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Lombok

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Best Time: Dry season (May - Sept) Read More

Ideal duration: 3 days

Nearest Airport: Lombok Tengah Check Flights

"Island Paradise of the East"

Lombok Tourism

Lombok is an island in the Indian Ocean which is part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Promoted as "an unspoiled Bali", Lombok is what people expected Bali to be before it became crowded and a mainstream travel destination. The island is in itself getting some attention in recent times for its beaches and as a surfing destination.

Presence of the Sasak culture in the island lends its quiet and unassuming air to the environment and the people. There is presence of family run small businesses and hotels around the island and life has a slow pace which travellers quickly adapt to. Recently becoming more popular for its snorkelling, diving and other adventure sports related activities, Lombok has extensive natural beauty with waterfalls and mountains dotting its topography.

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Tips While Visiting Lombok

1. Lombok is a haven for those interested in local handicrafts, pottery, weaving, traditional dresses etc. Local artisans ave dotted the island with their small stores and although there are no big malls or brands here but if indigeneous products are what interest you then you will love what Lombok has to offer.

2. There are not many banks or ATMs on the island. You may find yourself on the short end of the stick when it comes to withdrawing cash. You can change money at Bali or Jakarta in case these are your first stops on the way.

3. Due to the reserved culture of the Sasak people, the party scene is not as hip and happening as in its Balinese counterparts.

4. Wear clothes that are not too revealing even if you are on the beach. Ask your hotel manager for anything. It is always better to be safe than sorry. You definitely do not want to offend the local people while you are in their town.

5. Public Displays of affection might also not be considered refined.

Exchanging Money in Lombok

The most convenient way to change cash is at the airport. Since the island does not have a consumerist culture it is better to change money at the airport itself.

Daily Budget for Lombok

130000 IDR which is equivalent to 10 USD is more than sufficient to take care of your transport, food, drinks, entertainment and emergency expenses. If you choose to walk around this cost will further reduce. One can easily survive on an equivalent of 6-7 USD in lombok which is cheaper than its close but more popular neighbor Bali.

Religion of Lombok

Although Islam is the predominant religion in Lombok but it has a minor presence of Hinduism and Buddhism as well.

Language of Lombok

Bahasa Indonesian is the official language of Indonesia although Sasak is also spoken in Lombok.

History of Lombok

Lombok has been witness to Sasak, Dutch and Balinese presence since the seventeenth century. Feuds ensured that the three were fighting for control. Now the dominance is of the Sasak culture in the island though some dutch presence can be seen in the food as well as the architecture.

Nightlife in Lombok

Papaya Cafe, Happy cafe and Marina Cafe are well known on the island for their live entertainment. Lombok has a lot of beach parties although they are not as flamboyant as those on its other popular brother islands. Lombok is more quiet and reserved in its nightlife. You will find a lot of live music gatherings instead.

Restaurants and Local Food in Lombok

Cuisine in Lombok is very similar to that of Malaysia. Some of the most popular dishes are the Ayam Taliwang, the Daging Tum and the Bebek Betutu. A lot of chicken is used in food preparation along with fresh coconut and seafood. The food is light and spicy making it a hit among Indians travelling to Lombok.
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How To Reach Lombok

Since it is an island the most practical way to reach Lombok is by flight from any major international city. Or you can fly to Jakarta and take a cheap domestic flight to Lombok from there.

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