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Thailand – In brief
Dental tourists traveling to Thailand can look forward to dependable care of the highest quality, and be spoilt for choice from the array of options available for a post-treatment holiday. For an exotic escape, Thailand’s charisma compels visitors to discover every corner of this kingdom, arguably the best holiday destination in the world.
Tranquil coastlines, lush mountains and ancient artifacts combine effortlessly to stir the senses. The Thai people’s legendary hospitality, both fascinating and mysterious but friendly and welcoming, epitomizes its ‘land of smiles’ reputation. Along with a mouth-watering cuisine, Thai massage and scores of activities to indulge in it is not hard to see why Thailand is so irresistible.
Thailand’s economy is one of the largest in Southeast Asia with 60% of its GDP coming from exports of agricultural products including rice, as well as electronics, textiles, jewelry, rubber and automobiles. Interestingly, even though it is one of the world’s premier tourist destinations, tourism provides only 7% of Thailand’s GDP. However, this figure does not account for medical and dental tourism, which is a growing and competitive industry, and certain to account for significantly more numbers in the future.
Where is Thailand?
Thailand is in Southeast Asia, sharing borders with Burma, Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia. International flights from around the globe provide non-stop routes to Bangkok and other major tourist destinations in Thailand including Phuket, Koh Samui, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. Its central location makes it the ideal hub for exploring the rest of Asia, particularly since a number of low-cost airlines now fly throughout Thailand and to neighboring countries.
Why visit a dentist in Thailand?
Dental tourists have been visiting Thailand for some years, with the numbers increasing annually. With a deserved reputation for good quality, affordable treatments, the skill of its dentists and modern, high-tech facilitiesThailand’s expertise is unsurpassed.
Standards throughout Thailand are generally high and many hospitals and clinics pride themselves on providing a quality service. Thailand was the first country In Asia to achieve the internationally-recognised JCI accreditation, an initiative aimed at establishing globalized standards in healthcare quality, which some of our dental clinics are affiliated with.
Dentists in Thailand have undergone rigorous training, just as dentists in Western cultures do. In fact, many of our dentists in Thailand have undergone at least part of their training in the US, the UK and Australia. Furthermore, most of the dental clinics in Thailand feature state-of-the-art technology, including digital panoramic x-ray and 3D CAD/CAM, which is not always found in clinics at home.
Good facilities and substantial savings on equivalent dental treatments at home continue to draw Westerners here – particularly if there are dental health issues at stake. Although the overwhelming factor in traveling abroad for dental work is the cost savings (and who can argue with prices 50-80% lower than at home?) Thailand’s expertise in healthcare, the array of procedures available, and its high standards ensures it remains a world leader.
What about Cosmetic Dentistry in Thailand – can I get a smile makeover?
Yes – there is no need to worry that your procedure will not be available – you can get every kind of dental work in Thailand that you can think of. Check out the price comparisons below on some of the more popular procedures.
How much are Thailand dental costs compared to Australia and New Zealand?
New Zealand (NZD)
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Where to stay?
Thailand has varied and plentiful accommodation options – from some of the finest luxury hotels in the world, to budget beachfront bungalows. There are hotels for travelers of every type on every budget. Depending on the amount or type of dental treatment you have, free or discounted hotel rates may be arranged through your appointment with Dental Departures.
Is it safe?
Yes –Thailand is generally safe with violent incidents against tourists a rare occurrence. However, it is always wise to take a few precautions. Don’t be flash with money, carry bags away from the roadside to deter motorbike thieves and beware of pickpockets in crowded areas.
It is probably best to drink bottled water outside of Bangkok. Ice in restaurants and hotels with be alright, but best avoided on the street. Street food in Thailand is generally very good, and problems from eating it rare. Use some common-sense and eat where there is a crowd.
There are currently some governmental travel advice warnings regarding Preah Vihear and Ta Krabey/Ta Moan temple areas on the Thailand/Cambodia border and to the provinces of Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and Songkhia in southern Thailand.
Is the quality of dental care in Thailand the same as back home?
Yes – providing you have treatment in a reputable dental clinic. The clinics Dental Departures work alongside have all been rigorously checked to ensure they meet our high standards. We look into a number of areas, including dentist qualifications, criminal records and hygiene standards. We also personally visit each clinic, and only when we have verified our checks will they be listed on our site.
Dentists in Thailand are members of the Dental Association of Thailand and are registered and regulated with the Thai Dental Council. Our dentists are very experienced in treating international patients, and the clinics here are some of the most modern in the world. We also offer you a best price guarantee, so you can be certain of getting a great dentist for a great price.
What happens if something goes wrong? Do dentists in Thailand have warranties or guarantees?
