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Holiday from hell: How eating Pad Thai from food court in Thailand left Aussie couple with debilitating illness

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2 hours ago, 4MyEgo said:

Like I said, I only eat at places I have eaten before, whether it's in my travels to Udon Thani, Sakon Nakhon, Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Hua Hin, Krabi etc etc, and unless the wife gives the nod to eat at a new place, you can forget it.

 

I won't eat food prepared by Thai's if I can avoid it, i.e. unless they have been trained overseas whether they have worked in Italy or Germany and the like.

 

Thai workers here do not give a rats about hygiene, an example: we selected a place to eat at a shopping plaza, and I said to the Mrs grab a seat, I am going to the toilet, when I finished my leak, I washed my hands as I usually do, then this guy comes out of the cubical and walks off, doesn't wash his hands, as I sat in the restaurant I said to my wife, lets go, we are not ordering here and stood up to leave, she said why as this lady came to take our order, I said that guy who is in the kitchen just came out of the same toilet as me and didn't wash his hands after a crap, the lady heard my comment, whether she understood English or not is another matter, but my wife told her we changed our mind as my husband saw one of the guys in the kitchen in the toilet who left after doing a number 2 and didn't wash his hands and we left. Now I will ask you this, do you think she would give a rats, probably thought to herself, another fussy farang.

 

Coming from a 1st world country with regulations, inspections and heavy fines for those that breach those health regulations if caught, they can also be shut down, there is nothing like that here in Thailand and I have travelled all over the world, never been sick from food in my life, as for here, well, been on the drip a few too many times, so I have learned to be VERY selective, and would be "one of those individuals who seem to have any experience in doing so".  

 

For the record, not a Thai basher, just stating my experiences here.

So how would you know if the Thai chefs that cook for you have been trained in Europe?

slate Thai chefs and Thai restaurants that you haven't eaten in and then say you are not Thai bashing, hilarious, 

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Living in Thailand since 22 years.

Eating Thai food almost every day.

Often 'street food'.

Never ever been sick.

We never know what the couple have been eating; where or when.

I can't judge. Nor should they.

Easy to point fingers... but on a fast selling food-court it seems 'a little bit' unlikely that the source was there...?

 

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6 hours ago, Andrew65 said:

I spent nearly 20 years living in Thailand and never ate Pad Thai. In fact I would go for several years of not eating any kind of Thai food at all.

I feel sorry for you. Why not?

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3 minutes ago, Mitkof Island said:

I feel sorry for you. Why not?

Just never got "into" Thai food. Plus, I always had a suspicion that it would be red hot/too hot.

 

This was reinforced some years ago when I ordered some spicy noodles, way too hot for me, gave the plate to a friend, wasted money also.

I'm not a fussy eater, but I'm not the most adventurous either.

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Food poisoning here twice in 4 years, and thai wife crook once, all by small street vendors. We both now only eat at restaurant's that are well patronized by locals and have clean surrounds and kitchens. Nearly forgot, clean restrooms. 

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5 minutes ago, DUNROAMIN said:

Food poisoning here twice in 4 years, and thai wife crook once, all by small street vendors. We both now only eat at restaurant's that are well patronized by locals and have clean surrounds and kitchens. Nearly forgot, clean restrooms. 

Sorry to hear of your bad luck. I guess i have a iron gut. I eat everywhere no problems. Thousands of various places.

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I ate here at a chain fast food place and got food poisoning had to stay night in hospital and antibiotics for a week now I am a little more careful 

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I usually try to zap (microwave) every meal here when I get a chance (wife brings food home, or orders it local), I don't usually eat out, unless its a higher end restaurant. I think I have been slightly sick maybe 3-4 times in the last 3 years, nothing as bad as after eating an airline meal while en route to Thailand from Japan (Japanese Dish), wanted to die after that meal.

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9 hours ago, bkkbudddy said:

Greetings, 

I had many episodes of food poisoning in Thailand!  Therefore,  I'm very careful of what and where I eat in Thailand!

Street food always worth a look after 5yrs can’t complain

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Rarely eat street food and only if it is well cooked. Saw my gf order some food from a vendor and I watched as he put his bare hand into a pot of sticky rice and stuffed it in a plastic bag with his fingers. I told her to throw it away.

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9 hours ago, Anythingleft? said:

Pretty easy to narrow down the meal that starts an episode of food poisoning.....

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Whenever I have had a "dodgy dish" I can tell exactly what it was as it is almost always well within 12 hours of eating or drinking it. My worst bout in Thailand was from that old food court off the night bazar in Chiang Mai, I knew there was a major anal catastrophe imminent after less than 2 hours. I was proven correct as from that point onwards there were horrific anal explosions that continued for 10 or more hours, really crippling terrible cramps and uncontrolled fecal expulsions. However, I would suggest what this family contracted Is a lot more subtle and a lot more serious. This is some alien life form taking up residence inside their bodies, not just a simple case of food poisoning. Just take a look at some of the OTC medications available here with the pictures on the packets and you can get an idea of the terrible creatures that can take over your innards. No doubt John Hurt was visiting Pattaya before his trip out with Sigourney and having the spitting double of the Dear General pop out of his stomach. Still, it seems that not all parasites can be got rid of with a course of medication.

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2 hours ago, overherebc said:

Giardia can cause similar problems.

Eat out, get the runs, and take Imodium etc and you feel ok for a few days then it kicks in again.

After 2 or 3 times you should realise that somethings wrong.

The biggest pain is when you get your poo checked and they know it's giardia you can't indulge in the amber neck oil etc.

Seems it can even survive being frozen for a while and that's one of the reasons I never have ice in my drinks.

I was travelling between Korea and Thailand regularly when I got it so I can't say where I picked it up.

Even after you've got rid of it it takes quite a while for your intestines to get 'back on track' shall we say.

Giardia is a much more common parasitic infection. Giardia forms cysts that are quite resistant and can be in ice. It also common in many animals. It's quite common in California especially with campers. Carried by beavers. 

Thai city water is filtered (sand filters) so city water should be fine unless contaminated after treatment.

Giardia is hard to detect in normal stool examinations and requires 3 stools over a week period. In fresh liquid stools its very active and moves like a floating leaf. There is also an antigen test which is better if offered.

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