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Dental Tourism In Thailand

With a boost in dental tourism, Thailand has become an attraction to a larger flock of people worldwide. Friendly natives along with a booming dental industry aptly justify its name-The Land of Smiles.

The latest statistics gathered from Trading Economics states, “Tourist Arrivals in Thailand averaged nearly 1.5 million from 1997 until 2019,” which makes it one of the top holiday destinations.

Flight duration between Thailand and other countries

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Why Choose Thailand for Your Dental Tourism?

Thailand is one of the top destinations for Dental Tourism because:

  • Dental treatments in Thailand are around 60% cheaper than those in the West.
  • Our dentists have degrees from top Thai dental colleges. Many of them have international training.
  • The quality of treatment is high. Patient’s care and safety is the primary concern.
  • Dental clinics offer a wide variety of dental procedures.
  • Dentists use high tech equipment to carry out dental treatments.
  • The flora, fauna, climate with exquisite architecture makes it a place for a perfect holiday destination.

You can get dental treatments ranging from simple procedures like tooth fillings, tooth extractions, root canal treatments to more complicated including dental implants, dental veneers, crowns, bridges, and correction of alignment of teeth.

What is the Cost of Dental Work in Thailand?

Dental work is about a third of the price in Thailand compared to Australia. The average cost of dental implants is $1,500 in Thailand. The same procedure in Australia can cost you a whopping $6,000.

Procedures like dental crowns and veneers cost $500 and $350 per tooth in Thailand.

Dental Work Cost Comparison (Cost in USD)
Procedure  Thailand Australia
All on 4 implants $9,400-10,000 $13,650-25,000
Metal Braces $1,670-1,940 $2,600-6,400
Implant (Single Tooth) $1,200–1,600 $2,100-7,000
Removable Denture $550-700 $1,350-2,100
Crown $250-500 $990-1300
Root Canal Treatment $250-400 $280-780
Veneer $200-500 $700
Teeth Whitening $150-250 $570
Tooth Extraction $30-70 $90-120
Composite Filling $27 $140-225

*Prices are subject to change

Top Dentists in Thailand

The dentists we work with are highly qualified. They have recognition with Dental Council of Thailand.

They have received training in the US, the UK, or Australia. To name a few:

Dr-Utumporn

 Dr.Utumporn Rangsisiripaiboon

Education: Graduate Diploma in Operative Dentistry- Mahidol University, Bangkok Thailand

Specializations: Fellowship in Prosthodontics, New York University College of Dentistry, NY, USA

Certificate in Implant Dentistry, New York University College of Dentistry, NY, USA

Certificate in Prosthodontics, New York University College of Dentistry, NY, USA

dr-nunnapas

 Dr.Nunnapas Kulkanchanachewin

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Srinakharinwirot University

Residency Training in Prosthodontics, Department of Prosthodontics, Mahidol University

Specializations: Certificate of Clinical Assistant Fellow in Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry New York University

Certificate of International Advanced Program in Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry New York University

Dr-Preeda

 Dr.Preeda Pungpapong

Education: DDS, Chulalongkorn University School of Dentistry, 1999

MS – Prosthodontics, University of North Carolina, 2005

Specializations: Certificate, Implant Fellowship (Periodontics), University of North Carolina, 2006

Certificate, Prosthodontics, Chulalongkorn University School of Dentistry, 2002

Dr. Mongkol

 Dr.Mongkol Thaveeprungsiporn

(31 years of experience)

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery (Chulalongkorn University (TH))

Accreditations: Diplomate of Thai Board in General Dentistry (Thai)

ICOI (International Congress of Oral Implantologists)

Specializations: Prosthodontics and Implantology

dr.kiti

 Dr.Kiti Siriwatana

(27 years of experience)

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery (Chulalongkorn University (TH))

Accreditations: Diplomate of Thai Board in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Specializations: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

dr.monruedee

 Dr.Monrudee Chayawadhanangkur

(24 years of experience)

Education: Doctor of Dental Surgery (Mahidol University (TH))

Accreditations: Academy of Operative Dentistry (International)

Specializations: Operative Dentistry Aesthetic

Dental Clinics

Thai dental clinics provide good quality high technology facilities. For example, digital panoramic x-ray, CT scanning equipment, 3D CAD/CAM, and in-house laboratories. They have accreditations with many international dental organizations. JCI (Joint Commission International)- a US-based healthcare initiative, is one of them.

