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Useful addresses while traveling in Thailand

Thailand is listed as a safe country to travel and there is nothing to worry if you follow our safety & precaution notices

However, you should have some useful addresses in your pocket in case you need the supports during your trip, which may relate to your visa or passport, urgent health problem, or emergency services.

Below is the list of all the useful addresses in Thailand that you should know

List of diplomatic mission in Thailand

Countries from Europe

Austria

+ Embassy of Austria in Bangkok

+ Consulate of Austria in Phuket

  • Address: 2 Moo 4, Wirathongyok Road Wichit Muang, Phuket 83000, Thailand
  • Tel.: (+66) (76) 248 334 - 6
  • Email: [email protected] 

+ Honorary Consulate of Austria in Pattaya, Thailand

  • Address: 04/526 Moo 10, 2nd Road Soi 17, Pattaya, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
  • Tel.: (+66) (38) 71 36 13
  • Email: [email protected] 

Belgium

+ Embassy of Belgium in Bangkok, Thailand

+ Honorary Consulate of Belgium in Lampang

  • Address: Joe and Bessie Baxter Building 444/4 Vachiravutdamnern Road, 52000 Lampang, Thailand
  • Tel. : +66 54 315 515, +66 54 315 801, +66 81 993 95 02
  • Email: [email protected] 

Czech Republic

+ Embassy of Czech Republic in Bangkok

+ Honorary Consulate of the Czech Republic in Phuket

  • Address: 44 Chalerm Prakiat R. 9 Road, , 83000 Phuket
  • Tel.: +66-(0)76-249400 linka 1501
  • Email: [email protected] 

Denmark

+ Royal Danish Embassy in Bangkok

+ Royal Danish Consulate General in Bangkok

  • Address: East Asiatic Company (Thailand) Ltd., Lumpini Tower, 36th Floor, 1168/92-109, Rama 4 Road, Thungmahamek, 10120
  • Tel.: +66 (0) 2285 6677

Finland

+ Embassy of Finland in Bangkok

+ Honorary Consulate of Finland in Chiang Mai

  • Address: Honorary Consulate of Finland, Ratanapon Stationery Store, 104-112 Tapae Road, Muang District, 50300
  • Tel.: +66-53-234 777, 234 812, 233 532

+ Consulate General of Finland in Phuket

  • Address: 1 Pakbang Road, Tambon Karon, Amphur Muang, 83100
  • Tel.: +66 76 330 530,-4,ext. 2631
  • Email: [email protected] 

France

+ Embassy of France in Bangkok

+ Consulate of France in Chiang Mai

  • Address: 138 Charoen Prathet Road, Muang District, Chiang Mai, Thailand
  • Phone: (+66) (53) 281 466,275 277
  • Email: [email protected] 

Germany

+ Embassy of Germany in Bangkok

+ Consulate of Germany in Chiang Mai

  • Address: 199/163 Moo 3, Baan Nai Fun 2, Kan Klong Chonpratan Road, Tambon Mae Hia, Amphoe Muan, Chiang Mai 50100, Thailand
  • Phone: (+66) (53) 83 87 35
  • Email: [email protected]

Greece

+ Embassy of Greece in Bangkok

  • Address: Unit No. 25/9-5. 9th Fl, BKI/YWCA Bld,, No. 25 South Sathorn Rd, 10120, Tung-Mahamek Sub District
  • Tel.: (00662) 6791462,6791464
  • Email: [email protected],[email protected] 

+ Honorary Consulate of Greece in Chiang Mai

  • Address: Apartment 404 Mooban Nai Fan Condominium, 203/19 M.3 Kunklongchonprathan, Tambon Maehiech, Amphoe Muang, Chiang Mai 50100
  • Tel.: (00660) 53839087
  • Email: [email protected] 

