The first time I tried Love Teen Massage I ended up at the shop next door instead, as I explained in my review of Dream Heaven Massage on the same street. It didn’t take me long after that little detour to visit Soi 33 again during business hours so I could see what the situation was like.
Love Teen is as easy to find as it gets. Traveling up Soi 33 from Sukhumvit in Bangkok it’s easy to see the place on the left, clearly marked by pink singage and a good number of girls sitting outside waiting for customers to arrive.
Love Teen is a pretty big place for a Bangkok oily massage shop. It has a relatively spacious lobby and lots of rooms located up several flights of steps. The staff is also rather large with at least two dozen women employed. That doesn’t mean that 24 women will be there for each and every customer to choose from. I’m talking overall numbers.
The female manager at Love Teen is attentive to customers who arrive at her shop but she’s neither as friendly or attractive as the women in charge of places like Cherry Massage, Bamboo Massage or even Dream Heaven next door. This may not matter to many but it’s something I do take into consideration. While the main service takes place in the massage rooms, the overall experience isn’t limited to that. And there’s also a question of spending money where it is most appreciated and perhaps most deserved.
I don’t want anyone to think that the management at Love Teen is terrible or anything like that. The woman who works the front desk at the shop definitely gets the job done and doesn’t mistreat customers or anything like that. I am simply stating a fact.
A customer is given a list of services and makes a choice. Then he’s shown a book of over-airbrushed photos of the available women to choose from.
My attention was first drawn to Love Teen by what appeared to be an overall very beautiful and fit group of gals working it. That was my impression after passing by the joint in early 2013. During a recent visit I was slightly disappointed to find out that things had changed. It’s definitely possible that I just came at a bad time, but I can’t base a review on imaginary possibilities. I can only go by what I’ve seen first hand.
I don’t want to give the impression that the staff at Love Teen is terrible either. There were some nice looking ladies around when I stopped by, but they just weren’t up to the level that I expected. Again I am simply stating a fact, and I’m sure others may even disagree with me.
In my opinion a place with a name like Love Teen would do well to have a staff of fit women in the 19-24 age range. Surely that’s just a fantasy that sounds like it came out my earlier post on sex shops I’d like to see, but a name like “Love Teen” does conjure up a certain image. At least in my mind anyway.
There are some ladies on staff at Love Teen who are in their late 20’s, if not older. There are also some who are rather large and marked with stretch marks all over their stomachs. This isn’t out of the norm for a massage parlor in Bangkok, and of course there are tastes of all kind when it comes to customers, but based on what I had previously seen and heard, and the name, I was looking for something else.
The prices at Love Teen are standard. There are all the usual options, and one can opt for an hour, 90 minutes or two hours. Prices are a tiny bit higher than average with a rub and tug going for 1000 Baht (31 USD) and an hour of massage with full service going for 2100 (65 USD). The fee is paid all at once.
While a few massage parlors may occasionally ask customers to pay in advance of service, it’s certainly not the norm. At Love Teen it does seem to be standard practice, at least from what I’ve seen. I don’t have a huge problem paying before the service begins at a place like this but I’m not a huge fan of the arrangement either. Why fix what isn’t broken? More importantly, why risk making the customer feel like they’re being questioned on their ability or willingness to play.
The facilities at Love Teen are just okay. The place a little run down but not more than a lot of the other shops operating around town. The rooms are a bit small and the air conditioners aren’t the greatest at cooling down a room. That is made even worse by the fact that one may be expected to climb as many as three flights of stairs to get to a massage room to begin with. After walking up Soi 33 in 100 degree weather, the last thing a guy wants to do is climb a mountain of stairs to reach a room with a barely-working air con unit.
On the plus side, the showers at Love Teen are kept clean and neat. Hair shampooing also seems to be a standard option here at no extra cost. I found that to be a nice touch and a little reminiscent of the hots tocs of Vietnam.
The thing that probably matters most at a place like Love Teen Massage is the service provided by the masseuse. Here I found no faults whatsoever. The level of treatment provided is exactly what one expects, and maybe even more. Sure things can change with individual masseuses and clients, but it’s nice to know that in general things are done well in this department.
The ladies who work at Love Teen are also a friendly bunch who are happy to greet a new customer and have a chat. That’s certainly nothing to sneeze at, but in my opinion it’s not enough to draw in customers in such a crowded market.
When it comes right down to it Love Teen Massage is simply an average Thai oily massage parlor. Nothing more and nothing less. Because of that I’m going to give it a fittingly average score of two-and-a-half stars. I think this is more than fair.
Love Teen Massage. 9/2 Soi 33, Sukhumvit, Bangkok, Thailand. Open seven days a week from 10 am to midnight. Website: http://www.love-teen.net Map available on site.