Medical Care in Thailand

Medical care in Thailand is one of the world’s greatest bargains. Your can get first class medical care for a fraction of what you pay at home. Thai doctors and nurses are world class and really know how to care for your medical needs. Here’s a tip: Foreigners treated at government hospitals may pay more […]

Health Insurance in Thailand

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What’s the Scoop on Health Insurance in Thailand? The US Embassy Bangkok has issued an advisory: Thailand remains one of the most popular retirement destinations in the world. Great culture; great food; great people. And as US citizens age, Thailand also offers access to excellent health care, provided at world-class private hospitals by internationally trained doctors. But […]

Buying Cheap Meds In Thailand 16 Tips

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Want 16 Tips for Buying Cheap Meds In Thailand? First, let’s talk about Importing Personal meds into Thailand: Several months ago I had some medical items sent from my home country. They were held up at customs. On my first visit to the airport customs office I learned that unless I got a note from my doctor, the […]

Owning, Insuring Cars in Thailand

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What Are the Advantages of Owning, Insuring Cars in Thailand? If the cost of owning , insuring cars in Thailand seems steep, then consider a scooter. The cost of a good scooter ($1500) and operating it in Thailand is laughable: the 5,000K service at the dealer costs $7! My scooter days were generally great fun, but much less […]

Snakes in Thailand

Snakes in Thailand: Dangerous and Timid Vern Lovic, Thailand’s snake expert, wrote me this explanation of his new book, Keep Snakes Out!: Probably no other animal that is frequently found in a home scares people as much as snakes! Here in Thailand, we have a serious snake problem. Recently my friend confronted a king cobra climbing his front door. […]

Soi Dogs in Thailand

I know about twenty Soi dogs in Thailand (so named because they hang out in alleys, or sois). They’re not well cared for  and, if this story moves you, sign the petition to improve their lives. If you’re in Chiang Mai you can volunteer or adopt a dog from Care for Dogs. They do heroic work […]

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai

Yoga in Chiang Mai has a long history. When I moved to Chiang Mai I was delighted to find a hotbed of yoga teachers and students from around the world. I’d taken classes with maybe 100 yoga teachers over 45 years and had come to appreciate the difference a good teacher makes to each class, […]

Alzheimers Care in Thailand

What’s the Truth about Alzheimer’s  Care in Thailand? I recently asked Nancy Lindley, who has guided several families through the process of obtaining intensive care for their Alzheimer’s relatives here. This was her response: I have walked several expats here through the process of terminal care for an elder in Thailand. Be warned that this […]

Meditation In Thailand

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Meditation In Thailand Today Meditation in Thailand is an important part of life. Businessmen take regular meditation breaks at one of thousands of war or temples in Thailand. This is Keith Allen’s story of his meditation boot camp at one of northern Thailand’s most prominent temples: A ten-day Vipassana retreat in Pitsanulok I just returned from […]

Alzheimers Assisted Living in Thailand

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Alzheimers Assisted Living in Thailand Alzheimers assisted living in Thailand is comparable to what can provide at home and more affordable than a $12,000/month Swiss special care facility, according to one of our clients. A Swiss gentleman, responsible for his afflicted father, approached us requesting a custom workshop designed to find an Alzheimer’s special care facility in […]

Bringing Controlled Pharmaceutical Drugs into Thailand

If you’re bringing Controlled Pharmaceutical Drugs into Thailand, or or need to fill a prescription for some, then read this post and follow the instructions below very, very carefully. If you do not, you will go to jail and stay there for a considerable time. “The traveler is allowed to carry for his personal treatment medications which […]

Volunteer in Chiang Mai

If you have the urge to volunteer in Chiang Mai, here’s a complete guide to Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand and Burmese opportunities. But before you do, a few words of advice: To enter Thailand with the purpose of doing volunteer work you must have a Non-Immigrant O Visa. Here’s what you’ll need to apply at […]

Cataract Surgery in Thailand

I’d had years of great service from my ophthalmologist in California so, when I was considering cataract surgery in Thailand I went to see him when I was back in the Bay Area last Fall. But he quoted me $7,000 for both eyes. I thought this a bit rich for 20 minute outpatient procedures. So last week […]

Bike Lanes in Chiang Mai

Bike Lanes in Chiang Mai Both locals and visitors have shown increasing willingness to tour Chiang Mai’s level, well paved streets under their own power. Now Chiang Mai province has announced that it will spend 40 million baht ($1+ million) for four bike lanes across the city to cater for our cycling boom. Chiang Mai […]

Moving to Thailand from Australia

Tips for Australians Moving to Thailand David writes: “If you have bank a/c or Govt. approved retirement fund in Australia with a surrender value of at least Bt 800,000 in $A you can get a retirement visa  at the Thai Embassy in Canberra. I have had a Thai Retirement Visa issued in Aus and have never […]