The abundance of massage parlours on every street corner is enough to make one understand how massage is essential to the life of the people of Bangkok. Almost everyone here consults his or her Mo Nuad (‘doctor of massages') once a week for a healing or relaxation session. Inspired by Indian yogic rituals, Thai massage is based on putting quite intense pressure on different points on the body in order to bring energies into balance. It is difficult to list the best salons, as the practice is common. Check with guides or hotels.
Costs are between 200 and 250 baht an hour. For a more focussed treatment, visit the famous Wat Pho temple, the most famous massage school in the country. Sessions here are 200 baht an hour. Another option, and for a similar price, is the famous Foundation for the Blind the visually impaired practitioners are considered the most gifted in the country.
Temple Wat Pho
2 Sanam Chai Road
Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang
+66 (0)2 622 3551