When in Bali I skip the beach and head straight to the breathtaking rice terraces of Eastern Bali to experience nature in all of her green glory: Sidemen Valley.
This is old Bali, unaffected by the influx of tourism—a landscape of multi-hued shades of green—rice terraces, palm trees, mossy river beds, and real village life happening all around you. Best to bring a guide with you to meander through the rice terraces, down to the river bed and through the villages—at least the first time around! Wear comfortable walking shoes that can get wet, as the rice terraces tend to be a bit muddy, and a sarong just in case a temple lures you in. If you're lucky you will stumble upon a Balinese funeral or wedding, both culture-rich rituals.... And of course, don't forget your camera!
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