Any trip to South East Asia can come with its fair share of tummy bugs and Bali is no exception. Staying healthy is easy with a few simple precautions - so you can enjoy your holiday instead of reaching for the charcoal tablets.
Here is a simple guide to avoiding Bali belly on your next trip:
- Two weeks before your trip start taking Travelan, a natural travel probiotic. It sets you up with a healthy tum before you even land.
- Water is the main cause of most of the nasties. Save the tap water for showering only. Use bottled water as much as possible – especially when washing fruit/ vegetables and brushing your teeth. Most hotels use bought ice – but smaller warungs may not. Just ask.
- The ‘tidak plastic’ (no plastic) movement means you will be sipping drinks from bamboo straws. A lot of places reuse them to cut costs which means they can harbour all sorts of nasties. Carry your own or ask for paper straws.
- Wash your hands, carry hand sanitiser or wipes. Not all bathrooms have soap.
- Only eat raw, peeled fruit, salads and vegetables from busy eateries that use spring water.
They eat a lot of ayam (chicken) on the island – order it well cooked to temperature.
Make sure your seafood is cooked or you saw it come out of the ocean.
When eating street food just follow the traveller’s golden rule: if it’s crowded and the locals are clambering to eat there – it will be fresh, safe and super delicious.
Refrigeration on the island can be on and off so avoid dairy.
What to do if you do get Bali belly:
The good news is 90% of cases resolve within a week.
Do what the locals do. Drink fresh coconut water with a squeeze of lime. Sip on a ginger and turmeric tea with honey and coconut oil. Peppermint and ginger will stop the nausea.
Take charcoal tablets, stay hydrated and avoid alcohol and spicy foods.
If your symptoms persist seek medical attention:
TOYA MEDIKA CLINIC - UBUD
Jl. Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Bali
Phone : +62 361 978078, 4792023
BIMC BIMC HOSPITAL KUTA
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai No 100X, Kuta 80361, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: (+62 361) 761 263 / 3003 911
Fax: (+62 361) 764 345
Email : email@example.com
BIMC SILOAM NUSA DUA
Kawasan ITDC Blok D, Nusa Dua 80363, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: (+62 361) 3000 911
Fax: (+62 361) 3001 150
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Written By Fotini E Douglas