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tourism in Thailand

Medical treatment in Thailand is booming at an unprecedented rate with the number of people traveling to the country for medical and rejuvenating treatment increasing at a steady rate since the early 2000s. It is estimated that more than 1,000,000 people from across the world travel to Thailand for medical treatment each year.

Apart from being one of the leading medical tourism destinations in Asia, the country is equally popular for its tourist spots and destinations. This is one of the major reasons why people prefer to go to Thailand because they also have the opportunity to spend a couple of days rejuvenating and recovering in a calm and serene environment after their medical procedure.

In addition to critical ailments, there are a number of people who solely travel to Thailand only for alternative treatments and therapies. Bangkok, in particular, is considered to be the best place for medical treatment in Thailand, apart from being a place for relaxation in the sun

World-class hospitals and treatment services, highly experienced medical experts, state-of-the-art facilities, great experience in handling a huge number of foreign travelers, and several options to choose from multiple leisure options are some of the reasons why people choose to go to Thailand for medical treatment and alternative therapies.

Brief About Healthcare System and Professional Organizations in Thailand

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The medical system in Thailand dates back to the 11th century. Archaeological evidence suggests that people in Thailand have been quite instrumental in providing healing treatment since them. Also, several pieces of evidence of written instructions and tools to produce medicines have been retrieved.

Traditional medicine in Thailand has a long history. It was only in the last 20th century that modern medicine started off as a full-fledged specialty and since then, there has been no looking back. The modern healthcare system in Thailand can be broadly classified into three categories – private medical sector, non-profit health organizations, and the government health services.

The non-profit health organizations consist of the World Vision and the Red Cross that offer healthcare to those in need. The government health services are available to all the Thai nationals and today, the people of Thailand get to enjoy 100 percent full health coverage in the country.

Then there is an extensive network of private hospitals in the country that are run independently and offer state-of-the-art medical services to patients from within Thailand and abroad. There are many private hospitals in Thailand that are globally renowned for their quality of services and receive thousands of patients every year. A majority of these are accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), USA.

Good quality of treatment, experienced staff, professionally-qualified doctors, and availability of all services under a single roof are some of the reasons why people choose to travel to Thailand for medical treatment.

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Pros & Cons Traveling to
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Climatic Seasons

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Tourist Spots/Cities

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    Near Bangkok
    • The Grand Palace
    • National Museum and Wang Na Palace
    • Chatuchak Market
    • Khao San Road
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    Near Krabi
    • Diamond Cave
    • Koh Phi Phi (Monkey Islands)
    • Maya Bay
    • Railay Beach
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    Near Sukhothai
    • Sukhothai Old City
    • Ramkhamhaeng Museum
    • Si Satchanalai National Park
    • Wat Si Chum (colossal Buddha statue)
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    Near Chiang Mai
    • Sunday Walking Street
    • Warorot Market
    • Bua Thong Sticky Waterfalls
    • Elephant Nature Park
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Cuisine and Culture

In Thailand, food is an integral part of any social occasion. In fact, people in Thailand do not need any occasion to celebrate food. It becomes one of the reasons for celebration in itself.

People in Thailand do not follow a menu with the starters, main course, and desserts. Generally, when people are having dinner together, they order or prepare as many dishes as the people sitting at the table. However, each dish is shared and enjoyed by all. Apart from the main dishes, the country is equally popular for its range of snacks that are available along the roadsides and marketplaces. A typical Thai meal has all the four flavors – sour, spicy, sweet, and salty.

As far as the culture of the country is concerned, a large majority (94 percent) of the people in Thailand practice Buddhism. Thai people value and respect the hierarchy. They always have a feeling of gratitude or indebtedness towards guardians, parents, teachers, and caretakers. Loi Krathong and Songkran are the two biggest festivals in Thailand.

Best Time To Visit

The best time to visit Thailand is during the dry and cool season. People can plan to travel between November and April if they plan to enjoy a good weather.

Travel/Safety Tips For Thailand

  • Get a travel insurance before you decide to book the tickets and travel to the country
  • Keep a scarf with you in case you plan to visit temples or other religious places in Thailand.
  • Keep cash with you all the time.
  • Stay alert all the time to avoid pickpocketing.
  • Maintain some level of skepticism in trusting people and other strangers.
  • While purchasing stuff from the market, negotiate as much as you can.
  • Keep a copy of all the necessary and important documents such as passport, hotel booking receipt, and contact details of important individuals with you all the time
  • Dress appropriately while visiting temples and other religious places.
  • Keep all your valuables with you and do not leave them in the hotel room.
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Documents You Need
To Carry/Legal Requirements

  • A valid passport and visa
  • Confirmed travel itinerary
  • All previous medical reports
  • Letter of recommendation from the local doctor for treatment abroad
  • Fit to fly certificate from the local doctor
  • Identity proof of the patient and the attendant
  • Acceptance letter or visa invitation letter from treating hospital
  • Contact details of the local guardian
  • Emergency contact details of someone in the home
  • Local residential proof
  • Proof of financial means
  • Proof of hotel accommodation in the country

Frequently Asked Questions for Medical Treatment in Thailand

The cost of living in Thailand is cheap. A 3-star accommodation may cost around just $25/night in Thailand, while 4-star accommodation may cost around $35/night.
The actual expenses actually depend on your meal choice. Thailand is a land of the foodies and there are many meals to choose from. A standard meal for two people may just cost around $30.
There are a number of reasons why the cost of medical treatment in India is cheap such as lower real estate values, cheap labor, cheaper medicines, lower government taxes, and lower infrastructure cost.
Be rest assured about the quality of services offered by the JCI-certified hospitals in Thailand. The country has some of the best surgeons and medical experts in the world, a majority of them who have studied and completed their training from some of the most prestigious institutes in the world.
Apart from all cosmetic procedures such as tummy tuck, facelift, neck lift, liposuction, and other types of plastic surgeries, Thailand is equally famous for cardiac, weight loss, neurology, and orthopedic procedures. The country also offers anti-aging, wellness, and stem cells regeneration procedures as well.
Thailand has a tropical climate and mostly remains warm throughout the year. You should bring jeans, shorts, T-shirts (both long and short-sleeved), and scarfs. The country has plenty of street markets so you can choose to purchase clothing after you arrive, as per the local climate. If you plan to visit temples or other religious places, make sure to keep something ethnic or decent with you.
A majority of staff across hospitals in Thailand are comfortable in speaking Thai as well as English. So, communication should not be a problem as long as you know English. For patients who do not understand English, almost all hospitals have in-house translators to assist with communication.
Avoid drinking tap water in Thailand. The problem is not with the water itself but with the pipes that carry them. Rely on bottled water as long as possible.
Yes, the trains in Thailand are safe and mostly uneventful.
The original passport copy, a print out of the visa invitation letter, previous medical records, and 10 passport-sized photographs are required to be presented at the hospital upon arrival.
You are required to stay in a hotel nearest to the hospital after discharge. Arrangements are made by the facilitator or hospital.
The medical facilitator or the travel desk at the hospital can help you with that.

Top Doctors

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    Dr. Prakasit Chanasit

    Sports Medicine and Joint Surgery

    Vejthani Hospital, Thailand
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    Dr. Siraruj Sakoolnamarka

    Neurosurgery

    Bangkok Hospital, Thailandi
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    Dr. Jaturong Ninnagara

    Plastic Surgery

    Bangkok Hospital, Thailand
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    Dr. Suporn Chuncharunee

    Hematologist-Oncologist

    Phyathai 2 Hospital, Bangkok

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