One of the things you must keep in mind when you go on vacation is you must always take care of your health. When you are visiting an unfamiliar place, your body may not be accustomed to the conditions of the new environment. This is why you must know what to expect in that place before you go on your trip. Here are simple tips you can do to ensure the protection of your health in Samui.
First, never drink tap water. This rule is actually applicable to a lot of tourist destinations. In Ko Samui, tap water is not potable. You should not drink it or even use it for brushing your teeth. There’s no need to worry about drinking water because bottled water is widely available all over the place. Some people say that the ice used in cold drinks served in restaurants may have been made from tap water, so you should practice caution when ordering iced drinks.
Second, avoid dehydration especially if you are visiting Samui during the hottest months in the island. Temperatures during such months can reach up to 40 degrees C. Always keep a water bottle handy so you can quickly replenish the water your body loses because of heat. Frequent drinking of water also helps stabilize your body’s temperature, particularly if you will be out in the sun during the day.
Another thing you must watch out for in order to protect your health in Samui is dengue fever. There have been incidences of dengue fever in the island in the past, although no fatal case has ever been reported. Dengue fever is passed on to an individual through the bite of a mosquito that carries the virus. To avoid dengue fever, don’t forget to bring insect repellents on your trip. Apply it on your skin when you go out and before you go to bed at night to keep mosquitoes at bay.
Sometimes tourists in Ko Samui experience diarrhea during their stay. This may be because they have eaten food that was not prepared well. This may also be caused by eating food with a lot of spices, which are characteristic of the local cuisines. In any case, experiencing diarrhea during a trip is not so uncommon. You can prepare for this by bringing medicines for diarrhea, some antacid tablets, and perhaps some rehydration salts to ensure good health in Samui.
Aside from these, other health risks you must avoid in Ko Samui are road accidents. Motorbike accidents are quite common, and that’s why it would be better for you to rent a car or ride a songthaew when traveling within the island. Quad bikes are available in Ko Samui, but because these are not officially approved for road use, better stay away from them.
These are just some tips that you should keep in mind if you are going to Ko Samui. Generally, the island is surely safe for travel, but because all individuals react differently to new environments, you should take certain precautions to protect your health in Samui. For emergencies, there are four international private hospitals in Chaweng, and many clinics as well, that can attend to your needs.