What to do if you get sick in Thailand

Picture this, you are on your vacation, in beautiful Thailand. You head out on a tour of some of the most beautiful islands in the world, including James Bong Island, one of the best islands in Thailand. But you can't stay awake, plus, you are super nauseous. 

Literally the only picture I have of the whole flu debacle in Thailand. This is from Matts Snapchat. He saved the picture. Best husband ever for taking care of me. 

Literally the only picture I have of the whole flu debacle in Thailand. This is from Matts Snapchat. He saved the picture. Best husband ever for taking care of me. 

This happened to me. I was in Phuket, Thailand. On my honeymoon! I started feeling sick on a boat tour around the islands. Since I usually get sea sick, pretty much immediately, on any boat I get on I thought nothing of it. But it kept getting worse and worse. Finally, I could barely stay awake for a couple minutes at a time. I tried to ignore it (bad idea). I tried to push through the tour (worse idea). And then I tried to tell my husband I was fine. 

After the tour, we got back to the hotel and I slept for 14 hours straight. Waking up only to puke. I still kept telling Matt I was fine. Thankfully, he said enough was enough. He dragged me out of bed to find a doctor. When I finally got to a hospital, I was severely dehydrated and almost had to stay overnight. 

Don't be like me. If you start feeling sick, get yourself help. I shudder to think what could have happened if I was traveling alone. I am notoriously stubborn. I probably would have stayed in bed at least another day before getting help. It turns out I got the flu while I was in Phuket. It wasn't fun and I had to take a weeks worth of medicine to get over it. 

Before You Leave...

  • Check with your insurance plan to see if you are covered abroad
  • If you aren't, get insurance!
  • Medicine you take daily should be kept in original containers

While Traveling...

  • If you start to fell ill ask reception, host, front desk, anyone if there is a walk in clinic nearby
  • Check the Global Travel Clinic Directory for a doctor nearby that speaks your language
  • If you are traveling alone let someone in the hotel know you are ill and need to be checked on
  • Contact your embassy if illness worsens
  • Don't wait and see how you feel, especially if traveling during flu season

Once home...

  • Schedule a check up with your primary care physician
  • Keep your primary care doctor in the loop about what happened abroad
  • Let them know of any prescription pills you may have taken to combat the illness

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Getting sick in Thailand isn't fun. But here are some tips to take with you if illness does strike you while traveling abroad.

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