Demand Information & Action From Thailand & Malaysia
The only way that Thailand and Malaysia will take this issue seriously is by ALL stings being reported (Bangkok bean-counters and KL accountants love statistics and data - without them nothing ever happens) and for ALL questions on the subject of jellyfish being directed to officials.
Do you have concerns about box jellyfish in Thailand and Malaysia and want to know more? Go to these links and contact the relevant authority and demand answers - it's your right to know and it's their responsibility to provide the utmost care. If you're going to Koh Samui, don't ask the local hotel or resort because you simply will not get an honest or at least accurate reply, contact the Tourism Authority of Thailand - Facebook and Twitter - they need to know what is going on and need to keep their guests informed. The Phuket Marine Biology Centre is the premier facility in Thailand and needs to know whenever there is a sting so that they can investigate, same with the Bureau of Epidemiology who look after public health - email them!
Same in Malaysia - contact the tourism authorities, LADA and Kedah are on the pulse at Langkawi, CEMACS is the marine biology centre - contact them if you have any concerns, any queries, any stings to report. Are there any sightings of box jellyfish on Pantai Cenang at the moment? Email LADA and ask them!
This willl only take you a few minutes and if these people are aware then change will happen for the better, faster, and in all likelihood lives will be saved.
Phuket Marine Biological Centre:
Mr. Wannakiat Thubthimsang
Institute for Research and Development of
Marine and Coastal Resources
Department of Marine and Coastal Resources
51 Moo 8, Sakdidej Rd., Wichit, Muang
District, Phuket Province 83000
Tel. +66 76 391 128
Fax. +66 76 391 127
Ministry of Public Health:
|Director||Dr. Ung Chusak|
Bureau of Epidemiology, Ministry of Public Health
Tivanonda Road, Nonthaburi, Thailand 11000
Phone (662)590-1734; Fax (662)591-8581
If you don't think your government has provided you with enough warning about box jellyfish risks in this region contact your country's foreign affairs and travel department or embassy and ask them to do something such as update travel warnings to their citizens.