Can Your Dentist Offer A Free Trip to Thailand?

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I’ll admit that I was pretty sceptical.

I met two New Yorkers in Chiang Mai, a northern Thai city that’s becoming as famous for its dental clinics as it is for elephant rides and luxurious spas. The young women claimed that they weren’t primarily visiting Thailand for a vacation, but for dental work. The holiday, they said, was the bonus.

We sat on a giant, open air restaurant patio, surrounded by lush tropical greenery as they explained that dental work in Thailand was much cheaper than it is in the U.S. They had boarded an airplane, flew to Chiang Mai, had their teeth fixed, and would fly back to New York after a week of beachside R&R. Total cost, including dental work and the flight? Less than a visit to a New York dentist.


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Andrew Hallam

I’m a financial columnist for Canada’s national paper, The Globe and Mail, as well as for AssetBuilder, a financial service firm based in Texas. I’m also the author of Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School (2nd Ed. Wiley 2017) and The Global Expatriate’s Guide To Investing: From Millionaire Teacher to Millionaire Expat (Wiley 2015). My mission is to educate, motivate and inspire people on basic retirement planning and best practices for investing, using evidence-based strategies. I'm happy to comment on your questions. However, please read the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and the Comments Policy.

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