The main concern of travelers when in a foreign land is health and safety. Although vacationing and touring are always very exciting, it is just right to be anxious of your health. A simple cold could potentially ruin your dream vacation and waste away the money you’ve saved for shopping or dining. In Malacca, Malaysia, tourists and travelers have a relatively higher level of confidence than when in another country. Safety and health in Malacca are well managed. There is enough number of government and private hospitals and medical centers, and the Tourist Police is very dedicated to maintaining the city’s low crime rate. There are also 24-hour drugstores and pharmacies in all tourist destinations, such as Jonker Street. Also, medical personnel are generally competent and could speak English.
Malaysia is so serious in promoting good health in its UNESCO World Heritage Site city that it had recently prohibited smoking in public areas. A smoker is fined RM300 when caught, while the maximum penalty is RM5000. A city officer said, “The idea is to create fresh air and a clean environment for tourists and Malaysians alike to enjoy the historic city.”
Malacca is quite equipped in catering to its guests’ health and safety issues, yet despite the availability of competent health services, travelers to Malacca should watch out for a few things; the first of which is the food. Malaysian foods are very spicy. Westerners don’t have any idea what spicy means prior to tasting authentic Malaysian dishes. This could cause diarrhea and other discomforts.
Second are bugs, specifically mosquitoes. Dengue fever is common in the city and surrounding districts, especially during the rainy days when dengue-bearing mosquitoes abound. Dengue fever is also called “breakback fever” because it causes intense joint pains. Prevention is always better than cure, and the best prevention is the use of insect repellant and to cover up.
Third is most obvious: the heat. Tourists who are not used to the scorching topical heat could easily get dehydrated. This is a considerable health risk but preventing it is quite easy and practical – take plenty of water. There are plenty of bottled water for sale in a number of convenience stores and drugstores, so that you could carry a bottle with you wherever you go. Dehydration weakens a person’s senses and could become much worse if not checked. And whenever you can, get inside an air-conditioned room. While tap water in Malacca is considered safe and drinkable, it is still best to buy bottled water or first boil tap water before drinking it.
Fourth, humidity in a tropical country provides a perfect atmosphere for bacteria to infect an open wound. When scratched or cut, immediately place Betadine antiseptic solutions.
Finally, tourists often get too excited and begin drinking too much alcohol. Getting drunk in a foreign land could result to all kinds of problems related both to one’s health and safety. It is always best to stay sober; drink only a few bottles if you must. What and how much you drink will definitely affect your health in Malacca while vacationing.