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Is there risk of malaria in Thailand?

Page last updated 14 November 2018

There is no risk of malaria in the major tourist resorts or cities, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Pattaya. However, malaria can be in rural areas, particularly near the borders with Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. 

If you’re unsure, speak with your healthcare practitioner 4-6 weeks prior to your departure about your travel plans and they will be able to advise whether or not you should be taking anti-malarial medication. 

Malaria is spread by the bite of a particular type of mosquito. The best way to prevent malaria is to avoid mosquito bites altogether. Preventative measures you can take include protecting yourself with insect repellent, wearing clothes that cover your arms and legs, and staying in accommodation that has air conditioning, fly nets or screened windows provided.

In order to advise correctly, your doctor will need to know a little more detail around your travel plans, such as where you are travelling, the time of year and the activities you have planned.

Visit your healthcare professional 4-6 weeks before travel to see if medication is needed for you. 


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Sources & Citations

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Health information for Travelers to Thailand. Available at: [accessed 29 May 2018].
  2. Australian Government, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Smartraveller, Thailand. Avialable at: [accessed 30 May 2018].

SPANZ.SAPAS.18.04.0163a - Date of preparation July 2018