Dental Tourism - Thailand

Thailand's Phraya Nakhon Cave

Country Profile

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 95% 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 rains from May to September. For the rest of the year it is generally dry, although the isthmus is invariably hot and humid.

Dental Tourism – Mexico

Mexico's Mayan Ruins 

Country Profile

Mexico shares its frontier to the north with the United States, while to the south and west it borders on the Pacific Ocean. To the southeast lie Guatemala, Belize and the Caribbean Sea, while on the east side lies the Gulf of Mexico. It is a Federation of States with executive, legislative and judicial separation. A President presides over a Senate and Chamber of Deputies. The population is a blend of Indigenous peoples and European migrants. 82% of the population is Roman Catholic.

The Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental mountain ranges traverse a vast country from north to south three times the size of Texas. Much of north and central Mexico are at elevations of up to five thousand feet. North of the Tropic of Cancer, a temperate climate brings cooler winter temperatures. By contrast, the lower-lying southern region experiences warmer winters and summer hurricanes.

Dental Tourism - Colombia

Colombia's San Pedro Claver Church

Country Profile

Colombia is a country situated in the northwest of South America, bordered to the northwest by Panama; to the east by Venezuela and Brazil; to the south by Ecuador and Peru; and it shares maritime limits with Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Haiti. 

The territory of what is now Colombia was originally inhabited by indigenous peoples including the Muisca, Quimbaya, and Tairona. Colombia is ethnically diverse, its people descending from the original native inhabitants, Spanish colonists, Africans originally brought to the country as slaves, and 20th-century immigrants from Europe and the Middle East, all contributing to a diverse cultural heritage. This has also been influenced by Colombia's varied geography, and the imposing landscape of the country has resulted in the development of very strong regional identities. The majority of the urban centres are located in the highlands of the Andes mountains, but Colombian territory also encompasses Amazon rainforest, tropical grassland and both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines.

Dental Tourism - Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Rio Celeste Waterfall

Country Profile

Costa Rica is on the land bridge between North and South America, with Nicaragua to the north and Panama to the southeast. The Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea add stunning coastlines to a country already rich in natural resources. The decision to abolish the army in 1949 released funds that contributed to it becoming the top Latin-American country in terms of human development. The heterogeneous population of 4.5 million benefits from a constitutional democracy, governed by a president and a single-chamber parliament.

Rugged mountain ranges separate the coastal plains to east and west. These include over a hundred volcanic cones of which several are still active. The territory also includes several islands. A quarter of the landmass forms part of a natural conservation system. Although Costa Rica lies within the tropics, it has varying microclimates according to elevation and topography. The summer dry season lasts from December through to April, followed by a moist period for the rest of the year. 

Dental Tourism - Cambodia

Cambodia's Independence Monument

Country Profile

The Kingdom of Cambodia – once known as the Khmer Empire – is near the southern tip of the Indochina Peninsula where it borders on the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Laos is to the northeast and Vietnam to the east, while Thailand itself lies on its northwest border.

The country is enjoying an economic renaissance with an average growth of 6% during the past ten years. New roads, schools and other infrastructures are appearing everywhere as hotels, hospitals and clinics open up. The dental industry has also been enjoying a quiet boom, with advanced treatments including implants, porcelain veneers and dentures pricing up to 80% cheaper on the cross rates, but comparable in quality.