Put your walking shoes on for a stroll in Ubud.
Taking a walk along the vast expanse of green paddy fields is a beautiful way to savor Ubud.
The exhilarating breeze amplified by the swaying coconut trees, the sounds made by ducks as they swim and feed, and the simple smile of a farmer whose face has been carved by years of hard work and perseverance, will take the visitor to a different realm of Ubud, a small town famous for its museums, upscale eateries, art galleries and frustrating traffic jams.
Sitting on the green grass, while sipping from a freshly picked coconut and chatting with the local farmer, is the crowning glory of that refreshing walk.
A visitor could start the walk from Ubud market and head 500 meters west, passing the famed Puri Lukisan Museum and the Dalem temple before turning right under the iron irrigation water pipe that runs transversely above the road. The locals call that conduit Abangan, hence, the name of the area.
The visitor would then take an uphill path lined along both sides with bungalows. Around 100 meters after leaving the main road is the first glimpse of the lush paddy fields. Naturally, the path gets narrower along the way and the space between manmade buildings wider. The paddy fields are cultivated by 80 local farmers.
There are several places along the path to take a brief break. One of them is Bodag Maliah, a restaurant run by Sari Organik, a company dedicated to organic farming and food processing. Bodag Maliah offers a cool ambience and fresh salads and juices. It also sells fresh vegetables and fruit, a perfect thing to bring home from the walk.
Another fine establishment is Café Pomegranate. It is easily spotted due to its white canopy roof that stands in stark contrast against the green paddy fields. Its comfy couches are the perfect place to rest and watch the fleeting sunset. It offers simple Japanese fare and fabulous Chai tea with a hint of cinnamon, which would sooth that melancholic mood set by the fading sun.
Visitors who want to see fireflies dancing in the night sky could simply book a room in one of the homestays along the path. Staying in these homestays also gives the chance to savor several special performances; the midnight chorus of the frogs and cicadas, and the early morning concert of the birds.
Don’t forget to take a torch and to wear comfortable shoes since the path has no street lamps and at several points is a bit rough for those high-heeled designer shoes.