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Oh dear..too late to vaccinate?

Posted by sidewinder on 4/1/2011 at 22:30

Myself and my girlfriend are going to Vietnam in less than 3 weeks, and pretty stupidly, we left thinking about immunisations until the new year, totally forgetting that you're supposed to get them quite a way in advance. Myself, I'm not so worried about, all I think I need is a Hep A booster, the other essentials (Typhoid, Tetunus, Diphtheria) are still valid for me from when I went away in 2009. But I don't think my girlfriend has any of that We've both booked an appointment at the travel c ...

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Posted by hannesnaomi on 26/2/2008 at 13:49

Does anyone know where a good place to get botox / filler treatment done in Thailand (BKK). Somewhere with carefully trained medical personel administering same. Where can I find out more? Costs/locations etc. Thanks. ...

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Weird question: easiest microbial environments in SEA?

Posted by glomer on 2/6/2010 at 10:08

So all the lovely folks on this board helped me and my husband plan a honeymoon in Laos, but he has since been diagnosed with an "exotic" parasite (not sure how this was contracted) and hospitalized for a mysterious illness that may or may not be related to the bug. Given all this, we're thinking we may need to revise our travel plans. Can anyone recommend a relatively easy microbial environment in SEA for a delicate Westerner? We've spent lots of time in Bali and so would prefer to go ...

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Posted by mrnice88 on 11/5/2010 at 20:21

hey.ill be travelling to thailand/laos/vietnam/cambodia. ive done a litle bit of research on rabies. but im just wondering wether it is worth me getting my not really planning on touching any animals or working around them.obviously i dont know wether a dog is going to take a shine to my arm or not. any opinions welcome, many thanks dan ...

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WHO Snake Farm

Posted by Thomas922 on 15/4/2011 at 11:04

Many people forget some shots before they go. If you are going to be travelling in SE Asia for a while it is good to know you can get shots here. The snake farm in Bangkok was a World Health Organization affiliated place at one time. (Still is?) I got shots there at a fraction of the cost of my home country. Hep/typhoid/tetanus booster/rabies/cholera...they can sort you proper if you skipped something and want to feel better about it. Just sharing the info! ...

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deet or picaridin

Posted by greektraveller on 14/3/2011 at 22:44

I wanna buy insect repellants and I am bit worried after reading the dangers of deet. any suggestion? ...

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In case of emergency..

Posted by roff on 22/3/2011 at 21:20

Travelling to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam an Cambodia in May for 3 months. Just wondering what the contact information/ standard procedure is in case of an emergency in these countries? If anyone can help me out with this it would be great.. ive sone alot of reading on safety ie malaria prevention and dodging tourist scams but couldnt find anything for this.. Thanks. ...

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Don't squash this bug!

Posted by SBE on 10/4/2011 at 04:42

It looks innocuous enough, a bit like a big soldier ant. However you'll know it isn't harmless if you slap at it like a mosquito, accidentally crush one in your sleep, or get hit in the face by one while you're driving a motorbike. I just thought I'd post a heads up about this thing in case anyone else is blissfully unaware that these insects "contain the most poisonous animal contact toxin in the world". I do ...

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Stitches URGENT

Posted by spburchill on 3/3/2011 at 18:04

Hello all, I am in Vang Vieng and had six stitches place under my right eye on my cheek bone area after taking a fall. Of course Vang Vieng right. Anyways, I am looking for any information on getting the stitches out in Hanoi Vietnam as I am trying to get out of here, or to stay in Vang Vieng for the next few days and get them removed. I really am trying to not go to Vientiane. The stitches were really well done and the wound is clean. PLEASE HELP! ...

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plan to go from Australia to Europe by land

Posted by natiandyvan on 27/2/2011 at 22:11

Hi, I m french and my girlfriend is Chilean, we are living in Australia and we are planning to travel in Asia from june, We would like to take as less as possible flight and reach Europe safely.... We want to visit in order Indonesia, Singapour, Malaisia, Thailande, Laos,Cambogia, Vietnam, Burma, India, and Nepal, we have as time as we need to make this trip possible.... We are seeking any advices, mostly about the road and the boarder possible to cross safely, we know that it s might be hard to ...

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typhiod and hep A, any others?

Posted by mrk12a on 3/1/2011 at 23:02

Hi so im getting hep a and typhiod vacinations and was wondering wether any others would be recommended? Im leaving in 6 weeks so some i think i may have left to late ( hep b for example). I plan on being very carefull e.g any bites from dog/monkey straight to the hospital, condoms if the situation arises ( the HIV is the bigest concern here) and being carefull. So any more vacinations you would recommend? ...

