Review: Rasputin — Pattaya, Thailand
Over the years I have spent a lot of time covering the famous seaside city of Pattaya. I still haven’t written up even half of what I know what I know about the area and its various businesses but I do have to use at least some of my time to cover other places around the world. This helps expand both the depth and the readership of this site.
Pattaya is known around the world for its adult entertainment scene even though it is increasingly being promoted as a sort of family fun destination especially in countries like Russia and China where people might not know of its primary reputation.
Whatever the case may be Pattaya is still a large city lined from one side to the other with adult entertainment establishments. Some are so large and obvious that they have become tourist attractions. Some of the large soapy massage parlors are even visited by actual tour buses filled with Chinese tourists.
Perhaps this is a part of the sales package back in China. For all I know there could even be posters up in Chinese travel agencies telling guys to bring their wives and kids for the beach and “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” museum while they unwind with a nice nude 21-year-old girl from Chiang Rai in a bubble bath.
That may sound unbelievable but remember that there are shops in Hong Kong decorated with posters of sexy Asian women that sell tour packages that include discounted ferry tickets and full service sessions with Vietnamese women in the Macau saunas.
In any event the large soapy massage centers of Pattaya are hard to miss and thus deserve to be reviewed here on Rockit Reports.
Rasputin is one of the largest soapy massage complexes in Pattaya and probably even the world. The structure that houses the business would be nearly impossible to miss for anyone heading down Pattaya’s Second Road or as they say in Thai “Pattaya Sai Song” unless they were distracted by the wild activities of the nearby Soi 6 strip.
Coming from Second Road customers enter the complex by passing through a large parking lot. If they are coming from the Beach Road they simply head up the small alley and turn toward the doors.
Once inside customers approach a front desk staffed by at least one Thai woman. There is no reason for customers to stop at the desk but first time visitors don’t seem to know that. The woman is constantly telling customers to continue inside.
Beyond the front desk the building branches off in different directions. To the right there is a bar area that looks a lot like a nightclub though during most hours it is basically dead. To the left there are several seats of different styles that point toward the “fishbowl” where the service providers sit. In the same direction there is also a full service restaurant that is oddly right in the eye line of both the service providers and the punters who are looking at them.
In most places the fishbowls are surrounded by walls of glass. This is where the name comes from. Supposedly the rooms look like fishbowls. At Rasputin the area is separated by there is no glass to be found. Instead the place where the glass would be is simply open air.
Customers who are looking to party or have a bite to eat can obviously head to the area that meets their needs though most who enter head right to one of the aforementioned seats to have a look at the available ladies. The fishbowl at Rasputin is rather large and extremely well lit. Unlike some of the soapy massage parlors around that have large seating areas but few women there are actually a lot of women working at Rasputin at most times.
Beyond the dozens of ladies in the fishbowl there are also a bevy of “models” who sit in a circle on large red plush couches. All of the women wear numbered badges that are also color coded. The colors indicate the pricing group they are in. The women in the fishbowl are organized into three separate groups. The middle group charges 2500 Baht per session ($72 USD). The models charge even more. Obviously things like drinks and meals can further add to the bill.
Once customers have found a service provider of their liking they flag down one of the floor managers to indicate their choice. The managers can all speak at least basic English that is satisfactory enough to explain the prices and rules. At least one of the managers is either an Arab or an interested looking Thai guy who able to speak the Arabic language fluently to the many Arabic speaking customers who visit.
Once plans for sessions are finalized managers direct customers to a counter to pay while they let the service provider know she has been selected. The service providers then emerge from side doors and join their customers in the voyage to the upstairs rooms. Although the seating and bars areas are huge the rooms are what fills up the Rasputin building most.
The rooms at Rasputin are so large and well appointed that I can confidentially say they are among the best to be found at any soapy massage parlor in Thailand and they put most of the places in Bangkok and Chiang Mai to shame. Still many of the rooms suffer from water damage that is becoming more visible by the day. If this is not addressed soon it won’t be long before Rasputin’s rooms look like those of the most worn out soapies in Bangkok. I doubt this would do much to deter clientele however since most guys visit for the women rather than the big beds or flat screen televisions displaying uncensored Japanese pornography on the walls.
The women represent a full spectrum of the kinds of looks available in Thailand. Women who work at Rasputin come from all over the country. Most are in their twenties but a handful may be in their early thirties. It is always difficult to make a judgment on looks. Different people find different things attractive and when there are dozens of women working there is always variation. I would say that most of the women at Rasputin are generally attractive with some looking a little better or worse. One things is for sure and that is that the women often look a lot different up close than they do at a distance under bright white lights. That explains why regular customers can often be seen pacing up and down the floor trying to get a close look before making a selection.
Although most of the clients are foreigners the majority of the women who work at Rasputin speak limited English if they speak the language at all. They are still able to direct and control sessions however thanks to the use of sounds and gestures that anyone with a brain can understand.
The sessions at Rasputin follow the typical soapy routine. Customers undress and relax while the service providers prepare a bubble bath. Customers then enter the bath with the service providers who wash them sometimes throwing some oral or other erotic action into the mix. That is followed by a soapy slide on a big inflatable mat. Next customers are rinsed and dried before heading to the bed. They are soon joined by the service providers who perform oral without a rubber followed by covered full service. This leads to another shorter bath and the end of the session.
Different service providers can have their own way of doing things but most at Rasputin follow the script pretty closely. This is different from some soapies where more than a few of the women don’t want anything to do with inflatable mats or soapy slides.
All in all Rasputin is one of the biggest and most luxurious of the soapy massage parlors in Pattaya. Surprisingly it has not been too tainted by the number of foreigners who visit as the women still put in a solid work effort even though tips are neither expected or required. The women also seem to be in generally good spirits once outside of the bright lights of the fishbowl which can not be said for every other place running on a similar business model. I give it three stars.
Rasputin. Second Road Soi Pattaya Dragon, Pattaya, Thailand. Open seven days a week from noon to 1:00 AM. Phone +66 (0) 848888920. Click here for a map.