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New to Thai massage...

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New to Thai massage...

First time to Thailand this summer and am keen to try Thai massage. I’ve seen that you can have a massage on the beach and in a shop too. Can anyone describe the etiquette please? What do you wear? Do you tip? What do you ask for? Do you book? I wil be in Samaui, Koh Tao and Chiang Mai.

My only experience of massage is in a luxury spa or a physio type sports massage.

Sorry if you think it’s a dumb question but I’ve no idea about this!

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1. Re: New to Thai massage...

Thai massage you wear loose pajama type clothes they give you to put on. Thai massage is a lot of bending and stretching, I prefer oil massage myself. Yes you can tip, depending on the service. Prices vary quite a bit, from about 200 baht to 500 baht for Thai massage, oil is more about 300-800 baht for 1 hour. No need to book in most places. Chiang Mai is quite cheap and there are loads of places, don't know about Samui/Koh Tao probably more expensive.

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2. Re: New to Thai massage...

A Thai massage is without oil. Lots of pulling and stretching.

Most Thai massage shops have Thai massage or oil massage. Oil is more expensive because of all the washing.

Tip if it’s a good massage. You can just walk in to the shops and pre book if you want. Most of the time the shop can accommodate you.

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