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Posted by potta_boro on 2/6/2011 at 02:51

Hey i'm going to be visiting, thailand, malaysia and indonesia for around 4 months this august and im pretty sketchy about malaria tablets, i will be getting the jab but certain forums say forget about the tablets you wont need them, a friend has just gone to thailand and forked out £200 for tablets!!

Bangkok > Chiang Mai > Kanchanaburi > Ko Samui > Phuket > Ko Phi Phi
Not sure where im visiting in Malaysia or Thailand just yet. A little help on other vacinations would help too :)


#1 potta_boro has been a member since 3/5/2011. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 56

Posted by christay2009 on 2/6/2011 at 04:01

A quick Google search would tell you Malaria medication isn't needed in most of Thailand, bar the border regions. Good way to spend £200 though.

I think that mainland (?) Malaysia is all good too unless you're going into the Jungle.



#2 christay2009 has been a member since 8/2/2009. Location: China. Posts: 415

Posted by busylizzy on 2/6/2011 at 08:49

Where in Indo and Malaysia are you going? I travelled through Bali, Lombok, Flores and other smaller islands for 2 months without taking tables and had no problems. I had them with me, but didn't like the idea of taking them, so didn't. But of course, it only takes one hungry mozzie.....

To be honest, unless you are deep in jungle and/or it's rainy season, I wouldn't bother. You are just as likely (more likely?) to catch Dengue Fever, also caught from mosquitoes, and for which there is no protection other than repellant. So you need to protect yourself regardless.... repellant, long pants, etc in evenings. Ok, I didn't even bother the long pants. Just lots of repellant - and not the Deet stuff, either. Normal store-bought repellant.

Maybe I was just lucky.....

You always have to weigh up the risks and make decisions that are best for you. But make informed decisions - so do your research.

#3 busylizzy has been a member since 31/12/2007. Location: New Zealand. Posts: 2,152

Posted by potta_boro on 2/6/2011 at 23:20

Thanks for the link and replies!

Not sure where to go in malaysia or indonesia as yet im just hoping to go with the flow and ask around where the best places to visit would be once i get there from other backpackers.

I dont really want to have to fork out for the tablets cos its alot of money and that could get me extra time away, although i dont want to be that unlucky one to catch malaria!! i cant win..Would the malaria injections not be enough to stop it?

Whats wrong with Deet? ive just bought some deet band things for my wrists and ankles(wether or not these will be any good or i will need them i dont no this is my first trip)

#4 potta_boro has been a member since 3/5/2011. Location: United Kingdom. Posts: 56

Posted by christay2009 on 3/6/2011 at 00:13

I think some people's skin doesn't take too kindly to DEET. I couldn't speak for Busylizzy though but I think that is a general complaint.

I would say that I hardly got any bites and I was using about 18-22% deet for most of the time. If I left it on overnight it would make me itch a bit but that only happened once or twice. The idea you need 90% DEET as you can buy in the UK is pretty crazy. I don't see how this is relevant to most travellers yet it is marketed as such.

Personally, I buy and take malarials but its seems quite a few on forums don't.

I would think DEET spray would be better than bands also. You can just get the local brand when you go to Thailand/SE Asia though.

There are many debates on TF about malaria medication so just have a scout around.

#5 christay2009 has been a member since 8/2/2009. Location: China. Posts: 415

Posted by Thomas922 on 3/6/2011 at 10:56

Too much deet is toxic. Take some but try alternatives too. I used a week deet and a non deet.
I ended up hardly using much of either one. Get lightweight breathable fabrics. No bright colors. And eat less sweets and use less strong aromas.

#6 Thomas922 has been a member since 1/7/2007. Location: United States. Posts: 352

Posted by samuijimmy on 9/6/2011 at 10:40

Citronella (Lemon Grass) spray works well... you can find in most chemist shops in Thailand or at Tesco... probably the same in Malaysia etc. I am not sure about mosquitoes in Indonesia, but Citronella would still work...

Malaria not common in built tourists built up areas, although occasionally there are reports, but areas usually sprayed with fermons (SP) to prevent breeding... It is usually the locals who get Malaria, if there is a rare break out... as they don't use sprays!

As Thomas 922 says avoid too much sweets & bright clothing & after shave / perfume! ...

Mosquitoes are usually only out in the early morning, and evening/ night.... most areas not heavy infestations that I have ever found.

Malaria carrying mosquitoes are smaller and out during the day, but as said not common...

I'd save your $200 .... they tend to over react .... I went through that on my first visit here, and now lived here nearly four years, it is not a major problem....

I would suggest avoiding "street food" though.... you'll more likely get upset stomach from that!

#7 samuijimmy has been a member since 9/6/2011. Location: Canada. Posts: 8

Posted by morse96 on 15/12/2011 at 12:07

i have 95% deet the woman at the shop was like keep it away from plastics haha ah well as long as it keeps the mozzies away. also hope someone can help is it easy to get doxycycline in thailand because i need a prescription over in the uk and my doctor is pushing me too have a more expensive drug

#8 morse96 has been a member since 11/12/2011. Posts: 27

Posted by Thomas922 on 15/12/2011 at 15:18

Doxy is available everywhere in Bangkok.....

#9 Thomas922 has been a member since 1/7/2007. Location: United States. Posts: 352

Posted by altmtl on 15/12/2011 at 16:05

I use Citronella as well, I stopped taking Malaria meds 3 - 4 yrs ago.

#10 altmtl has been a member since 18/5/2009. Location: Canada. Posts: 1,003

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