Hungary

Embassy of Hungary in Bangkok

  • Address: 20th Floor, Oak Tower, Prakanon, President Park Condominium,, 99 Sukhumvit Soi 24, Prakanong, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
  • Tel.: (+66) 2661-1150,1,2
  • Email: [email protected] 

Italy

+ Italian Embassy in Thailand

  • Address: 399, Nang Linchee Road, Thungmahamek, Yannawa, Bangkok
  • Tel.: +662 285 4090
  • Email: [email protected] 

+ Consulate of Italy in Chiang Mai

  • Address: 110 Intavaroros Road, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai 50220, Thailand
  • Tel.: +66 5321-2925

Monaco

Honorary Consulate of Monaco in Thailand

  • Address: 245/9, Soi 31, Sukumvit Road (Soi Sawasdee)
  • Tel.: +66.2.662.3023
  • Email: [email protected] 

Netherlands

Embassy of Netherlands in Bangkok

Norway

+ Royal Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok

+ Royal Norwegian Consulate in Phuket

  • Address: MMB Building, 3rd Floor, 9/17 Moo6, , Thepkasatri Road, Rassada,, Muang District, 83000
  • Tel.: +66-76-237-156
  • Email: [email protected] 

+ Royal Norwegian Consulate in Pattaya

  • Address: 384/22 Moo 12, Jomthien Garden #52,, Jomthien Beach Road, Nongprue Banglamung, 20260, P.O. Box 73 Jomthian Post Office
  • Tel.: +66 (0)38 231-630
  • Email: [email protected] 

Portugal

Portuguese Honorary Consulate in Hanoi, Vietnam

  • c/o Hotel Pullman Hanoi, 40 Cat Linh Street, Hanoi 010000, Vietnam
  • Tel.: (+84) 903 915 713 // (+84) 934 363 642
  • Email: [email protected]

Slovakia

Embassy of Slovakia in Bangkok

Spain

Embassy of Spain in Bangkok

Sweden 

Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok

Switzerland

Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok

Turkey

Embassy of Turkey in Bangkok

United Kingdom (UK)

British Embassy in Bangkok

Countries from America

Argentina

Embassy of Argentina in Bangkok

Brazil

Embassy of Brazil in Bangkok

Canada

+ Embassy of Canada in Bangkok

+ Consulate of Canada in Chiang Mai

  • Address: c/o Raming Tea Co., Ltd., 151 Moo 3, Super Highway, Tambon Tahsala, Chiang Mai 50000, Thailand
  • Phone: (+66) (53) 850 147,242 292
  • Email: [email protected]

USA

+ U.S. Embassy in Bangkok

+ Consulate General of United States in Chiang Mai

Countries from Oceania

Australia

+ Australian Embassy in Bangkok

+ Australian Consulate in Chiang Mai

  • Address: 236 Chiangmai-Doi Saket Road, Amphur Sansai, Chiang Mai 50210, Thailand
  • Phone:  +66 53 492 480

+ Australian Consulate in Koh Samui

  • Address: 122/52 Moo 3, Lamai, Tambon Maret, Koh Samui, Surat Thani 84310
  • Tel. : (+66) 93 5847074
  • Email: [email protected] 

New Zealand

New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok

Countries from Asia

India

+ Embassy of India in Bangkok

+ Consulate of India in Chiang Mai

  • Address: 33/1, Thung Hotel Road, Wate kate, Muang
  • Tel. : 00-66-53-243066
  • Email: [email protected] 

+ Consulate of India in Songkhla

  • Address: 212, Malaiwan Court, 26 Sai-ngam Road, Amphur Muang, 90000
  • Tel.: +66-53-242491, 
  • Mob.: 0066 8 4321 9300
  • Email: [email protected] 

Indonesia

Consulate of Indonesia in Songkhla

  • Address: 19, Sadao Road, Amphur Muang, Songkhla 90000, Thailand
  • Tel.: (66-74) 311-544,312-219,441-867
  • Email: [email protected] 

