: Melaka Travel Tips : :
Malaysia on the whole has a good standard of cleanliness and health, however there are always certain things to take note of when traveling in any tropical country. Most importantly it is easy to get dehydrated due to the hot, humid weather so always refill your liquid intake with lots of bottled water and fruit juices. The quality of hospitals and clinics in Kuala Lumpur is quite high so rest assured you will be well taken care of if you do happen to fall ill.
Still no one wants to have a medical emergency on holiday. Play safe and make sure you have medical insurance before you come. Get plenty of rest and take prompt care of any cuts or burns - do not risk infection in this heat and humidity. As well, many people don't realise just how strong the sun is this near to the equator and end up with a miserable sunburn or worse, heat stroke, shortly after arrival. Cover up when you are outside for prolonged stints. That said, below are a couple of common sense points that should keep you in good shape and enjoying your visit.
As already mentioned above dehydration is a concern. It has happened to us and it sneaks up on you. It's hot and you'll perspire, or if you eat some spicy food that causes diarrhea you need to replenish your body fluids. Drink plenty of fluids (water, fruit juice or soup). Tap water is okay in Kuala Lumpur but it's better to get in the habit of drinking bottled water especially if you will be visiting more remote areas or other countries in the region. Malaysian restaurants are reasonably well regulated but still use common sense when choosing a place to eat. Look for established restaurants (hawker stalls and food courts are fine) that are clean and well patronized and avoid spicy and fried foods if you're not used to them.
Prescription medication - Countries in S.E. Asia take drug abuse and trafficking very seriously. Travelers who need to carry medicine with them, especially sleeping pills, depressants or stimulants, should bring the prescription confirming that the medicine is used for their physical well-being while traveling.
More information on health matters may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ring CDC's international travelers hotline (USA) at (404) 332-4559 or visit the CDC home page on the Internet at http://www.cdc.gov
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