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The jellyfish that I've seen in the oceans around Hua Hin are pretty easy to spot and are obviously there when in season (there're swarms of 'em, often as large as dinner plates, and usually a kind of medium brown with white speckles). I saw a victim of one of these once, and it wasn't minor- there was a half-dinner-plate-sized red, inflamed scar on his side, and he confirmed that the first few hours were very, very painful.

I think the only good thing that can be said is that if they're there, you'll probably notice them. Though one caution might be that they may only show up during one kind of tide, in which case you could get caught unawares while swimming...

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I tried to swim in the sea in Bang Saphan and Ban krut (south of Huan Hin) and almost immediately I started to be itching to the point that I had to get out of the water after few minutes.

I noticed that there are a lot of jellyfishes in the water and on the beach.

I wonder if the itch does not come from baby jellyfishes or jellyfish larvas.

I am not sure that a lycra will help because it was itching even under my swimsuit (ouch..).or maybe a zentai lycra that make you look like an allien.

Also I have concerns about the presence of the deathly jellyfish that have been reportted in the Andaman sea

thaiboxjellyfish dot blogspot dot com

Has interesting info and also a link to a thai government jellyfish awarness document in thai (can be usefull to show when hit by a jellyfish and communication is a problem )

I was planning to go next to koh tao, will I find the same problem over there?

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i walk along Hua Hin beach nearly every day and there seems to be jelly fish washed up every 100 meters why is this are they dead? if so why have they died?

some times there is 3 or so in the same spot .some very small but other bigger then dinner plates ,do they all sting ?

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I think they probably just get caught left on the beach when the tide goes out or by wave action, and yes they all sting as far as I know but some have stronger poison that other types.

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Disregard the urban myth about peeing on a jellyfish sting. In the absence of vinegar, pour sea water over the affected area. It is nowhere near as effective as vinegar, but better than pee!

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never mind the jellyfish , i have just watched a man who catches small fish every morning in front of our condo with a hand thrown net land a 3 metre long grey snake. it was struggling to free itself from the net.

the fisherman stood well back ,then went to get a big stick and killed it.

Wow, what beach has snakes ? Was it a python?

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Attaching a photo of my my son, this photo is 6 days after a jellyfish sting in Hua Hin. 2 hours into our holiday, i took my 3 children into the sea after checking with the local security guard that the beach was safe. Within a few minutes my son started screaming that he had been stung by a Jelly Fish. I was able to put vinegar over his leg and arm and then took him to the local Bangkok Hospital where they covered him in steroid cream and then wrapped him in bandages which we had to return to re-dress every day.

This happened in July 2013, now all the scabs have gone and he has deep scarring on his leg and arm, i think they will be with him for the rest of his life.

The hospital, the staff at the hotel and the medical staff at Suvarabhumi airport were all very unsurprised by the state of my sons injuries, i suspect this is alot more common that you would think.

Be very careful during the wet season around the waters of Thailand. I dont know what kind of Jellyfish stung my son, but his inuries are as much as a warning as anyone would need i think.

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Attaching a photo of my my son, this photo is 6 days after a jellyfish sting in Hua Hin. 2 hours into our holiday, i took my 3 children into the sea after checking with the local security guard that the beach was safe. Within a few minutes my son started screaming that he had been stung by a Jelly Fish. I was able to put vinegar over his leg and arm and then took him to the local Bangkok Hospital where they covered him in steroid cream and then wrapped him in bandages which we had to return to re-dress every day.

This happened in July 2013, now all the scabs have gone and he has deep scarring on his leg and arm, i think they will be with him for the rest of his life.

The hospital, the staff at the hotel and the medical staff at Suvarabhumi airport were all very unsurprised by the state of my sons injuries, i suspect this is alot more common that you would think.

Be very careful during the wet season around the waters of Thailand. I dont know what kind of Jellyfish stung my son, but his inuries are as much as a warning as anyone would need i think.

Sorry about what happened to your son. I hope those scars heal over time. But yes Hua Hin is rife with problems going into the water. Besides the jellyfish, many people are treated in local hospitals each month for severe lacerations from sharp underwater rocks. None of this can be seen as the waters near Hua Hin are not clear, and part of that reason is direct dumping of city waste into the ocean (another reason to stay out of the water). If swimming and good beaches are a holiday priority, I would go well south of Hua Hin or to the islands where there is clear clean water.

