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Non touristy lifestyle available to retirees in Chiangmai, Thailand
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They say "Thailand is a place where anything is possible, especially for non-Thais".  

Thailand is a place recommended by many corporate executive retirees who became accustomed to the culture and never left.  It's also a favorite of many teachers who worked abroad.  

We show here, a picture of Chiangmai, a large city in northern Thailand and the most culturally significant in the region.  Watch this Youtube video showing a glimpse into the lifestyle available to retirees. 

Chaingmai is full day's drive from Bangkok, the city most westerners identify with Thailand.  

Health Care Summary

Health care in Thailand - Baby Boomers in Thailand

Traveling4Health interviewed American corporate expat, Cynthia Crowder, about her experience with health care living in Thailand.

Your healthcare experience in Thailand “is just absolutely convenient and inexpensive,” says American expat Cynthia Crowder, “the doctors even work on Sunday.”

And although Crowder has medical insurance through her husband’s U.S. employer, healthcare in Thailand so inexpensive they rarely bother with the paperwork and just pay out of pocket.

Crowder says walking into Bumrungrad Hospital is “like walking into a five-star resort. There’s Au Bon Pain, Starbucks; it’s absolutely gorgeous.” And there’s no long wait to see a doctor. Usually you can go in the same day you call for an appointment.

“If you go to Bumrungrad for a doctor appointment you may have to wait 15-20 minutes, but you won’t have to wait much longer than that,” said Crowder, “They get you in, they take care of you, you pay your bill, they give you the drugs right there, and you’re on your way.”

“I’m taking my daughter to a specialist today for a sinus infection, ” said Crowder, “She’ll go in and maybe have an X-ray done of her sinuses, and then a scope, and then she’ll probably get an antibiotic, and we’ll walk out of there for less than $100.”

Crowder said people who have been in Thailand for a long time often go to Samitivej Hospital instead of Bumrungrad, “just because maybe the prices are a little bit higher and there are so many people who are coming in to Bumrungrad from around the world, said Crowder, “It’s kind of a ‘tourist’ hospital.

“The tourists come in and stay at resorts and have all kinds of things done,” said Crowder, “You see a lot of Middle Eastern people at Bumrungrad. So in that way it may be a little busy and hectic, but nothing compared to how hectic hospitals are in America.”

You can listen to the live interview here.

Activities
  • Activities in Thailand
    • Adrenaline Sports
    • Airport
    • Amusement parks
    • Architecture
    • Art and Museums
    • Art Galleries
    • Arts and Entertainment
    • Birding
    • Boating
    • Church or Faith-Based Activities
    • Cinemas
    • Coffee / Tea Houses
    • Cultural Experiences
    • Deep-Sea Fishing
    • Fishing
    • Gaming
    • Golf
    • International Airport
    • Mall and Superstores
    • Nightlife
    • Organized Family Activities
    • Outdoor Activities
    • Plays and Cultural Events
    • Private Airport
    • Pubs and Bars
    • Sailing
    • Scuba and Snorkeling
    • Sightseeing
    • Spas and Resorts
    • Swimming and Beaches
    • Whale Watching
    • Wineries and Microbrewers
    • Ziplining
    • Zoo
Amentities
  • Amentities in Thailand
    • Good Bookstores
    • Good Internet Access
    • Good Restaurants
    • Lively Arts Calendar
    • Outdoor Recreation Assets
    • Tourist Shops
Community Types
  • Community Types in Thailand
    • Agricultural Community
    • Beach Town
    • Canal Front Setting
    • Condos and Fractional Ownership Setting
    • Cosmopolitan City
    • Cottage, Villa or Cabin Setting
    • Farming Community
    • Fishing Village
    • Island Community
    • Mountain Town
    • Plantation Setting
    • Rural Setting
    • Seaside Town
    • Senior Community
    • Small Town
    • Suburban Setting
    • Tourist Town
    • University Town
    • Urban Setting
    • Vineyard Setting
Supportive Lifestyle Services
  • Supportive Lifestyle Services in Thailand
    • Adult Day Care
    • Adult Foster Care
    • Assisted Living
    • Companion Care
    • Continuing Care
    • Dementia Care
    • Elder Care
    • Home Health Care
    • Hospice
    • Independent Living
    • Long-Term Care
    • Nursing Home
    • Senior Care
    • Senior Center
    • Senior Community
    • Senior Living
    • Skilled Nursing Care
American-Friendly Retirement Destinations
  • American-Friendly Retirement Destinations in Thailand
    • Expat Enclaves
Medical Services Catering to North Americans
  • Medical Services Catering to North Americans in Thailand
    • Alternative Therapy
    • Cosmetic Surgery
    • Dental / Light Elective / Wellness
    • Diagnostic Services / Executive Physicals
    • Major surgery
    • Minor Needed Surgery
Langages Spoken
  • Langages Spoken in Thailand
    • English
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • Malay
    • Thai
    • Lao
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Entrance to Bumrungrad Hosptial, the most famous medical tourism hospital in Thailand.
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Medical Tourism Summary

