Langkawi is the best known island destination in Malaysia. It is to Malaysia what Phuket is to Thailand, Bali to Indonesia, and Boracay to the Philippines. All of these popular Asian destinations boast of the best beaches, dive sites and waters in the world, but an edge that Langkawi enjoys is that Malaysia, in general, has relatively higher standards in health and cleanliness. Health in Langkawi, therefore, is not a major concern. Malaysia has quality hospitals and health-care services all over the country.
There are two modern hospitals with hi-tech medical gadgets in Langkawi. These are Hospital Daerah Langkawi on Jalan Bukit Tekoh, Kuah (Tel. no.: 966-3333) and Hospital Pusat Kesihatan on Jalan Padang, Matsirat (955-1355). Hospital Daerah Langkawi can handle minor emergencies. For major emergencies, it has 24-hour helicopter service that could take patients to Alor Setar Hospital on the mainland. Hospital Daerah Langkawi, on the other hand, is closer to two major resorts, Rebak Marina and Langkasuka Boat Club. It is also near the international airport. Although these are clean and modern hospitals, western tourists have observed that medical personnel are too laid back. In fact, most medical clinics in the island are closed on Fridays. [Read more…]