Budget Chiang Mai Medical Services
If you are looking for budget Chiang Mai medical services, some medical assistance or hospitalisation then there are plenty of hospitals to go to. Here are a couple of the more affordable ones if you don’t have insurance. I was recently at the hospital getting treated and just taking a few photos along the way.
Maharaj or Suan Dok Complex
From the West Gate of Chiang Mai, you head down Suthep Road until you see this building/entrance. It is about 500m and the second entrance.
You will go down the street, but there isn’t really much suitable parking. At the end of the street, you will see motorbike parking right and left and the nurses quarters in front of you. Motorbike parking is easy, car parking is another story.
Walk back down the street from where you came and enter through this entrance.
You will walk into the main area, there are registration and other information counters and the cashier section on the right but walk straight ahead until you find the Out Patient Registration area.
This area will be on your right about 50m inside the building and past the big open area.
Just have you passport or other ID available. There is usually a line here depending on what time you go and sometimes between 2pm and 4pm it is shut(I don’t know why), because I arrived about 3:30pm one day and couldn’t register until 4pm, even though there were people inside at the desks. They will give you some sheets of paper to take to Room/Area 10.
The rest of your adventures will include going from the registration area to places I couldn’t take photos. So I will try to explain where things area.
You will generally be sent to room 10 for outpatient doctors. In he RAM and some other hospitals, you will get a “guide” to show you around, but not here. Go back towards the entry, turn left and walk. Keep walking you go past a couple of rooms and corridors, but keep going. You will possibly get to a bit of an open area with seating, where it has a blood centre or something, look left and look for 10. Walk about 15m and through the doors and to the right and then you will see the waiting room.
Go and take the paperwork to the desk on the left, explain your problem and point, then wait. If you don’t speak Thai, this is more fun, but the nurses, aren’t too bad at English. This is a place where 95% of patients are Thai, so you will be watched. After blood pressure testing, you will be told to sit and wait. Wait until it seems like they have paperwork and can’t work out the name. And go and see the doctor.
The doctor will be a recent graduate and I have been very impressed by them. Good and quick diagnosis, fairly good English, but if you can speak Thai, it will be helpful.
Sriphat Medical Centre
This will be a much more limited explanation as I have been here, but never treated here, although most foreign women have babies in this facility and the OB/GYN are very good, so I have heard.
Enter the same as above, park the same but take the Sriphat Entrance, which is closer to Suthep Road.
The entrance picture is below right.
Walk in through the doors and turn left. Go down the corridor, register and wait. Follow directions and they will look after you.
I may put up walkthroughs of other hospitals, but apart from very infrequent visits, I do my Work Permit Medical Certificates at McCormick Hospital over near Arcade Bus Station. I hope these budget Chiang Mai medical services will help you find suitable assistance.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND GETTING TRAVEL INSURANCE OR MEDICAL INSURANCE AND PERSONAL ACCIDENT INSURANCE. Cheap medical care is ok, but major problems will cost major amounts.