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  • traceyincap-
    etown

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    hi all ... we travelling bkk > kanchanaburi (river kwai) > krabi > islands > Phuket > BKK over 12 - 26 Feb 2011 ... do you think we need malaria tabs? thx xx tracey

    #1 Posted: 1/2/2011 - 15:37

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  • Krabiman

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    Not unless you want to waste money and feel bad for nothing.

    #2 Posted: 1/2/2011 - 16:58

  • laurenladky

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    Hi Tracey!

    I certainly agree with Krabiman! Especially since you will be visiting populated/sea areas. My friend from the states visited me last July and took malaria tablets after her doctor convinced her malaria was everywhere in Thailand. She spent her entire trip with her head in the toilet. You don't need em. Take repellent for Kanchanaburi. You can also eat vitamin b tablets. Apparently, this makes you taste terrible to mosquitos!

    #3 Posted: 1/2/2011 - 18:15

  • Krabiman

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    Malaria doesnt exist or is very rare in Thailand's main tourist areas. That doctor must be hopeless because doctors can access up to date info on such things via a 5 sec search on a computer. I had a doctor do that years ago.

    #4 Posted: 1/2/2011 - 19:18

  • boxee

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    Location Singapore
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    krabiman i agree when that in the main tourist areas malaria tablets are not needed , but what about when travelling out of the main tourist areas , this year i will be spending a week
    in unphang and moe sot , would u think about taking malaria tablets in these areas ???

    danny

    #5 Posted: 1/2/2011 - 20:16

  • Krabiman

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    i would have some in a bag and only take them if needed. malaria isnt that common in thailand. i havent been to umphang so not sure about that area. doctors have told me malaria is more common in burma and you are going near there so maybe ask a doctor about it if worried.

    #6 Posted: 2/2/2011 - 22:14

  • Nola_Lee_Ke-
    lsey

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    16th January, 2011
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    If you are into being paranoid, irritable and flushing money down the toilet, then yes, stock up on Malaria pills. I tried them once years ago. When some pour guy in Kenyan tried to mug me I chased him down the beach, my attitude got worse from there.

    Seriously, those of us who live here full time do not take them.

    It will sound off, but if you are really worried about bites take a combination of three tablets, 1) unscented garlic 2) apple cider vinegar 3) brewer’s yeast (or a good vitamin B combo) starting 2 weeks prior to your tip and while traveling. I know, it sounds like another crazy old wives tale, but it is actually an old horse tale. Mosquitoes rarely bite people who are on this combination. Their blood smells unpalatable to biting insects, so the bugs go bite the chap at the next table instead. This combo is the same thing all those fancy Equestrian people spend a fortune for ,so that their horse’s coats are smooth and not all bug bitten at the high-end shows.

    Strange but true! So if you are one of those folks that really attracts bug bites bring these along and skip the toxic brew the pharmaceutical companies want pump into your body.

    #7 Posted: 3/2/2011 - 16:08

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