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Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang

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Parks and Gardens, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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The beautiful Tegalalang Rice Terrace, located north of Ubud, is actually an ancient irrigation system, dating back to the eighth century. Its series of sloping rice paddies just begs to be photographed, and indeed, the terrace is one of the most popular attractions among camera-toting tourists in this region of Bali. Plus, its elevation gives it a cooler climate, which is a nice change of pace from other areas of the island. 

For a magical experience (or at least one without hordes of other tourists), get to the Tegalalang Rice Terrace before about 11 a.m., according to recent travelers. After strolling through the rice paddies, some travelers also recommend stopping for a cold drink at one of the restaurants that overlook the rice terrace. Because it requires a bit of a hike, past travelers recommend you wear comfortable shoes and clothes when visiting. 

The entrance fee for visiting the Tegalalang Rice Terrace is 10,000 rupiah (or about $0.70), but according to some recent visitors, there are locals asking for further donations at the bridges. Still, most travelers don't spend more than the equivalent of about $4 paying these fees and donations. Keep in mind that you'll also have to contend with vendors, some of them quite pushy, hawking wares like sarongs and hats woven from coconut leaves. If you're not interested, a smile with a firm "no, thank you" should do the trick. Some travelers choose to tour the rice terrace via a tour bus, but you can also reach it by motorbike. The Tegalalang Rice Terrace sits about 20 minutes north of Ubud.

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