How To Spend Your Recovery From Surgery
So you've had surgery. You can't swim, drink or smoke - here's how to take advantage of your time and truly indulge yourself in Thailand's incredible capital city.
Let Yourself Relax
The average massage in Bangkok will set you back $10AUD... for at LEAST an hour! Massage has a big part of Thai culture for over 2500 years, and traditional Thai Massage is a healing technique that was practiced before doctors. Despite what you may have heard about 'seedy' massage palours in Thailand, all Medi Makeovers hotels and hospitals are located well away from these areas - so you won't have to worry about what type of massage you'll end up with!
To take full advantage of a traditional Thai Massage (which yes, does involve a lot of stretching and even the masseuse using their body to add pressure to certain points), we suggest you have a Thai Massage the night you arrive in Bangkok. This will help your body after your surgery too.
After your surgery, you will be able to get as many massages as you like - as long as they are foot massages. Foot massages in Bangkok will have you slightly evalated and will help to take the pressure off your legs and lower back.
How much does it cost? 200THB-300THB
Where can I have it done? Anywhere! There are plenty of places both inside shopping centres and along the main roads and side streets near your hotel. You can ask the hotel concierge or your MM consultant for the closest one to you. Keep in mind, that just as at home, massages in hotel spas can be more expensive, but are still cheaper than at home.
Do I need to tip? Not necessarily, although tipping 50THB-100THB is good form.
Other tips: Some foot massages will also involve stretching your back, advise your masseuse that you cannot hold your arms above your head as this will pull your body in the wrong ways after surgery.
With thousands of shopping hubs in Bangkok, you'll be sure to find something you love (and you can even stock up on pressies too!). From luxe to market stalls, most shopping in Bangkok is extremely comfortable after surgery as shops are in air conditioning. Click here for more on how to shop like a pro in Bangkok and find exactly what you're looking for.
Opening Hours: Most shopping centres in Bangkok open 10AM-10PM. Night market stalls will open from 5PM, usually until 12AM.
How much will I spend? With a mix of shopping options, you can pick up bargain deals for 100THB (at Platinum Fashion Mall or MBK) or if you're looking for the real luxury deal (Dior, Chanel etc.), most luxe shops in Bangkok work out cheaper than in Australia and New Zealand.
How to get there: All our hotels are located very close to transport options such as the SkyTrain. You can hop on the SkyTrain (they usually come every 5 minutes, or every 2 minutes during peak times) and land right outside many shopping centres. You can also catch a taxi, but Tuk Tuks are not advised post surgery, especially during peak times as sitting in Bangkok smog is NOT going to help your recovery. Ask the hotel concierge or your Medi Makeovers consultant for more info.
Kidzania is the very latest and, without a doubt, most innovative addition to the 'edutainment' scene in Bangkok. Each and every one of the shops and buildings in Kidzania town is a learning experience for children from four to 15 years old. Not just some boring 'show-how': here kids get to be part of the shops. It's extremely well executed and kids love it! The range of experiences is also unique as there are up to 80 different jobs to choose from, everything from being a real dentist to flying a Boeing 737! Fight a hotel fire with real water and ride a tiny fire truck to reach the scene. Rescue people with a small ambulance and bring them to a mini hospital where you get to use almost real equipment. Everything is very realistic, just smaller. Then move to the newspaper office and report to a real newsroom or a TV studio... if only real life jobs would look as fun! Your little ones will love this place!
