Thailand’s population is approximately 64 million. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok. Thai is the official language.
How to access emergency services: Call 1669 for ambulance service.
Currency: Thai baht (THB)
Recommended immunizations and vaccines for travelers: Before traveling to Thailand, ask your doctor what vaccines are recommended. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excellent resources as well.
Insurance: Find out in advance if your insurance plan will make payments directly to providers or reimburse you later for overseas health expenditures.
It’s also worth ensuring your travel insurance will cover ambulances or transport either home or to more advanced medical facilities, if needed. Not all insurance covers emergency medical evacuation home or to a hospital in a major city, which may be the only way to receive medical attention in a serious emergency.
Source: International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers
What to expect in a Thai hospital: Most large cities in Thailand have clinics catering specifically to travelers and expatriates. These clinics are usually more expensive than local medical facilities, but are worth using because they will offer a superior standard of care. Additionally, they will understand the local system, and are aware of the safest local hospitals and best specialists. They can also liaise with insurance companies should you require evacuation.
Large hospitals in Thailand have mobile intensive care units where you can often receive immediate treatment in emergency situations. Your insurance company may also be able to provide assistance and locate the nearest source of medical help; otherwise ask at your hotel or lodging.
Contact your embassy/consulate: When in doubt, your country’s embassy is a good resource to turn to for medical assistance guidance.
JCI-accredited hospitals/clinics in Thailand: To read about specific facilities that are JCI- accredited,visit the Hospital Search section.
Thailand-specific helpful health resources:
Travel health notices: Visit the CDC or the WHO for up-to-date travel notices.