How to Stay Healthy When Travelling to Thailand


Thailand is known for its wonderful temples and other tourist attractions. Every year, tourists from all over the world come here to enjoy the beautiful sites, eat local dishes, mingle with the locals, and gain an amazing experience. If you are planning to visit Thailand soon, make sure that you are well prepared. If you do not want to ruin your trip, compromise your health, or be a burden to your companions, see to it that you take good care of yourself. You should follow these pointers to avoid getting sick during your visit to the country:

Get vaccinated.

vaccinationThe Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading (DFAT) highly recommends that tourists get vaccinated before they travel all over Thailand. This is because the country poses health risks to travelers due to the numerous infectious tropical diseases that are evident in the urban and rural areas. Thus, you have to go to your doctor and get vaccinated.

All travelers are advised to take routine vaccines for measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), polio, chickenpox, and flu. You may also have to take vaccines for hepatitis A and Typhoid. Take note that you can get hepatitis A and typhoid from contaminated water or food. So, you have to make sure that you refrain from eating unfamiliar foods. You also have to be cautious when eating street foods or drinking tap water.

Use insect repellents and wear proper clothing.

Be aware that there are mosquitoes and other insects that can transmit infectious diseases in Thailand, particularly in the rural areas. If you want to keep yourself protected, see to it that you wear clothes that allow you to move around with ease while covering your entire body at the same time. It is not advisable to wear sleeveless tops or short skirts as these types of clothes expose your skin to harmful insects and make you prone to developing a disease such as dengue fever. Aside from wearing the right clothes, you should also apply lotion that is especially formulated to repel mosquitoes onto your body.

Close your windows and doors.

While staying in Thailand, see to it that you always keep your windows and doors closed. This is especially true if these windows and doors do not have screens. If you leave them open, mosquitoes and other insects can come in and put you at risk of the diseases that they carry.

Beware of dogs.

thailand-street-dogsAside from mosquitoes, you should also beware of dogs because they may carry rabies and other fatal diseases. Thailand has a lot of stray dogs in its streets. When you see a dog in your path, it is best to avoid approaching it. As much as possible, you should avoid coming into contact with these dogs. Refrain from patting, feeding, or playing with them. These dogs can put you at risk of rabies by scratching or biting you.


Watch what you drink and eat.

thailand-foodsThere are plenty of good foods to try in Thailand. Then again, even though exotic dishes seem tempting, you have to make sure that you are not allergic to the ingredients or your stomach can handle it. If you want to try the street foods, you have to be careful too. You may be at risk of food poisoning and food-borne diseases. Likewise, you should ensure that the water you drink is clean. To be on the safe side, you should just bring your own bottled water. You should also avoid drinking beverages with ice cubes as well as eating foods that have been washed with tap water. Remember that the water in certain areas may not be safe to drink.