Some of our Dental clinics with JCI accreditation in Thailand include:

  • Bangkok Smile Dental Clinic, Bangkok
  • Sea Smile Dental Clinic, Phuket

These clinics are ISO (International Organization for Standardization) certified as well.

As of 2019, Thailand had more than 66 Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited hospitals.

Dentavacation chosen clinics follow four-step sterilization:

Step 1: Manual Cleaning

Instruments are scrubbed to remove deposits and residue.

Step 2: Ultrasonic Cleaning

Instruments are treated in an ultrasonic cleaner. It operates on different frequencies, depending on the type of instrument being sterilized.

Step 3: Packaging and Autoclave

  • After drying. instruments are packed in sealed pouches.
  • The date of packaging & expiry date of the sterilized instruments is noted.
  • Sealed pouches are autoclaved to guarantee 100% sterilization.

Step 4: Ultra Violet Chamber

Sterilized instruments are kept in waterproof packaging in Ultra Violet chamber to maintain sterilization.

Fumigation of the clinic:

Fumigation is carried out weekly. The entire clinic is treated with chemical fumes. This ensures the treatment area is sterile and safe.

Monitoring sterilization:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests “weekly spore tests”. Biological Monitoring System by 3M ESPE is used to monitor sterilization. It is a system with 20-year product history. This ensures that the sterilization controls and standards are above the required standards.

Best Dental Destinations in Thailand

From exotic Bangkok, beachy Phuket in the south to historic Chiang Mai in the north, our superior quality dental clinics are located in all the major cities of Thailand.  They offer world-class dental care at a comparatively low cost.

Bangkok

Dental Tourism in Bangkok

Dental Tourism in Bangkok

From shopping malls to finely designed temples, Bangkok has lots to offer. You can take a stroll in the markets and hog on the street food.

Apart from being a top destination for leisure, Bangkok is a hub for world-class dental clinics.

Our clinics in Bangkok are easily accessible. The locations being in the vicinity of hotels/accommodations.

The BTS Skytrain (Nana Station) is a mere 5-minute walking distance to Bangkok Smile Dental Clinic, Bangkok.

The dentists here follow International sterilization and Infection Control Standard. To test the effectiveness of the sterilization methods, they use the 3M Attest® Biological Monitoring System.

Bangkok Smile Dental Clinic Sukhumvit 5 has partnered with MALO CLINICS

The clinic provides you with airport pickup services and assists for your stay. They also guide you with your insurance/financial procedures.

Phuket

Kata Viewpoint Phuket

Kata Viewpoint Phuket

Located in the south, Phuket has diverse landscapes. It comprises lush tropical landscape, white beaches, magnificent coves, and bays. Surrounding islands and exquisite Chinese-Portuguese architecture add to its beauty.

You can revel in various activities. Kayak in the mangroves at Bang Rong or watch the sunset in Sri Panwa.

With well-established dental healthcare centers, Phuket is a renowned destination for dental tourism. It has clinics like Smile Dental Clinic, which is the first dental clinic in Phuket to be JCI-accredited.

With an in-house dental laboratory, our clinics use advanced CEREC German technology for dental treatments.

Dental clinics provide many additional facilities like free phone calls, Wi-Fi, and parking.

The island location of the clinic makes it a one-stop destination for rejuvenation along with healthcare.

Chiang Mai

Beautiful Royal Pavillion at Chaing Mai

Beautiful Royal Pavillion at Chaing Mai

Owing to its cold temperature, Chiang Mai is an attraction to a larger group of trackers and backpackers. Along with its street food and rich culture, Chiang Mai is famous for its botanical gardens and hill tribe villages.

Activities like river rafting and elephant riding are one of Chiang Mai’s greatest tourist attractions.

Many dentists here are well qualified and affiliated with the Dental Association of Thailand. 

Chiang Mai International (CMX) airport is only ten minutes from the city center. It serves both international and domestic flights, making Chiang Mai accessible to tourists worldwide.

