Living in Bangkok Guide - International Hospitals



International hospitals and medical centers

Thailand features a unique range of world-class private hospitals, eye hospitals and dental centers, with a reputation going well beyond its borders.

It is estimated that over 1,000,000 tourists came to Thailand in 2016 for medical reasons, from mere health check-ups to birth delivery, and sophisticated orthopedic or dental surgery.

Among the reasons explaining the success of Thailand as a medical touristic spot, we can list:

  • Quality and reliability of the medical treatments, administrated by Thai doctors who mostly studied in western countries. Various private hospitals in Thailand are Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited and ISO-9001 certified
  • High level of comfort in establishments that often look more like 5-star hotels than hospitals
  • Excellent and kind service
  • Endless options for post-treatment or post-operation recovery in Thailand
  • Low cost of routine procedures compared with Europe and the US for instance
  • Worldwide reputation as a center for orthopedic and plastic surgery, eye surgery, dentistry, childbirth and post-natal care.
  • arious international private insurance companies offer to cover your medical trip to Thailand (treatments and flights) under certain conditions.

The high quality of medical services in Bangok comes at a price. Before consulting a doctor or making appointment for a surgery, make sure that your health insurance company covers all the costs.
In most cases, expats in Bangkok - and their family - benefit from a comprehensive insurance with their work contract, which covers all costs and avoids advancing payments at the hospital: just give your health insurance card and customer service will take care of everything with your insurer.


  • Bumrungrad: located in the Nana area (between Asoke and Ploenchit), this is the largest hospital in Bangkok for the number of foreign patients (both tourists and expats). It was the first Asian hospital to receive the coveted JCI accreditation (in 2012) and hasn’t stopped developing since then. It received specific certifications for several of its areas of expertise, including treatment of strokes, kidney diseases and diabetes, and knee replacement.
  • Bangkok International Hospital: Located just north of Thonglor road, top-notch service and cutting-edge equipment. This hospital was founded in 1972, and was the first of a large group that now totals over 40 hospitals in Thailand. JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited.
  • Samitivej (Sukhumvit 49): One of the favorite international hospitals for Sukhumvit residents and expats, notably for routine check-ups, childbirth and post-natal deliveries. Over 70 nationalities are represented among its patients. Another Samitivej hospital is located in Srinagarin (east Bangkok) and specialized in maternity. In 2017 Samitivej received the Medical Travel Quality Alliance (MTQUA) certificate, entering the top 10 of hospitals worldwide for treatments and care of medical tourists.
  • BNH: One of the first private hospitals founded in Thailand, in 1886, under the patronage of King Rama V, it was formerly known as “Bangkok Nursing Home”. BNH is the largest hospital in the Sathorn-Silom area and is highly reputed for its comfort and the quality of its service.
  • Siriraj Hospital: Located on the west bank of the Chaoprayah river, this is the oldest and largest hospital in Thailand. It was founded in 1888 by King Chulalongkorn, and was the residence of the late King of Thailand, Bhumibol Adulyadej. Its medical school is one of the very best in Thailand

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