What Not To Do in Thailand

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Apart from the obvious illegal activities that you shouldn’t do when in Thailand, there are some seemingly innocuous Western practices or gestures that will not endear you to the locals. Thai people are generally polite, reserved and very forgiving of loud, brash farangs (foreigners), but you’ll get far more out of your holiday by following our top tips on What Not to do in Thailand.

Keep Your Shirt On!

You might be on holiday, it’s steaming hot and you want to let it all hang out, but apart from ladyboys and bar girls, the dress code is modest.

Bangkok is a fully-functioning, modern, 21st century capital city – beachwear and semi-naked torsos will look as out-of-place here as it would on the streets of London. Sure, there’s the Khao San Road for the backpacker and hippy vibe, and while shorts and T-shirts are fine, if you smarten yourself up a bit – wear deck shoes instead of trainers, or a short-sleeved shirt in place of a T-shirt – you may well find you get much better service.

Of course, the dress code depends on where you are.  Partying in Pattaya? Anything goes. A trip to the temple? Cover up.

Don’t Forget Temple Etiquette

Still on clothing, think about your attire in the context of home. Most people wouldn’t go to their local place of worship in scanty clothing, so why would they in Thailand? You don’t have to go ‘suited and booted’, but for men, wear tops that cover shoulders – no vests, and definitely no bare chests – and women should wear clothing that covers shoulders and is below the knee – for both sexes, the longer the skirt or trouser length, the better. A light shawl or scarf can be thrown around the shoulders to cover up, and is perfectly acceptable.

Be very respectful of monks, lowering your head when walking past, and do not walk in front of people who are bowing.

Shoes – leave them outside.

Wear the shoe on the other foot

Donning outdoor shoes indoors is acceptable to many of us at home, but the Thais are very conscious about cleanliness – and in Thailand it is definitely not appreciated. You will notice that piles of shoes are a common sight outside many establishments in Thailand – schools, offices, shops and homes. If you’re unsure about whether to remove shoes or not, just pop your head around the door and ask – the gesture will be greatly appreciated.

Put your feet up

… metaphorically-speaking, yes … but not on chairs, tables, or anything else not meant for feet. In the Buddhist religion, feet are considered dirty, and should be kept firmly on the floor – unless you’re lying on the beach or beside the pool. The soles of your feet should not be pointing toward anyone, and particularly images of the Royal family or Buddha. This means if you are sitting on the floor that you should kneel with your feet tucked under you, out of sight.

Heads Up

In contrast to feet, the Buddhist religion deems heads to be sacred. Touching someone else’s head, or even passing something over their head is disrespectful. This also includes children – so resist the urge to pat cute kids on the head, or ruffle their hair.

A Sore Point

Pointing with your hand, especially one finger, is also considered disrespectful and rude. If you are referring to someone, do so by raising your chin in their direction. If you want to beckon someone to come over, wave your hand with the palm down and fingers straight.

Kiss Goodbye

The Thai’s are modest and reserved people. Although younger Thai couples may be seen holding hands, public displays of affection are generally considered to be embarrassing, with kissing deemed completely inappropriate. Keep touchy-feely stuff for private.

Pay Respect 

Thais are very proud of their culture, and are very reverential and loving of the King. Any disrespectful attitude toward the monarchy, or images of the monarchy, is is not only frowned upon in Thailand, but could land you in some serious trouble.

Likewise, Buddhism is the major religion in Thailand and Buddha’s image is sacred – be respectful, and particularly in temples, do not touch any statues.

Thailand, like any other country in the world, has its own unique customs, traditions and culture. Make an effort to observe some of these customs and you will have a rewarding experience. If in doubt about what not to do in Thailand, just smile – it’s what the Thais do!

