Health Risks in Thailand



Expats who are not used to the tropics will need to adjust to the heat and humidity in Thailand. Precautionary measures against the sun should be taken seriously.

A number of health risks in Thailand are confined in the rural areas, although there is still a chance to contract diseases like Dengue and Malaria while in the city. It is important to be cautious about getting mosquito bites. Bangkok is a tropical city and mosquitoes can be present anywhere.

Bangkok can be extremely hot during the months of March to June, and dehydration can be a problem, especially for expatriates coming from countries with a polar climate. Pollution is a problem in the city and this could worsen allergies in the hot and humid weather.

Tap water in Bangkok is drinkable in most establishments. However, to avoid getting waterborne diseases, drinking bottled or filtered refreshments is preferred.

The city is also abundant in street food stalls and many tourists indulge in these cheap and delicious treats. One should be wary of the possibility that these may be unclean and people can suffer a serious bout of diarrhea if not careful.

Prostitution is illegal in Thailand. However, in practice, it appears to be tolerated by the authorities. This is probably the reason why AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) as caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is rampant. The country has a much higher percentage in the population of HIV carriers among the countries in Asia wherein prostitution exists.

Aside from this, Hepatitis and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases are also widespread. These can be acquired not only through sexual contact but also through blood transfusion.

Make sure to secure international health insurance before relocating to Bangkok. If not, one can still have a variety of private health insurance policies in Bangkok to choose from.