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Travelling Asia- Malaria tablets Yes or No???

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1. Posted by Kirsty88 (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

Am leaving for Asia on the 9th May!!! So not long now :)

I have had Hep A and Hep B shots and have Typhoid shot to look forward to in a months time...!

My question is... Has anyone not taken Malaria tablets and still been ok?

Doctor has said i have to take them, but they seem VERY expensive and side effects a pain in the bum!

I know a couple of people that gave up taking them after 2 weeks and *touch wood* they are fine!

Any advise would be great :)

Thaaanks, Kirsty

2. Posted by ThePanda (Budding Member 9 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Where abouts in Asia are you going? It really depends on the countries and areas you are going to. I am leaving for Thailand on 21st March and will be going to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Malaysia. The only places I will need them for is some places in Cambodia and Vietnam. I managed to get around 6 weeks worth of malaria tablets for around £30 (not too expensive).

Here is a really good website for info on malaria and other vaccinations:

Hope this Helps


3. Posted by dbscuba (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi i go in june, i need malarials too the risk of malaria its a very nasty thing to get too for the sake of ££.
Ive had to have the japanese encephalitis injection too as we are jungle trekking £180 for that im doing a month in asia so for 40 malarone tablets (no side effects on these) are £90 ish.
If you are city bound they usually do not reccomend it.

Try this site too

4. Posted by Kirsty88 (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Both!

Thanks for your responses...we are travelling, N & S Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, Singapore so a mixture of everything really!

I will look into the Malarone Tablets see what sort of prices i can get!

Thanks again, enjoy your trips!!

Kirsty x

5. Posted by MrBeet (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kirsty,

The fitfortravel website recommended by ThePanda is really useful. There are malaria maps for each country showing you where the risk is high or low and where antimalarials are recommended. For example:

Enjoy your trip!

6. Posted by kichikacha (Respected Member 328 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kristy,

I travelled in malaria affected zones for more than a year. I never took any pills. However, I always had a box of malaria pills on me. Three doctors in three countries suggested that since I would be in affected areas for too long, taking malaria pills on long term is not advisable and the best is to take the pills only when you actually get sick with it.

I met travellers who had had malaria, some said it was horrible, some said it was like catching a flu.

In any case, it is always recommended to use mosquito repellent spray that contains deet (above 30). In south east asia or india you can also find citronella for a very cheap price, that turned out to be quite effective in my case against mosquitos.

How affected the actual area is largely depends on actual weather and level of urbanization. Heavy rains, forests, rice paddies, swamps, river, lakes - are usually the best soil for mosquitos. Thus, extra precaution is advised. During dry season or at dry areas, you will seldom see mosquitos.

You can also inquire locals, they normally know if malaria is a problem indeed.

Most critical period of the day: is during sunset. You can also protect yourself by wearing long sleeve light shirt/pants.

And don't be over concerned: not every mosquito carries malaria...

At beginning I carried a mosquito net too. It turned out to be completely useless. They always provide with mosquito net in case it is needed.

Have a nice trip!

7. Posted by dannyjp13 (Budding Member 25 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

My Girlfriend's Dad is travel doctor and he recommened us Malaria tablets for Cambodia and Vietnam.....

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 430 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

And of course, if you aren't pregnant, or on birth control tablets you can use doxycycline tablets instead of the malarone and Doxy is really, really cheap - maybe $10 for 2 months worth (and that's even pricey).

The only downside with doxycycline is that it does make some people a bit hypersensitive to sunlight - so sunblock and keeping covered up is really important.

9. Posted by aledshiv (Budding Member 30 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Kirsty,

I spent 3 months travelling in Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos last year and didn't take any Malaria tablets, spoke to a number of travellers who had done the same and didn't find anyone who had been affected. Obviously there is a risk involved so it depends on your outlook really, take the risk of play safe???


10. Posted by Kirsty88 (Budding Member 11 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi Everyone,

Thanks so much for all your advice!

Ive also been informed that Vitamin B1 or is it B12?? Is a deterrent for the pesky things, as they do not seem to like the taste as much!!

So could be a cheaper alternative!

Again...THANK YOU!!

Kirsty :)