|Bangkok, Thailand. Temple.|
|Ariyasom Villa Hotel, Bangkok|
When Pukki arrived the following morning, she recommended a trip to the hospital rather than the day’s tour. It seemed our hotel was one block from what she said was the best hospital in southeast Asia, the Bumrungrad International Hospital. Add medical tourism to our itinerary. The clinic at Bumrungrad was fantastic: excellent, courteous care and relatively inexpensive fees, all from very competent Thai staff: a little over $400 for two sets of visits, involving a generalist and a kidney specialist (I had low sodium), chest x-rays and two rounds of blood tests (I had bronchitis). The waiting rooms were filled with international patients.
|Our guide, Pukki.|
To reach the hospital we walked the short distance along a narrow street with vendors or driveways along both sides, which reduced navigation to one lane, with autos and motor scooter or motorcycle taxis weaving in and out. Along the way, our route took a shortcut through the parking area for an overhead hospital dormitory, in which an outdoor “restaurant” was preparing and serving noodle meals for staff for about $1. The aromas were wonderful!
|Pool and outdoor restaurant, Arivasom Villa Hotel|
|Dining room, Ariyasom Villa Hotel|