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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Why Thailand, Why Now?

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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Test driving Compass Living's concierge living services for three months in Saigon, Vietnam brought us back to Asia after eight years of running around in Central America. Once on this side of the globe, you may as well stay awhile so we applied for and received a two month tourist visa for Thailand with a one month extension. The visa cost was $45.00 USD ONLY for each of us at the Thai Embassy in Saigon.

If you do not already know, Thailand is currently under a military coup, number 18 in the last eighty years depending on how you count. For us travelers, this is great news as the coup keeps many tourists away and the streets, restaurants and hotels are quiet.

 

 

 

 

Yes, but are you safe?

Personal safety in a foreign country is always a concern, heck, it’s a concern in the US, but in our opinion Thailand is one of the safer places to be at the moment.

We see the military stationed at large plazas and gathering places enforcing calm, and the locals seem generally happy that the military have settled things down. The curfew has been lifted, and life is going on as normal just like before the coup.

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital

Chiang Mai Ram Hospital

Taking advantage of our location

The real reason we are here, besides re-connecting with old friends and hanging out in a pleasing cultural city is for medical tourism. Our annual checkups are long overdue and there is not a better place on the planet to get this done than here in Thailand. A full physical with blood work, chest x-ray, EKG and female exam runs $100.00. It’s all done in a matter of two days and was begun as a walk-in appointment.

Our General Practitioner, English-speaking Dr. Tawachai, M.D., of Loh Kroh Clinic wrote us prescriptions for colonoscopies, an endoscopy, and in Akaisha’s case, a mammogram.

Wanting to know ahead of time how much a mammogram would cost, we looked up on Chiangmai Ram Hospital’s website and utilized their contact form. They wrote us back via email within 24 hours with a price of 3,000THB or $93USD. This price also included a sonogram, and Akaisha was given her films to take to Dr. Tawachai for reading. With the 20% senior discount, she paid $83USD. By the way, Akaisha was able to walk in to the hospital without an appointment and was given both the mammogram and the sonogram that same morning.

Setting up the endoscopy and the colonoscopy was done at the same time as arranging for the mammogram. After the mammogram and sonogram were completed, Akaisha was escorted to the English-speaking Gastroenterologist, Dr. Yossombat, M.D., who explained the process of colonoscopy and endoscopy and had her choose when she would like to have it done. Since this was a Monday when Akaisha walked into the hospital, she decided she would go through the procedure on Wednesday. This would allow her to do her prep the next day on Tuesday, and arrive on Wednesday morning ready to go.

The cost of the endoscopy, colonoscopy, prep medicine, anesthetic, doctor’s fees, medical supplies, operating room and recovery room – again along with her 20% senior discount – came to 20,626THB or $639USD.

Dr. Yossombat

Dr. Yossombat

 

 

 

 

 

I was there to greet Akaisha when she got out of the recovery room, and together we saw Dr. Yossombat who gave her the results of her tests. Afterwards, we were escorted to the cashier’s office where we took a number and waited for our papers to be processed in order to pay. Within ten minutes our number was called and we paid in cash. Arriving at 10:30 a.m. that morning, we were ready to leave the hospital with everything completed by 2 p.m.

Results in hand, we hopped into a songthiew (a public transport vehicle) and within six minutes, we were back at our hotel and were ready for lunch.

It really does not get any more convenient than this.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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