Medical Tourism Destination in Thailand
Seductive, picture-on-a-postcard Phuket, Thailand’s largest island, is home to spectacular beaches, sandy bays, jagged coastal terrain, awesome limestone cliffs, luscious vegetation and altogether breath-taking scenery. Considered by many as the ultimate holiday paradise, Phuket is now a healthy, heavenly abode for top-notch, world-class medical facilities offering safe specialized treatments. While living-it-up at one of Phuket’s luxury five star hotels, medical tourists can place their trust in many of Asia’s most skilled practitioners trained in dentistry, cosmetic surgery, skin care, spa and holistic treatment and major surgeries. The island’s Bangkok Hospital Phuket, with its JCI accreditation, means top US safety and healthcare equivalent standards have come to the Andaman Sea.
Compared to the US and Europe, not only are the scenic views out-of-this-world, but so too are the cost-saving rates. Unlike in the West, where medical costs have skyrocketed out of proportion, Phuket’s prices are so reasonable that you’ll hardly notice the difference in your bank balance. In fact, you’ll be laughing all the way there, when your bill comes to just 10-50% of what you would have paid back home. Astonishing savings mean your vacation in paradise has cost you virtually nothing at all!
Phuket has numerous options for traveling to the island and getting around once you arrive. Both domestic and international airlines service Phuket Airport with direct flights from numerous destinations in Thailand and around Asia. Once on the island, the size of Phuket makes a rental car arguably the best option, though there are various modes of transportation if you do not wish to drive.
Phuket is best for those who like beautiful beaches, blue skies and sunshine. Phuket has many interesting things to see, including Phuket Fantasea, historic Phuket Town, Phuket Waterfall and Chalong Big Buddha. Another way to relax is having a Thai massage or spa treatments to make yourself feel rejuvenated. Finally, your holiday in Phuket won't be completely perfect without spending an evening enjoying the nightlife at Patong Beach.
In addition to the many attractions on Phuket itself, including beaches, jungles, temples and animal parks, there are many convenient day trip attractions surrounding the island that are great opportunities for medical tourists or their companions to experience. To the east of Phuket lies Phang Nga Bay, one of the top destinations for sea kayaking. The spectacular islands of Mu Koh Phi Phi National Park are also only a short boat trip from Phuket. A visit to these breathtaking islands is often the highlight a trip to Thailand and is an ideal way to make the most of the holiday aspect of a medical tourism holiday.
Phuket is a wonderland of activities for visitors either receiving medical treatment or unwinding before or after such treatments. Some of the most popular activities include golf, sailing, nightlife, sea kayaking, scuba diving and snorkeling, bird watching, elephant trekking, jet skiing, waterskiing, fishing, horseback riding, jungle trekking, Muay Thai boxing, cooking classes and mountain biking.
As in most other Thai tourist destinations, Phuket features outstanding shopping opportunities, from street markets to shopping malls, and visitors can buy souvenir products from all over Thailand, like Thai silk and chopstick sets, or essential beach supplies, including swimwear, sun block and children’s beach toys. Locally produced handicrafts that are popular with visitors to Phuket include cultured pearls, neilloware, pewter ware and dried seafood.