Health care in Pattaya, same as in other popular Thai tourist destinations, isn’t only generally excellent but, most importantly, also inexpensive. Prices for, e.g., eye surgery, dental care or cosmetic surgery, are just a fraction of what clinics would charge in your home country. Little surprisingly, many tourists undergo medical procedures as part of their visit to Pattaya.
Health Care in Pattaya – An Overview
Pattaya currently has five hospitals, two state-run and three private hospitals. While they all provide modern facilities, prices for services and the quality thereof vary widely. The state-run Banglamung Hospital in Naklua may be the cheapest by far but, not just to avoid language barriers, it’s surely more convenient for tourists and expats to use the services of Pattaya’s excellent private hospitals or the (equally inexpensive and reputable) new state-run Pattaya City Hospital on Soi Buakhao.
The Pattaya International Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Pattaya may be considerably more expensive but provide excellent medical care services for foreign patients; with a full range of advanced medical facilities, attractive health care packages and no disturbing language barriers between patients, doctors and nurses. At the Bangkok Hospital Pattaya, for example, they even speak more than 20 languages, which may be helpful if you can’t speak any Thai and/or English is not your native language.
The relatively new Pattaya City Hospital opened only in 2013 and is centrally located on Soi Buakhao, just a few hundred meters from the intersection with Soi Diana and Soi Lengkee. As a public facility, the state-run hospital promises the lowest prices for tourists and has quickly gained a good reputation among expats, who don’t have a prime health insurance plan and don’t want to pay double the prices or more than the locals.
Private health care clinics and doctor’s offices can be found all over Pattaya and Jomtien. While prices are generally cheap, service standards vary widely and the licensing regulations seem to be rather lax. Especially as a foreign visitor and without any knowledge of Thai language, it may be wise to consult a general practitioner who is able to speak at least some English or another foreign language, not just Thai.
For minor medical problems you shouldn’t even have to use the services of a medical clinic or a doctor. There are hundreds of pharmacies all over Pattaya that all provide excellent service. Most medication is prescription-free, so if you simply explain to the pharmacist what your problem is and what medication you need, he should readily provide you with the proper drugs. Even though many of the drugs and medications available in your home country may not be available in Thailand, there are always equivalent drugs available at a fraction of prices you would have to pay back home.
Dental care in Pattaya is generally excellent. Dentists are friendly – and their services extremely cheap. There are now hundreds of dental clinics to choose from in Pattaya, all equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and providing inexpensive yet first-class services. In fact, many dentists have studied abroad and speak relatively decent English. Prices for tooth extraction start at approx. 500 Baht; teeth cleaning can be as cheap as 500 Baht and shouldn’t exceed 1,000 Baht. Laser tooth whitening, crowns or dental implants also cost only a fraction of what you’d have to pay in a Western country.
Opticians, often incorporated into larger chains of optical centers, can also be found abundantly all over Pattaya and Jomtien. Most of them offer free eye tests and quality workmanship at reasonable prices. Cheap reading glasses are also available at small market stalls.
When abroad, the last thing you might want to worry about is paying for your medical expenses and associated costs. It is therefore highly recommended that before going on a vacation or moving to Thailand permanently you sign up for an adequate health or travel insurance and check with the insurance provider that you will be able to claim reimbursement in your home country. Please also note that many hospitals won’t serve or accommodate you if you cannot pay for their services in cash.
