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“The mother ship of Bangkok temples” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School

Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School
2 Sanamchai Road | Wat Po, Tatian, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
(+66) 2 221-2974
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Ranked #64 of 459 Activities in Bangkok
Type: Educational Sites, Spas, Classes
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“The mother ship of Bangkok temples”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is the mothership of Bangkok Temples. Not only the oldest and largest,it has a lively lived-in,faded grandeur where it is used as the foremost center for public education. It is of-course, the magnet for every tourist in the land due to the Reclining buddha.
But its fame is because of its Traditional Medicine School including the Institute of massage. Look out for the stone plaques embedded in the inner walls of the paviliion,showing massage points. To book a rub, plan a head of your visit. Ask your hotel to organize this.

Visited May 2013
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“Spend the money and get a real massage!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

My wife and I got thai massages here 2 weeks ago and are both still in pain. I have a shoulder injury and told the massage student that my shoulder was injured and that he needed to be careful. He was not paying attention during the massage (he was chatting with a colleague), put his foot in my armpit and proceeded to pull my arm--which separated my shoulder. While he was very apologetic, I am now on the verge of needing surgical repair. The rest of the massage was very painful and despite my repeated pleas to soften up, it never got more gentle. My wife had the exact same experience. We each walked out it pain (we are young, fit people) swearing we had just made a big mistake,

It's also a bit weird because it is cramped and everyone is laid out next to strangers. So, you're getting a massage right next to a complete stranger, often times on your side looking right at a stranger looking back at you.

Visited August 2013
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“Best Massage in Bangkok”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Very pricy compared to other Massage opportunities around town but it is worth the price for sure! If you are searching for a Happy Ending you should go to Khaosan Road but if you want to find a professional and traditional Massage go to Wat Pho! Go around the temple and as soon as the sun gets to hot for you and your feet start to hurt, relax during a 1 hour long massage.

Visited July 2013
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“Heavenly Thai Massage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Impromptu visit during a City break in Bangkok. Quite simply ... sublime! Highly professional approach to massage. Left feeling suitably revived after a full-on day sight-seeing in the heat. Loved it!

Visited July 2013
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“worth it, worth it, worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

It's great to visit after you've toured the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. Just follow the signs inside Wat Pho and these will lead you to the building. We appreciated the air-conditioned massage pavilion, the orderly numbering system and the friendly staff. we decided to get a 1-hr Thai Body massage (420 baht) and a 30 min Foot massage (280 baht). Separate numbers were given for these services. We waited around 30 mins for our turn, which was no hardship since we were able to secure seats inside the pavilion, which was fully air-conditioned. When we were called for the body massage, they noted that we were also in line for the foot massage so they just instructed the masseuse to combine them, which was better and more efficient.

There are around 10-14 beds available for the body massage and around 5 chairs for the foot massage. No, you do not have to be in your underwear for the body massage (which is a good thing because privacy is nonexistent). They just asked us to change our pants into a generic, one-size-fits-all loose trousers and led us to the beds. And proceeded to give us one of the best massages ever. EVER. when the 1 hour was done, we were seriously contemplating extending our time! they then led us to comfortable arm chairs, gave us sweetened water to drink and then got on with our foot massage. Wow. If feet can smile, ours would be grinning. It was just what we needed after a long day of walking. My masseuse even gave me blanket to use when she noted that i was shivering (yes, it was that cool inside - welcome break from Bangkok's humidity). Still, all good things must come to an end. We changed back into our street clothes, put our shoes back on and gave our masseuses big tips :)

So, to anyone looking for a great Thai massage - this is the place to go. There is usually a long queue, and you will be told that it's a 40 minute wait. Please know that it is worth the wait and it usually doesn't take 40 minutes. I will definitely make it a point to come back!

Visited July 2013
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