Any tourist heading in the direction of Thailand's Koh Chang Island should be familiar with the symptoms of malaria, just in case the very small chance of infection becomes a reality.
Koh Chang's situation, with regard to malaria, is far better these days, with only the surrounding islands still declared as malaria zones, while Koh Chang itself is free of the disease, largely due to the efforts of the local deployment of anti-malaria chemicals administered at regular intervals.
Malaria in Koh Chang is distant history now, with the virus being notorious in the early nineties, but some precautions still need to be exercised by visitors to the island, especially if they are to give into the temptation of visiting the surrounding areas, seeking some adventure or holiday fun which stretches beyond the confines of Koh Chang itself.
These malaria precautions include doing some research on the current malaria situation, which applies to any destination you plan to visit anyway, seeking medical advice, getting familiar with the symptoms of malaria as well as making sure you know exactly where to get medical treatment, should the need arise, and how to get to the medical treatment facilities.
Throughout Koh Chang, there are many pharmacies which are easily accessible, but there are also a number of clinics in Baan Klong Son, Baan Klong Prao, Baan Kai Bae, Baan Bang Bao, Baan Salak Phet and Baan Chek Bae, for general health treatment or some check ups.
Should anything related to health matters get serious, like suspected malaria infection, the Bangkok Koh Chang Hospital is located in White Sand Beach, operating 24 hours a day and offering private healthcare services with an emergency services as well.
Koh Chang Clinic is also within range, located on the east coast of the island, but operates only during what could be said to be normal office hours, with Saturdays and Sundays set aside for emergency cases only.
Always seek the advice of your doctor though, before travelling anywhere where malaria may be a cause for concern.