In The Philippines I met a Swiss guy who refused to go the amazing terraces of Batad because he already saw some in Bali.

Well, he really missed out, because those terraces are incredible.

The rice terraces of Bali are very different from the terraces of The Philippines. Perhaps they are not as dramatic, since the Batad terraces are in a narrow valley.

But they are certainly beautiful, and it’s worth seeing both.

Riding around Bali on a motorbike, you can’t miss seeing rice terraces. They are everywhere. But a pleasant way to see them is to go for a walk.

Sunset on the ridge.
Sunset on the ridge.

The Campuhan Ridge Walk

A very easy walk in Ubud is the Campuhan Ridge walk. It’s right in town, and easy to find. The start is even marked in Google Maps.

Even though it starts in town, just walk a few minutes and you are away from the noise.

The first portion is along a ridge. Then it goes through some nice rice fields. I was lucky to be there during the rainy season, when they were full of water and rice was being planted.

It’s a very short walk, so be sure to take your time. A good destination is Karsa Kafa, with scenic huts set among a lotus pond. It’s a nice place to have lunch before heading back to town.

The walk is a good place to see the sunset in Ubud.

The Campuan Ridge walk is a must-do in Ubud.

Mount Agung looms above the rice fields.
Mount Agung looms above the rice fields.
Farmers were busy planting.
Farmers were busy planting.
This temple is deep in the jungle... actually, it's at the start of the Campuhan Ridge walk!
This temple is deep in the jungle… actually, it’s at the start of the Campuhan Ridge walk!
Among the rice fields.
Among the rice fields.
Nice view from Karsa Cafe.
Nice view from Karsa Cafe.
Terry
I'm Terry, former cubicle-dweller, and now traveler, photographer, writer, and entrepreneur. I quit my job in 2014 to travel to US national parks, then to South East Asia. I write about independent, flexible, long-term, budget travel. Sign up to my newsletter to get the latest news on what I'm up to. I hope you join me on my trek around the world.

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