Israel

Embassy of Israel in Bangkok

Malaysia

Embassy of Malaysia in Bangkok

Philippines

Embassy of the Philippines in Bangkok

Qatar

Embassy of the State of Qatar in Bangkok

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia Embassy in Bangkok

Singapore

Embassy of Singapore in Bangkok

UAE

Embassy of United Arab Emirates in Bangkok

Countries from Africa

Morocco

Embassy of Morocco in Bangkok

  • Address: One Pacific Place Bldg., 19th Floor, 140 Sukhumvit Road, (between Soi 4-6) Klongtoey, Bangkok 10110
  • Tel.: (+66) 2653-2444 - 6
  • Email: [email protected]; [email protected] 

South Africa

South African Embassy in Bangkok

List of Thai diplomatic mission abroad

In Europe

In Austria

+ Embassy of Thailand in Vienna

+ Consulate of Thailand in Salzburg

+ Consulate of Thailand in Dornbirn

  • Address: Rieggasse 44 6850 Dornbirn, Austria
  • Tel.: (+43) (5572) 256 146

In Belgium

Royal Thai Embassy in Brussels

In Czech Republic

Embassy of Thailand in Prague

In Denmark

Embassy of Thailand in Copenhagen

In Finland

Embassy of Thailand in Helsinki

  • Address: Royal Thai Embassy, Etelaesplanadi 22 C , 00130 Helsinki, Finland
  • Tel.: (+358) 9 6122 6415
  • Email : [email protected] 

In France

Embassy of Thailand in Paris

  • Address: 8, Rue Greuze, 75116 Paris
  • Tel. : (+33) 1 5626-5050
  • Email : [email protected] 

In Germany

+ Royal Thai Embassy in Berlin

+ Royal Thai Consulate-General in Frankfurt

In Greece

Embassy of Thailand in Athens

In Hungary

Embassy of Thailand in Budapest 

In Italy

Royal Thai Embassy in Rome

In Monaco

Thai embassy and consulates in Monaco

In Netherlands

Embassy of Thailand in the Hague

In Norway

Embassy of Thailand in Oslo 

In Slovakia

Thai Honorary Consulate General in Bratislava 

In Spain

Embassy of Thailand in Madrid

In Sweden

Royal Thai Embassy in Stockholm

In Switzerland

Permanent Mission of Thailand to the United Nations and International Organizations in Geneva

In Turkey

Embassy of Thailand in Ankara, Turkey

In the United Kingdom

Royal Thai Embassy in London

In America

In Argentina

Embassy of Thailand in Buenos Aires

Brazil

Royal Thai Embassy in Brasilia

In Canada

+ Royal Thai Embassy in Ottawa

+ Royal Thai Consulate General in Edmonton

  • Address: Suite 202, 10544 - 114 Street , Edmonton, Alberta T5H 3J7
  • Tel.: 1 (780) 439-3576
  • Email: [email protected]

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Vancouver

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Toronto

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Montreal

  • Address: 1155 Boulevard Rene’ Lévesque Ouest, Suite 2500, 25th Floor,, Montreal, Quebec H3B 2K4, Canada
  • Tel.: 1 (514) 878 – 4466
  • Email: [email protected] 

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Calgary

  • Address: Lacey Court Suite 100 344 , 12th Avenue S.W. Calgary Alberta T2R 0H2 Canada
  • Tel. : (+1) (403) 266-6995
  • Email: [email protected] 

In the United States

+ The Royal Thai Consulate-General in New York

+ Royal Thai Consulate General in Chicago

+ The Royal Thai Consulate General Los Angeles

In Oceania

In Australia

+ Royal Thai Embassy in Canberra

+ Royal Thai General Consulate in Sydney

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Adelaide

  • Address: Room 9, 144 South Terrace , PO Box 6485 Halifax Street, Adelaide SA 5000 Adelaide, Australia
  • Tel.: (+61) 8 8231 1333
  • Email: [email protected] 

