Ubud is perhaps most known for being Bali’s cultural capital, and while the temples are undoubtedly are beautiful, it is the nature in Ubud that shouldn’t be forgotten. But with the rise of tourism finding a bit of piece and tranquility in Ubud seems to get harder and harder by the day, but definitely not impossible. During our last visit to Ubud we tried to find the most beautiful rice fields in Ubud, and when we stumbled upon the Penestanan Rice Field Walk we knew we had succeeded. Rice fields coloured golden by the sun as far as the eyes could see, a piece of calm and oasis only a short ride out of Ubud. Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know about the Penestanan Rice Field Walk.
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Where is the Penestanan Rice Field Walk
The Penestanan Rice Field Walk is located roughly 4km from the Ubud city centre. The walk is not a loop and can therefore be started at either end, either from the area of Penestanan Centre or from Jl. Raya Lungsiakan, we chose for the latter as we came from Ubud and this side was easily reached by motorbike. From the main street head over to Ms.Lazy Cafe, right next to it you will find the path that will take you down to the Penestanan Rice Field Walk. To have a better idea of where the Penestanan Rice Field Walk is located check out the map below!
Tip: We took our scooter down the walkway, as the beginning of the walkway seems to be quite wide and well paved and we saw people going down the walkway on scooters. Well, let’s say this wasn’t the best idea we’ve had during our travels. We quickly realised that the narrow pathways are used by the farmers to transport their crops and to get to their fields which requires quite the riding expertise. So Rob decided to turn the bike around while I continued walking down the path to admire the beautiful views. Don’t make the mistake we made, find a parking spot at the beginning of the walkway instead!
The Penestanan Rice Field Walk
After the last hotel the road quickly turned into a narrower walkway, a walkway that was aligned with palm trees catching the first light of the day colouring the leaves golden. We followed the path until we reached the open area of the Penestanan Rice Field Walk where we were welcomed by rice fields as far as the eye could see. The farmers were in the process of harvesting most of the rice fields, but lucky for us they weren’t quite done in this area just yet. The rice plants had fully grown and instead of green they were now coloured a warm yellow by the warm light of the sun.
At nearby pathways like the Campuhan Ridge Walk and the Sari Organik Walk we often had to share the walkway with many other people, but here there was no single soul in sight for the first hour that we spent here. Once in a while a farmer past us skilfully on the narrow paths making their way to their fields, but besides that this pathway was the calm and quiet we were hoping to still find in Ubud. The Penestanan Rice Field Walk quickly became one of our favourite spots in Ubud, a place that reminded us why we fell in love with Bali in the first place.
Where to stay in Ubud
As Ubud is one of Bali’s most popular destinations you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect accommodation for you. From luxury resorts to hostels and homestays, there is something for everyone in Ubud. Here are some of our recommendations:
Kapu Kapu Ubud – A lovely family owned guesthouse that is located a rough 10 min scooter ride out of Ubud. Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy rice field views in one of the most peaceful neighbourhoods we have stayed at in Bali. We absolutely loved our stay here and would recommend it to anyone who has their own transport and is traveling on a budget, like we are.
Puri Garden Hostel – Prefer to stay a bit more central, then perhaps Puri Garden Hostel is the place for you. A beautiful hostel that has a pool and does daily yoga classes, what else do you need right? Hostels are a great option for those who are traveling solo as they are a great place to meet fellow travellers and friends! However, Puri Garden Hostel can be a bit more on the expensive side, so if you are a solo backpacker on a budget check out all hostels in Ubud here to find the perfect hostel for you.
And there you have it, everything you need to know about the Penestanan Rice Field Walk! What is your favourite walkway or rice field view in Ubud? Be sure to share it with us in the comment section down below. Before you go, don’t forget to check out some of our other Bali articles filled with tips, tricks and sights to help you plan the ultimate Bali itinerary:
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