How to find off the tourist track, Rice Fields Bali. Get to explore the rice fields of Bali without the hassle of paying “donations” every 5 minutes:
I read many reviews about the Tegallalang Rice Fields in Bali, Ubud, and unfortunately, most of them were negative. It is an obvious tourist trap. There is a small entrance fee of 15.000IDR but once you get inside there are many locals asking for “donations” every couple of metres. It wouldn’t be such an issue if they were only asking, but if you do not provide a donation, you are unable to pass further into the fields, so they are pretty much mandatory.
I decided to do a little more research to see if I could find another alternative. I found some Rice Fields in the Centre of Ubud so T and I set off to find them. We did get a little lost at first, but found a lovely couple who were trying to find the same thing we were.
Directions: Head towards the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple, once you reach Starbucks take a right down Jl. Kajeng road and walk in a straight line down a pebble path until you reach a sign that says, “Rice Field Walk”. It is quite a long road, so you may feel you’re going the wrong way but if you see these cool designs on the road then you know you’re heading in the right direction.
As you go up the hill, the rice fields are on the left-hand side, very hard to miss. There are 2 restaurants on the way around and a Warung; a Balinese restaurant in a quirky looking “house”.
Rice Fields Bali
These rice fields are definitely worth the visit! There are local Balinese veterans working in the fields which adds to the whole experience.
As you reach the end of the fields you appear to reach a dead end, although it isn’t. You can get out at the other side and it takes you straight back to the main street (Jl. Raya Ubud), but the path is slightly broken.
All you need do is climb down into the dirt and back up the other side. It is an easy enough task and takes less than 10 seconds. The broken path is not accessible for disabled, but you can walk back the same way you came if necessary.
These local rice field are truly stunning in a natural, non-touristic way.
If you prefer to arrange your own trips & tours in Bali, check out my review of the sunrise tour up Mount Batur Bali
It’s an amazing experience that I recommend you try. I chose to pay a company in advance, but if you turn up on the day you might be able to negotiate a better deal!
by Charlotte Jayne Walton