Medical Tourism Report on Thailand

According to Deloitte Center for Health Solutions 2008 report Medical Tourism – Consumers In Search of Value 1.2 million medical tourists visited Thailand in 2006 at an avg. 30% cost of U.S.  Bumrungrad is the largest private hospital in Southeast Asia, with 554 beds and over 30 specialty centers. Recently, it made medical tourism its focus • International patients: 400,000 • Patients treated: 1,000,000

As of 2011, there are 14 JCI accredited hospitals in Thailand; two in Chonburi, one in Phuket, one in Chiangmai, and the rest are in Bangkok, the center of medical tourism in Thailand.

Health Summary

Health care in Thailand - Baby Boomers in Thailand

Traveling4Health interviewed American corporate expat, Cynthia Crowder, about her experience with health care living in Thailand.

Your healthcare experience in Thailand “is just absolutely convenient and inexpensive,” says American expat Cynthia Crowder, “the doctors even work on Sunday.”

And although Crowder has medical insurance through her husband’s U.S. employer, healthcare in Thailand so inexpensive they rarely bother with the paperwork and just pay out of pocket.

Crowder says walking into Bumrungrad Hospital is “like walking into a five-star resort. There’s Au Bon Pain, Starbucks; it’s absolutely gorgeous.” And there’s no long wait to see a doctor. Usually you can go in the same day you call for an appointment.

“If you go to Bumrungrad for a doctor appointment you may have to wait 15-20 minutes, but you won’t have to wait much longer than that,” said Crowder, “They get you in, they take care of you, you pay your bill, they give you the drugs right there, and you’re on your way.”

“I’m taking my daughter to a specialist today for a sinus infection, ” said Crowder, “She’ll go in and maybe have an X-ray done of her sinuses, and then a scope, and then she’ll probably get an antibiotic, and we’ll walk out of there for less than $100.”

Crowder said people who have been in Thailand for a long time often go to Samitivej Hospital instead of Bumrungrad, “just because maybe the prices are a little bit higher and there are so many people who are coming in to Bumrungrad from around the world, said Crowder, “It’s kind of a ‘tourist’ hospital.

“The tourists come in and stay at resorts and have all kinds of things done,” said Crowder, “You see a lot of Middle Eastern people at Bumrungrad. So in that way it may be a little busy and hectic, but nothing compared to how hectic hospitals are in America.”

You can listen to the live interview here.

Activities
  • Activities in Thailand
    • Adrenaline Sports
    • Airport
    • Amusement parks
    • Architecture
    • Art and Museums
    • Art Galleries
    • Arts and Entertainment
    • Birding
    • Boating
    • Church or Faith-Based Activities
    • Cinemas
    • Coffee / Tea Houses
    • Cultural Experiences
    • Deep-Sea Fishing
    • Fishing
    • Gaming
    • Golf
    • International Airport
    • Mall and Superstores
    • Nightlife
    • Organized Family Activities
    • Outdoor Activities
    • Plays and Cultural Events
    • Private Airport
    • Pubs and Bars
    • Sailing
    • Scuba and Snorkeling
    • Sightseeing
    • Spas and Resorts
    • Swimming and Beaches
    • Whale Watching
    • Wineries and Microbrewers
    • Ziplining
    • Zoo
Amentities
  • Amentities in Thailand
    • Good Bookstores
    • Good Internet Access
    • Good Restaurants
    • Lively Arts Calendar
    • Outdoor Recreation Assets
    • Tourist Shops
American-Friendly Retirement Destinations
  • American-Friendly Retirement Destinations in Thailand
    • Expat Enclaves
Medical Services Catering to North Americans
  • Medical Services Catering to North Americans in Thailand
    • Alternative Therapy
    • Cosmetic Surgery
    • Dental / Light Elective / Wellness
    • Diagnostic Services / Executive Physicals
    • Major surgery
    • Minor Needed Surgery
Langages Spoken
  • Langages Spoken in Thailand
    • English
    • Mandarin Chinese
    • Malay
    • Thai
    • Lao
Reviews

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