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Sidemen

Bali’s Sidemen (pronounced Si-da-men) sprawls across an enchanting valley and not only offers a magnificent landscape of terraced hills overshadowed by Gunung Agung, but here you can connect with traditional village life and recharge away from the trappings of the tourist hustle and bustle elsewhere. German artist Walter Spies lived in Iseh for some time from 1932 in order to escape the perpetual party of his own making in Ubud. Later the Swiss painter Theo Meier, nearly as famous as Spies for his influence on Balinese art, lived in the same house.

Despite the overdevelopment on the island, Sideman still remains its authentic feeling that hasn't changed much over decades. The small village is surrounded by lush rice fields where local people working on the day. They still keep their traditional habits such as prepare ceremonies at the temples and head to the rivers for a bath at the end of the day.

It's perfec to hike in Sideman thanks to its beautiful fields and Mt. Agung. It's easy to reach Tirta Gangga, Taman Ujung Water Palace or the ancient village of Tenganan for a day trip.

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