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Jenn M

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What to avoid to minimize chance for illness?

Visiting Thailand for the first time. What recommendations do you have for avoiding illnesses. Do I really need to avoid all water and fruit?

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  • Andrey Yusupov

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    You should be fine:) Its all overblown imo. Its impossible to totally avoid the city water. Things like brushing your teeth, icecubes, etc. will happen almost without you knowing. I didn't eat much raw veggies there, but fruit was no problem at all.

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  • Don Hawkins Jr

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    My wife and I spent two weeks in Thailand for our Honeymoon in April 2015 and split the time between Phuket and Bangkok. We ate street food at will and even ate in a very dark corner of Chinatown in Bangkok where not even Thai was spoken. We had zero issues. I do recommend bottled water but otherwise, enjoy yourself and don't be scared.

    Also, I learned from a Doctor long ago prior to driving the Baja 1000 that a great prophylactic is to carry Pepto Bismal tablets and chew one every morning and night. You can also purchase charcoal tablets in Thailand at any pharmacy and use them the same way.

    If you happen to pick up a bug, there are pharmacies everywhere. Visit one and consult with the pharmacist and they'll provide you with what is needed (even pharmaceuticals that you would have to have a prescription for in the USA).

    Safe travels!

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      Thanks so much for your help. I remember my doctor suggesting I do the Pepto thing when I was in Mexico. I was thinking of doing this again. Your tip confirms that I will! · (1 likelikes)

    • Aizik ✉.

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      Great Answer !! I totally agree with everything.... · (1 likelikes)

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  • Phyllis Counts Hanson

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    We ate fruit the entire time in SE Asia and never had any problems. The pineapple is SO good! Regarding street food, we followed the advice to always eat hot food and go where there is a line. This served us well. The only time we experienced a problem was in Luang Prabang, Laos when we did not heed that advice and ate from a buffet which came highly recommended. 500 mg of Cipro, twice daily for 5 days cured that mistake. ;-) btw, you should travel with Cipro (just in case!) which is readily available at any pharmacist in Thailand as a bad stomach is probably not a matter of if, but rather when. Don't fear the food just eat responsibly!

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  • Phil L

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    Bottled water is ok, stay away from ice cubes, fruit is fine if peeled or perhaps if washed well with of course with bottled water. As far as street found is concerned that may depend on how healthy your stomach is, I would definately look at the street vendor and the food cart before making a decision as to eat or not to eat. I have been to Thailand over 10 times and have never tried street food, to me it does not look as clean as I would like it to be or that appealing. Also be aware of spicey foods, depends on how you handle spicey foods, I use to love the food very spicey, but as I grow older I find I have had to tone down the spiceiness of the. There is some great tasting food in Thailand, just be careful of what you eat.

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  • Jane Chu

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    Avoid water. Brush teeth with bottled water. Be careful with seafood dishes as well. Fruits with skin are fine. The bacteria is different and unless your stomach is super strong, I would be careful. I got sick there for a full 3 days. If anything happens, go straight to a clinic. It should cost no more than $10 for treatment. Do not get the on-call, global doc provided by the hotel... they cost around $400.

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  • Random Walker

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    Nope, please do not avoid all water and fruit. Wash your hands often! Bring your own water bottle, buy the big jugs of water and refill from there for your daily wanderings. There are the bottle-less vending machines also to refill your water bottle at. Did I mention it is a good idea to wash your hands often...? Happy Travels!

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  • Bart Migal

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    Maybe avoid raw leafy greens, as they may be washed with sub-par water, but no problem with fruit, especially peel-able fruit.

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