The 50 Things You Must Do in Asia

By Hanya Yanagihara - 2013-07-23T16:27:10Z

Photograph by Micel Figuet

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Sip Watermelon Juice as You Walk Through Rice Fields: Bali

If you're staying at our recommended Uma by Como hotel, within a short 20-minute walk, you can leave the din of Ubud behind and replace it with the sounds of running water, coconut fronds rustling in the breeze, the low drone of dragonflies, and the occasional local wandering by carrying a yoke from which green coconuts dangle. It's a delicious jolt: Just down the road is the twenty-first century in all its unstoppable modernity, but here, it could be anytime. But it couldn't be anyplace: This landscape is wholly Bali's. After 20 minutes or so, you'll come across Sari Organik, a juice-and-snack villa with extensive raw/vegan offerings, right in the middle of the fields (Subak Sok Wayah; 62-361-97206; entrées from $3). Stop and refresh yourself with a cacao bowl or watermelon juice.

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