As a vacation spot with an exotic environment, tempting cuisine, ancient architect to explore and friendly people to meet, it's easy to focus on the more exciting things than the health part.
Cambodia health requirements do not mandate that travelers have any vaccines before entering the country, but a recommended few can keep your trip pleasant. One of the most important vaccines is Hepatitis A which you can contract through food and water. Hepatitis B is another concern since exposure comes from bodily fluids and sexual contact. HIV infection rates in the country are growing at a fast pace and its risky to have unprotected sex with locals or other tourist in the country.
A travel health clinic can determine exactly which vaccines will be required based on the area of the country visited and your current health requirements. Because of Cambodia health standards, medications are limited and travelers could end up purchasing counterfeit drugs. To avoid the problem simply speak with your personal doctor and get a supply of your personal meds that will last for the duration of your visit.
Packing health related items for your trip!
While packing for your trip to Cambodia, remember to:
- pack a hat,
- sunglasses and
- sun block protection.
Due to the health concern of contracting malaria and dengue fever from mosquito bites you should pack items that cover the arms and legs.
Bring your own insect repellent and discus with your doctor the possibility of bringing anti-Malaria pills with you just as a precaution. By following safety precautions, using prevention methods, and staying out of the more rural areas of the country you can reduce your risk of contacting malaria or dengue fever.
Eating on the road and about
Once you arrive in the country, focus your health concerns on the consumption of foods and beverages. Because water sources can be contaminated, bottled water can be used for brushing teeth or if tap is your only source, simply boil it. For drinking water, be safe and stick with bottled. It is plentiful locally and if the seal is unbroken, it is fine to drink.
For your health, there is a simple way to check if ice served at a local restaurant is acceptable for drinking. If the ice is in round cubes with holes in the center, it was prepared in Cambodian ice factories and is safe to drink.
Cambodia has a wonderful variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, rice's, stir frys, fish, herb marinades and local dishes that are gaining an international audience. By peeling raw fruit, sticking with cooked vegetables and staying away from unboiled milk you can enjoy all of Cambodia's wonderful dining experiences.
Health insurance?You might want to consider it, if not for just to be completely at ease.
Though you are on vacation in Cambodia remember accidents and injuries can still occur. Purchase travel health insurance for your trip in case you require medical assistance or emergency evacuation from Cambodia. This is a very valuable service when you consider that most Cambodia health services are below par with that found in many western countries and those that are sufficient have very high prices.
So in short...Bottom line for traveling to Cambodia is to discuss Cambodia health concerns that could occur in advance. Then you have the knowledge to avoid any potential health problems and can ensure your trip is a wonderful experience.
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