Hospitalized in the city of angels, Bangkok!
According to Michael Moore’s Sicko, the norwegian health system is so good that he had to refrain from using it in order to not shock his american audience. He was simply afraid that they would not believe it and that it would lessen the credibility of the documentary. He should really hop on the next plane to Bangkok and check in to the Bumrungrad International Hospital, hot damn! That is by far the most luxurious, extravagant, five star hotel looking institution I’ve ever seen! Comparing it to an average hospital in Norway would be like comparing a run down Bed&Breakfast to the poshest hotel you can find in New York.
Alright, you’re all probably wondering what the hell we’re doing in a hospital in Bangkok?.. No worries! It’s nothing worse than Eli and me to a lesser degree suffering from a troubled stomach, which is inevitable in the long run. The difference is that if it lasts too long then you might as well try to kill it off with the big guns, like antibiotics, than waiting it out in a hotel room. We picked the Bumugrad International hospital simply because it was the only hospital in Lonely Planet that didn’t have a religion attached to it. And hell yeah, seems like being an atheist finally paid off 🙂
We’re greeted by a personal helper once we got in the door, and she promptly led us to the elevator, telling us that the main lounge and registration area was on the tenth floor. The reception area had the look of a sleek continental hotel, but we still just figured they splurged a bit too much on a proper welcome, and that we would soon be greeted with bland white walls and the proper hospital smell once we got past the first floor. When we got out at the tenth floor our jaws dropped, I can without lying say that this was just as good, or better, than any luxury hotel I have seen or will see on this trip. There’s no better description than a five star hotel, since everything looked like a design hotel for people with a wallet containing a whole lot more credit than my measly visa cards. Here’s a quick lowdown on the area as we managed to sneak out some halfway decent pictures without looking too suspicious. It’s not everyday that you find yourself snapping tourist photos of a hospital!