Siem Reap (Angkor): Mainstream Dental Travel Destination

Situated in northwestern Cambodia as the gateway to the Angkor region, Siem Reap plays host to the most popular tourist attraction in Cambodia. The Angkor temples are popularized and romanticized in many Hollywood films set in mystical antiquity, even though much of what they represent has been fictionalized. One undeniable fact, however, is that Angkor Wat is the largest religious structure in the world, in addition to being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Siem Reap's Angkor Wat Temple

Located globally at 13°21′44″N longitude and 103°51′35″E latitude, Siem Reap is the capital city of Siem Reap Province. In addition to its ancient religious ceremonial structures, Siem Reap has colonial and Chinese-influenced buildings in the Old French Quarter and the Old Market. Siem Reap is what would be considered by most to be a small to mid-sized city with a population hovering just above 175,000 people. Its name comes from its ancient history dating back to around 800 A.D., when it defeated Thailand in a long-running war. At that time, Thailand was known as Siam; hence Siem Reap translates literally as “Defeat of Siam“.

Tijuana: A Hip Tourist Dental Destination

Forget about everything you heard about Mexico being backward. This city with a population of over 1.3 million - at coordinates 32°31′30″N117°02′0″W - is the 29th largest in the Americas. It has everything going for it, including dental services at great rates. You could get your dental implants, laminates and cosmetic work done for half the price you might expect, and even be back in the United States the same day.

Mexico's Centro Cultural Tijuana

Three hundred thousand people make the American-Mexican crossing every day through the San Ysidro and Zona Otay border points. San Ysidro is twenty minutes from San Diego and three hours by freeway from Los Angeles. To save time, leave your car on the US side for $5 to $10 a day, and take a taxi to your nearby dental appointment. Alternatively, cross at Zona Otay in Tijuana (near the US Consulate) but be aware that it is the busiest entry point in the world. You can also choose to fly in through Tijuana International Airport (TIJ).

Hungary: Offers The Best Dental Care In Europe

Hungary's Visegrad Castle

Hungary borders seven other countries in Eastern Europe, rivaled only by China and Russia in this regard, which border fourteen countries each. Hungarian Goulash is what comes to mind when most Westerners hear the country mentioned; however, neither the number of border stations nor the spicy stew are what this beautiful, peaceful country are best known for.

A tourist traveling around this part of Europe might become confused by the national emblem of Hungary; because it looks like Hungary won a game of Capture the Flag with Italy and then proceeded to turn it on its head. It’s a fine-looking flag, nonetheless, with its bold, broad red, white, and green horizontal stripes. Plus, if any of the culinary secrets are shared between the two countries, it would certainly please the likes of Anthony Bourdain. The cooking in Hungary is very hearty, centering primarily on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products and cheese. It has some Asiatic and other exotic influences; however, it typically remains within the realm of Western European.

Hungary

Phnom Penh: A Bustling City Rapidly Emerging From The Past

Phnom Penh's Royal Palace

The Cambodian capital city of Phnom Penh is in the heartland of the country and situated at the confluence of three rivers. The setting is riverine with most major attractions near the banks. The city has two distinct seasons, namely the dry period from May through to October, and the rainy period from November to April when monsoons can cause the rivers to spill over.

The cultural treasures of one of Asia’s largely undiscovered gems include the Royal Palace with gleaming spires, the Silver Pagoda, and open markets that are perfect for local art and souvenirs. The French colonial period added mansions and tree-lined boulevards to the mix. Behind this exotic façade lies a bustling city rapidly emerging from the past.

A million leisure visitors come to Phnom Penh every year, attracted by a stable democracy that serves the needs of one of the world’s youngest populations. The city is going places with new restaurants and hotels opening regularly. These add to a hospitality mix that includes international discos side-by-side with sidewalk noodle shops, and traditional neighborhood pubs.

San Jose, Costa Rica: One Of The World’s Premier Dental Destinations

Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano

Nestled between Panama and Nicaragua sits Costa Rica, a small tropical country in Central America. Right in the center of this land mass sits the capital, San Jose. With a population of only 288,000 people, it is one of the least crowded nation capitals in the world. And who goes there? Lots of tourists! Why?  Because it is beautiful, safe, and affordable. Costa Rica is also one of the most mature dental tourism destinations in the world rivaling Thailand and Mexico for cost, quality, and ease of access. 

Costa Rica is unique. It is so different for so many different reasons. Here are a few: Over a quarter of the land is dedicated to conservation. Tourism is the country’s leading foreign exchange earner. Costa Rica is home to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Costa Rica is one of 23 countries in the world that doesn’t have a standing army. It has one of the highest life expediencies in the world. There are over 200 volcanic formations in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to more than 5 percent of the world’s biodiversity. Costa Rica ranks number one in the Happy Planet Index (2009 & 2012). The list goes on. The point is, for this country that is slightly smaller than Lake Michigan and didn’t use street signs until 2012, the upside is immeasurable.

