Pristine Thailand

About Thailand

Encircled by Myanmar to the north, Vietnam to the east, and Malaysia to the south, Thailand is known as the "Land of a Thousand Smiles," a nickname born from the hospitality of its people as well as the millions of happy tourists who visit each year. From the pristine beaches in the south to the rice fields and rugged mountains of the north or the hustle and bustle of its capital, Bangkok, the country offers something for everyone.

Bangkok is a sprawling city with vibrant night life, a network of canals to use to avoid city traffic, endless shopping opportunities, temples and wats to visit, and marvelous Thai food to enjoy. Modern convenience is mixed with unexpected spaces of calm and tradition. Whether visiting the splendor of the Grand Palace, admiring the 150 foot (45m) long statue of the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho, cruising down the Chao Phraya River, shopping for jewelry or souvenirs, or stopping to sample local dishes, Bangkok has everything visitors could want.

Phuket, Thailand's second city, located on the southern end of Thailand, is home to some of the world's most famous beaches and all types of water sports. From high end resorts to affordable hostels, the island of Phuket is famous for its night life with discos and dancing for those looking to party.

Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai in northern Thailand offer visitors a unique experience contrasting with the whirl and bustle of Bangkok and Phuket. These towns welcome guests to go on an elephant trek, take Thai cooking or language lessons, shop at the night market, or relax with a Thai massage.

Thailand offers something for everyone including high quality medical, health, and wellness services.

Healthcare in Thailand

Thailand has become a medical tourism destination for a variety of healthcare services including elective procedures that are paid for out-of-pocket because of the relatively low cost and high quality of care.

There is universal healthcare coverage in Thailand through the public hospitals that are run by the Ministry of Health. Medical travelers usually access services through either private hospitals or clinics where visitors are more likely to find English speaking healthcare professionals as well as the ancillary services that accompany medical treatment away from home. Many doctors are specialists who work in several venues including public hospitals, private hospitals, and clinics making their availability challenging.

Many Thai hospitals have international accreditation meaning that their systems and overall quality of care should be on par with hospitals around the world.

Thai massage is world famous yet many people are unfamiliar with the traditional version that is a combination of acupressure, assisted yoga positions, and Ayurvedic principles.

Thailand snapshot

Capital CityBangkok
LanguagesThai, English spoken widely by healthcare professionals
Form of GovernmentConstitutional monarchy
Time ZoneGMT+7
Country Dialing Code+66
CurrencyThai Baht
Global Peace Index 2016Medium

Map location of Bangkok, Thailand