Customers seeking “romance” – and who have been influenced by media portrays of Thai massage – should seek a “soapy” full-body massage or body-to-body massage. It involves the selection of a lady from a “fish bowl” or “glass house”
Then, the lady and man bathe together (the Thai translation of this activity means “bath”). Finally, the two people end up on a bed or mat. Prices quoted range from around 1,500 to 2,500.
Soapy massage is NOT easy to find in Patong. There are three places in the area where it is done:
Christine’s Massage Parlor
Address: 206 Rat-U-Thit 200 Pe Road
Hours: 2pm – 12 midnight
The Grand Plaza Hotel
Address: Tilok-U-Thit Road in Phuket town
The Pearl Hotel
Address: 42 Montri Road in Phuket
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Those seeking a soapy massage should be aware that, while it can be a great experience, certain problems are associated with it. One problem is tipping. While most soapy massages have gone to the “one price” system to avoid this problem…many ladies ask for and expect tips anyway… and they can ask at very akward times.
Another is “hurry-hurry”. Many ladies try to make the customer climax as soon as possible, which in their minds mean the service is over. Regardless of the length of time the customer thought he paid for.
A third problem is that many ladies are not “flexible” in their techniques – they are determined to do what they want how they want and will not consider customer requests, unless additional money is paid.
Because of these problems, customer satisfaction at soapy massages varies greatly. Customers are urged, whenever possible, to not be shy and discuss these things with prospective massage givers before any money is paid.