Food Poisoning in Thailand

Traveler advisories and reported cases of food poisoning and foodborne illness in Thailand.

Have you fallen ill from food or drink, had food poisoning in Thailand, or know the details of another traveler who has? Please submit information about what was consumed, where, or what others should avoid consuming.

True food poisoning occurs when a person ingests a contaminating chemical or a natural toxin, while most cases of foodborne illness are caused by a variety of foodborne pathogenic bacteria, viruses, or parasites that contaminate food. Such contamination usually arises from improper handling, preparation, or food storage.

Symptoms typically begin several hours to several days after ingestion and can include one or more of the following: nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, or fatigue. In most cases the body is able to permanently recover after a short period of acute discomfort and illness. However, foodborne illness can result in permanent health problems or even death, especially in babies, young children, pregnant women (and their fetuses), elderly people, sick people and others with weak immune systems.

It's typically in the best interest of a business to keep their customers healthy, but is there a particular restaurant or market in Thailand that you know of which consistently has problems with health and hygiene? Are there any food or drink items that travelers should exercise extreme caution with while visiting Thailand?

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catherine binney

June 30th, 2009

I got a terrible bout of food poison in Bangkok,after having a cocktail outside the trade centre mall one evening.I was already drunk,and ordered the cocktail which had ice and what looked like milk in it.I was extremely ill,and didn't seek medical advise.10 years on,i am having terrible problems,which seem to be difficult to diagnose.

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Lauren

March 3rd, 2010

I got bad food poisoning either from eating oysters in Bangkok's chinatown or from the beach food in Pattaya. At the beach I had some small fried crabs and shrimp from a vendor walking around, and some green mango and pineapple. That night I had a bad headache on the bus back, and once back in my room I got bad diarrhea and was puking all night. One day later now back home in Japan I'm still having stomach cramps and diarrhea, but no more vomiting. I will go to the doctor if the diarrhea doesn't stop within a few days.

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Anonymous

May 16th, 2010

I remember having food poisoning when I went to Thailand a few years ago. At that time I didn't know it was food poisoning until like a year later when I decided to do some research. I don't know what I specifically ate, but I do know it was seafood, and it was one of those stores where you eat outside. My body seriously had no stamina left. I couldn't stand or walk, and even had to sit down in the elevator when going to my hotel room. And then hours later I began vomiting. But I guess it wasn't as bad compared to when I was food poisoned in Laos since that lasted about a week, and the one in Thailand only lasted a day. But I still wonder why no one else in my family was food poisoned when I ate the same thing as them. Is my body just weak?

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John Blazko

November 1st, 2010

I suffered accute gastroentiritis which required major medical treatment in my hotel on a recent holiday in Chiang mai in Thailand. I had eaten at an outer Chiang Mai restaurant called, Lab gai baan Hong Restaurant. I took nearly 1 week to recover and was given a drip and antibiotics.

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Unnamed

January 30th, 2011

My wife and I ate lunch at "The old goodies cafe" in Siam Centre in Bangkok and after that had some donuts in the same centre and after 30 minutes, we were on our ways to the hospital.
It was such a severe food poisoning that we never recall or heard someone could ever be involved with!
We stayed at hospital for 4 days and 3 nights and forced the hospital to let us go and catch the flight back home despite we had not recovered well!

Just eat FAST FOOD or something you are %100 sure about OR face the consequences of ruining your holiday and thousands of dollars of expenses!

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anonymous

March 23rd, 2011

I read a few articles that Thai people really hate foreigners they call it farang. In Thai minds, everything farangs do is evil while they perceive themselves as Earthly equivalents of saints. They like the dollars that are coming in their country but they hate foreigners. So they literally food poison foreigners and some shot in the head in public their reason is they hate farang. "And their just farang who cares?" police's also hate foreigners so they don't care about the cases. Thai people will always on the side of thai men.

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Unnamed

May 2nd, 2011

I have just returned from Karon Beach in Thailand. I was holidaying with my Husband and 3 young children and was well aware of the possibility of food poisioning. We all had Hep A, B and Typhoid Injections before we left to be on the safe side. As my children are quite young, we were very wary of where we ate and only went to places recommmened by other fellow Aussies travelling with young kids. My children only wanted to eat western food and we were reccommended to eat at Papaya Thai Rest. in Karon wich also serves Burgers, chips, nuggets, spag bol. etc. My 9 year old daughter ate a cheesebuger from this place and was voilently ill about 6 hours later with vomiting and diarrhea which lasted more than 24 hours and required a visit to Patong hosp where she was given a injection to stop the vomiting. She was still ill for the following 4 day with cramps / fever and was given 2 bouts of antibiotics before recovering enough to being functioning again. This really knocked her for 6 and narrowly escaped hospitalisation due to dehydration. My advice to other travellers is to stick to fast food, Maccas etc and always request no ice in drinks, even in the 5 star hotels, especially with the kids. This place looked clean and came with a recommendation and we still got hit. It has now been 9 days since the poisoning, and she is really only getting back to normal now.

