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Medical Services

Ko Samui has four private hospitals, located near Chaweng’s Tesco Lotus supermarket on the east coast (where most of the tourists tend to gather). The government hospital (Samui Hospital) in Na Thon has seen significant improvements in the past couple of years but the service is still a bit grim because funding is based on the number of Samui’s legal residents (which doesn’t take into account the many illegal Myanmar workers).

Bangkok Hospital Samui Centrally located, internationally accredited hospital in Chaweng. Your best bet for just about any medical problem.

Bandon International Hospital A private hospital offering international standards of healthcare.

Ko Samui Hospital Public, government hospital located in the south of Na Thon.

Samui International Hospital International hospital in Chaweng. Emergency ambulance service is available 24 hours and credit cards are accepted.

Before You Go

Recommended Vaccinations

You should arrange your vaccinations six to eight weeks prior to departure through a specialised travel medicine clinic. The only vaccine required by international regulations is yellow fever, proof of vaccination will only be required if you have visited a country in the yellow fever zone within six days prior to entering Thailand.

Health Insurance

Even if you are fit and healthy, don't travel without health insurance – accidents do happen, and Ko Samui's roads see a lot of accidents involving foreigners. You may require extra cover for activities such as diving or driving a scooter or motorcycle. Most hospitals require an upfront guarantee of payment (from yourself or your insurer) prior to admission. Retain all documentation (medical reports and receipts) for making a claim.

In Ko Samui

Availability & Cost of Healthcare

Health care is generally well-provided and Ko Samui has the best hospitals of the islands of the lower Gulf. Private healthcare on Ko Samui is more expensive than government hospitals; make sure you have health insurance.

Tap Water

Avoid tap water and stick to bottled mineral water and soft drinks.