Unfortunately, like in most seas during certain times, jellyfish can be found, which can cause strong burns and blisters on the skin. These can be treated with white vinegar or a paste made from Morning Glory, which grows around beach areas.
Until now the much feared "Fire Jelly Fish", which can be recognised by its red colour, has not been spotted here. In the 2013 - 14 season there were only a few cases, that needed to be treated by a doctor.
All Tourist areas in Thailand are warned by TAT (Tourism Authority of Thailand) and local tourist offices as follows :
The presence of dogs on the beach is a nuisance and a plague. They are unhygienic, and a threat to humans. PLEASE do not feed dogs on the beach. ( quoted in " getting the most from Samui " Page 2 )
The Bangkok Phuket Hospital warns, in the brochure 3/99 "Health Tips for Travellers in Southern Thailand" distributed by TAT,
" no tourist should stroke dogs, as their fur is inhabited by fur Larvae (hydatid cysts), which settle in the liver and need to be operatively removed. Wherever there are dogs, hookworms are found, that attack on the foot soles, which can be treated with medication ".
These rules apply also for Khao Lak. Dogs with a collar are no less dangerous.
According to the local vets, all homeless dogs have at least 7 serious diseases, of which many can cause damage to the human body.
Khao Lak has managed to avoid serious accidents up until now. The Deko Chamber is located in Phuket. In the view of diving medics, it is irresponsible, to do a 3rd dive, after a stressful 7 hour trip on a speedboat to the Similans, without the use of ones own diving computer. Even then it is a dangerous endeavour.
Diving operators in Khao Lak do not make use of this marketing trick. Having 3 dives, submerging into a wonderful underwater world, on a peaceful and stress free Liveabord, is an entirely different case and uncritical.
The many Massage-Studios, Spas and Beach Massages in Khao Lak are considered to be professional and competent. Mainly the older massage ladies with years of experience know the various types of massages. The most popular are the traditional massage and the Thai- and Oil Massage adapted for tourists. Other massages, like the Foot Massage, the Shoulder and Neck Massage, the Aloe-Vera-Massage and the Aroma-Massage are also offered. Massages in a studio or on the beach are offered at around 300 - 500 Baht. In hotels and luxurious spas, prices are much higher. Real Thai massages, which last 2 hours, are only found in the studios on the main road, which are visited by Thais in the evenings, or at the Sita Beach Massage. Most massage ladies own a certificate from the Massage School in Wat Pho, Bangkok, or from other schools.
The quality of the massage depends on the experience of the massage lady, who will according to your wishes, give you a gentle, middle or strong massage. If it's your first time, I would advise to have a gentle massage first, as the strength of the ladies should not be under estimated. On the beaches of Khao Lak there are over 100 massage ladies and a few men, who offer their services in simple but romantic bamboo huts. Fresh linen and cushion covers are provided. It's wonderful to experience a massage by the beach listening to the waves in the background. Excellent massages are offered at the beach of Sita Garden.
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