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#1 DivineMadman

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Posted 15 January 2017 - 12:24 PM

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Pricey, but consistently the best massages I've had in Bangkok.    https://spabangkok.net

 

Spa Bangkok - Silom Branch is a high-end spa and massage shop in Silom Plaza.  It's on the 1st floor, in the back on the right.  Arena is in the same building, on the 3rd floor.

 

Last year I got the crazy expensive tourist package of body scrub + special tantric massage + aroma massage (2,400 plus tip).  It was 2.5 hours of bliss (or however long it took).  That package is still available.  Highly recommended.

 

This year I decided to pay the up front 4,900 for a "membership" which gets 4 "free" 90 minute aroma massages and then a discounted rate after that.  The 90 minute aroma non-member price is 1,500.  No stated minimum tip.  (I essentially tip the same here as Prince.  Prince get full naked sex, but here get professional massage, and I value both equally when done well.  Maybe this means I may be overtipping here, I don't know or care that much as long as I stay under budget.)

 

The Silom branch is the biggest of the spa's three branches.  Most days they seem to have about 8-10 guys scheduled.  You can select from a tablet or let the manager pick.  It does a good business.  They usually seem to be able to accommodate walk-ins, but advance booking is recommended.  Because it's really more of a legit shop than, say, Arena, Prince or VCK, you should be going for the massage first and foremost, so I wouldn't get hung up on selection.  They share the monthly schedule and also send out a daily update on who is working on Line, so if you do find a masseur who works the magic for you, you can easily schedule that way.  That is what I do.

 

When I first went back this year I didn't specify a masseur and ended up coincidentally getting the same masseur as last year.  I thought he was fantastic and actually has a look I find very attractive, so good karma played out, I guess.  Now I just book him.

 

The facilities are very very nice - spa-like.  Shower is in the hall, but you never see another customer on your way to or from the showers.  Downstairs room has shower en suite.  There are stairs.  Masseur is fully clothed throughout, although I believe that if you book the "body-to-body" version of the "sensual massage" the masseur obviously drops the clothes.  They told me the sensual massage is the same as the aroma massage.  The massage is on a table.  The tables are not particularly large,  I noticed that there is a cut out for your face but I've never used it and at over 6'2" I don't think I would without my feet hanging out over the end of the table.  But in any event I prefer a pillow.

 

The massages here are not for amateurs.  Unlike most of the massages at the more sex-oriented shops, which end up being more like oily caressing (not that there's anything wrong with that), Spa Bangkok massages are directly influenced by/of a piece with Thai massages.  There's a lot of stretching and, in my case, a lot of hard work by the masseur in breaking up those knots in the back and shoulders.  Truly no pain/no gain but they are well trained enough that they know how to support joints etc when stretching.  I repeat - if you can't handle the good pain of therapeutic massage, this is not the place for you.

 

One thing I noticed during the most recent massage was that the masseur did a really good job with integrating glute (butt) massage throughout.

 

My masseur has a great friendly attitude, despite the inevitable nightmares he must have after giving me a massage ("Help! My hands are being sucked into a vat of jello!")

 

My masseur has always left me very happy after the roller coaster of pleasure - good pain, so I assume a happy ending is normal fare here.

 

So why is this better than Prime?  I think Prime is the go-to spot for Thai massages (no expectation of happy ending).  I like that the aroma massage here better because of the expanded repertoire - elements of Thai massage and Swedish.   And I think the staff here are a bit friendlier and the facilities quite a bit nicer.  For me worth the 3x expensive.  But I don't go here all the time.

 

Honorable Mention:  "The Best Massage" in Silom Plaza.  Also on the 1st floor this place is M4M, not at all expensive.  600 baht 1 hr foot + 1 hour oil or thai.  Facilities nicer side of basic.  Room with shower.  Very large table.  Can select from photo book or guys loitering or take next in line.  Guys have that "just down from up country" look - quite dark skin, smaller-framed, wiry.  I had one great massage and then one good massage but could have been better, but I think that guy was just too young and inexperienced.  Happy ending.  Very nice manager (woman).    

 

With Arena, Spa Bangkok and The Best you can pretty much experience the whole spectrum of M4M massage without leaving Silom Plaza.  All three recommended for their particular market niche.



#2 ggobkk

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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:20 PM

The "membership" is good for a year which is helpful for those of us tourists who return more frequently to Bangkok than the legendary swallows to Capistrano. Also noticed that a "tantric" massage is offered with an intriguing description.



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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:27 PM

Decided to just copy and paste the "intriguing description of Tantric massage from Spa Bangkok's website:

The massage itself does not tend to cause orgasms, but these are described as a bonus rather than the aim. Although Tantric massage does not involve actual penetrative sex, it does involve full on touching of the organs. For this reason you will not find it offered in ordinary spa.

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Not all customers will be able to have Tantric Massage, so we you will need to consult with our therapist first. After that, we will begin by having you recline on your back with pillows under your head , your legs will be slightly apart, your knees just a little bent. Your abdomen, thighs, feet, toes, chest, nipples and fingers are then gently massaged with warm aromatic oil. Nothing will escape attention. Your energy flow is stimulated and senses awakened as your body’s sensitivity increases.

According to Tantric ideals, your entire body will be massaged, including those particularly sensitive areas. Perceptions of sensuality and lust are located here, but these “intimate” areas are an important source of joy in life. You will feel relaxed, yet wide awake. You will be coached to breathe properly, as you sink into yet deeper level of relaxation which will give you a feeling of comfort and sense of well-being.



#4 ay709394

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:29 PM

Thx for ur sharing. Is the masseur also wearing clothes in the happy ending part?





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