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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.)

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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.

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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.

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1. Sink into pure bliss at Watergate Spa

A four-minute walk from Pratunam market, Watergate Spa has friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere where you can shed your shopper’s fatigue at!

An hour’s Thai massage at the spa will set you back by 300 Baht, but it’s well worth it. Sink into the inviting ambience and comfy chairs, and let your masseuses work their magic. If you want a bit more pampering, grab yourself a two-hour service at 500 Baht!

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An insider tip – stay away from their mani-pedi services and stick to their signature massages. At the end of the day, you will leave the spa refreshed and rejuvenated – maybe even ready for a second round at the market!

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Watergate Spa

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 300 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 9)
500 Baht for two hours (Approximately USD 15 per hour)
Address: Soi Phetchaburi 21, Phetburi Road, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 653 6200
Opening hours: 10:00 – 00:00
Distance from shopping area: 4-minute walk from Pratunam Market

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2. Kiss the “post-shopping blues” goodbye! – MaiThai Massage

Another hot favorite for an affordable massage is MaiThai Massage. Prepare to be greeted by sweet aroma and decked up interiors when you step into this one. While the interior might give you a hint of luxury, the prices certainly do not reflect it!

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Indulge in a signature foot massage for 200 Baht per hour. If you happen to get the best masseurs at the spa, you might just get one of the best spa experiences in Bangkok at the throwaway price!

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The spa is easy to locate (Indra Regent is the landmark to look out for), so you have no reason to give this one a miss!

MaiThai Massage

Rates: Foot Massage for 200 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 5.80)
Address: Thanon Phaya Thai, Phra Nakhon
Contact: +66 2 252 8207
Opening hours: 9:00 – 1:00
Distance from shopping area: 4-minute walk from Pratunam Market

3.  Express indulgence at Sayamon Massage

When you are too tired to head anywhere else, Sayamon Massage should be your harbour! Locate the spa just a stone’s throw away – right opposite the Pratunam market – and soothe your aching feet!

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You can get a foot massage at a pocket-friendly rate of 200 Baht, but you might bag yourself an even cooler deal if you bring your gang along – you never know!

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Their Traditional Thai massage will also give your body a fresh lease of life! If you’re in a hurry, opt for the express massage at just 150 Baht.

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The place is so near the market, so ladies, you now know where to leave your guy friends while you are on your shopping spree!

Sayamon Massage

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 200 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 5.80)
Address: 513 Ratchaprarop Rd, Makkasan, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Contact: +66 81 467 2596
Opening hours: 10:00 – 00:00
Distance from shopping area: Opposite Pratunam Market

4. A mini-paradise worth the extra mile – Zen Tara Massage & Spa

If going the distance (to make great spa discoveries) is your style, and no amount of shopping browsing can wear you out, Zen Tara should be on the cards for you!

For an A-rated spa experience in the Pratunam area, there’s no better choice than this. About an eight-minute walk from Phaya Thai Plaza and 15-minute walk from Pratunam and Siam Paragon, the effort you put in reaching the place will bring you great reward – the spa brings together quality, affordability and friendly staff.

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Even with the minimalistic space, the spa does not compromise on the ambience with its modern outlook. The fragrance and atmosphere will entice you while you take a rejuvenating Thai massage.

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The noise can be a downer at times but it only indicates how popular the place is, and for all the right reasons!

Zen Tara Massage & Spa

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 200 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 5.80)
Address: Phetchaburi Rd, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact:+66 84 499 3649
Opening hours:12:00 – 23:00
Distance from shopping area: 8-minute walk from Phaya Thai Plaza, 15-minute walk from Pratunam and Siam Paragon.

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5. Get pampered in a fairyland – Arunda Oriental Massage

A spacious spa with a cozy feel and experienced staff, this is the perfect place to unwind at when you have been shopping at Platinum Fashion Mall. Let your masseuses work their magical fingers while you sit back and relax.

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While the exterior gives the impression that it’s a small salon, you will be pleasantly surprised once you enter. The two-level spa has an elaborate catalogue of services. Choose your massage carefully if you don’t want to end up with too much oil and less of a massage!

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The basics are the best here – stick to the Thai Massage, foot massage or the very relaxing neck-and-shoulder massage.

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After your massage, you’ll be treated to a soothing tea in a pretty little garden inside the spa – a perfect way to end your shopping extravaganza!

