If you’ve seen a photo of rice terraces in Bali, the I love Bali swing or giant swings overlooking rice fields, chances are it’s at the Tegalalang Rice Terrace. This iconic spot is one of the most popular places in Bali and from the photos, we can see why.
Getting to Tegalalang Rice Terrace
We left our place in Canggu at 5am in order to get there for sunrise by 6:30am. The drive took 1 hour and we made sure to wear warm clothes because it gets very cold at that time.
Finding the entrance to Tegalalang Rice Terrace
When we arrived we had a difficult time finding the entrance to the rice terrace. We also couldn’t find a spot to park our scooter. There are many restaurants along the rice terrace that have entrances to go down although when we arrived all the restaurants and gates were closed.
The main entrance however is open 24/7 and is located 100 metres past the carpark. To find your way to the carpark, type into your GPS ‘Ceking Terrace Parking Center’. Once you park your scooter, head left and walk 100 meters until you see a small brown doorway that says ‘Rice Terrace Entrance’. There will be stairs leading all the way to the bottom. The entrance is very easy to miss so be sure to keep a lookout.
Tegalalang Rice Terrace entrance fee
At this time in the morning there was no one to collect the 10K IDR entrance fee so we entered for free. Although if you drive yourself you will have to pay a parking fee between 2K – 5K IDR. We have visited the Tegalalang rice terrace twice and the price was different each time.
What to expect
This spot is the reason we visited Tegalalang Rice Terrace at 6:30am for sunrise. The lighting at that particular time and place is perfection. To get to this spot, once you arrive at the bottom of the stairs on the right you’ll see a sign saying ‘start of walkway’. Follow this pathway and make sure to always keep left. You’ll know when you reach the spot as the lighting looks like this:
The part of the rice field which we’re standing on is blocked off by a fence so you’ll have to pay 50k IDR to one of the locals who owns this part of the rice field.
All throughout the rice fields you will find large swings that are a popular Instagram opportunity. If you’re interested in using one, you will have to pay anywhere around 150k IDR to 250k IDR. We decided not to do the swing because we found it too overpriced just for a photo with our budget.
As we were leaving the rice field, we were stopped a few times by local rice farmers demanding a donation. It’s a good idea to bring plenty of smaller notes so you’re not stuck with only large money.