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Tourism

The Land of Hospitality

Thailand has long been a favourite tourist destination among international travellers. The country has much to offer everyone—from white, sandy beaches and scenic mountains to centuries-old temples and a rich heritage. It is known for its religious and cultural harmony, and thus as a land that enthusiastically celebrates festivals of all cultures and welcomes foreign guests with warm smiles and effusive hospitality. Thai food is also a visual and culinary delight for foreign visitors and the possibilities for shopping unlimited from modern shopping malls to walking streets and night markets. Tourist attractions can be found in all parts of the country.

In the north, the landscape is marked by mountains and forests with indigenous hill tribes and temples of distinct northern architecture, while the south offers visitors breath-taking sceneries with white, sandy beaches and hundreds of islands surrounded by turquoise seas. To the east and northeast, there are many mysterious ruins and archaeological sites waiting to be explored, while in the central region, the splendour of the grand palace and other historical sites provide a glimpse into the Kingdom’s rich history and its interaction with the outside world over the centuries. Owing to the abundance and variety of natural resources, Thailand is a favoured destination for adventure seekers and eco-tourists. There are more than 100 national parks, including over 20 marine parks, and more than 1,000 different mammal species, numerous birds – both native and migratory – and spectacular marine life. Activities like mountain biking, white-water rafting, trekking and camping, bird watching, scuba diving and rock climbing are available in almost every region of Thailand.

Thailand is also well-known among foreigners for its rich cultural heritage and warm hospitality. A lot of fun and colourful festivals, such as the Thai New Year or Songkran, the water festival, and Loy Kratong, the festival of lights where candle-lit floral floats are released down the rivers, always draw visitors’ attention. In addition, the country offers a great variety of arts and crafts, from local wooden handicrafts and exquisite Thai silk to distinctively delicate jewel-studded nielloware that tell many stories about the Kingdom’s rich heritage. The Kingdom’s cultural diversity and renowned hospitality, together with its world-class accommodation and convention facilities, have contributed much to the continued success of the Thai tourism industry. Around 15 million foreigners now travel to the country annually.

Over the years, the Kingdom and its cities have topped numerous travellers’ polls as being among the world’s most popular tourist destinations, including those conducted by prestigious traveller magazines such as Cond? Nast and Travel & Leisure, with the latter recently ranking Bangkok as the first top cities in the world in its “2011 World’s Best Awards” survey. The Kingdom has also been voted many times as the most popular destination among visitors from Scandinavian countries. Located in the centre of mainland Southeast Asia, Thailand also serves as a regional hub, with many travellers using it as their base in continuing their journey to other neighbouring countries in the region and beyond. For these and other reasons, Thailand will continue to attract travellers from all over the world in the years to come.


Medical Tourism


 

In recent years, 1.4 million international patients have received medical treatment in Thailand, and the number is increasing annually. 
 
No matter where you go in Thailand, medical tourism offers a wide array of procedures. The country has earned a reputation for dependable and affordable treatments and services, including massage centers, spas and wellness clinics and retreats, as well as surgical procedures such as laser, cosmetic, and cardiovascular. Thailand’s high standards and healthcare expertise make it a world leader in medical tourism, while the options for a post-medical treatment holiday are the best in the world. 
 
If you ask those patients who have received healthcare in Thailand, they will give you the same reasons why, summarized in these “Six Reasons to Make Thailand Your Medical Tourism Destination”. 
 
1. Thailand features internationally accredited medical facilities
 
Hospitals and other medical facilities in Thailand pride themselves on their high standards, and many have subjected their premises and systems to the most rigorous inspections by applying for accreditation and certification, whereby a qualified standards organization - distinct from the healthcare organization under review - assesses the hospital or facility to determine if it meets a set of standards and requirements designed to improve the quality of patient care. 
 
Thailand was the first country in Asia to achieve JCI accreditation in 2002, and 15 hospitals are now accredited. 
 
2. Thailand’s medical professionals are highly qualified
 
The physicians, surgeons and nurses have been trained to the highest levels, while many specialists have been conducting research and gaining experience at the world’s best medical institutes with some even leading the field in which they specialise.
 
Many Thai doctors and surgeons practicing today have won awards for their work, and more than 500 doctors practicing in Thai hospitals are American Board Certified. These medical professionals are skilled at providing the highest quality medical treatment. 
 
3. Cost saving
 
The cost of medical treatments in Thailand is significantly lower compared to identical treatments in the West and other developed parts of the world. 
 
Some comparisons include: the US $130,000 cost of a heart bypass in the United States, which can be performed by skilled and qualified doctors at a Thai hospital for only US $11,000. 
 
Even most cosmetic treatments are around 50% less expensive in Thailand than in the US, where breast enlargements costs around $3,500-4,000 as opposed to $2,600-$3,200 in Thailand. 
 
4. No waiting lists 
 
Thai hospitals have numerous operating theaters and enough qualified surgeons that there is little, if any, waiting for scheduling even the most complex and invasive procedures. 
 
5. Thailand’s medical technology is state-of-the-art
 
All of Thailand’s leading hospitals feature state-of-the-art technology that helps them provide the highest degree of medical treatment and service, such as,Siemens Biograph 64 PET/CT, Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT), and Blood Marrow Stem Cell Transplant. 
 
6. Thailand offers excellent service
 
Thais are proud that their national character has won them a well-deserved reputation for their compassion and warm hospitality, and that’s why the country is nicknamed “The Land of Smiles”. Patients become so at ease that they feel almost like a guest on holiday from the moment they arrive at the hospital. 
 
In all aspects of medical tourism, Thailand’s professionalism and accumulated experience guarantee you are in good hands.


Please visit :
1.https://www.tourismthailand-middleeast.org/en/all-things-todo/highlight-activities/32/Medical+Tourism
for information about medical tourism in Thailand.
2.http://www.thailandtoday.in.th/culture-and-society/tourism


Updated by : Royal Thai Consulate General - Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Last Updated : 18/04/2017

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