Cambodia - An Affordable Dental Destination

Cambodia's Independence Monument

Country Profile

The Kingdom of Cambodia – once known as the Khmer Empire – is near the southern tip of the Indochina Peninsula where it borders on the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. Laos is to the northeast and Vietnam to the east, while Thailand itself lies on its northwest border.

The country is enjoying an economic renaissance with an average growth of 6% during the past ten years. New roads, schools and other infrastructures are appearing everywhere as hotels, hospitals and clinics open up. The dental industry has also been enjoying a quiet boom, with advanced treatments including implants, porcelain veneers and dentures pricing up to 80% cheaper on the cross rates, but comparable in quality.

Vietnam - Affordable Dentistry for Every Budget

Vietnam's Halong Bay

 Affordable Dentists in Vietnam, Premium Clinics with no compromise on quality

Vietnam is recognized as one of the best value-for-money destinations in Asia and the world for dental implants, veneers, and all types of Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. Clients in search of affordable dentistry in an interesting and exciting destination will be pleased to know that Vietnam is very affordable for hotels, food and beverage, and activities. 

It has been said that Vietnam has more shades of green than any other country and it is indeed one of the most fascinating countries in Asia with a intense and deep culture, vestiges of French colonialism in many cities, and a booming economy that is modernizing quickly. And as with development all over Asia, the clinics and equipment are new, outfitted with the latest equipment, and the dental professionals are multi-lingual and well-trained. It is one of the best value destinations in the world based on price and quality and international arrivals for dental services have been growing over the past 10 years at a double digit pace. 
The Vietnamese, or ethnic kinh, inhabited the southern regions of China before migrating southward to inhabit the two great river valleys on the edge of the south-east Asian landmass: the Mekong River basin in the south and in the north the Red River Valley.  Vietnam is said to culturally be a province of China as many of the traditions and words are sino-inspired.  Later, during the colonial period a missionary translated the language to a Latin alphabet to help increase literacy rates. Thus, the Vietnamese language dropped Chinese ideographs in favor of text a foreign western visitor can read. 
In additional to affordable and accessible dental care, Vietnam has white sand beaches, idyllic islands in the north or Phu Quoc in the south, terraced paddy fields near Sapa, and fresh seafood just about everywhere owing to its 2000 km of coastline. 
Hanoi in the north and Ho Chi Minh City in the south are the two primary destinations favored by foreign language speaking visitors. Although there are many excellent dentists in other parts of Vietnam one can easily find an English speaking dentist in these two cities. 

Country Profile

Vietnam borders the South China Sea to the east, and Cambodia, Laos, and China on the other sides. It has benefited from a fast growing economy during the past twenty years, and has a young and vibrant population. The country is rapidly emerging as the place to visit for affordable dental services. Australians in particular go there in increasing numbers, and are accustomed to hearing familiar accents when they arrive for dental treatments. Let’s take a brief look at reasons why Vietnam has become a dental tourism destination of note, and why you ought to visit it.

National Demographic

Approximately 85% of the population is Viet or Kinh, ensuring a stable society along the coastal plains and alluvial deltas where larger settlements gather. There is great respect for the fifty-four minority ethnic groups too – the country has learned that there is power in diversity and that internal conflict is pointless. The second largest group of Asian Christians is welcomed in Vietnam, out of recognition for the work of missionaries.

Almost 85 of the ninety-three million inhabitants congregate in Hồ Chí Minh City, with Hà Nội not far behind. Other major settlements include Hải Phòng and Cần Thơ with over a million residents each. The average population density is 227 per km2 with a median age of 28.7 years. Life expectancy is an impressive 70.2 years, with females out ahead at 75.4. These figures are indicative of a happy, healthy community.


Vietnam’s sprawling cities and remote inland areas depend heavily on modern technology to remain in touch. The 10 million landlines are dwarfed by 134 million mobile accounts being 144% of the population. There are 23 million registered internet users making Vietnam the 17th most saturated nation in the world. Dental tourists to this fascinating Asian destination have no difficulty keeping in touch with folks back home.

