Planning a safe holiday in Thailand? You need not worry about your health in Bangkok while you’re having your vacation. Bangkok is not only famous for its colorful shrines and temples, it is also fast becoming a top medical tourist spot in the world.
Hospitals and clinics can be found all throughout the country, although there are considerably more in Bangkok than in any other city. Thailand hospitals have world-class facilities and medical equipment. Tourists can expect a high standard of healthcare at par with other progressive countries of the world. Even surprising is that their healthcare services are not as expensive as those offered in five-star hospitals of more economically stable countries. Thus, medical tourism is popular in the country.
With such a standard, whether you’re a medical tourist or you’ve come to see the beautiful smiles of Thais in their “Land of Smiles”, you don’t have to worry about medical emergencies because Hospitals and hospital staff in Bangkok can definitely handle them.
For your peace of mind, you may also want to check with your doctor for vaccination schedules as well as boosters for your existing immunizations before traveling to Bangkok. Doctors normally recommend vaccination against rabies, hepatitis A and B and malaria when traveling to Thailand. Some diseases like dengue fever, malaria, diarrhea and sexually-transmitted diseases also tend to be common in Thailand.
If you’re on any kind of medication, be sure to bring enough to last your trip. Drugstores are available countrywide and you can obtain over-the-counter and prescription drugs easily. There are drugstores in shopping malls, department stores and grocery centers and they are open about 13 hours everyday.
If you need medical attention, following are some of Bangkok’s finest hospitals.
- Bangkok Christian Hospital. 124 Silom Road. Tel No. 02-2336981-9
- Bangkok General Hospital. 2 Soi Sunwichai 7. Tel No. 02-3180066. 02-2181549-52
- Bangkok General. Rama IX Road. Tel No. 02-3103000
- Lertsin Hospital. 190 Silom Road. Tel No. 02-3539799
- Mayo Hospital. Phaholyothin Road. Tel No. 02-5791770-4
- Paolo Memorial Hospital. Phaholyothin Road. Tel No. 02-2797000-9. 02-2795140-9. 02-2797040
- Red Cross Society. Henri Dunant Road, Samyan. Tel No. 02-2564019-21
- Sathorn Hospital. Rama IV Road, Sathorn, Yanawa. Tel No. 02-2343027-9
- Saint Lousis Hospital. 215 Sathorn Tai Road. Tel No. 02-2120033-48. 02-6759300-19
- Saint Louis Hospital. South Sathorn, Yanawa. Tel No. 02-675-5000
Also, keep in mind that Thailand, being a tropical country, is sometimes unbearably hot and the heat often leads to dehydration. Keep yourself hydrated by drinking lots of water. It might be a good idea to bring a bottle of water with you always whenever you go out and especially if you’re going to any rough part of the country where you’re likely to get exhausted. In addition, watch out for bouts of diarrhea a few days after arriving in Bangkok. If you experience any gastrointestinal problems, know that it might be a normal reaction from your body because spicy foods in the country are known to upset stomachs of tourists not used to strongly-spiced Thai foods. So, enjoy your vacation, stay informed and take care of your health in Bangkok.