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It is also important to be aware of differences in Thai products when compared to those in the United States to protect yourself from injury or worse.
Alcoholic beverages, medications, and drugs you purchase in Thailand may be more potent or of a different composition than similar ones in the United States. Several U.S. citizen tourists die in Thailand each year of apparent premature heart attacks after having drunk alcohol or used drugs. Many pharmacies in Thailand do not require a prescription. There is increasing concern about counterfeit medications in South East Asia that have entered the wholesale distribution network. If you must buy medication locally, we recommend that you purchase it from an international chain pharmacy. If you have a chronic medical problem, you should bring enough of your maintenance medicine (up to a 30-day supply) and not rely on purchasing your medication from the local economy. Please see Thai Customs (under Special Circumstances, above) restrictions on importing medication for personal use. Read more…
Recognize that your trip is a balance between risk and reward. The best way to prevent any undue harm is to reduce the amount of risk you take by being prepared and understanding the differences between Thailand and the United States.
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