siam Centre, the shopping is pricier, but you can find more quality and even mid-range designer items that are value-for-money. Siam Square also consists of a series of shops lined along 6 lanes and is a popular haunt for youngsters.
Best things to go for are all things related to fashion and accessories. But you probably won’t find any brand names here, unless you head to Siam Paragon.
1. Sink into pure bliss at Watergate Spa