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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

The back alleys of the town centre are worth avoiding after dark – they’re home to sour bars, gambling dens and the homeless.

Touts are particularly numerous around the train station and the lake. They will generally have a well-rehearsed stock of stories about guesthouses that you shouldn’t patronise (presumably because those place won’t pay them commission). Another neat trick is the man who says he works at your hotel, who’s off shopping for tonight’s dinner. Of course he doesn’t work at your hotel, and any money you give him for a special meal disappears.

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While you're there

Medical services

LakesideAdventistHospital (224 6295; percydias@yahoo.com; 40 Sangaraja Mawatha) If you need a doctor in Kandy, this hospital offers good, efficient service.

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