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Posted by RACHYPF on 1/12/2009 at 21:40

Hi backpacking around Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam between January and early April 2010. Told by practice surgery that personal choice over whether to have rabies and jap b enchep jabs.Wondered what other people are doing? ...

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Posted by greenman42 on 1/10/2009 at 15:24

I am a sufferer of motionsickness, worst on a boat. On my first trip to Thailand, I found that a pill was only sometimes effective. Possibly due to varying degress of hangover. This time I'm planning on doing alot of diving, which means many trips in a small boat. I don't really wan't to have to dope myself up before every dive. Before anyone says, "You'll get used to it in time". I worked on a cruise ship for seven months, and while this is true for living aboard, I fear it will be quite diffe ...

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Availability of 2 particular medications over the counter?

Posted by Jleef on 14/10/2009 at 04:41

Hi all, I'm currently in the midst of planning a 6-month trip to SE Asia which begins in January. Although I'm remaining extremely flexible with my schedule, I hope to visit Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam during my time, although in all honesty I could end up pretty much anywhere in the area =) I have a question regarding a couple of prescribed medicines which I sometimes use here in the UK. They are: Stemetil / Prochlorperazine - a sort of "anti dizzy" tablet I've used in the past w ...

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Vaccinations and The Pill - GIRLS ONLY..maybe boys too...

Posted by virusvaleria on 17/11/2009 at 12:39

does getting the vaccinations interfere with the contraceptive pill? And most importantly, are the shots done on the bum? sorry, im just needle phobic. ...

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Meningitis vaccine?

Posted by Jleef on 21/11/2009 at 04:40

Hey guys, another jabs-related question... I'm off to the Drs in a couple of weeks to get my vaccinations for my 6 months trip to SE Asia beginning in the new year. The ones I'm looking at getting / getting boosts of are: Hep A Hep B Typhoid Tetanus Polio Diphtheria I'm pretty set on not getting the rabies shot(s), I've read enough on Malaria to know that taking anti-malarials from day 0 isn't the best plan and is no reason to not be educated and cautious on the matter instead, and ...

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Buy Lariam in Bangkok

Posted by ansbas5 on 21/11/2009 at 12:51

hi there! we spent more time than we thought in South East Asia. It is mighty nice here! But now we are short of our Malaria drugs, Lariam. Does anyone know where we can buy these drugs? Are now in Siem Reap, Cambodia and will be going to Bangkok. So either place is fine! Thanks so much for you help! all the best, Ans & Bas - Holland ...

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Travel Diarrhoea Medication

Posted by jojoba on 13/11/2009 at 16:07

Hi I'm planning a trip to Thailand and Cambodia in January and I'm a bit worried about getting sick from the food. I found these tablets in the chemist that says it reduces the chance of diarrhoea. Has anyone used something like this before? And does it work? The product is called Travel Bug by Ethical Nutrients: It has Saccharomyces cerevisiae (bouldardii), a probiotic yeast in it. I also saw another type with a different ...

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Deet OR Picaridn?

Posted by sputnik0 on 8/6/2008 at 04:51

Hi again, Just a quick question. Has anyone used Picaridin over Deet in Southeast Asia? I was going to buy Deet insect repellent and realized a lot of insect repellent say "DEET FREE" so I found out that Deet based insect repellent can cause skin irritations and shouldn't be worn under clothing and should be washed off thoroughly every night. I have very sensitive skin so I was wondering if anyone else has had a problem with Deet or have tried Picaridin. Thanks! ...

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contact lenses

Posted by mattaysmith on 8/11/2008 at 18:18

Hi, I am traveling to SE asia starting in Thailand going through laos, cambodia indonesia for around 6 months. I was wondering what I should do about my hard contact lenses, can I get solution out there as taking it all with me will be heavy in my backpack? ...

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Shots for South East Asia

Posted by virusvaleria on 21/10/2009 at 06:42

We are travelling to Malaysia, Phuket & Bangkok by air and then doing Cambodia (Siam Reap) and Vietnam (ending in Saigon) by land. Are we going to need shots? Thanks heaps for any help. ...

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vang vieng?

Posted by jasonkim8486 on 21/10/2009 at 08:11

i hear vientian is a notorious hotspot for it problematic in vang vieng as well? ...

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travelling on warfarin

Posted by xquisitecorpse on 17/10/2009 at 13:09

Hi long time reader, first time poster ;P... Have been placed on warfarin due to having a Pulmonary Embolism a month ago - great timing as we are leaving for Vietnam on 1st November (??!!) Doc says I'm good to go - however I will either need to arrange my regular blood tests over there or buy a (pricey) machine to test myself. Has anyone travelled whilst on warfarin and has any advice ? ...

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Another contact lenses

Posted by greenman42 on 1/10/2009 at 15:34

On my list of "Before I leave" shopping, I had contact lenses, I wear one month disposable, soft lenses. I am planning on going to Thailand for six months to a year, and I will soon be out. I'm looking at about 6000 baht for a year's supply, if I buy at home. Are lenses likely to be so much cheaper in Bangkok ,that I'll want to take the time to do it there, or should I just be done with it, and enjoy my trip? ...

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Drinking water

Posted by Puggles on 28/9/2009 at 08:45

Is the water safe in Vietnam to drink? I have only ever been to Thailand and I was repeatedly warned not to drink the water there. I mistakenly nibbled on a lettuce leaf or two that was a garnish for a dish and had reason why you shouldn't drink the water honed into me with the "after experience" with this simple mistake. Is it the same in Vietnam? Should I be wary of drinking water and of fruits and salads that may have been washed in tap water?? ...

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Posted by bodders on 21/9/2009 at 05:06

Having travelled SEA a few times now i have yet to find how to deal with cockroaches. Is there a way to put them off entering your room or getting them to leave in a natural way? i.e. without the need to use chemical sprays etc? I know they are harmless but its the one thing that keeps me awake at night....i have stayed at places where they have been in the bed and i've awoken to find them next to me on the pillow...that was in Laos by the way. ...

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possible to get the shots in BgK??!

Posted by soQQuadro on 19/8/2009 at 07:40

I was wondering if it's possible to get the epathitis A & B and Thypoid shots somewhere in Bangkok. Anyone knows?? ...

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daily contact lenses - Hanoi

Posted by lwcatuk on 23/9/2009 at 21:43

Hi, I will be travelling to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, Nov - Dec 2009, does anyone know where I can buy daily contact lenses? I will be able to bring a supply, with me but will need to buy more possibly in Hanoi, as this will be about half way, through my trip. ...

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Back Packing and pregnant

Posted by lokioscarrosie on 30/8/2009 at 06:36

Hi, My wife and I are backpacking through Thailand, Vietnam & Cambodia. We have had been dreaming about this trip for ages. We just found out yesterday that we are going to have a baby. My wife cannot get the injections or take maleria tablets. Is it still possible to travel safely through those area while pregnant without malaria tablets or injections? ...

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drug resistant malaria in Cambodia

Posted by sayadian on 12/8/2009 at 14:34

This article deals with the terrible new threat to public health in Cambodia ...

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dizzy with travel health

Posted by christay2009 on 20/7/2009 at 21:30

Hey Just got back from my doctors [UK] where i was presented with a 'travel pack' in which there was a nice big list of horrible diseases For Laos it has been advised i receive a vaccination for diphtheria, Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hep B. While Rabies, Japanese B Encephalitis, Tuberculosis should also 'be considered'. Additionally, Malarone for the duration of the trip [planned stay of 1 month]. It seems that i've just been handed the WHO list for Laos. Additionally, because i' ...

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