Review: Akane (Soi 33) — Bangkok, Thailand

Akane is a well known massage parlor located on the east side of Sukhumvit Soi 33 in Bangkok, Thailand. I’ve been meaning to review the place for some time but for a number of reasons I am only getting around to it now.

A little over a year ago I posted a review of Akane’s Chitlom location which offers intensive body scrubs, prostate massage and happy endings as a matter of course. The Soi 33 location has the same owner and overall look but the place is a bit different for a few reasons.

I don’t have any way to compare the sizes of both shops but it seems that the Soi 33 location is a lot larger. At the very least the lobby is bigger and more accommodating. Many of the women on staff can usually be found there too which is unlike the Chitlom location where the women hang out somewhere in the back until a customer arrives.

Customers are greeted by an older female manager upon entry, given a drink and shown to a couch. Once seated they are shown a list of the various services available at the shop. Once they’ve chosen a service the manager will ask the available women to line up and the customer will chose one or more as the case may be.

The range of services at Akane Soi 33 comes with a range of prices. The most inexpensive service is the one hour lotion massage ending with a wiener massage which goes for a mere 770 Baht ($24 US). While all of the women on staff will perform this services it’s clear that many prefer other options. Undoubtedly this is due to the low price of which they must only get a fraction. When a customer chooses this option the line up of available women on staff will have a lot less smiles than a line up that comes after a customer chooses a more expensive service like the fashion massage.

The term “fashion massage” is an Akane euphemism for a massage ending with oral action that is performed by a service provider freed from the constraints of her uniform. A 50 minute session is the cheapest version and it goes for 1100 Baht ($35 US). A “3P” version involving two service providers is available for 1680 Baht ($53 US).

Full sex is not sold at any Akane location in Bangkok. In a city where so much is available this actually makes the place stand out and puts in firmly in a particular niche. Judging by the flow of customers in and out of the shop, it is a popular one.

Massages are performed in rooms that clean but small (with the exception of the VIP Room which comes at a premium). They are better than the rooms at the Chitlom location since they each contain a private shower. There is no large shower room available at the Soi 33 location so body scrubs are not available. Those who enjoy having their skin rubbed with sandpaper while laying near other guys will see this as a negative aspect of the Soi 33 location. Others, like me, will not.

The massages performed at Akane are generally pretty good considering what kind of place it is. The concluding services are also professional done but are usually not out of this word. Basically the women who work at Akane know how to do their jobs but they probably won’t change any lives in the process. The trademark prostate massage of the Chitlom location may be available in specific cases but as far as I know it’s not standard.

While service at Akane doesn’t feel rushed the clock is watched and sessions end as scheduled. For those who finish early this could be viewed as a plus. Payment at Akane is rendered after the massage at the front desk downstairs.

As a Japanese oriented establishment tips are neither required nor expected at Akane. While they are surely welcomed the women almost don’t give a chance for them to be given since everything is done so smoothly. Surely the committed punter could still part with his money though.

The same women work at both Akane locations. The Akane website which seems to have been updated recently contains a schedule that shows each woman on staff and lists the days, times and locations they’ll be working. There’s also a form for booking sessions to make sure a favorite service provider is available. The website says these reservations should be made at least one day in advance. I’ve been told that women can travel from one location to another if a customer specifically requests them.

It’s hard to describe a large group of women and even harder to judge individual looks. I hate to talk poorly about anyone and in the end looks are subjective. One guy’s princess is another guy’s pooch. In general I would say that the women who work at Akane are average in looks. There are a few exceptions. At least one woman who works at Akane is genuinely stunning and a few aren’t attractive at all. Surely the latter still get customers. Some guys may have a different view and some guys could care less about looks in a place like Akane.

I mentioned earlier than Akane is Japanese oriented. This is obvious to any observer. The location under review here is located on a street sometime’s called “Soi Japan” because it is home to so many Japanese and Japanese-oriented businesses. The name “Akane” is even Japanese.

Those who are familiar with the widespread policy of refusing non-Japanese people in the Japanese commercial sex scene will find that things are not the same at Akane. What “Japanese oriented” means in practice is that the shop is Japanese in style and has some women on staff who can speak basic Japanese. As far as I know customers of all national origins are welcome.

As a well run happy ending massage parlor that is clean and straightforward Akane does a good job. I think it’s fair to give the place a solid three-and-a-half stars. The only real negative in my mind is that the women are clearly dejected when a customer goes for the basic massage. I can’t blame them but it takes away from the experience. Maybe the shop needs to raise prices for the benefit of everyone involved. That’s not usually something I say but clearly there is room for improvement in this area. On the other hand, the relatively low prices are one of the most attractive aspects of the place, so who knows? I would also prefer if they staffed nothing but stunners but that may be asking too much. Especially at 770 Baht a go.

Akane, Sukhumvit Soi 33, Bangkok, Thailand. Open seven days a week, noon to midnight. Phone: 026620366. Website: http://akane-corp.com Map on website. 

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