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Health precautions

cape cod
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Health precautions


I will be visiting Langkawi for the first time Dec. 22-27. Are there any health concerns I should be aware of? Dengue Fever? Is the food safe to eat, water safe to drink, etc.


Langkawi, Malaysia
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1. Re: Health precautions

Dear Walker,

luckily Langkawi is very safe as long as you do not go into the jungle or the mangroves alone or even at night without a trustworthy guide. We have no malaria or dengue fever. I eat and drink just like the locals since 3 years and never had any problems. Langkawi is fairly well developed and relatively clean.


Norfolk, United...
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2. Re: Health precautions


In total agreement with Eva, we have never been ill when in Malaysia. I even drink water directly from the tap, and prefer street food when visiting, and never had any issues.

If you have concerns visit your doctor who can give up to the minute advice.

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3. Re: Health precautions

Hi - Ditto the above. We do use mosquito repellent however in the evenings as the little blighters can sometimes have a good nibble, although they are selective. You can buy all good brands on Langkawi though. Also, if you are unfortunate enough to have any accidents, as we did one year when my husband badly sprained his ankle, the hospital was great and had X-ray, diagnosis, bandage and painkillers prescribed all in less than an hour and this was at one in the morning!

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4. Re: Health precautions


If you are prone to stomach upsets then stick to the bottled water and do not have ice in drinks. Bottled water is readily available and quite cheap so drink that rather than the tap stuff.

The thing you should worry about most is the sun and humidity. I've seen people with some nasty burns because of sitting in the sun far too long and the humidity can be very draining if you are not used to it so make sure you have adequate sunscreen and water with you at all times.

Food is very safe, quite often at the smaller places it is cooked to order so always piping hot.

Your tetanus injections should be up to date - but this would apply to anywhere you are travelling.



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