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Soaring Demand For Bali’s Iconic Rice Terraces Is Causing Traffic Issues

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Bali is a busy place to be right now. The island is in the middle of the high tourist season, and all of the island’s most popular attractions welcome thousands of visitors every day.

One iconic destination is seeing a huge surge in visitor numbers which has caused some issues with traffic and parking. 

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The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are one of the most landscapes in all of Bali. Protected under World Heritage Status, the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces are experiencing a surge in popularity.

Until now, the Tegallalang Rice Terraces have, by and large, welcomed the highest volume of tourists. This is, in part, due to its close proximity to the center of Ubud.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is undergoing a huge surge in demand by tourists. This is, of course, because the destination is breathtakingly beautiful, but it is in part also because tourists are keen to beat the crowds.

It seems that tourists have been faced with a ‘if you can’t beat them, join them’ kinda vibe as Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is as busy as it’s ever been. 

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This huge volume of visitors at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces caused mayhem over the last few days, with traffic jams mounting up and not enough parking spaces for all the tourist cars and buses.

Local leaders have been quick to act, and solutions are already underway to ensure that a visit to the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is as seamless and magical as ever. 

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The Regent of Tabanan, Dr. Komang Gede Sajaya, has said that more parking is needed at the World Heritage Site.

He says that improvements to the parking at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and the increasingly popular Ulundanu Beratan Temple in the north of the regency, and Tanah Lot Temple in the south, will greatly improve tourist experiences. 

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Dr. Sajaya has confirmed that local leaders at Jatiluwih Rice Terraces will be managing the flow of traffic more effectively moving forward, and so now the authorities must look into improving infrastructure.

He explained, “Ideally, the ratio of one tourism object is ten parking lots, while in Jatiluwih it is the other way around, ten [points of interest] while parking is only one.”

“So those who want to enjoy the beautiful panorama of Jatiluwih’s agricultural nature are often constrained by parking difficulties. This is then passed down by word of mouth so they are less visited.”

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He added, “I’m sure, if parking is sufficient, many world tourists will come to the world cultural heritage farm that has been established by UNESCO. I’ve thought about the parking scheme. The parking scheme is centralized. Tourists who come just need to be transported using buggy cars.”


Jatiluwih Rice Terrace, Bali, Indonesia

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For now, Regent Sajaya says that the community is working together to find pockets of parking and that tourists are welcome to visit Jatiluwih Rice Terraces without a worry about parking.

The terraces are particularly popular with international tourists, the majority of whom data shows come from Europe.

The Jatiluwih Rice Terraces welcome over 1,000 tourists every day, and the best time to visit to avoid the main crowds is super early in the morning or late afternoon. 

A visit to the iconic Jatiluwih Rice Terraces is a must-visit while in Bali. A walk around the rice paddies can be completed in around an hour, and so a trip to Jatiluwih is most memorable when combined into a complete day trip. 


Tourists can visit the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces and other interesting places in the area.

The Jatiluwih area is famous for its hot springs, the most popular of which Is the stunning Air Pants Angseri, as well as the Belulang Hot Springs in Mengesta Village. 

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Monday 31st of July 2023

Read the body copy. It's not a done deal.. 'The proposed legislative changes that would enable Governor Koster to formally introduce the tourism tax have been submitted into the legal system. He has said that socialization and public discussion around the new tax will begin in September.' Add the motorbike rental tax, mountain climbing bans, police for naughty tourists, tax crackdowns, pie in the sky infrastructure proposals..... As far as I can work out Indonesian governments go into recession on August 15. The new elections are on February 14. So.. It ain't going to happen in the next 2 weeks. Sure for the next 3 months there'll be arm twisting, jingoistic bullshit.... But... They need 2 absolute supports.. 1. Koster gets reelected. 2. And more importantly it needs the support of the Assembly. My feeling is the rakyat believe he's gone too far. To the doomsaying, critical, shit slinging whingers can I suggest you adopt a Balinese attitude. After all, it's their country.


Friday 28th of July 2023

Everywhere in Bali there are traffic problems and little to no effort at finding solutions.


Sunday 30th of July 2023

@JK, No chanse infrastructure will be upgraded as tourist income is directed into the hands of the well connected few. Instead they need to downsize to less than half of todays tourist volume.


Friday 28th of July 2023

Officials states that more parking needed at the rice teraces? I bet they solve the problem by converting rice fields into parking.

Wayan Bo

Friday 28th of July 2023

Prediction: Building skyscrapers on rice fields and becoming unhappy.


Thursday 27th of July 2023

They have toll booths every km within 5km of there. Locals from villages trying to stop you and get some cash.


Saturday 29th of July 2023

@Firechef, ... alternatively and no less aptly also "Bad Mood Island".


Friday 28th of July 2023

@Jef What do you expect? They are learning from the government. Bali is already known as Rip Off Island.