Today is our last day of lectures and company visits. Although I have enjoyed them all I am glad because it has been very tiring.
We start the day with a lecture at Asian University. The lecture topic was "Cross Cultural Behaviour". This was another interesting lecture, although it may have been better to hear this earlier on in the study tour. We were told all about Thai society and how polite they were, how outward appearance is very important, they love to be part of a group so love uniforms, Thai's avoid confrontation, th eir common goal is social harmony. This is very different from the presentation given by Hugh O'Connell on our first day.
In the afternoon we move on to the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital...more like a hotel.
This was a very interesting tour, we were given a very informative presentation where we were told that referrals weren't necessary in this hospital, in fact waiting wasn't necessary either, you could see a doctor within 10 minutes, they were just in their offices waiting for patients to knock on their doors!
They have 101 full time specialists and 30 full time dentists on staff. Most of the doctors are Thai as it is hard for foreign doctors to get a licence as the test is in Thai.
Some of the hospitals guests in 2007 were:
Nearly 70,000 Australians
For anyone who is interested....a breast enhancement will set you back 120,000 Thai Baht = A$4,026
This hotel was beautiful, I've never stayed in a hotel that is as fancy as this hotel, see pictures below:
Then on to our last visit, the Amari Hotel. This hotel was lovely, unfortunately we didn't learn too much on this visit though. Dr Vip has a share in the hotel which I think was the reason for our visit, unfortunately our presenter wasn't given the opportunity to give us too much information as Dr Vip wanted to talk.
Dr Vip then took us all to dinner at Henry J Bean's which was followed by a couple of hours of free time to explore Pattaya.