Tumpek Wayang 22/09/2018

This weekend starting 22/09/2018 marks the final and most sacred day of Tumpek, which takes place over six significant dates during every Pawukon year. Tumpek Wayang is a special day filled with blessings dedicated towards the traditional performing art form of shadow puppetry. Various offerings are made to the equipment and range of character puppets involved in the traditional theatrical art. Tumpek Wayang is one … Continue reading Tumpek Wayang 22/09/2018

Tourists from China are still the Highest Ranking Visitors to Bali

In aircraft movement statistics for the period of January-August 2018, there were 107,338 aircraft in and out of I Gusti Ngurah Rai Airport, both through Domestic Terminals and International Terminals. This amount represents an increase from the same recording period in 2017, where there were 96,723 aircraft served or an increase of 11 percent. As for passenger movements, there were 15,640,887 passengers served in the … Continue reading Tourists from China are still the Highest Ranking Visitors to Bali

Bali to bring in new rules for visiting temples after decline in ‘quality of tourists’ | World news | The Guardian

Visitors posing in bikinis and clambering over sacred Hindu structures prompt authorities to crack down Authorities in Bali have vowed to stop westerners in bikinis posing in front of sacred temples as they lament a decline in the “quality of tourists” visiting the island. Bali deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Sukawati, known as Cok Ace, said the authorities had been concerned by a recent rise … Continue reading Bali to bring in new rules for visiting temples after decline in ‘quality of tourists’ | World news | The Guardian

Bali spas shut down after crackdown

ONE of the best things about holidaying in Bali is pampering yourself with a massage or beauty treatment at a spa. However, many spa facilities in the country’s tourist hubs are operating illegally. A huge police crackdown on rogue spas in the popular tourist spot of Kuta has seen 28 out of 30 spas operating in the city shut down, Asian news publication Coconuts has … Continue reading Bali spas shut down after crackdown

Ministry optimistic about meeting 17 million foreign tourists target – News – The Jakarta Post

The Tourism Ministry is optimistic the target of attracting 17 million foreign tourists by 2018 and 20 million by 2019 can be achieved. Achieving 17 million foreign tourists by 2018 would mean a 21 percent rise from last year’s figure. Guntur Sakti, head of the ministry’s public communications bureau, told kompas.com in Batam, Riau Islands, that to achieve this year’s target, the ministry would need … Continue reading Ministry optimistic about meeting 17 million foreign tourists target – News – The Jakarta Post

West Bali – Tabanan Full Day Tour 650k IDR (PP)

    Introduction Come and explore the natural wonders of the Tabanan Regency of Bali. The local government have taken amazing steps to protect and conserve the natural environment making it a truly unique experience to reconnect with nature as well as take in some truly amazing temples and historical landmarks. The full day tour covers a remarkable amount of ground, from the lush highlands … Continue reading West Bali – Tabanan Full Day Tour 650k IDR (PP)

Sanur Village Festival

This August marks the 13th year of the Sanur Village Festival. Numerous and well anticipated events are expected to be held on the sleepy sunrise coastline. Traditional food, culture, water, sporting and eco-awareness will be all well represented. Of special note will be the bazaar and fashion show as well as a fun run. If running isn’t exactly your type of thing then come and … Continue reading Sanur Village Festival

Tegenungan Waterfalls – Kunjangan

Located in the Gianyar Regency, Tegenungan waterfalls is approximately half way between Denpasar and Ubud, Tegenungan waterfalls is easily the most accessible natural waterfall site in Bali.  What is clearly unique about the site is that its not situated up in the highland or mountainous regions of the island. It is a nature lovers delight, surrounded by lush jungle green dotted with palms and has many stunning views from the many natural platforms.  Continue reading Tegenungan Waterfalls – Kunjangan

CHASING WATERFALLS PACKAGE

Introducing the Let’s Go “Chasing Waterfalls package. One full day of chasing waterfalls in exotic North Bali. Get the most amazing photos and experience all the exotic wonders that Bali has to offer. Locations include GitGit, Jembong, Alingaling, Banyumala GitGit – Grace and Elegance Jembong – Untaimed Beauty AlingAling – Simply Breathtaking Banyumala – Jungle Treck with two amazing rewards. LUNCH AND ENTRY TO THE … Continue reading CHASING WATERFALLS PACKAGE

Volcano Update News

Update 9.20 AM Tuesday July 3. Small tremmor felt in North Kuta. Checked USGS for confirmation. Details below. Mount Agung spewed lava on Monday night. The volcano had its first “strombolian” eruption at 9:04 p.m., spewing a 2,000-meter high column of ash and emitting lava. The eruption was recorded in the seismogram with an amplitude of 24 mm and a duration of around seven minutes … Continue reading Volcano Update News

Mt Agung Volcano – Airport Update

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

Tegalalang – 2018 Dream Walkers Guide

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Introduction

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.

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How to get there.

The site is located just a short drive or scooter ride north along Jl Raya Tegalalang just outside of Ubud.  Click Here to book a guide or include it in your tour of Ubud.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Conclusion

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

 https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1194/

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