Pattaya is, unsuprisingly, a place where raunchy goings on are the norm.
The massage zones undoubtably have this aspect to them as well.
If you're looking for massage then you don't have to look for long before you find a massage shop, parlour or fishbowl that caters to your desires.
Unfortunately it does mean that the genuine massage lovers out there may find a bona-fide masseuse hard to find.
The prices in Pattaya for massage are roughly the same as Bangkok.
There are no massage schools that we know of in Pattaya, although some sources report that if there are, they are not recognised by the Thai Education Ministry.
Thai Massage: This type of massage manipulates the joints, muscles and nerve-points all over the body using the fingertips and thumbs.
There are a variety of massage types available in Thailand these are listed below:
Oil Massage: The more 'pleasant' and relaxing type of massage using lotions and massage oil. Here the swedish-style kneading and pressing of the flesh and muscle is done instead.
Head Massage: This is usually available in hair-dressers and massage shops. The scalp is rubbed and manipulated. In the hands of an expert this can 'cure' headaches, migraines and general malaise. Iit is generally a soothing and relaxing experience.
Foot Massage: You see these places throughout Thailand. The multi-coloured feet symbol with various areas of the foot highlighted are all over the place. You can also usually see a throng of tourists having this done to them. The basis for the foot massage is that it can show where illness is in the body via 'hard' spots or 'crystals', these then being rubbed and massaged can be 'cured' by breaking them down.
Any others you might see: Gel, lotion, salve are usually an oil massage with a different substance rubbed into the skin, this typically is claimed to have 'superior' qualities than oil massage does.
In Pattaya (and Thailand in general) you have 5 places for massage:
Massage Shops - These tend to be non-private places for foot massage, head massage and thai massage. A thin linen sheet is usually all that divides you from another customer being massage next to you. You tend to see these here and there in Pattaya with people being massaged though clear glass fronted windows.
Massage Parlours - The more private massage shop with a reception area and proper rooms all of the above massage types are offered as well as oil massage. Aroma massage is often available here (a more expensive version of the oil massage).
Massage Spa's - Taking the parlour to a new level the surroundings and sensual nature of the massage is refined into an art form. At least that is the goal of the Massage Spa. The ladies who tend to perform massage at a spa may be slightly older than other massage girls, this due to being more experienced and (some say) more skillful in massage.
Massage Entertainment Complexes - See the Nightlife section for more on this.
Hotel Massage - Usually the mid to high range of hotels have a resident massage work-force that is on-call most hours of the day. The more budget hotels have a hotline through to a nearby massage shop or parlour for an in-room massage. The prices are usually about the same as a massage shop, however the more expensive the hotel you stay in may affect prices slightly.
Pattaya Massage Zones
Pattaya's a fairly sizable place and there many areas for massage, below are just a few of them...