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1. Posted by MrsBB (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

We are six months into our round the world trip and thought I would impart a little advice that I saw on here but ignored before I went travelling. This one guy said " leave home with the clothes on your back, flip flops, toothbrush and spare underwear, get to Bangkok and buy everything there including your backpack and walking shoes"!

It's so true!

I spent months worrying and planning and making lists and shopping and spending a fortune and its such a waste of time you can get everything you will possibly need on the Khao San Road for less than 10% of what you pay back home. I know its sounds scary which is whay I didn't believe him but I wish I had!

We ditched so much stuff once we got out to SE Asia cos most was pointless and wasted so much money. Also have never used our expensive recommended mosquito net - not in four months traveliing through Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia etc. Every hostel and budget hotel had one already.

Just a little tip

2. Posted by blondesock (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

just out of interest, did you take malaria tablets? I'm going to all those places and am in 2 minds about the tablets as you hear so many stories about the side effects, I know a few side effects might be better than actually getting malaria but what did you do?

cheers

3. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Clothes on your back.... So true. Anti-Malaria remedies?? Try brewers yeast tablets. Some argue they don't work - I can assure you they do. It's a chance you take going to a place with nasty mosquitoes - for sure. Still, you could have all the jabs, pills, creams, medicines etc. that cost a fortune - and get knocked down by a car.
I've been told by more than one doctor at the my local tropical diseases centre, that Malaria remedies are rather hit and miss and there's not a full on preventative medicine for it. That'll do for me. I'll stick to the B.Y. tabs. Apparently, they give off a smell that the mosquitoes don't like. So far - and I've been using them for years, I'll stick with old fashioned cheap ideas that do the job fine.

4. Posted by MrsBB (Budding Member 19 posts) 7y

Quoting blondesock

just out of interest, did you take malaria tablets? I'm going to all those places and am in 2 minds about the tablets as you hear so many stories about the side effects, I know a few side effects might be better than actually getting malaria but what did you do?

cheers

We both bought Malarone to last 28 days (with two days before entering Malaria areas and seven after - so 37 in total each)

The only place we were advised to take them was Cambodia so starting taking them in Bangkok and headed to Sihanoukville and were told there has not been a case of Malaria anywhere there for at least five years. We went to Bamboo Island (Koh Ru - please go if you can!) and the English staff said they don't take anything either. So we stopped taking them five tablets in.

Huge waste of money but they last till 2013 so chances are we may need them in the future and are posting them home as obviously don't need to drag them round with us to NZ and USA.

If you want a good repellent use Avon's Skin So Soft - a friend who went to Carribean all the time swore by it - cost 4 quid for huge bottle and both hubby and I used it for four months - still have some left over and it worked like a charm. Its like an oil so you only need a tiny bit every time you go out but they HATE it - smells lovely tho!

5. Posted by blondesock (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

Cool cheers, RedPaddy, I just read your other post about brewers yeast so it might just be a sign... Glad I haven't bought any malaria tablets and thanks for all the advice :)

6. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Some good tips - Avon's Skin So Soft, brewers yeast tablets - who'd have thought?

Also, very reassuring about packing for SE Asia. Thanks. ;)

7. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

I wouldn't necessarily go with anything other than what your local Tropical Diseases Centre recommends. My local guy (one of the very best) told me about the B.Y. tabs, they work for me - and he also made it very clear that there is still no outright preventative remedy for Malaria.
I was chatting with him earlier this week and there is a new formula being tested in GB right now, that could prove to be the ultimate in Anti-Malaria medicine. Unfortunately, the trials are expected to go on for another 18 months to 2 years.... Ouch.