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Brisbane

  • Address: 87 Annerley Road, South Brisbane, Queensland 4102, Australia
  • Tel.: (+61) 7 3846 7771
  • Email: [email protected]

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Melbourne

+ Consulate General of Thailand in Perth

  • Address: Ground Floor, 28-42 Ventnor Avenue, West Perth WA 6005 - PO Box 848
  • Tel.: (+61) 418 906 945
  • Email: [email protected]

In New Zealand

+ Royal Thai Embassy Wellington

+ Royal Thai Consulate-General in Auckland

  • Address: Level 5, 18 Shortland Street,, Auckland 1010, PO Box 7311, Auckland 1141
  • Tel.: (09) 373 3166
  • Email: [email protected]

In Asia

In India

+ Royal Thai Embassy in New Delhi

+ Consulate of Thailand in Kolkata

In Indonesia

Embassy of Thailand in Jakarta, Indonesia

In Israel

Royal Thai Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel

In Malaysia

Embassy of Thailand in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

In the Philippines

Embassy of Thailand in Manila, Philippines

In Qatar

Embassy of Thailand in Doha, Qatar

In Saudi Arabia

+ Embassy of Thailand in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

+ Consulate of Thailand in Jeddah

In Singapore

Embassy of Thailand in Singapore

In UAE

Embassy of Thailand in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

In Africa

In Morocco

Embassy of Thailand in Rabat, Morocco

In South Africa

Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria, South Africa

Hospitals for foreigners in some tourist sites

Bangkok

Bumrungrad International Hospital

Bumrungrad ranks as one of the top hospitals not just in Bangkok, but in all of Asia. Once you’ve had your first visit, you’ll understand exactly why. The facilities are excellent, the staff are friendly and it’s one of the most efficient and easy hospitals to use.

Even the Bumrungrad website is evidence of their professionalism. Based on my own experience, this is my favorite hospital to visit. Honestly, it feels more like a hotel than a hospital! The service is first-class and the prices are reasonable (especially when compared to hospitals in the United States!)

They also have a separate clinic called Vitallife that offers more sophisticated health checks, and this is the part I usually visit for my annual health check. The doctors here all speak perfect English and the staff and the nursing and reception staff are friendly and efficient.

Bumrungrad Hospital Details

Siriraj Hospital Bangkok

The Siriraj Hospital, located on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, is known as the largest and oldest hospital in Thailand. It’s the primary teaching hospital, but it’s also a great place to go
As you can tell from the quality of the buildings, this is a first-class hospital with a great location in the middle of Bangkok. If you’re going to be staying along the river or in west Bangkok, this is probably going to be your best option.

Siriraj Hospital Details

BNH Hospital Bangkok

The BNH Hospital is another one of the best hospitals in Bangkok, located in the Silom area of the city. It’s at the Sathorn end of Soi Convent, which many will know for its popular Thai street food.

BNH Hospital is quite modernized and offers very good healthcare. Costs of care are quite reasonable, although I found some blood tests to be quite expensive compared to other hospitals. But they have some good health check packages that start at under 5,000 baht ($150).

BNH Hospital Details

  • Address: 9 1 Convent Rd, Silom (Google Map)
  • Phone Number: +66 2022 0700
  • Nearest BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Nearest MRT: Silom

Bangkok Christian Hospital

Bangkok Christian hospital is well known for offering very reasonably priced health checks and is located on Silom Road, just a short walk from Sala Daeng BTS station and Silom MRT station.

It’s not one of the flashier hospitals in the city (like Bumrungrad or Siriraj), but if you’re looking for a simple checkup at a cheap price, it’s an excellent option.

The Bangkok Christian Hospital is located right across the road from United Building. This is a good place for a basic health check-up but they don’t do some of the more sophisticated tests.