Pattaya

Pattaya

Pattaya

A party destination, Pattaya is situated in the East Coast of Thailand Gulf. It is one of the top 3 cities in Thailand popular amongst tourists.

Sophisticated international hotel chains and fine dining restaurants are a common sight in Pattaya.

Though a city of loud nightlife, Pattaya, does not fail to amaze with its par excellence dental healthcare services.

Some clinics at Pattaya provide additional facilities like a massage chair or aromatherapy.

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Koh Samui

Thailand’s second largest island is known for its beaches, coconut groves, luxury resorts, and posh spas. Ang Thong Marine National Park and Namuang Waterfall offer breathtaking scenic beauty. The rocks of Hin Ta And Hin Yai are one of the island’s most popular tourist attractions. Wat Plai Laem, the Buddhist temple is a landmark of Koh Samui. It has a colorful statue of Buddha.

Kôw gang (rice and curry) shops are commonly seen here.

Indulge in activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, jungle trekking, and sailing.

The island offers top quality dental work under strict sterilization and friendly atmosphere.

How to Reach Thailand?

Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) and Don Mueang International Airport (DMK) are main airports. Located in Bangkok, they connect numerous countries with multiple flights daily.

Transportation from airport to city center is possible via taxis, Tuk-Tuks, and the Sky Train. Tuk-Tuks are a three-wheeled motorized vehicle used as taxis. Fares range from 16B to 44B or 140B for a one-day pass while traveling via SkyTrain.

Some clinics and hospitals provide with their shuttle services.

Passport Validity

Passport should be valid for at least six months beyond the date of your entry into Thailand.

Tourist Visa

Thai embassy states passport holders of 55 different countries do not require a visa to visit Thailand. New Zealand, Australia, the US, the UK are amongst a few of them.

Thailand tourist visa is valid for 30 days. You will have to apply at the Office of Immigration Bureau for an extension of stay.

Flights from Australia to Bangkok (Thailand)

  • Non-stop flight time between Bangkok and Sydney is around 9 hours 30 minutes.
  • The fastest one-stop flight between Bangkok and Sydney takes close to 12 hours.

 

Flight duration from Australia to ThailandThe cheapest months to fly to Thailand is in May-October

The price range of flights from Sydney to Bangkok varies between $300-$1000.

What is the Best Time to Visit Thailand?

Thailand offers a year-round tropical climate. Depending on the region, the weather varies from cooler in the hills to hotter in the cities like Bangkok. The beaches are sunny during the day and pleasant by night.

  • The average temperature of Thailand ranges from 18°C to 38°C.
  • November to February are the colder months.
  • December is the coldest month, with an average temperature of 79 °F (26.11 °C). The temperature range is between 60 °F (15.56 °C) to 85 °F (29.44 °C).
  • In the northern mountainous regions like Chiang Mai, it can fall as low as 40 °F (4.44 °C)
  • April is the hottest month, with the average temperature being 95 °F (35 °C). The temperature range is between 79 °F (26.11 °C) to 95 °F (35 °C)
  • Rainy season falls from July to October. A short afternoon downpour occurs.

Tourist Attractions

Thailand has various places for recreation, including beaches, parks, museums, waterfalls, malls, etc. There are many sites that you can visit during your dental trip.

  • The iconic Thai architecture is worth paying a visit.
  • The Grand Palace in the Old City in Bangkok is one such example.
  • Wat Pho, a temple located immediately south of the Grand Palace is famous for preserving Thai medicine.
  • The sandy beaches in Phuket like Patong, Freedom, Kata are the best places to relax and rejuvenate.
  • Phi Phi island, a group of six islands, has stunningly beautiful bays and beaches.
  • Night markets and clubs make the nightlife more happening. They are significant points of tourist attraction.
  • Koh Kut, also known as Hideout Haven of the East, is a nature lover’s retreat.

Dental Holiday Package

Some dental procedures like crowns require two trips to the dental clinic. It takes a gap of about 3-4 days (at max) between appointments. During the first visit, the dentist carries out specific steps. It includes tooth preparation, impression taking, noticing tooth shade, and temporary crown fitting. In the second visit, he fits the permanent crown.

A stay of around 10-15 days will be required for procedures like full mouth dental implants and clear aligners.

