Visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terrace near Ubud was one of the highlights of visiting Bali for me. Naomi and I rented a motorbike for the day to get to the rice terrace. Naomi was the driver and I was pretty nervous at first, as I had never been on a motorbike before but then as the day went on and we drove more and more, I relaxed and enjoyed the ride. Naomi was a great driver and she knows how to navigate with a motorbike after living in Jakarta. The terraced rice fields are located about 30 minutes north of Ubud. There are rice fields spread throughout Bali but these are the most famous ones.
It was a rainy day, so everything looked so much more green but it also meant that the paths through the terraced fields were quite muddy. We saw a few people walking barefoot with their flip-flops in their hands because it was a bit slippery in spots. There are many paths through the rice terrace. As you are walking, there are huts selling postcards or drinks and they ask for a small donation (50 cents) to continue on to use the path. We probably encountered three huts along our walk. I am assuming these are the local villagers who work these fields that are collecting the money.
The view back towards the village.
The rice plants require the soil to constantly be flooded. The farmers rely on rainfall and their own irrigation system.
Naomi & I. We look a little wet but it was still a really enjoyable visit!