This walking tour through some villages of Ubud and surrounds is quite simple. Not too strenuous, but wear some sturdy shoes and be ready for a bit of mud. Your guide, who owns and runs this small business, is friendly and keen for you to learn more about his culture. This walking tour is good, since (unlike the bicycle tours) you are able to ask questions much more easily.
Visited January 2011

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nutchey
Brisbane, Australia

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We had a lovely time with Awan in Ubud. On this day trip we walked through the rice fields, saw farmers harvest the rice, visited a temple preparing for ceremony and so on ! Awan could tell us how people live, word and celebrate on Bali. A very interesting day !!

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AnnemieKo
Antwerp, Belgium

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We literally bumped into Wayan, the person who created and runs Bali, Off Course, in the middle of the road while we were wandering around looking for something to do around Ubud. He mentioned his tours, we took a chance on one, and it turned into one of the best things we did in Bali. We learned about daily Balinese life, and particularly about the relationship between culture and religion in Bali, which permeates everything the people do. The tour itself encompassed a visit to a family compound and a village temple, and a walk through the maze of villages and rice terraces that defines the local landscape. The walking was easy and the scenery, village or paddys, was never boring - lots of stops along the way. Not only knowledgable, Wayan has a knack for describing and explaining what we saw matched to our level of interest for each thing. Overall, much better than a bike ride - no motorbikes or potholes to dodge, leaving you the leisure to enjoy the surroundings in the company of a fine interpreter. Wayan's associate drives a car ahead, so there's no backtracking over previous ground. Sneakers are preferred to flip-flops, but the latter can do. No boots necessary. A camera is a must, and carrying a rain jacket, just in case, is a good idea. Water is provided, but always good to carry one's own bottle as well. And at the end, you drive back to Ubud for an included lunch. Sorry to run on, but we really liked this a lot.

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JRote
Saint Paul, Minnesota

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My hubby and me went on this trek with our friendly guide, Wayan. We started the day with a visit to a village family compound and got our blessing from a Brahman priest. Then we are off to walk through the padi field whereby Wayan explained the irrigation system and planting process. We had been on the cycling course before but this is really something different as it is a very closed encounter with nature. Wayan invited us to join his village for a temple festival in the evening and even picked us up at our hotel. We had a very enjoyable time in Ubud and will highly recommended this tour to anyone who will like to escape from the tourist trap. Thanks Wayan for the great experience.

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pebwhisko
Singapore

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I really enjoyed my guided walking tour with Wayan.

I gained many insights into the Balinese way of life - especially how the spiritual aspect is ever present and not separate from every day.

I really enjoyed slowing down and taking the time to appreciate what is present in every momment.

It was quite a warm day so Wayan kindly whistled up the breeze for us! I really love the connection to nature and the Balinese way of regarding trees as "Gods" and making offerings to them. This is why you see trees with sarongs wrapped around them Wayan explained.

Wayan is very knowledgeable and helpful and I enjoyed his company.
I also enjoyed having lunch away from the tourist strip of Ubud.

Thanks for adding to my wonderful experience of Bali on my first trip there.

Melissa, Perth, Australia.

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MelissaInBali
Perth, Australia

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I have tried cycling, ATV and white water rafting in Ubud but this is something different.
My wife and I were in Ubud in August this year. First thing that came to my mind was to experience the village life and the only thing I know was to cycle through the villages. However, I found a walking tour at the tourist information center and decided to try something new.
The day started at the Priest's house where we were blessed. They were preparing for a festive celebration and the kitchen was very busy preparing the offerings. Then we walk through the villages and the farm land, coming very close with the buffalos working on the farm. A visit to a local blacksmith house allowed us to experience the "primitive" way of making knives and spades.
The best part ofthe tour was the lunch at our guide's relative house. They were conducting a class for vistors and it was truely nice to see that the students had to buy the ingredients from the market and prepared their own lunch. Fortunately, our lunch was prepared by the Chef herself. The next time, we will definitely try the cooking class.

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SeeHoe
Singapore

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Luckily I happened across the brochure for this guided walking tour hidden amongst many others. I was travelling solo and it had been difficult to find a tour group willing to take just me on my own,and at such short notice.This wasn't a problem for Bali Off Course. Another person ended up joining me for the afternoon trek, and I must say it was really lovely just the 2 of us and our guide, Wayan, spending a few hours ambling through rice paddies, offering blessings at waterfalls, visiting a Balinese compound and, the highlight for me, drinking in the tranquility of an ancient temple (which, no surprise, is a popular place for meditation). The walk is easily paced and a highly recommended way to explore Bali, away from the busy streets and honking horns. I loved the simplicity of the walk, which gave the experience a real sense of authenticity.

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Frangipaniannie
Melbourne

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This is a new company offering very relaxing and informative half day walking trips in the beautiful countryside around Ubud. The trip starts with efficient and on time pick up from your hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. The driver takes you to meet your guide Wayan in a village outside Ubud where your walk begins with a visit to the village temple for the morning blessing (the afternoon trip does not, of course, include this visit). Then you head off on your walk with Wayan - he is a very pleasant and well informed young man - and goes the extra mile to make sure you enjoy your day and learn as much as possible about life in a rural Balinese community. The driver meets up with you from time to time to provide cool drinks and fruit snacks - and I guess if you get too tired from the walk you could hop in the car - but I don't think many people would find the walking too strenuous! The scenery is delightful - rice paddies, a waterfall and an ancient cave/temple building. Wayan tries to show you the very best of the local area and often stops and chats to the locals - an old lady collecting flowers for offerings, workers in the rice fields and local farmers - he is happy to translate your questions and their responses which is a great way to meet people who you would probably never get to chat to otherwise. The trip concludes with a fantastic lunch at the fantastic Paon Cooking School in Laplapan village - where the food and the company are both fantastic - and you get to visit a genuine Balinese home compound as well. We would definitely recommend this half day tour as a great way to see a different side of Bali - we loved every minute of the trip. Wayan will also arrange different walks for second and third time vistors. We wish him every success with his new business - and look forward to catching up with him next year to see some more of this beautiful area around Ubud. Go Wayan!!

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Freolife
Fremantle, Australia

Op 19 augustus hebben we met een klein gezelschap onder leiding van Wayan deze tocht gemaakt. Zeer boeiend, mooie dingem gezien en Wayan is een uitstekende gids. Dikke aanrader!
Visited August 2015

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Tojoga
Eerbeek, The Netherlands

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We hebben een hele mooie tocht gehad door rijstvelden en jungle gebied. Wayan is een goede gids en vertelt veel over de omgeving en cultuur van bali. De lunch bij wayan zijn schoon familie was eenvoudig maar heerlijk! De tocht duurde al met al zo'n 3 uur (inclusief bezoek aan woongemeenschap en pick up). Je moet tijdens deze tocht niet slecht te geen zijn!
Visited August 2015

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Stephanie...
The Netherlands

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