Chiangmai Medical Tourism according to Ivan

Khantoke dinner at the Old Chiang Mai Cultural Center

The Tourism Authority of Thailand is doing an awesome job in promoting tourism via social media. They recruited the top travel bloggers in each country and asked them to blog about Chiangmai’s Medical Tourism.

The Philippines is represented by my Ultimate Philippines brother Ivan Henares of Ivan About Town.

Here is Ivan’s Top 10 entries promoting Chiangmai and its Medical Tourism:

Day 1 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

I just uploaded some photos taken on Day 1 of our visit to Chiang Mai, Thailand. After the dental appointment at Dental 4 U, we had lunch at Rachamankha Hotel, which is a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of the finest properties in 55 countries. We then went temple-hopping around Chiang Mai and visited Wat Pra Singh VoramahaviharaWat Chedi LuangWat Chiang Mun & Wat Lok Molee. (read more)

Day 2 in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Our second day in Chiang Mai, Thailand was equally eventful. After breakfast in our rooms at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, we proceeded to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp to catch the 8 a.m. bathing of elephants and talent show. After the show, we were able to ride an elephant around the camp for 30 minutes. (read more)

Day 3 in Chiang Mai

On Day 3 in Chiang Mai, Thailand, we checked-out of the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. But not without exploring the resort, particularly the different villas around the rice fields. Each of these villas was inspired by traditional Thai houses. (read more)

RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort’s signature treatment: Elements of Life

Have you ever heard of the Tibetan Bowl Sound Massage? That is the central feature of Elements of Life, the signature treatment at RarinJinda Wellness Spa Resort. It’s the first time I ever got to experience something like that. (read more)

Acupuncture treatment at Dheva Spa and Welness Center

We all go to spas to get relaxing massage treatments and find relief to our stress and body pains. But more than the usual massage, spas today understand that clients want results. And at Mandarin’s Dheva Spa and Wellness Center, the treatments go beyond the usual massage. (read more)

Colonial Suite Room at Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi, Chiang Mai

Many of my friends are asking me to post photos of my Colonial Suite Room at the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The Mandarin Oriental Dhara Devi is no. 18 on Conde Nast Traveler’s list of Top 100 in the world. (read more)

Rachamankha Hotel in Chiang Mai

The thing I like about Chiang Mai is that even new hotels and resorts exude the local architecture and culture. Rachamankha Hotel is no different. I was charmed by the whole complex which was a beautiful expression of old Lanna architecture. (read more)

Mae Sa Elephant Camp in Chiang Mai

One of the highlights from yesterday was a visit to the Mae Sa Elephant Camp. We got to watch the elephants bathe followed by a talent show. Remember the elephants that paint? (read more)

Temple hopping in Chiang Mai เชียงใหม่, Thailand

Chiang Mai เชียงใหม่ being the most culturally-significant city in northern Thailand and former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, has over 300 Buddhist temples or wat วัด as the locals would call them. Definitely, one would not have time to visit them all. So here are five temples you should not miss: (read more)

Night Market in Chiang Mai

Looking for a place to shop in Chiang Mai? Then a visit to the Chiang Mai Night Market of the Kad Luang (Royal Market) is a must! It’s right in the center of the city, near the banks of the Ping River. (read more)


Good luck to Ivan! Let’s give him Pinoy Power to win this contest by just reading and sharing his entries. 🙂

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Full Disclosure: Nothing to disclose. I’m not related to, connected with or compensated  in any way by any of the establishments featured in this blog post.

P.S. Nakakainggit ang Thailand, ang galing ng contest na ito. I wish our DOT can get its act together soon.

2 thoughts on “Chiangmai Medical Tourism according to Ivan

  1. As medical tourism is a key element, support from the Tourism Authority of Thailand will be required. In the short term, we will require some roadshows to restore the confidence in safety among foreign patients when they come here to get Medical tourism in Thailand.

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    To be valid, the online application form for candidate must be received by the on or before 1 February 2014.
    AFT membership is open to all Filipinos 18 years and over, however, candidates:
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    In the Candidacy Application Form, candidates are required to share their visions for or what they can do for AFT. They are required to write down the number of hours per week that they commit for AFT work if elected.
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