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Marlene van Jaarsveld

July 18th, 2011

Food poisoning 2x apparently from home made yoghurt Samet Pavillion Hotel Koh Samet!

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Luke

August 7th, 2011

I got food poisoning in Pattaya, but am still not 100% clear what it was that caused my illness. I was hospitalised for two nights in Pattaya hospital. My doctor said it may have been from the seafood I ate at the seafood market a day before. He recommended that I avoid seafood at all costs. I, however, think it may have been caused by a chicken burger I ordered from room service at my hotel. That was the last thing I ate and I fell ill immediately after I ate it. I was in such a bad state that my friends called an ambulance. My temperature was reaching dangerously high temperatures and I was severally dehydrated from vomiting and diarrhea. On the upside, the hospital was very nice - I had my own private room on the 19th floor with a wonderful view of Pattaya, Cable TV and the nurses were very friendly. Luckily I had travel insurance which covered all my medical expenses. For the remainder of my trip, I decided to stick to Burger king and potato chips.

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DB

October 25th, 2011

my husband and i were staying at novotel resort patong and on about the 3rd night suffered sereve food poisoning we were sent to bangkok phuket hospital where we were both admitted and put onto i/v fluids and antibiotics. We only ate and drank at the resort and hoped we were doing the right thing - Wrong we are now back home but still feel not quite 100%
We had health insurance and were treated very well in the hospital. But I just dont know if i will go back to thailand unless things change. I know they try to do the right thing by giving us bottled water to clean our teeth, but they still fail in so many many ways. Meat and salads sit out in the open for hours without being refrigerated, washing of their hands after the toilet is still in the future. etc etc.

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MG

October 31st, 2011

I recently visited Phuket and got food poisoning which I suspect was from a pancake purchased from a street vendor along Patong beach. After having eaten the pancake I felt nauseas for a few hours then I began to vomit every 15 minutes, then got diarreah. I couldn't stop vomiting and became feverish so I was rushed to hospital where I was put on an IV drip. I stayed overnight and managed to fly home the next day but I am still not fully recovered.

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Adz

November 2nd, 2011

My girlfriend and I just returned back from Thailand this morning after 13 days visiting Phuket, Koh Samui and then finally Bangkok the last four days of the trip. Before our holiday, we took note of what was recommended for foreigners when consuming Thai food and liquids and we were going fine up until Monday (two days ago). Late Sunday night, we ate in Siam Paragon and my girlfriend decided to have Indian whereas I had a Prawn Pad Thai. Both restaurants were near each other, possibly under the same owner. A day later, just before lunchtime, my girlfriend came down with a high fever, nausea, and then in the afternoon began vomiting and also had some diarrhea. I went out that night to have dinner at a place I had drank at the two nights previous, and after coming home and falling asleep, I awoke in the middle of the night and began vomiting the dinner I'd had at the second place and then an hour or so later, had diarrhea also. I must admit I felt some stomach cramps before I even started having dinner at the pub I frequented, and felt plenty of soreness all over yesterday morning and struggled to get out of bed. I feel Ok now that I'm back home, however my girlfriend still has the same sick feeling in her stomach as the previous two days and a minor fever. The other thing to mention is we had next to no appetite whilst we felt this sickness, but forced ourselves to eat (The Pizza Company in MBK certainly recommended). It hasn't deterred us from going back to Thailand but best advice to traveler's is take note of where you are eating, what places are recommended and like others have suggested, Fast Food actually can be a help more than a hindrance. This is especially, when or if you start to feel you may have food poisoning. Before this potentially happens, try to keep up your sugar levels, consume electrolytes and drink plenty of bottled water, simply due to the high temperatures in all parts of Thailand.

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melodie smit

September 14th, 2012

I am staying at Kata Beach Phuket and have had food poisoning for 2 days now. I am not to sure what caused it, it was either the lunch served on the boat to the James Bond Islands or a pizza i bought from a local restaurant. It has put such a damper on an otherwise great holiday. I tried to see a doctor today but they are all closed and the pharmasists can barely understand english.

