Calling all jet-setting health seekers…join the legions of travelers heading to Asia’s top hospitals and medical spas for top-to-toe health. Whether you’re in the market for a dental check-up for the whole family, or a little nip and tuck just for you, there are plenty of options that can get you the treatment you want, and roll up a vacation in a distant land all in one. Pack up and get ready for your next vacation with the Little Steps Guide to Asia’s Best Medical Spas & Resorts.
Raffles Medical has 13 locations across Asia, but one of the most scenics is the Osaka clinic. Located in downtown Osaka, the clinic is right next to the Ritz Carlton! Get a wellness checkup with their health screening services, or try some traditional Chinese medicine. They also offer family and travel medicine, along with dermatology and aesthetics. There are both Japanese and foreign physicians on staff and a support team of professionals to help international travelers.
Vietnam is a newcomer on the scene of medical tourism, but FV Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City is at the forefront with all your medical needs. Founded and run by French doctors, it’s the first JCI accredited hospital in South Vietnam. It’s 100% foreign-owned by a Hong Kong parent company. FV Hospital has 130 doctors on staff – both Vietnamese and expatriate – and covers more than 30 specialties.
FV Hospital, 6 Nguyen Luong Bang St., Saigon South (Phu My Hung), Dist.7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +028 54 11 33 33, www.fvhospital.com
Whether you’re looking for some preventative health care, cosmetic enhancements, or disease management, Penang Adventist Hospital has it all. With more than 80 specialists across 22 specializations, this is one of the top hospitals in Malaysia and has built up an impressive international ranking. There’s also a dedicated lifestyle center, with wellness screening packages catered to your exact needs. The hospital has multi-lingual staff and international visitor services too.
Penang Adventist Hospital, 465, Jalan Burma, 10350 George Town, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, +604 222 7200, www.pah.com.my
Thailand is a thriving hub for medical-tourists, and Bumrungrad International is one of the top destinations. This hospital was the first to receive JCI accreditation in Asia, and the first private hospital in Thailand to be accredited by the Healthcare Accreditation Institute. Of its now 19 JCI-accredited hospitals, Bumrungrad International is the most famous. This a luxurious million-square-foot complex in downtown Bangkok has over 1,200 physicians and dentists on staff, most with international training and certification. Bumrungrad has a host of language interpreters, lodgings and has another arm that can arrange for travel and visa services.
Bumrungrad International, 33 Sukhumvit 3, Wattana, Bangkok, Thailand, +66 2066 8888, www.bumrungrad.com
Head to this award-winning spa and integrative medical center for the ultimate detox vacation! Located just 90 minute south of Manila, The Farm offers stellar treatments, gorgeous pools overlooking the lush green jungle and majestic mountains, an organic farm for the kids to explore, healthy veggie meals (meat eaters will love it - we promise!), beautiful accommodations, activities for kids, and so much more!
The Farm at San Benito, 119 Barangay Tipakan, 4217 Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines, +632 884 8074, email@example.com, www.thefarmatsanbenito.com. For more detox spas and resorts around Asia, click here!
This state-of-the-art hospital specializes in numerous fields including cardiology, oncology, neurology, urology, multi-organ transplants, neurosurgery, nuclear medicine and cosmetic surgery. It’s a Joint Commisison International (JCI)-accredited international hospital and the first in India to receive this title. It’s also been a leader in applying new technologies for treating cardiovascular diseases.
Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Sarita Vihar, Delhi Mathura Road, New Delhi - 110076 India, +91 11 2692 5858, www.apollohospdelhi.com
Dusit Medical Group owns and operates a large network of hospitals throughout Thailand, including Bangkok International Hospital, Bangkok Hospital Phuket, Bangkok General Hospital, and Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital. There’s nothing that these hospitals don’t cater to, its services include cosmetic surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, IFV and reproductive medicine, spine surgery, and dentistry for the entire family!
Bangkok Hospital, 2 Soi Soonvijai 7, New Petchburi Rd, Bankapi, Huay Khwang, 10310, Thailand, +662 310 3000, www.bangkokhospital.com
Ranking as one of the top hospitals in Asia, Fortis Hospitals in Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi have a longstanding partnership with Harvard University and attracts some of the subcontinent’s finest physicians. Its specialties lie in the fields of cardiology, orthopedics, neurosurgery, and oncology. It’s also internationally renowned for its Hip Resurfacing Clinic and draws hundreds of patients from as far as the US and Europe every year.
Fortis Hospital Mumbai, Mulund Goregaon Link Road Mumbai, India, +91 22 6799 4185, www.fortishealthcare.com
Book a couple of weeks in advance before jetting with your wee ones in tow to KL’s preeminent medical center. Here, you can get an entire body check up for a fraction of the cost. The top-to-toe examination includes a blood test, ultrasound, eye exam, bone density analysis, as well as gyno for ladies and prostate exams for gents - to name just a few services. What’s more, they provide a lounge for international patients with a concierge while you wait.
Prince Court Medical Centre, 39 Jln. Kia Peng, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, +603 2160 1000, www.princecourt.com
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