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  1. Get an Electric Plug adaptor for European/Japanese-style plug holes in your country to recharge your all important mobile phone and laptop

    European plug with two circular metal pins

    Japanese-style plug with two parallel flat blades

  2. Electricity: 230V 50HzHz
  3. The Country Dialling Code for Thailand is 66.
  4. Protect your precious documents & laptop with an umbrella. Any time from June to mid-November is the monsoon season in Thailand.
  5. Prepare mosquito repellents, malaria tablets & get a vaccine for Japanese B encephalitis, especially if you intend to visit rural Thailand. Pack light-coloured clothing, long trousers (shorts are taboo for religious locations anyway) & long sleeves shirts. The health issues to look out for in Thailand are as follows:-

Dengue fever

The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the dengue virus, is most active during the day, and is found mainly in urban areas in and around human dwellings. Signs and symptoms of dengue fever include a sudden onset of high fever, headache, joint and muscle pains, nausea and vomiting. A rash of small red spots sometimes appears three to four days after the onset of fever. Severe complications do sometimes occur. You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you think you may be infected. A blood test can indicate the possibility of dengue fever. There is no specific treatment. Aspirin should be avoided, as it increases the risk of haemorrhaging. There is no vaccine against dengue fever. Travellers are advised to prevent mosquito bites at all times by wearing light-coloured clothing, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts; using mosquito repellents containing the compound DEET on exposed areas and refraining from using perfumes and aftershave.


A potentially fatal disease spread by mosquito bites have symptoms ranging from fever, chills, sweating, headache, diarrhoea, abdominal pains to a vague feeling of ill-health. Seek medical help immediately if malaria is suspected. If medical care is not available, malaria tablets can be used for treatment. If you do contract malaria, be sure to be re-tested once you return home as you can harbour malaria parasites even if you are symptom free. Thailand's more susceptible areas for malaria include northern Kanchanaburi Province (especially Thung Yai Naresuan National Park) and parts of Trat Province along the Cambodian border (including Ko Chang).

Japanese B encephalitis

Another mosquito-transmitted viral infection of the brain is a risk only in rural, rice-growing areas, & is thought to be a very low risk for travellers. However, it can be fatal, & may cause permanent brain damage in those who recover. There is an effective vaccine, & you should take measures to avoid mosquito bites.


Many animals can be infected with rabies (such as dogs, cats, bats and monkeys) & their saliva that is infectious. Any bite, scratch or even lick from a warm-blooded, furry animal should be cleaned immediately and thoroughly. Scrub with soap and running water, and then apply alcohol or iodine solution. Medical help should be sought promptly to receive a course of injections to prevent the onset of symptoms and death.


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