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Dave MacPhail

October 12th, 2012

I was at Patong Beach Phuket and living at the Merlin hotel. After about 3 days I started to come down with something. I was stuck on the toilet constantly and had hot and cold sweats. After 2 days of this I tried to eat and ended up throwing the whole lot up. I brushed my teeth with bottled water every day and followed all the safety advice. I think that sometimes even careful people get sick. As a warning, there were 10 of us on holiday and 8 of us got ill. Local bar owner told us there was an upsurge in the amount of illness in the 2 month previous period.

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Chris

October 18th, 2012

Now I've been schooled in Thai food poisoning and Thai hospitals. I ate in a respectable and clean-looking restaurant, ironically called "Hemlock", on Th Phra Athit and found myself a couple hours later with massive vomiting, headache, chills, muscle aches, and weakness. This lasted all night. I spent the next day trying to see a doctor at Chulalongkorn University Hospital. Now it is another day later as I write and I still have headache and body pains, although my appetite is back. I learned two valuable things: (1) guides tell you not to eat in restaurants where there aren't a lot of other people–I ignored them because this place looked upscale and clean–do not ignore this advice!! (2) Pay for a better hospital when you're in Bangkok. CUH ended up charging me $1 for the ER and $4 for blood tests, but it took me all day to see a doctor, and I had to leave the ER when I could barely stand up to go retrieve my passport from the Myanmar embassy (they were processing my visa) because the hospital wouldn't treat me with only a photocopy of my passport. It took me 3 hours and I almost collapsed twice on the street from exhaustion. Of course, when I returned, the registrar didn't even look at my passport! Then the doctor gave me antibiotics without bothering to examine me or give me a diagnosis. Next time, I'm going to the international hospitals.

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Still poorly

November 21st, 2012

My husband and I stayed in Phuket and was very careful nit to drink tap water or eat from stalls. We had a light lunch by way of a sandwich served on the beach and a smoothy which I think was what got us. We ended our holiday with a three day stay in Phuket Bankok international hospital both being treated for severe food poisoning, all I can advise is ensure you have travel insurance and if you do get badly I'll go to an international hospital, the staff were great and the hospital was very clean. We can recommend QBE insurance they handled our claim most efficiently and rearranged our flights. A week on and back home I am still unwell and losing weight. You can't really be too careful from where you choose to eat but avoid raw seafood, and sandwich meat.

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Danielle Jacobs

January 13th, 2013

My husband and I wanted to treat ourselves to an upscale dinner in Phuket Town on the last night of our 3 week excursion. We normally ate off the street vendors or small cafes but we wanted to 1) Have a nice farewell dinner, 2) Avoid food poisening on our 20 hour trip home. We ate at what seemed a lovely modern jazz bar themed restaurant named "Dukes" in Phuket Town. We ordered the Prawn Yum Style with Wasabe and for some reason they brought us chicken wings by mistake. So I let the confused waitress know and the head waitress apologized and said they would bring out the correct order. It goes without saying that the shrimp came and within a couple hours we started feeling bloaty and nausious. The next morning on our flight connection through China is when we started getting voilently ill. We had an 8 hour layover in China so we tried to recover on land before getting on our next flight. I could barely stand up and was extremely dehidrared. We had diarrhea, I was throwing up bile, we had hot and cold chills, our muscles and joints hurt, our skin felt prickly… It was torture. I wanted to just curl up and give up. If we hadnt upgraded to business class I wouldn't have even attempted trying to fly home in this shape. Somehow we made it home and still 3 days later I am dehydrated, weak, and cannot eat anything without it coming out in liquid form. My husband seems to be getting a lot better but is still not 100%.

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Sandy K

February 26th, 2013

2 days ago I had dinner at Sea Breeze restaurant on Koh Samed. I ordered grilled Scallops with butter and garlic and Tom Yum Kung. yesterday, I woke up at 4 am rush to puke my brains out then went back to bed then ran again for diarrhea. This pretty much went on all morning. I went to the clinic on the island , got ripped off even though I live in this country, had to ct my holiday short and took the ferry back on land. I didnt think taking a public Van or Bus would be good for m condition at that moment so we hired the taxi to bangkok, the sleep on the taxi really helped. I'm still on antibiotics and pills i got from the island clinic. I don't have to go to the ladies as often now but still throw up everything i eat.. My guess is the scallops, shrimps or the teeth brushing tap water ( even as a local living in this country I usually dont use tap water on islands to brush my teeth). I hope I feel better by tomorrow because I have to be back at work and i really hate puking specially in public bathrooms.

