Chiang Mai Hospitals
Chiang Mai is promoting itself as a medical tourism destination and with the abundance of excellent hospitals, it’s easy to see why they chose Chiang Mai. There is one major teaching hospital that, while it can be crowded, has an array of highly skilled doctors along with private and government hospitals with highly trained personnel.
Most doctors in Chiang Mai will have a high degree of English skills and many also studied overseas. The nurses are always charming and friendly and the care received at most hospitals is still top class but at a fraction of the cost. Elective surgery is the usual form of medical tourism since recuperating in Thailand can be so pleasant, but for residents in Chiang Mai, the hospitals can generally provide most of the same services as hospitals in Bangkok although, of course there will be a few limitations.
Most major hospitals also offer excellent outpatient services as well as baby delivery, oncology, cardiac units and of course cosmetic surgery.
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital
Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital, also known as Suan Dok, is the teaching hospital of Chiang Mai and is part of Chiang Mai University. It is also a public government hospital so can be quite crowded but many of the doctors with private clinics do their inpatient work here. The Sripat Building is part of this huge hospital complex and treats patients with more severe issues. Sripat also does full service medical checkups. Their emergency room is the first place most people will go for immediate treatment as the doctors are generally first class.
Address: Suthep Road, T Suthep, A Muang, Chiang Mai 50100.
Tel: 053 222-285
Chiang Mai Ram
Located right next to Maharaj Nakorn Hospital, Chiang Mai Ram is Chiang Mai’s largest private hospital and is part of the Ramkhamhaeng Group of Hospitals. The hospital has many world class doctors and offers everything from dermatology, cosmetic surgery, lasik, and of course cardiac, dental and obstetric care, fertility, knee and hip replacements and health checkups. In fact, an all service hospital with private rooms at reasonable prices compared to the West.
Address: Boongleungrit Road,
Tel: 053- 224-851, 895-001
Located on the Superhighway, Lanna Hospital is a smaller hospital but is also affiliated with Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Medicine so many excellent doctors practice here but in far less crowded conditions than the main teaching hospital. The 180 bed hospital has 24 full- and 11 part-time doctors specializing in a variety of areas offering a range of services from both inpatient and outpatient including health checkups.
Address: 1 Sukkasem Road,Nakhon Ping, Chiang Mai 50300.
Tel: 053- 357-234-53.
Is under the directorship of the Church of Christ and has many western trained doctors. As a full service hospital they have prenatal and postnatal care, cardiac care, dental, radiology, neurosurgery and general surgery, breast cancer checkups as well as full health care check up packages. They also offer acupuncture in their clinic.
There are many other smaller hospitals around Chiang Mai including Chang Phuak Hospital, Rajajev Hospital, Klaimor Hospital and specialist hospitals Chiang Mai Neurological Hospital and St. Peter’s Eye Hospital.
Check up packages
Most of the hospitals will offer check up packages that can vary from basic to cardiac stress tests, ultrasounds, blood, urine and stool samples, xrays and mammograms. Prices are quite reasonable compared to what these tests would cost back home and it is very easy to schedule a morning or afternoon off to get things checked out during a holiday. Generally, they ask you to fast from the night before for blood samples so be sure to call and check requirements when making your appointment. Some clinics will also offer checkup packages including Loi Kroh Clinic, but they may not offer the full service package that includes ultrasounds and x-rays.
Plastic or cosmetic surgery
The major hospitals such as Ram and Lanna offer cosmetic surgery (except for McCormick) but there are also a few clinics that offer minor cosmetic procedures. It is best to do research on the clinic and the doctor before setting forth on any procedure.
Feung Fah Clinic
Is the most well known cosmetic surgery clinic in Chiang Mai and Dr. Witoon Wisuthseriwong is a highly experienced, board certified plastic surgeon.
Address: 1, Sriwichai Road, Tambon Suthep, Chiang Mai 50200.
Tel: 053 216 439.