Fresh Morning in Ubud, Strolling in the Middle of Rice Fields

Ubud, Gianyar

Craving for a quiet holiday in Bali, try to stop by Ubud. Travelers can enjoy a rural atmosphere and rice fields that are not found in urban areas.

Enjoy the refreshing natural atmosphere of detikTravel when you stop at Hoshinoya Bali. This luxury resort located in the Ubud area was built in a rural area that is still surrounded by forests, rice fields, valleys, and rivers.

While staying there some time ago, detikTravel had time to take part in one of the tour activities offered by the Rice Field Walk or a walk in the rice fields. This tour was guided by a hotel staff named Semadi and followed by other hotel guests.

The overcast morning weather accompanied by drizzle did not dampen our enthusiasm to explore the rice fields in Pejeng Kangin Village. Along the way, we passed people’s houses and saw farmers busy in the fields.

Rice fields in UbudFarmers in the fields. Photo: Putu Intan/detikcom

The rice fields that we passed were not all of the rice had turned yellow. There are some fields where the land has just been plowed, some are still young, until the rice fields have been harvested.

“The condition of the rice fields is not the same because farmers plant rice at different times. But in one year, it is usually harvested every 3 or 4 months,” said Semadi.

Rice fields in UbudRice fields in Ubud. Photo: Putu Intan/detikcom

In addition, the rice fields here are not only planted with rice. Semadi explained, there are fields that are planted with other crops after harvest. “Some are planted with sweet potatoes, flowers, watermelon. So it depends on the farmers,” he said.

Rice fields in UbudA flock of ducks in the fields. Photo: Putu Intan/detikcom

The interesting thing that detikTravel found when walking in the fields was the presence of a flock of ducks. The ducks are apparently deliberately released in the fields to find food.

“After harvesting, the ducks are brought to the fields to look for leftover rice because the cost of feeding the ducks is expensive. Once every two weeks they will move to the rice fields that have been harvested,” he said.

Rice fields in UbudRice fields in Ubud. Photo: Putu Intan/detikcom

As is known, rice fields in Bali use an irrigation system called subak. This subak allows water from sources in the mountains to be divided into rice fields. This subak is an ancestral heritage that has also been recognized by UNESCO.

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