Known as “The Land of Smiles”, Thailand boasts one of the fastest growing segments of Medical Tourism in the world. Popular tourist destinations of Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Samui, and Chiang Mai combined with excellent hospital facilities and high standards of care put Thailand at the top of the list for many choosing to have medical procedures performed abroad.
*Vaccinations and entry requirements
- Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and Typhoid are recommended only if dining outside of major hotels or restaurants
- There are no required vaccinations.
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*Thailand procedures of excellence
Cosmetic surgery, advanced dental care, gastric bypass surgery, heart surgery, hip replacement, ophthalmology, dialysis, pediatric and adult cardiology, as well as post-surgical retreats are all part of what makes Thailand a top choice for Medical Tourism decisions.
*Notable facilities in Thailand
Bangkok Hospital Medical Center (BMC). Since 1971, this 500-bed JCI accredited hospital has held the distinction of being one of the most technologically sophisticated healthcare centers in the world. Sixteen specialized centers provide internationally trained physicians in cardiology, orthopedics, neurology and more.
Bangkok International Dental Center (BIDC). This dental complex boasts a seven-story dental clinic, hotel, bank, laboratory and restaurant. Dental specialties include dental implants, crowns and restorations.
Phuket International Hospital (PIH). With specialties in cardiology, plastic surgery, LASIX eye surgery, neurosurgery, and pediatrics, PIH treats more than 2,000 patients a year from the US and Canada.
*Transportation to and around Thailand
Transportation to and from the airport is typically handled by the hospital where you receive treatment or the medical travel agent booking the package. While in Bangkok, the Sky Train is an excellent way to see the city. And for the adventurous, the motorized 3-wheeled Tuk-Tuks give a true taste of Thailand to those traveling short distances.
*Cultural hints to know about Thailand before you go
Traditions and Customs
In Thai culture, the head is considered sacred and should not be touched casually.
The soles of the feet are seen as an unclean part of the body and should not be exposed to others as this is a sign of disrespect.
The traditional Thai greeting of bowing slightly with hands clasped in front as if folded in prayer is called the wai. The higher the hands are held in front of the face and deeper the bow, the more respect is being shown to the receiver. The wai may also be used to say “Thank You” or apologize.