If you are afraid of catching a disease in Thailand, Koh Samui is probably one of the best destinations we can advise you in the country. Koh Samui is an area that can be considered urban like Bangkok, Phuket ... and the island is very well equipped hospitals. Many retirees choose Koh Samui including it.
The island is relatively untouched regarding tropical diseases and basic precautions should be enough to avoid the worst.
Some care on Koh Samui are so cheap that tourists come to Koh Samui to link with pleasure and practice what is often now called "medical tourism". Thailand and Koh Samui is especially dental care are concerned. Bleaching or to a bridge being asked? If you compare the rates between Europe and Koh Samui you will be amazed.
Note that the Thai dentists are excellent professionals, well equipped, they are working in good conditions of hygiene and do not have much to envy to other countries. They are also very commercial. A simple scaling in one of the many dental offices Lamai or Chaweng should persuade you.
Do not drink tap water. You can find bottled water everywhere. The cylindrical ice cubes are edible.
Requires heat, remember to drink regularly. Beware of dehydration if you have diarrhea. If you have diarrhea that persists, go see a doctor.
Overall the food in the restaurants and the night market is good and proper hygiene. However sometimes fall on some small restaurants where the level of cleanliness is random. If you fall over, your gut will let you know pretty quickly in the coming hours. If symptoms persist, speak to the home of your hotel will give you the address of the nearest doctor.
Diseases and mosquitoes
If, as we said Koh Samui is relatively unaffected by tropical diseases, zero risk does not exist.
If there was a disease name to remember in Koh Samui, it would probably be: dengue.
The Ministry of Health may issue alerts to the epidemic across the Thai territory for dengue.
During an epidemic or not, prevention is better than cure. So you have to protect yourself from mosquitoes (which is remembered the most dangerous animal in the world because it can transmit deadly diseases), which transmit dengue among others. Protect yourself from mosquitoes is to protect you from many diseases.
Dengue first resembles the flu (headache, joint pain ...). If symptoms appear, go see a doctor immediately or go to the hospital. Dengue is a disease that must be treated quickly.
It is not invaded by mosquitoes in Koh Samui, especially in areas such as Chaweng or Lamai. But if you stray a little towns and you wander the dark near water courses, it will be different. Note that we see the advantage of mosquitoes beachfront mosquitoes that transmit dengue mosquitoes are diurnal (seen day).
Protect yourself from mosquitoes: There are many anti-mosquito spray in pharmacies and 7/11 of Koh Samui. You will also find spirals (incense) mosquito burning. Be careful though the toxicity of these spirals highlighted by a medical report. To summarize very briefly wholesale report, saying that these mosquito coils are a blessing in disguise. He also said that the skin repellents are more effective to protect against dengue.
The choice is yours.
As in the world, AIDS and other STDs are present in Thailand.
You basically have 5 times more likely to catch AIDS in Thailand and France for example.
Use a condom to have sex is imperative. Condoms are available in all 7/11. Ie almost every 100 meters.
If you want to have sex without a condom, doing and to test for HIV to your partner.
Also note that the result is totally reliable if the test is performed at least 3 months after the contamination.
This means that you and your partner will need to practice safer sex (or abstain from sexual intercourse) for at least 3 months. Take this three-month period, you can get tested for AIDS and have a reliable result.
3 months requires, it also means that it is totally impossible to have unprotected sex with "love holiday" without taking a huge risk.
Attention also do not think that AIDS. STDs are many, you will also, among other tests for hepatitis and herpes.
A Koh Samui sun beats down and it may also be why you come to Koh Samui. Does it come here to tell you that the sun is dangerous for your skin? Burns, accelerated skin cancer, aging ... Protect yourself with cream and if possible long clothing. Do not expose yourself too long in the sun is a few hours.
Thai them, bathe with their T-shirts. An example to follow?
The Road Accidents
Koh Samui in Thailand is also known to have many road accidents.
If you plan to snorkel in Koh Samui, to make you a medical certificate before starting. This certificate is not required because it is only you make sure you are healthy. The medical certificate for diving is an initiative that should be taken by you and you alone.
The instructors will speak enough of diving accidents (except for baptisms because it is not the main subject of learning to dive). In the event of a diving accident, it is mainly the oxygen that you need first.
Also note that Koh Samui has a recompression chamber: SSS Recompression Network
There are five hospitals in Koh Samui:
- Bangkok Hospital (in Chaweng - Private) - 077 429 500
- Bandon International Hospital (in Chaweng - Private) - 077 245 236
- Government Hospital (Nathon - Target) - 077 421 23
- Internation Hospital Samui (Chaweng - Private) - 077 230 781
- Thai International Hospital (in Chaweng - Private) - 077 245 721
Can be found in Koh Samui number of doctors and pharmacies, especially in Lamai, Chaweng and Nathon.
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