In Pattaya, oil massages are cheap and plentiful, and I highly recommend that you indulge in one or several while you are on holiday here.
The usual cost for an oil massage is 300 baht, but if you know where to look they can be had for 200. This is a small fraction of the cost you would pay for the same massage in a first world country. The oil used has a pleasant menthol smell to it, and it warms and loosens the muscles as it is absorbed by the skin.
It isn’t difficult to find a massage parlor in Pattaya, as they can be found on nearly every street that is frequented by tourists. Soi Honey in Central Pattaya is famous for its row of massage parlor after massage parlor, and it can be found connecting Second Road with Soi Buakhow, parallel to Soi Diana.
Soi Buakow and the streets branching off of it are great place to find oil massages for the discount rate of 200 baht. Having lived in Pattaya for four years now, I always search out these discount shops when I am looking for massage.
In addition to oil massage, don’t forget that there are also Thai massages available for half-price, although they are a little too powerful and sometimes painful for my liking. You can also get a foot of face massage, and many people opt to stay for a couple of hours and get two different types of massage.
If you’re coming from Europe or the United States where the cost of labor is high compared to Thailand, don’t forget to take advantage of the low cost of massages in Pattaya while you are visiting on holiday.