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Holidaymakers visiting Pattaya in Thailand for dental treatment have plenty of choices on hand to make the most of their dental vacation. Although Pattaya is located in what is, technically,Thailand’s industrial center, it is surrounded by low-key islands, miles of sandy beaches and relatively tranquil waters to enjoy activities such as sailing and diving. There are plenty of things to do, culturally or sports-wise, and being a major tourist destination, there is a legendary nightlife of restaurants, bars and clubs to keep you entertained round-the-clock.
Pattaya itself became popular in the 1960s when American servicemen from the Vietnam War started coming here. Since then, fisherman’s huts have been replaced by hotels which have sprung up around the narrow beaches. Pattaya’s nightlife is centered around Walking Street and Beach Road with countless bars and Vegas-style cabaret shows.
Getting away from the madding crowds in the city is just a short boat ride away. Laid-back islands, such as Ko Samet and Ko Chang are relatively unspoiled, with miles of long, white sandy beaches and untouched mangrove forests. Other islands are great for diving and spotting sharks, turtles and diverse marine life. Nightlife on the islands tends to be much more subdued, with informal dining in beach restaurants and live music playing in relaxing bars the order of the day.
Pattaya is in the Eastern Seaboard or Southeast Thailand, sharing a border with Cambodia.
Although there is no international airport in Pattaya, Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport is a mere 75 miles away, or less than 1.5 hours drive. Buses leave from Bangkok’s airport to Pattaya regularly throughout the day, or taxis are reasonably inexpensive.
From Bangkok, Pattaya is one of the nearest beach destinations to reach. Its heady mix of exciting nightlife, relaxing islands, cultural sights and things to do is appealing on many levels, especially if you are undecided as to what type of holiday you want.
Thailand has been a center of excellence for medical and dental tourism for many years. Fortunately, this expertise is not just confined to Bangkok, and you will find equally good quality dental clinics throughout the Kingdom, especially in the tourist resorts. Pattaya is no exception. The steady influx of foreigners, and particularly the increase in dental tourists, has seen more clinics springing-up to cater for them. This has created healthy competition, and as it is in everybody’s interest that facilities and treatment standards remain high, they generally do.
Many clinics are new, and equipped with the most up-to-date accoutrements modern dentistry has to offer. Numerous Western patients often comment their first impressions of the facilities and cleanliness at clinics here are far superior to those back at home, and any misgivings they may have had about dental treatment abroad are soon laid to rest, once they have experienced the standard and quality offered by dental clinics in Pattaya.
From minor procedures to major dental work, all dental procedures are carried out expertly in Pattaya – and for a fraction of the cost back home. Discounts are so substantial that even with the cost of a holiday patients are still making significant savings. Furthermore, Dental Departures guarantee we will offer you the best prices available. Some examples are shown below:
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Pattaya has many places to stay to suit all budgets in and around the town and the neighbouring islands. From top-class spa resorts to beach villas and bungalows the options are varied. Hotel accommodation starts from around $15AUD for a basic 1* to around $100AUD for a 5*, obviously dependent upon the time of year.
Yes – Pattaya, along with all the major tourist destinations inThailand, is safe, with no Western governments issuing any travel warnings. Generally, there are few violent incidents against tourists. If there are any it tends to involve alcohol-related problems.
We would advise you to follow some basic precautions and adopt some common-sense measures with regard to drinking and putting yourself in risky situations.
As long as you have treatment in a reputable clinic the quality of dental care in Pattaya is as good as it is back home.
Dentist training in Thailand is thorough. All dentists who have successfully completed their training are members of the Dental Association of Thailand. Just like home, dentists are regulated by their professional organization – here they are registered with the Thai Dental Council – which ensures, for example, all dentists have the required degree from a recognized institution and that they follow certain codes of practice.
Generally throughout the country standards are high, and it is intrinsic in Thai culture to be hospitable and customer-orientated. Many dental clinics pride themselves on offering outstanding services and making sure their facilities are first-rate. Thus, ultra-modern technology tends to be the norm rather than the exception to the rule.
Warranties or guarantees are provided by all of our clinics for any lab work and the actual procedures undertaken. Our clinics are committed to delivering the highest quality care, but sometimes things can go wrong. Less than 0.01% of our patients do experience any problems, but in these rare occurrences, if you have booked your appointment through Dental Departures, we will do our utmost to get any problems resolved.
