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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Lombok Unexploited Nature!

 Lombok is an island that becomes much more popular than her sister Bali islands. It can be reached by ferry within one and half hours and half an hour by plane for the Mataram international airport which was opened in recent years. Lombok is something different from other islands of Asian. The nature is not yet disfigured my mass tourism and the local population still welcomes the visitors with the smile and even some of them extend cordial relationship with the tourists. Lombok is otherwise called as “Island of Spices”. The island is large roughly more than 4500 square kilometers. More or less two to three million inhabitants are there. Lombok is the part of the administrative province of East Nusa Tenggara Barat, a region which includes the two main islands of Lombok and Sumbawa and many other smaller islands and islets around them.

Tourism on Lombok has not yet reached one million visitors and the government has launched a development to achieve a target of 2 million tourists before 2015. This developmental plan has an immediate repercussion of having inaugurated the new international airport which allows easier connections with Europe and Australia limiting stops (via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Jakarta but for the moment other airlines are beginning to take an interest in this destination) and widening of roads or creating the clean water discharge channels along roads for better quality. These beautiful brand new roads extend so far from the airport (in the center of Lombok) to Kuta (south) and from the airport to Senggigi (west coast) and above, to the north. You have to keep one car and a local guide or a local cab. It is essential if you don’t want to waste your time. He knows the roads and gives you valuable information all along the way through out. He helps you to buy the seasonal fruits on the road sides by paying the right price and show you the good little places. If you prefer autonomy you can rent a two wheeler at your own risk.

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