Opening Hours: Weekdays 10.00 - 17.00 • Weekend and Holidays 10.30 - 20.30
Location: 5th floor of Siam Paragon
BTS Station: Siam
Price Range: Weekdays: Adult (from 15 years old) : 425 Baht - Kids (4-14 years old) : 850 Baht - Toddlers (2-3 years old) : 425 Baht Weekends and Holidays: Adult (from 15 years old) : 500 Baht - Kids (4-14 years old) : 1,000 Baht - Toddlers (2-3 years old) : 500 Baht
If you are a skeptic, you’d probably think a wax museum is a wax museum is a wax museum, right? What’s the hype all about? Well, for starter, Madame Tussauds has stepped down from the pedestal and embraced her visitors with a revolutionary concept – the wax museum with exhibits you can touch, hug, play with and even kiss. Imagine shooting hoops with the Houston Rockets centre Yao Ming, appearing on The Oprah Show, practicing Kung Fu with Bruce Lee, drinking espresso with George Clooney, or… ahem… putting your arm over your old pal Mao Zedong’s shoulders.Located in the Siam Discovery Center, in Siam area, Madame Tussauds Bangkok is no old-fashioned wax museum. For the entertainment value and a chance to rub shoulders with world celebrities, heads of state, activists, sports heroes and heroines, legendary artists, and even royalty, the museum is worth checking out.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00 daily (might change slightly during long weekend or national holidays)
Location: 6th Fl. Siam Discovery Center
Tel: +66 (0)2 658 0060
Siam Ocean World
Two storeys underneath the glitzy Siam Paragon shopping mall, an aquatic wonderland the size of three Olympic swimming pools awaits your discovery at the Siam Ocean World. This underground aquarium, one of the largest in Southeast Asia, will dazzle you with innovative world-class exhibits and over 30,000 curious looking creatures from various depths and aquatic regions across the globe.Meet some of the world’s record holders, transported all the way from the Amazon River or the Jurassic period when dinosaurs still roamed the earth. Greet the ocean’s deadliest predators in the 270-degree underwater tunnel, sneak a peek into the open ocean from a glass-bottom boat, or, if you really can’t resist, dive in and have a swim amongst the sharks and rays. For kids, a few hours spent at the Siam Ocean World will be as educational as it is exhilarating and memorable.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 21:00 daily
Location: Basement floor, Siam Paragon, Siam
How to get there: Take Exit 5 from the BTS Siam Station, which provides direct access to Siam Paragon.
The Rink Ice Skating
Unlike most other preexisting ice-skating rinks, which are housed inside an enclosed space usually on the top floor of a shopping mall, The Rink sits in an open atrium on the first floor ofCentralWorld shopping complex. The space occupies what used to be the exhibition area, surrounded by brand name clothing shops and B2S retail store. While you might need to use a lot of imagination to get the feel of a real outdoor rink, think New York’s Rockefeller Center or London’s Somerset House, The Rink is a delightful alternative to the otherwise nondescript rinks elsewhere.
Unfortunately, if you've had a procedure, our medical team advises that you watch from the sidelines.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: CentralWorld (Forum zone)
Art In Paradise
Art in Paradise, the very successful interactive attraction which started in Pattaya, is now open at Esplanade Shopping Mall on Ratchada road. Also refered by locals as the Trickeye Museum or 3D Museum, Art in Paradise is great fun for couples, friends and families to spend a few hilarious hours, especially on rainy days. Esplanade Mall is located on the outskirts of Bangkok, but the MRT station is right in front of the mall.Located on the 4th floor of the rather quiet mall, the new 3D Art in Paradise is a shiny and spotless 2 storey gallery packed with superbly executed paintings in which visitors are invited to be part of dozens of scenes ranging from ‘stairway to hell’, 'ride a flying carpet' to the ‘Coronation of the Emperor’.
Opening Hours: 10:00 - 22:00 (Ticket Booth closes at 21:00)
Location: Esplanade Shopping Mall, 4th floor
Address: Ratchadapisek Road, Din Daeng,Din Daeng, Bangkok, Thailand 10400
Tel: +66 2 660 9130
Price Range: 300 baht for adults, 200 for children
Snow Town Bangkok
Snow Town Bangkok is an indoor themed village and play area with 30-40 cm of artificial snow located inGateway Ekkamai shopping mall. Inside the air conditioned hall there is a Main Street with Japanese restaurants, shops and a playground. There is also a modest slope with sleighs and skis for rent so you can recreate the sensation of being high up in the mountains of Hokkaido.Tickets to enter Snow Town themed village cost 100 baht for people over 90cm tall and 80 baht for children less than 90cm tall. Entrance to the Snow Playground is an additional 100 baht per 30 minutes. Winter gear including jackets, gloves, and snow shoes also require an additional fee. For a 55 minute skiing lesson it costs from 600 baht for a group or 3,400 baht for a private lesson.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 11.00 - 22.00, Saturday - Sunday and Holidays 10.00 - 22.00
Location: Fifth Floor, Gateway Ekkamai, Sukhumvit Road
Price Range: From 80 baht for young children, 100 baht for older children and adults (gear rental and activities require additional fees)