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Health and Welfare when travelling in Vietnam

Posted by johnmc on 13/1/2011 at 15:49

There are fewproblems with mosquitoes in the towns and cities of Vietnam, so there is no need tobring large quantities of repellent. However, a couple of tubes would beadvisable, particularly if your itinerary involves trekking or travel inforested areas. Insect repellentsare available locally, but almost always based upon ‘deet’ or similar chemicalpreparations, which can cause rashes and allergic reactions in hot, humidconditions. I advise those based on natural ingredients, but there is l ...

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Cholera and doxycycline

Posted by Ross89 on 31/12/2010 at 04:32

Hello fellow travellers... I just have a quick question! Im travelling around most of southeast asia and have been informed that i will need to be vaccinated for cholera and many others. I will be using doxycline for malaria and have read that doxycycline is used to treat cholera so do i really need to be vaccinated for it as im going to be using doxycline throughout my time there and 28 days after. Your thoughts? Ross ...

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Bed bugs on the road any idea's?

Posted by patrickien on 22/7/2009 at 03:02

Recently while looking through hostel refernces for Bangkok I came across a few cases of lost sleep due to bed bugs, so I surfed the net for more info. Theres plenty of info but its all to do with getting rid of them and noyhing about preventing them when your on the road!! Has anybody got any words of wisdom? or does anybody know of something that works to ensure a peacefull sleep? talc powder? dettol? let me know greetings patrickien. ...

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Posted by momof4 on 9/12/2010 at 23:33

How easy is it to pick up permethrin to soak or spray clothing against mozzies in SE Asia? I don't want to treat our clothes before we go since it apparently wears off after 6 weeks and that is well before we get to Cambodia or Laos and I don't want to be carrying bottles of the stuff around with us. So should I forget about it or will I be able to find some solution once we arrive? ...

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Fentanyl & other Pain meds

Posted by axact on 10/12/2010 at 10:40

Hi, I am currently in Thailand and am having great difficulty in getting my prescribed Fentanyl Patches. I have been to a hospital and they have to get a license to stock which they tell me could take months to get. I brought 3 months supply with me but wish to stay longer. Can anyone advise where I can buy Fentanyl or even morphine sulphate without a lot of problem within Asia.Tramadol is not an option. I am happy to go and see a doctor/ hospital for a prescription and have paperwork from home ...

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What and how to pack?

Posted by susantsao2 on 15/2/2010 at 11:09

I am leaving for another place for good in a year or so, has anyone had to pack up in this span of time for a trip before? What was your process, and where did you leave it all? What was the most random and un-explainable item you decided to keep? Do you have any tips or hints that helped this process for you? How long did it take you to pack up your life and leave it behind? ...

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How easy is it to get malaria meds in Cambodia-and did you have any other jabs?

Posted by newbiedanielle on 9/9/2010 at 22:09

Hey, just got a slight enquiry about obtaining malaria meds in Cambodia. Basically, Im going to be heading out earlier than I origanally planned to Cambodia (then Laos and Thailand) and have thus lost my appointment at the doctors for getting my jabs and prescriptions for trop diseases. How easy would it be to get some anti-malarials in Cambodia, as I won't have prescription-although I have been researching the different ones and doxycycline looks to be the way to go. Also what other jabs did pe ...

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First Aid Kit - buying 'in house' - possible?

Posted by siddy on 16/10/2010 at 15:17

Im following the advice for a first aid kit on this (excellent) site. Ive searched the forums but haven't found any informations on where to buy the gear if you are already in the area - (my first set down in Kuala Lumpur, 2nd is Bangkok, im writing this in the plane now). Im trying to find: Adheasive bandage (bigger and stickier than a band aid) rap-able bandage antiseptic cream/gel (for cleaning small cuts) hand sanitizer tweezers needle thread or fishing line also, does anyone know if its p ...

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I've decided to go travelling as a last minute thing, and have NOT had any jags!!

Posted by sammymac69 on 25/9/2010 at 22:52

Vaccinations are available in Thailand. If you wanted Hep A + B and Typhoid, they need 2 or 3 follow ups, so you could get the first jab in Bangkok, hang around for 7 days, get the 2nd jab and then keep laying low, maybe in Phuket etc (eating hotel food), after 15days u could get good to go. Many people dont get any jabs, and they are fine if they stay in the safe touristy places. You might find travel insurance much more important than jabs, so check that out. If you get bitten by a rabid m ...

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