Is it safe to travel to Bumrungrad?

UPDATE: Friday, May 23, 2014
On Thursday, May 22, the Thai military announced they have taken control to prevent further escalation of the pro/anti-government demonstrations and ensure public safety. Martial law and a 10 pm - 5 am curfew are in effect.
The hospital is still operating normally but this situation may concern you if you are planning a trip to Bumrungrad. The following provides our observations. At the bottom of this message are links to news organizations and embassy advisories you may find helpful. 
Hotels, restaurants, businesses and public services are running normally. The airports are operating normally. Ambulances, taxis and other transportation are available during curfew hours for transfer to and from the airport.

Bumrungrad hospital
These photos were taken Friday morning on and around our hospital campus. You will not notice anything out of the ordinary. Our capacity, operations, and access to the hospital are not affected. CNN noted “This week saw Bangkok operating almost as usual, despite the developments. The morning commute to work was normal…” That is the way it feels to most of us who live and work here.  
 Travel to bumrungrad
It is always wise to keep up to date on the situation and exercise caution but at this time we are not advising our patients to postpone their visits to Bumrungrad. If you have any concerns please feel free to contact us. 
For more news about the situation, you may wish to consult international news organizations who maintain reporters on the ground in Bangkok, such as Reuters, the New York Times, and Al Jazeera.  
Advisories issued by the embassies of the U.K. and Australia also provide advice.

If you've never visited a hospital overseas, don't worry. We see 1,000 international patients every day. So we have plenty of experience arranging everything from doctor's appointments to airport pick up and hotel accommodation. This page summarizes how you can do it and how we can help.

Step 1. Learn about us


This website is designed to answer your questions about our hospital, our doctors, and Thailand as a healthcare destination. Find out who we are, where we are, what services we provide, and what our hospital facilities look like. Start by watching a short video about the hospital.

Step 2.  Select a doctor or ask us for advice

Plan_Visit_2.jpgThe next step for many people is to select a doctor. We have over 900 physicians representing 55 specialties to choose from. Our Doctor Search page helps you find one who meets your requirements.

If you need help selecting a doctor or need advice about treatment options, use our Inquiry Form. This form helps us understand your situation and respond more helpfully. We will forward your inquiry to an appropriate Bumrungrad medical professional and you will receive advice within a few days. You may use the same form to make follow-up inquiries. Sometimes we will schedule a phone conversation with you or your local physician.

Step 3. Make an appointment

Plan_Visit_Make_Appointment.jpgWhen you're ready to schedule your visit to our hospital, use the Appointment Request page. Many people do this after they choose a doctor in Step 2. The appointment request will display your doctor's schedule so you can request a day and time. If you prefer, you may select a date and ask us to recommend a doctor. We will process your request and confirm your appointment by email.

If you are coming to Bumrungrad for in-patient surgery we can make room arrangements and manage other ground service arrangements for you. You will still need to make an appointment with your surgeon, who must see you in Bangkok to make sure you are qualified for surgery.

Step 4. Arrange travel

Plan_Visit_Arrange_Travel.jpgIf you are not working with one of our international Referral Offices, let us help you arrange your travel here in Bangkok. You can see our Hotels near Bumrungrad page, where you can see hotels by order of distance from the hospital, and book your hotel immediately. The page has a map displaying all of the hotels in the area. We also have a Travel Map page with a downloadable Adobe PDF file you can download for your convenience.