Visiting Tegalalang rice terrace in Ubud, Bali

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace. When in Bali you need to be aware that there are too many rice terraces and fields and not all of them have names. There are some popular names that travelers usually visit, and in those you are supposed to get astonishing views but also the crowds. Still, they are more than worth it.

Tegalalang rice terrace

Among the most popular ones, I visited the area of the Tegalalang rice terrace. This is a big area filled with rice terraces, like I said some have names and some don’t but it is pretty much all the same – they are just rice terraces along the street. They are not in a closed area like locals will try to tell, and they are not in a private area where you can not go. What you do at Tegalalang rice terrace is walk wherever you want as long as you enjoy the view and the fields around you.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

 

Scam in Tegalalang rice terrace

This was the place where I found the 1st scam in Bali. I went here with 2 other guys I met at the hostel and we parked our motorbikes in the park that had Ceking Rice field written on. I thought we would have to pay for the park but we didn’t. But, on our way out of the park, we were approached by the locals saying that we needed to buy a ticket to that specific rice field. Well, this ticket counter was several meters away from the fields and even across the street, so the whole thing looked sketchy. How do we need to buy a ticket already and can not proceed if ahead of us is simply the street, and we can obviously roam around freely on the street?
We said we would buy it at the entrance and continued to walk but someone else tried to stop us before we left the park. The guy said we needed to buy the ticket there, and couldn’t go further without it. Well, again we asked how can it be. Can’t we just walk on the street? No, the ticket is for the whole area- he says. It sounded ridiculous because the traffic was normally circulating in the street, so what does that mean? If we want to ride our motorbike on the street we can, but walk we can not?? Nonsense!! After asking him these questions repeatedly he gave up and let us go. He couldn’t stop us anyway cause there was no sort of closed entrance so we were completely free to roam around. This situation was a screaming scam since minute 1. A few meters ahead another guy says we can’t walk further without an entry ticket. Our contre point was: but I just want to go there and buy a dress, I can’t? He said he would follow us then to see if it is true!!!
At this point, we decided to ask how much is the ticket. He said 20k as he showed us the tickets. My friend asked why is “December 2022” written on the ticket when we are in August 2023 haha. I don’t remember the answer, but besides all the sketchiness of the whole thing, for 20K we didn’t bother much and paid for the freaking ticket, knowing we were being fooled. We were more sure we were being fooled once we walked across the path towards the ricefields where no one was demanding any ticket, we could simply follow that path.

 

What I think is going on here is a very well-organized scam at Tegalalang rice terrace by the locals who decided the rules. Feels like they are all in touch with each other, they even have walkie-talkies. They stand in front of the paths that lead to the rice fields demanding tickets but the truth is that you don’t need any sort of ticket because the rice fields are free land right next to the street, and you can see them from the street. But the area is so touristy that between the street and the rice fields are many coffee shops, restaurants, etc. It is a bit confusing how it works over here. We didn’t know at all so we aligned on this scam, but you don’t have to. Just have to be persistent with the scammers and don’t let them change your mind. You will be harassed many times! Maybe just lie saying that you already have the ticket and they won’t bother again. After all this annoying experience we sat in one of the many restaurants with a rice terrace view and stopped for lunch. Prices are higher but not that much.

I came across more scams in Bali HERE!

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

Swings at Tegalalang rice terrace

From the restaurant, we could see 12 swings!! Yes, that is true. I thought the videos on Instagram with girls with colorful dresses were all in the same swing, but I couldn’t be more wrong! There are swings everywhere! And here is how it works: you have to pay 50K to ride it and you can also rent one of those long-tail dresses, that’s why in the pictures the girls have always the same type of dress haha. If like me, you wondered if they were traveling with those dresses, now you know them rent them on the spot. I’m sure there are some more popular swings because they don’t all have the same view. Depending on the swing you choose, your view might be different, so choose wisely the swing you want to ride. There is also a bar or restaurant, I’m not sure, that has an infinity pool overlooking the fields. That one looked pretty awesome! It is D Tukad coffee club Bali. Around the Tegalalang rice terrace, there are some places with nice swimming pools and you can pay to use them. From 50K a day or higher, you can find a pool with gorgeous views and spend a relaxing day, or maybe not if the spot is overcrowded….

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

Walking around the terraces

Surprisingly, we spent more than 3h in the Cekingan rice fields area haha. I was surely not expecting us to spend so much time there… we explored slowly every corner of this area, coming across several different rice fields and the further we went, the less crowded the place was, super quiet and very enjoyable. Wow so beautiful a bit further where not those many seem to venture. There are spots with “nests” or some other fancy decorations that demand payment so you can take a picture there. There are also some locals working on the rice fields, and they also ask if you want to take a picture, for a price obviously, but I have no idea how much cause I wasn’t interested in the deal.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

So basically they just found different ways to monetize the area…
We walked slowly, paying attention to detail and we managed to see colorful fish swimming in the rice ponds! Surprising, but they surely help somehow the crops, otherwise they wouldn’t be there I guess.

We made several stops for quick rests and I loved walking in this area. So stunning OMG! I could walk in a spot like this for much longer. We didn’t stay for sunset in Tegalalang rice terrace but I’m sure this might be a cool destination to enjoy the golden hour.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

Campuhan Ridge Walk

The same day we got back to town and I went for a sunset walk in this apparently famous sunset walk spot called Campuhan Ridge walk. At the beginning of the trail, there is this beautiful temple and awesome scenery as the river passes right next to it. So mossy and mysterious out here! Then, I walked and walked until it was finally sunset time and many people were gathering in the same spot to watch the sky turning pink.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

Basically, this is a very green walk surrounded by trees and vegetation but there aren’t actually any spectacular views. This is pretty much a quiet walk to escape the city traffic I would say. It didn’t amaze me at all, but it was chill. At some point, there are restaurants surrounded by ricefields once more, and therefore they provide a cool sunset stopover. This place is a good idea for a sunset spot to watch the sunset in Ubud.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

One of the afternoons I spent in Ubud was dedicated solely to one rice terrace area, one of the most popular among tourists: Tegalalang rice terrace.

Read about more places I visited while in Ubud HERE! Sekumpul Waterfall HERE! And Tibumana waterfall HERE!

Buy bus tickets to Ubud HERE!

Apply for an Indonesian visa HERE!

Leave a comment