The Sideman region is getting more popular as a verdant escape every year, where a walk in any direction is a communion with nature. Winding through one of Bali's most beautiful river valleys, the road to Sideman offers marvellous paddy-field scenery, a delightful rural character and extraordinary views of Gunung Agung (when the clouds permit). Its proximity to that volcano, which was threatening to erupt in late 2017, led to an influx of residents fleeing the danger zone.
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.