The Jakarta Post
Northern Bali's Mayong village is on the way to being the next agriculture tourism destination. (Illustration) (Shutterstock/File)
Residents of Mayong village, Seririt district in Buleleng regency, Bali, have been making a living on their well-maintained paddy fields and farms, from the crops as well as the tourism potential. Located in the northern part of Bali, the village is considered a haven among agricultural tourism destinations.
The vice chairman of the tourism-awareness community in Mayong village, Putu Orbawan, told Antara news on last Monday that: “Most tourists only recognize the terraced paddy fields in Tabanan, Badung and Gianyar. However, more people have become acquainted with northern Bali’s agriculture tourist attractions, which are also very interesting.”
He added that back in 2010, subak (irrigation system) Poh Asem in Mayong village participated in a national competition held by a farmer association after previously being crowned winner of Bali’s subak competition.
At the national level, subak Poh Asem has one of the top five irrigation systems due to the support of organized bodies, good maintenance and financing for water management.
The main attraction for tourists in Mayong village is its hilly and panoramic terrain full of paddy fields, which serves as a breathtaking setting for leisure activities such as hiking. Tourists can visit farms, walk along paddy field embankments, down to the trenches and up again to the hills.
Putu Orbawan said Mayong village attracted mostly European tourists, “Most of the tourists visiting Mayong village come from European countries, such as the Netherlands, France and Germany.”
Approaching peak season in June to September, the number of people visiting Mayong village is far lower than in other areas in Bali. At the very peak of the holiday season, the village usually receives only 50 to 100 visitors per month. (asw)
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