Planning travel to Cambodia–healthcare

For a number of years, I’ve wanted to do some solo travel in the region, but life has interfered.  This Mother’s Day, though, I’ll be on my own in Siem Reap, Cambodia happily doing hours of photography at Angkor Wat and the surrounding temples.

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Since Ravi will be solo parenting, the very first thing I had to do was ensure that he got the relevant days off from work.  I then booked my flights (although I’m still figuring out hotel).

Then I began my healthcare preparations.  I knew from my trip to India in 2006 that there were injections I never finished getting and that I should probably look into stuff like Malaria pills.  I scheduled a travel consultation with my doctor’s office.

In terms of vaccinations, needed the following

  • Polio (adults get a single booster and it’s good for life)
  • Typhoid (good for 3 years)
  • Hepatitis A & B–combined shot (3 shot series, good for life)
  • I already had a tetanus booster, but if you haven’t had one in years, you may want to get a booster

Because I’ll be in the Angkor Wat area, I didn’t need any anti-malarials or a vaccination for Japanese Encephalitis.  However mosquitoes are an issue, so the first thing they sold me was…

20140411_183857Insect repellant with DEET.  If there’s no DEET, you’re just effectively covering yourself in frosting.

The other thing that my clinic sold me was a packet of travel medication.  This isn’t meant for a single trip, but it’s a full service packet of things I *might* need while traveling.  I’ve had issues with travel in the past, so I figured it was best to buy it.

20140411_183911Packed in a convenient pouch

20140411_184010It includes your basics like band-aids and condoms

20140411_184016Antibiotic cream, ointment, eye drops

20140411_184007A huge wad of medication

20140411_184119The diarrhea flow chart.  When to take and what.

20140411_184142When to take other antibiotics–this was in the booklet in the front pocket of the package

We reviewed the usual food precautions, which I knew already, but in case you don’t–if you can’t peel it or cook it, don’t eat it.  Get all beverages sealed, and don’t use ice.

Up until this point, the appointment was more about figuring out which mental travel precaution boxes I needed to check off.

“Any last words of advice?” I ask.

“If you get bit by a monkey, get triaged by the local hospital and then get back to Singapore as fast as possible to start the rabies injections.”

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Okay, then.  That’s a cheery note to leave on.

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One Response to Planning travel to Cambodia–healthcare

  1. Natalie says:

    Bring hand sanitizer (or get some there – it’s sold everywhere)! Use it before you eat, after you wash your hands, and after showers (and keep your mouth closed during showers). Food is excellent in Siem Reap and we had no problems for the two months we were there – maybe because we were so strict with our sanitizer. Try out $1 Tapas Night at the Ivy, New Leaf Cafe, and Upstairs Cafe for some great food. Enjoy Siem Reap! The people are nice and the atmosphere is very relaxed and fun.

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