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Two months in SE Asia

mrisajne

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  • Added on: June 3rd, 2011
Hello, my name is Marissa and I am planning a backpacking trip to SE Asia. I don't think I will be too far off the beaten path, but in any case I was wondering if there were some precautions I should take as far as vaccinations, iodine tablets, malaria pills, etc.

I plan to visit:

Thailand - mostly Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Koi Samui, Pattaya
Myanmar - Madalay, Yagon
Cambodia - Phnom Penh, Siem Reap
Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh
Laos - Vietiane
Bali

If anyone could give me some helpful advice it would be greatly appreciated!

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  • Added on: June 5th, 2011
Yes, you should probably get some vaccinations and malaria tablets. Check out this link for specifics: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

Also, if you just go to the doctor they'll probably have a similar list so if you just tell them where you're going they'll know what you need. At least this is what the clinics where I live did.

Hope this helps!
I also write about my travels and post photos in my Off The Beaten Path Travel Blog, come by and say hi!

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  • Added on: June 6th, 2011
Malaria meds are entirely optional - there's a school of thought that says it's better to take nothing unless you get ill. I subscribe to this thinking.

A steripen is useful.

And if you're going to Laos, I would highly recommend heading a bit further north and visiting Luang Prabang - it's MUCH nicer than Vientianne.
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mrisajne

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  • Added on: June 6th, 2011
Ahh yes, I am definitely visiting Luang Prabang and looking VERY forward to it. Already looking for steripens too. :) Thanks a lot you guys!

mrisajne

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  • Added on: June 6th, 2011
Ahh yes, I am definitely visiting Luang Prabang and looking VERY forward to it. Already looking for steripens too. :) Thanks a lot you guys!



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