Bangkok Christian Hospital Details

  • Address: 124 Silom Road, Silom, Bangkok (Google Map)
  • Phone Number: +66 2625 9000
  • Nearest BTS: Sala Daeng
  • Nearest MRT: Silom
  • Website: bch.in.th (Thai language only)

Piyavate Hospital Bangkok

Piavate Hospital in Bangkok is pretty well-known as a place to get cosmetic surgery. Apparently lots of Japanese men visit Piyavate to get penis extensions. (true story)

Rest assured, cosmetic surgery is not all that they do. Like all other private hospitals in Bangkok, health checks are available and are relatively cheap to have done.

Piyavate Hospital Details

  • Address: 998 Road, Canal Road (9) Bang Kapi (Google Map)
  • Phone Number: +66 2129 5555
  • Nearest MRT: Rama 9 (take a taxi from there)
  • Website: piyavate.com

Saint Louis Hospital Bangkok

This is the closest hospital our condo and is located only a few minutes’ walk from Surasak BTS station. It’s a fairly modern hospital that offers a full range of services.

If you get a health check up here they will give you a 100 baht voucher to spend at the food court. Results are usually available in a few hours.

Saint Louis Hospital Details

  • Address: 27 South Sathorn Road, Sathorn (Google Map)
  • Phone Number: +66 2838 5555
  • Nearest BTS: Surasak
  • Website: saintlouis.or.th (Thai language only)

Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital

This is an award-winning group of hospitals with world-class facilities and doctors. The hospitals are in multiple locations in Chiang Mai, making access easy for you. The facilities are similar to a hotel, which means that the food and accommodation facilities are fairly good.

All members of staff speak some level of English, which means you are able to communicate easily, and certainly won’t need to work with a translator. Prices in Ram 1 hospital are inevitable higher than some of the other hospitals in Chiang Mai but you do get service and treatment that is commensurate to what you are paying for.

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital Details

Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai

This is a large private hospital chain in Thailand that has many hospital facilities throughout the country. Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai serves both local and expats living in Chiang Mai. This hospital has a wide range of specialist clinics such as Oncology Clinic, Cosmetics Surgery Clinic among many others. Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai has won several awards and is accredited by the Joint Commission International, which acts as a standard for top-level healthcare services outside of the United States.

Bangkok Hospital Chiang Mai detail

Sriphat Hospital

Sriphat is one of the most popular hospitals with expats living in Chiang Mai for a good reason. Established by the Chiang Mai University, this hospital offers excellent medical services at very affordable prices.

With over 200 physicians, consultants and specialists, Sriphat Hospital is able to cut down on waiting time and patients can expect to be seen by a doctor within minutes of entering the hospital even if they went in without an appointment.

The hospital has a 24-hour ambulance service and was one of the officially recommended hospitals during the 15th ASEAN University Games in 2010.

Sriphat Medical Center, Faculty of Medicine, Chiang Mai University

Lanna Hospital

This is a slightly better priced private hospital in Chiang Mai and offers fairly good health services. The hospital is particularly good with obstetrics and gynecological services. Most doctors and other staff speak English. Lanna Hospital also offers airlift facilities to patients to other hospitals in Thailand, should the need arise to transfer a patient for more specialized services.

Lanna Hospital detail

Rajavej Hospital

This is another private hospital that, according to their website, serves at least 200,000 patients annually. The hospital has over 40 physicians, specialists and consultants and serves a cross section of patients including expatriates, local Thai citizens and other foreigners from other countries. Rajavej Hospital has state of the art diagnostics facilities as you would have expected in any world-class hospital setting.

Rajavej Hospital detail

McCormick Hospital

This is an ISO certified hospital that operates on Christian ethos, and serves over 20,000 in-patients annually. Set up by American Presbyterian missionaries in 1888, the hospital is a great choice for the retirees looking for treatment in a hospital with strong Christian ties and values. The hospital has a fully equipped emergency wing that is open 24 hours, and staffed with well-trained physicians and staff.

