Looking for a reputable medical doctor or hospital in Chiang Mai? We can help!
We all enjoy a little adventure to spice up our lives now and then; just not when it comes to our medical care. Never are standards of practice more important to us than in how they relate to the medical services we or our loved one receives. The reputation of our doctors and their credentials are of utmost importance, especially when living or traveling abroad. Reduce your risk and find the best medical doctors in Chiang Mai with our directory of community-recommended physicians and practitioners.
Recommended doctors? According to whom?
We’ve curated a directory of the most frequently recommended medical doctors in Chiang Mai from International medical professionals (with permission) and embassies. We’ve cross-checked them with recommendations from the most popular community forums and from community members. We think we have a pretty good start, but we’d love to build on this directory and make it even better, so we’d love your feedback!
(Recommendations may be added from your contributions! New recommendations will be noted as such until confirmed by multiple trusted community members)
What, no waitlists?
If you’ve been blessed to live in Asia for any period of time, you are likely aware of some of the real benefits of medical care in Thailand. Imagine walking-in for services such as an MRI, in a first-class facility with first-class equipment. What, no waitlists?! (And if a specific doctor isn’t available that day, an appointment can often be scheduled for within a week or two at most. This is in stark contrast to what might potentially amount to months of waiting in a Western context). However, while Thailand is also able to boast some excellent doctors, it is prudent to keep in mind that top-notch equipment and facilities do not always equal top-notch care. We’ll say it again, reduce your risk, and go in prepared with a physician with credentials you can trust, and a proven track record!
Which hospital is best for you?
There are a surprising number of hospitals in Chiang Mai, but which is the best hospital for you? After years of hearing the recommendations and stories making their rounds, and from personal experience, here’s what it all boils down to: individual doctors over any one specific hospital. Sure, one hospital may have their policies more in order over another. It may be shinier and newer. But as with any developing nation, getting the low down on doctors with a high standard of care and training is key.
Although we strongly advise on getting recommendations for a specific doctor over a particular hospital whenever possible, we know that when emergencies arise, taking the time to research the best options is not always possible. In this case, the nearest medical facility may be in order. (At least until the patient is stabilized).
To make it easy, we’ll give you our top 3 picks for hospitals in Chiang Mai.
Bangkok hospital-Chiang Mai (branch)
Coming in first, this large impressive private hospital is a branch of country-wide hospitals owned by the Bangkok Hospital group. As Chiang Mai’s newest hospital (open in 2014), it does boast the latest technology, an extensive offering of specialty departments, and it is accredited by JCI (Joint Commission International)
More importantly, Bangkok Hospital’s Chiang Mai branch offers a selection of top doctors and an extensive range of specialty departments. And for family members and friends needing to pass the time, a very comfortable facility with a coffee shop, convenience stores, a bank etc.
Their website itself is an excellent resource; particularly inasmuch as you will be able to look up your doctor, even if you’ve already been admitted to the emergency room, and view their credentials and information on where they studied. Information on rooms and service packages can be viewed as well. Look for doctors who have studied in a Western/European context, or for a professor at a respected university in Thailand such as CMU. (Doctors at private hospitals are required to work a certain number of hours in the public system, so many of the best teachers/specialists at the university, can be found to have scheduled -but somewhat limited at times- hours at private hospitals throughout the city and some of the smaller clinics as well.)
International medical service liaisons are available and dedicated to ensuring the language and cultural needs of international patients are met. Liaisons may be provided for English (although most doctors speak English), Korean, Japanese, French, and Chinese speaking patients.
Due to its location on the Chiang Mai-Lampang Frontage road, Bangkok Hospital tends to be more easily accessed during high traffic periods.
Chiang Mai Ram
Another large private hospital that has continued to be a health care leader is Chiang Mai Ram. Convenient to the downtown core, this updated and comfortable facility was the first in Chiang Mai to receive JCI (Joint Commission International) accreditation, in 2009. Most doctors speak English, and their credentials may also be viewed via their website in both English and Thai. Interpreters/service liaisons are available in German, French, Chinese, Burmese, Japanese.
Ram also offers a VIP card for a minimal fee available at the cashier department (purchase prior to treatment) for up to 20% of services and medications. The card is valid for up to two years for family members. (See limitations before purchase).
Please note that due to expansion, Chiang Mai Ram’s dermatology and dental department have been moved to their brand new location, just 200 meters south on the moat.
053 895 001 (Stroke Center)
053 920 300 (reception)
436 Chiangmai Ram Hospital,
8 Boonreungrit Rd., A.Muang Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand.
(Outside NW corner of the moat)
- JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited
- Easy access for downtown core
- International friendly
This incredibly busy (if not somewhat chaotic) and sprawling private hospital was established in conjunction with the Chiang Mai University teaching hospital (a public hospital called Maharaj or known by locals as Suandok), which takes up residence in the same compound.
Popular for everything from its prenatal, gynecological and obstetric services to more serious, life-threatening emergencies in Chiang Mai, SriPhat continues to be recommended by many international medical professionals. As it is connected to the university hospital, more progressive, up to date practices are thought to be close at hand- with some of the best doctors holding clinics or taking patients here weekly.
Again many of the fantastic doctors from this hospital, and major public hospitals such as Suandok, have weekly hours, or hold regular weekly clinics at private hospitals or smaller clinics around town; the key is knowing where, and when.
If the cost of services is much better than some of the other private hospitals, (and it is!), due to extremely high demand, the parking is not. However, they do offer a free shuttle bus from the parking lot which is located two or three blocks from the hospital itself (going away from downtown).
Subspecialties: Degenerative spine surgery
Spinal trauma-infection-tumor surgery
Complex spinal deformity & reconstructive surgery
Minimall - invasive spine surgery
@ Private Clinic
@ Chiang Mai Ram