English Literacy

Although the predominant language is Vietnamese, English has become popular as second language because of growing contact with the West. In most schools, the language has replaced French as core subject. The younger generation emerging from the past embraces English eagerly, and is keen to practice its new language skills.

School System

Basic schooling adopts the Western model of twelve years, comprising primary, intermediate and secondary education. The focus is on preparing scholars for the business world where English may be the primary medium of communication. There is a wide spread of traditional western subjects; however at high school students choose between technical and academic streams.

Higher Education

The Vietnamese place high value on education. Students enrolled in the Imperial Academy as far back as 1076. Their college was the Temple of Literature that features on 100,000 đồng banknotes. Competition for university places is as tough as ever, with the highest entrance examination grades essential to guarantee a seat. The five major multi-disciplinary universities include Vietnam National University (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh), Huế University, University of Da Nang, and Thai Nguyen University.

Medical Education

Dental and other medical first degrees require six years of study, with optional masters and doctorates to follow. The Dentomaxillofacial Faculty of Ho Chi Minh City Medicine and Pharmacy University is highly rated, and presents advanced training in implants, veneers, cosmetic surgery and reconstruction. However, local dental graduate production is insufficient to meet local and expatriate demand. Many highly qualified foreign dentists – especially Australian - have come to Vietnam to practice their skills in this safe, secure and loveliest of countries.

The Dentistry Profession

The Ministry of Health has overall responsibility for the administration of dentistry, which it manages through the National Dental Council that advises on policy and law. Professional recognition is within the remit of the Vietnam Odonto-Stomatology Association under the terms of the ASEAN Mutual Recognition Agreement on Dental Practitioners. With all these arrangements in place, it is no wonder that Vietnam’s dental professionals in Saigon, Hanoi and Da Nang are on par with their colleagues elsewhere. In a world of Asian opportunity, Vietnam is a country we recommend to dental tourists without hesitation.

Noi Bai in Hanoi. 

Getting There for Dental Care

Vietnam is not just an emerging medical or dental destination. It is also an alluring magnet for leisure travel. The country welcomed over three million visitors in 2013, many of whom landed at one of nine international airports and reported favorably. If we were to single out one for special mention, that might be Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City, just a short four mile ride from the city center.

Visitor Highlights

Vietnam’s tourism potential is immense, with the surface barely explored here. Some examples we might add include cruising in Halong Bay, and exploring Central Vietnam’s French colonial past. Of course, the fisher folk and rice farmers in the Mekong Delta would also like to welcome you. Please visit the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism website for more inspirational ideas.

Costa Rica - Affordable Dentistry

Costa Rica's Rio Celeste Waterfall

Country Profile

Costa Rica is on the land bridge between North and South America. The Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea add stunning coastlines to a country already rich in natural resources.

Rugged mountain ranges separate the coastal plains to east and west. These include over a hundred volcanic cones of which several are still active. The territory also includes several islands. A quarter of the landmass forms part of a natural conservation system. Although Costa Rica lies within the tropics, it has varying microclimates according to elevation and topography. The summer dry season lasts from December through to April, followed by a moist period for the rest of the year. 

Dental Tourism in Asia

Thailand, is the granddaddy of dental tourism in Asia. There are world class clinics throughout the Kingdom of Thailand. Though Bangkok is the most popular owing to it being the arrival point for most, other destinations like Phuket, etc, all have very good dental services and are well-known for quality throughout the healthcare system.

Philippines, for those "in-the-know" is an established and comfortable destination. The Philippines is home to perhaps the best English speaking population in Asia. It is "Westernized" in the sense that many of the chains and global brands are active throughout the country. It is Christian and capitalist so the culture is not a big jump for most from the West. The Philippines has world class dental care and that is why it is hugely popular with Australians and Kiwis and has been for many years. Many Americans who were stationed in the Philippines many years ago travel to the archipelago for dental work. Excellent dentists can be found in Makati, Manila, Quezon, and throughout the country. 

