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Health & Medical


Krabi does not yet have an international quality medical facility.

 

Doctors and clinics in Krabi can deal competently with most common ailments and minor injuries. Major health problems will require transport to Phuket or Bangkok.

 

Koh Lanta and the other districts have basic facility hospitals. The Krabi Provincial Hospital is larger and can deal with more serious problems, but it is still a basic-care facility with few specialists and lacking advanced equipment. Clinics can be found in the major tourist areas. They offer services for common ailments and injuries.


A medium-sized 120-bed private hospital, Srinakarin Krabi, is now open in Krabi Town. This hospital has a world-class building and equipment, but does not yet have all the specialty doctors needed to rate it as international quality. It's sister hospital in Nakorn Sri Thammarat has a good reputation. Some of the staff speak English, and they are developing their people and systems to deal with international patients.


The nearest international quality hospitals are in Phuket: the Bangkok Hospital Phuket (international certification) and Phuket International Hospital. Both are expensive by Thai standards, but offer sophisticated, specialized care. Bangkok Phuket has a mother hospital in Bangkok, which is one of the top 5 in the country, and the flagship facility for the largest hospital group in Asia. Bangkok Phuket also keeps an ambulance in Krabi for emergency transfers (Call 1719).

 

Bangkok has several internationally certified hospitals, among the best in Asia, with worldwide reputations. Krabi has several new, well-equipped dental clinics with well-trained dentists and international-level hygiene.

 

Drugstores (pharmacies) can be found all over Krabi. They carry a good range of medicine. Fake brand-name medicine is a problem throughout Asia, so it's best to buy at reputable stores or those that are part of international chains like Boots. Prescriptions are not required for many drugs like antibiotics, and the larger shops carry specialized brand drugs. Narcotics/barbiturates and some of the more dangerous medicines require a prescription.


Anyone who has specialized prescription medications should bring enough for their visit.

 

Travelers should also sign up for travelers’ medical insurance that includes medical evacuation costs. The initial cost is relatively high, but will minimize long-term health costs if you get sick or are injured, especially if you need to be transferred to Phuket, Bangkok, or back home.


Yellow Fever vaccinations are required for people from much of Africa and some other parts of the world. Other vaccinations for adults that are recommended: Rabies (in Thailand rabies is wide-spread), and Hepatitis A & B. For infants and children, all the normal childhood vaccinations should be administered before traveling. (If you have reservations about vaccinations, you need to consider the possibility of your child contracting potentially dangerous ailments where medical care is sometimes hard to come by and may be below your home-country standards.)


Good hygiene should be maintained. Keep your body clean, and wash your hands regularly. Insect bites and scratches should be kept clean and treated immediately if they show signs of infection.


Serious problems can be caused by too much sun exposure. Krabi is close to the equator and the sun’s rays are very strong. For someone with no tan, 30 minutes of mid-day sun can cause sunburn. This is for normal, non-sensitive skin type. Cover up and slather on sunblock. Sunstroke and dehydration are no fun. Your holiday can be spoiled. Drink plenty of water.

 

If you have stomach problems leading to dehydration, the best way to get good things back into your body is to drink fresh coconut juice (water) with a little salt added. It’s as good as any electrolyte (which are available in powdered form in most drugstores), if more expensive.


Eat sensibly. Most food in Krabi is safe, but be careful of street food that has been sitting around for a while. Freshly prepared food is always safer.


Ice for drinks is purified if is comes in standard ice shapes (usually with a hollow center). If it is chipped block ice, it may not be clean. Stick to brand name bottled water. Water in milky-white bottles is cheaper, but the quality is often not up to international standards.


International Standard Hospital in Phuket
(Part of Nation-wide Chain)

AMBULANCE

CALL 1719 & 1554

MARINE POLICE

CALL 2757

Another International Standard Hospital
Independent Facility
HIGHWAY PATROL

CALL 1193
KRABI EMERGENCY SERVICES

CALL 1669