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Lord Sean

March 24th, 2013

I went on holiday to thailand pattaya and i suffered from food poison two times in 31 days my advice is not to eat from thai restaurants or from street vendors in south pattaya pattaya tai they do not understand safe food standards i was told that i was suffering from accute gastroentiritis which required major medical treatment in bangkok pattaya hospital and i cost me approx 2000.00 sterling for both my stay in hospital, I took nearly 3 week to recover and was given a drip and antibiotics several times every day for the first 5 days and after i went back to my hotel room to recover, It took me about 3 week to recover and after i suffered from a flu attack because my body was weak,

Acute gastroenteritis can be caused by a bacterial infection, like Salmonella.

A bacterial infection is one of the most common causes of acute gastroenteritis, and food-borne bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter account for many of these cases. Infection by parasites like giardia can cause acute gastroenteritis that lasts for several weeks. Viruses can also cause a stomach flu, particularly rotaviruses and noroviruses. All of these microorganisms can spread when someone who is sick does not wash his or her hands thoroughly and touches a surface, like a doorknob, leaving the microbes behind for the next person who touches it. They can also contaminate food and water.

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EKKARD BAEUERLE

April 18th, 2013

Me and a friend of mine lived through a food poisoning for two days only hours after consuming some prawn cocktails in a restaurant near khao san road, bangkok, thailand. After loosing what seemed to be all of our bodily fluids, the flight home was quite a challenge. It went so far that even the flight personal were asking us if an emergency landing would be necessary. Still we made it home well and recovered soon after our arrival in germany!

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Alex

April 22nd, 2013

Do not eat at Beach Way or McDonalds in Patong. I got food poisoning from one or the other. I couldnt sleep all night from abdominal pain and constant toilet visits. I had cold chills and wrapped myself in blankets on a hot humid night.The next day my fever had settled but the diarrhea and the stomach cramps continued.

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Audrey

May 29th, 2013

I just spent 11 nights in Phuket, the first 4 in the Patong area and got a sick there for about a day and a half - severe belly cramping that doubled me over in pain and diarrhea - i got some medicine for both from the pharmacy and that helped after a while. I spent my last 4 nights in the Kata beach area and got very ill about half way through. I ate at a restaurant called red chair that came very reccommended and as well was always busy and the only other place I ate at twice was called (I believe) MammaPat, this was where I ate last before i got ill but who knows how long things take to kick in. I had body aches all over, even my hands ached, i had a fever and horrrible chills - even turning the aircon off and covering with a quilt didnt help me. I had awful stomach cramping and bloating and horrible diarrhea - I could do nothing but lay in bed and suffer and travelling alone made it worse when I had no choice but to get up and go to the store for more water etc which, even though it was right next door to my hotel, took everything out of me I was so weak. I took some of the old meds from the first time i got sick but they didnt seem to help much. I was worried because I had a flight to greece after those last 4 nights were up - I managed to make the flight but here I am 4 days after it all started and my stomach is still incredibly sore/bloated and the diarrhea, although it has let up a bit- still coming in horrible waves. I am just trying to stay hydrated and keep some energy up, eating toast and "safe" things but if it is not better in another day or so I will have to go to the dr here in Greece. The weirdest thing through both bouts was that I did not vomit once. Its so horrible to have to worry about and/or experience these things when you just wanted to have a nice vacation!

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Gl

April 24th, 2014

We went to Thailand 2011 at phuket. I order seafood and my husband eat uswell.We get poison from it. I suffer for two weeks and also my husband. Luckily one filipina told me to drink flat coke. So it's help a lot. For tourist to visit to thailand please be carefull. Even you eat in the restaurant they don't know how to cook western food.

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christina

June 21st, 2014

I stayed at the Swissotel Nai Lert Park Bangkok 2013 and ate at the French bakery cafe next to the lobby. I ordered a chicken curry puff. 3 hours later i was at the airport about to board a flight to France, when all of the sudden i felt like i was going to vomit. I went to the toilet and vomited a litre of liquid 3 times in a row. I repeated this 4 times. I had a fever and was really out of it. I couldnt eat a single thing on the flight because i was scared that it would make me vomit. I arrived in France sick. It took me two days to get back to a semi normal state. It almost ruined my whole holiday. I had waited my life to go Paris and it ruined 2 out of 5 days there. I have never been so sick in my life.