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Low Cost Dentistry – Two popular, but very different cities to visit for low cost dentistry

Low Cost but High Quality Dentistry

Low Cost but High Quality Dentistry

Low-cost dentistry abroad is not just confined to a two-week dental vacation in a luxurious beach resort. It is within the realms of possibility to regularly travel abroad for your dental care . Low cost, frequent flights to destinations around the globe make taking a city break combined with dental care a reality, and for business travelers who regularly visit cities abroad it is also a way of maintaining their dental health without the hassle of taking time off work, or trying to schedule an appointment in their home country.

For some patients, traveling to popular dental tourism destinations doesn’t even necessitate a flight as cross-border travel can be done by car, or on foot.

The phenomenon of traveling abroad to neighboring countries for affordable dental care is not a new one, but nowadays good transport links have made it a growing reality with whole industries to support the influx of visitors springing up in the frequently-traveled-to destinations. Two of our most popular city destinations are very different in terms of tourist attractions, but both offer their patients the same experience of affordable, high-quality dental care.

Why is low-cost medical and dental tourism growing?

The money brought into the healthcare system from medical and dental tourists is reinvested to produce better facilities, which in turn drives more patients with more money, which in turn is reinvested and so on and so forth. The resulting infrastructure is self-perpetuating, but there are additional benefits to the local economy – patients need somewhere to stay, to eat and to be entertained and so these additional sectors also grow.

A report on medical tourism by KPMG estimating some 1.5 million patients visited Thailand in 2009. Tourism figures for Thailand in 2009 are quoted as being around 14 million, so medical and dental tourism represents a significant value.

What cities are the most popular for low-cost dental care?

Bangkok, Thailand

While Bangkok has attracted tourists on its own merits for many years, there is no doubt that low cost medical and dental tourism has contributed to its economy, simultaneously fuelling the rise of world-class healthcare facilities which put many of its Western counterparts to shame.

Healthcare providers are increasingly competitive, offering patients not just low-cost care but care that is of the highest standards. Modern, state-of-the-art facilities complete with on-site hotels, highly-skilled specialists and international accreditation are just some of the ways that demonstrate a clinic’s excellence. Thailand was the first country in Asia to receive a prestigious Joint Commission International accreditation, and now there are dozens located throughout the country.

Bangkok is not only one of the world’s most fascinating cities, but it also offers dental patients excellent facilities, clinical expertise and astounding savings on their dental care.

Los Algodones, Mexico

At the other end of the spectrum for low cost dentistry is Algodones – but only from outward appearances. Bangkok is a glamorous capital city, attracting serious investment from both the government and the corporate sector. Algodones is a colorful, dusty Mexican border town which has nonetheless managed to capitalize on its geographical location handsomely to establish itself as a Capital City of Dentistry.

For visitors from Southern Arizona in particular, it is a convenient location to travel to in the car. However, Algodones has attracted visitors from all over North America, particularly snowbirds and retirees from the North, who have sought some winter sun in its temperate climate, as well as savings on an array of goods and services, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals.

The population of Algodones is only around 5000 but there are around 900 dentists located here – testatment to the fact that it is a very popular place to come to for low cost dental care. While there may not be JCI accredited clinics lining the streets here (it is an expensive, time-consuming process which all but the largest hospitals can afford) there are many skilled and highly-qualified dentists who go the extra mile to ensure they provide affordable, but above all, good quality services to their patients.

Dental Departures has traveled the world finding high quality dental providers to create the number one resource for low cost dental care. Whether you visit one of our small sole practitioner clinics or one of our multi-disciplinary hospitals, or anything in between, you can be certain that you will be visiting a quality-checked dentist and with our best price guarantee will be receiving the lowest cost available for your dental care.

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How much Australians pay for their All-On-Four?

All-On-Four cost in Australia is $29,772 AUD vs the All-On-Four cost in Philippines of $6,380 AUD and Thailand of $10,808 AUD. On average Australians can save up to 78% on their All-On-Four by visiting a dentist in Philippines (save 78%) and Thailand (save 64%).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on All-On-Four cost in Australia vs All-On-Four Cost in Philippines and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Thailand and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics

 

All on Four Cost in Australia

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How much Americans pay for their All-On-Four?

