Malaria Tablets

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1. Posted by Laura_B (Respected Member 352 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!


Does anybody know how easy it is to buy malaria tablets in Bangkok?

Is it advisible to buy them in Bangkok or should I buy them in the UK?

2. Posted by Mikey730 (Budding Member 7 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I do not think you need to buy malaria pills unless you are fully roughing it in the North. I am going to be in the south beaches most of the time and the Dr told me that it was not needed for that area unless I was backpacking through the wilderness for days and he is a VERY overcautious physician...But if you are to choose to take them, I would say get them from home and make sure they aren't the ones that give you can email me if you want


3. Posted by David_ (Budding Member 23 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

I think it is not a good advice to say that you don't need malaria tablets if you are not travelling in the north. For example is the Tak and the Trat provines high risk areas for malaria. Including Ko Chang (the one in the east). Further than that there are all over Thailand malaria cases known. The risk is low but it is possible to get all over Thailand.
The argument that the native people don't get malaria that often is not good. People who live in malaria risk areas are semi-immune.

Don't buy the tablets in Thailand. Reasearches have shown that 14% of the available malaria prophylaxis do not contain any malaria medicine.


4. Posted by barge (Full Member 54 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hi Laura,

I have travelled in Thailand a couple of times now and have been advised both times not to bother with malaria tablets unless travelling near to the border with Myanmar. I have so far (fingers crossed) not had any problems.

If you plan to go to Laos, Vietnam or Cambodia you should think seriously about picking some up, but talk to your doc or maybe one of the travel nurses at the Nomad Travel clinics at the big STA shops.

We met many German travellers in Asia who had been advised by their doctors at home not to bother with Malaria prophylaxis at all and had only medicine to treat the effects rather than for prevention. Not sure I agree with the idea as prevention is surely better than the cure, but its an option.

If you choose to buy them in Bangkok you will get them considrably cheaper than in the Uk but consider that for some tablets the course has to start a week or so in advance of arriving in the malarial region and also, as David points out, there is a risk they will be fakes.

Hope that helps. SE Asia is an excellent place to travel.