Bali Rice Paddy Walks

Rice paddies a few minutes from the center of Ubud

One of the pleasures of being here in Bali is to go on walks through the rice paddies.

Rice paddies in every direction

In some places, we share the winding path.

Locals on the rice paddy paths

A tourist eating a fresh coconut, the guy taking the photo had climbed the tree to get the coconut,  a woman carrying wood for cooking fires, a Spanish couple walking ahead

Some artists have their studios in the rice paddies.


An artist’s studio in the rice fields




We wish you were here to take a walk with us.

Aloha, Renee and Barry





About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

4 responses to “Bali Rice Paddy Walks”

  1. Shivya says :

    The rice paddies look beautiful and so serene. I saw some in Vietnam. They were gorgeous. Bali’s still on my travel list 🙂

  2. soleil says :

    dumb question:

    what kind of shoes would you recommend to walk through rice paddies?


    • reneeriley says :

      You can wear sandals or tennis shoes or even flip-flops. Because you will walk on the rice paddy walls, you don’t really get muddy. Hope this helps. Happy walking. P.S. We did see a snake, but it was harmless and slithered quickly away.

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