Mexico - An Enigmatic Dental Destination

Mexico's Mayan Ruins 

Country Profile

Mexico shares its frontier to the north with the United States, while to the south and west it borders on the Pacific Ocean. To the southeast lie Guatemala, Belize and the Caribbean Sea, while on the east side lies the Gulf of Mexico. It is a Federation of States with executive, legislative and judicial separation. A President presides over a Senate and Chamber of Deputies. The population is a blend of Indigenous peoples and European migrants. 82% of the population is Roman Catholic.

The Sierra Madre Oriental and Sierra Madre Occidental mountain ranges traverse a vast country from north to south three times the size of Texas. Much of north and central Mexico are at elevations of up to five thousand feet. North of the Tropic of Cancer, a temperate climate brings cooler winter temperatures. By contrast, the lower-lying southern region experiences warmer winters and summer hurricanes.

Dental Tourism in Latin America


The population of over one hundred and ten million is ethnically diverse and cosmopolitan. European and America expatriates create pockets of English, French and German speakers. English is common in international business, and at holiday resorts where tourists congregate.

Thailand - Affordable, Quality Dentistry

Thailand's Phraya Nakhon Cave

Country Profile

The Kingdom of Thailand–favorably remembered by many as Siam - shares borders with Burma and Laos to the north, and Laos and Cambodia to the east. To the south lie the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west the Andaman Sea. It is a constitutional democracy with upper and lower houses under overall governance of a monarch and boasts a newly industrialized economy. A blend of Thai, Thai Chinese, Malay, Khmer and Hill Tribes are 95% Buddhist.

There are several distinct geographic regions, comprising a mountainous north, a central plateau, and a southern isthmus that widens out to form the Malay Peninsula. The climate is broadly tropical with regular summer monsoon rains from May to September. For the rest of the year, it is generally dry, although the isthmus is invariably hot and humid.

Hungary - Offers The Best Dental Care In Europe

Hungary's Visegrad Castle

Hungary: Affordable Dentistry, Premium Clinics 

Hungary borders seven other countries in Eastern Europe, rivaled only by China and Russia in this regard, which border fourteen countries each. Hungarian Goulash is what comes to mind when most Westerners hear the country mentioned; however, neither the number of border stations nor the spicy stew are what this beautiful, peaceful country are best known for.

A tourist traveling around this part of Europe might become confused by the national emblem of Hungary; because it looks like Hungary won a game of Capture the Flag with Italy and then proceeded to turn it on its head. It’s a fine-looking flag, nonetheless, with its bold, broad red, white, and green horizontal stripes. Plus, if any of the culinary secrets are shared between the two countries, it would certainly please the likes of Anthony Bourdain. The cooking in Hungary is very hearty, centering primarily on meats, seasonal vegetables, fruits, fresh bread, dairy products and cheese. It has some Asiatic and other exotic influences; however, it typically remains within the realm of Western European.

Philippines - Tourist Hub for Dental Travelers

Philippines' Banaue Rice Terraces

Country Profile

The Republic of the Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, of which some 2,000 are inhabited. Its neighbors include Taiwan to the north, Vietnam to the west, Borneo to the southeast, Indonesia to the south and Palau to the east. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire makes it prone to typhoons and earthquakes, and extremely wealthy in natural resources.

National Demographic

The people belong to several different Asian groups, and speak a variety of dialects. However the official languages are Filipino and English. The main settlements are along the coastline. Inland, the terrain is mountainous and covered with tropical forest. 80% of the population is Roman Catholic. The country is a constitutional republic under a presidential system, with separation of powers and a bicameral legislature.

Dental Tourism in Europe


With a dynamic economy and democratic government, Hungary is a rapidly growing country. Its infrastructure is state of the art, and rail travel is a big part of its expanding transportation system. All of Hungary is readily accessible by all modes of transportation, including two international airports: One in Budapest, and one in Debrecen.  Driving from any of the seven neighboring countries is a viable option as well. Hungary is most popular with clients from the UK but also receives its fair share of Germans and Swiss.