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Arunda Oriental Massage

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 250 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 7.28)
Address: 14 Soi Phetchaburi 15, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 000 4974
Opening hours: 10:00 – 01:00
Distance from shopping area: 3-minute walk to Pantip Plaza, 6-minute walk to Platinum Fashion Mall

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Near Chatuchak Weekend Market

You can literally shop for anything and everything (from clothes and jewellery to art, home decor and pet accessories) in this sprawling market that pops up only on the weekends. The energy at Chatuchak Market is unparalleled and it is definitely a must-go if you’re on your first trip to Bangkok.

While you go crazy over all the shopping, your guy friends would be equally entertained with the delectable street food. Special tip: Wear comfortable clothes, stay hydrated and ditch your regular shoes for flip flops if you want to conquer Chatuchak Market!

From our prior experience, we recommend dedicating two full days (both Saturday and Sunday) if you want to explore the whole market. Although the official operating hours are from 9am to 6pm, most stalls start operating by 11am and close around 5pm.

6. Make your feet happy at Feel Good Massage

Navigating Chatuchak in the Bangkok heat can be quite a crazy experience. If your feet are aching with all the walking, nothing’s better than a reviving foot massage!

Dash into this cozy little massage shop that lives up to its name. The foot massage will leave you feeling as good as a Nina Simone song! The little air-conditioned booth offers a welcome solace from the heat, and the pampering you get by the friendly staff will make you feel like royalty.

Sometimes, the smallest places can move you with their hospitality and personal care, and the attentive staff is bound to make an impression on you. Everyone leaves with happy feet!

It’s easy to get lost in Chatuchak, so make sure you keep a look out for Section 26 to not miss this!

Feel Good Massage

Rates: Foot Massage for 150 Baht per 30 minutes (Approximately USD 4.35)
Address: Chatuchak Weekend Market, Section 26 Soi 1/4, Bangkok, Thailand
Opening hours: Saturday and Sunday 09:00 – 18:00
Distance from shopping area: Within shopping area

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Near EmQuartier Mall

The hub of the city’s luxury shopping, EmQuartier Mall is where you can find all the big brand names and luxury items, from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Prada to Jimmy Choo and Fendi. And posh restaurants and cafes to hang out in.

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The building itself has a cutting edge design – glistening glass panels blended with decorative plants and greenery. All of it makes you feel like you’re on the set of some Hollywood film – Lost World anyone?

7. Thai massage with Japanese excellence – At ease massage

When you are in a mood to splurge and go all in on luxury at EmQuartier, or simply happen to be near Phrom Pong BTS station, do drop by At Ease Massage, a Japanese-owned spa that’s both budget-friendly and extravagant.

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Here, you can enjoy the best of both worlds – Japanese hospitality and pure Thai tradition!

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If you don’t want to compromise on cleanliness and don’t mind paying a few extra bucks for a higher-end experience, the spa is a perfect choice. Enjoy squeaky clean rooms and professional masseuses who really know what they are doing.

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The Traditional Thai massage is still very reasonable at 300 Baht for an hour’s service, considering the luxury feel and quality of massages given here.

Expect a high level of customer service as the manager is highly attentive to customer feedback.

At ease massage

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 300 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 8.72)
Address: 596/13 Sukhumvit 33/1 Sukhumvit Rd.
Contact: 02-662-2974
Opening hours: 09:00 – 23:00
Distance from shopping area: Next to EmQuartier Mall and Phrom Pong BTS station

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Near Silom Complex

Close to Sala Daeng BTS station is Silom Complex, a mall with a mix of branded and other stores in an air-conditioned space that’s a welcome escape from the heat.

Though smaller than other malls in the city, Silom Complex has its own unique collection and appeal, peppered with interesting boutiques and shops offering quirky merchandise.

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The basement level houses several eateries and restaurants. This is a good place to hit if you want to get away from the usual crowded areas.

8. Homely, authentic and refreshing – Ruen Nuad Massage Studio

Care for a no-frills but great massage in the heart of Bangkok? At first glance, you might miss this charming little spa located just off the main road, but once you are in, prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

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The look of the place isn’t entirely world class, but the place has a homely charm to it. If a good healing massage is all you care for, you can step in and de-stress with a refreshing hour of just that. The masseuses rely on their skill and take personal care to provide the right kind of service you are seeking. Their traditional Thai massage is as authentic as it gets.

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Take a cool shower when you are done, and be treated to a friendly cup of tea afterwards. Even at 350 Baht for a Thai massage, it’s totally value for money!

