Ban Sabai Village Senior Care Resort Chiang Mai – Reviews

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Ban Sabai Village, Senior Residence,  ideal “Happiness Village”!

Now if you want to spend daily living at an amazing tropical environment with landscaped gardens and comfortable accommodation my recommendation is to enjoy the rest of your golden days at Ban Sabai Village Senior Residence homes !
Chiang Mai offers an ideal retirement environment. It has all the medical and support facilities needed for all your needs.
Good Health in a paradise of nature!
Enjoy !
Note: Been in Chiang Mai for 14 years enjoying friends and nature


Ban Sabai Village offers custom-made solutions for elderly guests

“Ban Sabai Village very much offers what my late mother would have looked for. I came to Chiang Mai for work in early 2007. Since then my mother spent every European winter season with me. Her last stay took place during the European winter months of 2018-19. Being the independent spirit that she was, and against my many offers for her to stay with me, she much preferred to stay by herself in a serviced apartment setting.

Her last season in Chiang Mai she, however, spent at a lovely local residence for the elderly. Both she and I were aware that she might have a fall, and no-one in a serviced apartment setting would notice on time and quickly enough to help her. At this elderly residence she occasionally felt lonely, particularly in the evenings because other residents all retired to their rooms immediately after an early dinner. My mother was mentally still very alert even at her advanced age of 98. She was in good health apart from not being able to walk too far by herself.

Ban Sabai Village offers custom-made solutions for elderly guests who need no, perhaps minor, or even more personal assistance. Guests can spend a short vacation – or they may opt to stay for longer – in a lovely warm climate with the option to arrange for support based on their specific, individual needs. This is exactly what European elderly residences cannot offer, unless at exorbitant cost.”


Hibernate in Thailand.

Over years we spend the winter in Ban Sabai Village in the north of Thailand for 2-6 months to bridge the cold in Switzerland with the pleasant, balanced warm climate in Thailand.

Health wise we have recovered incredibly well within a short time. The light, very digestible Thai cuisine, the spontaneity of the people creates an incomparable environment. We like ” Ban Sabai ” with its tropical garden, the “swimming pool” and the attentive people as a relaxing place.

Professional therapists in physio and massage, yoga, Pilates, as well as the possibility, if desired, to have insight into meditation, through a Buddhist monk, enriches the daily life. Many possibilities to make excursions and to experience the wonderful nature.

After many stays in Thailand, we have reached an age with some age-related problems, but the possibility of surviving the long journey well, the airlines are equipped with good facilities such as wheelchair service, which is very helpful.

“Ban Sabai Village” we are very grateful for the wonderful time we had.

The basic attitude of Thai culture, to meet elderly people with a lot of respect, cordiality and helpfulness is deeply impressive.


My kind of town!

I settled here because Chiang Mai is cosmopolitan but not overwhelming, a city with a small town feel. One feature I particularly appreciate is the high quality of health care readily available.  I enjoy the cultural heritage of the area with many interesting things to see or do when you feel like it, and while a popular tourist destination, the crowds are easy enough to avoid since you can find a quiet place to stay like Ban Sabai Village Senior Residence, play golf (my thing), or head for the outdoors to hike or explore. It’s all close by.

Jack G


Thailand. Often touted as a holiday paradise with eternally smiling locals, golden temples, inexpensive cookshops, constant sunshine, Asian markets with everything your heart desires, and which are especially for us Europeans very inexpensive.

But what is it really like? Are these much heard attributes really true?

So I would like to try to reflect my impressions and experiences as I have experienced them myself during a whole year. Open, critical and without rose-colored glasses.

My wife died of cancer in May 2015 after 56 years of marriage. This was preceded by a painful 8-year period of suffering with operations, rehabilitation, hospital stays and care. I was very fortunate that my two daughters supported me energetically and with a lot of personal sacrifice during this time. Only with their help could my wife be spared the stay in a nursing home until her death.

Then life began as an 83-year-old widower. Everyday life with housekeeping, shopping etc. The evenings were worst, especially in autumn and in the months of November and December. I sat alone in the living room with my TV or I spent the time with Jassen and played on the computer. Friends had also become rare. Deceased, sick, busy with their grandchildren. By pure coincidence I saw a TV show about a retirement home in Thailand and since I already knew the country from various holidays, I decided to spend a trial month in one of the often described retirement homes

When I returned to Switzerland, the subject of Thailand was still on my mind. So I decided to emigrate definitely after a long time of consideration. The next destination was again a retirement home. But this time one of the upper class.

What did I learn in one year in Thailand?

The biggest obstacle is the Thai language. Word and writing are so foreign to us Europeans that we need years to learn them. Communication in English is a must for authorities, doctors, banks, certain shopping centres. Help from a European who speaks Thai is very valuable.

For a long-term stay I recommend living in two rooms with cooking facilities. A villa in the Ban Sabai Village is ideal, basement living with small kitchen and toilet, upstairs sleeping with bath,

A visa is required for the stay in Thailand. Ban Sabai Village can take care of all the organizational arrangements for the guest, there is a leaflet of the steps and what is needed to make this easier.

Now to the health care. For pensioners under 75 years it is possible to join a health insurance company. Similar to Switzerland, it is possible to insure yourself step by step.

For pensioners over 75 years there is no adequate insurance possibility. The family doctor we know does not exist in Thailand. One goes directly to the hospital. Dentists, on the other hand, are excellent and the costs are out of proportion to those in Europe. 

Finally the dear money.

A rule of thumb says that the purchase ratio between Europe and Thailand is about 5:1. This means that in Thailand the expenses for food, clothing, medical care, dentist and rents are only a fifth of European prices. This may be true for many but not for all goods. Cars or even cigars are burdened with a high luxury tax. Alcohol is also not cheap by comparison.