Koh Chang Health and Safety Advice
Follow our Koh Chang health and safety advice and you’re be able to enjoy your holiday in paradise without a single hitch.
1. Mobile Phone
It’s a good idea to always carry a mobile phone while out and about exploring the island. Make a record of the Police emergency number – dial 1155. Not all foreign phones receive network coverage in Thailand – it may be cheaper and easier just to buy a Thai phone and sim card when you arrive. A cheap Nokia and local sim will cost you around 600-800 THB. It’s definitely worth it if you’re staying for any length of time.
2. The Ocean
DON’T underestimate the strength of rip currents, even when there are no waves. DO be careful of broken coral on the beach and look out for passing long tail boats and jet skis when swimming. DON’T touch any marine life when snorkeling or swimming, it could hurt you both. DO wear a life jacket when kayaking.
3. Motorbike Safety
DO wear a helmet when riding a motorbike and remember you drive on the left hand side! DON’T drink and drive, catch a taxi instead. DON’T take more than one passenger on your bike and beware of excess sand on the roads. DON’T leave your key in the ignition when parked.
4. Sun Cream & Hydration
DO always wear high SPF sun cream and apply it frequently throughout the day. DON’T be fooled by cloud cover, you’ll still burn! DO use aloe vera gel to cool and sooth burnt skin. DON’T forget to apply extra cream when snorkeling and DON’T ignore a headache – it could be sunstroke. DO remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
5. Drinking Water
DO always ask for bottled water in restaurants and bars. DON’T drink the tap water (brushing your teeth with it is ok though if not swallowed) DON’T worry, ice is fine to have in your drinks as its purified.
6. Travel Insurance
We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance before leaving home. Make sure that you’re covered in the unlikely event of sickness or injury.
7. Bites & Wounds
DON’T pick or scratch bites, it’ll only make them worse. DO go straight to a pharmacy if the wound gets infected and buy anti-biotic cream or pills to help it heal. DON’T swim in the sea if you have an infection, it’ll make it worse. DO apply insect repellent to help prevent bites, especially at dawn and dusk.
DO be adventurous and try different dishes, you’re in a country where the food tastes amazing! DON’T be scared to ask for your food without chilli when ordering a meal. DO buy from street stalls or restaurants which appear busy, but DON’T buy dishes from stalls if it doesn’t look fresh. DO wash fruit well with bottled water before you eat it. DON’T ignore a stomach bug, always visit the pharmacy for advice.
Hospitals & Clinics
Koh Chang International Clinic, part of the Bangkok Hospital group, (039-5511-51) is located on White Sands Beach. They are open 24 hours a day. There is also a small hospital on Koh Chang just south of where the mainland ferries arrive (Phone – 039 586 131/160). Khlong Son, Kai Bae, Khlong Prao and Bang Bao also have small clinics that can deal with minor health problems.
On the mainland, Trat has 2 larger hospitals, Bangkok Trat Hospital being one of them. This is a private hospital with good facilities. It can be expensive, but comes recommended, especially if you have travel insurance. In the event of any major accidents or emergencies call 039-532-735.
Follow our Koh Chang health and safety advice and you’ll be sure to have a fantastic stay on this beautiful island.