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S t

July 21st, 2014

My brother died in 2000 at the Prince of Wales hospital from salmonella atanum two weeks after eating bad chicken in koh samui. It travelled to his heart and caused cardiac arrest. He was 25.the hospital hadn't seen anything like it in 19 years. He had a weakened immune system from having had glandular fever (undetected) earlier that year. He was starting a gap year but died only three weeks after arriving. Another Irish man of the same age died a year later on the same island with cause of death unknown but the very same symptoms, I assume food poisoning.

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D R

October 12th, 2014

My son and girlfriend went to Thailand . They had both eaten McDonalds at a Patong Hotel they stayed at. I get a call today to say he is in hospital with severe food poisoning. He is on a drip and definitely staying the next 24 hours. His girlfriend though seems Ok at moment but had diahorrea since going there. Not even know brand places seem to always be safe, even when recommended. Is distressing for a mother to also be so far away when they are so ill.

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GK

November 28th, 2014

I came back from Phuket to Mumbai after 6 days of travel. Within 3 hours of coming back to Mumbai, I developed stomach cramps and diarrhoea.
Severe bodyache, nausea, chills and fever all the same time. The immunity system had gone for a toss and I rushed to the hospital within few hours to get admitted to take IV injections (antibiotics). All the tests were negative including Dengue. However, the diarrhoea didnt stop even after two days of medication. Doctors said it was food infection and advised me lots of ORS hydration with glucose intakes.
Not too sure on the cause of the food poisoning as I hd maintained healthy diet of boiled eggs whites, fresh fruits and juices.
I had stayed at grade A resort and dont doubt their food.
however, do believe that airlines food or the food at Patong beach may have caused the infection and then it multiplied inside my stomach.
Yet to recover fully after 3 days

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Jennie

December 6th, 2014

Food poisoning at Anfield cafe, phuket town. A week later still got dioreha. Hit both me and my boyfriend.

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Loptr

December 24th, 2014

I am in Chiang Mai Ram hospital right now with a bad case of food poisoning… I ate Tom Yum Goong at large farang restaurant in Warorot market… Within 3 hours I was vomiting… The next morning I had a seizure and was rushed to hospital where I am now after 3 days… Be careful, you cannot trust any restaurant…

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James

January 5th, 2015

I arrived in Thailand Pattaya area on New Years Eve in the morning. I was fine for the first few days. Jan 4 came around and I got a bad case of Diarrhea. I have been in my Hotel room all day as I am too week to leave and have had to use the restroom every half hour. In the evening prior I had a fever and chills. I am starting to feel a bit better but I still have diarrhea. I wish I would have done some research on this prior to coming.

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John

July 3rd, 2015

I live in Thailand and would like to offer some information.

You must understand that most rural Thai people who run restaurants or food stalls generally have no real knowledge about food safety. The food is sold for one reason - profit. Any unsold food will usually not be thrown away but is sold next day, because the profit margin doesn't allow it. Now, you need to know that most places don't have fridges, or even if they do, they may not be plugged in (electricity too expensive) or reserved for keeping the beer cool. They may store their fish and meat in a box with some ice in it. When it melts … get the idea?

If you are holidaying on an island, you might think "great, plenty of fresh seafood". You are wrong. The locals will buy fish from the port, where it is kept in a bucket of ice. When the ice melts, the fish decomposes until someone remembers to throw in another handful of ice. When the restaurant buys it, it is transferred to the restaurant where it may be kept 3-4 days in a similar condition. I've even seen fish crawling with maggots. Many beach restaurants have nice stainless steel display fridges and freezers but they often simply aren't plugged in. Almost ALL visitors to the islands get food poisoning at some point. Never eat food unless you personally see it freshly cooked. And do inspect the hygiene of the place you eat at - washing hands here while handling food is almost unheard of. Plates and surfaces will be wiped clean with a filthy rag.

My advice to all tourists is to buy little packs of medicine from the local 7-11 or pharmacy. They are stocked everywhere because most Thais get sick a few times every month. "Disento" and "Coccila" are two brand names. They contain a cocktail of antibiotics and kaolin which will attack and kill off most common bacteria causing food poisoning. They are very cheap and work within hours. Also buy some oral rehydration salts and take them.

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Dianne

August 26th, 2015

Thank you to John for his informative post. We purposely have been staying away from/or have been very picky about particular food stall food and seafood for the very reason that he stated. We also have traveled to other countries where food safety is next to non-existent and have fared quite well.

