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gard Oct 18th, 2009 05:48 AM

Possible to donate blood in Bangkok?

I will be stopping by Bangkok in November and I wondering if I should donate blood while I'm there. I donated blood when I went to Cambodia (see trip report ) as there were signs there saying there was a need for blood doners. What is the situation like in Bangkok? Do they need blood donors? And where can you donate blood? Do they accept tourists?

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dogster Oct 18th, 2009 06:03 AM

Why does gard sound so KEEN? He's the most enthusiastic would-be bleeder I've ever seen. Thank God they don't need sperm donors.

simpsonc510 Oct 18th, 2009 06:06 AM

I would go to the Bumrungrad Hospital web site. You might find information there. That would be the place I would want to go to donate blood if I were wanting to do that. Do a google search for bumrungrad and you'll find a wealth of information.

Hanuman Oct 18th, 2009 06:35 AM

No don't go to Bumrungrad for blood donation go to the Thai Red Cross -

bookchick Oct 18th, 2009 06:40 AM

Dogster, LOL, he's a good soul, Gard is.

I am grateful to blood donors everywhere. I required a complete transfusion shortly after birth, and I am dizzied by the arithmetic necessary to calculate the amount of blood I received in hospital in 2007. No longer eligible to donate, I merely bake cookies now to feed those who have donated.


Hanuman Oct 18th, 2009 06:41 AM

The web page has better information but in Thai. Try using google translate.

Hanuman Oct 18th, 2009 06:45 AM

Not a funny subject. After the Tsunami there was a huge shortage of RH negative blood which is uncommon for Thai(Asian) people. If more people like Gard were around more lives could had been saved.

gard Oct 18th, 2009 07:18 AM


Thanks. Is it easy to find the Red cross place? I'm always eager to help and donating blood is a very easy way to help. I used to be a blood donor here in Norway but due to strict rules I'm not allowd to donate blood here anymore :-(

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Hanuman Oct 18th, 2009 07:32 AM


Information from the Thai Red Cross site:

Thai Red Cross National Blood Center.
Monday, Wednesday, Fri 08.00-16.30 am
Tuesday, Thurs 07.30-19.30 am
Saturday - Sun And public holidays. 08.30-15.30 am

Other Blood donation center. (Blood donations on government time).
Hospital Somedehprapieneklga. Tel .0 2468 1116-20.
Institute of Pathology Army Medical Department. Tel .0 2354 7000, 0 2354 7572.
Police Hospital. Tel. 0 2252 8111 to 4146.
Ramathibodi Hospital. Tel. 0 2354 7182.
Bhumibol Adulyadej Hospital. Tel. 0 2534 7651.
College of Medicine and Bangkok Hospital Chunhavajira. Tel. 0 2244 3126-8.
Blood Service Branch. Provincial hospitals around the country.

Mobile units daily. (Daily Schedule).
For more details. Or contact the team from donor agencies in you.
At Tel 0 2252 1637, 0 2252 6116, 0 2263 9600 to 1770, 1771,1777.

Let me know if you need any other information.

AskOksena Oct 18th, 2009 07:52 AM

>>>And where can you donate blood? Do they accept tourists?<<<

Well done, 'gard', and thank you for your opening post. (And thanks for your years of trip reports, particularly flying LH F, 'for free', and yes, for posting said on 'SQTalk' - gratefully appreciated by the 'natives'.)

Nothing to add to hanuman's fine suggestions, other than to say, safe travels to you and your wife and family, and should you ever feel like 'giving' in Singapore, there are 'outlets'.

Thanks again, and a productive week to all of you in fodor land. (And do note, all of you Singapore-Bangkok business travellers : Singapore Airlines' slightly revised SIN-BKK schedules, commencing this 25 October - SIA, Forever.) (And not such bad SIN & BKK SQ Silver Kris Lounges.) ...

macintosh (robert)

... (Singapore Red Cross -- Forever) ...

LeighTravelClub Oct 18th, 2009 10:49 AM

Once again dogster, yet another crass comment. Too many tinnys today ?

Well done Gard.....great idea.

Mango7 Oct 18th, 2009 04:55 PM

The Dogster doesn't drink beer. He is a man of distinction.

