Article by Alexandra Sutcliffe
It started out as an amusing story. A friend of mine, exhausted from looking after the mother he’d never got on with, mentioned he was considering sending her to a care home in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand. So that’s what people are doing these days, I warned my 85 year old mother during a subsequent visit. They’re exporting their oldies to Asia.
Her eyes lit up, possibly remembering The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and its spin-off reality TV series. Would they have a website, she wondered, and could we take a look…?
They did, and the care home was stunning, with generous-sized chalets located in lush, tropical gardens, some of which overlook a lake, as well as swimming pools, a restaurant serving Thai and international cuisine, and...