ThinkstockChiang Mai is a historic city located along the Ping River, nestled within some of Thailand's tallest mountains, which are dotted with Buddhist temples. The city hosts several festivals, including Loi Krathong, where residents launch decorative lanterns whose heat sends them skyward, and the Flower Festival, which takes place when the city's tropical flowers are in full bloom.
Chiang Mai bustles with unique cafes and markets but quiets down once you step outside the city center. It's an extremely affordable place to live, with monthly expenses clocking in at under $1,000 a month. Large homes in gated communities in this city cost a fraction of their American counterparts. Many retirees live here; you can see an English-speaking doctor in Chiang Mai for as little as $20. The Chiang Mai Expats Club, with 650 members, is one of the best ways to become acquainted with the city and tap the knowledge of retirees already living in the area.
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Hospitals in Chiang Mai and health care doctors
Hospitals in Chiang Mai are very good for a provincial city, with international private hospitals, competent government hospitals, and speciality clinics. In fact, healthcare is surprisingly good in urban Thailand and is quite affordable, to boot.
The best private hospital in town is Chiang Mai Ram I, while Maharaj Hospital is one of the top government hospitals. At these Chiang Mai hospitals the facilities and healthcare is reckoned, by expats, to be on a par with, or even sometimes better than, what they receive at home.
Whether you are tourist with an outpatient need – a rented motorcycle exhaust burn perhaps – or an expat resident or retiree needing hospitalisation, you’ll find the facilities top-notch and service first class, and even the very best services are affordable. Staff are professional and most speak decent English and these hospitals now also cater to a growing demand for medical tourism services, such as cosmetic surgery, heart operations and dental work.
Healthcare in Chiang Mai
Medical care in Chiang Mai is second only to the capital, Bangkok, with several excellent private hospitals and cheap prices. Many have English-speaking staff, up-to-date facilities and all kinds of services and procedures available for visitors.
In Chiang Mai healthcare treatment ranges from heart bypasses to dental surgery and ear, nose, and throat procedures. Affordable check-up plans are also available in Chiang Mai hospitals, along with excellent maternity and tailored health packages.
Doctors in Chiang Mai
Many of the top doctors in Chiang Mai have learned their profession in Western countries and are among the most competent in the region. Chiang Mai’s best hospitals have websites where you can check out a doctor’s credentials online, so you can choose the one you prefer before making an appointment. All speak English and many are very experienced specialists and surgeons.
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Chiang Mai Ram 1 Hospital: This award-winning hospital is the best in town and has excellent services, doctors, facilities and location. The rooms are three-star hotel standard, while staff all speak some English. Prices here are higher than elsewhere in Chiang Mai, yet much lower than similar quality hospitals in Bangkok or in developed countries. 8 Boonruangrit Road, Suthep Road, Chiang Mai, tel: (053) 920 300, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lanna Hospital: One of the cheaper private hospitals in Chiang Mai, with 180 beds and 24 full-time doctors. The obstetrics and gynaecology services are particularly good here and most doctors speak English. 1 Sukkasem Rd., Tambon Patan, Chiang Mai, tel: (053) 999 777, fax: (053) 999-798, email: email@example.com.
Rajavej Hospital: This medium-priced Chiang Mai hospital can also cater for foreigners. It is located opposite the four-star Holiday Inn Hotel on the Ping River and is good for check-ups, skincare, general surgery and cancer treatments. 316/1 Chiang Mai/Lamphun Road, Nong Hoi Road, Chiang Mai, tel: (053) 801 999, fax: (053) 801 440, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
McCormick Hospital: A popular hospital in Chiang Mai with a Christian-ethos and highly-skilled, English-speaking doctors. McCormick has outpatient clinics and an inpatient ward able to deal with skin disorders, eye problems, and offering breast cancer checkups and Thai massage. 133 Kaew Nawarat Road, tel: (053) 921 777, fax: (053) 921 734, email: email@example.com.
Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital: Treats a range of brain-related issues in its eight-storey wing and also specialises in treating stroke victims. 130 Suthep Road, tel: (053) 920 200.
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