Famed for its golden beaches, floating markets, opulent temples, delicious street food and raucous full moon parties – it’s no wonder Thailand is nicknamed The Land of Smiles!
While you’re planning your trip of a lifetime, it can be easy to forget the less-exciting things such as vaccinations, but these things have got to be done so you can enjoy your holiday to the max! Soz.
Luckily, Superdrug have made it easy. If you’re wondering ‘what vaccinations do I need for Thailand?’ Don’t worry, Superdrug’s Travel Clinic has you covered by offering a wide range of vaccinations and a simple appointment booking process.
So, if you’re getting geared up to visit Thailand this summer, here is what you need to know about protecting yourself against illnesses, infections and diseases.
Get vacay ready with your vaccinations
Before you can start thinking about packing your bikini’s and jetting off, it’s important to know there are a couple of recommended vaccinations you should have at least 6-8 weeks before you leave.
Tetanus is contracted through infected cuts, wounds and burns and is a potential threat in areas where medical care is limited. So, if you’re off up into the mountains or another rural area, get yourself protected. The majority of people will have had a tetanus injection at some point in their life, but if it has been more than 10 years since your last one - it’s best to get yourself a booster injection.
Hep A is spread through contaminated food and water – and just like food poisoning, you won’t know you’ve come into contact with it until it’s too late. Hep A symptoms are particularly nasty and can stop your holiday in its tracks quicker than you can say ‘Pad Thai, please!
Think high temperatures, severe nausea, vomiting, back and joint pain. Not a good look when you’re loving life on the beach, so get your Hep A dose booked in.
And you may also want to consider…
Yellow fever is spread by mozzie bites, and you best believe us, Thailand is well-known for its mosquito population! The yellow fever vaccination is NOT mandatory if you’re coming straight from the UK. However, if you’re coming from a country with a high yellow fever risk, such as certain countries in Africa, Central and South America then you’ll need to be vaccinated and travel with the certificate you receive to prove you are protected.
If you will be visiting rural areas, paddy fields or jungle areas in Thailand you may want to consider the vaccination, however chances of contacting yellow fever are low.
Other ways to protect yourself from mozzie bites is to simply keep covered up with long sleeves and trousers and spray yourself liberally with insect repellent – especially near water and in the evening.
Is there a risk of Malaria?
Unfortunately, yes, but not everywhere. Thailand has an ongoing problem with mosquitoes, especially in lowland paddy fields and rural parts of the country where they breed and love to attack unsuspecting tourists and their exposed skin!
If you are planning to go exploring off the beaten track, getting a course of malaria tablets is the best way to go. You will usually need to start a course a few days before you leave, so be prepared and arrange these at least a week before.
Top 10 things to try in Thailand
Of course, visiting Thailand isn’t all about the health risks! Once you get there, with your vaccinations doing their thang, you can fully enjoy the sights and sounds this amazing country has to offer.
Stuck for ideas or first time visiting? Here’s a few ideas to get you in the holiday mood…
- Visit as many of Thailand’s 30k + temples as you can
- Eating on a budget? Street food doesn’t get much better than in Thailand!
- Had a long day? Treat yourself to a world-famous Thai massage
- Take to the waters and shop at a floating market
- Party like no one is watching at a full or half-moon party in Koh Phangan
- Take a trip in a TukTuk (but agree a price before jumping in!)
- Experience the truly amazing Maeklong Railway Market
- Practise your bartering skills and shop ‘till you drop in one of Thailand’s many (many) markets
- Go Island hopping from Phuket or Krabi and experience the golden sands, crystal blue waters and oh-so Instagrammable scenery
- Learn a thing or two about delicious Thai cuisine by taking a Thai cooking class.
Are you ready to experience all Thailand has to offer?
Find out more about Superdrug travel vaccinations and book an appointment below - happy holidays!