That said, all has been well on our SE Asia trip until last night - my bf woke up with food poisoning. We are currently in Bangkok. We've been traveling now for 3 weeks and are close to returning and my poor guy now has to deal with this. Thankfully, we filled our Cipro rx's before travel and he has started with his first pill just a bit ago…it has stayed down over an hour so that's good, however, he keeps making trips to the loo. Right now it's mainly intense vomiting. He has also been taking doxycycline from the start, for mosquito bite possibilities, since we have spent time in rural areas. We think it may have somewhat curbed the extent of his current status, but that is just speculation. Okay, now for the details that may help other travelers. We ate these locations yesterday:

BREAKFAST: at "home", store bought German style yogurts (plain flavor) and Nescafe instant coffee. Lots of bottled water through the day and up until lunch so likely b-fast is not the culprit.

LUNCH: Ethos Vegetarian and Vegan Restaurant off of Khaosan Road. I ate (and, yes, I know, you may cringe but I needed some greens after weeks of noodles/rice, pork/beef/chicken): a large, green salad with cabbage, bean sprouts, tomatoes, cucumber, carrot, red pepper, homemade tempeh (that I actually disliked so I only ate a couple of the cubes), and Japanese enoki mushrooms, these last of which I did not eat as I tend to dislike mushrooms, in general and just set them aside. Matt also ate some of my salad AND he did eat those mushrooms - so this is one of our top contenders for the food poisoning (which, sadly, seems to be getting worse for him as I type - he's getting progressively more uncomfortable). He ate: hummus topped with cilantro and white onion with homemade pita type bread (I ate some of this too), falafel (I did not eat) with a side of tomato/cucumber on lettuce (I did not eat). I had a pineapple juice and an iced green tea, and my bf had a beer. We both thought the food was good, though we both did notice an occasional taste of soil that we believe came from the lettuce? Anyway, we both felt absolutely fine after lunch.

DINNER: Baan Khanitha Restaurant in the Asiatique shopping area. Now, this is a highly "rated" restaurant and considered by many to be a good place for Thai food and a place that has established some sort of history. Fast forward and I have found other posts regarding food poisoning here and so this takes the top spot as the culprit. Drinks: Singapore Sling (with ice), Canadian Club (on ice) and 2 bottles of S. Pellegrino. Appetizer: mini rice cakes served with a pork stew. He: a main dish of prawns in a red sauce with jujubes, cashews, and fried basil leaves. Me: Pla Samlee Phao Song Kruang = grilled cotton fish with Thai herbs in banana wrap. My guy ate about half of my fish, too and I had two bites of his prawns. I have not gotten sick and am hoping it stays that way.

As we cannot know for sure whether it was lunch or dinner that is the cause of his food poisoning, I, personally, am leaning towards his prawns meal or the enoki mushrooms. From what I've read, Bhan Khanitha has reviews on TripAdvisor of other patrons who have gotten sick from there. Perhaps the prawns were undercooked - or as they are river prawns, and seeing as the rivers and canals are quite polluted, they are not safe for eating? In the end, my guy is always prepared so he brought a packet of oral rehydration salts with him - though he has now vomited the water he's been drinking with them in it - and, as mentioned earlier, Cipro (anti-biotic). We leave Bangkok for home tomorrow and I am just hoping he's feeling much better after staying in today as we have a 13hour layover in Hong Kong followed by a 12hour flight home. Thanks for taking the time to read this and like another post states - stick to hot pots, hot dishes, add spice when you can as chiles help cut certain food-borne critters, avoid mushrooms, and sadly, yes, avoid seafood that has a high risk of being undercooked.

Safe travels!

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Janice

March 19th, 2016

I have lived in Thailand for 11 year now and often go back to my native Western country for visits. I have deducted after much trial and error, that there is nothing a person can do to prevent food poisoning in Thailand other than to acclimate to the bacteria that is present in the country. Now that I live in Thailand, I never get sick from the food but do get sick when I visit countries like Laos and Burma (Myanmar.) So my advise for someone coming to visit Thailand for the first, second or third visit is to just enjoy yourself but be prepared to spend some time bent over the toilet, it is inevitable.

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Tony

April 21st, 2016

Hi people. .
Have come and gone many times to the land of smiles . Don't know anything about food poisoning. .never had. My advice is to all..is…

If it feels abit wrong,it probably is..
Stay away from all sea food. And always eat your meals HOT.
Simple. .

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