Otherwise known as the cultural heart of Bali, Ubud is an array of colour, crafts and Balinese traditions. Yes, Ubud is full of backpackers and tourists, but it is easy to see why — Ubud is absolutely beautiful.
I can almost guarantee your time in Ubud will be truly amazing and you will always want to stay that extra day. Visiting the monkey temple, watching a traditional dance and exploring the lively markets will all be breathtaking, but I cannot stress how much fun a rice field tour is!
Fresh faced and bushy tailed
Rice field bike tours can be arranged through most hostels throughout Ubud as well as several tourist agencies. I would recommended staying at Wahyu Bungalow. Situated in the centre of Ubud, Wahyu Bungalow is a beautiful place to stay and offers various rice field tours at reasonable prices. Costing 31,000 IDR, approx. 24 USD, you will start your morning in the Wahyu Bungalow Café with endless cups of coffee and a breakfast jaffle. Around 7:30 am you will be greeted by, quite possibly, the world’s friendliest man and joined by the rest of your group.
Wake up and smell the coffee
Your first stop of the day will see you visiting a coffee plantation. If you’re a bit like me you might shrug at the idea, but trust me — it’s great! As you walk amongst the rainforest plantation you will be talked through the process of growing spices, cocoa, coffee and of course the ever famous Balinese luwak coffee. (Do note that the guides speak great English so if you have any questions, don’t hold back).
Once you have walked to the end of your tour you will be sat high amongst the trees tasting delicious and unusual coffees – I would strongly recommend the coconut and vanilla coffee, it’s delicious. P.S. You can buy some at the end of your tour!
Two wheels and eight legs
After your delicious coffee tasting you will be driven to a remote location for a traditional Balinese Breakfast. The Mountain View is truly breathtaking and so unexpected. Once you have filled up on deep fried bananas, noodles and fresh fruit you will be driven a little bit further until you reach your bike collection point. The bike ride before the rice fields is amazing! From experience, I strongly suggest you test your brakes as most of the journey is downhill – trust me, it feels a tad sketchy when there are dogs running out in front of you. The views are stunning and children shouting hello creates a fun and enjoyable experience.
Word of warning! If you don’t like spiders, perhaps let your tour guide know. I wish I had. You will be stopped promptly and told to look above you. Hundreds (no exaggeration) of giant spiders are hanging in the trees above.
Cycling amongst the rice fields
After cycling through the jungle you will finally have reached the rice fields. The views are amazing and seem to go on for miles. You will be guided through the fields and taken closer to the women at work. If you’re anything like me, you will never look at rice the same again – the amount of work that goes into harvesting it is astonishing. Personally I found it to be quite an eye-opener.
This part of the tour is not particularly structured and tends to be over when the group say they are ready to leave – that’s what I found anyway.
Finish your expedition with a traditional Balinese Lunch
After an activity filled day, you are bound to have worked up an appetite. Nestled behind a bamboo fence, a Balinese lunch awaits you. An absolute feast of a meal, the flavours are amazing. This is truly the perfect way to experience and enjoy Balinese food.
Ubud is a stunning part of Bali and I strongly suggest you take the time to visit and explore all the culture it has to offer.
Get Trip101 in your inbox
You can buy and claim online, even after you've left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from 140 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
*5% off when you book with our promo code: TRIP101
*For our Canadian and US travellers, unfortunately due to financial services laws, we cannot provide a discount. This promotional code cannot be used with any other discount offer, including World Nomads Members’ discount for travel insurance policy holders.