If you’re visiting Kuala Lumpur (KL), the largest city in Malaysia, for medical travel, you may be spending time in the Ampang area of the city. Ampang is northwest of the city center and is reached by Ampang Road (Jalan Ampang) which starts in the downtown area of KL and passes by the Petronas Twin Towers and KLCC park.
Several top hospitals are located in the Ampang area or within close distance to the Ampang area so it’s good to become familiar with this district. Along with top hospitals, Ampang is known for its large international and expat community since several major embassies are located along Ampang Road or on the side roads including the British Embassy, the U.S. Embassy, the Russian Embassy, and many others.
Ampang is home to many new condos where expats live because of the large international school located there called ISKL (International School of Kuala Lumpur). There are also several smaller malls and grocery stores which are popular including the Great Eastern Mall (G-Mall), the KLCC mall, and the Hock Choon supermarket. There is a nice grocery store at the bottom of the Great Eastern Mall as well that is popular with expats.
You can find many nice restaurants – Western and local – in the area along with all of the services. For a local feel, the nearby area of Desa Pandan provides night time food stalls and local restaurants attracting many patrons. If you want to try the local Roti Chanai (fried bread with dhal curry), it’s a good place as well.
The main hospitals in the area are Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur, KPJ Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital, and Prince Court Medical Center. Outside of Ampang, but nearby is the National Heart Institute (Jantung Negara Malaysia).
If you want to eat with health in mind, a large Buddhist Monastery is located along Ampang Road, not far from the KLCC shopping mall, which provides a low cost lunch every day (less than $3-US) that is vegetarian and delicious.
Ampang is about 90 minutes from the Kuala Lumpur International Airport and can get busy with traffic especially during rush hour. So try to arrive during the midday if possible and plan travel to hospitals accordingly. There is a light rail that reaches the Ampang area but the locations are not convenient so it’s better to take a cab if you don’t have a car.
You’ll find the Ampang area a nice place to get the feel for KL, meet expats, and reach top hospitals in one of the worlds best international medical destinations.