Why are less people traveling to Thailand for surgery?

Though this might not be the case for every agency, but here at Somnio we are starting to see more and more clients are choosing to have surgery here in Australia rather than Thailand.

So what could be the reason for the change?


The Price

Over the last year or two we have seen both our hospitals in Phuket and Bangkok go through price rises, and although these prices are still cheaper than Australia, once we add on flights and accommodation for Thailand….. then that price gap ends up being a lot smaller.

For a Breast Augmentation in Phuket the estimated cost is $4600 AUD, add on return flights and accommodation for a week and you’re looking at at least $6000 AUD. Not to mention adding on additional travel expenses and more if you want to take a travel buddy.

Now when compared to our Plastic Surgeon on the Gold Coast offering Breast Augmentations for $6840 AUD, that’s not much difference, or if you are traveling in Thailand peak season, could even work out cheaper to stay in Australia.

In saying that, when it comes to larger, multiple procedures such as Tummy Tucks, Arms Lifts, Face Lifts etc. that the price for Thailand is still coming in significantly cheaper.


The Exchange Rate

Over the last few months we are seeing that the THB exchange rate getting lower and lower. At the end of 2017 we were seeing it sit at its usually rate of 25 THB, but since then it has started to drop. As we write this the rate is currently 23.3 THB with some days that rate getting as low as 22.9 THB.

Now it might not seem like a huge jump in numbers but when you are transferring a large sum for your procedure that exchange rate can make a big different.

For example 250,000 THB at a rate of 25THB is $10,000 AUD, but if you were paying that amount today at a rate of 23.3THB that would cost you $10,730 AUD.


The Time

For procedures that are more than a Breast Augmentation, such as Breast Lifts, Tummy Tucks and Facial procedures, you need to stay in Thailand for at least two weeks, and if you are having multiple procedures you may need to stay longer.

Now we don’t know about you but for a lot of our clients they have kids, run business, are studying at uni, and for them to take 2-3 weeks off to travel can be quite difficult. If you have your surgery in Australia, depending on the procedure, you might still need a week or two for recovery but you will still be able look after your kids and ease yourself back to work.


These are just some of the reasons we think our clients may be choosing to stay in Australia, and although we still haven many clients travelling to Thailand we are interested to see what the next year brings, as we predict that the numbers for Australia will continue to grow.

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