In such cases, you can avail an added advantage of a vacation abroad. Luxuriate in a relaxing holiday along with dental holiday package to Thailand.

Things to do in Thailand

Many leisure activities offered in the country make your stay enjoyable. Some of them are Ziplining, Mountain climbing, Bungee jumping, Hot air balloon tour, White-water rafting, Scuba diving, Snorkeling, Cruising in Phuket, etc. Indulge in the world-famous Thai massage. Choose Thailand for a refreshing experience, coupled with better quality healthcare facilities.

According to The U.S. News’ 2017 Best Countries report, Thailand is ranked at 4th globally for adventure value and 7th for cultural heritage.

What are the Risks associated with Dental Tourism?

According to the Australian Dental Association(ADA),

  • Dentists abroad have to work according to dental tourists’ limited time frame. Therefore, it is necessary to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • You need to check that hospitals and clinic abide by the infection control standards.
  • Find out if the doctor in practice has the required qualification and is proficient in his/her field.
  • Sometimes aftercare services are neglected, which can lead to complications.

We assure you with the best services keeping in mind the safety protocol. Our doctors will provide you with proper and timely follow up after the treatment.

The U.S. News reports that Thailand is one of the safest countries in the world.

How Safe is it to Travel to Thailand?

Thailand is safe whether you’re strolling around the city or shopping in the market streets. Violent incidents are usually a rare sight. Though taking precautions is always a must.

Some emergency numbers to contact:

Precautions for Thailand Tourists

 

Register yourself with your Country’s Foreign Affairs Departments for your overseas trip. It is a free and voluntary service offered by your country to aid at the time of emergency.

Share your travel plans, to enable identification in case of any mishap. Have a travel insurance policy to cover for any theft, loss, and medical problems.

According to the International Air Transport Association, the Thai government permits you to carry local currency up to THB 50,000. If you’re traveling with your family, THB 100,000 Is allowed. However, the Customs Officer is informed if you are found with foreign currency exceeding USD 20,000 at arrival.

Thai Cuisine

Thailand is famous for a wide variety of food. Some top Thai food includes:

Thai Green Curry

Gaeng Keow Wan Kai (Thai Green Curry)

  • A green curry paste made with sweet basils, coriander, and bamboo shoots.
  • Mixed with coconut milk in chicken, beef, etc. and is served with Thai rice.

Khao Soi- Thai cuisine

Khao Soi (Thai Curry Noodles)

  • A coconut curry-based noodle dish.
  • Prevalent in the northern part of Thailand, especially among locals of Chiang Mai.

Tom Yum-Thai Cuisine

Tom Yum (Spicy Shrimp Soup)

  • A blend of lemongrass, lime leaves, lime juice with shrimps and straw mushroom.
  • It has authentic Thai sour-spicy-hot taste.

Khao Phat- Thai cuisine

Khao Phat (Fried Rice)

  • Made of fried rice, eggs, herbs, onions.
  • Natives also add chicken, beef, shrimps, etc. and have it with a slice of lemon.

Restaurants and hotels in Thailand serve western cuisines from American club sandwiches and burgers to Indian food. You can even spot the international fast food chains including, McDonald’s, KFC. Some restaurants serve Australian family cuisine. They include: –

  • Bondi Aussie Bar &Grill in Phuket
  • The Australian Bar & BBQ

Drink from a sealed water bottle. Take precaution while eating street food. Avoid areas prone to flies and mosquitoes to prevent food and water contamination.

Why is Dental Tourism Better in Thailand than in Bali or Malaysia?

Thailand is renowned for its dental work worldwide.

  • Unlike Bali, dentists in Thailand have their degrees from top universities abroad.
  • The costs of accommodations are way cheaper in Thailand than that in Malaysia.

You can enjoy a comfortable stay with an affordable dental holiday package in Thailand.

Travel Tips

  • Remember to wear easy to remove shoes as many historical places permit entry barefoot only.
  • Beware of the dishonest Tuk-Tuk’s drivers who may try to take advantage.
  • When visiting Bangkok’s holy temples, dress appropriately. Purchase the required attire rather than renting it to prevent the sellers from befooling you.
  • Do not get confused with street names as they are very different from back home.
  • Beware of different ticket prices at tourist attractions.
  • Thailand’s electrical system is 220V at 50Hz. Type A and Type C electrical plug types are used. Make sure you bring the proper adaptors for your plugs.

