Not to be confused with the small massage shops, the massage parlors are the most popular type of place to get sex among the local Indonesians, most Asian tourists and also more and more westerners.
They are often referred to as “One Stop Entertainment” places, because they have different facilities like pool and sauna, massage, karaoke, club, nude dancing shows and, of course, short time rooms for sex with one (or two) of the many ladies.
You can find Panti Pijat for example in a side alley off Jalan Ps.
Kembang in Yogyakarta, or in a slightly different form in the infamous X-Houses in Sanur, Bali.
So yes, to some extent the industry is comparable to Thailand where the “oldest profession of the world” is also illegal by law, but mostly tolerated by the authorities.Pool tables, TVs with live sports and other tourists and expats add to the great atmosphere and overall popularity of these bars.You can find these kind of foreigner-oriented bars on Jalan Falatehan I in Jakarta, as well as on Jalan Legian in Kuta Bali. There are no such girly bars in other cities like Bandung, Yogyakarta or Surabaya – partly because there are fewer foreigners, and partly because the authorities don’t really like to have too many of these places around.Malio Club in Jakarta and Riverview Spa in Bali are two of the most famous places in this category.You can find full guides with more places in my Indonesia Section, just be aware that every once in a while a place gets shut down by the government, like the infamous Alexis Hotel that recently didn’t get its business license extended.