Thailand is the home of awesome massages and with cheap prices and expert masseuses, it is absolutely obligatory that you get at least one massage during your time in Thailand. If you’re anything like me you’ll probably end up wanting one a week, if not more! As with everywhere in the country, where there are tourists, there are massage parlors, and Phuket is no different. However, like everything else, the cheapest option is not always the best. You don’t want to end up in some seedy joint or be stung for more money after being asked if you want a ‘happy ending’. Choose from high-end hotel spas and local massage parlors, all of which have experienced masseuses to work their magic.

Don’t forget to figure out the differences between a Thai Massage (a brutal massage in which you wear pajamas and your body parts are maneuvered in ways you never knew they could) and a Thai aromatherapy massage (a relaxing full body massage with essential oils) to make sure you choose the right thing!

Here are some of the top spots for massages in and around Phuket.

Sweet Lemongrass Phuket

Sweet Lemongrass is a cheap and cheerful local spa chain in Phuket. They offer everything from detox scrubs to facials and full body aromatherapy massages so you can go back time and time again for different treatments. The massage parlors themselves are basic and it’s likely you’ll be in a large room with sections simply curtained off between customers.

Their authentic Thai massage is also great and will have you loosened out in no time! The team offers a professional service with face towels as you arrive and refreshing tea after your treatment.

Oriental Massage Phuket

Oriental Massage Phuket is another great chain that offers reasonably-priced treatments. Not only do they offer both traditional Thai massages and aromatherapy treatments but they also have a mani/pedi list, body scrubs, and reflexology.

The only downside to Oriental Massage Phuket’s popularity can be the noise which can be a little unrelaxing when the place is full – perhaps brings some earplugs if you really want to zone out.

Spa by Burasari

Step away from the hustle and bustle of Phuket and into the peaceful haven that is Spa Burasari. This is a wonderful mid-range option for those seeking a little luxury during their trip.

Each treatment starts with the Burasari ‘purification ritual’ which includes a foot bath and dry body scrub. This sets you up nicely for whichever treatment you choose. The masseuses will then whisk you away into a peaceful world of relaxation before offering you a sit-down and a green tea to wake you back up.

Breeze Spa at Amari Phuket

For a more upmarket spa experience, head to one of the many hotel spas in and around Phuket. Breeze Spa at the Amari is one such spa that offers an amazing array of treatments. The spa is set on the hillside with spectacular sea views and the open-air treatment rooms allow you to listen to the lap of the ocean waters while you enjoy your massage. Choose from a private massage room or one for couples so you can enjoy the tranquillity of an oceanside massage with your friend or loved one.

There are also ocean view plunge pools so you can chill out on the deck and watching the waves lap the shore.

Whichever massage parlor you choose in Phuket you’re sure to enjoy an hour of pure relaxation. Some massages may only set you back $10-15, while others may cost around $50, but it really depends what experience you are looking for. Let us know in the comments about your favorite spas and massage parlors in Phuket.