The famous rice terraces in Bali are a huge draw for tourists (thanks to Instagram and all those perfect shots!). They're nothing at all like what I expected them to be...in a good way!
Where are the Rice Terraces?
There are rice terraces all over Bali - as you head from Ubud out to the most famous ones, you'll pass plenty along the way! The most famous rice terraces are the ones in Tegalalang.
How to Get to Tegallalang Rice Terraces
The easiest way to get to Tegallalang Rice Terraces is by scooter, 10km north of Ubud. The easiest route is to just head north on JL. Raya Andong; the parking lot will be on the right hand side. If you don't feel comfortable on a scooter, you can either take a taxi there, hire a driver or go with a tour - there's always plenty!
How to Visit Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Entrance to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces is free! There are some donation boxes set up throughout the rice terraces alongside the stone pathways; you can choose whether you wish to donate or not. I am not sure where the donations end up.
There are some paid attractions in the area, particularly geared towards getting that perfect insta! You can pay to do the famous Bali swing (150,000 IDR or $14 CAD) or go ziplining across the rice fields or even biking across the air (500,000 IDR or $47 CAD)!
When you arrive, you can simply follow the stone pathways that are lined with bright pink flowers down into the valley and up the other side. Follow the walkways to explore the rice fields and return by another valley crossing. Be wary that the paths can get quite muddy and the stones can sometimes be slippery.
Please be respectful of the rice workers.
The rice terraces are truly beautiful, and nothing like I expected them to be based on the photos I had seen. They're situated next to a town and are somehow much more real and less touristy than anticipated.