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The Ultimate Bangkok Dentist Guide

We’ll show you how to find and book a quality-checked dentist in Bangkok for the ultimate in dental care. Read on for further information:

Bangkok - In Brief

Welcome to Bangkok – the capital city of Thailand is one of the most dynamic cities in the whole of South-East Asia.  This pulsating metropolis is home to around 12 million people, and many more visitors per year.  From traditional floating markets on the network of canals, to ultra modern dental clinics boasting the latest high-tech equipment, it is a city of contrasts.  Dentistry here is big. There are so many dental clinics established here now, mainly to treat the influx of foreigners who are attracted by the cheap prices and high standards that it is difficult to know where to start on choosing the right place. This is where Dental Departures can help. We are pleased to be working with some of the finest dentists in Bangkok, so you can be sure you will be receiving the very best in dental care.

Where is Bangkok?

Bangkok is in the centre of the Chao Phraya river delta in the Gulf of Thailand. It is recognized as one of the major international hubs for dental care in the heart of Southeast Asia.  International flights from around the world, and in particular from neighboring countries, makes Bangkok’s dental clinics easily accessible for many patients seeking expert dental treatment.

Why visit a dentist in Bangkok?

Bangkok is an exciting and awe-inspiring city. There are so many things to see and do, and just when you think you’ve seen it all, there is always something else to surprise you.

The dental facilities here are outstanding. Nowhere else in the world boasts a 7-storey, purpose-built dental hospital with over 80 specialists like the Bangkok International Dental Center (BIDC). With a growing international reputation for quality dental care, the BDIC is also equipped with its own on-site laboratories, so your treatment and lab work is all done under one roof, saving you precious time.

Bangkok dental clinics provide extra facilities that you just don’t get at home. The Bangkok Smile Dental Clinic and Spa offer spa facilities to help you relax before or after your treatment, and the BIDC has its own boutique hotel, offering its international patients a truly one-stop shop for their dental care.

Notwithstanding Bangkok’s legendary appeal, visitors travel here for their dental treatment because the prices are up to 70% cheaper than they are at home. Cheaper prices do not mean a compromise on quality, and the standards here are every bit as good, if not more so, than they are at home. Examples of the savings to be had are shown below:

Avg. cost of a single dental crown in Australia: $1,200 AUD
At a dentist in Bangkok: $280 AUD


Avg. cost, root canal, post, and crown in Australia: $2,375 AUD
At a dentist in Bangkok: $900 AUD


Avg. cost of dental implant and crown in Australia: $5,000 AUD
At a dentist in Bangkok: $2,000 AUD

Where to stay in Bangkok for your dental treatment?

There is no shortage of accommodation in Bangkok. The Sukhumvit area, named after the Sukhumvit Road which traverses the city, is a popular place to stay. The area itself is full of amenities, including restaurants, shops and the Sky Train. You can see the many excellent hotels catering for every budget here:

Hotel in Sukhumvit

We are happy to recommend hotels nearby your clinic of choice!

Is it safe in Bangkok?

Bangkok is a safe city, with incidents of violence against tourists a rare occurrence.  Although Bangkok is not inherently dangerous, as with any city anywhere in the world, it is always advisable to be aware of your surroundings.  Crimes most common against tourists are pick-pocketing and scams involving fake goods or gemstones. The thing to remember is, that even here, if something appears to be too good to be true, then it probably is.

Buddhism is the main religion here and this, coupled with the Thai people’s intrinsic graciousness and tolerance, and your own common-sense, will make any visit to Bangkok safe and memorable.

You should have no concerns about the safety of dental treatment you receive in Bangkok. Dental clinics here are ultra modern and state-of-the-art. They are equipped with the latest dental technology and adhere to international safety standards and sterilization techniques.  Bangkok dentists have undergone rigorous training, many having trained at internationally-renowned dental centers in Australia, the US and the UK. You can be sure that the dental care and expertise is world-class

Is the quality of dental care in Bangkok the same as back home?

