Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Reasons to Visit Lombok, Indonesia

A Homestay
Do you want to avoid Balinese-style tourism or the busy city of Jakarta, and then why not pass up on the hotels, spas and plunge pools altogether and opt for a homestay in Lombok? Westhill Consulting Travel and Tours, Singapore can arrange a tour for you. There are many choices everywhere in the island, counting farmhouses and homes in beachside and mountainside villages. Several are fairly extravagant affairs, with self-reliant lodging and opposing from normal travelers' cabins only by the attendance of pleasant crowds. Numerous proposals like an introduction to fishing, farming or even hunting as performed by the native Sasak people, and above a personal look at the groundwork of local foods and perhaps an opportunity to be seated in on some craftwork or the celebration of a festival.

The Lombok Chili Pepper
Because the word Lombok means chili in Bahasa Indonesia, you'd believe the locals to know about spicy food. The green and red Lombok chilies are regularly made into sambal — warning! A fiery condiment — with locally grown naga jolokia peppers, garlic and shrimp paste. Sample it as a supplement to local dishes such as ayam taliwang and sayur nangka.

Hit the Beach
After Bali's busy strips, you can hit Lombok's beaches, they are second to none and a blessed relief of stressful bustle of life. Travel for the island's southwest to truly flee away from the crowds. Surfers adore the big waves at Bangko-Bangko; if its long-walled and hollow left-hand breaks seem excessively demanding then seek the small island of Gili Nanggu. It will take you 15 minutes by boat from the town of Tawun. There, the Gili Nanggu Cottages and Bungalows resort, bids a possibility to idle on an unspoiled private beach that surrounds the island, or to go snorkeling in the beautiful reefs.

Two Wheels Good
Public transport on Lombok is erratic. A lot of the visitors decide to hire a car and driver, which can be found at very practical rates, however if you are feeling daring consider renting a motorcycle. Lombok is easily traversable and its roads are in great condition for Indonesia At just over 80 km at its widest point. The outstanding 21-km coastal stretch from Senggigi to Pemenang winds past lovely bays and beaches and is an easy, white-knuckle ride. Further, smaller roads wander through rugged highlands, passing secluded waterfalls and verdant rice paddies.

Hot, Roasted Worms
Lombok's people are a varied mix of religious and ethnic groups, with the widely held being the indigenous Sasak Muslims. There is likewise a substantial Hindu Balinese population, and important numbers of Chinese and Sasak Buddhists. Altogether means a lively festival calendar. The major and most colorful festival is the Bau Nyale or Sea Worm Festival.

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