Dental Tourism - Thailand
The Kingdom of Thailand–favorably remembered by many as Siam - shares borders with Burma and Laos to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the east. To the south lie the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west the Andaman Sea. It is a constitutional democracy with upper and lower houses under overall governance of a monarch, and boasts a newly industrialized economy. A blend of Thai, Thai Chinese, Malay, Khmer and Hill Tribes are ninety-five percent Buddhist.
There are several distinct geographic regions, comprising a mountainous north, a central plateau, and a southern isthmus that widens out to form the Malay Peninsula. The climate is broadly tropical with regular summer monsoon rainsfrom May to September. For the rest of the year it is generally dry, although the isthmus is invariably hot and humid.
Traditionally, Thais lived in rural areas, although industrialization is changing this. Approximately half of all Thais live in urban areas, including Chiang Mai, Phuket, and Pattaya, and Bangkok, that is by far the largestwith five million residents.
The official language of Thailand is Thai. This forms part of the Tai-Kadai family of highly tonal languages found in Southern China and Southeast Asia. English is a mandatory school subject. However, most fluent English speakers are in urban areas where Western and Thai cultures meet.
There is an extensive fixed line network carrying internet and voice. Cellphone use is increasing, and there are now five times more mobile devices than telephones. Bangkok has over 23,000 free public wi-fi internet hotspots. The most popular newspaper is Thai Rath. The leading English one is the Bangkok Post.
There is a far-reaching network of state kindergartens, primary, lower secondary and secondary schools. These provide feedstock for a variety of vocational colleges and universities. The private sector closes the gap between supply and demand,while also serving expat English communities. School is free through to age 17, and compulsory to age 14. Most students are computer literate.
The Vocational Education Commission administers over four hundred technical and vocational education colleges. This begins at senior secondary school where academic and vocational streams diverge. The Ministry of University Affairs controls a network of public and private universities, many of which meet international standards. Faculties typically include medicine, the arts, humanities, and information technology. Most bachelor programs require four years of full-time attendance. Exceptions are education and architecture (five years) and dental surgery, medicine, pharmacy and veterinary medicine (six years). Following a successful master’s degree program of one to two years, exceptional students may gain access to a two to five-year doctoral degree.
Bangkok University is the oldest and most venerable university. It dates back to 1962, and has seen recent dramatic growth. It runs a specialist international program that teaches western business skills and tourism, and a general undergraduate program of ten faculties,that feed through to masters programs and doctorates.
Thailand singles out medical education for special attention, with overall control exercised by the Medical Council of Thailand. The Doctor of Medicine Degree is equivalent to a Master’s Degree. Many institutions offer postgraduate and specialist programs too. Eighteen leading Thai Universities have facilities, institutes, colleges or schools of medicine.
Thai Dental Industry
The Dental Council Thailand oversees university-level training via a range of specialist university facilities. It also monitors the professional standing of its members, represents them collectively, and advises the government on dentistry, and public health. The Council’s oversight combines with high academic standards, to provide a nationwide dental service on par with the best in any urban center.
Dental Travel Services underpins these efforts by assisting clients in Australia - and elsewhere -to source top quality implant, veneer, crown and bridge treatments, and generally help make their stay in Thailand pleasant. As an added bonus, the trip is pleasantly affordable, thanks to favorable exchange rates.
Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport is a benchmark by which to measure others. Most major international airlines cover it. From there, or from nearby Don Mueang Airport, local flights fan out across the country. Rapid transport systems, buses, taxis and hire cars facilitate the journey to international hotels. Visitors receive the warmest welcome on arrival there.
There is so much to see and do in romantic Thailand before and after dental treatment, or perhaps while your partner is receiving it. Tourism Thailand maintains an interactive website glittering with thrilling opportunities. Their homepage features seasonal festivals and celebrations. It is not our role to tell you what to do in Thailand. However, we do encourage you to greet the friendly courteous people that you meet everywhere you go.
- http://www.suvarnabhumiairport.com/ (link is to translated version)