Bucket List: Exploring the Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock lately you’ve no doubt seen the gorgeous photos of the Tegalalang Rice Terrace, either with people strolling the fields in flowing dresses or soaring over the fields on a Bali swing. I visited the rice terraces when I was in Ubud, and let me tell you there is more to this location than looking pretty. Namely there’s stairs. Lots and lots of muddy and slippery stairs.

My travel buddy and I hired a driver for the day while we were in Ubud, and our first stop for the day was the rice terraces. After paying our entrance fee we began our decent into the fields. My one word of advice is pace yourself. There are hundreds of steep, uneven, muddy steps in the fields and you don’t want to go arse up. Not only would that be embarassing, but I imagine being covered in mud all day would suck. So please, for safety’s sake, take your time.

Once we’d entered we were confronted by about 3 Bali swings and 4 or so Bali nests. I’d naively assumed that use of most of these props would be included in the entrance fee but they weren’t. The Bali swing cost 100,000 IDR per person and the nests cost around 30,000 IDR per person, per basket. My friend and I opted not to pay for these photo opportunities and instead started on the rice terrace hike.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud Chasing-Emma.com
One of the only free photo opportunities

The hike is long and at times very slippery, making me grateful that I’d worn my ‘good’ sandals, and snakes down, around and back up the terraces. The views were amazing and it blew my mind to be surrounded by so much greenery when my home country is literally burning.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud Chasing-Emma.com

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud Chasing-Emma.com

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud Chasing-Emma.com

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud Chasing-Emma.com

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud Chasing-Emma.com

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud Chasing-Emma.com

About two-thirds of the way through the hike after seeing countless other Bali Swings, we came across a zipline. The zipline would take us all the way to thw otherside of the terraces and save us the steep climb down and around. It would also give us a thrill for only 50,000 IDR (about $5 AUD).

After watching a man brave the zip line we got in line, strapped on our harnesses and stepped up to the line. The next thing I knew I was flying through the air. It was amazing to see the terraces from directly overhead. I hadn’t realised how high up we’d climbed until I was in the air.

Who needs a Bali swing when you can have a Bali zip line instead?

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud zipl line Chasing-Emma.com

Tegalalang Rice Terrace Ubud zip line Chasing-Emma.com

The exit didn’t take too long after that, but I was sure I was going to just die on the way back up. All of those stairs killed me.

The rice terraces were really pretty and I genuinely think they are worth a visit if you are in Ubud . However, much like everything else in Ubud, it is a bit of a tourist trap, so be aware that a quick visit could easily become rather expensive.

Check it off your Bucket List

Location: The rice terrace is not actually in Ubud technically, rather it is located in the Tegalalang Village which is North of Ubud.

Cost: Parking is 5,000 IDR and entrance tickets are 15,000 IDR. Photo opportunities cost anywhere between 30,000 and 100,000 IDR ($3-$10 AUD).

Opening hours: 7am – 6pm, 7 days a week

Need to bring:

  • Sturdy walking shoes or sandals
  • Bottled water
  • Spending money for photos and the many cafes surrounding and inside the terrace
  • A hat, sunglasses and sunscreen because, say it with me, melanomas aren’t sexy.

Have you been to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace? Did you enjoy it or think it was a tourist trap?

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