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Anti-mosquito kit available in Laos?

Posted by jamesdueeast on 20/2/2013 at 23:15

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?

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Posted by Rufus on 21/2/2013 at 04:25

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

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Posted by somtam2000 on 21/2/2013 at 04:38 admin

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

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Posted by Rufus on 21/2/2013 at 18:13

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

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Posted by ryo on 21/2/2013 at 19:18

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.

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Posted by jamesdueeast on 21/2/2013 at 23:11

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?

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Posted by ryo on 22/2/2013 at 03:30

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

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Posted by Captain_Bob on 26/2/2013 at 05:33

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

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Posted by ragbird on 3/3/2013 at 22:26

Are u already there?

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Posted by mariajames on 4/3/2013 at 10:13

I haven't been there before...

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