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Sidemen (Indonesia)

Practical information about Sidemen

  • Family
  • Encounters with locals
  • Viewpoint
  • Countryside
  • Culture (paddy field, coffee, tea ...)
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
45 mins from Ubud by scooter
When to go
May through October
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Sidemen

Travel writer
193 travel articles

Sidemen is a district in the east of Bali, known for its magnificent scenery and flat ricefields.

My suggestion:
Go and walk amongst the rice fields and the luxurious vegetation in the surroundings of Sidemen, the nature there is incredible and the inhabitants are very welcoming.

Sidemen is a true Eden on an island which is already paradisiacal, that is to say it's worth giving it a glance! The valley is made up of rice fields sculpted into flats on the slopes and hilly areas, the region is dominated by a striking green which is particularly beautiful and relaxing. In the middle of this exuberant nature, some streams cross the countryside, from afar, we can see Mount Agung, which overlooks the valley and completes the post card scenery.

Following the period in which you visit Sidemen, the flats are covered with rice which is still green, being bare if the harvests have already taken place. In this case, the flooded rice fields form a vast collection of mirrors in which the scenery is reflected; quite simply magical. Advice to those who like it go off the beaten track!

Ricefields in Sidemen
Travel writer
27 travel articles

A town nestled amongst rice fields, in the countryside and off the beaten track, Sideman is, in my opinion, a must see on the island of Bali.

My suggestion:
Don't rely on maps handed out in hotels. They're not to scale, there are roads missing and hiking trails are poorly indicated. Don't forget your sunscreen if you go out walking.

Sidemen is a haven of peace after the chaos of Ubud. Few tourists, a complete change of scenery, wonderful walks and a morning market...I loved this town for its calm and its scenery. Sidemen is surrounded by rice fields that you can easily explore by foot.

I walked along the irrigation canals in the middle of the rice fields - it was magical! Some women were taking their lunch break and invited me to join them. We communicated by miming; a truly unforgettable experience!

If you like sporty outings and enjoy a challenge, there's a temple up the mountain. It's a long walk that takes several hours to get to the summit. As for me, the heat and my useless map meant I went another way - by hitchhiking! It was excellent!

Lunch with the local women!
A walk in the rice fields during November