Well­ness while away

DestinAsian - - FLASHBACK -

One of the world’s most pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tions and a leader in med­i­cal and well­ness tourism, Thai­land is the ul­ti­mate des­ti­na­tion for those want­ing to look and feel their best in beau­ti­ful sur­rounds. THERE ARE FEW DES­TI­NA­TIONS in the world of­fer­ing beau­ti­ful land­scapes and op­por­tu­ni­ties to look and feel beau­ti­ful in equal mea­sure. Thai­land is one of these spe­cial places. It’s a coun­try of wild jungle, his­toric tem­ples, col­or­ful cities and white­sand beaches—all the el­e­ments you need for a per­fect hol­i­day. But it’s also a coun­try of cut­tingedge tech­nol­ogy and highly ex­pe­ri­enced health prac­ti­tion­ers, mak­ing it the re­gion’s first and lead­ing des­ti­na­tion for med­i­cal and well­ness tourism.

More peo­ple than ever are trav­el­ing the world to find ways to im­prove their health and well­be­ing on a holis­tic level. With its stun­ning nat­u­ral as­sets and ad­vanced med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties, Thai­land is a global in­dus­try trail­blazer. It be­came Asia’s pre­mier hub for med­i­cal tourism around 2000, and not long after was the first coun­try on the con­ti­nent to have a hos­pi­tal re­ceive Joint Com­mis­sion In­ter­na­tional (JCI) ac­cred­i­ta­tion, cer­ti­fy­ing that it meets the same rig­or­ous stan­dards of qual­ity and safety as re­quired in the United States.

To­day, there are 58 JCI-ac­cred­ited hos­pi­tals across Thai­land, more than in any other South­east Asian coun­try. Yet while the stan­dards, fa­cil­i­ties, and well­ness prac­ti­tion­ers avail­able are on par with many Western coun­tries, the prices for treat­ments are of­ten well be­low half that of what you’d pay else­where. Which means you can jus­tify lin­ger­ing on the beach a cou­ple of ex­tra days be­fore and after your treat­ment— check in to one of the coun­try’s stel­lar spas or well­ness re­sorts, heal, and re­con­nect with your­self and na­ture.

There has never been a bet­ter time to unite your hol­i­day dreams with your health and well­ness goals. The Thai gov­ern­ment has es­tab­lished new med­i­cal tourism poli­cies ex­tend­ing the vis­i­tor stay pe­riod to 90 days for mem­bers of CLMV (Cam­bo­dia, Laos, Myan­mar, Vietnam) coun­tries and Tai­wan. In ad­di­tion, the long-stay visa has also been ex­tended to 10 years for 14 other coun­tries, in­clud­ing Ja­pan, Aus­tralia, the United King­dom, Canada, and the United States— another re­gional first.

From new trends in func­tional medicine to the lat­est in anti-ag­ing and holis­tic heal­ing, here are some of Thai­land’s lead­ing health and well­ness ser­vices guar­an­teed to have you look­ing and feel­ing younger and beau­ti­ful in no time.


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