The Philippines sit in the South China Sea across the water from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand.
The Philippines is a popular dental tourism destination because you can save a lot of money on your dental treatment there. Plus, there are more than 7,000 islands in the Philippines for you to explore on the “vacation” part of your dental vacation.
The islands are made up of six groups, each offering a unique experience to the Filipino culture. Even the weather changes from place to place.
Before the Philippines gained independence from the United States in 1946, they were under Spanish rule for about 350 years. Before that, the Filipino settlers peacefully immigrated from China, and elsewhere almost 5,000 years before any Spaniard showed up (in the 1500s).
Because of this history with Spain, there’s plenty of Catholicism, Spanish architecture, and town-wide fiestas.
Best Filipino Dental Offices
When looking for a dentist in Philippines, you’ll want to make sure you get one of the best. After all, if you’re traveling the whole way to Philippines, the dental care better be top-notch.
So here are the top 5 Filipino dentists:
- Sacred Heart Dental Clinic
- Lim Dental Center
- Bonifacio Dental Center
- Smile More Dental Clinic
- Metro Dental
Why Get Dental Treatment in the Philippines?
Over the past couple of decades, the dental care in the Philippines has gotten much better. For example, because Filipino dentists have access to in-house dental labs, treatment times are fast, often faster than in the U.S.
You can find some of the world’s most affordable dental care in the Philippines. You can usually save up to 80%.
Here’s a quick price comparison of some common procedures:
- Full dental crown: about $250 (about $1,400 in the U.S.)
- Root canal: $500-600 ((about $1,400 in the U.S.)
- Dental implant: about $2,400 (up to $3,000 in the U.S.)
The quality of dental care is superb. Over recent years, more and more dental professionals have been training in other parts of the world that have better dental care. Dental tourism is not a new thing for the Philippines, but it is growing.
Language And Communication
If you don’t know any language besides English, you have nothing to worry about visiting the Philippines — most people speak English there. So when you get your dental treatment done, most likely you’ll be able to communicate clearly with most of the staff there.
How To Plan Dental Vacation in the Philippines?
With all of th options for dentists, vacation spots, and weather, how do you even go about planning a trip to the Philippines?
When Is The Best Time To Visit Philippines?
It depends on what type of weather you’re okay with. In the West, it will be wet from June to November and dry rest of the year. The Northeast is wet from December to March. And then the rest of the country is typically dry and hot in April and May.
Besides the weather, you’ll want to avoid traveling to the Philippines during the holidays, like Christmas, or when festivals are happening there.
Visa Policy in the Philippines
As long as you stay less than 22 days in the Philippines, you won’t need a visa (for most countries). You get a 21-day visa when you enter the country, and you will probably have to show proof that you’ll be leaving (like a plane ticket).
You can stay for up to 12 months, but you’ll need to apply for approval before you go.
Choose Tourist Attractions
If you’re going to the Philippines, you should be someone who loves being around and in water. You can hit up the beaches, go snorkeling, surf the waves, kayak, or hop around the Visavayas islands.
But if you’d rather stay on land, you can hike a volcano or trek through the rainforests. There’s plenty of wildlife that you won’t see anywhere else.
Travel And Accommodation
As a group of islands, there are two ways to get to the Philippines: by air or by sea. Most people (including those from the States) will be flying into the Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport or the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.
If, by chance, you’re someone looking to travel by sea, the governments of the U.S., U.K., and Australia have warned against it because of the potential danger. The only way to get there by sea is to Mindanao, and traveling to that part of the country is unsafe as there have been reports of terrorist activity and kidnapping.
When it comes to traveling around the Philippines, there are some unique methods of transportation. You can go by tricycle (a motorbike with a sidecar), which is the cheapest way to get around.
Another intersting way to travel is by jeepney, a modified jeep from World War II. These are definitely the most popular way to travel. You can hail a jeepney the same way you’d hail a taxi in the States.
And then, of course, you can go by taxi or bus. You can also get a rental car if you’d rather be more independent.
What Can You Expect Visiting Philippines?
The Filipino people are some of the most friendly, welcoming, and warm people you’ll meet. But you should be aware that some people are overly nice in order to rob or scam you.
Prostitution is illegal there, but it’s definitely happening out in the open in places like Angeles City, Olongapo, and Manila. In these cities, you’ll run into things that you’d normally see in cities — lots of people, traffic, and noise.
This is why some of the natural destinations may be more preferable.