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Koh Samui Health | Some health tips to remember while on Samui Island

Though Samui Island is a safe island, with some precautions, you can ensure that you have a more enjoyable trip. As Samui Island is near the equator, it is very likely that you will suffer from sunburn during the trip. This is because the sun rays are strong, and may burn skin quickly and easily. To return home with a pleasant tan, use caution and sunscreen while tanning yourself. Also ensure that you drink as much water as possible.

Drinking tap water in Samui Island can lead to diarrhea

Never drink tap water in Samui Island as this may lead to diarrhea. Drink safe, bottled water. Ice is also relatively safe to use on Samui Island. Before you actually leave for Samui Island, or any other holiday destination, it is better and important that you check with your local hospital on which medications and inoculations have to be taken for the trip. Unless you are coming from Africa, when you need a yellow fever vaccination, there is no need of taking any pre-arrival vaccination when coming to Samui Island.

Though malaria and dengue are common in Thailand, it is not that common in tourist areas. When in remote areas or near the northern borders, it is better that you take precautions with repellant and long sleeves shirts and trousers when going out at night.

It is better to take your own medication when visiting Samui Island

There are many medical clinics on Samui Island that cater to the needs of foreigners. Most of these clinics are found in Chaweng and Lamai. Samui International Hospital of Chaweng is ok for any medical or dental problem you may have. However if there are any serious health conditions, it is better that you head to Bangkok, Singapore or Phuket.

Though the pharmacies of Samui Island are quite well stocked, if you have any specific medication to be taken, ensure you bring along adequate medication when going to Samui Island. If you are lucky, you may find that the same medication that you take is available at a fraction of the original price; so take home extra to stock up before returning home.


Last Updated: 08 Mar 2008