Hello, I am currently in Phuket, Thailand and have had several travellers talking about how they got Hepatitis A vaccines before coming. I've been travelling for a while now and have not had one. Is it possible to get one while I'm here in Thailand? Also, I know the main areas in Thailand aren't at risk for malaria, but I will be going overland to Cambodia and Laos. Do you guys recommend I get some anti-malaria drugs, and can I get them here as well? Thank you.
Hep A and Hep B shots can be taken at any modern hospital with reasonable prices. I did that at a hospital in Satorn Area in Central Bangkok.
For Malaria, only some lemon-grass spray (this is herbal staff, used for spraying it on your arms and legs) or other anti-mosquito repellent lotion would be enough. Unless you are going to very very rural area, some pills may be required.
I personally don't like taking any pills. I am not sure whether those medicines like Malarone, Doxycycline, or Lariam have some side affect on our body or not.
The best is to prevent yourself from being bitten by the mosquitoes.
Thank's for the info chada. I got my Hepatitis A shot at Phuket International Hospital for 2000 baht today, and I'm just gonna wear insect repellent in the areas with a risk of malaria, because I usually do not have a problem with mosquito bites and don't like taking pills either.
Laos is very malarial and so is some of Cambodia, so do be very careful. Most people do take pills when they go. If you take Malarone, they do not generally have any side effects (I didn't have any). Personally, I think it's too much of a risk not to take anti-malarials.