Medical Tourism Destination in Thailand
Once a Mecca for bronzed budget backpackers, the idyllic island of Ko Samui has grown into a holiday getaway for those seeking a beautiful, modern, up-market destination, offering all the creature comforts of back home. Nestled in the Gulf of Thailand, Ko Samui offers visitors clear blue waters, white sandy beaches, lush green hills, crisp and fresh sea breezes, year-round glorious sunshine, delicious gastronomical seafood surprises and fun-loving action-packed activities.
Tourists to Ko Samui can overstay there trip in the safe hands of prolific cosmetic surgeons, expert dental specialists and advanced spa therapists. With cost-effective rates at a fraction of what is on offer back home, medical tourists can safely save enough for that once-in-a-lifetime luxury holiday. On top of international standard personal service, Ko Samui’s medical centers utilize only the highest technology fully equipped medical facilities.
As the second most popular Thai island, Koh Samui is easy to get to via land, boat or air. There are numerous ferries traveling between Koh Samui and Surat Thani province on the Thai mainland as well as between neighboring islands Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. The Koh Samui International Airport is served primarily by Bangkok Airways, which flies to and from Koh Samui and seven domestic and international destinations.
Once on the island, there are modes of transport. Rental bicycles, motorbikes and cars, both with and without drivers, are easily available as are songtaews and taxis for getting around and between beaches.
Koh Samui has innumerable attractions, ensuring that visitors with any interest will find something to keep them entertained on their holiday. Some of the most popular attractions on or around Koh Samui are Ang Thong Marine National Park, Wat Phra Yai (Big Buddha Temple), Secret Buddha Garden, Grandmother & Grandfather Rocks, Hin Lat Waterfall, the Snake Farm, Naga Pearl Farm, Samui Aquarium and Tiger Zoo and the Butterfly Garden & Insect Museum.
Chaweng and Lamai are bustling beach towns with fabulous beach resorts, internationally acclaimed restaurants, and world-class nightclubs. For those looking to shop, dine and participate in activities, these are the best beaches for a post-medical treatment holiday. Activities include cooking courses, yoga instruction, Muay Thai training, scuba diving and even golf.
However, some people are simply looking for a peaceful place to relax and recover, a place to allow both their bodies and minds to recuperate after medical treatment. Fortunately, Samui features a few quieter beaches that are ideal for relaxation, particularly those that have some of the finest 5-star resorts in the world and some that exude old world charm. There are a number of outstanding spas on the island that will pamper recovering patients and their companions equally well, helping both find relaxation and harmony within an idyllic and peaceful environment.
Shopping in Koh Samui is centered on three major market areas, Nathon, Chaweng and Lamai. More accurately perhaps, other than restaurants and bars in Chaweng “town”, which flanks both sides of the road running parallel to the entire length of the beach, Chaweng is an enormous outdoor shopping mall with street stalls selling knick-knacks and knock-offs in front of boutique shops selling authentic beachwear and other international products.