If you’ve gone to Bali, or even thinking about travelling to Bali, you’ll know that taking a visit to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces is a must see. The Tegallalang Rice Terraces are located in Ubud, Bali and is famous for its gorgeous scenery of the rice paddies. Whether you’re standing near the roadside or right down on the rice terrace, the views are just outstanding. Coming from Toronto, I’ve never seen anything like it before! The colours are just so vibrant, and the process of growing and harvesting rice is so well thought out.
I traveled to Tegallalang Rice Terraces after spending the morning trekking up and down 500 stairs to see Nungnun Waterfall, so it’s safe to say me and my friends were pretty tired. So before we got around to walking around the rice terraces, we stopped to have a bite to eat at Surya Terrace Cekingan. The view we had while eating was unreal. Looking out onto so much greenery is something I’ll never forget.
The hike through the rice terraces was pretty simple, but after walking up and down 500 steps earlier that day made it very tiring for us, especially with the sun beating down! If you’re going to head on over to these Rice Terraces, be sure to keep some money on you. When you arrive, you’ll have to pay $10,000 IDR ($1 CDN). We were told to pay as soon as we got out of our car. No one checks if you’ve paid or not after that.. so if you can sneak by the people trying to make you pay near the main road, then you’ll be fine! However, while walking through the rice terraces, there are also little huts that ask you to pay a small fee to pass by. These were much cheaper, but still annoying to have to pay 2-3 times while trying to explore and appreciate the surroundings.
Since this spot is amazing for photos, there are a ton of tourists. This doesn’t alter the experience, but since it’s a tourist haven, there are tons of local shops and people trying to get you to purchase from their shop. I don’t think I went more than 5 minutes without being asked to purchase something. But if you’re staying anywhere in Bali, you’ll experience these situations very frequently and just get used to it.