Insights: The winter high season for travels to Thailand is beckoning

Thailand is a popular travel destination for Nordic travellers and every year when the cold weather reaches the Nordic countries, a large number of Scandinavians travel to Thailand.

Thailand is SOS International's largest injury country

This is reflected in SOS International's statistics on injuries where Thailand is SOS International’s second-largest country in terms of the sheer number of cases. 

We have gathered some data on Thailand covering the winter high season (December-March).

Additionally, we provide advice on how to prevent illnesses, which typically arise in Thailand including illnesses spread by mosquitos and "traveller’s diarrhoea".

Please note that the figures are solely based on the client base of SOS Internationals and, thus, does not represent all Nordic travellers.

Last year's Thailand peak season in figures

Distribution of gender Thailand 2018-2019 (Nordic travellers)

Distribution of age Thailand 2018-2019 (Nordic travellers)

Distribution of months Thailand 2018-2019 (Nordic travellers)

Distribution of weeks Thailand 2018-2019 (Nordic travellers)

Typical illnesses in Thailand

Diseases spread by mosquitos and ”traveller’s diarrhoea”

Typical cases from Asia comprise infections and injuries. ”Traveller’s diarrhoea” is the prominent disease experienced by SOS International in Thailand followed by respiratory infections, skin infections and urinary tract infections.

The SOS International medical team monitors global disease patterns and our Medical Governance keeps itself updated on global developments in illnesses, health and epidemics.

In that way, we ensure that the medical staff is prepared when cases are reported to the alarm centre. This also has a great impact on our medical practitioners’ handling of cases from specific regions and ensures that we allocate the correct medical speciality to a case, e.g. in the form of a specialist in tropical medicine in cases of diseases spread by mosquitos.

Moreover, it makes it possible to provide the best advice to travellers prior to leaving.

Good advice on diseases spread by mosquitos

  • Consult your medical practitioner on vaccinations well ahead of departure
  • Apply mosquito spray and balm to all uncovered areas of your body – remember also exposed areas such as neckline and ankles. Spray socks and hairline
  • Wear clothes which cover as much of your body as possible, preferably loose garments. Mosquitos can bite through thin garments.
  • Sleep under mosquito nets, in rooms with airconditioning or close all doors and windows
  • Also, be careful outdoors at the time when the mosquitos are most active:
    – Daytime for e.g. dengue and zika
    – Dusk and night for malaria

How to avoid ”traveller’s diarrhoea”

”Traveller’s diarrhoea” or ’Gastroenteritis’ in medical terms is one of the most common diagnoses registered by SOS International together with other infections. A large number of patients are hospitalised with the illness and even more who are not hospitalised.

Traveller’s diarrhoea is caused by bacteria in food and water or bacteria which are ingested from one’s own unclean hands. If you want to avoid it, then remember these four pieces of advice:

  • Make sure to wash your hands before each meal
  • Only eat street food which is prepared in front of you and which is piping hot
  • Consider the hygiene of restaurants and cafés carefully
  • React quickly to vomiting and diarrhoea and contact our alarm centre so that you can get in contact with a medical practitioner from our network and receive treatment without delay

The above material was first released in the autumn of 2018. This is an update of the material as of November 2019.

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Are you travelling and in need of acute assistance?

Contact SOS International's alarm centre on +45 7010 5050.

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