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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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Viewed 4,575 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by somtam2000 on 21/10/2009 at 08:53

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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Burning Coils

Posted by aman218 on 8/7/2009 at 22:06

I live in England and right now, in the midst of our summer, I have at least 20 bites. Obviously, I'm a little worried about getting bitten every second during my time out in SE Asia and was considering a coil everywhere I go....BUT I've just read this article < > about the health implications...what do you guys recommend I do? ...

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swine flu and air travel

Posted by sayadian on 21/7/2009 at 18:25

I just copied this from the AirAsia site.Maybe it will be of help to anyone who is worried about flying during this outbreak. Some airlines are refusing to carry people who so much as sneeze! This is a statement from the World Health Organisation and kind of proves that the airlines are over-reacting to the general hysteria regarding this 'flu' “Limiting travel and imposing travel restrictions would have very little effect on stopping the virus from spreading, but would be highly disrupt ...

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Natural repellents

Posted by BruceMoon on 21/7/2009 at 07:02

An oft cited issue in Travelfish's forum page - TravelHealth - is the appropriate use of insect repellent. Some from temperate climates fear that the insects in the tropics are more aggressive than in other global zones. I don't know whether that is true, but I know some insect repellents don't have a long 'resistence' effect in the tropics. This is not because of the product, but because we humans sweat more in the tropics and the repellant loses its effect due to profuse sweating. Fo ...

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hay fever

Posted by buecax on 17/7/2009 at 14:45

hi all, i am allergic to grass pollen (hay fever). i will be travelling to north vietnam / laos / cambodia during the rain season in september / october. does anybody know if i will have trouble with hay fever there as well? since hay fever is pretty common, maybe i can get some first-hand advice from a fellow sufferer. cheers, axel ...

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cover up?

Posted by xontros on 14/6/2009 at 20:25

two weeks before i leave for Thailand and Laos and I started getting concerned with mosquitos and staff. I realise that I have to cover up and use DEET but covering up is not always possible. For example when on the beach or when its really hot. What do you think? Do I worry too much? Is it ok if I use DEET with my sunscreen? I m trying to estimate whether I am minimising the problem or exagerrating. Nevertheless my last trip to Singapore was more stress free when I didn't know all thi ...

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Viewed 3,478 times, with 16 replies. Last reply by BruceMoon on 15/7/2009 at 12:11

Doctors in Bangkok

Posted by fivesilver on 4/3/2009 at 23:45

What's the situation with going to a doctor in BK for minor complaints? I'm wondering if it's like South Korea. There, there are very few all-purpose GPs. You go to the Ear, Nose & Throat doc, the Dermatologist or whatever, depending on what's wrong. Even without insurance, a visit to one of these specialists - in a developed country - costs a lot less than when I go to a GP in Dublin who gives me some very general advice and an expensive prescription for some catch-all antibiotics. Anyon ...

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malaria tablets

Posted by cj5892 on 23/6/2008 at 19:56

is it possible to purchase malarone or doxycycline in bangkok? also what would the cost be (roughly). it is going to cost me £20 for my surgery to write a prescription then whatever the cost of the tablets is on top of that, so though i may be better off sourcing them over there is it's possible. many thanks ...

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Chikungunya outbreak in Thailand.

Posted by SBE on 13/5/2009 at 15:55

Mosquito-borne diseases. Many newbie tourists worry about catching malaria when they go to Thailand. Most expats and seasoned travellers know that you're far more likely to catch dengue fever than malaria. But there's another mosquito-borne disease which rarely gets a mention on travel forums called Chikungunya. The symptoms are similar to dengue but it causes fewer fatalities. There seems to be quite a lot of it about in Thailand at the moment, mostly in the the Muslim areas in deep ...

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