Bali opened its international airport on Friday after a volcanic eruption temporarily grounded flights, stranding thousands of tourists on the Indonesian holiday island. Ngurah Rai airport began operating around 2:30pm local time (07:30 GMT), about 12 hours after it closed in response to Mount Agung belching smoke and ash “Following the issuance of NOTAM [notice to airmen] No. A2552/18 on the reopening of I Gusti … Continue reading Mt Agung Volcano – Airport Update
The Tanah Lot Temple is located in the Tabanan Regency of Western Bali. Because of its location to the west of the island, it offers absolutely stunning sunset views on most days of the year. Out of all the temples in Bali, it is Tanah Lot that is the most visited and accessible to tourists. Continue reading Pura Tanah Lot Tour- Temple Guide 2018
Ubud is a timeless town located in the greater Gianyar regency. It’s just waiting for you to unpack and explore. Featuring mesmerizing country landscapes strung together with lush terrace rice paddies. The tropical jungle that surrounds the town and villages is just overflowing with exotic flora and fauna. Continue reading Bali Culture and Arts Tour – Ubud
The monkey Forrest in Ubud (Kawasan wisata monyet) was built in the 14th century by the Pejang Dynasty. Its home to a tribe of approximately 350 macaque or Balinese long-tailed monkey Continue reading Sacred Monkey Forest – Ubud Guide 2018
The rice terraces at Tegalalang offer an amazing and unique experience to view and interact with a real working rice field. To describe it in one sentence is a little bit challenging but,
Its a little bit like the land that time forgot thats been curated and maintained by a team of very persistent Zen gardeners.. JT
The rice terraces follow the cartography of the hill with a river that runs through the middle of the valley floor. Both sides of the valley can be traversed and explored as part of your visit. It has many wonderful vantage points and is easily accessible for photography.
How to get there.
What to do when you arrive
Follow the signs to the stairs down if you want to walk among the rice terraces. At the bottom you will be met by one of the local farmers who will ask for a donation. You can give what you like however 10,000 – 20,000 Rp is a solid contribution and will be warmly received.
Recommend bringing along a wide angle to medium telephoto lens. ND filter would be a must if you want to capture video during the day. You can definitely leave your 400mm safely with your guide or in the hotel safe.
Best times to go
Early to mid AM or late in the afternoon. Just try and avoid mid day if you intend on walking the entire field thats open to the public.
Things to be aware of
Tegalalang is a working rice field so if you want to photograph the workers you should be prepared to give them a tip. These people do backbreaking work and are at the lowest end of the caste system. Suggest 5,000 to 10,000 RP for casual snaps. Its definitely a worth while to capture an amazing moment.. Its always better to be generous and thankful rather than stingy and sour.
Bring a water bottle with you if you intend walking both sides.
Just like seeing the Eiffel Tower or the Leaning Tower of Pisa the rice terraces at Tegalalang Ubud are a worthy addition to your list of the must see sights while visiting Bali.
To learn more you can visit UNESCO
Cultural Landscape of Bali Province: the Subak System as a Manifestation of the Tri Hita Karana Philosophy
An incredible experience to be had touring the high country of West Bali. Continue reading Amazing Views from West Bali