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. I’m not a big spender on the hotel when I take my medical trips to Thailand. I prefer to take it down a notch from Nana area and stay closer to the business district. My normal BTS station is Sala Daeng, and I look for places to stay within walking of the BTS station. From Sala Daeng BTS it is a 25 minute ride to Bumrungrad hospital for a physical and a 20 minute ride to Bangkok Smile for a cleaning.
In this area, you can choose from the dreamy beds and views over a nearby Wat at Le Meridian, to where I normally stay for a tenth of the price at the Sunflower Place. While the Sunflower Palace may not be the most spectacular, it is cheap, safe and very simple. Best of all, Convent Street, which is a block down from the hotel, has an amazing collection of street food. There are so many great stalls to try that I eat at a new one every night.
Also, crucial to my decision to stay in the Sunflower Palace is that only a couple hundred feet from the door of the hotel is Center Point Spa and Thai Prime Massage. Thai Prime Massage is very popular because of it’s cheap prices and good service. Luckily, you can reserve a place since they are frequently booked during high season (December-March). I mainly go there for reflexology as the couple of times I had oil massages it felt uncomfortable. Mind you, nothing scandalous happened to me there, I just prefer the oil massages at Center Point since they are more professional about it. At either place, I love spending the evening getting a massage, walking a short distance to my hotel and then falling into bed.
Center Point is a little more expensive, but it is bliss. Whenever possible I plan to fly out around 12 midnight or 1 am so that after doing last minute shopping or wandering around Bangkok, I can go to the spa for 3 hours of treatments including a facial and massage, take a shower and either have a cab waiting, or walk to the BTS, fresh and ready to travel.
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.
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