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Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Bali, Indonesia – part 2 of 2

By on September 2, 2015 in Indonesia

I enjoyed my visit to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces as they are a truly unique and amazing to sight. However, there are a number of locals ‘working’ the site for money, and even though you have 20,000 Indonesian Rupiah (£1 GBP; $1.50 USD), there are a number of additional charges (or donations) that are demanded.

My first encounter with these ‘donations’ was a man sitting by the side of the path. I just thought he was a local farmer taking a break, but in fact, he was a local ‘posing’ for photos and demanding money for his ‘pose’.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

There was also a little old lady helping visitors to cross a stream – for money. The steam was one stride, and help wasn’t needed, and yet money was demanded.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

One particularly inventive ‘demand’ was for the locals working hard carrying heavy loads up and down the paths in baskets. However, a close look at the baskets often revealed the contents were just a few leaves and twigs.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Some local school children were also asking for donations for their school. Whether or not this was a genuine donation to a school or the money was going into the pockets of the parents, it was hard to tell.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The most annoying ‘donation’ were by the families that owned the fields. I have no problem with paying such charges, but it has to be remembered that an entrance fee had already been charged. If the families were not receiving money from the entrance charge, then there is a question as to where it is going.

What was particularly worrying about the ‘donations’ was there was no fixed fee and if you didn’t hand over enough (and the amount seemed to vary from tourist to tourist based on the perceived wealth of the tourist) you still couldn’t enter. Plus, the ‘donation’ was demanded in quite an aggressive manner.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

The constant demand for ‘donations’ took the shine off the visit to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces. The terraces are amazing, but to be constantly bothered for ‘donations’ really detracted from the experience. I have no problem with paying to visit places, but a one-off fee would be better, or a less aggressive approach to ‘donation’ collection would be appreciated.

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