Phuket is an idyllic tropical paradise, and there is nowhere better to relax after undergoing dental treatment. One of Thailand’s largest islands, there is everything here for sun-worshippers – or for the more adventurous, surfing, scuba diving, rock climbing and sea kayaking are some of the more popular pursuits here.
Phuket is a well-established tourist destination, and resorts such as Patong are cosmopolitan, vibrant and lively. Away from the hullabaloo there are miles of sandy coastlines, fringed with lush green vistas and the turquoise waters of the Andaman Sea. From the raucous excitement of Patong, to the night markets of old Phuket Town, or to the slower pace of Nai Han beach, there is something in Phuket for everyone.
Thousands of visitors have also discovered that Phuket’s attractions include expert dentistry at low prices. Dental Departures works alongside the best Phuket dentists, and we can help you make the right choice for your particular dental treatment.
Phuket is situated in South-West Thailand. It is connected to the mainland via a bridge.
Phuket is the ultimate holiday destination. Its stunning scenery, incredible restaurants and some of the most luxurious hotels in the world ensures its enduring popularity.
Phuket is far from being a traditional little backwater. It is a sophisticated island, catering for modern tastes. Dental facilities reflect this. You can be sure that clinics are up-to-date with the latest in dental techniques and fitted with state-of-the-art equipment. There are no concessions on the quality of care you will receive in Phuket, even though prices are significantly lower here.
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If you want to be in the thick of the action, Patong Beach is the most popular place to stay on Phuket, and is where most of Phuket’s dental clinics are based. However, there are many quieter alternatives to Patong such as Kammala Beach or Karon Beach. These are close enough for convenient transportation to Patong, and they both have many inexpensive accommodation options.
Of course – it is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the planet. This does not mean that you should not take the usual common-sense precautions with regard to your possessions and your own safety.
You are more likely to be injured by taking part in one of the many activities on offer. Many people are injured on motorcycle accidents, and in the sea you should be on your guard for jet-skiers. The rip-tides around Phuket can be lethal, and you should stick to swimming in designated areas.
The majority of Phuket’s dental clinics deliver high quality, expert dental treatment. However, there are, of course, bad dentists and good dentists throughout Thailand, just as there are at home. This is why we at Dental Departures only recommend clinics we have researched thoroughly ourselves. We know the task of finding a reputable dentist may be quite daunting, and we have made the job easier for you by only including dentists on our Dental Departures website that we are happy to receive treatment in.
Thousands of happy patients have received dental treatment in one of Dental Departures’ clinics in Phuket, and you can check out their favorable comments, feedback and reviews right here. We guarantee you will not only find the expert dentist and clinic you need, but the price you will be offered will be the best available.
Dental clinics here are committed to providing exceptional treatment and facilities, particularly to their overseas patients. They will go that extra mile to ensure that you are happy with every aspect of the treatment you receive while under their care. Sometimes, however, problems do occur that are not necessarily the fault of the dentist or the lab. In this unlikely event, you can rest-assured that all the lab work, as well as the actual procedure, are covered under a no quibble warranty. Less than 1% of patients experience any problems with the dental treatment they receive, but you can rest assured that any appointments scheduled through Dental Departures will have any problems dealt with speedily. Dental Departures is working on your behalf and we aim to give you all the help and support that we possibly can.
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You will find that most of the dental clinics have at least one English-speaking member of staff on board. However, many of the dentists here do speak fluent English as many of them have done their training in clinics in English-speaking countries.
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Credit cards are generally the preferred method of payment. You can check what specific cards each clinic accepts in the ‘summary’ section of each clinic’s write up on this website.
The monsoon season usually starts between May and July and lasts until November. From around this time until May it is usually dry. Whilst it is always hot and steamy here, the temperature is slightly lower between November and mid-February, followed by higher temperatures from March to May.
Outside of the hotels, Phuket may prove to be something of a challenge for wheelchair accessibility as pavements and sidewalks are uneven and without dropped kerbs. Crowds often make navigating difficult for able-bodied people, so wheelchair users may find it even more challenging.
However, Thai people are quick to offer assistance and help is often freely offered.
Phuket is a beautiful island and travellers have been coming here for many years. Some resorts, such as Patong, are particularly geared toward visitors. Whilst all amenities here are on the doorstep, there is a proliferation of bars, clubs and go-go dancers, so at night it is particularly noisy and crowded. Patong is not for everyone. Prices here tend to be more expensive than elsewhere on the island, even with hard bartering, as the locals take advantage of the newly-arrived and disorientated tourists. However, this is not something specific to Phuket, as it happens in tourist resorts all over the world.
Phuket has its fair share of con-artists and scammers, but no more so than anywhere else. Just remember not to leave your common-sense at home.
Phuket is renowned for its stunning scenery, including remote rainforests on Ko Yao, the limestone cliffs of Phang Nga Bay, the picturesque islands such as Phi Phi and, of course, its miles of shimmering white beaches dipping into azure-colored water.
Aside from the scenery and the renowned nightlife in Patong, there are many activities to immerse yourself in whilst in Phuket. For the active there are, amongst other things bike riding, safaris, white water rafting, bungy jumping, elephant rides and Thai cookery lessons. For those who want to take it easy there are cruises, Thai massage and spas in which to really indulge in some rest and recuperation. There is no shortage of things to do and see, even mooching around market stalls in Old Phuket Town.
Phuket International Airport is Thailand’s second largest airport, after Bangkok. There are frequent flights to Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US, as well as to other international airports in the region, including Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. Domestic flights to Bangkok and other cities in Thailand also fly from here.
There are a number of ways of getting to and around the resort areas from Phuket International Airport, including the Phuket Airport Bus Express which run approximately every 75 minutes from around 8am to around 9pm stopping at areas including Patong, Karon and Kata Beaches.
Phuket is a large island and you will need to use some form of transport if you want to make the most of what the island has to offer. Public transport is very limited, but there are a variety of other options which are cheap and commonplace.
There are three types of taxi – the bright red, and sometimes yellow tuk-tuks. They have no meter, so always agree a price and bargain hard before you get in. When available, metered taxis are a much better option and are safer and usually cheaper than tuk-tuks. However, during busy periods even these drivers will ignore the meter and demand a flat fare. There are also the unofficial taxi shacks on the beach, usually supported by a hotel. They are usually more expensive than tuk-tuks, but are usually air-conditioned.
The cheapest way of getting around, but for obvious reasons not as safe as being on four wheels.
Bus & Tram
A cheap, but not necessarily comfortable way of getting about. Most run between 5am and 11pm and night buses run from 3am.
For island hopping the long-tail boats can’t be beaten.
Car and Motorcycle Hire
Renting a car to drive around Phuket is not recommended – its winding roads, coupled with the bad driving habits of both locals and tourists make it an accident blackspot. However, it is one of the best ways to get around the island in your own time and at your own pace. You will find plenty of car and motorcycle hire options here. A passport and an International Driving Permit are required – and it helps if you are used to driving on the left.
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