Are you thinking about travelling to Bali to undergo plastic surgery? As medical tourism continues to grow throughout Indonesia, read on to discover why Bali is the ideal destination to combine first-class beauty treatments with the holiday of a lifetime.
Bali is an island province of Indonesia situated at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, bordered by Lombok to the east and Java to the west. The capital city is Denpasar, which can be found to the south of the island. The island has long been a popular tourist destination and has a global reputation for its’ rich, traditional artistic heritage and its’ uniquely biodiverse marine species and coral reefs. As part of the Coral Triangle, there are more than five hundred reef building coral species in the area, which is around seven times more than in the whole of the Caribbean.
The earliest inhabitants of Bali have been dated back to 2000 BC, when Austronesians migrated from Oceania and Southeast Asia, giving the Balinese their close cultural and linguistic links to the Indonesian archipelago, Oceania, the Philippines and Malaysia. There is also a strong Hindu influence that is still present today as there were nine Hindu sects evident in ancient Bali, each worshipping their own specific deity. Indian, Chinese, Portuguese and Dutch influences are also evident within the Balinese culture, giving the island a unique and eclectic blend of Asian and European traditions.
Bali is an island situated at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is a province of Indonesia and is bordered by Lombok to the east and Java to the west. The capital city is Denpasar, which can be found in the southern region of the island.
For many, the cost of undergoing plastic surgery in their home country can be quite prohibitive. Travelling abroad for treatment can be much more cost-effective, with most procedures being available for around 70% cheaper than the prices being charged at home. For example, in Bali you could expect to pay as little as:
As medical tourism continues to grow throughout Southeast Asia, Bali has followed in the footsteps of Thailand and Singapore in catering for the specific needs of international patients seeking to combine their cosmetic surgery requirements with an exotic vacation in the sun. The Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC) Nusa Dua is considered to be Bali’s leading facility, offering patients a comprehensive range of both surgical and non-invasive beauty treatments. The centre is regarded as the first custom-built facility in Bali aimed specifically at the medical tourism industry and has received international accreditation, including being awarded an international accreditation by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International in 2014.
As medical tourism increases in popularity, so too does the number of facilities offering their services to international patients. As a result, more and more clinics are employing doctors who have trained abroad and gained internationally-recognised qualifications. Many have accreditations with professional medical associations and can speak English fluently.
Bali’s diverse landscape combines a backdrop of hills and mountains with exotic coastlines and golden beaches. The island is recognised as a world-class surfing and diving destination, and there are a plethora of cultural and historical sites for visitors to explore. There are a vast range of restaurants and cafes throughout Bali, catering for both Indonesian and international cuisine, including established chains such as Starbucks, KFC, Pizza Hut and McDonalds.
The enormous range of accommodations available throughout Bali caters for every type of visitor, from back-packers looking for a low-cost getaway, to more affluent tourists looking for five star luxury to relax in whilst recovering from their surgery.
Kuta tends to offer the cheapest accommodation on the island, but establishments close to the vibrant nightclubs can be noisy throughout the night. Nusa Dua, Ubud and Seminyak are famed for their five-star resorts, whilst Jimbaran and Sanur offer a happy medium of quieter coastal hotels. Ubud is particularly popular with tourists who are looking for spa facilities and a cultural escape, as too is Amed on the east coast which consists of mainly peaceful fishing villages but has some very good hotels and restaurants.
Generally speaking, Bali offers little threat to foreign visitors providing that common sense and the usual precautions are taken, such as avoiding back streets and keeping valuables hidden from view. In this respect, travelling around Bali is no different than visiting any unfamiliar destination back home. However, female travellers are advised to be extra vigilant and should avoid carrying handbags or riding motorbikes in the Canggu - Seminyak area as there have been reports of both tourists and local girls being pulled off scooters.
Medical tourism is on the increase in Bali, and competition between facilities to attract international custom is growing fiercer. Many clinics employ multilingual staff and have doctors that have gained their qualifications abroad.
To ensure that you receive the best treatment and care possible, Medical Departures run extensive checks on all the doctors and clinics that appear in our listings to verify experience, professional associations and qualifications. Site visits are carried out to assess each facility and check that all equipment, safety procedures and hygiene levels are of the highest standard. All of this information, together with patient reviews and site photographs, is available on our website to help you make an informed decision as to where to undergo treatment.
Whilst it is exceptionally rare for complications to arise, any medical procedure carries a small element of risk. At Medical Departures, we work hard to minimise the threat of problems arising by ensuring that all doctors are quality checked and that each facility is in possession of the necessary warranties and guarantees.
By booking through Medical Departures, you have the knowledge and peace of mind of knowing that, in the unlikely event of an error occurring, we will be on hand to help and support you throughout the whole process. To this end, we would advise you take out medical complications insurance before you travel, which will at least cover you for additional travel and accommodation costs should you have to stay longer, or travel back.
