Is Thailand Wheelchair Accessible?

Across the world, travel has become more accessible and more affordable than ever before, giving an ever-increasing number of people the opportunity to get out, see the world, broaden their horizons and live life to the full. But what does this mean for people with disabilities? Does Thailand provide the necessary services and adapted facilities to allow disabled visitors to enjoy this amazing country? At Accessible Thailand we identify which services are accessible to wheelchair users, the …

The Top 5 Accessible Destinations in Thailand

1. Phuket This is our top pick because of the wide variety of resorts, activities and entertainment, and the level of support for wheelchair users and the less mobile. Many international hotel chains have resorts in Phuket with adapted bedrooms. There are also several quality hospitals and numerous accessible tours and attractions. Accessible transport, mobility equipment and carers can be sourced and booked in advance. Location Phuket is a tropical island in Southern Thailand roughly 49km in …

Disability Access in Khon Kaen

The latest video from Andy Wright in his ‘Thailand Adventure’ series gives an overview on the mixed progress towards accessibility for wheelchair users in the Khon Kaen region of Thailand. You can see his YouTube channel here where he has kept a video diary of his stay in Thailand. Or visit his website where he has written many interesting articles with photos of the wide range of countries he has visited. …

5 Tips for the Newly Disabled

… There will be plenty of people feeling sorry for you, others lamenting the life you’ll never have, and still others giving their own (medically dubious) opinions about your condition. Do your best to block them out, and surround yourself with positivity, instead. Look into home modification grants If your disability affects your ability to get around your home, then you may need to make some home modifications—such as adding a wheelchair ramp or making a downstairs bathroom more accessible. …

Jason’s Trip to Phuket

I arrived in Phuket on Saturday 6th April, flying in from Bangkok. Me and my carer collected our luggage and rented a car relatively quickly. Booking a rental car on-line has its flaws; I selected the ‘Ford Focus model or similar’ because I have a 3 door Focus at home and know I can get in and out easily, plus my wheelchair fits in the boot easily. However, they didn’t have and Ford Focus’s when we arrived so the ‘similar’ was a Toyota with 5 doors. The point …

Road Transport in Thailand

… cars, which makes them more like home.  For local journeys the tuk-tuk is convenient, cheap and quick however having the wheelchair on board will probably not be possible.  That is, if you could actually get on board with the difficulty being the low height and large step combo.  I found myself putting my backside in first and using one leg to push up on the step.  The bench seats are the end destination but getting there is sometimes a challenge. In Bangkok is the Metro upon which I am not …

Welcome to Accessible Thailand Video

The team at Accessible Thailand are happy to announce the first video in a series promoting wheelchair accessible holidays in Thailand. We know how amazing Thailand is, and how friendly the Thai people are, and we really want to encourage disabled people to visit Thailand on holiday. You’ll have the best time of your life! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz6vEErvOZk Enjoy our first promotional video, ‘An Introduction to Accessible Thailand’ and please share with your friends. Look out for …

Bangkok’s Rail System Wheelchair Access Issues

Activists highlight access problems on Bangkok’s MRT and Skytrain rail networks Activists fighting for accessibility in Thailand have convened recently to discuss progress in improving access to Bangkok’s BTS system as well as the MRT line. While some progress has been made, lifts are still missing from many BTS stations and while the MRT has lifts at each station, sometimes there is only one requiring those in need to cross dangerous intersections to reach them. Other issues include …

Travelling to Thailand and Accessible Attractions

Now, more than ever, the world is more open and more accessible to wheelchair users, which makes travelling and seeing the world an enticing prospect .This is particularly true in the beautiful country of Thailand, which is a terrific place for wheelchair users to visit. Whilst in Thailand you will be able to see some of the most stunning natural vistas in the world, as well as soak up the culture and enjoy the different lifestyles and customs of the charming Thai people. There are some …

New Thinking On Wheelchair Handles

The first modern design of a wheelchair as we now know it was made in 1933. Over 80 years has passed and the wheelchair has evolved, with the use of lightweight materials and new technology. But has anybody really stopped and thought about the people who push the wheelchair? We all know that wheelchair handles are horizontal and in a rigid position. As anyone knows who has pushed a wheelchair, this position is uncomfortable as it puts pressure on the back, arms and wrists which over time can …

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