Thailand, like a lot of other popular tropical tourist destinations has a decent level of healthcare, and there is a relatively low chance of contracting any serious illness simply by having a holiday there. However, also like a lot of other popular tropical tourist destinations, there are some things which you should be aware of to guarantee that you leave just as healthy as when you arrived.
Unless you’re coming from somewhere which is a designated contaminated area, the Thai government doesn’t require entrants to be vaccinated or provide vaccination certificates. However, it is advised that before your trip you make an appointment with your doctor and inquire about what vaccinations you might like to consider. There are some border regions of Thailand in which Malaria is quite active. It’s also a good idea to always be up to date with vaccinations for things like Tetanus.
Most of the major cities have world standard health-care facilities, particularly in the country’s capital, Bangkok. There is a very high standard of care provided in all of Thailand’s private health hospitals and clinics, so if you find yourself unwell or injured, don’t be afraid to seek help. It would also be a good idea to make sure your travel insurance is squared away so that if in the case of an emergency, you do need to visit a doctor or hospital, you’re covered for any care. Along with hospitals, a lot of the hotels in Thailand also have doctors on 24-hour in case of guest emergencies.
Generally speaking, and officially, the tap water you’ll find throughout most of Thailand is clean. However, that doesn’t mean that you should regularly drink directly from the tap. You should always drink bottled water and it’s even advisable that you use bottled water when brushing your teeth. Hotels in Thailand will provide you at least two bottles of water free of charge, so there shouldn’t be any reason to use tap water. Further, most restaurants and bars will only use boiled water for ice in drinks, or to wash fruit and vegetable, but you should always be cautious and ask beforehand.
Sun and Insects
With its tropical weather, Thailand’s sun can be equally harmful as it is beautiful. So make sure that whenever you’re outside, you apply a healthy dose of sunscreen. Even when it seems like it might be overcast, those harmful UV rays will still make their way through the clouds and there’s nothing worse than dealing with a sunburn when on holidays. You should also regularly apply mosquito or insect repellant. Even though diseases carried in mosquitos are relatively rare these days in Thailand, it’s a risk that you don’t want to be taking. You can either bring your own repellant, or alternatively, all of the 7-Eleven’s throughout the country will stock it.
With its friendly population and familiarity with foreign tourists, Thailand is by and large a safe place to travel. But you should still consider the fact that like everywhere in the world, being sensible is the only way to be truly safe. If you’re looking for a tour guide, make sure you organise it through your hotel or Hoot Holidays, in a lot of cases ‘fake’ tour guides offer their services and end up charging a lot of money for a tour of something completely different to what was asked for. You should also be extra careful with your passport and any valuables that you’re taking with you. Most of the hotels in Thailand will either have a safe in the room or at reception, so make use of it. If you’re planning on carrying around valuables, keep them in a concealed place and preferably within a zipped bag.