Emergency Contacts To Ensure Your Secure Stay In Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful country with a vibrant culture, attracting millions of tourists each and every year. Of course, while exploring this enchanting country, no one wants to be in danger, acknowledging the possibility that unforeseen events can occur is the first step towards ensuring a secure stay. Being aware of potential risks empowers you to take proactive measures.

To avoid any risks, it is critical to take precautions, and the first precautionary step is to keep the most important phone numbers on your mobile phone. Having these contacts readily available ensures quick access to assistance when needed.

In this blog post, we’ll guide you through the essential information and emergency numbers you need to keep handy during your stay in Thailand.

Better safe than sorry, right?

Emergency Services – Dial 191 (Hotline of the Royal Thai Police)

An emergency can range from sudden illnesses, accidents, injuries, danger, fire, or any situation that requires immediate attention.

The first thing you should do in case of an emergency is to call the designated emergency service number. In Thailand, dial 191 for immediate assistance, whether you require police, medical, or firefighting services.

Emergency Ambulance Hotline – Dial 1669

If you or someone around you requires urgent medical attention, calling an ambulance is crucial. In Thailand, the emergency ambulance number is 1669 which connects you to a public ambulance. The approximate response time is 10 minutes in cities and 30 minutes in rural areas, and the staff is proficient in English, ensuring effective communication during critical situations.

When making the call, remain calm, be patient, and provide clear information about the location, the nature of the emergency, and any other relevant details.

Following that, the ambulance service will dispatch medical professionals to your location as soon as possible.

What are the other emergency numbers in Thailand?

Apart from the general emergency number, Thailand has specific hotlines for different types of emergencies. Here are some important contact numbers to keep in mind:

  • Tourist Police Thailand Number : 1155
  • Thai Ambulance and Rescue : 1554
  • Air ambulance :  +66 (0)2 586 7654
  • Fire brigade :  199
  • National disaster warning center :  1860
  • Car Lost : 1192
  • Highway Police : 1193
  • Crime :  1195
  • Water Accident : 1196
  • Motorway Hotline : 1586 Press 7
  • Immigration Bureau : +66 (0) 2 287 3101-10
  • The National Blood Center :  +66 (0) 2 252 1601
  • Central Blood Register :  +66 (0) 2 686 2700 

Embassy or Consulate:

As a precaution for expatriates or long-term visitors, keep the contact details of your embassy or consulate. They can offer assistance in matters related to passports, legal concerns, and other consular services. 

Is healthcare free in Thailand for tourists?

No. While Thailand does indeed offer excellent healthcare facilities, it’s important to note that healthcare services are not free for tourists.

If you require medical attention, you will be responsible for the associated costs – which is why having health/travel insurance is essential. 

Additionally, ALA Language School offers health insurance services to provide peace of mind for foreign students or travelers. This coverage ensures that accidents or sickness during your stay in Thailand are covered by local insurance companies. For more information, please reach out to the ALA admin team.

How do I ask for help in Thailand?

In big cities and tourist destinations like Bangkok, Phuket, and Pattaya, many locals will have a fairly good command of English. In any case, it’s worth having some emergency phrases under your belt, particularly if you plan on venturing off the proverbial beaten track. If you can’t get through to the medical emergency number in Thailand, try some of the following phrases with the locals:

  1. chûaydûay (ช่วยด้วย) = Help me please
  2. mây khɔ̂y sabaay (ไม่ค่อยสบาย) = I am not feeling well (Most of the time we say ‘I’m not feeling well’ rather than ‘I’m sick’.)
  3. chûay phaa payhǎa mɔ̌ɔ nɔ̀y (ช่วยพาไปหาหมอหน่อย) = Please take me to the doctor.
  4. chûay rîak tamrùat hây nɔ̀y (ช่วยเรียกตำรวจให้หน่อย) = Call the police, please.
  5. doon khamooy khɔ̌ɔŋ / khɔ̌ɔŋ hǎay (โดนขโมยของ / ของหาย) = My things got stolen / lost
  6. pay rooŋphayaabaan (ไปโรงพยาบาล) = Go to Hospital
  7. thɛ̌ɛw níi mii ráankhǎayyaa mǎy (แถวนี้มีร้านขายยาไหม) = Is there a drugstore around here?
  8. rîak rótphayaabaan hây thii (เรียกรถพยาบาลให้ที) = Please call the ambulance
  9. faymây (ไฟไหม้) = Fire! (something is burning)
  10. rótchon (รถชน) = Car accident

If you want to go one step further, there are some excellent opportunities to study the Thai language in Thailand – which is perfect if you plan on staying for longer than a few weeks. 

In navigating your stay in Thailand, acknowledging potential risks, and implementing proactive safety measures is key to a secure experience. At ALA Language School, we go beyond language education – offering health insurance services to cover unforeseen events during your time here in Thailand. Prioritize safety, stay prepared, and entrust your language learning journey to ALA, where your security and learning experience are our top priorities. Safe travels and enriched learning await!

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