The temptation to eat as the locals do from food stalls and market stands is understandably too much for some. The food may taste great but lack of proper sanitation and contaminated water can lead to more than just a plate of Pad Thai. Legionnaires, Dysentery, E-Coli, Food Poisoning and even diseases such as Typhoid, Hepatitis A and Diphtheria can take hold.
Mosquito Spread Illness
Mosquitoes are not man’s friend at the best of times and in Asian countries like Thailand, the pose the threat of Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis and Dengue fever among others. While some cases can be quite mild, other tourists can suffer severely and most will require hospitalisation.
Trips, slips and falls
Hotels, beachside resorts and even self-catering apartments are not without their dangers. Trips and falls from wet floors not marked with caution signs are more of a common occurrence than you might expect. Unmarked glass doors, temple steps and tour coach steps are other issues that visitors may face leading to all range of injuries.
Rabies is still rife in Thailand especially among the bat community. Close contact with infected animals can be lethal for humans and those travelling to more rural areas are more likely to be exposed to the virus.
Many beachfront hotels offer watersports of some sort from scuba diving and snorkelling to catamaran outings, sailing, fishing trips and boat rides through some of Thailand’s stunning waterways. Whether the cause is negligence by other tourists, tour operators, the hotel or personal, accidents do and can happen.
Sunburn, dehydration and altitude sickness
Due to the soaring temperatures, incredible humidity and the height of some of the mountainous regions, too much sun exposure and altitude sickness are very real possibilities.