By John Pilger
Expatriate journalist and film-maker John Pilger writes approximately his place of birth with life-long affection and a passionately serious eye. during this totally up to date version of A mystery state, he can pay tribute to a bit identified Australia and tells a narrative of excessive political drama.
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51). You need to be more rigorous about drinking water, though: stick to bottled water (even when brushing your teeth), which is sold everywhere, or else opt for boiled water or tea. Stomach trouble usually manifests itself as simple diarrhoea, which should clear up without medical treatment within three to seven days and is best combated by drinking lots of ﬂuids. If this doesn’t work, you’re in danger of getting dehydrated and should take some kind of rehydration solution, either a commercial sachet of ORS (oral rehydration solution), sold in all Thai pharmacies, or a do-it-yourself version, which can be made by adding a handful of sugar and a pinch of salt to every litre of boiled or bottled water (soft drinks are not a viable alternative).
506). 69). 34). 189), which issues thirty-day visas for around B1400, depending on nationality. For this, you need two passport photos; processing takes up to three days – or less than an hour if you pay an extra B200. If you have the right Lao visa and Vietnamese exit stamp, you can travel from Vietnam to Thailand via Savannakhet in a matter of hours; you’ll need to use Vietnam’s Lao Bao border crossing, west of Dong Ha, where you can catch a bus to Savannakhet and then a ferry across the Mekong to Mukdahan (a bridge across the river near Mukdahan is due to be completed by the end of 2007, which should make the journey even quicker).
If your medication has to be kept cool, buy a thermal insulation bag and a couple of freezer blocks before you leave home. That way you can refreeze one of the two blocks every day, while the other is in use; staff in most hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and even some bars should be happy to let you use their freezer compartment for a few hours. If you use needles and syringes, you should also take a small sharps bin with you, as garbage disposal in Thailand is haphazard and your used syringes might harm someone.
A Secret Country by John Pilger