Planning to visit Thailand and now you are wondering if you will have to worry about mosquitoes biting you. Then you are right in doing so, there is no way to avoid them. You do have to precautions to protect yourself from them.
Thailand has a humid climate, as a result, mosquitoes do well in this type of climate. There are more mosquitoes during the rainy season (June through October) but they are present all year round. This should not stop you from visiting Thailand.
What you should do instead, is learn how to protect yourself against mosquitoes especially if you’re traveling with children. We all know children are the first victims of every mosquito.
In this post, we will go through how bad are mosquitoes in Thailand. Let’s get started!
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When Are Mosquitoes Around?
The reality is that mosquitoes are always around in Thailand. With Thailand’s tropical climate being hot and humid, in other words, it is a perfect climate for mosquitoes to reproduce.
Because of this, mosquitoes are around and active in Thailand all year long.
There are times in the day where you will be at more risk. Those being in the mornings roughly at sunrise between 5 am to 8 am and in the evenings at sunset between 5 pm to 8 pm.
That doesn’t mean that you should avoid going between those times but just take reasonable precautions.
In case you are planning to visit places in northern Thailand like Chiang Mai or Pai that have jungles, you will find more mosquitoes there. Whereas in the South, there are more islands and open space you will find fewer mosquitoes.
What About Diseases?
You shouldn’t worry too much about tropical diseases transmitted by mosquitoes in Thailand but get a doctor if something feels not quite right or for peace of mind.
The risk of getting a tropical disease is considered low. But some mosquitoes in Thailand can transmit dengue fever.
If you need more information on diseases from mosquito bites, check with your local doctor.
If you feel like that you would rather not risk it please know that mosquitoes are more active during the rainy season that lasts from June to September.
Ways To Prevent Mosquitoes Bites?
Now that you know more about mosquitoes and you are still planning on visiting Thailand so what are the best ways to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
- Use mosquito repellent. DEET is a mosquito repellent and can be got in any pharmacy or 7/11.
- Try to use light clothing that covers your arms and legs. Because you don’t want to feel too hot, go for pieces of clothing that are loose and airy. This way you won’t be as hot and the mosquitoes will be less attracted to you.
- Try using clothing that is light in color. Other than keeping you cooler than dark clothing they also don’t attract mosquitoes as easily.
- If you go to have dinner outside, for example, remember that the evenings are one of the times where mosquitoes are more active. Or if you go on a hike in the jungle don’t wear short-sleeved t-shirts and shorts because mosquitoes are attracted to wood and low lighting.
- Try to avoid using perfumes or strong scented lotions and colognes. It’s true that being in a hot country where you will most likely sweat a lot you want to still smell nice but the truth is, mosquitoes can be highly attracted by scents such as the ones from perfume.
- In the room where you will be staying, you shouldn’t worry that much since most rooms are equipped with a fan. Mosquitoes tend to avoid air drafts and are attracted to humid spaces.
- If you don’t like the idea of spraying yourself several times of the day with mosquito repellent full of chemicals you can also use repellent bracelets that are made of more natural ingredients and can still protect you against the bites of mosquitoes.
Unfortunately, mosquitoes are known for being very tenacious and even if you take all the precautions, you can still be bitten by one.
What To Do in Case You Are Bitten?
Yes, it happens much less than if you didn’t take any simple precautions at all but it can still happen.
First of all, please don’t panic. Remember that more than likely bitten by a harmless mosquito since the risks of getting a disease are very low. But still, when the itch starts try your best not to scratch it.
Also remember that you are in the tropics, full of microscopic life so try not to open any unnecessary wounds that could let into your body an infection.
You will need to apply the cream to the area that was bitten to reduce the itchiness as many times as you want but if mosquito bite cream is the only thing that you forgot to pack there is no need to worry.
Tiger balm is probably the most well-known cream that helps against the itchiness of mosquito bites. It is probably the easiest thing to find since it is also sold in supermarkets.
However, if for any particular reason you won’t be able to go and buy cream immediately you can try applying some toothpaste on the afflicted area or the interior of a banana peel.
You can buy it without a prescription and it’s certain that wherever you go, they have the soothing cream in stock.
Finally, now that everything is said, it takes a couple of days to get used to the presence of mosquitoes especially if you come from a very much colder country where mosquitoes are rare.
But if you take precautions, you will soon realize that you can easily deal with the presence of mosquitoes while visiting Thailand.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on how bad are mosquitoes in Thailand have helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and leave a comment if you have any tips.