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Anti-mosquito kit available in Laos?

  • jamesdueeast

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    I'm wanting to stock up on some gear against mozzies on my way to Laos. I want to invest in a portable mosquito net, some DEET and creams. Also some malarone tablets as emergency medication. Is it possible to get such stuff in the big cities like Vientiane and Luang Prabang?

    #1 Posted: 20/2/2013 - 23:15

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  • Rufus

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    Why use Malarone? You don't need it. Just use Deet.

    #2 Posted: 21/2/2013 - 04:25

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    In Vientiane yes -- not sure about Malarone though -- though agree with Rufus -- DEET enough for most.

    #3 Posted: 21/2/2013 - 04:38

  • Rufus

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    Malarone is not legally for sale in SEA. The manufacturers wish to prevent mosquitoes from gaining immunity.

    #4 Posted: 21/2/2013 - 18:13

  • ryo

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    why dont you use coconut oil?
    coconut oil protects your skin from all bugs, i always use coconut oil every time i travel in south east asia.
    i dont get any moquito bites.

    #5 Posted: 21/2/2013 - 19:18

  • jamesdueeast

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    Thanks for the tips. I checked some Malaria maps like WHO and Fit4Travel and it recommended anti-malarials. I wouldn't take them unless it was for an emegency measure if I'd somehow contracted Malaria. I've heard that a large dose taken after finding out you have it can act as a temporary measure before seeking medical help at a hospital.
    Anyways, what I'd REALLY like to put my mind (and ears) at ease during the night, is a decent mosquito net. Are they easy to pick up in Laos?

    #6 Posted: 21/2/2013 - 23:11

  • ryo

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    maybe you want to try Talaat Thong Khan Kham market in Vientianne.
    they sell just about everything.
    good luck.

    #7 Posted: 22/2/2013 - 03:30

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    The widely used insect repellent Deet appears to be losing its effectiveness against mosquitoes, scientists say

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21519998

    #8 Posted: 26/2/2013 - 05:33

  • ragbird

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    Are u already there?

    #9 Posted: 3/3/2013 - 22:26

  • mariajames

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    I haven't been there before...

    #10 Posted: 4/3/2013 - 10:13

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