Why did the masseuse have to close up shop? Because he kept rubbing people the wrong way!
All jokes aside, while gay saunas are a wonderful way to relax in a steam room and meet some hot fellas, sometimes what you really need is a vigorous massage to soothe your sore muscles.
Whether you've been stuck in an aeroplane for 18 hours or just have tired legs from all the shopping you've been doing, Bangkok is one of the best places to go for a massage. And yes, you can get ones with a “happy ending” if that's what you're in the mood for, but don't feel pressured if it's not really your cup of tea!
The art of Thai massage originated in Bangkok, you can even see ancient plaques depicting the techniques on the walls of the temple Wat Pho. Getting a gay massage in Bangkok means you can enjoy a relaxing massage with a cute gay masseuse who is also often amenable to a little more intimacy than you might experience with a ‘regular' massage.
Bangkok's fabulous gay area has plenty of gay massage options so you can be refreshed, relaxed and rejuvenated. These are our favourite gay massage parlours and spas in Bangkok for a good rubdown…
Gay tour of Thailand
Discover how Thailand earned its moniker ‘The Land of Smiles' on this awesome gay tour with Out Adventures. The boys over at OA run four annual departures through the country with stops in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Krabi and Phuket. Their April departure even aligns with the country's famous Songkran water festival. As the old circuit ditty goes, LET'S GET SOAKING WET!
In the heart of Silom Soi 4 is The Adam Massage, and don't worry about seeing any Eves here as it's purely for gay men to enjoy… There are five different massage styles available for you to choose from and the male masseurs are all very easy on the eyes as well. Not only is this gay massage place spotlessly clean, but there's always delightful essential oil scents wafting through the air. The decor is also enchanting, with lots of plants, flowers, candles and cute water features. With a purple and gold colour theme, we certainly felt like royalty here, of course being pampered like queens certainly helps with that too!
The Adam Massage is located on Silom Soi 4 and is open every day from 11am until midnight.
Located right next to DJ Station on Silom Soi 2, Paradis Massage is a very convenient stop between Bangkok's best gay bars and gay clubs. The boys working here are really cute, give excellent professional massages and are also amenable to finishing it off with a little somethin' somethin' if you know what we mean… The place is very spacious as well, spread out over multiple floors with plenty of private massage rooms and lovely big showers to freshen up. They do really wonderful oil massages in particular, which are great for sore muscles. There's also none of that amateur rubbing for ten minutes and straight to a handjob (and expecting a big tip) that you sometimes encounter in other locations.
Paradis Massage and Spa is located next to DJ Station on Silom Soi 2. It's open every day from midday until 11.30pm.
Yes, we know the name is similar to the one above, but this is another gay massage spot a bit further down Silom Road in Silom Soi 6. You can still get there from the gay bars and clubs by walking, so it's definitely worth checking out. This is a massage and spa business, so along with relaxing massages, you can also enjoy treatments such as an aroma spa, manicures, pedicures or a body scrub. Everything here is very elegant, with marble floors, towels shaped like swans and a huge private Jacuzzi if you book the VIP deluxe room. While the gay massage place is very classy don't be worried if you're looking for some fun, as the cute masseurs are happy to offer a bit more for a tip!
The Paradise Massage & Spa is located on Silom Soi 6 and is open daily from 10am until 1am.
Just a little further down the same street as the Paradise is The Prime Massage, another one of our favourite gay massage places in Bangkok whenever we're in need of some R&R. The gay staff are always so friendly and polite, plus we've never had a bad massage here! It's so popular, in fact, that there can be lines to get in on weekends, with everybody wanting a heavenly traditional Thai massage or oil massage. We recommend visiting on a weeknight to get more personalised attention when it's less busy. The scent of lemongrass floats over you as soon as you step foot inside, getting your senses ready to be ultimately relaxed, which you soon will be!
Located at 128/23 Silom Soi 6, The Prime Massage is open daily from midday until midnight.
Another gay massage parlour we love is The Green Massage on Surawong Road. This is just around the corner from the Prime, so you could easily sample them both and then choose your own personal favourite gay massage. The Green Massage is a small and unassuming business, but the service of the friendly staff makes you feel like you're in a palace. There are private rooms for a full-body massage or you can enjoy the social atmosphere while having a foot/leg massage in one of the comfy couches. Along with aroma or oil massages they also offer invigorating body scrubs to keep your skin looking fresh. You can also combine treatments if you wish to be truly pampered.
The Green Massage is located at 119 Thanon Surawong and is open every day from 10am until 1am.
How much does a gay massage cost in Bangkok?
The price really depends on where you deciede to go but usually, the going rate in Bangkok for a gay massage is around 250 bhat / hour in most places.
If you decide to get a massage with “extras”, the price should stay the same but you're supposed to give some extra money to your masseur at the end
What to do in Bangkok?
Once you're all refreshed and relaxed after your massages, there is a LOT to explore while you're in Bangkok. From shopping to dining, experiencing the gay scene and admiring ancient architecture – this is a city packed with fun activities!
How much should you tip at a gay massage place in bangkok?
For a one hour massage, we usually tip 50 bhat (a little over 1 USD) and they seem very happy with it. If they were really good we give 100 bhat.
Most gay masseurs work primarily for tips and the place where they work keeps most of the money. So always keep this in mind when you tip your masseur.
50 bahts is a bit higher than some might give, but for us it is the same price we'd pay for coffee at home and they really appreciate it.For the quality of service that they provide, they clearly deserve it.
If you require massage with a happy ending, this is a whole different tipping situation. We advise to give at least double of what you intended to tip your masseur (depending if you're ending was a really happy one or not…)
For more inspiration:
- If it's your first time visiting check out these gay tours of Bangkok for LGBTQ travelers
- And get the low down on why Stranger Bar is one of our favorite places in the whole of Bangkok!
- Read all about the Thai traditional food you need to try today!
- Find out what it's like to grow up gay in Thailand in our interview with Saroj from Bangkok
- Don't forget to read our gay country guide to Thailand
- Then check out our gay guide to the island of Phuket
- As well as our gay island guide to the beautiful Koh Lipe