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Ruen Nuad Massage Studio

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 350 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 10.16), 600 Baht for 2 hours (Approximately USD 17.43)
Address: 42 Convent road, Silom, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 632 2662
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30
Distance from shopping area: 9-minute walk to Silom Complex, 11-minute walk to Lailai Sup Market

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Near Central Plaza Grand Rama 9

For those in desperate need of a retail therapy, Central Plaza Rama 9 is a seven-storey mall offering the ultimate shopping experience. With direct access to the Rama 9 MRT station, it’s easily accessible and at a great location.

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The shopping plaza has a host of well-known brand stores that’s a mix of luxury and affordable, along with recreational and entertainment facilities like cafes, SFX Cineplex, an ice-skating rink, spa and beauty salons.

Central Plaza serves as a one-stop shopping centre for all your shopping needs, from clothes, accessories to electronics, with even a Robinson’s Department Store to take care of your home needs as well.

9. Say “Konichiwa” to beautiful skin – Spa Yuko & Yuko’s Massage

Nobody does spa like the Japanese do! And at Yuko’s, you’ll feel like you have been transported to a mini Japanese street to get a first-hand taste of the spa culture.

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Just a few minutes’ walk from Rama 9 MRT station, the three-storey blue building of Yuko’s Spa is friendly and inviting. Enter and find yourself in Yuko’s world – with bright pink interiors, quirky decor and a top notch level of hospitality. The spa has a casual and fun vibe to it, but they are serious in the massages they offer.

The multilingual staff will be eager to help you out, and you might just get a few valuable tips from them for your trip as well.

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Experience the rest of the magic with a super-relaxing full-body massage at just 250 Baht, or go for an Asian beauty treatment and come out looking and feeling like the best version of yourself!

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Spa Yuko & Yuko’s Massage

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 250 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 7.28)
Address: 500/12, Soi Yu-Charone, Asok Dindaeng Rd., Dindaeng, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: 66 +0826447576
Opening hours: 9:00 – 22:00
Distance from shopping area: 9-minute walk from Central Plaza Grand Rama 9.

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Near RainHill Community Mall in Thong Lor

A small community mall located between Thong Lor and Phrom Phong BTS stations in Sukhumvit, RainHill is a pretty jungle-themed building, designed with thin water-like lines to give an impression of rain. The shopping plaza has an exclusive feel to it, with less crowds compared to other malls in the city.

Although there aren’t many fashion stores here, you can chill at some unique cafes or Japanese restaurants, along with some lifestyle stores (manicure, anyone?).

If you’re planning to spend a laid-back day, with limited shopping, RainHill offers an attractive setting and relaxing atmosphere to revel in!

10. Get an exotic massage at Bosque Thai Massage

Beat the Bangkok heat by getting a Heat Stroke Scraping Massage at Bosque Thai Massage, at just 200 Baht!

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Although located in the city’s very own Upper East Side, you don’t need to spend a fortune to be treated like the Queen.

Their extensive menu will make you spoilt for choice! But if you decide to stick to the basics and choose the full body Thai massage, you will be pleasantly surprised by the professional level of your massage – you’ll get almost instant results, though it might be painful to begin with. No pain no gain they say!

Refresh yourself afterwards with a cup of healing green tea, and be off feeling your flexi best!

Bosque Thai Massage

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 280 Baht per hour (Approximately USD 8.14)
Address: 919/6 Sukhumvit Rd. (between Soi 49 and 51), Bangkok, Thailand
Contact: +66 2 259 4885
Opening hours: 10:00 – 21:30
Distance from shopping area: 3-minute walk from RainHill Community Mall in Thong Lor

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Special Mention

Time lapse to an ancient culture at Wat Pho Massage School

Because it’s almost criminal to have a list of spa and massage places in Bangkok and not include the home of traditional Thai massage – Wat Pho Massage School, located in the Wat Pho Temple.

Get your massage while being surrounded by rich Thai culture – amidst majestic structures set within the walls of the temple that houses the famous reclining Buddha.

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The school is a well-known institution for imparting Thai massage studies, so even if it’s a bit more expensive than the others on our list, you can be sure that your therapists here are world class and well-trained, who can even heal some chronic ailments.

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If you are serious about making your stay in Thailand worthwhile, you can even think about getting a short course in Thai massage here!

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Wat Pho Massage School

Rates: Traditional Thai Massage for 260 Baht for 30 minutes (Approximately USD 7.57), 420 Baht for 60 minutes (Approximately USD 12.22)
Address: 392/33-34 Maharach Rd., Prabarommaharajawang, Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200
Contact: 0 2622 3551, 0 2622 3533
Opening hours: 9:00 – 16:00

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Do you know of any more affordable but reliable spa and massage places near Bangkok’s shopping districts? Do share with us!

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