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Malaria in Laos and Vietnam?

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1. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

Do you need to take anti-malarial tablets in Laos and Vietnam? In Vietnam I'll be going to Hanoi and doing trips to Sapa and Halong Bay. Not sure exactly where I'll be going in Laos yet.

2. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 8y

We are just about to buy tablets because we were advised both by our Ozzie doctor and also from an official website (I forget which) that the southern half of Vietnam has Malaria. Using Dioxin it means that we start taking tablets just b4 we arrive in Saigon but stop when we leave Hanoi as the 2 week phasing out period can start as we leave the malarial belt 2 weeks b4 round Nha Trang or Hoi An

3. Posted by Missynz (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

I traveled around Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos for 6 weeks without taking anything. Was told by a doctor in Bangkok that unless I was planning to stay in one place for a substantial amount of time, it wasn't necessary. So I just took some Deet based mozzie spray and it was fine.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3714 posts) 8y

I was advised to take them - both countries are malarial and it's not worth taking the risk. i took Doxycycline and it was fine. get some deet based insect repellant too; dengue fever is a big problem and these mosquitoes bite during the day.

5. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Im with Bex - lm still on Doxy for another 3 weeks but l was bitten really badly in Vietnam worse than anywhere else. So much so l actually had one bite that got infected and l had to get antibiotics last week from my GP. Its not worth taking the chance so l would go with taking the drugs. Ive had no side effects at all from the doxy.

6. Posted by CanadaGuy (Respected Member 199 posts) 8y

Definitely get anti-malarials- This is a no-brainer. Sure some people will tell you they didn't and they were fine, but to take the chance is just plain stupid, particularly if you are a backpacker and planning on travelling outside the main urban areas.
Also you will likely need several pre-travel vaccinations so see a qualified travel clinic!

7. Posted by Seany (Respected Member 268 posts) 8y

I took them in vietnam for 2months, it does get annoying but I would advise take them as you just dont know what can happen, plus you get peace of mind.

8. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

Can anyone recommend a good place to buy anti-malarials in Bangkok? Also, what side effects has anyone had from anti-malerials and which types are best for the minimum of side effects?