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1. Posted by cathcote (Budding Member, 7 posts) 3 Feb '05 15:48

Hey everyone!!

I am planning to go to brazil this summer because...I was planning to go to thailand and malaysia, but changed my plans because of what happened over there. Am I right? Am I making a big mistake by pushing back my plans?

Anybody there who could tell me how are the conditions and if it is dangerous (deseases)????

I would love to go there...but I am scared! Should I???

Cath

2. Posted by Peter (Admin, 5459 posts) 4 Feb '05 01:43

Don't be scared. These countries need tourists at the moment and if you're not sure about visiting some of the regions affected, there are plenty of areas that weren't touched by the tsunami.

I'm sure one of our Malaysian or Thai members can fill you in with more details, but really, I don't imagine you would even notice anything different if you aren't travelling to the specific areas affected. Not sure what the state of affairs is with diseases related to the disaster, but I seriously doubt it's any more risky than going to Brazil.

Not going to the countries at all would be kind of like not wanting to go to the US, due to all the tornados in Florida, for want of a better analogy.

Of course, Brazil doesn't sound so bad either ;)

Peter

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive, 3745 posts) 4 Feb '05 01:48

I'm in Thailand at the moment. It's safe. Fly to Bangkok, and work it out from there

4. Posted by Hien (Moderator, 3906 posts) 4 Feb '05 02:40

Hi Cath,

If your plan was to go to southern India or Sri Lanka or Acheh, Indonesia, then yes, you might want to reconsider going there for a holiday.

However for Malaysia and Thailand, no worries. :)

Please refer to this thread for more info about Malaysia.
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=7851

Let me know if you need more info about Malaysia. ;)

Cheers,
Hien

[ Edit: Added link. ]

5. Posted by boomink (Full Member, 17 posts) 6 Feb '05 23:26

By all means, do not cancel ur travel plans to any of the afflicted countries (except for Acheh, which in the 1st place isn't open to tourists).

By travelling to these places, you are actually helping them to rebuild their lives as tourism dollar contributes to most of their economic revnue in most of these countries.

Most of the members have already encouraged you to travel to these places, so just go-ahead make your plans and have a great time.

6. Posted by Emmett70 (Travel Guru, 534 posts) 8 Feb '05 18:31

It's understandable to be scared but there's nothing to be worried about.

The newspapers in Thailand all agree that the best thing people can do to help Thailand recover now is go and visit. The East side was completely untouched, so if you're still worried then just visit the lies of Ko Samui and Ko Pha Ngan, or even head up North to Chiang Mai and do a hilltribe trek.

I was in Ko Pha Ngan when the tsunami happened, and the only way we knew about it was on the news. But anyway, I totally loved Ko Pha Ngan and ended up spending over a month there, so I would totally recommend that you stick to your original plans.

7. Posted by travelfish (Full Member, 75 posts) 9 Feb '05 06:14

I was in Sri Lnaka when the tsunami hit and spent five days in the most affected areas. Following that I travelled to Thailand to see the worst affected ares (Phuket, Khao Lak and Phi Phi). The devastation is simply breathtaking, however businesses are still open in all the affected areas, and the last thing they want to happen is for everyone to cancel their trip.

Go! It is safe, and youll also have a chance to be able to help out first hand in the reconstruction and cleanup.

8. Posted by Chada (Full Member, 118 posts) 9 Feb '05 23:33

I think it's one of the best times to be in the south of Thailand. Your money turns to be bigger. You get more bargaining power because the place yearning for visitors.

Check out pictures of post-tsunami condition in here:

http://tatnews.org/

http://www.image-asia.com/post_tsunami_phuket_krabi.htm

9. Posted by muryo (Budding Member, 22 posts) 10 Feb '05 02:43

Cath,
I agree with everyone that says that the tsunami hit areas need tourist money to rebuild. I also feel a need to put a plug in for Sri Lanka. I'm a Canadian who has been working here for 1.5 years and have seen many parts of the coast.
Haven't made it to the East coast yet but know that many of the tourist hotels/guesthouses have been destroyed. However, the west to south coast, although heavily damaged are beginning to rebuild. I have been travelling to the Galle region mainly to volunteer in the relief camps and can confidently state that there is no high risk of disease.
I realize that both Asia and Brazil are excellent places to travel to, i would hate for you to make your decision based on unknown factors.
I would be happy to answer any more questions you may have and can probably organize for you to volunteer for a few weeks here if that is something you may want to pursue.
Cheers,
Sebastian
P.S. I was in Phuket during the tsunami. Due to better infrastructure, Thailand seems to be on a much faster road to recovery!
Good luck!

10. Posted by muryo (Budding Member, 22 posts) 10 Feb '05 02:43

Cath,
I agree with everyone that says that the tsunami hit areas need tourist money to rebuild. I also feel a need to put a plug in for Sri Lanka. I'm a Canadian who has been working here for 1.5 years and have seen many parts of the coast.
Haven't made it to the East coast yet but know that many of the tourist hotels/guesthouses have been destroyed. However, the west to south coast, although heavily damaged are beginning to rebuild. I have been travelling to the Galle region mainly to volunteer in the relief camps and can confidently state that there is no high risk of disease.
I realize that both Asia and Brazil are excellent places to travel to, i would hate for you to make your decision based on unknown factors.
I would be happy to answer any more questions you may have and can probably organize for you to volunteer for a few weeks here if that is something you may want to pursue.
Cheers,
Sebastian
P.S. I was in Phuket during the tsunami. Due to better infrastructure, Thailand seems to be on a much faster road to recovery!
Good luck!