All of our dental clinics provide warranties or guarantees for both the procedures carried out and for any lab work. Although you are assured of your treatment being carried out at a quality-checked clinic, Dental Departures will work on your behalf to solve any problems if you have booked an appointment through us. Even though our clinics provide high quality care nobody can guarantee work 100%. In the rare event that there is a problem with your treatment (and less than 0.01% of our patients do experience any problems) we will see that it is put right.
Do Thailand dentists speak English?
Yes, the majority of them do very well. Not only are they used to treating international patients, but many have also trained in English-speaking countries. You will also find that most of the hotels and restaurants in the tourist areas have English speaking staff too.
What payment methods are accepted by Thailand dentists?
Cash (in Thai baht)
Credit/debit cards are the preferred methods of payment, but you will need to check with your clinic which ones they accept.
When is the best time to visit a Thailand dentist?
Thailand is a year-round destination, its geography allowing visitors to find suitable weather somewhere in the country. Generally, its location in the tropics means the weather is generally humid and hot, but can be divided into the ‘hot’, ‘cool’ and ‘rainy’ seasons. November to February is the cool season, when the weather is pleasanter, but this tends to be the busiest time. The monsoon starts in June, progressing from afternoon showers to prolonged day-long downpours by September or October. Rainfall varies regionally – with the northeast being the driest and the south the wettest.
Public holidays and national festivals, such as Songkran (Thai New Year) in mid-April tend to be busy, with accommodation difficult to book and transport tickets selling out. They are experiences not to be missed, but you will have to book everything well in advance if you want to be sure of finding accommodation during your dental trip.
Is Thailand handicapped accessible?
Not really. Many of the resorts do not have proper roads or footpaths. Even in Bangkok high kerbs, uneven footpaths and pedestrian bridges flanked with stairs make it difficult for anyone in a wheelchair, and boats and buses hardly stop long enough for the fully abled. Some hotels are wheelchair friendly, but if you are hoping to go sight-seeing you will probably have to go by taxi.
What is the downside? What should I know about visiting?
Be aware of scams involving fake goods or gemstones, particularly in Bangkok, and remember the old adage, if something appears too good to be true, then it probably is.
Touting is also an Asian tradition which may be annoying to Westerners. In particular, at popular tourist spots you may be surrounded by touts who get a commission for bringing in guests, often to over-priced and badly located hotels and guesthouses.
You should also be aware that although Thailand’s dentists are very well trained and clinics generally well-equipped, poor dentists exist everywhere. We cannot emphasize how important it is to find an established clinic with an appropriate specialist. Our screening process simplifies this process, and if you are undergoing complex treatment we will be able to find the right specialist to help you.
What else is there in Thailand?
Aside from its world-renowned beaches, historic temples and warm hospitality Thailand has a diverse natural environment. With more than 100 national parks and over 20 marine parks there is plenty of unique flora and fauna to see. Trekking, mountain biking and horse riding are great ways to get out and about exploring the rainforests.
Thailand is the perfect destination for those wishing to learn a new skill on their holiday, or just to try something completely different. Thai cooking, Thai boxing and Thai massage are all popular subjects that can be studied in a matter of a day, or over the course of an entire holiday. Other popular activities are scuba diving, rock climbing, golf lessons and even flying lessons.
Throughout the year there are numerous countrywide festivals and events taking place, such as Songkran in April, and Loi Krathong in November or December, as well as localized events such as Chonburi Buffalo Races or the Ayuthaya World Heritage Fair.
Traveling to Thailand
Visitors can fly toThailand on non-stop routes from most countries. As well as Bangkok, most of the other major tourist destinations, including Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi have international airports.
It is possible to travel by bus to Thailand from most of its neighbors apart from Burma.
Getting Around Thailand
BY AIR – Getting around within Thailand is easy enough with cheap and plentiful domestic flights.
BY RAIL – The rail system in Thailand is both comfortable and efficient. Rail journeys are generally more expensive and take longer than the bus, but are safer. At holiday times and weekends tickets sometimes sell out well in advance. It is best to book ahead at a station through an agent or from the State Railway of Thailand.
BY BUS – Cheap, if not particularly comfortable.
SELF-DRIVE – Bangkok may be a little intimidating to drive around, but exploring the rest of Thailand in a hire car is a cheap way of seeing the real Thailand. Most roads are in a good condition and road signs in both Thai and English. Most of the international care hire companies are represented, but you will need an international driving licence.
Thailand operates tourist-visa exemptions for 41 different nationalities, including those from Australia, New Zealand, the USA, Canada, the UK and most of Europe. Visas are issued without a fee, but your passport must be valid beyond 6 months from the date of entry into the Kingdom. For travelers arriving by air a 30 day visa is issued, but if you are arriving via a land border a visa is only issued for 15 days. If you are planning to stay longer than this apply for a 60 day tourist visa from a Thai embassy or consulate before your trip.