Whilst Balinese and Indonesian are the most popular languages spoken in Bali, most Balinese people are fluent in several languages. English and Chinese are very common and are the primary foreign languages used by many Balinese, mainly due to the huge tourist industry on the island and the sizeable Chinese-Indonesian population. With an increasing number of medical personnel completing their training abroad, most doctors are fluent English speakers so communication should not be an issue.
The Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency in Bali. International visitors to the country will need to purchase a visa upon their arrival (approximately $35 USD), but this can be done with your home currency.
At the airport, you will find a range of ATM’s available for cash withdrawals. Ensure that you check with your bank beforehand as to what charges may be incurred for making foreign withdrawals. Also, as you leave the airport, there will be a long row of money changers where you can exchange your cash for Rupiahs. You will get better rates if you use new, unfolded bills during these transactions.
Most hotels and stores also take card payments, but there may well be handling fee of around 3-4% applied to any electronic transactions.
Many medical tourists book their treatments based on the local weather patterns. Bali is situated 8 degrees south of the equator and has a pretty consistent climate all year round. Temperatures during the day can range 20-33⁰C (68-93⁰F) year-round although it can be much cooler in mountainous regions such as Kintamani or Bedugul, especially after sunset.
The west monsoon brings high humidity and heavy showers across Bali between December and March. Typically, it is still quite often sunny throughout the day with downpours during the late afternoon and evening. You need to be aware that flooding can occasionally occur at this time along the beach between Melasti and Tuban due to poor drainage conditions.
Between June and September, the humidity is lower and evening temperatures much cooler. During this time, there will be very little rain in lowland coastal areas, although in the mountains or central Bali it is not uncommon to experience cloudy skies or showers at any time of the year.
Even though the tourism industry in Bali is massive, unfortunately there are still many areas that are not wheelchair accessible. Generally speaking, resorts on the east coast like Sanur and Nusa Dua tend to be much more wheelchair-friendly compared to west coast locations such as Seminyak, Legian and Kuta.
On the west coast, the sidewalks tend to be narrow and can be littered with broken concrete, forcing wheelchair users onto the street itself. Most establishments only have stepped access, and these steps are quite often high, slanted or broken. Where ramps do exist they tend to be very steep, and elevators are few and far between in Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Sanur and Nusa Dua are far more wheelchair accessible, with modern resorts and higher end hotels. Sanur has a clean and wheelchair-friendly boardwalk that runs along the coast, and Nusa Dua has newer roads with wide, clean and evenly paved sidewalks. Shops, bars and restaurants are also easier to access, with many having ground level entrances.
Generally speaking, Bali is safe to visit and the vast majority of tourists encounter no problems whatsoever. Like anywhere else in the world, there will be petty scam artists looking to take advantage of the unwary, but any trouble is easily avoided if a little common sense is applied.
Also be sure to guard your bags, especially at terminals. Not only is there a small risk of bag-snatching, but self-appointed porters may try take your luggage and then charge an astronomical fee for their services.
It is also worth noting that Bali enforces the death penalty for anyone found to be importing, exporting, trafficking or in possession of illegal drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana.
Bali is world-renowned for the countless Hindu temples that can be found throughout the island, such as the small village temples of pura puseh (temple of origin), pura desa (village temple) and the pura dalem (temple of the dead). The most prominent and largest temples are the nine directional temples (kayangan jagat) that are situated at strategic points across Bali, with Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Uluwatu Temple) in southern Bali and Tanah Lot being the most popular.
Most of Bali’s coastline consists of volcanic beaches of black sand, although some southern beaches do have fine-grained white sand. The safest beaches for swimming are generally found along the northern coast and at Jimbaran Bay. Inland, Bali is lush green fields and spectacular rice paddies, such the terraced paddies around Tirta Gangga and in central Bali north of Ubud.
Art is everywhere in Bali, both modern and traditional. Ubud is considered to be the artistic capital with several museums, informal workshops and retail outlets available for visitors to explore. For those of a more active persuasion, the southern coast at Kuta attracts surfers from all over the world, whilst Serangan harbour offers ideal conditions for sailing and yachting enthusiasts.
Bali also offers many other outdoor activities such as paragliding in Nusa Dua, mountain cycling in the hills of Ubud, jungle trekking, bungy jumping and horse riding in Seminyak or hiking in the rice fields around Ubud.
Most international visitors will touch down at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, which is commonly referred to as Denpasar International Airport. The airport is actually situated about 30 minutes outside Denpasar in Tuban, between Jimbaran and Kuta. Ngurah Rai is the third busiest international airport in Indonesia with excellent connections to Southeast Asia, Australia and the rest of Indonesia.
Visitors that arrive by air into Bali from outside Indonesia will be required to purchase a visa on arrival (VOA) in order to clear customs and immigration. The visa will cost approximately $35 USD and is valid for 30 days. This visa can be extended as a one-off at a later date at the local immigration office for a maximum of another 30 days.
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