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Dentists in Bangkok

Bumrungrad International
Dental procedures have come on leaps and bounds over the last 50 years. Just a few years ago most people had fillings, a bridge, enamel work, cleaning or dentures. Now dental work has crossed over into the area of cosmetic surgery. You can get implant related dental work that will improve your smile; not to mention make eating more comfortable. The only catch is that in the West implant procedures, veneers and even bonded crowns are expensive and not available under most national health schemes.

As a consequence those looking to improve their looks through a dental procedure often go abroad to get surgery they cannot afford at home. In 2013 this is very common. It is, however, fraught with hazards.

First there are language difficulties. The patient is never filled with confidence when he or she cannot understand everything the dentist is saying. There is a worry that miscommunication can lead to a botched procedure.

Secondly, there is the possibility of picking a ‘cowboy’ operator that has a bad track record. This is a problem in all countries but there are certifying bodies that you can consult in the US and Europe to weed out potential cowboys. Moreover, suing is fraught with expense, cultural confusion and general pitfalls in developing countries where dental procedures and dental lab work is cheap.

Lastly, it can be very nerve-wracking going to a developing country and getting a cosmetic operation. You are taking yourself out of your circle of friends and family. This circle can also be an effective group to mobilize if something goes wrong.

These three considerations need to be weighed against the cheaper price of going to Bangkok for a dental operation. Of course, if you live in Thailand then the choice is easier since you already have experience of Thai culture and also you probably have had some good tip of where to go.

If you have decided that you really want to visit Thailand and get some dental work done then doing plenty of research is vital. It is a good idea to check plenty of big forums like Thai Visa, Lonely Planet, Agoda and Travel Forum. It is also a good idea to look at Google Reviews.

The safest bet is probably Bumrungrad International Hospital in Sukhumvit. It is a multiple specialty medical centre and the biggest of its kind in South East Asia. The hospital attracts some of the best doctors and dentists in the region. They have been open since 1980. Since opening its doors Bumrungrad Hospital has had consistently good reviews.

Another big plus with Bumrungrad is that many of the staff speak good English. They are used to dealing with foreigners. The hospital also does a variety of dental procedures at prices comparable with other dentists in Bangkok.

In short, Bumrungrad Hospital is the closest thing to a safe option for cosmetic surgery and dental surgery in Bangkok. And if they can’t do what you need they will able to give you some good advice.

That is the humble opinion of the authors of www.bangkokboutiquehotel.info, and it is only our opinion.

Quick Guide to Bangkok Accommodation

Bangkok Skyline

If you are visiting Bangkok for the first time, as with any city, it can be difficult to work out which part of the city to stay in. This article is designed to be a quick guide. Basically, for tourists the Bangkok city can be broken into five parts. Each has it pros and cons, which we have listed for you below.

Khao San Area

Khao San is the original backpacker area of Bangkok near the river and the tourist attractions of old Bangkok like Wat Po and the Grand Palace.

Pros of Khao San

  • Cheap accommodation and food
  • Lively with bars and clubs
  • Not far away from areas where people live in old fashion houses
  • Very accessible to tourists with English spoken widely and lots of amenities like ATMs and Internet shops

Cons of Khao San Area

  • If you are a bit older the young and exuberant backpackers might annoy you
  • The area isn’t connected to the skytrain or metro system making travel a bit more difficult
  • If it is luxury you are looking for, you won’t find it here

Hotels we recommend staying in the Khao San area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Baan Noppawong
Baan Tepa Boutique
Baiyoke Sky Hotel
Chakrabongse Villas
Navalai River Resort

Chinatown

Chinatown is a less touristy part of Bangkok with a noticeable Chinese influence. Near the river, the train station, and the major tourist attractions.

Pros of Chinatown

  • Authentic slice of Thai life
  • On the metro and skytrain system
  • Great restaurants
  • Great shopping

Cons of Chinatown

  • Bit off the beaten track with English not widely spoken
  • Not much nightlife which would appeal to the typical tourist
  • Not many amenities aimed at tourists

Hotels we recommend staying in the Chinatown area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Loy La Long Hotel
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok

Silom

Silom is the financial district of Bangkok popular with tourists near Lumphini park.

Pros of Silom

  • On the metro and skytrain system
  • Lots of great bars and restaurants
  • Near the lively Patpong night market

Cons of Silom

  • A bit touristy for some people with not much traditional Thai culture
  • A lot of the hotels and restaurants can seem a bit impersonal and ‘samey’
  • Very busy

Hotels we recommend staying in the Silom area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Baan Pra Nond
Heritage Baan Silom
Luxx
Triple Two Silom
The Metropolitan

Sukhumvit

Sukhumvit is a long road with many streets (known as ‘sois’ leading off it. This is the main area where expat residents live and it has the best amenities for tourists in the Bangkok.

Pros of Sukhumvit

  • Best hotels and restaurants in the city, the place to go if you want luxury
  • Great nightlife with lots of bars to suit all tastes
  • On the metro and skytrain systems
  • Some shopping opportunities

Cons of Sukhumvit

  • Not the place to go if you are on a budget
  • Very busy
  • Some people are put off by the blatant sex industry. There are two red light districts in this area and there are prostitutes on the street in some areas.

Hotels we recommend staying in the Sukhumvit area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Ariyasomvilla
Davis Hotel
Imm Fusion Sukhumvit
MaDuZi
Seven Hotel
The Eugenia Hotel

Siam Square/Chidlom

Siam Square and Chidlom are in the very centre of modern Bangkok.

Pros of Siam Square/Chidlom

  • By far the best shopping opportunities in the city
  • Lots of amenities like cinemas
  • Very accessible to tourists

Cons of Siam Square/Chidlom

  • In the evening this is not an area where you would go for a stroll on the street, not because it is dangerous, but because all the restaurants etc are in shopping centres.
  • The nightlife is centred around hotel bars, and most of the eateries are chain restaurants
  • Very busy at all hours

Hotels we recommend staying in the Siam Square/Chidlom area (click on the links to read more about each place)

Four Seasons
Hansar Bangkok
Hotel Muse Bangkok
Siam@Siam Design
Oriental Residence
Sukhothai Hotel
Tenface

As you can see, each of the 5 main areas has something to recommend it, and something to perhaps put you off. When I stay in Bangkok I often spend a couple of nights in one area and then move to another area.