Travelling with haemophilia: Josh’s trip to Thailand

Written by Jessica Bomford, August 3, 2023

Josh Taylor-Rose, our Youth Ambassador and member of the newly-formed Youth Board, has just spent a month travelling around Thailand. He explains how he overcame the challenges of his severe haemophilia A to have an unforgettable experience. 

When wanderlust beckoned me to Thailand, I knew I was in for an extraordinary adventure, filled with rich culture, picturesque landscapes, and warm-hearted people. As a traveller with haemophilia, a condition that requires cautious consideration of physical activities and healthcare, I embarked on this journey with both excitement and careful planning to ensure a safe and memorable experience.

Before I started my journey, I took the time to talk to my healthcare provider about my travel plans. They provided me with a detailed medical plan and ensured I had enough medication to last the trip.

As I passed through airport customs, I kept my necessary medications in my carry-on bag, along with a doctor’s note explaining my condition and the need for carrying the medication. Fortunately, Thailand’s customs regulations were accommodating, and I had no issues bringing my medicine into the country.

Thailand had shown me that with proper preparation, an open heart, and an adventurous spirit, anyone can embrace the beauty and magic of this captivating country

 My first destination was the vibrant city of Bangkok. The bustling streets, ornate temples, and mouthwatering street food instantly immersed me in the Thai way of life. 

From the urban excitement of Bangkok, I travelled to the tropical paradise of Koh Samui and Koh Tao to relax on the islands’ palm-fringed beaches, enjoying their azure waters and lush greenery. One exciting adventure I experienced was rock climbing to the summit of Na Muang waterfall. This prompted me to inject as it was to be a long and active day on my feet. 

 Moving on to Phuket, the largest island in Thailand, I found a harmonious balance between vibrant entertainment and serene landscapes. I found myself in the lively atmosphere of the city, whilst at the same time feeling relaxed and rested to ensure I was on top of my haemophilia. 

The enchanting Phi Phi Islands, with their crystal-clear waters and majestic cliffs, left me awe-struck. I spent my days strolling along the picturesque beaches, taking in the breathtaking views, and exploring the hidden gems of Maya Bay, all while being mindful of my health and taking my prophylaxis, all while immersing myself in this relaxing environment.

Finally, I arrived in Krabi, where the stunning landscapes offered ample opportunities for exploration. Though I couldn’t indulge in certain activities, such as cliff jumping, I relished in the tranquillity of the area, taking long beach walks and admiring the mesmerizing sunsets that adorned the horizon.

Throughout my journey, I was embraced by the genuine warmth and kindness of the Thai people, who were understanding of my condition and accommodating in every way possible. Their compassion made my travel experience so memorable and enjoyable.

Travelling with haemophilia has taught me the importance of careful planning, being mindful of my health, and cherishing the moments that may not involve extreme adventures. Thailand had shown me that with proper preparation, an open heart, and an adventurous spirit, anyone can embrace the beauty and magic of this captivating country. So, if you too have a yearning for adventure, let Thailand welcome you with open arms and enchant you with its Land of Smiles.