Ban Sabai Village Senior Care Resort Chiang Mai – Reviews

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It’s been one year..

It’s been one year since Ban Sabai Senior Living Resort began their care of my dad. Your care team is amazing! After a year, my dad is no longer an insulin dependent diabetic, no longer has unmanageable high blood pressure, loves the Asian/Thai cuisine and has safely managed his weight through diet & exercise…most of all, my dad’s cognitive abilities have returned! It had been over a decade since our family had a semi-rational and on-topic conversation with my dad. Now, my dad is focused, remains conversationally engaged and on-topic.

Thailand’s Ban Sabai Village and their 24/7 care team has been the best experience for my dad; who has recently said that his only regret is not moving to Thailand 30 years ago.

Thank you, Ban Sabai Village, for taking gentle care of my dad.

Without hesitation, I’d give this place 100 Stars!!!

I don’t even know where to begin. From the moment I arrived, I knew it was was different than anywhere that I had been previously. I was greeted at the airport by the owners, which was very comforting, upon arrival to a city where you’ve never been. And when I arrived at the resort, I was again, greeted by the staff.

The setting is absolutely beautiful and serene. I chose the 7 day detox/cleanse package. Every day was perfectly planned out and well-organized, with plenty of the day left for personal time, as well. And each day there was a body work session, as part of the program. The meditation and yoga were just icing on the cake. I won’t divulge all the details, as to leave you with an element of surprise, but….WOW!

I met all of the other guests at some point throughout the week, and every single one of them was equally as impressed as I. The staff was exceptionally courteous and attentive, and made me feel like royalty. And although I wasn’t consuming anything other than liquid for 6 days, when I was able to eat, I was highly impressed! I would like to make special mention of Joy. She was basically my personal assistant for the entire stay. Such a hard worker and light in this world (hence the name).

“L” and Matthias, you TRULY have built something special here. 20 years of doing what you love, is something that not everyone has in this life. I have already recommended this gem to my friends and family, and will continue to do so. I’m leaving feeling refreshed and restored (and even a little lighter…haha). Khoob-khun🙏🏽

Kristin Hall

Ban Sabai is the most beautiful and caring retirement village that I could imagine.

10 out of 10!

I brought my father to Ban Sabai from America to fulfill his lifelong dream of living in Thailand and my dream of finding a place where he would get outstanding care and continue to enjoy his life and his soul’s journey.

My father has a few mobility issues, is a little forgetful but overall clear minded.

Ban Sabai amazed us with their spectacular service, thoughtful care and incredibly gorgeous surroundings.

The owners are truly wonderful people, and they run their business meticulously, providing absolute excellence in both customer service and healthcare.

My father is treated with love and respect in their care.

The fantastic staff warmed our hearts with their sweetness and smiles, while making sure that his every need was met, as well as ours.

There was a little step in the doorway of the bathroom on the floor and my father’s wheelchair was getting stuck on it. We told them about it and the next day it was fixed. My father says that at Ban Sabai Retirement village he’s found his family in Thailand.

The food is spectacular and made to his specifications, as a result his blood sugars are being controlled better than they have been in years, mostly with his new healthy diet.

Ban Sabai is a health and wellness spa for your retirement, a fountain of youth for your elderly family.

It truly doesn’t get any better than Ban Sabai, we are overjoyed to have found them.

Shanna Doorman

Experiencing stay at Ban Sabai Village

Good day Matthias, back again in Switzerland we wish to thank you and to your team for the excellent and very professional services provided to us during a three weeks stay at your senior residence.

We enjoyed to walk around in the nicely maintained garden where the various different plants and flowers were greeting us daily. The swimming pool was inviting us for some activities whenever we felt about them and in order to properly digest the daily very healthy prepared dishes really very delicious! Beside the very first class related residence the city centre of Chiang Mai, is very close by, easy accessible by taxi any time we whished to hop in to town. The surroundings were offering a good knowledge to closer understand the Lanna cultures in the northern part of Thailand. When we run out of ideas the Management came up with excellent proposals what further we could do to discover more of this rich culture.

Many thanks for keeping ourself busy also in that respect. Anyhow our memories will still carry many happy experiences for the time to come.

With best greetings
Peter & Margareth from Switzerland

Finally a feel-good place in Thailand for my mother

I myself intend to leave Germany and emigrate to Thailand. What still keeps me in Germany is my 81-year-old mother. She can still take care of herself. But as an only son, I wonder what will happen when my mother needs care or support and I’m far away? It would be nice for my mother if I was around. That’s when I had the brilliant idea of looking for a retirement home for my mother in Thailand. This is how I discovered the Ban Sabai Village retirement home in Chiang Mai. My mother is a very cautious person and so I clarified many questions with the Swiss owner, which in the end really convinced me.

Ban Sabai Village is not a mass operation and no mass processing, but very familiar with the 19 residential units. Privacy, personal attention and a calm atmosphere are very important to my mother. On the other hand, my mother is still relatively fit and interested in culture. Unlike other nursing homes in Chiang Mai, the location of the Ban Sabai retirement home is very central. In a few minutes you can be in the city by taxi and enjoy the colorful life there. Proximity to the city is also a health and safety issue. In the event of a medical emergency, the patient can be transported to the hospital in a short time. My mother speaks little English. That is also no problem. Whether for shopping trips, excursions, visits to the doctor or visa matters, a German-Thai accompaniment by the friendly Ban Sabai team is possible.

Should my mother need more care or support in a few years, Ban Sabai Village has a great flexible offer. Individual service and care packages can be booked according to individual needs.

The Swiss owner and manager, who has been building and running the resort with his Thai wife for 20 years, assured me that the quality of medical care in hospitals and dentists also covers everything that is necessary. Physiotherapy and rehabilitation measures are also possible in Ban Sabai Village.

Now I will invite my mother to a 4-week trial stay at Ban Sabai Village Senior Residence in Chiang Mai.

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.


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