Gili in general
Favorite thing: Hello
I was in Gili some months ago..
The prices was fine since its tourism object... They sell bath equipment(soap shampoo etc) and snacks so expensive,, its double price. That's because they need to transport the product with the boat from main island i think..
The price of food was not so much .. the beer was 20-25k (rupiah) .. in the bar the long island was 77k (more expensive than in the bar in Bali tho..
Well the accommodation price depends on the season,, in high season like August will be double price..
i was there on early June and it was 150-250 for okay room.. with AC.. just by the beach..
there are some backpacker place to stay on the west side of Gili Trawangan..
Fondest memory: I miss snorkeling with the turtle ,, and the life there which is so free.. without motorbike nor car ,, thats in Gili Trawangan..
Bandar International Airport
Favorite thing: The new airport here in Lombok is quiet a distance if you plan to go to the Gili Islands so best visit other parts of Lombok 1st before immediately making your way straight to the Gili Islands after your flight.
The airport is not too far from if you plan to visit Kuta Lombok or Mataram. Also there is not many flights landing here because there is very little planes here at any given time.
VISAs to enter Lombok (Indonesia)
Favorite thing: In a dramatic change to the current immigration rules, starting on January 26, 2010, foreign tourists from countries eligible for "visa-on-arrival" will now be given a 30 day visa that can be renewed for an additional 30 days.
As part of the new changes the 7-day visa at US$10 has been abolished, with the 30-day US$25 visa (renewable for an additional 30 days) being the only visa that can be issued to eligible tourists.
Full list @ VISA-ON-ARRIVAL LIST
Please be advised that Visa Free Short Visits may only be extended upon approval from the Minister of Justice and Human Rights/Director General of Immigration of the Republic of Indonesia based on natural disaster, illnes or accident, but cannot be transferred to another type of visa.
Overstay visitors incur to pay a penalty of US$ 20,- per day (for under 60 days stay) whilst over 60 days stay will be a 5 (five) year prison sentence or a fine of IDR 25.000.000,- (local currency)
COUNTRIES / PASSPORT EXEMPTED ARE :
1) Brunei Darussalam (ASEAN member)
2) Malaysia (ASEAN member)
3) Phillipines (ASEAN member)
4) Vietnam (ASEAN member)
5) Singapore (ASEAN member)
6) Thailand (ASEAN member)
10) Hong Kong SAR (Special Administration Region)
11) Macau SAR (Special Administration Region)
For countries not listed above, they will have to apply entry VISA at their respective country's Indonesian Embassy
Address of Indonesian Embassy in Singapore:
7 Chatsworth Road Singapore 249761
Tel : +65 6737 7422
Mon - Thurs: 8.30 am - 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Fri: 8.30 am - 12.30 pm, 2.30 pm - 5.00 pm
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Don't forget the rip off taxes!
Favorite thing: You have to pay to enter the country and then again to get out! I wish they'd at least get rid of the airport tax as Thailand have now done and incorporate it into the flight costs.
But basically on entry it costs you US$10 for a 7 day visa............but wait - more rip offs yet to come - you're staying for 7 nights "oh no madam, sorry that's 8 days and therefore you have to pay the US$25 visa"!!!!!
And then when leaving it's IDR 100,000 per person airport tax (international for Lombok at the time of writing). But not all airports charge the same - so check if you're going to other places by air in Indonesia - it's less if you're leaving on a domestic flight but on an international it could be IDR 75,000 or as much as IDR 150,000.
Women travelling alone
Favorite thing: I found Lombok to be really easy to travel alone.Of course renting a car is more expensive when you are not sharing the cost with someone. Dress modestly would be my only advice...shoulders covered...long skirt or pants.
I travelled to little villages and was greeted by kids waving by the side of the road. My highlight was driving to a village that was celebrating a wedding and following the wedding procession down the road...such a happy happy moment with all the villagers laughing,clapping and dancing.....but a very solemn faced bride!!!!
