Bangkok... the Most Luxurious Hospital Ever?

Trip Start Nov 30, 2008
Trip End May 08, 2009

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

My first experience in Bangkok says a lot about both me, and the city.  We rolled off the overnight bus from Surat Thani earlier than expected... 4:30 am to be precise!  Too early to hunt down a guesthouse, what to do now?  Pub??  Oh, ok then!  And so my first encounter with Khao San Road was drinking Chang at 5am, shooting the breeze with the randoms who hadn't been to bed yet... and were distinctly worse for wear.

Especially amusing was the guy with Repressed Scot Syndrome.  Born in York to Scottish parents, he'd lived in England all his life.  Nonetheless he lapsed into a (pretty decent) Scottish accent every few minutes, telling anyone who would listen that he really was Scottish... inside.  Random, though understandable!

But anyway... Our original plan had been to travel directly to Cambodia from Surat Thani.  (A grueling 30 hours on boat and bus, but my Thai visa had run out due to the crazy new 15 day rule...!)   However, a worsening wrist injury forced us to stop for a night so I could make use of decent medical facilities before heading to Cambodia.  It might seem strange for a hospital trip to be the focus of a post, but this was a hospital like nothing I've ever seen from the NHS!

I went to a medical clinic on Rambuttri and was referred to the main hospital.  Five minutes later, Alice and I were in a luxury leather-seated mini-bus for the 30 minute drive to the hospital.  The hospital itself looks more like a 5* business hotel - all glass front, internal water features, fresh flowers and classical music.  I was met by a lovely Irish nurse who escorted us to the correct department, where we were offered tea or coffee while we waited to see the doc.  When I went round the corner to have some x-rays, I realised that the music was live - a grand piano, cello and flutist, all in evening wear, playing to the waiting room!    Later, I went to collect my prescription (tendon damage, not broken, phew!), which arrived in a boutique-style embossed bag.  Then back to the mini-bus to be return to the clinic.  Door-to-door, only two and a half hours... incredible!!

Here endeth random medical information post!
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