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Kuala Lumpur

Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

KL is generally very safe, but it pays to watch for pickpockets on crowded public transport. One ongoing irritation in KL is the state of the pavements. The temporary covers thrown over drains can give way suddenly, dumping you in the drink or worse, so walk around them. Flooding can also a be problem, particularly during the monsoon – carry an umbrella and be prepared to roll up your trousers to wade through giant puddles.

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While you're there

Medical services

Pharmacies are all over town; most common is Guardian, in most shopping malls.

Dental Pro (2287 3333; www.dentalpro.org; 8 Lengkok Abdullah, Bangsar Utama; 10am-6pm Mon-Sat)

Hospital Kuala Lumpur (2615 5555; www.hkl.gov.my; Jln Pahang)

Tung Shin Hospital (2072 1655; www.tungshinhospital.com.my; 102 Jln Pudu)

Twin Towers Medical Centre KLCC (2382 3500; www.ttmcklcc.com.my; Level 4, Suria KLCC, Jln Ampang; 8.30am-6pm Mon-Sat)

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Medical services

Pharmacy chains Watsons and Guardian have branches all over KL selling toiletries, healthcare products, prescription medicines and, curiously, ladies’ underwear and men’s boxers. Opticians are found in most shopping centres. KL is an increasingly popular destination for health tourism, from cosmetic surgery to dental veneers. Medical centres and dentists are found in all the big malls and a private consultation will cost around RM35.

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Dentists

Dental Pro (2287 3333; www.dentalpro.org; 8 Lengkok Abdullah, Bangsar Utama; 10am-6pm Mon-Sat)

Pristine Dental Centre (2287 3782; 2nd fl, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City; ­10am-6pm)

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Health centres

Klinik Medicare (2287 7180; 2nd fl, Mid Valley Megamall, Mid Valley City; 10am-10pm)

Twin Towers Medical Centre KLCC (2382 3500; www.ttmcklcc.com.my; Level 4, Suria KLCC; 8.30am-6pm Mon-Sat)

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Hospitals

Hospital Kuala Lumpur (2615 5555; www.hkl.gov.my; Jln Pahang)

Tung Shin Hospital (2072 1655; www.tungshinhospital.com.my; 102 Jln Pudu)

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