Chiang Mai with a 1 year old
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2012 2:15 AM Last Post By: TOT_sally
Nov 9, 2012 4:50 PM
Chiang Mai with a 1 year oldHi there
We'll be spending 4 weeks in Chiang Mai with our 1 year old baby - due to arrive in 1 week. Just got some general questions...
1. Dengue fever - what's the current situation with that? How common are day time mosquitos? We'll have DEET repellant and will try and cover up, but am a little concerned especially with bubs.
2. Are there many shops that sell baby clothes and goods? We're bringing just an Ergo carrier but wondering if a stroller might be useful some of the time.
3. Any accommodation suggestions? We're looking at mid-range prices, and really want a pool and a 1-bed apartment with a minimal kitchen so we don't have to go out for every meal. I really want accommodation that has fly-screens too.
4. Are there children's hospitals, or in the event of our baby becoming unwell would we just go to the closest hospital?
Any other tips welcome. We're both well traveled but this is our first overseas trip with our son.
Nov 10, 2012 11:16 AM
1Dengue- not sure of the current situation, either the WHO website or NHS fit4travel are good resources. We were there in the wet season, used Deet and none of us knowingly got bitten.
You might pick up baby clothes at the night markets.
A stroller would be useful, the pavements aren't too bad - the night markets that are once a week (Tuesday's maybe would be ok with a stroller, but the other one might be trickier with wobbly crowded pavements. The stroller would also be good at the zoo if you intend to visit there.
We stayed at sk2house which I really recommend, it had a pool & I think it had communal kitchens but we didn't use them. The rooms were basic with en-suite, good value family room with air con. It was adequate but by no means plush. Breakfast was good. The safe were very friendly and great with our children.
There's a large hospital, I remember looking it up before we got there as I'd been having eye problems. But we didn't have to go.
Nov 10, 2012 10:24 PM
2Check the air pollution websites, Google Chiang Mai air pollution, at certain times of the year I wouldn't even think of taking a child there. We were in Thailand last February and turned around and went back south at Ayuthaya, it was that bad. Bangkok was much better.You may be OK at this time of year, but keep an eye on it. We live with Dengue here in Australia, sometimes, be sensible. Dengue mozzies can't fly far, you'll soon work out where they hang out and where they don't. I don't think I'd want to put deet on my kids, I never have, try to find something specially formulated for children and do not mix sunblock and mozzy repellent. Thailand has excellent health care, from what I hear. My kids spent a few weeks further south, no problems, no tummy bother, we'll be back to stay longer next time. I'm sure you'll be fine, have fun!
Nov 11, 2012 11:52 PM
3It seems there was a big dengue outbreak in Chiang Mai this year, but that may be (likely to?) be decreasing by now. Why not ask on the Thailand branch (keeping in mind people without kids tend to be less cautious) or check newspapers when you arrive to see if cases are still being reported. I don't remember mosquitoes being a big problem in Chiang May (we went at the start of the monsoon a couple of years ago), but do take care - they probably won't be as localized as they may be in Australia. I'd actually prefer to use deet on the kids than risk dengue - but that obviously is a personal choice, and I have known to many people who have fallen ill with it (and died). Mosquitoes can actually bite through thin (and even some thicker clothing) so don't assume covering up will prevent bites.
Medical care is good there - even in some of the smaller towns - so Chiang Mai should be fine.
Nov 15, 2012 2:15 AM
Whilst I haven't been to Chiang Mai I can offer you some advice for travelling with a baby.
1. Dengue Fever: check http://www.smartraveller.gov.au for information. Take a baby insect repellent that is suitable for their skin. Lavender oil is also good you may wish to use this just to keep insect away.
2. Chiang Mai is a large city I am sure there are large shopping malls that have childrens' clothing shops, however take enough to get by for a few days up to a week. Why stress yourself out about finding clothes. Take a pram/stroller. Whilst it may be difficult to navigate on the streets (due to high curbs) you will want it in shopping malls and in the evening when you head out for dinner. Our son always falls asleep in his on the way back to the hotel.
3. For your additional concerns check out the official Thailand website and Chiang Mai websites and of course read the Lonely Planet guides which will direct you to the nearest hospitals.
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