Vietnam is in Southeast Asia, bordering China to the north and Cambodia to the south. It’s a beautiful country with remnants of its history. It was once ruled by the Chinese in the ancient world, and you can still see that in the unique architecture of some of the cities in the north. There’s also a heavy influence of the French in the coffee shops that are all over Vietnam cities.
This country has a cuisine like no other — it’s one of the yummiest and healthiest in the world. You may be able to get imitation Vietnam food in the States, but nothing is like the real thing.
And when it comes to getting the best dental care, most of the great dental clinics are in Ho Chi Minh City and the city of Hanoi.
Best Vietnamese Dental Offices
When looking for a dentist in Vietnam, you’ll want to make sure you get one of the best. After all, if you’re traveling the whole way to Vietnam, the dental care better be top-notch.
So here are the top 5 Vietnamese dentists:
- Rose Dental Clinic
- Serenity International Dental Clinic
- Australian Dental Clinic
- Elite Dental Vietnam
- Vinh An Dental Clinic
Why Get Dental Treatment in Vietnam?
So why go all the way to Southeast Asia for dental care? It’s a legitimate question — one that we’ll answer below.
The cost of dental care in Vietnam is some of the lowest you’ll find when looking into dental tourism. Here are some of the average costs:
- Dental crown: starting as low as $160 (about $1,400 in the U.S.)
- Root canal: about $280 (about $1,400 in the U.S.)
- Dental implant: about $1,300 (up to $3,000 in the U.S.)
What you’ll find more and more in Vietnam are dentists who partner with or are certified by familiar names to Westerners, like the American Dental Association, the International Standards Organization, the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the Joint Commission International.
Nowadays, the good dental clinics in Vietnam have all the modern technology needed to complete most dental procedures, and they often import materials from the same places that U.S. dentists use. And Vietnamese clinics have the very skilled personnel to work that equipment, all leading to a visit that may seem like one you’d have in the U.S.
Language And Communication
Almost certainly, your Vietnamese dentists will speak English. Most people in the country speak Vietnamese (obviously), but many also speak English as it is now being taught in schools. And if there are dentists who normally get English tourist clients, they will most likely be able to clearly communicate with you.
How To Plan Dental Vacation in Vietnam?
When planning a dental vacation to Vietnam, where do you even start? Let’s take a look!
When Is The Best Time To Visit Vietnam?
The coolest temperatures happen between February and May and then again from August through November. Although those are the best times in terms of weather, those are also the busiest tourism times, so you’ll need to book your travel and lodging well before then.
During these times, there are plenty of festivals, cultural events, and other fun things. So there will be no lack of options for things to do.
If you don’t mind the heat, you can book your dentist appointment during the summer when there are fewer tourists. You may also be able to find cheaper plane tickets and hotel rooms.
Visa Policy in Vietnam
Before you visit Vietnam, you will need to get a travel visa as well as a valid passport (must be valid for six months past your entry date).
For those in the U.S., you can apply for a visa through the U.S. Embassy’s website.
Choose Tourist Attractions
If you like going to the typical tourist attractions, Vietnam has plenty of them. The most popular destination is Ha Long Bay, which is host to thousands of amazing limestone isles and karsts that protrude out of the water. Another attraction is Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, which has some pretty cool caves and rock formations.
Here are some other things to see:
- The Hue Complex of Monuments: ruins from Vietnam’s first capital city
- The Ancient Town of Hoi An: a beautiful seaside town with architecture from the Chinese, French, and Japanese
- My Son Sanctuary: ruins from the ancient Champa people
- The Imperial Citadel of Thang Long: a site with relics, ancient palaces and roads from 6 B.C.
- The Citadel of the Ho Dynasty: a 14th-century piece of architecture from Neo-Confucianism
Travel And Accommodation
If and when you fly in, you’ll get in at one of two major international airports: Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. This is convenient because that’s where most of the good dental clinics are located.
When it comes to getting around the city, there are some unique modes of transportation.
You can use a cyclo, which is a person on a bike pulling a little carriage, usually big enough for two people. Cyclo drivers are usually at or near hotels and places where there’s a lot of foot traffic.
Another way to get around is by Xe Om, which is a motorbike-taxi thing. If you don’t have luggage, this can be a good option. For both Xe Om and cyclo taxis, you’ll negotiate a price, which you do before you get on the vehicle.
And then there’s a regular taxi or a public bus.
What Can You Expect Visiting Vietnam?
Vietnam is known as a safe country for foreigners to travel to, and violent crime is very rare. But, as with any tourist town, keep alert for pick-pocketers and scam artists.
Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi are pretty crazy in terms of traffic of all kinds — pedestrians, cars, bikes, buses, motorcycles. So be careful crossing the streets.
Also, the tap water there has a lot of chlorine in it, so you should only drink bottled water whenever possible. And any fruit or vegetables you get, you should thoroughly wash, peel, and cook. Sunscreen is another small thing that can make a big difference in your stay.