Bali is a must visit for my family and I when we go on summer holiday in Indonesia. Beside enjoying the beach, I also love to stay in Ubud that used to be tranquil. Since Eat, Pray and Love, Ubud has changed so much in such rapid tempo. First time I came there in 1992 it was a little village. Now surrounding villages have been absorbed to Ubud center which in turn has transformed into a busy little town.
One of most visited spots in Ubud is Tegallalang due to its photogenic rice terrace. I wrote in 2012 that I was afraid the rice fields would disappear as villas and hotels are built. Fortunately the beautiful rice terrace is still there.
Here are some pics I took when I was there on a hot afternoon in August last summer.
Unlike a couple of years ago when visiting the terrace was free, today tourists are to pay a certain fee to enter the area. There are direction boards with routes on walking paths leading visitors to explore it.
Along the route there are cafes and restaurants, in the following pics they are seen on the background. Most of the cafes offer (overpriced) drinks, snacks, meals and this amazing view.
More and more tourists find their way to Tegallalang rice terrace. It is touristy but I was a tourist too, so minding about this seems a bit strange. I don’t complain though cause I have seen this when only a handful of people knew about it at the end of 90es.
To avoid the crowd it would be best to come here early in the morning of late in the afternoon.
Next travel story is about a visit to a coffee plantation not far from Tegallalang. Stay tuned.