A Thai trade group representing expensive massage options, the Federation of Thai Spa Associations (FTSPA), is petitioning the authorities to close down cheaper competitors in the name of a reputation for offering sexual services.
Apichai Jearadisak, an adviser to the FTSPA, revealed that some government officials and influential people have used growing spa services and legal loopholes to open pretty spas or massage parlours where tourists can buy sexual services. He
This has damaged the image of Thai spas. The government should do something to crack down on this problem.
The low-end spa segment is highly competitive. Clients can pay only 150 baht per hour for general massage, while Thai spas overseas in countries such as Japan often charge 1,600 baht per hour.
Rangsiman Kingkaew, president of the Phuket Spa Association, said the government should seriously supervise the Thai spa business by setting standards and growth directions. Rangsiman said the government should speed up setting standards to prevent
misunderstanding between real Thai traditional massage and poor massage services on beaches and roadsides.