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This state is said to be the most region at Malaria risk in the whole of Malaysia so it is important to take the necessary precautions. In this case prevention is the only option, you really don't want to get Malaria!
Check with your doctor for appropriate tablets, don't forget to tell him/her the exact region where you shall be going, the tablet requirements here are different from let's say, South America.
I took Lariam based tablets - they were the only option I had (one of the disadvantages of living in a very small country). Lariam has had plenty of negative publicity due to side effects almost as atrocious as the malaria itself ... as they seem to affect the mind (e.g. depression, hallucinations etc ... almost all imaginable terrible side effects in fact!) They did not affect me, but apparently suffering from some sort of side effect or another is quite common - speak to your doctor if in doubt!
Insect repellent especially for the tropics is another must ... normal insect repellent won't do!
The abundance of mosquitos depends on the season, I did not find a lot of mosquitos in September ... i got bitten on just 4 days out of 1 month despite the precautions I took. Hopefully these will not result in any malaria!
Wearing long sleeves is recommended in areas where mosquitos are very bad ... but this may be too uncomfortable because of the heat. I could not stand strappy tops let alone long sleeves!!! I opted for extra insect repellant instead ... this is not good advice though!
Written Nov 1, 2004
When visiting Sapi Island be aware that the wild monkeys come out at about 1pm and they ravage through peoples bags that are left on the tables.and other belongings quite indiscriminately. If you are not careful they will rip everything out of your bags and take off with items. When I was there, there were some very upset people who had their belongings strewn everywhere.One lost their mobile phone and no calling of the phone helped in locating it in the jungle.
Written Sep 15, 2004
Humidity is very high, forget the old saying that only horses sweat, gentlemen perspire and ladies glow.............you SWEAT !
drink lots of water [ Tiger beer is NOT an acceptable substitute !] and take rehydration suppliment to maintain your electrolyte balance..........
wear loose, light cotton clothing and rest during the hottest part of the day
Written Apr 29, 2004
If you're coming from the 4-season countries, try to step your foot to one of the rain forest and pray hard that the blood sucker will "attach" to you. No worries, they don't bite but suck a little bit of your blood. Afterall, leeches aren't that scary and it is something you never see it in your home country ;)
Written Feb 4, 2004
Im not being prejudice but just to be careful... I was advised by my friend in Sabah to be carefully when walking around town. To keep the money in safe place.. lots of Phillipines immigrant walking around the town and sitting at the road side.. but I never feel scared or maybe Im having too much fun..
Updated Sep 18, 2003
Beware of leeches ! they sit in wait for your nice fresh blood !!!
the tiger leeches od the Danum valley are particularly clever, they sit in wait then hurl themselves at you when you pass, then make a bee - line for those warm , hidden places !
they fall off when squirted with mosquito repellent or touched with a cigarette, and you are given a certificate to thank you for your blood donation
Written Sep 7, 2003
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