I’ll admit that I was pretty sceptical.
I met two New Yorkers in Chiang Mai, a northern Thai city that’s becoming as famous for its dental clinics as it is for elephant rides and luxurious spas. The young women claimed that they weren’t primarily visiting Thailand for a vacation, but for dental work. The holiday, they said, was the bonus.
We sat on a giant, open air restaurant patio, surrounded by lush tropical greenery as they explained that dental work in Thailand was much cheaper than it is in the U.S. They had boarded an airplane, flew to Chiang Mai, had their teeth fixed, and would fly back to New York after a week of beachside R&R. Total cost, including dental work and the flight? Less than a visit to a New York dentist.