For those who plan on traveling to Thailand, there are a few things you should take into consideration.
- Yes, it is cheaper for food, hotel, etc… BUT, keep in mind that all other excursions are just as expensive. They know what to charge for a day trip with elephants or a snorkeling trip. Trust me, it adds up quick!
- VACCINATIONS. I have a few friends going who decided against vaccinations. Look, all I am saying is – I would rather be safe than sorry. For those of you who have no idea what you need, let me help. No one would really give me a direct answer. I went site to site and did all my research until finally I decided to do the simplest thing possible: I went to a doctor who specializes in travel. She told me to get the following:
- Typhoid (prescription)- A bacterial disease that is spread through contaminated food. I didn’t take any risks and we have to keep in mind that they may treat their food differently than we do during the prepping process. I also brought tums and tummy medicine just in case!
- Tetanus – Usually get this as a child, and don’t need it for a very very long time again. Just make sure that you actually had it.
- Malaria (prescription) – A disease caused by a bite of a mosquito. Most only recommend this if you’re going to “jungle-like” regions. Which we will be (elephants!).
- Hep A – Another “just in case”
- Plan. Plan. Plan. Plan. I might be a liiiiiiittle over the top. I made an excel spreadsheet with tabs labeled: Calendar, Flights, Hospitals, Excursions, Hotels, and Itinerary. Again, I might be a little on the crazy side. But, my travel mates and parents will be thanking me.
Wanted to throw out a few helpful hits and tips for the whole planning thing. You know, not all people can coordinate a trip like this.
We are looking at a total of 12 days. Less than 2 weeks and we will be on our way.