If you are considering visiting Thailand for medical tourism (see Medical Tourism with Eve for notes on hospitals and dentists), there are two areas of the city where I would recommend staying. The first and easiest is near the Nana BTS station. I stay at The Manhattan where the prices are decent (100 USD or less if you find a deal on-line) and the quality reasonable.
The hotel is literally 3 blocks from the Nana BTS station where you can pick up a free shuttle bus to Bumrungrad Hospital, or walk the 4 longish blocks. I normally walk, but in the summer with the heat and rain, sometimes a quick air-conditioned bus ride keeps you in the right frame of mind.
The area itself is an interesting mix of everything with a Middle Eastern, Thai and Indian focus. This makes the variety of food choices fantastic. One of my favorite restaurants for people watching is The Bosphorus. A little tricky to find within the mall off Sukhumvit due to the variety of entrances so I’ll give you a little tip: look for the store Pink Pvssy. The signage, with its hot pink lettering, stands out as much as the name making it pretty hard to miss. Follow the store till you find the escalator and take it up to the second floor where you will see partially hidden stairs to the right that take you up to The Bosphorus. It is worth the small quest. When the temperature is right, you can sit out on the balcony area and watch the people coming in and out of the Amari Boulevard Hotel and some of Bangkok’s wonderfully colorful characters winding their way down the street.
The street markets along Sukhumvit near the Nana BTS sets up shop in the later afternoon, and some of the food and drink stalls are still open from the night before at 8 am (I’ve passed them on the way to a doctor’s appointment!). For those who prefer a little more upscale lodgings, there’s the Westin, Sheraton and Sofitel all within a few blocks from each other.
Disclaimer: Story is based on personal experience. Consult with your doctor or dentist before visiting for medical purposes. The authors of this article and website bear no responsibility for the outcome of a medical visit in Thailand.