General Information for Medical Tourists Traveling to Thailand

Helpful Information About Thailand for Medical Tourists

General
A member of ASEAN, Thailand is located in Southeast Asia with coasts on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand. It is bordered by Myanmar (Burma) to the West and Northwest, Laos to the Northeast, Cambodia to the Southeast and Malaysia to the South. 


Thailand is usually divided into 5 geographic and cultural regions, each with their own benefits for medical treatment:

Population and Ethnicity
As of 2010, Thailand has the population of 67 million; comprised of ethnicities of 75% Thai, 14% Chinese, 11% Malaysian, Laotian and Indian descent. Many Americans and Europeans have retired and/or do business in Thailand, concentrated in larger cities and along the coastline.  Wikipedia states that nearly 95% of the Thai population is Buddhist, but there are other religions practiced in regions of Thailand, including a concentration of Muslims in the far southern regions bordering Malaysia. 

thailand regions map

Northern : Chiang Mai | Chiang Rai 

Northeast (Isaan)Khon Kaen | Udon Thani | Nong Khai| UbonRatchathani | Nakhon Ratchasima (Khorat)
CentralBangkok | Ayutthaya | Kanchanaburi | Nonthaburi | 
EasternPattaya-Chonburi | Rayong | Trat | Chanthaburi
Southern : Hoa Hin | Koh PhiPhi-Krabi | Hat Yai-Songkhla | Patong-Phuket| Koh Samui-Surat Thani

Language
The official language is Thai.  English is generally spoken across the country too, especially in the larger cities of Bangkok, Chiangmai, Phuket and Pattaya.  

Tourists from all over the world have very few problems communicating with medical professionals as many resources exist to help with directions and more.  It is usually quite easy to find someone to help as Thailand is designed for International tourism.

It is of course a good idea to purchase a Thai to your current language dictionary and even practice simple Thai statements prior to traveling.  This will help familarize yourself with the people and language of Thailand prior to traveling.