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Dentists in Muang Chiang Mai

The Ultimate Guide to Dentists in Muang Chiang Mai

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Chiang Mai is the capital of northern Thailand and visitors seeking dental treatment here will find a historically important old city and a countryside rich with traditional lifestyles – ideal for enjoying some much needed rest and recuperation. Said to be the cultural center of Thailand, the city is laid-back and creative. Filled with temples and craftspeople it is the perfect complement to the unscathed villages and towns nestled in the surrounding mountains.

In the 13th century Chiang Mai emerged as an important trading post between China and Burma. This forged Chiang Mai’s uniquely diverse ethnic character as first traders, and then skilled craftspeople settled in the area, along with the hill tribes and Muslims fleeing persecution from China and Pathan. This mix is reflected in northern Thai cuisine which has lent itself to Chiang Mai’s famed cookery courses.

With its stunning mountain scenery and cooler climate Chiang Mai retains an atmosphere of calmness and tranquility. Its three-hundred temples are among the most revered in the Buddhist world, blending harmoniously with 21st century facilities ensuring Chiang Mai’s popularity for travelers, businesses and its residents. Coupled with its renowned hospitality, its credentials as both a vacation and a medical and dental tourism destination guarantee its enduring appeal.

Chiang Dao National Park

(Image by: Adam Baker)

Where is Chiang Mai?

Located in northern Thailand among the highest mountains in the Kingdom, Chiang Mai is located along the Ping River, around 435 miles (700 km) north of Bangkok. Chiang Mai International Airport (CNX) is only 10 minutes from the city center.

Why visit a dentist in Chiang Mai?

With an international airport only minutes away from the city center, Chiang Mai is easily accessible from practically anywhere on the planet. If tropical beaches are not really your thing, then this is the perfect antidote, and although still tropical, the cooler mountain air may be more suitable for some.

Although it is nestled in the mountains, and is steeped in history, Chiang Mai is far from being a backwater. First-rate medical and dental clinics are equipped with facilities that are on a par with Western clinics. New, modern buildings and fully-trained, competent staff provide excellent services at affordable prices.

Prices may be substantially less than at home, but there is no compromise on the quality of care you will receive. Thai people are friendly, hospitable and very much customer-orientated, and this is reflected in the superior dental care they provide. All areas of dental health care are covered here at heavily discounted prices, including cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and dental veneers, allowing a beautiful smile to be within everyone’s reach. Furthermore, with Dental Departures our best price guarantee makes certain you will get the lowest price for your treatment. 

What are Chiangmai dentist prices compared to Australia?

Procedure                                     Price in Australia (AUD)                     Price in Chiangmai

Crowns                                           AUD $952                                             AUD $200

Root Canal                                     AUD $2,094                                          AUD $600

Dental Implant                                AUD $3,700                                          AUD $1,200

Where to stay?

Chiang Mai is blessed with many affordable accommodation options with 4* hotels from as little as $35AUD per night, and guest houses from around $10AUD per night. Chiang Mai is actually the name of the province as well as the city so be sure to pick accommodation in the city, if that is where you want to be.

For exploring the temples, the Old Town district is the place to stay, which also puts you close to the Sunday Walking Street Market. The Night Bazaar area or downtown is close to numerous bars and restaurants and the Riverside area, which also has a number of hotels. Away from the more touristy areas of the OldTown and downtown there are plenty of other charming places to stay, as well as quiet retreats in the countryside surrounding Chiang Mai.

Wat Prathat at Doi Suthep, Chiang Mai

(Image by: Whyyan) 

Is it safe?

Yes – Chiang Mai is safe to travel to, along with many of Thailand’s other popular tourist destinations.  Just remember to take basic common-sense precautions as you would in any unfamiliar city.

Is the quality of dental care in Chiang Mai the same as back home?

Yes – as long as you make sure you choose to your dentist carefully and have your treatment in a reputable clinic. At Dental Departures our clinics have all been quality-checked to determine their standards and dentists meet our requirements. We verify clinic accreditations and dentist qualifications as well as a number of other criteria such as malpractice insurance and warranties.

Dentists in Thailand undergo years of training, as they do at home. A number of professional organizations such as the Dental Association of Thailand and the Thai Dental Council are the regulating bodies which oversee the registration of dentists and govern the profession.

Thailand is one of the world leaders in medical and dental tourism, and the healthy competition this engenders ensures standards remain high. Ongoing training and the use of the most up-to-date technology is fairly standard here, resulting in excellent treatment outcomes.

What happens if something goes wrong?  Do dentists in Chiang Mai have warranties or guarantees?

All of our clinics provide warranties or guarantees for both the actual procedures carried out and any lab work.  Sometimes, even with the greatest care taken, things may go wrong. Although this is a very uncommon occurrence, any appointment that has been booked through Dental Departures will be remedied as soon as practically possible. Acting as your advocate, we will see to it that if you have a problem, we will get it fixed. 

