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Sidemen is a valley in east Bali known for its rich cottage industries and lush rice fields. Pronounced ‘see-da-men’, it is a fairly traditional village in the Karangasem region. It isn’t known for its wild parties or thrilling activities, instead, it boasts of an insight into local Balinese life like producing traditional books, manufacturing the local palm drink called ‘arak’, clothes weaving, and exploring agricultural life.
Sidemen is home to a predominantly Hindu population with a small Muslim population that descended from the Karangasam kingdom in modern-day Amlapura. Sidemen has both temples and mosques, but the most noteworthy temple is Pura Besakih at the foot of Mount Agung. It has an authentic, relaxed environment amongst lush fields you can explore on foot or cycle and a warm sense of community that is open to tourists.
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