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2. Explore Mekong – Health and Safety

  • Health insurance is recommended.
  • International hospitals are generally available in all major cities but the most advanced hospitals are all located in Bangkok. Decent medical international facilities are also available in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi as well as Phnom Penh.
  • Typhoid is possible through contaminated water in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar
  • Malaria and yellow fever are still claiming victims in the six GMS countries.
  • Antibiotics or medicine against diarrhea are highly recommended.
  • Antifungal cream as well as antihistamines for allergies are recommended.
  • Protection against mosquitoes’ bites.

Mekong metropolises, towns and villages are generally recognized as safe for travellers. Tourists can however be from time to time victims of robberies or scams. To be alert is always recommended.

In case of problems, many countries have set a special tourist police force. Vietnam is now considering to establish a specific unit as well.

Tourist police emergency contacts

Telephone

Internet or email

Cambodia

Phnom Penh

012 942 484

www.tourismcambodia.com/tourist-information/useful-contacts.htm

China

 Police: 110

Tourist Complaint Hotline Kunming: 3135412

Tourist Complaint Hotline Guilin : 2800315

www.8599999.net (only in Chinese)

Lao PDR

Vientiane: 021-251-128

none

Myanmar

Yangon Police

(Tourist Safety Unit)

95-1-376166, 642742,549209

www.myanmartourism.org/helpful_numbers.htm

Thailand

1155

www.thailandtouristpolice.com

Vietnam

113

www.vietnamvolunteernetwork.com/4/post/2011/09/vietnam-essential-emergency-phone-numbers.html

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