Medical Tourism Destination in Thailand
Krungthep Mahanakorn, the Great City of Angels, or simply Bangkok to the rest of the world, is a sprawling yet colorfully exciting prime example of a metropolis shuffling the best of the ancient with the modern. And in terms of modern, or should we say ultra-modern, Bangkok’s medical service is now ranked among the world’s absolute finest - truly amazing service at astonishingly cost-saving rates.
The numbers of medical tourists coming to Bangkok for treatment in recent years has exploded. While soaking in the atmosphere of this racy and stimulating city, tourists can enjoy safe inexpensive first-class treatment conducted by medical professionals many of whom have graduated from the most prestigious medical institutes in the West. A number of Bangkok’s English speaking hospitals, innumerable dentistry clinics and alternative healing centers are international award winners. Examples of global front-runners are Bumrungrad and Samitivej hospitals that were among Southeast Asia’s first to receive the prestigious Joint Commission International accreditation and certification. JCI is the largest accreditation organization of safe healthcare in the US. Bangkok, with 8 JCI accredited hospitals in total, means the Thai capital, according to global standards, is an official Asian leader in medical healthcare.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is serviced by airlines from around the world. Consequently, it’s possible to fly directly to Bangkok from nearly any major city on Earth. Even those who arrive in Bangkok via bus or train will have no problem getting around once in the city.
Despite Bangkok’s sprawling size and its reputation for horrendous traffic, Bangkok now features several electric rail systems that, along with tens of thousands of taxis and fleets of public and private busses, make it easier than ever to explore Bangkok’s sights or get from hotels to cultural attractions, shopping districts, restaurants and entertainment venues.
While the immensity of the city can be intimidating at first, those who spend time in Bangkok are quickly enamored by the variety of attractions Bangkok contains, from exotic temples, which epitomize Thailand’s strong Buddhist history, to modern shopping malls, which make shopping an integral part of any Bangkok holiday. As the kingdom’s political, economic, cultural, culinary and spiritual capital, Bangkok features attractions guaranteed to please visitors simply passing through or receiving medical treatment in one of Bangkok’s world-class hospitals.
For the first time traveler, we recommend sightseeing at the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, taking a dinner cruise along the Chao Phraya River, experiencing multi-cultural nightlife on Khao San Road, bargain shopping at Chatuchak (JJ) Weekend Market, eating Chinese and local food in China Town, brand-name shopping at Siam Paragon and receiving a traditional Thai massage at Wat Pho.
As one of the premier tourist destinations in Thailand, Bangkok has innumerable activities to participate in, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their Bangkok holiday, including Thai Massage, Thai Cooking Schools, Muay Thai boxing, Horse Racing and various walking and cycling tours or historic quarters of the city.
Bangkok is also one of the top shopping destinations in the world, featuring luxury shopping malls such as Siam Paragon and Gaysorn Plaza, which sell international, name-brand luxury goods; multi-story electronics malls, including Panthip Plaza; expansive local markets, such as the Chatuchak (JJ) Weekend Market; various local markets that sell everything from clothes and household goods to fresh food and flowers; and districts of wholesale dealers of clothing and accessories, including Pratunam and Chinatown, the latter of which features every conceivable knick-knack and trinket and is home to the oldest gold dealerships in Thailand, located along Yaowarat Road.