Vietnam, Cambodia to embark on medical tourism

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medical-tourismBoth Vietnam and Cambodia want to catch up in the fast-growing health tourism market in Southeast Asia and are seeking a share of the business that Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia are capitalising on. Cambodia believes it can succeed as an inbound medical travel destination by emulating neighbouring Thailand’s successful model of combining high-quality medical treatment with the amenities of a holiday destination, according to local reports.

In a first step, a “6-star” health and wellness resort, Akaryan Retreat, is set to open in 2014 at an investment of $21 million at Koh Krabeay, a private island off the Cambodian coast near Sihanoukville and funded by, AHMS Collection, a hotel development firm from Thailand.

Dental centers aim to offer cut-price dental services in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville with English-speaking staff and Western-trained dentists.

In Vietnam, hospitals and clinics are investing in high-tech equipment and services such as refractive laser surgery. Several eye hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City now seek health tourists. Other offers are organ transplants, laparoscopic surgeries, cardiovascular care and advanced obstetrics. Vietnamese cosmetic surgeons have launched a joint venture with their colleagues in Busan, South Korea to develop medical tourism, as well as with Taiwanese surgeons.

Treatments include skin whitening, laser toning and wrinkle smoothing as well as breast enlargement and similar services.

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Both Vietnam and Cambodia want to catch up in the fast-growing health tourism market in Southeast Asia and are seeking a share of the business that Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia are capitalising on. Cambodia believes it can succeed as an inbound medical travel destination by emulating neighbouring Thailand’s successful model of combining high-quality medical treatment with the amenities of a holiday destination, according to local reports.

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medical-tourismBoth Vietnam and Cambodia want to catch up in the fast-growing health tourism market in Southeast Asia and are seeking a share of the business that Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia are capitalising on. Cambodia believes it can succeed as an inbound medical travel destination by emulating neighbouring Thailand’s successful model of combining high-quality medical treatment with the amenities of a holiday destination, according to local reports.

In a first step, a “6-star” health and wellness resort, Akaryan Retreat, is set to open in 2014 at an investment of $21 million at Koh Krabeay, a private island off the Cambodian coast near Sihanoukville and funded by, AHMS Collection, a hotel development firm from Thailand.

Dental centers aim to offer cut-price dental services in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville with English-speaking staff and Western-trained dentists.

In Vietnam, hospitals and clinics are investing in high-tech equipment and services such as refractive laser surgery. Several eye hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City now seek health tourists. Other offers are organ transplants, laparoscopic surgeries, cardiovascular care and advanced obstetrics. Vietnamese cosmetic surgeons have launched a joint venture with their colleagues in Busan, South Korea to develop medical tourism, as well as with Taiwanese surgeons.

Treatments include skin whitening, laser toning and wrinkle smoothing as well as breast enlargement and similar services.

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