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The healthcare system in Bangkok is one of the best in South East Asia in terms of quality and cost. Doctors are skillful, facilities are great, many hospitals are open 24 hours and it is way cheaper than many countries. However, you may not want to use their services because it means that you have to trade your fun time in Bangkok with your sad time in a hospital. This article will cover the lists of diseases that you should watch out. Plus, in case you really need to admit, lists of foreigner-friendly hospitals in Bangkok are also provided.
Things you should know about healthcare in Bangkok:
Lists of diseases:
The most notable and most dangerous ones are the bird (H5N1) flu and swine (H1N1) flu.
Dengue hemorrhagic fever
This disease is caused by mosquitoes. It is similar to Malaria but with milder symptom. See more about Dengue hemorrhagic fever.
The source of this disease is from dogs. If you get bitten, especially from stray dogs (there are plenty in Bangkok), go to see a doctor as soon as possible.
Hepatitis A and Typhoid Fever
The source of these diseases is basically from unclean food; i.e. fresh food, tap water and others. See more about Hepatitis A and Typhoid Fever.
Sexually transmitted diseases
There are many types of diseases that are sexually transmitted. Many are treatable but some are not. It is strongly recommended to avoid casual sex or, if you really don’t want to avoid that, use condoms. See more about sexually transmitted diseases.
* It is illegal buying and selling sex in Bangkok. We also want encourage you to abide by the law as with an intention to help people discover good things in Bangkok. ‘Together, we can make this country better. Together, we can make the world better.’
Apart from diseases mentioned above, you may encounter heatstroke during day time (especially between March and May). To prevent that, try to drink a lot of water and take an umbrella with you when you go outside.
Tips on Lists of diseases
1. Mosquitoes can be very dangerous and we have them a lot here in Bangkok, especially at night. Whenever you feel that they are sucking your blood, use mosquito-repellent which can be bought from convenient stores like 7-11 or Family Mart.
2. You are going to meet a lot of stray dogs in Bangkok. When you see dogs barking at you and it looks like they are ready to jump at you, just make eye contact with them. Try not to be afraid. Dogs know whether you are afraid and they could feel superior. Then, start walking away slowly.
3. Don’t consume tap water and don’t eat raw food such as pickled fishes or prawns in fish sauce.
4. Some street food stalls may offer you free drink. It’s good as it’s free but it is recommended not to drink that. It is tap water. Try order a bottle of water instead. It costs you less than 10 Thai Baht.
Lists of foreigner-friendly hospitals in Bangkok
No one would ever want to get sick (unless he or she wants to get attention from their love ones ); however, you have to admit that it is sometimes unavoidable, especially in places that you are not familiar. Hence, it’s better to get yourself prepared. Below are the lists of foreigner-friendly hospitals in Bangkok;
33 Sukhumvit 3, Wattana, Bangkok 10110 Thailand Tel: +6626671000
Bangkok Hospital Medical Center
2 Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchburi Rd., Huaykwang, Bangkok 10310 Thailand Tel: +6623103000 or 1719 (For local calls)
9/1, Convent Road, Silom Bangkok 10500, Thailand Tel: +6626862700
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital
133 Sukhumvit 49, Klongtan Nua, Vadhana, Bangkok 10110 Tel: +66 2022 2222
Phyathai 2 International Hospital
943 Phaholyothin Road, Samsennai, Phyathai, Bangkok 10400 Tel: +662 617 2444 ext. 2020, 2047, 5221
These hospitals are private hospitals; they are more expensive than public ones but you will definitely receive international-standard services.
Tips on hospitals in Bangkok
1. Even though healthcare in Bangkok is less expensive comparing with other countries, it is strongly recommended to buy travel insurances as you don’t know what is going to happen during your stay in Bangkok.
2. Apart from calling hospitals’ hotlines, you can also call 1669 is case of emergency (Free call). They will send an ambulance to you as soon as possible.
3. If you don’t need an emergency treatment, it’s recommended to travel to a hospital by BTS or MRT as it could be faster than taking taxis, especially during peak hours. The hospitals recommended above are within walking distance from BTS or MRT.
If you just catch cold or have a sore throat, It’d cost less to go to pharmacies instead of hospitals. Normally, pharmacies open from 9.00 – 21.00
The most famous pharmacy chain stores are Boots, Watsons and Lab Pharmacies. They have stores in big malls and famous tourist places. There is also a famous pharmacy that belongs to Chulalongkorn University called Osot Sala (โอสถศาลา). It is opposite to MBK (Siam Square Side).
Apart from the famous ones above, there are also many local pharmacies. They normally are painted with green color and their designs are quite unique. Most stores have English name; however, some don’t. If they don’t have English name and you are unsure whether they are pharmacy stores, try looking for the word “เภสัช (Pharmacy in Thai)” in their Thai names.