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Background

Religion is a big part of Thailand’s culture and so Thai Buddhism is integral to the construction of modern Thai identity. A popular tourist destination, Thailand has beautiful scenery as well as, more recently, well-developed industrial and tourism industries. It is also renowned for its cuisine, with Thai dishes being increasingly readily available in Western Europe.

How to get to Thailand

A flight from London to Thailand will take roughly 11 to 12 hours. This is the quickest and most comfortable way to get from the UK to Thailand. Flights can be expensive, particularly during peak season, but with a little research there are lots of great deals to be found. Sometimes it might be cheaper to fly into or out of a city that is just slightly out of your way. As long as it is not too inconvenient to travel to or from this city, then it may be worth it to save some extra money for your trip.

Accommodation in Thailand

Thailand is renowned for its resorts – unsurprising given the beautiful stretches of beach that these resorts are generally found on or near. These range from budget to more luxurious. Shop around for the best deals and see what these include. You can often get some meals included or perhaps some spa packages along with the room itself. During peak season (especially December and January) prices can increase dramatically so book as early as possible to get these as cheap as possible.

There is a mix of budget and luxury hotels available in Thailand. Prices can be quite competitive and so hotel accommodation tends to be pretty good value. However prices can increase during peak season, particularly if your hotel is near the beach and resort area. Hotels in the cities have prices which tend to fluctuate less so this may be a better choice for you, particularly if you are booking at quite short notice during peak season. Between November and February is the main tourist season so be prepared for the best (or cheapest) hotels to be fully booked very early.

You might choose to stay in a hostel for some even cheaper accommodation. Most tend to be of at least a fairly good standard and many include airport pick-up in the price of the room. Check the online reviews of your chosen hostel before confirming your booking to make sure that you will have a good holiday. After having surgery you don’t want to have to worry about having to complain about something or be uncomfortable in your accommodation.

Travelling around Thailand

To get a taste of traditional Thailand try travelling by long-tail boat. These can be regularly found on most canals and rivers, particularly in and around Bangkok. These allow for a fast yet scenic mode of transportation while gaining a small insight into an aspect of Thai culture and traditional ways of life (depending on how modern your craft is!). For everyday travel you may wish to try one of the other modes of transportation outlined below.

There is a large bus network to make use of, especially in the larger cities. If you wish to get on a bus then you should hail it (waving your hand, keeping your palm facing downwards). You will be asked to pay either when you are seated or alternatively when you are alighting.

Hire a car with caution. Be aware that roads can be dangerous, both in terms of road quality and other road users. Local companies will usually be cheaper than the larger international car hire companies. However these tend to be a little less concerned by health and safety so check your vehicle out thoroughly before you commit yourself to hiring it.

The State Railway of Thailand controls Thailand’s trains and is quite well run. Although the train tends to be slower than travelling by bus it is also usually more comfortable and enjoyable. Trains in Thailand are also often subject to delays so make sure your schedule is flexible, especially if you are travelling by train over a long distance. Booking is a good idea, especially if you do have a long journey or are going by sleeper train. For travelling during festivals or at peak season (throughout December and January) then book as far in advance as possible.

Other considerations

Thailand is quite a long way to travel for a procedure and so can be quite expensive and time-consuming. This is particularly true if for any reason you have to return to complete your treatment, or have further treatment. You may also have concerns regarding whether the standards of hygiene, equipment and training are as high as in the West. The best thing to do in this case is to check the reputation and reviews of your chosen surgery before committing yourself, financially or otherwise.

Hair Transplant Techniques used in Thailand

Strip Treatment

FUT (Follicular Unit Transplant) is widely regarded as one of the most common methods in hair transplant surgery. It is especially good for those who suffer from advanced thinning as maximum hair coverage can be achieved with very little inconvenience. Thin strips of hair are removed from the back and sides of your head, thus giving the treatment its more commonly used name of strip treatment, and then transplanted onto other areas of your head where required. This will result in small scars but these should not be obvious as the surrounding hair should cover them up. However, if your hair is shaved extremely close then these scars may still be visible.

FUE

The above treatment may be inappropriate for some patients. If you have only minimal thinning then strip treatment may be unnecessary. Alternatively, if you have undergone strip treatment procedures previously and your donor is damaged you may need to explore other options if you are still not happy with the result. Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a good technique in these cases as it allows the extraction of hair in areas that FUE cannot. It works by having very little groups of between 1 and 4 hairs painstakingly removed and then transplanted to the areas they are required. The precision required during the extraction process will usually mean that you must have your head completely shaved so that the surgeon is able to work effectively. However, this nature of the extraction should also mean that you will suffer no long-term scarring from your surgery.


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