Did you know that Thailand is one of the world’s top plastic surgery destinations? Every year, tens of thousands of people travel to Thailand to get plastic surgery, from operations like rhinoplasty and breast augmentation to gender reassignment and a lot more. Thailand has a reputation as one of the world’s best countries for high quality plastic surgery, as well as one of the most affordable.
To put the affordability in perspective, breast augmentation in Thailand costs less than $3,000 including a one-night hospital stay, which is just a fraction of the price in any Western country.
Thailand has several cities that are popular plastic surgery destinations:
Bangkok is Thailand’s biggest city and its most popular destination for plastic surgery. There are many private hospitals in Bangkok, including some of the country’s most popular hospitals such as Bumrungrad and Samitivej. You can also find the world’s biggest plastic surgery hospital, Yanhee, in Bangkok, where the entire hospital specializes in plastic surgery.
I recommend Bangkok if you’ve never visited Thailand before and want somewhere with a lot to do as well as hospitals. Bangkok has great malls and shops that make it really worth visiting, whether you’re there to get an operation and recover or just for a minor procedure.
The best place to stay in Bangkok is around Sukhumvit Road, which is close to most of the major hospitals. HotelThailand has a good list of hotels to choose from in this area of Bangkok.
Pattaya is a beach city close to Bangkok. It used to be a sleazy kind of destination but it’s gotten a lot nicer in recent years, definitely much better than it was just 5-10 years ago. Like Bangkok, Pattaya has several hospitals that offer a huge range of plastic surgery treatments. Surgery in Pattaya is usually 10-20% cheaper than in Bangkok, often with the same doctors.
Since Pattaya is only 2 hours from Bangkok, it’s one of the easiest beach cities in Thailand to visit. You can recover here with a nice ocean view from your hotel. There’s also great nightlife, although you will want to focus on recovery if you’re traveling here for surgery.
The best place to stay in Pattaya is Central or South Pattaya, where you’ll find the best hotels and restaurants. Guest Friendly Hotels Pattaya has a good list of hotels close to the city’s dining and nightlife.
Phuket is an island in the south of Thailand, famous for its beautiful beaches. It’s more of a tourism destination than a medical tourism destination, but Phuket still has several great hospitals that offer plastic surgery treatments, as well as some of the best doctors in Thailand.
Since Phuket is such a tourism destination, the doctors and nurses here usually speak very good English and are easy to communicate with. It’s also a nice place to recover, with a great selection of hotels ranging from cheap and simple to world class five star resorts.
Thailand is a great place to travel for surgery, with some of the world’s best hospitals, great hotels, and surgery prices that are below 50% of what you would pay in a Western country. I highly recommend Bangkok, Pattaya and Phuket as medical tourism destinations.