Thai massage sessions and courses are held most famously at Wat Pho, while luxurious and indulgent spa and massage treatments are available at many posh hotels across the city, as well as at the following stand-alone places.

Divana Massage and Spa 7 Soi 25, Thanon Sukhumvit t02 661 6784,; map. Delightful spa serving up Thai massages (100min for B1150), foot, aromatherapy and herbal massages, as well as facials and Ayurvedic treatments. Mon–Fri 11am–11pm, Sat & Sun 10am–11pm.

Nicolie Sun Square, a small shopping arcade on the south side of Thanon Silom between soi 21 and 23 t02 233 6957,; map. Superb Thai (B1600/90min) and other massages, as well as facials and scrubs, in a soothing environment decorated with Asian objets d’art. Daily 11am–10pm.

Pian’s Soi Susie Pub, which runs between the east end of Thanon Khao San and Thanon Ram Bhuttri t02 629 0924; map. Uninvitingly clinical-looking but highly rated a/c massage centre, offering Thai massages (B200/hr) as well as foot, oil and herbal massages; you can also study Thai massage here. Daily 7.30am–12.30am.

Pimmalai Thanon Sukhumvit, 50m east of BTS On Nut, exit 1, between sois 81 and 83 t02 742 6452, In a nice old wooden house, Thai massages (B250/1hr), plus foot, herbal and oil massages, body scrubs and facials. Daily 10am–10pm.

Ruen Nuad 42 Thanon Convent, near Thanon Sathon Nua t02 632 2662–3; map. Excellent Thai massages (B350/1hr, B600/2hr), as well as aromatherapy and foot massages and a juice bar, in an a/c, characterful wooden house, down an alley opposite the BNH Hospital and behind Naj restaurant. Daily 10am–9pm.

Wat Pho Excellent massages are available in two a/c buildings on the east side of Wat Pho’s main compound; allow two hours for the full works (B420/hr; foot reflexology massage B420/hr). There are often long queues here, however, so you might be better off heading over to the massage centre’s other premises just outside the temple, at 392/25–28 Soi Pen Phat 1, Thanon Maharat (the soi is unmarked but look for the Coconut Palm restaurant on the corner; daily 8am–6pm; t02 622 3533 or t02 622 3550–1, Here you can also enrol on a thirty-hour massage training course in English, over five days (B8500), and foot-massage courses for B6500. Daily 8am–7pm.

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