Malaysia is a little country south of China and the Gulf of Thailand. It shares a border with Thailand and Singapore and maritime borders with Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Brunei.
Malaysia is mountainous, has dense jungles, and has beautiful sandy white beaches. In fact, it’s considered one of the 17 megadiverse countries in the world, meaning it has a ton of plant and animal life. So if you’re into outdoor adventures, Malaysia is your country.
And if you’re a foodie, you’ll love it. It’s a mix of Asian and Western cuisines, resulting in a unique blend that can only belong to Malaysian food.
Obviously, in any tourist country, there is a rare chance of being in danger. However, in 2017, Malaysia welcomed about 900,000 dental (and medical) tourists from about 160 countries. And the main purpose the Ministry of Tourism and Culture is to make tourists feel welcome, entertained, and (most importantly) safe.
If you are going to do dental tourism in Malaysia, here are the best cities to do so:
- Kuala Lumpur
- Melaka City
- Pulau Pinang
- Bandar Sunway
Best Malaysian Dental Offices
When looking for a dentist in Malaysia, you’ll want to make sure you get one of the best. After all, if you’re traveling the whole way to Malaysia, the dental care better be top-notch.
So here are the top 5 Malaysian dentists:
- Klinik Pergigian Dr. Matthew Hong
- Procare Bangsar Dental Surgery
- Imperial Dental Specialist Centre
- Alpha Dental Clinic
- Lim Dental Surgery
Why Get Dental Treatment in Malaysia?
Out of all the places you could vacation while getting dental care, why Malaysia? What makes it unique from all of the other options?
The big win is the low cost of dental care in Malaysia. It’s one of the five most popular places for dental tourism in the world. One reason it’s so often used for dental vacations is that they offer top-of-the-line technology and can do specialty surgeries, like gum surgery and tooth re-shaping.
You can actually save up to 80% on dental care by going to Malaysia instead of the U.S. Here are some examples of the average care costs in Malaysia compared to prices in the States:
- Full crown: about $500 (about $1,400 in the U.S.)
- Root canal: up to $500 (about $1,400 in the U.S.)
- Dental implant: $1,900 (up to $3,000 in the U.S.)
Another big reason dental tourists love Malaysia is because of the high-quality care. In fact, it has been ranked as the No. 1 place for medical travel for the past three years.
Those looking to be a licensed dentist in Malaysia must complete a five-year dental program and then extra years of training after school if they want to be a specialist. Every dentist who wants to practice in this country must receive registration from The Malaysian Dental Council each year.
Language And Communication
Malaysia was once a part of the British Empire, taking back its independence in 1957. But because of that, the English language is still very common in the country, despite Malay being the official language. Learning English is actually required in schools, and it’s the main language people speak in businesses — included dental offices.
How To Plan Dental Vacation in Malaysia?
Believe it or not, there are bad times to visit Malaysia for dental care, and there are also visa rules that you should know about. So it’s good to plan out your stay well in advance.
When Is The Best Time To Visit Malaysia?
As with any tourist country, there are peak times and slower times. Theoretically, you’ll have a better time and spend less during the slower periods.
The two biggest tourist peaks are December in January when people in the U.S. go on vacation during the holiday season. The second peak happens between June and August when people travel abroad during summer break.
So any other time during the year, you may be able to find cheaper hotel prices, flights, car rentals, and even dental services.
Visa Policy in Malaysia
You might think you need a visa to travel abroad, but that’s not true. You can actually travel to Malaysia for up to 90 days without a visa, as long as you’re a resident of the U.S. (as well as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or the UK).
Choose Tourist Attractions
Let’s not forget about the “tourism” part of the phrase “dental tourism.” You’re not just traveling to get cheaper dental care — you’re there to have fun.So you have to know some of the bests spots to hit up while you’re in Malaysia.
The Mulu Caves is one of the most visited tourist attractions. Located in Gunung Mulu National Park in Malaysian Borneo, these caves are in the setting of the rainforest and are host to the largest cave chamber in the world, the Sarawak chamber. They say it could fit 40 Boeing 747s within it and without the wings overlapping each other.
Another great place to visit is the Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation where you can see orangutans that are trained to survive in the wild and then released once they’re ready. There are about 80 orangutans live freely in the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve.
And then of course, you can visit the downtown area of whatever city where you’ll be getting dental care. Seeing new cities is always an interesting adventure.
Travel & Accommodation
Traveling to Malaysia will probably go through Kuala Lumpur International Airport as that’s where most international flights come in. But there is a Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 about 12-13 miles away that brings in some cheaper flights (you’d just have to take transportation to the main airport).
When it comes to traveling around Malaysia, there are plenty of ways to get around. If you don’t rent a car, you can use public transportation, like a taxi, bus, train, and even by plane if you’re going across the country.
What Can You Expect Visiting Malaysia?
You can expect to hear a lot of English, have a great time, and get low-cost quality dental care. But there are some concerns to be aware of.
As we mentioned earlier, crime is not much more than cities in the U.S, but common offenses include pick-pocketing and purse stealings. If you travel as you would any U.S. city — avoiding deserted areas, with your wallet in your front pocket and your purse in front of you — you’ll be fine.
You should also know that Scratch-And-Win scams are common in Malaysia. Don’t ever give someone an advance payment for something they’ve said you won. Also, only use your credit card in reputable businesses.
If you are someone who travels with medicines, you should get a doctor’s note before you leave and keep it with you at all times. Malaysia has very strict anti-narcotic laws, so you’ll need proof that you have a prescription from a doctor.