LAleslie Oct 18th, 2009 06:30 PM

I had the same reaction dogster! And now he says he can't donate in his own country? Hmm. But let's give him the benefit of the doubt and applaud his bleeding heart on Hanuman's suggestion.
And Mango, please don't encourage his Scottish sperm. The world doesn't need any of his progeny.

dogster Oct 18th, 2009 06:41 PM

Truly, it has never crossed my mind to donate blood when I travel. I think Gard is incredibly good and noble to even think of it. His enthusiasm is catching - but, you know - I have to confess he is the first person I've ever 'met' who has said, 'I'm off to Thailand. I'll go donate blood.'

I'm off to India next week. I like to help too, but it hasn't occurred to me to donate blood on arrival. I don't imagine they'd want my blood. Does everybody else do this? Have I missed a phenomenon here? Am I alone in not ever having met a single person who does this? Never once in my life. Am I mixing with the wrong crowd? Obviously I am.

So bravo Gard. You've opened my eyes. What a day this has been.

crellston Oct 19th, 2009 12:35 AM

I am a regular blood donor in my own country (UK)and I am aware that shortage of blood supplies is a problem in many countries (including the UK). We were in BKK at the time of the tsunami and donated a couple of days after that tragic event. A couple of weeks later when we returned to BKK we arrive at the Conrad hotel and there were cards on the pillows requesting donors to contact reception which I did and minutes later I was in a hotel limo on my way to the donor centre in a school hall - I have never seen so many people lying on their backs with tubes sticking out of their arms!!
Arriving back at the hotel, just about every member of staff I saw thanked me which was very touching, however, what was not quite so touching was the 400baht on my bill for the limo I noticed on check out!

Since then, I do keep an eye open for donor centres when travelling - maybe it will be me that needs it some day....

Smeagol Oct 19th, 2009 05:06 AM

Gard - nice thought, think you have made a few more people think of good deeds today
Dog - you are wicked sometimes... but we still love you.

simpsonc510 Oct 19th, 2009 05:33 AM

dog... we have something else in common. I've also never donated my blood. I guess it isn't something "everyone" does, is it!

Gard, good for you! I'm glad you have been given the correct information for donating, since my earlier suggestion to get in touch w/Bumrungrad. I know your donation will be much appreciated.

(I give in other ways... like all the things I will take along for Dr Jack, who takes care of so many of the folks along soi 4, and so appreciates my thoughtfulness... I would list the things he needs but that he cannot get in BKK but I don't want to do that here!!!)

gard Oct 19th, 2009 10:51 AM


This has become quite a thread. Just to clarify: yes, I used to be a blood donor here in Norway but then I married a sweet girl from South Africa...and that was the end of my career as a blood donor in Norway. I think these rules are stupid and I get annoyed every time they have stories on TV saying there is a shortage of blood - and now there is even talk about importing blood!!!

I haven't really thought about donating when I travel before but when I came to Siem Reap in Cambodia I stayed right next to Jayavarman VII Children Hospital and when I passed it there was a big poster saying “Severe epidemia of haemorrhagic dengue fever – Please help the children in shock by your blood donation” - how can you walk past something like that and not get an urge to help?

And when it comes to Singapore - I haven't been there in a while. I have to stop by there one of these days ;-)

Thanks for the info - and I'm glad if I have convinced others to donate blood when they are traveling :-) It only takes a few minutes and the body recovers fast so it is not like you have to sacrifice much to do this :-)

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LAleslie Oct 19th, 2009 11:18 AM

Gard, what is the rationale behind banning your blood simply because you married a foreigner? I don't get it. Unless you mix blood in some strange tribal-like wrist cutting ritual, it doesn't make sense.
Also, don't you worry about dirty needles?
I've never donated blood period, although I should in the U.S. since there's a shortage here too. But, alas, I faint.

gard Oct 19th, 2009 12:06 PM


Not sure what the logic is but the explanation that I got was that foreigners carry different bacterias than Norwegians and they don't want to test the blood for everything here at home.

When it comes to dirty needles: well, I guess I would be a bit nervous if the blood donation center looked dirty and worn down. But in Siem Reap they used sterile (well, what looked like it anyway) needled so it was not a problem.

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