Keeping in touch in Gili Trawangan
Fondest memory: If you can’t seem to
disconnect from your real world,
there is a Wartel on the island
to make those urgent or social calls.
Flexi hand phones are out of range
for making calls from here.
Mentari sim cards do not work either.
The only local sim card that works is Telkomsel.
You can buy recharges,
but not an actual sim card on the island.
Slow internet access is available in several places.
Smoke signals may work depending on the wind.
The Wallace Line
Favorite thing: People who studied evolution would be most familiar with Alfred Russel Wallace.
He formulated his ideas on evolution by natural selection while observing and collecting wildlife in the islands of Southeast Asia. He was particularly impressed by the sudden differences in bird families he encountered when he sailed some twenty miles east of the island of Bali and landed on Lombok. On Bali, the birds were clearly related to those of the larger islands of Java and Sumatra and mainland Malaysia. On Lombok the birds were clearly related to those of New Guinea and Australia. He declared the Lombok Strait, separating Bali and Lombok, marks the passage of the biogeographical division between the fauna of the Indomalayan ecozone and the distinctly different fauna of Australasia and this divide would become known as the Wallace Line, named in his honour.
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National Flag of the Republic of Indonesia
Favorite thing: The Indonesian national flag is called "Sang Saka Merah Putih. "Merah Putih" simply means Red-White. The official name however is Sang Saka, that is "Lofty Bicolor". Red represents the human blood, standing for the corporeal or concrete, white represents the spiritual. Together they are a pair, like the life on earth: day and night; man and wife; creation and individual.
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Eating, Restaurants & Accommodations
Favorite thing: Senggigi is the most expensive place to eat in Lombok because of the high taxes. Of course, eating on the Gilis islands is also expensive.....but that is sort of expected.
Establishments in Senggigi are charged a tax rate of 21% which is far higher than anywhere else in Lombok. Even in Mataram, businesses are charged only 10%.
If you are strapped for money, avoid staying in Senggigi altogether and stay in Mataram where the food and accommodation is cheaper.
We had a simple seafood dinner in Mataram costing us only 45,000 while a seafood dinner in Senggigi (for about the same thing) cost about 80,000R. Hence weighing the cost, we chose to eat in Mataram whenever possible.
Temple 'Donations' and Guide Fees
Favorite thing: If you visit the villages or temples in Lombok, you need to pay either an entry fee (which is stated) or a 'donation fee' which gives you flexibility on how much to pay.
Generally I pay around 2500-5000R for a donation especially if I have to wear a sash around me when visiting the temple.
There will always be a local guide for the temple. Even if you go for an organised tour, you still have to pay the temple guide as the tour agent will not enter the temple.
This is because, they wish to give the local temple guides some income as well. Usually the tour is around 10 mins and the guide is quite informative and chatty. Plus they speak English.
A recommended fee is around 10,000R for the short tour.
Favorite thing: Kuta, Lombok is famous for the incredibly beautiful beach. When the tide is low the bay turn into shallow water pool and the color of the water turns into turquoise. You can see the photo of the beach at the many internet cafes in Indonesia. Look for the wall paper on the computer screen. S coast of Lombok is also famous for the high waves. Also Kuta is a good base for the surfers.
How to get here by public transport from Mataram.
Take a bemo from the bus terminal to Praya 2000Rp/p
From Praya, take 2 bemos to Kuta, 1500Rp each.
This transport arrives at the intersection where you can see a Cafe on the right. If you turn right from here, you can find a few hotels including Matahari Hotel and continuing to another beautiful half moon crescent bay, 6km from Kuta. If you go straight you can reach W side of Kuta beach where you can find many GHs and restaurants. If you turn left, the road contines behind Kuta beach where also many GHs and some other tourist facilities.
Your transport to Kuta probably takes you the hotel you want to stay. So tell the name to the driver.
Favorite thing: There are no dogs on Gili Trawangan
Just a lot of the purry bob tailed cats
hanging around for the left over scraps
of your seafood dinner.
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