What's your advice on the food poisoning cases in Chiangmai, Thailand? We're due to fly out there this Sunday with 3 young children.
There doesn't seem to be that much news on the situation. Countries previously hit by SARS seem quick to report and respond to group/mass cases. The response in Chiangmai seems very downplayed.
I think this is actually related to just one hotel. I've been to Chiang Mai several times, including with my young family and never had any problems. The food in the night markets is always particularly good and there is loads of fresh fruit, which is almost guaranteed safe.
My #1 tip for travel with a young family: take packets and packets of anti-bacterial handwipes and use them at every food and water stop and more. Kids sucking fingers in these environments is a far greater risk than the food itself.
Hope you have a great trip
Ps - there is also a weekly night market right in the centre of town on Wednesday nights almost 10 years ago
It's looking more likely this is a case of poor hygiene and food poisoning related to one (maybe a second) hotel in Chang Mai.
It's not hard to find the name of the hotel if you search news items, although an official report on the cause is expected from the local governor's office any day now.
Richard Barrow is a Thai based journalist and writer, he is very good at keeping across these news events, you can follow him on Twitter (richardbarrow). The WN safety team is keeping an eye on events, too. You can follow our tweets (travelsafety) or log on to safety.worldnomads.com where we have a feed of news and twitter events updated twice daily.
Phil almost 10 years ago
Often the best way to avoid food poisoning is to only eat food that you have seen get cooked. I'd recommend street stalls where they cook it in front of you, or restaurants that have an open kitchen.
In addition, the bacterial wipes are a great idea almost 10 years ago
Seventh deaths to date, that have been reported. I am living at Sri Pat Guest House where Soraya Vorster was staying before her death. We met Soraya several times during her stay here before she got sick with a coworker. The restaurant where Soraya ate, is located across the street from Sri Pat, was never closed to do an investigation. The seventh deaths have occurred in a radius of approximately a mile. This was the statement from Chiang Mai Governor Pannada Disakul - "We have to admit that these deaths coming one after another are nothing more than coincidence. We have done and will continue to do our utmost to make tourists confident in our city." The Governor statement is simply not believable in light of seven food-poisoning deaths in a small area. The new coverage of these deaths in Thailand has been abysmal to say the least. The government and press have been more concerned with protecting the tourism industry here after the protest in Bangkok rocked the tourism industry then the safety and welfare of everyone. Soraya was Vorster's only child. She had been coming to Thailand for six years doing tours with Backroads. The owner of Sri Pat, Witt, stayed with Soraya until her death. Backroads has made Sri Pat Guesthouse the official place for its employees to stay whenever they are in Chiang Mai. almost 10 years agoAnswered by Scott Northwood via WorldNomads.com