Absolutely!  You will encounter clinics that have unparalled standards for excellence.  As mentioned, at Bangkok International Dental Center, over 80 dental specialists work as a team in a 7-storey, purpose built dental hospital that has been internationally recognized by many organizations for excellence of care.  At Dental Departures we aim to make the job of finding a reputable dental clinic in Bangkok easy.  We only work with recommend dentists that have passed our own stringent background checks for quality, and if we weren’t happy to receive treatment there ourselves, then we would not be recommending them to you.  Many thousands of Australian and New Zealand patients have been to one of Dental Departures’ clinics in Bangkok, and have given glowing praise on the standard of the treatment they have received. You can read all their feedback and reviews, look at prices and check out our Bangkok dental clinics right here. We guarantee to find you the best dentist for your dental treatment at the lowest prices offered, with no haggling.  Many patients are quite astonished at the attention to detail, outstanding level of professionalism, and excellent quality of care they receive at a dental clinic in Bangkok.  You will not be disappointed by the quality of care.

What happens if something goes wrong? Do dentists in Bangkok have warranties or guarantees?

Competition for dental patients is strong in Bangkok, and it is in the clinics’ best interests to ensure they provide outstanding quality treatment.  However, in the unlikely event that there is a problem with your Bangkok dental care, the actual procedure and lab work is covered under warranty. Furthermore, if your appointment has been scheduled through Dental Departures, you can have peace-of-mind that you are visiting a quality-checked dentist, and that we will be working with you to resolve any problems that may have arisen. The quality standards are very high, and even minor issues are quite rare.

Do the dentists in Bangkok speak English?

Yes, the majority of them do. Many of Bangkok’s dentists have trained in English-speaking countries and you will find that they are fluent in the language. Many of the dental clinics will have at least one member of staff who speaks English. 

What payment methods are accepted by dental clinics in Bangkok?

• Cash (in Thai baht)
• Visa
• Mastercard

Credit cards are the preferred method of payment, but you will need to check individually with each clinic as to which ones they accept.

When is the best time to visit a Bangkok dentist?

Bangkok is a year-round destination and the best time to visit for dental treatment is entirely your own choice. Bear in mind that Thailand is in the tropics, and so Bangkok is always hot and steamy, no matter when you visit. Peak season is between November and March, as this is when the majority of people visit because the weather is slightly cooler then, and the monsoons have passed.

March to May tend to be the hottest time of year, but there are a couple of important Thai festivals that are celebrated widely during this period – Songkran (Thai New Year) in mid-April and the Royal Ploughing Ceremony in May – and a visit during these times is a cultural experience not to be missed.

May to November is the Monsoon season, and this is the least busy time of year. However, Bangkok has one of the best drainage systems in the world and well able to cope with the heavy downpours. It is a good time to have a relaxed stay in Bangkok, without the crowds, and you can often find bargain flights and good hotel rates during this time.

What else is there in Bangkok?

It would be easier to ask what else isn’t there? The main tourist attractions, such as The Grand Palace and the temples are not to be missed. Dine in five star restaurants, or grab some delicious food-on-the-go from one of the many street vendors; cruise the river or visit the floating market; mooch around the night-market in Patpong or max-out on plastic at one of the glitzy shopping malls; mingle with an eclectic crowd on the Khao San Road or chill-out in the Butterfly Garden. If you still have time on your hands there are still The LadyBoy Shows, Thai Cookery classes and even Segway Tours.

Traveling to Bangkok

Bangkok is a major Southeast Asian air hub, with dozens of airlines flying regularly from Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the US into Suvarnabhumi Airport, the new international airport. Thailand also has a number of airlines operating a large network of domestic air routes and these fly from Don Muang Airport.

