If you are planning to travel to Bali, then I am certain you have heard of their spectacular terraced rice fields. If you are planning to visit one (Hint: you should) then make sure to read this post. During my first trip to Bali, I did a full-day guided tour with a local. Besides the mental monkeys at the monkey sanctuary, I also stopped at the Tagallalang Rice Terrace. The lush green terrace’s line the hills of Ubud, surrounded by waving palm trees. You truly have to see it in order to grasp its beauty.
Here’s everything you need to know about a quick trip to Bali’s famous rice fields in Ubud, the Tegallalang Rice Terrace.
TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACE | THE BASICS
The Tegalalang Rice Terrace is one of the famous tourists stops in Bali. It is stunningly lush and well maintained/touristy rice terrace with lots of vantage points, zips lines and ‘Bali Swings”. This is probably one of the best Instagram-able moments of your holiday!
It is located a short 20-minute drive from Ubud and is very easy to find. There is a large carpark just a couple of minutes’ walk from the fields where you can park your car for a small fee. (I think it was around the 10,000 IDR, but don’t @ me)
At the entrance, they will ask for a ‘donation’. So technically the entrance is free, but the locals ask for a small donation to help improve their livelihood and maintain the terraces. They are located throughout the rice fields, so bring a bunch of smaller notes so you can pay each at each wooden shack. The average donation is usually around 10,000 IDR (which is roughly $1 AUD). Depending on how many donations you’re willing to pay you can decide how far into the rice terraces you want to go. I think I stopped after the second or third checkpoints since I felt like going further wouldn’t’ offer me a different view. This was at the bottom of the fields, so the shacks are not located every couple of meters, so it is pretty reasonable.
If locals are working in the fields and you snap a photo of them, they will ask for another ‘donation’ so be aware when you do.
It is recommended to go early in the morning as it gets scorching hot at noon. And wear proper shoes if you plan to venture far into the paddy fields.
BALI RICE FIELDS
You will start at the top of the field where you will find signs directing you to stairs for ‘Rice Trekking,’ just follow those and you’ll head down a whole bunch of steps to the bottom of the terraces.
You can kind of wander along the fields and do your thing. There are several side ‘lanes’ that you can go into and take photos. Just be weary that you don’t destroy the fields or the rice as it is someone’s livelihood.
Along the way, there are a couple of shops where you can buy a refreshing drink, some ice cream or a basic lunch, which you definitely need in the humidity that is called Bali. There is also a swing and zipline if you wish to do that. (of course, for a fee) and a couple of souvenir stands at the top of the fields.
I spend about 1 hour here, so don’t plan a whole day at these fields. Yes, they are amazing and very cool, but truth be told, once you’ve seen it, you’ve seen it. And there is only so many photo’s you can take.
All in all, I really enjoyed my trip to the rice fields.
Is it very touristy? Unfortunately, yes! But the cheap ‘entree fee’ the stunning lush fields, the photo ops and the overall vibe was just lovely, and I do recommend it. After all, you need a typical Bali Instagram moment to show off to your followers right!
Have you been to Tegalalang Rice Terraces in Bali? How did you find it? Let me know in the comments below!
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