Do Chiang Mai dentists speak English?

Yes – our dentists speak English very well. In fact, Chiang Mai’s status as a leading tourist destination means English is widely spoken throughout the area.

Mae Ping River, Chiang Mai

(Image by: Dan Costin)

What payment methods are accepted by most dental offices?

  • Cash (in Thai baht)
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

Many dental clinics accept credit/debit card payments, but check with your clinic as to which ones they prefer.

When is the best time to visit a Chiang Mai dentist?

Chiang Mai is slightly cooler than many of the popular beach destinations in Thailand, and is suitable to visit all year round for dental treatment.

There are three distinct seasons in Chiang Mai – the cool season, from November to February; the hot season, from March to June; and the rainy season from July to October.

During the cool season maximum temperatures are around 25C but may be a bit chilly in the evening until early morning at 15C. In the hot season temperatures are around 40C and rarely below 25C at night. During the rainy season it is still hot at around 30C, but humid too depending on the amount of rainfall. January and December are considered to be perfect months weather-wise, but this is also peak season. November and February are good alternatives. The rainy season can be a good time to visit. It is still very warm but the downpours do cool the air down, and prices at this time of year are often cheaper. 

Is Chiang Mai handicapped accessible?

The airport and some hotels are wheelchair accessible but other than that getting about in a wheelchair is fairly difficult. Sidewalks are steep and don’t have ramps. There are usually plenty of obstacles or steep cracks to negotiate too. Most of the temples have quite a lot of steps. It is not impossible to get around, but most wheelchair users will need a lot of help.

What is the downside? What should I know about visiting?

Pollution and haze are sometimes a problem throughout southeast Asia due to seasonal burning of crop land and fields from February until April. For areas such as Chiang Mai, surrounded by mountains, its geographical position coupled with certain weather conditions may make it more susceptible to the haze.

We cannot stress enough the importance of finding an appropriate dentist for your needs. Wherever you go in the world you will find the good and the not-so-good – and Chiang Mai is no exception.

Our website has lots of information to help you make an informed decision. Clinic photographs, dentist information and patient reviews, along with the knowledge Dental Departures has quality checked our clinics, should provide you with the useful information you need to find a suitable dentist in Chiang Mai

Chiang Dao Elephant Camp

(Image by: Gunther Hagleitner)

What else is there in town?

Chiang Mai is not just about temples and mountain scenery, as there are masses of other things to do and see.

Shopaholics will not be disappointed. There are, of course, shopping malls and luxury outlets – but the numerous boutique stores for clothes, luxury items and handicrafts are particularly good for mooching around in. In some districts you can see crafts people at work, for example Bo San and its paper umbrellas.  A relaxing afternoon or evening can be well spent on a riverboat cruise on the Mae Ping river.

Out of the city there are more adventurous pursuits, including white water rafting – and for the fearless – full moon rafting, which, of course, takes place at night. There’s also canyoning, kayaking, mountain biking, hill tribe trekking and jungle canopy/zip line tours.

For something a little more sedate there are a number of elephant parks where you can ride an elephant, or help to feed one. There are countless Thai cookery schools, yoga workshops, an orchid farm and a number of championship golf courses.

Traveling to Chiang Mai

The nearest airport is Chiang Mai International (CMX), only 10 minutes from the city center. The airport serves both international and domestic flights.

Getting Around Chiang Mai 

SONG TAEW – These covered pick-up trucks have two long benches in the back. The most common, the red ones, don’t follow a specific route, simply roaming the main streets around busy areas such as the temples or markets. Prices usually have to be negotiated. Fixed route song taew are found around Warorot Market and charge a flat rate – blue travel to the south, green to the northeast, yellow to the north and white to the east. There are also song taew at Pratu Chiang Mai market traveling to Hang Dong and San Patong. 

TUK-TUK OR SAMLOR – Tuk-tuks are a quick, if noisy, way of getting around but the samlors (three-wheeled bicycle) will get you there much slower and quieter.

SELF-DRIVE – Motorbike and car hire are great ways to get around the area, with most of the major car rental companies represented. The roads are generally in good condition, with both Thai and English road signs. 

ON FOOT/BICYCLE – The walled city is only a square mile and easy to navigate by foot. Alternatively, a bike is a safe and quick way to get around inside the old city as traffic is relatively restrained. 

Distances to Chiang Mai from Airports and Other Metropolitan Areas

  • Chang Mai International Airport (CMX): 6 miles, 15 minutes
  • Bo Sang: 5 miles, 15 minutes
  • Bangkok: 420 miles, 9 hours
  • Ayuthaya: 380 miles, 7.5 hours
  • Pataya: 500 miles, 10 hours

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