Ho Chi Minh City: Global Leader in Affordable Dentistry

Ho Chi Minh's City Hall

Vibrant City, Excellent Dental Care, Global Leader in Affordable Dentistry

Ho Chi Minh City is a sprawling Vietnamese city of nine million people living around a delta. The climate is tropical with rain falling between May and December. April is the hottest month. The coolest period is December through to mid-January. English is the de facto second language of those working in tourist and commercial sectors visitors frequent.

Education standards are impressive. Modern high schools feed close to half a million students to over eighty universities and colleges. Ho Chi Minh City Medicine & Pharmacy University has faculties of fundamental science, medicine, traditional medicine, public health, medicine & convalescence, and dento-maxilla-facial procedures. It also has a modern teaching hospital.

Dental and other health treatments in Ho Chi Minh City compare to best international standards. Notwithstanding this, they are generally less expensive on exchange rates, even after taking travel and accommodation costs into account.

Hanoi: Provider of Premium Dental Services

Vietnam's Hoan Kiem Lake

Vietnam’s capital city of Hanoi is in the north of the country in the Red River Delta. The local terrain is varied, and includes a riverine area and midlands stretching out towards the mountains. PWC predicts it will prove to have been the fastest growing city in the world from 2008 to 2025 in terms of GDP growth. It is also fast becoming the emerging dental tourism destination with among best values on the planet.

The humid subtropical climate brings copious rains during summer. The winters from November to March are drier but become humid in the second half. During this time temperatures can fall quite sharply, accompanied by cloudy, foggy conditions. Spring showers bring relief, although Autumn is generally the best time to visit.

Hanoi has many lovely lakes which continue to attract lovers of the outdoors with a keen eye for photography. The old quarter near the shores of Hoan Kiem Lake is largely unchanged in terms of architecture and street layout. This area is famous for silk shops, art galleries to delight collectors, and artisans plying their trade. There are also restaurants as well as several clubs and bars.

Phuket: Thailand's Dental Tourism Overture

Thailand's Patong Beach

Spectacular scenery, equatorial flora and fauna, stunning tropical sunsets and warm blue Andaman Sea awaits you at one of Asia's most popular and relaxed beach destinations. The island itself provides a voyageur's wonderland where white sand beaches, gracious Thai hospitality, and affordable dentistry make Phuket the singular Thai solution for dental travelers. 

However, one would be remiss to focus only on oral healthcare as Phuket is beatified with several international standard championship golf courses, world-class diving in the Andaman, and eco-adventures for those with the desire to challenge the jungle. And after a spectacular sunset one should take in the sights at Patong Beach for the sometimes raucous or spiritual nightlife. 

Phuket is a city of some 75,000 people on Phuket Island in Thailand. Being close to the equator, it enjoys a tropical monsoon climate with low temperature variation. The rainy season runs from April to November, and the dry season after that, although it may rain at any time of the year. English is a compulsory school subject and many Phuket people know it as their second language.

Los Algodones: An Amercian Standard Dentistry

Los Algodones - coordinates 32°42′55″N114°43′44″W -  is as pretty a Mexican border town as you might wish to see. There are little shops and restaurants everywhere and the streets are full of tourists. What makes it exceptional is that it has more dentists, doctors, opticians and pharmacies than anywhere else in the world, and it has over 5,400 residents to welcome a growing number of medical tourists.

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To find it, head south down Interstate 8 from Yuma, Arizona, and take the border exit off Route 186 in California. The official crossing point is Anrade, although not everybody takes that seriously. We recommend you park your car stateside, as returning later goes much faster when on foot. You will not need to show your passport in either direction, but keep it handy as your dentist will need to see some form of ID.

Manila: Provider of Bespoke Dental Care

Philippines' Luneta Park

Manila is at the midpoint of the eastern shoreline of Manila Bay, which it shares with the other fifteen cities that make up the Manila Metro. The capital city of the Philippines has a population of 1.6 million and the highest recorded population density in the world. The climate is tropical savannah bordering on tropical monsoon. Rain falls regularly from December through to May. English is the lingua franca, and is spoken in business, education, and social interaction.

School education follows a three-tier model, with pride of place taken by the pilot Manila Science High School, and the city-owned University of Manila and Universidad De Manila. Elsewhere in the University Belt are the state-controlled University of the Philippines Manila, the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, and the Manila Central University.

Two seats of higher learning provide advanced dental training. The College of Dentistry of the Manila Central University dates from 1929, and offers a doctorate of dental medicine and a dental hygiene course with clinical training. The Private University of the East provides pre-dentistry diplomas, masters in periodontics, endododontics, orthodontics and prosthodontics, and a doctorate of dental medicine. This ensures a steady flow of dental practitioners willing and able to attend to the needs of the most discerning dental tourist.