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Travel in Thailand with Care

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Tips you should know if you want to travel Thailand with care

Thailand loves and respects you, but some care still lies in your own hands. It is said, Thai police are easy to corrupt, but I wouldn’t count on that anymore. Better you follow the rules of law and don’t have to deal with the police at all. Me, I haven’t had problems once, some traffic stops, but with the belt buckled up in front and some drivers license and friendly behavior I could always get on.


Vaccines

When you visit Thailand there are no special vaccines necessary.

I know, there are some cases of malaria every year, all around the country. To get vaccinated in your home country before coming here is in fact counterproductive. Malaria flies get resistant and once you get really sick, the medicine does not work anymore. When you meet a lot of mosquitoes, I think it’s better to protect yourself as good as possible. Usually, they appear in the evening or stay in wet-zones as bath and toilet. Inside I use a spray, as soon as I leave the room or these special rechargeable tennis rackets they sell everywhere. For outside there are many products to use on the body available. Some incense snails, that are sold here I leave under the table outside. They smell a bit strong but help.

Parents should take care of their kids and apply mosquito spray regularly at night when outside.

Learn more about vaccination click here.

         


Injuries

I do not hope you do, but if you do have an injury here in Thailand, you should know this.

An open injury can infect very easy here. All my life, I never cared much if I cut a finger or got some open bruises on my body. Here I had to learn, that only cleaning and keeping clean is often not enough. Even small skin wounds can get infected and heal very slowly. I think it is the climate, the humidity, that is guilty.

I advise, if you get a bruise or cut yourself, go to a pharmacy. There you get things to clean it out and probably an antibiotic. Here you don’t need to see the doctor to get antibiotics, they are sold in the shop without description. The chance you get a fraud copy is real. Check the packing and the codes. The production companies are not the same as at home but here are good and tested medicine available too.

Don’t wait too long if a cut or even a scratched open mosquito bite, starts looking red and swollen. Go to the pharmacy or a small doctors office.

You can also use the hospitals here, they are quite good and not expensive if you have to pay cash. It is just the waiting time, why I say go to a pharmacy.


Diarrhea is a nasty thing

The probably most common illness during traveling and holidays is diarrhea. About 50% of all visitors to tropical countries get it at least once. It can be a softer form and you need to use the toilet a lot of times but it can also be more severe and cause blood in the urine and fever. If you experience the stronger version please consult a doctor or pharmacy.

During a diarrhea episode, we loose a lot of water, salt, and sugar. Especially with small children but also for everyone it is important to replace these elements.


Traveling with very small children

Babies and children traveling to tropic countries are more exposed to health risk than adults, also can the consequences of illnesses be bigger. Low hygiene standards, time change, climate change and often long traveling times can be a greater challenge for children.
Learn more about traveling with baby click here.

Visas, the short version

Everyone who comes to Thailand with a Passport gets a max. “Tourist Visa” for 60 days at the entry point customs. It can be extended for another 30 days at any immigration office inside the country. Your passport must be valid for at least another six months to get the visa.

Learn More about Visas, click here


The Mobile APP :”Police I lert u”

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I just heard the Thai police offers an app for emergencies, especially during Songkran.

It is called “police I lert u” and can be downloaded on any phone.

A GPS alert goes out to the closest police station, which helps the police to find you faster when you are in trouble.


Songkran approaching, drive carefully and don’t drink and drive. During the 7. to 16. of April 2017 the streets in Thailand are dangerous.


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10 Comments

  1. Stefan,

    Another great post, full of very useful information. I will definitely come back to this page and review it before I travel.

    Thanks again.

    Brendan

    • Hallo Brandan, thanks again for your interaction on my page. Of course, if you need to know anything concerning Thailand, feel free to ask. I will be more than happy to help.
      Till then, I wish you all the best
      Stefan

  2. Hi Stefan,
    The article is great and full of new information, especially for people who know nothing about Thailand like myself.

    Your safety tips show a great sense of responsibility that you hold towards your readers, and that makes me feel confident of what you’re writing.

    Thank you for sharing your experiences and tips 🙂
    Regards,

    Ayoub

    • Hallo Ayoub, thanks for your comment. I am a little late with my response, sorry. I am glad the information I give is useful to you.
      Of course, I want everyone to enjoy the stay in Thailand and therefore give some security advice as well.
      I wish you all the best
      Stefan

  3. What a great article! The emergency app is a really smart addition too. Thank you so much for sharing! Laurie

    • Hi Laurie, Thanks for the comment, I am happy you like what I do. Please feel free to ask more questions if you have any. I am happy to help everyone to have happy and safe stay here in Thailand.

  4. This is all really good to know about Thailand Stefan! I had no idea that cuts were more prone to infection there. If I ever go there, I will be sure to bring my own first aid kit and stop by the pharmacy to see if theres anything additional I may need.

    • Hi Dan, thanks for your interest. It really is a bit surprising, that small illnesses or accidents can be more severe here in this climate. There is no need for overreacting or fear, just be conscious, that you are not at home and many things are a bit different.
      I will continue to update this post, but if you have an urgent question, just let me know. My emails are checked daily and a response will be quick for sure.

  5. This is quick, insightful info. Thanks for the recommendations. You know, being from the States it has never occurred to me to be careful with any moderate open wound. I could see the humidity being an issue but I think had you not shared that piece I’d be wandering around there carelessly. Also, it sounds like medication and hospitals are everywhere. Is that the case or are they hard to find?

    • Hy Kyle, thanks for your comment. Your question about the availability of medical care, I would say, in Thailand, you have a very good covering of both, hospitals and pharmacies. For bigger problems, I advise looking for a bigger town near you, there you get a great treatment, especially as a foreigner. A little self-analysis with smaller problems can always help the doctors. So far, I have healed of every itch I had and I was always confident in what they did.
      I wish you a great time, see you

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