If you ask me what my favourite thing about Thailand is, it would have to be Thai massages. In particular, Chiang Mai has the most affordable Thai massage across the board. I practically find myself wandering into a massage parlour twice a week to get the knots in my shoulders worked out. While the prices have slightly increased slightly, 250 baht is still the average price. Here are some of my favourites in Chiang Mai under 300 Baht.
- 1 FAQ on getting massage in Chiang Mai
- 2 Lila Thai Massage
- 3 Daracha Massage
- 4 Green Bamboo Massage
- 5 Women’s Massage Center by Ex-Prisoner
- 6 Thai Massage Conservation Club
FAQ on getting massage in Chiang Mai
Do I need to book in advance?
Yes and no – it really depends on how popular the place is. For the list below, I would say only Lila Thai and Green Bamboo needs a booking, perhaps 1-2 days in advance. Especially if you want anything longer than one hour.
What type of massage should I get?
The standard/go-to massage, in Thailand, is obviously Thai Massage! For the uninitiated, it’s a dry massage.
What should I wear then?
Most massage places will have clothes for you to change into for Thai Massage. The only exception on the list is the last one.
Should I avoid bringing valuables?
If you can, it’s ideal. Otherwise, I have gotten massage with a bag full of camera gears and some cash. They should let you keep the bag in the same room or under the massage table.
Lila Thai Massage
A chain worth visiting that’s both serene and value for money, Lila Thai Massage employs and trains female ex-inmates (many of whom often take the fall for a male family member). They have several locations across town and all of them are decorated with a Lanna style, and not at all a cheap experience.
My favourite branch is the Ratchapakhinai with the dangling tree roots. They give you a foot bath first before you change for the massage. The rooms are dark with soft music playing with attentive masseuse.
Cost: 300 Baht for 60 minutes Thai massage
Address: various, check their website here. Online booking available.
Note: my favourite branch is:
38 Ratchaphakhinai Rd, Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Located near the south gate, Daracha Massage is a small massage place that I keep going back to. There is only one room but each massage bed is curtained off. I love that it’s fuss free and the masseuse here are all aunties that know how to hit your pressure points. If you do oil massages or scrub, there are rooms upstairs.
Thai Massage: 250 Baht 60 minutes
Address: 45 Prapokkloa Rd, Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 23:00; Sat – Sun 9:00 – 23:00
Green Bamboo Massage
A highly rated massage and spa place, Green Bamboo’s massages are still very affordable. It’s in the southeast corner of the old town, with a little hut like entrance that matches its name.
The interior is made of bamboo and oozes relaxing vibes with a small seating area where you have tea after your massage. I also like their body scrub as well so be sure to check out their package deals. They are a popular place so it’s best to email them a few days in advance.
Thai Massage: 250 Baht 60 minutes
You can check their pricing online here
Address: 1 ถนน มูลเมือง ซอย 1 Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: Mon – Fri 10:00 – 21:00; Sat – Sun 23:00 – 21:00
Women’s Massage Center by Ex-Prisoner
Another highly rated massage place that hires former inmates, I tried the best reviewed location for a 250 baht foot massage (same price for Thai massage). The decor was nice, but everyone gets their massage in a big room so there’s little privacy, hence I would recommend only getting foot massage if you are self-conscious about being wrangled into different positions in public.
It wasn’t the best massage I’ve had in my life, and I did have to tell the masseuse to use more force as with the oil, pressure was a bit lacking. Overall, she hit the right points most of the time and it rejuvenated my feets.
Address: 35/1 ถนน จาบัลย์ Tambon Si Phum, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200
Opening times: 9:00 – 21:00
Thai Massage Conservation Club
Want to find the cheapest Thai massage? The Thai Massage Conservation Club is a little far from the city center in the north. The masseuses are all blind and work here as part of the conservation club’s effort to find them work. It’s not very clean, granted, and it’s best to bring your own clothes. But at 150 Baht, you can’t really ask for more and you’ll be helping a good cause.
Address: 99 Ratchamanka Rd, Phra Sing, Mueang Chiang Mai District, Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand
Opening times: 8:00 – 22:00