Medical Tourism in Bangkok, Thailand
Given the number and quality of first-class treatment facilities, the number of medical tourists coming to Bangkok in recent years has been increasing significantly. Patients enjoy the best facilities, with Western-trained doctors and highly qualified staff, and costs unheard of in the West. They are called “medical tourists” for a reason: because they combine their medical care with a holiday using the money they saved on their treatment.
Why Health Tourism in Bangkok?
Bangkok is the beating heart of Thailand, the center to which all things are drawn and most things emanate. It is a city of surprising contrasts, a blend of the ancient and the modern. World-class medical facilities are often located near ancient temples, and modern medical tourists actually take advantage of both, drawing on the best of both worlds.
They may, for example, need an extremely complex heart or brain operation, for which high-tech modern technology is used, and after the operation, they might decide to visit a temple to meditate, learn Thai massage or spend some time in a peaceful Buddhist retreat.
Getting There and Around
Bangkok is the major transportation hub of Southeast Asia, with the new Suvarnabhumi International Airport at its core. One can fly directly to Bangkok from around the world. The city is a huge, sprawling metropolis, intimidating at first, but after a few days, one quickly learns the main routes, arteries, and transport systems, making getting to where you want to go very easy indeed. It is actually pretty easy to get around since there are countless taxis, the BTS Sky Train and Underground MRT Subway (Metro). There are also the waterways, which many new tourists overlook; take a river taxi early on and you’ll probably be using them more often.
There may be traffic jams, but nowadays, one can move quickly over or under them using excellent mass transit systems. It is worth taking a map or guidebook with you when traveling around the city, since it is such a huge, sprawling area. Pick out a few places you’d like to see, and have an adventure going there; the trick is not to visit more than a couple places at a time. One often starts overly ambitious but then quickly adjusts to the tropical heat, and slower paced lifestyle.
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