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I got stung by a jelly fish on Chonmon Beach in Koh Samui 25 September 2013. I was maybe 100 meters from the beach. I am from Australia and know all about jelly fish. I had it wrapped around my neck, arms and back. There was no help on the beach, no vinegar or any other support. My wife drove me to the shop and bought vinegar and morphine for the pain. Never again. Shame on Thailand for being so ignorant.

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Attaching a photo of my my son, this photo is 6 days after a jellyfish sting in Hua Hin. 2 hours into our holiday, i took my 3 children into the sea after checking with the local security guard that the beach was safe. Within a few minutes my son started screaming that he had been stung by a Jelly Fish. I was able to put vinegar over his leg and arm and then took him to the local Bangkok Hospital where they covered him in steroid cream and then wrapped him in bandages which we had to return to re-dress every day.

This happened in July 2013, now all the scabs have gone and he has deep scarring on his leg and arm, i think they will be with him for the rest of his life.

The hospital, the staff at the hotel and the medical staff at Suvarabhumi airport were all very unsurprised by the state of my sons injuries, i suspect this is alot more common that you would think.

Be very careful during the wet season around the waters of Thailand. I dont know what kind of Jellyfish stung my son, but his inuries are as much as a warning as anyone would need i think.

Sorry about what happened to your son. I hope the scars will heal; at least, as much as possible.

And, thanks for coming to the thread and pointing out the risk to us.

The last time I went to Hua Hin, I didn't swim at all. I guess that was a good decision. Note: On my former 2 visits, I DID swim; although only 3 times in total and only about half an hour each time. I wasn't stung but I guess it could have happened.

If I go there again, I am pretty sure I won't swim again. For beach activities, barefoot-walking along the beach, and sitting down-and having a few beers while reading a book, at one of those beach bars should suffice !

Just a bit off-topic, but let me ask, in case someone has an idea : How is the jellyfish situation in Koh Tao in the period November-February ?

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Sorry about your son mynextgig , hope he heals up soon,,,

I know it's not related to this area but back in Scotland when I was a commercial fisherman, we used to pull in our nets by overhead hydraulic powered blocks (rollers), when the jellies (scalders we called them) were in season at the areas we fished we sometimes wore face masks, although it didn't stop you getting hit by them from above as you were pulling in the nets, but most of the problem we had were from the thin saliva looking substance which was what gave us the burning sensation on our faces,, this saliva stringy stuff dragging on behind the jellyfish is virtually invisible in the water, but I'd guess depending on size of jellyfish it could be as much as 2 or 3 meters or more behind the jellyfish, I know I'm possibly referring to a different species, the ones we had probs with were nearly all purple in colour, but just posted to mention to keep a good distance away if you do see them

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yo guys, I had read this thread quite a while ago and JUST read the newest entries.. I myself live in Cha-am North and have been living here for about a month. I had NEVER seen one jellyfish at the Cha-am beach regardless of rains..

FYI, this story is boring and has no punch

but last weekend, I had a lady over from Bangkok and she did not know how to swim very well.. so I got her an inner tube and dragged her a little further than she would usually go (she is 5"1) and we had a good time.. at one point I was pushing her back closer to the shore so she could get rocked by the waves a little more as she seemed to enjoy that and was laughing every time.. and after one or two of those.. I looked down around where she was and there was a whole bunch of those little Jelly things.. I do not know if they are called jellyfishes or not (they are different from the ones we have in Canada, the purplish ones).. but there was a lot of those little white/clear jelly things swimming all over the place.. I told lady to lift her legs up from the water and dragged her somewhere else.

now, I had never seen those little thingies before.. and I read about the kind of jellyfish you don't want to get tangled with (long trails).. but since last week, every single time i go to the beach now i see them all around the place.. yet i had never seen a single one since September 7th (the day I got in Cha-am)

I asked the locals about it and they said that they would make you itch a little bit but they weren't dangerous, but that the darker ones were bad news.

does anyone have any information on this?

also I noticed there are a whole lot of little dragonflies swarms in the area (I never seen much of them before)

thanks to anyone who can help, I haven't been feeling very well in the last week and avoided swimming.

Edited by kekalot

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So is it confirmed the white ones are harmless. Beach in front of where I live was covered with huge white jelly fish. Yuck! But nobody seemed bothered and kept swimming. I was told in Indonesia that if you see a lot of bubbles in the water get out because it means jelly fish but then again not always easy to see when its soo choppy.

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