One of the challenges of long term travel is that there is no break in between trips to take care of certain important tasks. One example of this in our lives was getting childhood vaccinations for our daughter, Lisa. That’s how we found ourselves searching for a good place to get vaccines in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
We arrived in Chiang Mai in November, just two months after Lisa turned three. We planned to stay for a few weeks in the popular Thai destination to enjoy the lantern festival and get her vaccinations while we were there. We knew she was overdue for a few shots.
We were on a visa run from China (where we honestly didn’t really trust the quality of the vaccines, apart from one American manufactured one we got in Kunming).
Chiangmai Ram Hospital is located (Google Maps) just outside the northeast corner of the old town, and it was a short 15min walking distance from our hotel, the Roseate Chiang Mai, where we stayed for two weeks.
Upon entering we were greeted with an English speaking host and, after stating purpose of our visit, were directed by the host to the hospital’s children’s wing. The children’s wing of Chiang Mai Ram is very modern; there are games, toys and cartoons to entertain kids at the waiting room. The doctors and nurses spoke and understood English, which was really helpful since we didn’t speak Thai. Even the labels were printed in English.
Lisa had three shots due, I was worried that she would be nervous, but the doctor and nurses were very gentle with her and kept her relaxed. It didn’t hurt that Lisa is supremely brave. The doctor gave us a few instructions for monitoring her in the next few days, and we were on our way.
The hospital gave her a few little heart-shaped vitamins, and Lisa had a great nap at the hotel. The whole experience costed less than 200USD.
Our Overall Experience Getting Vaccinated in Thailand
- This was a walk-in (without an appointment) and without insurance, basically, we just showed up and demanded to get some vaccines for our daughter then paid full in cash. It was convenient, and there was no wait time.
- Lisa got a full check-up, height, weight, head size …
- Three vaccinations.
- The staff was courteous and spoke English.
- We were able to pay with our American credit cards.
We were really glad that something we’d been dreading – getting vaccines while traveling – wound up being pretty much pain free (just a little pinch, so to speak). If you have any questions about our experience that we might have forgotten to mention, please ask in the comments below so that other readers can benefit from the answers.
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