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Medical care in Vietnam

July 8th, 2007 · 2 Comments

At some point, it always happens, even when you travel.  You need some medical attention.  Fortunately, it is not an emergency.  Going from hotel to hotel, and being in a hot sweaty climate, we both managed to get athlete’s foot.  Yuck.  Not a big deal, but a bit of an annoyance. 

We went to the local pharmacy, which is basically a small window with glass cases about 4×4 filled with medications.  We tried to communicate the problem by pointing to our feet, miming scratching and the like.  It did not work.

We then went to our outstanding hotel and spoke to the front desk clerk.  The people in this hotel are fantastic!  We went online to try and find the different medications in their official terms.  We gave the list to the front desk clerk.  She sent a runner to the pharmacy and within 10 minutes, we had the right cream.  All for the low low price of 10,000 VND which is about 70 cents for us.  Yes we are billionaires here in local currency.  Fantastic!

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  • 1 Don Waitman // Mar 28, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Actually, I am retired and would seriously consider moving to the SE Asia region, especially Vietnam. The only thing that is slowing me down is the medication I get in the US. How do I find out how I get the meds I need in Vietnam??

  • 2 Anonymous // Mar 29, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Often consulates have english speaking doctors as contacts who can assist with finding a similar med. There are also international doctor services online that can give you docs in different regions. Here is one organization:

    For a yearly fee – they can put you in touch with trained English speaking docs. I suspect if you are planning on moving to SE Asia however, it would help if you also had a goal to learn the language. Good luck!

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