How to Avoid Getting Sick in Thailand

Whether you are taking a two-week vacation or moving to the country for work, it’s inevitable that at some point you will fall sick while in Thailand.  While there’s no true way to avoid it long term, there are some preventative measures you can take to avoid succumbing to things like food poisoning.  Plus, it’s good to know that Thailand’s healthcare system is very affordable, and with quality healthcare practices in most major cities and towns, getting sick isn’t as big a disaster as it is in some countries.

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But you want some preventative tips, don’t you?  For that, you’ll have to keep reading.

Drink Bottled Water

The first thing to note is that while tap water is clean enough for brushing your teeth, it’s not clean enough to drink, so you’ll need to stick to bottled water during your trip.  The cheapest place to buy this is from 7/11 where the Thai brands are just as good as the international makes like Evian.  Coconut juice is another great alternative that can be picked up relatively cheaply.  Don’t worry about the ice in restaurants or bars, though.  This is made from purified water and is perfectly safe.

Be Smart with Your Food

Food in Thailand is generally very safe, even from the street stalls that sell everything from curries to roasted corn.  However, it’s wise to consider how long the food has been sitting out unless you want to end up with a case of “Bangkok Belly”.  If this does happen, you’ll want to drink plenty of water and stick to plain foods until it passes.  You can also get a medical check up Bangkok hospital if you’re struggling with dehydration caused by food poisoning.

Protect Yourself

Some things in Thailand, like mosquito bites and sunburn, can be easily prevented with a bit of preparation.  For the former, you’ll want to invest in some insect repellant (DEET is a good choice) and ensure you wear long loose clothing at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are around.  To avoid sunburn, it’s important to wear adequate sunscreen as well as a hat during the daylight hours.  Sunburn can ruin your vacation, so don’t even think about sunbathing without protection.

Be Careful in the Sea

If you are visiting one of the islands, such as Phuket, Krabi or Koh Samui, you’ll want to be aware of the Box Jellyfish.  While stings are relatively rare, they can be fatal if not treated immediately.  They are especially common during monsoon season and during the evening.  And, because the jellyfish is transparent, they can be difficult to spot.  While we don’t want to scare you away from swimming in the waters, it’s important to be prepared.  If you experience difficulty breathing, itching, swelling, and/or tentacle tracks on your body, get to a first aid station quickly.  These can be found on the most popular tourist beaches.

Thailand is a fantastic country to visit and hopefully, the advice above will help you to avoid falling sick on your next trip.