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Thailand

Thailand is located in South-East Asia and has a population of 65 million people. Thailand is a popular tourist destination with millions of people each year being drawn to its picturesque beaches and jungle-covered mountains. Cities like Bangkok, with its population of 9.4 million, offer visitors a cultural and shopping delight with everything from chic boutiques to the crammed marketplaces. Thailand is also renowned for offering guests an opportunity to be pampered at an affordable cost. The Medical Tourism industry in Thailand is no different, with a blossoming industry that is projected to generate over US$28 million in the one year and many Thai physicians holding US or UK professional certification. The national language of Thailand is Thai, but English is very widely spoken, particularly in establishments that cater for tourists.

Medical tourism

As the land of indulgence, there is an endless list of options available for medical tourists in Thailand. There is a particularly high number of service providers catering for Cancer treatment, Cardiology, Cosmetics, Dental, Eye, Hair transplant, Infertility, Neurology, Obesity, Orthopedics and Spinal procedures. See the box to the right to view a full list of available treatment areas.

Best time to travel

The monsoon season in Thailand runs from June through to October, causing hot humid days with constant torrential rain. The best time to travel to Thailand is between November and February (considered the cool season). However for the islands in the south, any time is fine for travel as the weather is relatively even all year round. The tourist peak can be very busy in Thailand and can last the whole time from October through to March. The smallest crowds, and thus potential discounted prices are usually found in April though June and September through October.

Money and costs

The national currency of Thailand is the Baht (B, symbol ฿). Find up-to-date exchange rates and conversion through a currency conversion tool. Thailand is generally considered an inexpensive destination and your dollar will usually go a long way. Travellers can live quite comfortably for 800B per day.

Visas

No visa is required for those travellers from the USA, Canada, UK, Australia and most of Europe for stays of up to 30 days (15 days if entering by land). The overall time spent in Thailand cannot exceed 90 days during any six-month period; however if you do intend on staying longer than the 30-day allowance you should apply for a Tourist Visa (up to 60 days) or Non-Immigrant Visa (up to 90 days).

Getting there

Bangkok is by far the busiest entry point into Thailand although some regional areas also service domestic and a small number of international flights. Phuket in particular has a few flights direct to selected European cities and Australia. The national airline is Thai Airways, but some other carriers servicing Thailand are Air France, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, Qantas and United Airlines.

Dialling codes

To call Thailand, the country dialling code is +66.

Useful links

Find more in-depth information on Thailand at:

Lonely Planet - www.lonelyplanet.com/​thailand

Thailand Tourism - www.tourismthailand.org

Thailand Embassy in the USA - www.thaiembdc.org

Thailand Embassy in the UK - www.thaiembassyuk.org.uk

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Page last updated: Friday, 2nd September 2011