Massages at Bangkok’s Wat Pho are famous, but many Thais and westerners elect instead to go to the One Pho Original Thai Massage around the corner, where the prices are a bit better, all masseuses are Wat Pho trained, and the lines are shorter. In addition, it’s closer to the Thai Tien pier. And it’s air conditioned, which, as it turns out, is one of the major reasons Thais love coming here.
When you enter, you’ll be presented with a card stating the rates per hour. You can also ask for a two-hour massage, at double the hourly rates. If you want a foot massage only, you’ll remain on the lower floor, but you’ll be led upstairs for all other massages, where you’ll strip down to underwear, put on pajamas, and receive your massage.
At One Pho, prices for a one hour massage are as follows:
Thai original massage, 250 baht
Foot massage, 250 baht
Oil massage, 500 baht
Herbal compress, 500 baht.
How to get there
We recommend taking a Chao Phraya river taxi from the Saphan Takin pier (BTS Silom line) to the Tha Tien pier (#8), then proceed east for a few meters to One Pho.
One Pho Massage
256-258 Maharaj Road
Open daily, 9 am – 8 pm