Why Choose Chiang Mai for Rehab in Thailand

If you’re struggling with addiction and you’ve decided that it is time to get help, coming to Chiang Mai, Thailand can be an excellent option. Attending rehab in Chiang Mai gives you the opportunity to break away from the destructive patterns and triggers of everyday life and begin your journey to recovery in an exotic tropical setting.

Thailand: The medical tourism hub of Asia

Entering treatment at a rehab centre is an excellent way to address your addiction and start getting well. The best rehab centres in the West, however, are often prohibitively expensive. Luxury rehab treatment in the United States, for example, can cost over $60,000 for a normal one-month programme. In Thailand, luxury rehab is much more affordable, even after travel costs are considered.

Thailand is an extremely popular destination for medical tourists. In fact, it is ranked among the top five medical tourism destinations in the world. In 2018, roughly 3.1 million out of the 35 million people that visited Thailand were medical tourists. This number dropped significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic but people are starting to return to the Land of Smiles. Thailand is renowned for its high-quality medical care, which it can offer at very reasonable prices due to the relatively low cost of living in the country.

It’s not just the quality and affordability of the medical care that makes Thailand such a desirable destination. The warm weather, lush scenery, and beautiful beaches provide an idyllic backdrop for recovery. Though the country is most widely known for the quality of its cosmetic surgery, more and more people are coming to Thailand for rehab treatment. Rehab facilities in Thailand are staffed by highly trained medical professionals and are often located in picturesque natural settings.

Why is drug and alcohol rehab in Chiang Mai so popular?

The Land of Smiles, as Thailand is popularly known, is famous for its friendly people, delicious food, and natural wonders. If you are looking to overcome a substance or behavioural addiction, there is no better place to be than Chiang Mai.

New environment

Chiang Mai is remarkably popular among medical tourists who come to Thailand for rehabilitation programmes. The tranquil city and surrounding areas provide a more relaxed atmosphere in comparison to the busy capital city. Going through an alcohol or drug rehab in Chiang Mai can make you feel more like you are in the tropics enjoying a vacation rather than in a medical facility. You will experience a new environment that is totally different from the place you came from, which will act as a catalyst in helping you overcome your addiction.

Authentic charm

Although it is a fairly modern city with plenty of transportation options and numerous shopping centres Chiang Mai still maintains many of the marks of its ancient past, including many historic buildings, temples, and the famous walls surrounding the old city. Moreover, the city is home to many vibrant street markets, where visitors can find hidden treasures or sample the local northern Thai cuisine. These elements combine to give the city an authentic charm that the large metropolis of Bangkok has lost. 

Pleasant weather

Another reason Chiang Mai is such a popular rehab destination is the weather. With the exception of the scorching summer months of March and April, Chiang Mai is considered to be blessed with the best weather in all of Thailand. Encircled by green mountains, the temperature does not climb as high as it does in the rest of the country. Chiang Mai’s winter nights are chilly and temperatures can even drop to single digits from time to time. Rainy periods are also shorter here than in the centre or south of Thailand.

Tourist activities and attractions

Possessing a rich cultural history, Chiang Mai opens doors for you to explore authentic Thai culture. By attending rehab in Chiang Mai, you will have plenty of chances to gain priceless experiences during an offsite excursion to renowned natural wonders and tourist attractions. You will also have plenty of opportunities to sample delicious northern cuisine. If you are nature lover, Chiang Mai is the perfect place for you. Within just a few minutes of driving out of the city, you will be surrounded by rolling hills, expansive fields, and lush jungles.

Chiang Mai Elephants play in Ping river
Chiang Mai is famous for having elephants and outstanding natural beauty


There are direct flights to Chiang Mai from many of the major cities in Asia as well as several flights a day from Bangkok. A flight from either Bangkok airport – Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang – takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Chiang Mai is also accessible by car, bus, or train from Bangkok. A bus ride from Bangkok takes over 10 hours. The train takes about 11 hours, but goes by a very scenic route. There are also overnight train options where passengers each have their own private bunk.


The benefits of Hesten Hill Rehab in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Gaining back control of your life and maintaining your sobriety is the primary goal of recovery. Treatment at Hesten Hill Rehab lets you focus your entire efforts towards that goal, with the added bonus of you getting to experience the wonders of this beautiful tropical country.

Medical support

At Hesten Hill Rehab, you will receive the utmost medical care and support from our professional team throughout the duration of your stay. We provide 24/7 nursing care and we have an onsite medical detox clinic consisting of a doctor, a psychiatrist, and a psychologist. Moreover, we are partners with the Chiang Mai Ram hospital, which is one of the leading medical institutions in Thailand.

Biochemical restoration

Substance and behavioural addictions can often have severe physical consequences that do significant damage to the body. That is why we give you a complete medical examination, including a functional medicine lab test, a bloodwork analysis, and a bioenergetic scan. We then provide you with a full nutrition and supplement plan. This biochemical restoration will allow your body to become healthy and strong and will play a huge part in your recovery.

Buddhist practices

Your journey to recovery will not only be about quitting drugs or alcohol but also about regaining balance in your life. Thailand’s connection to Buddhist practices will play a major role here, as you will learn secular applications of mindfulness meditation as part of your treatment programme. Hesten Hill Rehab blends traditional eastern philosophies with modern techniques to create a multidimensional treatment approach. 

Boutique resort rehab

As the personalised drug rehab experience in Chiang Mai, Hesten Hill Rehab features accommodations and facilities that are spacious and unique. Our treatment centre is equipped with state-of-the-art amenities and plush furnishings to provide you with the perfect living quarters during your stay. We have a wide range of high-quality facilities, including a gym and a spa, which offers numerous à la carte treatments. Moreover, our low occupancy (maximum of 6 people) allows us to provide you with the highest quality of personalised care.

Holistic activities

Holistic rehab programmes at Hesten Hill Rehab offer a wide range of activities and therapies, including art therapy, workouts with a personal trainer, Muay Thai training, yoga, Pilates classes, full spa treatments, à la carte meals prepared from the freshest locally sourced ingredients, offsite excursions to some of the Chiang Mai region’s most renowned tourist attractions, and much more. These additional holistic elements are designed to bolster core treatments and ensure that you create some delightful memories of your time with us in northern Thailand.


Hesten Hill Rehab offers the highest quality holistic rehab in Thailand for substance and behavioural addictions at very affordable prices. Our treatment programmes are all-inclusive, which means the fees cover everything you need during your stay, including therapy, detox (if needed), medication, accommodations, meals, offsite excursions, and everything else on offer at our centre. We offer all of this at a fraction of what similar programmes cost in Western countries.

What to expect from Chiang Mai’s top rehabilitation centre

As a luxury rehab in Chiang Mai, Hesten Hill Rehab is committed to guiding our clients to a successful recovery. We offer holistic treatments, luxury accommodations, and 24/7 care.

Going through rehabilitation can indeed be hard work, but at Hesten Hill Rehab, we are committed to making your recovery as comfortable and enjoyably memorable as possible.

We provide onsite detox, psychological therapy, mindfulness meditation, 12-step model meetings, comprehensive aftercare and support, as well as a wide range of holistic elements that strengthen your physical and mental wellbeing.

Contact us today if you are ready to begin your journey towards lasting wellness at our Chiang Mai rehabilitation centre.