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Destination Information for Thailand
When visiting Thailand, many people opt to enjoy the beautiful white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters, perfect for relaxing and soaking up the sun. The sea is lovely and warm, ideal for a spot of swimming. In addition to the beaches, there are Buddhist temples, National Parks, rivers and breathtaking waterfalls to visit.
Phuket Island is one of the most popular islands to explore – you can wander the market stalls, have a bite to eat in the restaurants or a relaxing drink in a bar. If that isn’t enough, the nightlife is amazing!
Bangkok is home to many monuments, cultural attractions and museums, as well as boutiques, shops and market stalls. Visit the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, the Grand Palace or, for amazing views, climb the Golden Mount.
Whether your adventures in Thailand take you to remote islands or bustling cities, it is important you stay safe from diseases. All visitors to the country should have been administered with the hepatitis A and diphtheria, tetanus, and polio vaccines before travel. You may need additional travel vaccinations, such as rabies, Japanese encephalitis and Hepatitis B, so head to a travel clinic for a consultation.
Infections and Outbreaks frequently change from country to country and by attending our clinics you will be given the most up to date clinical and safety advice from our team of specialists. Our advice to you often includes aspects such as:
- Food and water hygiene
- Insect and animal bite avoidances
- Personal safety
- Sexually transmitted infections
- Sun protection
- Altitude sickness
Additional Health Risks Information for Thailand
Thailand is a popular destination for travellers of all ages, particularly with the younger generation as part of gap years. While most visits to Thailand are trouble-free, there are certain precautions you should take to ensure a safe trip.
One issue you may encounter while travelling in Thailand may be travelling itself. There are a high number of road accidents each year, especially involving scooters or motorbikes. Many of the accidents are due to poor vehicle standards and driver ability. If you’re planning to hire a car or motorbike, make sure that it has undergone proper maintenance, is registered correctly and that your insurance covers you to drive on the roads in Thailand.
Crime rates in areas of Thailand are high, with tourists being particularly vulnerable to incidences of theft, pickpocketing and scams. Keep your wits about you, stay in a group if possible and avoid travelling after dark. If you are drinking, don’t leave your drink unattended and be cautious of accepting drinks from strangers.
The penalty for breaking the law in Thailand, particularly for drug-related offences, is extremely severe and can include long prison sentences – sometimes even the death penalty.
Be particularly aware of avoiding animals as rabies is prevalent. Mosquito-borne diseases like dengue fever and the Zika virus are present, use 50% DEET insect repellant over your sunscreen during the day to prevent mosquito bites. Japanese encephalitis is rife, so visit your local travel clinic before you depart to get the vaccinations you need for Thailand. If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, it is not advisable to visit Thailand.
If you’re visiting to take part in adventure sports, ensure that your travel insurance covers you for the specific activity you are planning. Take extra care when swimming, due to strong tides and jellyfish. Private hospitals in Thailand can be excellent, but public facilities do not have such high standards.
Highlights of Thailand
The Grand Palace
The Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo, which houses the legendary Emerald Buddha.
Wat Pho, Bangkok’s oldest temple featuring the 150-foot-long Reclining Buddha.
The Bangkok National Museum
The Bangkok National Museum.
Visit the many shops, restaurants and bars along Sukhumvit Road.
Located in the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui is the second largest island in Thailand. Take a boat ride and explore. The Ang Thong National Marine Park, an archipelago of over 40 islands with breath-taking scenery.
Thailand’s largest island off the Andaman Coast boasts stunning beaches and is an excellent spot for diving and snorkeling.
Thailand’s northern capital, surrounded by beautiful countryside and mountains. It is home to over 300 temples, the soaring Wat Doi Suthep, located just below the summit of Doi Suthep mountain west of central Chiang Mai and the standout temples in the old city, Wat Phra Singh, Wat Chedi Luang and Wat Chiang Man.
Take in the Chiang- Mai night bazaar.
Have a traditional Thai Massage.
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