Travel Insurance and Staying Safe
OK, so what’s a plate of Tom Yum got to do with travel insurance? Well if you happen to have no tolerance for spicy food, you may get sick and need to change your travel plans, of course, so it’s good to have travel insurance in Thailand.
I can’t say we’ve ever got sick, been injured, or felt unsafe anywhere in Thailand, but we do tend to stay away from areas known to be troublesome I guess. There are a few things to think about before you take your Thailand holiday.
We always have good travel insurance, because I’d hate either of us to end up in a Thai hospital for any length of time because we couldn’t afford to be sent home. Accidents do happen, and they happen to tourists and travelers no matter how safe they intend to stay.
You might not know that many Gold and Platinum credit cards come with their own free travel insurance! We use this all the time. As long as you book your airline tickets on your credit card, you’re covered for most things that might happen to you on a Thailand holiday including cancelled flights, illness, theft and even repatriation if you are seriously injured. And it’s free.
People talk about Bangkok Belly (a type of gastroenteritis), but unless you are silly enough to drink the tap water it’s probably unlikely you’ll be bothered by it. The spicy food can take some getting used to, and may give you stomach problems if you’re not used to it. But you can avoid spicy food, even in Thailand. If you do happen to get a bit of a stomach upset, try eating unbuttered toast … it really helps!
We do not get any special vaccinations for Thailand, although if you are a cautious person you might invest in shots for Japanese Encephalitis. You should always make sure you’re up to date with your Hepatitis (A and B), Tuberculosis, Triple Antigen (Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis) and Polio vaccinations before you travel anywhere overseas, and Thailand is no different.