Chiang Mai is home to a varied collection of massage shops and studios. Most roads or sois in the central areas of the city have massage shops at which professional masseuses and masseurs administer energising massages or massages sure to kill aches and pains for good. The following are our recommendations for the best Thai massage places offer the full cultural experience plus massages in settings more salubrious than the average.
Last Updated: June 2019
Founded soon after the dawn of the new millennium, Nimman House Thai Massage has long been a favourite with tourists and residents. The masseuses and masseurs at Nimman House are versatile and able to deliver invigorating body, facial, foot, back and shoulders, herbal and oil massages. This establishment has a steam room and enjoys a top location just off nightlife and dining destination central at Nimmanhaemin Road.
Nimman House: #59/8, Nimmanhaemin Rd., A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:30-22:00 (Daily) | Price: 350 B/Hour | Tel: +66 53 218 109 | Website | Facebook
Lila Thai Massage is a boutique chain of studios with six locations in Chiang Mai. These include Ratchadamneon Road, and close to Phra Singh Temple and Thapae Gate. All the Lila masseuses have undergone extensive training and are Public Health Department certified. The full portfolio of massages is on the menu at all Lila branches. The coconut oil body, the gold aroma and the aloe vera body are a trio of the choices. Scrubs, facial detoxes, pedicures, manicures and herbal foot spas are all available too.
Lila Thai Massage: Ratchadamnoen Branch, #86-88, T. Phra Singh, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-22:00 (Daily) | Price: 250 B/Hour | Tel: +66 53 327 243 | Website | Facebook
Billing itself as providing classic and original massages and wellness packages, Zabai Thai Massage is a great choice for discerning tourists and expats. Enticingly named massages such as the Nirvana and the Royal Honeymoon always encourage patrons to keep coming back. Combined massage, herbal treatments and facials are perfect for those who fancy being pampered for a few hours.
Zabai Thai Massage: #1/8, Thapae Rd., Soi 1, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50100 | Open: 10:00-22:00 (Daily) | Packages: 1,350-1550 B | Tel: +66 53 820 669, +66 86 921 9149 | Website | Facebook
Awarded numerous Certificates of Excellence by TripAdvisor, Green Bamboo Thai Massage offers traditional Lanna Thai style treatments. The team of therapists at this family-run studio are skilled and administer relaxing and curative massages. The studio uses its own organic ointments and signature aloe vera oils. Green Bamboo Thai Massage is located inside the southeast corner of Chiang Mai Old City.
Green Bamboo Thai Massage: #1, Moon Muang Rd., Soi 1, A. Muang, Chiang Mai 50200 | Open: 10:00-21:00 (Mon-Fri), 11:00-21:00 (Sat-Sun)| Price: N/A | Tel: +66 89 827 5563 | Website