Written by Evelyn Kim, Volunteer at The Yard Hostel
Staying healthy as a traveler in Bangkok can feel complex, because the city’s warm, humid climate and distinct environment can surprise many people. Here are some ways to remain in optimal health here:
People in Bangkok often wear masks as they walk in the street, due to smog and fine dust particles that are in the air. Though not every person wears a mask, those who are especially sensitive to these environmental factors should wear one. Doing so will help your respiratory system– a fancy way of saying your body’s airways, including your throat and lungs.
If you are accustomed to a mild climate, you will physically lose more water, through sweat, in Bangkok’s warm climate. That’s why drinking water regularly will help keep your energy levels high. Remember that though Thailand’s tap water is safe for washing (for brushing your teeth and bathing, for example), it is not safe for drinking. Make sure that the water you drink is from a filtered tap source.
As a traveler in Bangkok, you will likely experience many days visiting many places in this city. Nourishing yourself well will ensure that you have the energy to do this. Eating protein-filled food during breakfast will make you feel full, and keep your energy level high during the daytime. If you stay at The Yard, the free daily breakfast includes cereal and sliced fruits topped with yogurt and bread, which are two protein sources that will fuel you.
Mosquitoes tend to thrive in warm, moist climates like Bangkok’s, which means that it is possible that you will encounter them outdoors. Though not everyone will get bitten, wearing mosquito repellent regularly will be an essential precaution for your comfort.
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