Traveling from Bangkok’s Airports

International flights arrive at Suvarnabhumi Airport, and there are various options to get you from here to your destination. There are, of course, car rental companies located within the airport. However, driving in Bangkok is not for the faint-hearted and, if you are a first-time visitor in particular, there are lots of other choices.  Multiple taxi stands are easily located, and the stand operators can easily direct your driver to your hotel.  Please note that the airport is about a 30 minute ride from the city center.

The recently opened Airport Express rail link is the quickest way to get from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phaya Thai Station in Bangkok City Centre. Running every half an hour from 6.00am until midnight, the journey takes just 15 minutes on a high-speed non-stop train.

Other services from the here also include a limousine service, which can be booked online before you arrive, or at the desk inside the terminal. There are also plenty of taxis available or there are 24-hour bus services that depart from the bus terminal at the Transport Center.

If you have flown to Bangkok from elsewhere in Thailand you will more than likely arrive at Don Muang Airport. The best way to get into the City Centre from here is via taxi.

Getting around Bangkok

There are many great transport options available for traveling in Bangkok and the city boasts on of the most advanced and speedy transit systems in the world. 

BTS Skytrain

The above-ground Skytrain is an efficient, clean, easy to navigate, and is also the fastest way to get around Bangkok.  The Silom line travels west to South, and the Sukhumvit line travels north to east.  You can see the routes here:

http://www.bts.co.th/customer/en/main.aspx 

MRT (Mass Rapid Transit)

The MRT underground train system run a circuitous route through Bangkok and offers rapid, easy access to most popular destinations and points of interest in Bangkok.  Several stations converge with the BTS Skytrain for simple transfer between both transit options.  You can find information here:

 http://www.bangkokmetro.co.th/map.aspx?Lang=En&Menu=8 

Taxi

Bangkok’s taxis are plentiful and cheap. They can be hailed down pretty much anywhere in central Bangkok or your hotel can call one for you. There are also 24-hour ‘dial-a-cab’ services available too.  Traffic can be terrible in Bangkok, and the BTS or MRT can often be much faster for traveling any distance.  The taxis are fine for shorter routes, though. 

Motorcycle taxi

One of the most exhilarating and efficient ways of getting around the city; if not always the safest.  Zipping through traffic and weaving through interections, motorcycle taxis can navigate Bangkok much faster than a regular cab.  Helmets are optional!

Tuk Tuks

The ubiquitous 3-wheeled motorized rickshaws can be a cheap way to get around, but are slower than normal taxis and motocycle taxis, and can often get mired in the thick Bangkok traffic.

Bus & Tram

A cheap, but often crowded way of getting about. Most run between 5am and 11pm and night buses run from 3am.

Boat

Bangkok makes the most of its waterways and there are regular ferry services along and across the Chao Phraya River, and up the adjoining khlong or canals.

Car

Renting a car to drive around Bangkok is not recommended. Parking is difficult, traffic is tiresome and the rules of the road can be strange. However, all the big car hire companies have offices in Bangkok and at Suvarnabhumi airport, if you still want to give it a go. A passport and an International Driving Permit are required.

Distance to Bangkok dentists from airports and major tourist areas:

• Suvarnabhumi Airport 16 miles (25 kms)
• Don Mueang Airport 19 miles (30 kms)
• Pattaya to Bangkok 61 miles (97 kms)
• Chiang Mai to Bangkok 362 miles (593 kms)
• Phuket to Bangkok 417 miles (671 kms)

How do I book?

Find your dentist in Bangkok and book online with Dental Departures. Check-out our clinic pictures, view maps, read reviews and compare prices. Uncover exclusive discounts and our best price guarantee to get the best deals. Contact us via online chat, e-mail or our free phone number if you have any questions, or would like to talk to us about your dental care – we’re happy to help.

This article is meant for information purposes only and is not intended to be dental advice or instructions for dental diagnosis or treatment. Please consult with your dentist or a qualified dental professional before starting or changing dental treatment.

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