All-On-Four cost in United States is $28,000 USD vs the All-On-Four cost in Mexico of $5,400 USD, Costa Rica of $7,400 USD and Thailand of $10,690 USD. On average Americans can save up to 81% on their All-On-Four by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 81%), Costa Rica (save 74%) and Thailand (save 62 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on All-On-Four cost in United States vs All-On-Four Cost in Mexico, Costa Rica and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics

 

All-on-Four cost in United States

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Dental Implant Cost in Canada

How much do Canadians pay for their dental Implants?

The Dental Implant cost in Canada is $4,266 CAD vs the dental implant cost in Mexico of $1,313 CAD, Thailand of $1,898 CAD and Costa Rica of $1,523 CAD. On average American patients can save up to 70% on their dental implants by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 69%), Costa Rica (save 64%) and Thailand (save 56 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on dental implants cost in Canada vs Dental Implants Cost in Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

Dental Implant Cost in Canada

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How much did Kiwis pay for their Teeth Whitening?

How much did Kiwis pay for their Teeth Whitening?

Teeth Whitening cost in New Zealand is $695 NZD vs teeth whitening cost in Philippines of $424 NZD and Thailand of $329 NZD. On average New Zealanders can save up to 53% on their teeth whitening by visiting a dentist in Philippines (save 39%) and Thailand (save 53%).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on Teeth Whitening cost in New Zealand vs. Teeth Whitening Cost in Philippines and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Thailand and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

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How much cost a veneer in New Zealand?

How much did Kiwis pay for their porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers cost in New Zealand is $1,467 NZD vs porcelain veneers cost in Philippines of $434 NZD, Singapore of $753 NZD and Thailand of $333 NZD. On average New Zelanders can save up to 77% on their porcelain veneers by visiting a dentist in Philippines (save 70%), Singapore (save 49%) and Thailand (save 77%).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on porcelain veneers cost in New Zealand vs. porcelain veneers Cost in Singapore, Philippines and Thailand. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Thailand and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

Dental Crowns Cost - New Zealand

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How much did Australians pay for their porcelain veneers?

Porcelain veneers cost in Australia is $1,375 AUD vs porcelain veneers cost in Philippines of $330 AUD, Singapore of $412 AUD and Thailand of $304 AUD. On average Australians can save up to 78 % on their porcelain veneers by visiting a dentist in Thailand  (save 78%), Hungary (save 70%) and Philippines (save 76%). Dental Departures has put together an infographic on porcelain veneers cost in Australia vs. porcelain veneers Cost in Thailand, Philippines and Hungary. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Thailand and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

Veneer Cost - Australia

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Dental Crown Cost in Canada

How much do Canadians pay for their dental Implants?

The Dental Crown cost in Canada is $1,105 CAD vs the dental crowns cost in Mexico of $221 CAD, Thailand of $278 CAD and Costa Rica of $387 CAD. On average American patients can save up to 80% on their dental crowns by visiting a dentist in Mexico (save 80%), Costa Rica (save 65%) and Thailand (save 75 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on dental crowns cost in Canada vs Dental Crowns Cost in Mexico, Thailand and Costa Rica. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Mexico and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

 

Dental Crown Cost - Canada

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Infographic: Dental Crown cost in Autralia

How much do Autralians pay for their dental Crowns?

The Dental Crown cost in Australia is $1,281 AUD vs the dental crowns cost in Thailand of $256 AUD, Philippines of $154 AUD and Singapore of $849 AUD. On average Austalian patients can save up to 88% on their dental crowns by visiting a dentist in Thailand (save 80%), Phillippines (save 88%) and Singapore (save 40 %).

Dental Departures has put together an infographic on dental crowns cost in Australia vs Dental Crowns Cost Thailand and Singapore and Philippines. The research  was compiled from information gathered from public & private dental sources in Thailand and prices from Dental Departure’s global clinics.

Dental Crown Cost In Australia

Dental Crown Cost In Australia

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