Lombok and Beyond
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Lombok At A Glance

Lombok is only 25 minutes flight from Bali and has been emerging as one of the most popular destination in Indonesia, especially, for those who look for un-spoilt beauty, exotic beaches and smiling faces of the Lombok people. Lombok is almost as large as Bali while the sister island of Lombok, namely : Sumbawa is three times larger than Lombok, however, most of the population live in Lombok. Dry season starts from April to September and wet season is from October to March, while the tourist high season in Lombok is from Mid. of July until early October and mid.of December to mid.January, however, it is much quieter than Bali. Lombok and Sumbawa are surrounded with not less than 280 smaller isalnds, which are popularly called as The Gili. and one of the most popular gilis are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air in the nortern part of Lombok island and Gili Sudak is in the South West of Lombok island, and like its sister ialnd, Lombok has a lots of attractions and activities which suit all types of travellers. All around the coastline, the beaches are fascinating, with un-polluted water bordered by long stretches of white sand, and usually fringed with coconut trees and almost anywhere in Lombok, you might have your own personal deserted beach. 

People & Religion
Population is about 4,5 million. The local inhabitants of Lombok are called Sasaks who make up 70% of the population are the predominant group with Balinese, Chinese, Arabian, and Javanese and other ethnics groups making up the rest. Bahasa Indonesia is the National Language, but English is widely spoken.

Lombok has four main districts with three capital cities: Mataram in the west, Praya in central, Tanjung in the north and Selong in east Lombok. The majority of commerce is in the capital city of Mataram in west Lombok.

Islam is the majority religion, but all other religions are practiced freely. Every Friday around 12.30 noon, Muslims go to the mosques just like Christians go to church on Sunday.

If you are planning on traveling around the island and visiting small villages it is more respectable to wear slacks or knee length shorts, a shirt with sleeves or a sarong. If you happened to be here during Ramadan, which is the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, please do not to eat, drink or smoke out in the open public during this month long fast. Even though the people don’t seem bothered in the common tourist areas like, Senggigi and the Gili islands, it is better to respect the people and not eat or smoke openly.

Wetu Telu
Wetu telu is an unique religion that that blends Islam - Animism and is only found in north Lombok.
It roots stem from the village of Bayan in the north. The people who practice this still consider themselves Muslims but they have their own rituals in addition to the normal Muslim ones. One such ceremony is Nyiu, that takes place 1000 days after someone dies. The relatives of the deceased offer material things like clothing, toothbrushes, food, dishes, mattresses, etc. so the deceased will be pleased in heaven

Money & Local Currencies
When changing money there are many money changers in Lombok. The best rates are usually in Senggigi. Money changers prefer new, clean large bills and will accept smaller denominations at a lower rate.

If you have traveler’s checks the rate will be less than bank notes.

Be sure to count your money before you leave money changers.

You can also check local banks but the rate is slightly lower than outside. Re-count the money in front of the money changer reception is a must, as usually there's a quick tricky way how they can steal your money. A suggestion when changing money. If you plan on making small purchases be sure to carry small denominations with you because many sellers do not have change. The Rupiah come in denominations of 100,000, 50,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, and 500, 100 in coin.

 

Vehicle Rentals:
Don't miss Lombok's beautiful scenery. If you choose to rent a car or motorcycles and drive yourself, you must have an International Driving License

Renting a car is a good alternative to get around Lombok, either self driving or with driver so you can relax and enjoy the view. (Tip driver pocket money for meals if you stop for lunch or dinner). If you are pleased with service. If you collide with anything, or it collides with you, you are responsible for all cost

Geography & Climate
Lombok island is located east of Bali. Lombok geographically is almost the same size as Bali and, just as there are popular tourist areas on Bali, so Lombok offers a variety of destinations to suit different holidaymakers' tastes.

For Further information and reservation please contact:

A&T Holidays:
Jl. Gelatik 7D, Cakranegara 83231
Lombok - Indonesia
Phone: +62 370 640107 - 108 (hunting) | Fax: +62 370 634533
Email : reservation@lombokandbeyond.com

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