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Malaria Pills Necessary Thailand / Laos

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I've read the info on the CDC (US), WHO, and NHS (UK) websites on malaria. Thank you Kathie for the link to NHS.UK -- you are right--best interactive map on the web.
I’m trying to decide whether malaria prophylaxis is really necessary because all of the areas we are going to are heavily visited, we are staying in 5-star hotels which will have air conditioning & screen windows, and we are leaving in a week so I presume it will still be the dry season.

My questions center around:
• We will be taking a day trip from Bangkok to the Tiger Temple and Elephant Camp with Tours by Tong (I know this is controversial--but my daughter and sister really want to do it). The NHS/UK states no precaution necessary in the River Quai bridge area. Does anyone know if that covers the the areas around Kanchanaburi like these two tourist draws?
• We will be in Luang Prabang for 3 nights then drive to Vang Vieng for 1 night. The websites all say that malaria is present in Laos except of Vientiane. I’m wondering if there’s really a risk to these heavily visited areas – does anyone know?
• The NHS/UK states no precaution necessary for Pattay and Phuket, the islands of Ko Samui and Ko Chang. We are going to be staying in Ko(h) Lanta and Krabi. It seems that these areas should be included in the no precautions necessary area. Does anyone have any information on this?


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