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- Banglamung Hospital
669 Moo 5 Sawang Fa Road (Soi 3), Naklua. Tel. 038-411 511-2
- Bangkok Hospital Pattaya
Sukhumvit Road, near the junction with North Pattaya Road. Tel. 038-259 999, Hotline 1719
- Pattaya City Hospital
Soi Buakhao, South Pattaya. Tel. 038-420 823, 038-420 562
- Pattaya Memorial Hospital
Central Pattaya Road (Pattaya Klang), near Pattaya Second Road. Tel. 038-488 477
- Pattaya International Hospital
Pattaya Soi 4, off Pattaya Second Road. Tel. 038-428 374
Hospitals Near Pattaya (Chonburi province)
- Phyathai Sri Racha Hospital
90 Srirachanakorn 3 Road, Sri Racha, Chonburi. Tel. 038-317 333, Emergency 038-770 218
- Queen Savang Vadhana Memorial Hospital (Somdej Hospital)
290 Jermjomphol Road, Sri Racha, Chonburi 20110. Tel. 038-320 200
- Queen Sirikit Hospital Sattahip
163 Moo 1 Plutaluang, Sattahip (near U-Tapao Airport). Tel. 038-245 700, 038-933 900
Medical Clinics in Pattaya
- Chanya Clinic Jomtien
481/10-11 Thappraya Road (near the Hanuman statue), Jomtien
- Dr. Jomtien Clinic
131/60-61 Soi Chaiyapruek, just off Jomtien Beach Road
- Dr. Olivier Clinic
20/29 Soi Boutique City Hotel (Soi Day-Night), South Pattaya Road
Tel. 038-723 600, 038-723 590, Emergency 086-827 6922
Dr. Olivier Meyer, your multilingual doctor in Pattaya, speaks English, French and German.
- Dr. Sawaddipong Clinic
20/1 Pratamnak Road, South Pattaya
Dental Clinics in Pattaya
- Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Dental Center
Bangkok Pattaya Hospital, Sukhumvit Road, North Pattaya. Tel. 038-909 292
- Dental Point Clinic
237/12 Soi Yume, Central Pattaya Road. Tel. 038-416 817
- Dental Smile Clinic
313/42-43 Pattaya 3rd Road (near South Pattaya Road), Tel. 038-723-460
- Dental World Clinic
159/63-64 Pattaya-Naklua Road (opp. Woodlands Resort). Tel. 038-370 873
- Dentist @ Beach
Central Festival Pattaya Beach (4th floor), Pattaya Beach Road. Tel. 038-043 331
- Doctor Smile Dental Clinic
111/72 South Pattaya Road (opp. Tukcom). Tel. 038-723 733
- German Dental
162/197 Thappraya Road Soi 9 (between Pattaya and Jomtien), Tel. 038-251 289
- Munich Dental Center (formerly Euro Dental)
565/107-108 South Pattaya Road (next to Big C Supercenter), Tel. 038-426 809
- Pattaya Dental Clinic
308/79 Thappraya Road. Tel. 038-252 670
- Pattaya Dentist
88/14-16 Pattaya-Naklua Road, Naklua. Tel. 038-368 008-9, Hotline 08-7000-1551
- Pattaya Smile Dental Clinic
111/57-58 Moo 10, South Pattaya Road (Pattaya Tai). Tel. 038-724 145
- Perfect Smile Pattaya
308/60 Thappraya Road (between South Pattaya and Jomtien). Hotline 084-780-6622
- Royal Palace Dental Center
215/64-65 Pattaya Second Road, South Pattaya. Tel. 038-426 253
- South Pattaya Dental Clinic
111/68 South Pattaya Road (Pattaya Tai). Tel. 038-488 718
- Studio Smile Pattaya
240/39 Pattaya Beach Road (Dolphin Roundabout, opp. Dusit Resort). Tel. 038-362 095
- Thai Smile Dental Clinic
334/70 Soi Welcome Jomtien, Jomtien Beach Road. Tel. 038-231 322
Eye Surgery, Lasik (Laser) Eye Treatment
- Super Center Pattaya LASIK
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya (2nd floor), Sukhumvit Road. Tel. 038-259 939, 038-427 777
Beauty Clinics & Related Health Care Links
- APEX Profound Beauty
Aesthetic clinic for skin & body
Central Pattaya Road/Pattaya Klang (across from Big C Extra), Tel. 033-672 688
- Pattaya Royal Beauty Clinic
206/20-21 Soi Town in Town Hotel, Central Pattaya Road (Pattaya Klang), Tel. 038-410 062
- Thonglor Clinic Pattaya
306/92-93 Thappraya Road, Jomtien. Tel. 038-252 055
This self-proclaimed “forever young” beauty clinic uses the latest technologies to restore the body and face in their ongoing battle against time. Services include plastic surgery, sex reassignment, Botox injections and laser treatment.
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