Georgetown attracts a decent number of solo travellers, most of whom have a safe and enjoyable stay. There are, however, as with most places, some risks as for example pickpocketing and bag snatching can occur in busy places. Here is some advice to stay safe in George Town:
- Be especially wary of snatch and grabs from passing motorcycles.
- Avoid walking through quiet areas alone at night.
- Withdraw cash from ATMs at banks in busy locations and try not to use ATMs at night.
- Only carry the minimal amount of cash needed when you go out and don’t flash expensive electronics or accessories.
- Carry your own padlock for securing lockers in hostels and rooms of guest houses.
- Be cautious of members of staff stealing from your room.
- Exercise healthy levels of caution when it comes to strangers.
- Know the number for the local tourist police
- Make sure you have travel insurance.
Do not be tempted by drugs. Malaysia has strict penalties for drug use. Drink driving is also strongly punished.
Health wise, there is a risk of stray animals having rabies, although Georgetown doesn’t have the same problems with large numbers of strays as you may find in other parts of the country. Mosquito bites can be irritating and there’s a chance that you could contract dengue fever. Cover your arms and legs in the evenings and use plenty of bug spray.
Drink bottled water rather than tap water.