At all times you are assured of not only receiving the highest standard of treatment at a quality-checked clinic and warranties on the treatment received, but also the security of having an advocate in Dental Departures to intervene if you experience any problems.
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Pattaya is a major tourist resort and dentists here are more than used to treating international patients and speak English well.
Most dental clinics prefer credit/debit cards as payment, but you will need to check with each individual clinic as to which ones they accept.
Pattaya is fortunate enough to enjoy a tropical climate throughout the year, so anytime is a good time to visit a dentist here, but some seasons may be more suitable to some people than others.
The summer season may be too hot for some, but it is quieter and you are likely to find bargains on flights, accommodation and other activities. For most, the cooler winter season from November to February is a good time to visit. However, this is the most popular season so you will need to book accommodation and activities in advance. June to October is the rainy season, but the rainfall tends to be brief, followed with sunshine, so it is still a good time to visit.
Look out for national holidays, festivals and events taking place throughout the year which have a bearing on how busy Pattaya is. For example, the Pattaya Music Festival in March and the Chonburi Buffalo Races in October are well attended so book your accommodation early to avoid disappointment.
Some hotels and shopping malls have acceptable wheelchair access, but streets and sidewalks are generally not that good, with either steep ramps, or no ramps at all. If you have help - and the Thai people are very helpful - you can probably get by.
Pattaya’s beaches – Jomtien and Pattaya – are typical of city beaches – narrow, overcrowded strips in no way resembling the miles of shimmering white tropical sands depicted in travel guides. These beaches are primarily about water activities, with the nearby islands of Koh Samet and Koh Chang providing the characteristic tropical island paradises.
Noisy motorboats and jet-skis, as well as scores of beach vendors, may not be everyone’s idea of peace and tranquility on these main beaches. However, the chance to get-away-from-it-all is not too far away.
It is also worth remembering that although the majority of dentists in Thailand are well-trained, you should still make sure you find and an established clinic with an appropriate specialist for your needs. Dental Departures' screening process simplifies this procedure, enabling you to find the best dentist in Pattaya for your requirements. Our dentists specialize in all areas of dentistry from simple fillings to extensive procedures such as dental implants and sinus lift surgery, so you can be certain we will find you an experienced and well-qualified dentist.
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The northern end of the 3km Pattaya beach road is the quieter, with the southern end packed with street stalls, restaurants, bars and clubs. Jomtien Beachis quieter with a coastline fringed with palms and coconut trees and Wong Amat Beach is the cleanest and most secluded.
For trips outside the city centre, the Sanctuary of Truth, a massive wooden carved building and the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens offer some respite from the city crowds. The giant Buddha statue on Buddha Hill is worth a walk, especially in the evenings, for breathtaking views. Mini Siam exhibits miniature replicas of well-known Thai tourist sites, as well as foreign wonders including the Statue of Liberty.
Then, of course, there are numerous islands to discover hidden coves and quiet beaches that are just a boat ride away. While Pattaya is a full-on tourist destination, catering for every Western decadence, it is surprisingly easy to find a quieter, more reflective scene just moments away.
Sports and activities are well covered. Scores of water-sports companies operate in and around Pattaya and the surrounding islands. Diving, sailing, kayaking, wind-surfing or day-long tours on board a catamaran around the islands offer thrills, relaxation, or a bit of both. Close to the center of town are bungy jumping and go-karting parks for adrenaline junkies. Pattaya is also blessed with several top-class golf courses in the surrounding countryside.
The nearest international airport to Pattaya is Suvarnabhumi International in Bangkok.
Buses travel to Pattaya regularly from the airport throughout the day, or a taxi is around 1,300 bahts (about 40AUD/42US/26UK).
Visitors can fly to Bangkok direct from all over the world, as well as other major tourist destinations, including Phuket, Chiang Mai and Krabi. For domestic flights, U-Tapao Airport, around 45 minutes from Pattaya has daily flights to most other Thai resorts.
SONG TAEW (Baht bus) – These are the cheapest way of getting around the city, but you will need to understand the orientation of the city to make sure the Song Taew you are getting on is going to your destination. The driver will confirm where they are going in any case.
MOTORBIKE TAXIS – More expensive than the song taew, but quicker, and found on practically every street corner.
SELF-DRIVE – Motorbike and car hire are great ways to get around the area, with weekly car hire rates very inexpensive at around 1,200 bahts. An international driving licence is required, and most of the roads are in good condition with both Thai and English road signs.
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