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What To Do If You Get Sick In Ubud: Guide For Solo Travellers

Bali has really good healthcare, so if anything happens you have nothing to worry about. In this blog post, I will tell you exactly what to do in case you get sick while you’re in Ubud. I’m not a doctor but I have an extensive first-hand experience at clinics and hospitals in Bali. Maybe I should live a bit less on the edge, but at least I have some useful insights for you right now!

Are you ready? Let’s go!

How to get help

What To Do If You Get Sick In Ubud: Guide For Solo Travellers. Image of a drip amministrated in a clinic in Ubud.

There are 3 ways you can receive help in Ubud: 

  • Reach out to the clinic and go on your own 
  • The doctor will come to you
  • You are taken to the clinic

Option 1: Reach out to the clinic

If your illness doesn’t feel urgent you can call or send a WhatsApp message to the clinic. The best clinic I visited in Ubud is called Toya Medika Clinic and it’s fantastic. 

It’s open 24 hours and their help is immediate, I’ve never waited to be seen. If you’ve asked for help, you will likely be taken here anyway. 

In case you want to reach out to them these are the contacts: 

Address: Jl. Raya Pengosekan Ubud Jl. Made Lebah No.36, MAS, Kecamatan Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia

Number to call: +62361978078

Number for WhatsApp messages (no calls!): +62 895-3865-57910

If you have images to share, I would suggest sending a WhatsApp message. You can just show up at the clinic but if you call or text they can tell you when it’s the best time to come or they would get their medicines ready.

Option 2: The doctor comes to you

You can ask the doctor to come to your accommodation, however, I found this option slower than going to the clinic (or being taken to the clinic). Because the doctor and nurse would need to collect their things and come to you. So unless you are located somewhere far from the clinic or you’re not in a condition to leave, I would say go to the clinic. 

Option 3: Get help around you

If you are not feeling well while staying at your accommodation. Get in touch with the host or hotel staff immediately. This is also valid during nighttime as they take shifts. They normally give you their WhatsApp number when you check-in. Call them or walk to reception if you can. This is the best thing to do if you are alone. Chances are they will take you to the closest clinic in no time and stay with you until you get medical help. 

If you are not at your accommodation, hopefully, there are people around you who can help. Bali is super safe for women and local people are very helpful. So don’t be shy and ask for help.

Stay Hydrated and Rest

What To Do If You Get Sick In Ubud: Guide For Solo Travellers. Silvia staying at her accommodation relaxing.

While waiting for medical help, it’s crucial to stay hydrated, especially if you’re dealing with symptoms like vomiting or diarrhoea (commonly referred to as ‘Bali Belly‘). Keep your hopes up because you will feel better very soon and you’re in great hands!

Follow Medical Advice

Silvia resting in bed in Ubud with her medicines on her bed.

Once you’ve seen a doctor, make sure you follow their advice to the letter. This could involve taking antibiotics or other medication and possibly adjusting your diet. If you have any doubts you can always WhatsApp the clinic again or call. The instructions for your medications are always very clear and written on the medicine packages given to you. There is nothing else to do at this point and you don’t need to go to the pharmacy as you will be given everything you need.

If the doctor suggests you go to the hospital for further examination, I’ve written a blog post all about booking appointments with hospitals here. 

Be Prepared

Before coming to Bali always make sure you have travel insurance. Clinics and hospitals in Bali are not as expensive as the ones back home but they all sum up in the end and could be expensive. I’ve also been in a situation where I was unfit to fly and my insurance covered the extra hotel stays and a delayed flight ticket to home. I would strongly recommend this insurance, take a quick look and see what you think!

If you need an ambulance 

In case you need to call an ambulance the number is 118. How to dial this number: 

  • If you are calling from a landline it’s only 118
  • In case you have an international number you need to dial +62 361 first
  • If you have a local SIM card then dial 0361 first

Conclusion

Getting sick while travelling is never fun, but it doesn’t have to ruin your adventure. With the right knowledge and preparation, you can handle any health issue that comes your way during your stay in Ubud. If you are wondering what are the best places to stay in Ubud for female solo travellers, check out this blog post. I’ve always received lots of care and attention from these places!

Ciao for now,

Silvia x