Roam Through The Stunning Tegalalang Rice Terrace.
Rice fields are an Indonesian institution. Their vibrant emerald green beauty amasses the country which makes for stunning bike and car rides. Bali has no shortages of sprawling rice terraces and fields and The Tegalalang Rice Terrace, a 20-minute drive from Ubud centre is one not to be missed.
Firstly, ignore the naysayers that whine that The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is too touristy and commercialized. The terraces are absolutely massive that you will never feel inundated with too many onlookers around you. Most people tend to spend their time on the front of the rice terraces with their selfie sticks and Instagram ready poses and outfits that they miss out on the picturesque and quiet terraces on the back side of the valley.
Secondly, make sure to have smaller bills as you will have to pay a 10,000 IDR (0.80¢) donation to the different terrace owners that occupy areas within The Tegalalang Rice Terrace. Want a photo with one of the owners or workers? Hand over money as a thank you!
Thirdly, spend no less than 1.5 hours to explore every inch of The Tegalalang Rice Terrace. There is plenty of diversity amongst the different paddies and terraces, plus numerous shady areas where you can chill while sipping on fresh coconut water.
Fourthly, bring sunscreen, an umbrella and plenty of water. The Balinese sun can be a scorcher and although you may feel embarrassed covered up, your walk will be more enjoyable and your skin will thank you.
Finally, Tegalalang is best enjoyed before 9.00 am or after 4.00 pm when the cars of tourists have yet to arrive. If you can muster the energy, arrive as the sun is rising behind the terraces, a delightful time to start your day.
- What: The Tegalalang Rice Terrace
- Where: 20-minute drive north of Ubud
- Time: Sunrise to Sunset
- Price: 10,000 IDR (0.80¢) donation to each rice terrace owner. Around 30,000 in total depending on what area you go through.