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Insect repellent - anything 100% effective?

Posted by jemal29 on 24/9/2012 at 16:21

Hi all, I'm off to travel round Thailand in a few weeks to escape this miserable UK weather, and I'm feeling rather paranoid about getting bitting by mosquitos. I know insect repellent has been discussed here before, but they've concentrated mainly on natural repellents - I want something that's going to be as close to 100% effective as possible even if it is some chemical-rich concoction. So, has anyone here ever used an insect repellent and never got bitten? I know I haven't! Cheers, J ...

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Crossing borders with diazepam / valium in SE Asia

Posted by onefatmonkey on 11/7/2011 at 21:47

Hi First time poster... To help with the long and often uncomfortable travel around SE Asia (but hey it gives you good stories to tell) I intend to take some diazepam (aka valium) with me and probably pick up some more in Bangkok. I'm a tall lad so sleeping on coaches is often very difficult, if not impossible for me. What are the rules with border crossings / airports with 'medicines' like this? I'm assuming it's legal to transport over borders (I'm doing Thailand, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam) ...

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Warning, men shouldn't skinny dip in S.E.Asia

Posted by sayadian on 5/9/2013 at 10:06

I just read that the Pacu, a fish with very sharp, human like teeth can be found off the coasts of South-East Asia. In fact fishermen enjoy the ferocious fight the Pacu puts up. It is closely related to the pirhana. There have been genuine reports of men having their testicles bitten off by Pacu. So think again when you go in the sea au naturel ...

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Pack your brain and wrap it in a helmet

Posted by somtam2000 on 26/1/2015 at 03:15

From this week's newsletter ( Don't get the newsletter? you can read this full issue here) I read a conversation on a travellers' Facebook group (managed by Travelfish member altmtl) this morning where a new visitor to Southeast Asia (they were not specific to where) asked if an Australian driving license was sufficient for renting a scooter. Some responses were correct (depending on the country), others misleading and others still, flat out wrong. Just another typical day on a Facebook travel ...

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Solo female travelling for the first time?

Posted by tkay on 2/12/2014 at 16:08

Im 19, and plan to go to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Indonesia for 3 months, solo. I know you meet people along the way, however I do not want to rely on that. I have no experience backpacking or travelling alone. Is this safe? I know a girl who went solo when she was 18 and said it was perfectly safe, though I wanted more input. Also, is 5 countries covering too much ground for 3 months? I was thinking that it was reasonable since I would have at least two weeks in each. Any tips/adv ...

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Dental Work

Posted by JacknKel on 6/8/2009 at 19:58

Hi There i have been researching having my teeth fixed & whitened it BKK (Sounds precious but im not). Can anyone tell me if I am being silly relying on BKK Dentist to fix my teeth at a 1/3rd of the Aussie costs? Are they safe health wise. any help would be appreciated. thx ...

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Japanese Encephalitis Vaccination Information

Posted by Stonie on 9/12/2013 at 11:39

Before I left on my travels for SE Asia I was undecided about having my JE jab as I think many people are. I traulled through lots of posts on various forums and websites looking for further info and advice. I wanted to share my experience with you as I think many will find it useful. I am not a doctor and this is simply based on my experience and understanding of the topic. When I visited my GP prior to leaving on my travels I was advised that the JE vaccination used in the UK was derived fro ...

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The most romantic things to do on honeymoon

Posted by reynas on 10/7/2014 at 02:12

Warning : Try these atyour own risk You honeymoon is indeed one of the most special times ofyour life. Isn't it? So we (Satrupa & me at WeAreHolidays) compiled a listof 9 most romantic things to do on honeymoon. Go ahead and read on. 7this my own favourite and I wish to do on my honeymoon. ...

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Prickly Heat

Posted by Phiddy on 10/12/2011 at 14:14

Does anyone else suffer from prickly heat? How do you deal with it when travelling in a hot climate for months on end? I tend to get it maybe every other time I go on holiday, but these are usually just ten days at a time, rather than 4 months at a time (which is what I am doing from January). I don't tend to get a noticeable rash, just completely unbearable prickling on my back. Last time I got it was in Turkey and I was literally floored for about 3 days, all I could do was lie there on the fl ...

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Sick for 48 hours in Thailand

Posted by SoloGirls on 7/3/2014 at 11:07

So despite my efforts and doing my best to avoid questionable food, it seems I've gotten something. But it's kind of weird. I haven't thrown up or anything, but have had a very sick feeling in my stomach off and on for 2 days now. Eating makes it worse, but then I'll be really hungry and will have a full on appetite. Then I eat and feel sick. I hadn't felt like throwing up this whole time.... until tonight. But I lied down for an hour or so and it passed. It's just an odd sick feeling I'v ...

