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Fit for a kingdom

Here, we look at the extensive health and wellness options available across Thailand.

For decades, Thailand has been one of the world’s top holiday destinations as a result of the country’s unique culture, delicious cuisine and famous hospitality. More recently, the Kingdom has been recognised as a premier health and wellness destination by those looking for world-class treatments from experienced professionals, excellent facilities and technologies, diversity of available services and affordability.


Thailand has a range of health, wellness and beauty (in particular anti-aging and aesthetic) facilities that can re-energise mind and body. From internationally renowned private hospitals to medical/wellness spas and from health or wellness resorts to day spas and massages, Thailand has a wide range of services and facilities available to suit your needs and budget.




In 2002, Thailand was the first country in Asia to achieve Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation, certifying that a hospital meets the same rigorous standards of quality and safety as required in America. Currently there are more than 50 Thai hospitals/medical centres with JCI accreditation.


Popular procedures include dental care (from tooth straightening to tooth whitening, wisdom tooth extraction, root canal treatment and dental implants), eye corrective surgery, cosmetic surgery, dermatology, orthopaedic surgery, detoxification, rehabilitation, ear nose and throat (ENT) treatment, general health check-ups, yoga and meditation retreats.


One of the many advantages of getting a check-up in Thailand is the speed at which you get the lab results, enabling a rapid diagnosis so any medical treatment can proceed immediately. For those who need a longer recovery period, the Kingdom offers a wide range of accommodation options, from five-star hotels to budget serviced apartments.


Zen Bangkok


Day spas, anti-aging and aesthetic clinics can easily be found in the big cities like Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Koh Samui and Hua Hin. Thailand has adopted some of the world’s best technologies and the most innovative treatment programs with more than 100 American board-certified anti-aging doctors now practicing in the country, ensuring the highest medical standards.


Brain Health Institute in Phuket is a unique medical facility that specialises in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and offers preventative and holistic personalised programs designed to optimise brain performance as we age. Using state-of-the-art medical technology, your grey matter will be screened, analysed and tested for a range of brain abnormalities.


Each patient receives a personalised screening program that uses a combination of neuropsychological examinations, including laboratory tests, brainpower and memory assessment, MRI exam, a retina scan and a sleep test. All these tests are conducted to identify any issues before they become serious problems.


Oasis Spa Chiang Mai



Thailand’s rich diversity in therapeutic treatments is one of the main reasons why visitors come here to boost their inner health and wellbeing.


The country’s wellness offerings are highly regarded for the exceptional services provided from destination spas, resort and hotel spas, medical spas, day spas and club spas. These facilities are renowned for their hospitality as well as their uniqueness, with a huge range of Thai massages styles available to relieve stress and tensions in the body.


There are a number of massage techniques and styles to suit your needs, including herbal steams, hot herbal compresses or traditional Thai massage. There are also other mechanisms to help the body de-stress, including Ayurvedic treatments from India, Chinese acupressure and ancient Thai massage techniques. In addition to the techniques used to relieve stress, there are a number of health resorts that offer hydrotherapy, Pilates, tai chi and oxygen fitness therapy.


There are also a number of resorts and hotels across the country that provide detox, fasting and wellbeing programs, as well as wellness programs aimed at managing weight, diabetes, cholesterol control and high blood pressure. Medical spas are also very popular, providing alternate treatments to cure the roots of stress. There are a number of therapeutic centres promoting the latest techniques to achieving and feeling your best in health and mental wellbeing.



Medical spas offer daily treatments under the supervision of licensed health care professionals offering medically based treatments.You can also find day spas and hourly massage treatments within shopping centres and hotels, where you can enjoy a facial massage or body massage. A powerful Thai massage will also help release the tension from all the shopping and fun you are having while in the country.



- Chiva-Som International Health Resorts in Hua Hin

- Thanyapura Health Resort in Phuket

- RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort in Chiang Mai

- Aleenta Resort & Spa in Phuket, Hua Hin and Koh Samui

- Absolute Sanctuary Detox & Yoga Resort in Koh Samui

- Amatara Wellness Resort in Phuket



- Oasis Day Spas in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Pattaya

- RarinJinda in Chiang Mai and Bangkok

- Let’s Relax in Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Bangkok, Koh Samui and Chiang Mai

- TRIA Wellness in Bangkok

- Spa Cenvaree at Centara hotels and resorts nationwide

- S Medical Clinic in Bangkok


Written by: Jon Underwood
Published: 14 July 2017

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