McCormick Hospital detail

Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital

The Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital is a public hospital that is well known for treating neurological and brain related problem including victims of strokes. The hospital has a 240-bed capacity and often acts as a referral center for patients from other hospitals suffering from neurological related problems. The hospital also acts as research center and many students studying neurology and related specialist courses come to intern at the Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital.

Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital detail

  • Address: 2 Suthep Rd, Tambon Su Thep, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand (Google Map)
  • Tel.: +66 53 920 200 ext. 0, 288, 289, 290    
  • Website: http://www.cmneuro.go.th

Phuket

Phuket International Hospital 

Bangkok Phuket Hospital 

Mission Hospital Phuket 

Patong Hospital 

Vachira Hospital 

Koh Samui

Bangkok Hospital Koh Samui

  • Address: 57 Moo. 3 Taweeratphakdee Rd Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320 (Google Map)
  • Tel.: +66 77 429 500

Samui International Hospital

  • Address: Northern Chaweng Beach Road 90/2 Moo 2, Bophut, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand, 84320 (Google Map)
  • Tel.: +66 (0)77 300 394, +66 (0)77 300 395
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: www.sih.co.th 

Bandon International Hospital 

  • Address: 123/1 Moo 1, Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Koh Samui, Surat Thani Province, 84320, TH (Google Map)
  • Tel.: +66 77 332 706

Pattaya

The Bangkok Pattaya Hospital 

Pattaya Memorial Hospital

Pattaya International Hospital

Address:  255/4 pattaya sio 4, pattaya 2 Rd, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, Amphoe Bang Lamung 20150 (Google Map)
Tel.: +66 38 428 374
Email: 
Website: www.pattayainterhospital.com

Hua Hin

Bangkok Hospital, Hua Hin

San Paulo Hua-Hin Hospital

Emergency & Important Numbers

Below is the list of emergency number in Thailand.

Tourist Police 1155
Police (General Emergency Call) 911 or 191 (old number)
Ambulance & Rescue 1554
Fire 199
National Disaster Warning Center 1860
Crime 1195
Medical Emergency Call 1669
Private Air Ambulance (Siam Air Care) 02 586 7654

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It is official, sort of. After months of kicking sand around debating if it will really happen, the Centre for Economic Situation Administration (CESA) has officially approved the Phuket Sandbox plan, an important step forward. The announcement, made late this afternoon, June, 4th, appears to answer the often-posed question if the sandbox plan would ever happen after the much more intense and deadly third wave of Covid-19 swept through Thailand.
Then, the island will be opening Phuket International Airport to foreign travellers as proposed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

The trial will be the first of its kind in the country, and if successful, may be rolled out across other parts of Thailand. The Thailand Authority of Tourism (TAT) has already earmarked Krabi, Pattaya, Bangkok, Buriram, Cha-am, Koh Samui, Phang-nga and Hua Hin as possible destinations to try out the scheme.

Each model will be slightly different, depending on geography, and international visitors will still have to get a visa in advance and fill out some paperwork (see details below). Nevertheless, this will come as promising news to those travellers desperate to visit Thailand!

If the Phuket Sandbox Scheme goes ahead, from June to September 2021, Thailand is expecting to receive up to 129,000 international visitors – will you be one of them? In this article, we’ll attempt to answer all of the questions you might have about the Phuket Sandbox and more!

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It is said that monks started remaining immobile in a temple during this time because they wanted to avoid killing insects and harming farmland. Apparently, traveling monks were crossing through fields, thus destroying the crops of villagers and farmers. After catching wind of this, Buddha decided that in order to avoid damaging crops, hurting insects, or harming themselves during the rainy season, monks should remain in their temples during these three months.

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Myanmar
bee-white Myanmar
It's a new era for this extraordinary and complex land, where the landscape is scattered with gilded pagodas and the traditional ways of Asia endure.
Laos
bee-white Laos
Vivid nature, voluptuous landscapes and a vibrant culture collide with a painful past and optimistic future to make Laos an enigmatic experience for the adventurous.
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