Who actually made it across the border during the long Easter weekend last week? Another reason why we’re celebrating the wonderful world of 2022 (goodbye and no thank you 2020-2021), it seems like our weekly jaunts into our favourite neighbouring country (cheap massage places in JB *whoop whoop!*) are back for good.
With long queues going in and out of Johor Bahru (JB) over the weekend, and reports from friends that JB is good to go, you can be sure that many of us (myself included) are definitely making our way over this weekend.
Back in 2019 before the pandemic struck, what was your favourite thing to do when you travelled to JB? Apart from food and KTV, one of the things on the list for me is getting back into my regular massage sessions in JB. The big question though, is which massage places in JB are still open for business?
Some of us might have had a go-to massage spot in JB from pre-covid times, but unfortunately over the past two years, some establishments have closed due to the lack of patrons to keep business running.
Before you travel into JB, here are the massage places we’ve verified that are still open and good to go – cheap, clean, and definitely Confirm Good.
1. Sabye Sabye (from S$17.60 / RM55)
Sabye Sabye is one of those massage places that’s known for providing good massage experiences with dependable masseurs. Despite its humble no-frills shop front, if you’re on the hunt for a massage that’s both cheap and good, this is where you need to be. They’re also currently running a promo for their massages.
Right now it only costs S$17.60 (RM55) for a 60-minute full-body massage, the cheapest we’ve found thus far! (The original price is S$20.73 / RM65.) However if you prefer oil with your massage, it will cost S$25.40 (RM80) for a 60-minute full-body oil massage. And if you need a longer massage than usual, the 90-minute full body massage will cost S$23.90 (RM75), and S$33.40 (RM105) for the one including oil.
📍 51a, Jalan Sutera, Taman Sentosa, 80150 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 10am–9pm (Mon to Sun)
2. Bangkok Family Spa (from S$18.67 / RM58)
Sawasdeeka, say hello once again to your favourite Thai massage. Bangkok Family Spa is clean, cosy, and nicely decorated with welcoming Thai accents that’ll make you feel right at home upon stepping in.
With their 60-minute traditional Thai massage priced at $$18.67 (RM58), and 60-minute Thai massage with oil at S$28.33 (RM88), and well-trained masseurs providing quality massages – it’s affordable and well worth every penny.
📍 33-01, 35-01, 35-02, 35, 03, Jalan Permas 10/7, Bandar Baru Permas Jaya, 81750 Masai, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 11am–2.30am (Mon to Sun)
3. Bangkok Spa (from S$19.96 / RM62)
Another Thai massage place on the list you might be familiar with, Bangkok Spa is a lovely, clean and comfortable massage space offering authentic and traditional Thai massage with experienced masseurs from Thailand.
Very competitively priced, you can enjoy a 60-minute traditional Thai massage at S$19.96 (RM62) or a 60-minute traditional Thai aromatherapy oil massage at S$27.36 (RM85). Alternatively, if you’re longing for a longer massage session, you can opt for the 90-minute variations at S$29.93 (RM93) and S$37.66 (RM117) respectively.
📍 58,58A,58B,60,60A,60B,62,62A,62B, Jalan Abiad, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 11am–3am (Mon to Sun)
4. Zie Reflexology Centre (from S$20.92 / RM65)
Apart from the usual Thai massage places, check out Zie Reflexology Centre, a massage place specialising in Malay traditional massage and cupping. At S$20.92 (RM65) for a 60-minute Malay traditional massage performed by experienced therapists, enjoy the full experience inclusive of foot reflexology, stress massage, and head and shoulder massage.
Otherwise, you could also give cupping, a traditional method of removing toxins and relaxing the body, a good go! Having tried cupping before, it is an interesting way to detox and destress, and I would recommend trying it at least once if you haven’t yet already.
📍 G03 Merlin Tower, Jalan Meldrum, Bandar Johor Bahru, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 9am–8pm (Mon to Sun)
5. SQ Massage (from S$23.18 / RM72)
Here at KSL is where you’ll find the cheapest 60-minute full-body oil massage on the list, coming in at S$23.18 (RM72). Located on the ground floor, step into SQ Massage and ready yourself for a good time of self-care and pampering.
From massages to mani-pedis, it’s a one-stop shop for both the ladies and gents with everything from traditional body massage and head massage to ear candling, cupping and Gua Sha. And if you have the time, feel free to top it all off with a lovely mani-pedi too.
📍 GE-006, Ground Floor & L2-01a, KSL CITY, 32, Jalan Seladang, Taman Abad, 80250 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 10am–10pm (Mon to Sun)
6. JB Thai Spa (from S$27.36 / RM85)
One of the popular go-to massage places in JB (for myself too), JB Thai Spa is thankfully still open for business! With plenty of experienced therapists and clean and comfortable massage spaces, it feels like a total retreat every time I get a massage here.
Expect to pay S$27.36 (RM85) for a 60-minute full-body Thai aromatherapy massage, S$37.66 (RM117) for 90 minutes, or S$51.18 (RM159) for a 2-hour massage.
And if you’d like a private massage room, it’ll only cost an additional S$3.22 (RM10) per person!
📍 40-42, Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 11am–2am (Mon to Sun)
7. Thai Imperial (from S$27.36 / RM85)
Another popular go-to Thai massage place in JB, Thai Imperial is immediately recognisable for frequent JB-goers (pre-covid). Similar to JB Thai Spa, you can expect a clean and cosy environment with welcoming Thai decor.
Your 60-minute traditional Thai massage will cost S$27.36 (RM85), and if you’d like to try the other options, feel free to scan their wellness menu to check out the variety of treatments available!
📍 70, Jalan Serampang, Taman Pelangi, 80400 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 12pm–2am (Mon to Sun)
8. Family Thai Spa (from S$28.97 / RM90)
While Family Thai Spa might be last and the most expensive on our list, they still fall within the affordable massage budget with their 60-minute full-body aromatherapy massage priced at a mere S$28.97 (at least compared to the prices of massage in Singapore!).
They are also currently running a promotion where it’s much cheaper for two people to enjoy a two-hour massage each, together. For two girls or a couple, a two-hour massage will cost S$78.54 (RM244) – that’s S$39.27 per person, only S$10 more for another hour of massage!
For groups of two men, it will cost S$89.16 (RM277) for a two-hour massage.
📍 65, Jalan Harmonium 33/1, Taman Desa Tebrau, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia – map
🕒 11am–12am (Mon to Sun)
PS: If you’re planning to head to one of these massage places in JB, it’s highly recommended to call in and make a reservation ahead of time.
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