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What is the word on Dengue Fever? Prevention? Treatment?

Posted by exacto on 9/1/2014 at 12:11

I've noticed several posts lately where folks like Geer1 mention they caught Dengue Fever. If you don't mind, will you tell us under what circumstances you think you caught it, what the symptoms were, how you manged to diagnosis it, and what treatments are available to at least treat the symptoms if there isn't a cure? Obviously covering up and using bug spray help prevent, but nothing is 100 percent, and even a blind mozzie gets lucky some time. I guess what I'm asking apart from how to preven ...

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Must have shots/vaccinations

Posted by stever1000 on 19/2/2014 at 07:04

Hello, I am going to the doctor this week and I want to know current information about what shots and vaccinations to get. I will be in SE Asia for 5 months (Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia) and I want to be healthy. I have heard a lot about HEP A+B, Tetanus, and typhoid/Diptheria Are these the base I should get for this time period of travel? There is a lot of 50/50 for Malaria, is there anything that is concrete? Thanks in advance! ...

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Should I take Doxycycline?

Posted by doobliss on 2/2/2014 at 23:34

Dear Travelfish: I will be travelling to Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and (flying out of) Singapore for three months. I have the full amount of pills I need for the trip (80% of the price was covered by my health plan). I am planning on buying a mosquito net and sleeping bag liner on arrival in Phnom Penh as well as applying mosquito repellent and being cautious. I am asking because I am unsure how my body will react to three months + 28 days of Doxycycline and Dengue fever is a much more ...

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Any malaria tablets left?

Posted by Soumya on 18/1/2014 at 18:39

Hey there Has anyone got some Malarone left from there trip. It's pretty expensive, between £2 and 3.50 the tablet! I'm from London and leaving pretty soon. I have 8 left from my last trip, I'll need another 31 supply. Anyone? Cheers peeps ...

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Picaridin, Nets, Rabies, and long pants

Posted by SoloGirls on 12/1/2014 at 14:05

Hi! I'm just kind of piling a handful of questions into one since they are all related. Picaridin: So I've been reading through all of the threads in here and what I could find on other sites. I'm really interested in knowing how affective people have found Picaridin when used in SEA. I've read tons on DEET, so I'm clear there. But what makes me want to avoid DEET is actually that a lot of my clothes do have an element of spandex to them as they are kind of workout clothes that I'm plannin ...

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Ethanol in bootleg liquor in SEAsia

Posted by somtam2000 on 6/1/2014 at 19:13

There's just been another bunch of people killed drinking ethanol tainted homebrew in Indonesia, this time in East Java. For those concerned, here is a wrap on how the ethanol gets into the drink. Unlike what some media reports are suggesting, the ethanol isn't added to the booze, rather it's a by-product of dodgy distilling. This remains particularly a problem in Indonesia where excessive alcohol prices (via tax) encourage home distilling, but is also common in some parts of Thailand. Unfort ...

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Worried about rabies

Posted by roro1990 on 13/11/2013 at 01:40

I'm currently on an 8 week trip in SE asia and im really scared that ive contracted rabies. I have been here 5 weeks, to Thailand, Laos and now Cambodia. I'm 99.99% sure I haven't been bitten by a dog, I have also not hung out near any caves but I have a feeling I could have possibly been bitten by a bat. I recall a stinging pain on my neck after a bite from what I thought was some kind of flying insect on the slow boat to luang prabang which I didn't think much of at the time but now it's all i ...

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Long term health insurance

Posted by UsTwo on 9/12/2013 at 14:13

What do the expats do for health insurance? I've been researching health insurance for a couple, and come up with premiums approaching $10,000.00 pa That puts a severe dent in plans for retirement in S.E.Asia! Is there any available for a more reasonable premium? ...

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Water Purifiers for 2 months in SE Asia

Posted by VanessaGoldstein on 22/1/2010 at 03:16

Hi folks, We are traveling for two months doing Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam--in that order. What is a reasonable amount of water purifier/iodine tablets to bring with us? Thanks! Vanessa ...

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Finding raw nuts and wholegrain cereals in Phnom Penh

Posted by Patricia on 28/9/2013 at 05:29

Hi everyone! I've just arrived in Phnom Penh for a six-month stay and went around in search for food. I was quite depressed, I cannot seem to find anywhere raw (and unsalted) nuts like cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds, or cereals (wholegrain or flakes). I am gluten-intolerant and have to avoid salt, sugar, fried stuff, generally I have no problem finding food. but here everything seems to be fried or deep-fried, everywhere there is a sauce and at supermarkets I only saw roasted and salted nuts ...

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