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Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital


Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital

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Join me at one of Thailand’s leading natural healthcare centres?

Hands up who needs a break? Fancy recharging the batteries Thai style in Prachin Buri province? Where? I hear you say. That’s right, we’re off to Central Thailand, two hours out of Bangkok. It’s not exactly off the grid, but it’s certainly off the well-beaten tourist routes.

I’ve got some time out planned that will be nourishing for the mind, body, and soul.

We’re going to a hospital but don’t panic, we’re not talking medical tourism in the traditional sense.

Thailand’s world class medical tourism

As one of the world’s most popular destinations for health tourism, people pour into Bangkok for health screening, surgical procedures, or teeth whitening. In fact, arriving at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport you will see all the major hospitals even have a welcome booth. It could be a tad alarming if you are not in the know. Would you be surprised to read that Thailand was recently named as having the sixth best healthcare services on earth? Better than Australia and the UK, ranked tenth and thirteenth respectively and better than the US and Canada. Source: CEOWORLD (2019).
Thailand’s traditional medicine

But we are not coming to this hospital to use one of its 468 hospital beds, well not unless we have had a calamity on the way there. We’re coming to immerse ourselves in one of the country’s best traditional medicine centres, found at the hospital. Thai traditional medicine takes a holistic approach and is integrated into its national healthcare system. It comprises of not only the food we eat, the internal medicine, but there’s also the external medicine component such as massage, cupping or bone-setting chiropractic medicine. The other elements focus more on spiritual medicine through the use of amulets and sak yan tattooing, astrology, numerology, palmistry with the final element being Buddhism. Certainly combine all these, and is it no wonder you find yourself in the Land of Smiles? I too want some of this Thai relaxed approach to life. Follow me if you do too! The hospital we’re bound for, is the main hospital of Prachin Buri province and pulling up outside the immaculate yellow house and manicured gardens of its Herbal Medicine museum, you can be forgiven for asking ‘is this it?’ It’s an exciting surprise and certainly…less like a regional Thailand city, more wow, am I in Europe?

The Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr Building

We find out later that this grand residence was named after the man who funded the construction, Chao Phraya Abhaibhubejhr who was the Governor of Prachin Buri at the time. It was constructed in 1909 for royal visitors and originally intended as a potential vacation home for King Rama V when he visited the province. Unfortunately, he passed away before it was finished. However, the two storey baroque building was used as a reception room for royal visitors until 1941 when it became a hospital. It currently houses a traditional Thai herbal medicine pharmacy, a museum, and a shop selling all manner of Thai herbal health and beauty products. It is just as stunning on the inside. Look at the height of these ceilings, it’s all gorgeous tiles and wonderful wood. We’ve no time to linger though, we’re straight into our massage appointments.


Source: Expat Life Thailand

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