Tipping in Thailand is not mandatory but always appreciated.

  • Leave a tip of 20-50 baht at hotels.
  • Tip a minimum of 10% at an expensive restaurant.
  • At a spa in Thailand, a tip of 10% or 50 Baht for Per 30 minutes is considered okay.
  • Taxi drivers in Thailand will not expect you to tip.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What is the official language of Thailand?

Central Thai (Siamese). Very few people can speak and understand English.

2. What are the souvenirs to buy from Thailand?

Thai silk, Spa and aroma products, Coconut oil, Coconut palm sugar, Handmade bags, Home Decor.

3. Can I book an Uber in Thailand?

No, instead of Uber, you can book a ride using an app called Grab.

4. What are the Top 5 useful Apps for tourists traveling to Thailand?

  • Google Translator – Communicate easily with the natives by learning their language. Know “Khop Khun” means thank you and “Sawaddee” is for hello in Thai.
  • Grab– Make traveling around in the city easy and affordable with Grab.
  • Line– Like WhatsApp, Line is the most used messenger app in Thailand. You can send and receive messages, calls, photos, videos, documents, and Voice Messages.
  • XE Currency– Keep track of your expenses with a currency converter app.
  • BTS SkyTrain– A mass transit train service to help you travel around the city without any hassle.

5. How to get internet access in Thailand?

You can access free Wi-Fi at Suvarnabhumi Airport, which is available for up to 2 hours per day.

Most Thai hotels and restaurants provide you with a Wi-Fi facility. Internet cafés are famous in major cities in Thailand, charging approximately 0.5 to 3 Bahts per minute.

6. What payment methods are accepted?

You can make payment and money transaction in Thailand via various modes including:

  • Cash in Thai baht which is easily exchangeable nearly everywhere
  • Credit/Debit cards like Visa, MasterCard.

7. How to get a sim card?

Sim cards are available at Bangkok airport. However, they are pricey compared to the ones you can buy in the city. You need to have a passport as identification when buying a sim card.

There are three major suppliers in Thailand, that provide 3G coverage, namely True, DTAC, AIS.

Some 7Elevens also sell sim cards with a brand limitation. Almost all shopping malls in Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Krabi, and Koh Samui have mobile internet shops.

You can get data plans activated, at affordable prices.

AIS Traveller SIM 599 THB (excl VAT) gives access to unlimited internet. It is valid for 15 days, 6 GB at MAX speed with 100 THB call credit. (*Prices may vary)

8. What is the time difference between Thailand and other countries?

Thailand follows the Indo China Time Zone, which makes it 7 hrs ahead of GMT(Greenwich Time Meridian).

The following diagram shows the time difference between Thailand and other countries:

The time duration between Thailand and different countries

The time duration between Thailand and different countries

 

9. How is nightlife like in Thailand?

Though parties at a nightclub are too prevalent, beware of party drugs. Watch your drink and never leave it unattended. Royal Thai Police is in power to conduct enforcement raids on bars and clubs. Possession of any kind is illegal and punishable. Don’t let touts mislead you.

10. What vaccinations do I need to take before traveling to Thailand?

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends travelers to get vaccinated against following diseases.

Vaccination Checklist for Thailand (CDC)
Disease All Travelers Most travelers Some Travelers
Measles

Yes

Hepatitis A

Yes

Hepatitis B

Yes

Diphtheria Yes
Tetanus

Yes

Pertussis

Yes

Typhoid

Yes

Cholera

Yes

Malaria

Yes

Rabies

Yes

Yellow Fever

Yes

Measles/ Mumps/ Rubella

 Yes

Japanese Encephalitis

Yes

 

11. Where to stay in Thailand?

The options for accommodation are diverse. It ranges from affordably priced hotels to high-end luxurious hotels. You can rent hostels and dormitories as well for the desired time. Lodging and transportation during public holidays and national festivals are hard to find.  Songkran (Thai New Year) which falls on 13th-15th April every year is one such example.

Ensure a delightful holiday paired with a cost-effective dental trip.  — Book Thailand dental holiday packages with DentaVacation to invest in better dental healthcare. Contact us for further information.

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