Being on the road can make taking care of business tough (think: paying bills, sending birthday cards, keeping up with Britney’s latest hairstyle). But sometimes we arrive in a place where mundane stuff is made easy, such getting my annual check-up in Bangkok.
I walked into this shiny, white hospital and asked to make an appointment with a gyn (excuse the personal info). The nurses told me I could see a specialist in just half an hour, so I kicked back in the cushy waiting room chairs while a staffer served me complimentary fruit and water. Beautiful flower arrangements and live piano music drifting up from the lobby below made it feel more like a spa than a medical facility. It’s no surprise that medical tourism is booming in Bangkok: Besides hiring M.D.s recognized by accredited American health organizations, patients can get rock-bottom prices for quality care. Case in point: Treatments such as IVF start around $4,300 compared to the $10,000 they typically cost in the States. You save money even when accounting for the cost of a plane ticket, then can take a detour to the beach.