I'm heading to Ko Phayam & Little Ko Chang early December for 6 weeks ; I've just stumbled on a post saying that theres still a malaria risk on these islands ( the post also mentions snake problems) normally I'm not worried about this kind of stuff ,( I've camped out for months in the Andaman islands (india) but I'm taking my 3 year old daughter this time and this info has got my girlfriend worrying a bit , is there anyone who knows these islands well who could give an update on the health issues ?
#1 scrog99 has been a member since 18/9/2010. Posts: 2
There are no malaria and dengue fever in Koh Phayam. Never had any cases . Population of people very small and mosquitoes not fly more than 60-80 m from place where they bread...In Ranong city , where big population of migrants have all of course. I have 3 small kids and stay here long time and my kids never had any health problem.. Also you will see snake - you should be very lucky... Not too many here as well. I saw one snake every 3-4 months and not seat always in same place..
Cannot say nothing about Ko Chang, island is bigger and much lees developed than Koh Phayam island...
#2 DIMA has been a member since 25/5/2007. Posts: 2
Koh Chang is fast becoming over developed along the shore. I have never heard of any major health out breaks but as the island is so much covered rain forest I would take all the normal precautions as per small children. You will see many small children there but most holidayers with small kids keep towards the beaches not the jungle. There are snakes about toward the foliage but it is not a big problem for tourists. in my two trips there we encountered none, but the jungle above the shore line is full of em. One girl did find a huge lizard under her bed while I was there but the place we stayed in was about as low budget as you could find then. now there are numerous "nice" places to stay that aren't open to such pests. There are numerous geckos of course. Make sure you wash the childs hands and face a lot and bring or purchase in Bkk plenty of germ killing wipes etc. Enjoy your trip.
You've made the right choice! I'm also coming there in a couple of days for 6 weeks! I wouldn't worry about the 'problems' you mentioned.. BUT. I did get a dengue fever there in May 2010 - it was quite a nasty one too. And so did few others around same time and before many people I know got it there. And they suspected (nurse on phayam) malaria first, but I haven't heard of any cases myself. And I've seen quite a few snakes there too but mostly during quiet (rainy) season. But don't worry! This time a year, there are enough tourists to keep the snakes away and the mosquitos love wet places so I don't think that will be a problem either. Enjoy!!
#4 jematah has been a member since 16/12/2010. Posts: 1
To even suggest that there is no risk at all (see dima post) is misleading to say the least.
The correct answer is - There are malaria carrying mozzies in and around Koh Chang and areas close to the Cambodian border BUT- the chance of contracting the disease is very low.
Especially if you take precautions such as some personal spray on tropical strength aeroguard or equivalent before you venture outdoors AND spray your room with fly spray when you enter but in particular spray before going to bed.
There are snakes but you are unlikely to stumble across them unless you go and see a snake show or something :)
Just take precautions and you won't find yourself stressing too much about it, leaving you with more time to enjoy your holiday.
#5 Dilligaf has been a member since 27/11/2010. Posts: 10
Hie fellow fishys.
As the above posts are all from around 2010, IÂ´m wondering how the situation has developed since then. IÂ´m planning to go to Ko Chang and Ko Mak, traveling along is my son, aged 3.5yrs.
IÂ´m thankful for any new information or up-to-date reports.
#6 Architeuthis has been a member since 28/7/2009. Posts: 14