Lombok Off The Beaten Path

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    The Kapok (or Silk Cotton) Tree

    by xuessium Written Sep 21, 2005

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    Latin name: Ceiba pentandra
    Common name: Kapok tree, Silk cotton tree, Java Cotton, Java Kapok, Ceiba de lana, Bois coton, Kapokier, Pacae, Sumauma & Kankantri
    Family: Malvaceae

    A very large majestic tree, with a conspicuously buttressed trunk. The Kapok tree grows more than 60-70 feets' tall: with widely spreading branches. The trunk can become more than 9' in diameter. The silk cotton tree is deciduous and all the leaves are shed during the dry season. While still on the tree, the fruits (pods) burst open exposing the cotton-like substance, harvested as kapok (heavily cultivated in Java for it) - a fluffy, yellowish fibre that is a mix of lignin and cellulose. The fibre is light, very buoyant, resilient, highly flammable and resistant to water. It cannot be spun but is used as a filling for bedding and upholstery, and for insulation. It was previously much used in life jackets and similar devices. The fibre has been largely replaced by man-made materials. The small, brown seeds, inbetted within the fluffy kapok, are blown away in the wind for many miles. The seeds produce an oil used in soap and that can be used as fertilizer.

    It is a sacred symbol in Maya mythology.

    You can find this fascinating tree along the main beach front on Gili Trawangan.

    KapokTree(Flowers&Pods)
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    Village of Clay Potters - Banyumulek

    by traveldream Written Feb 13, 2005

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    In this village of clay potters you can see a pottery being made, and see many others on long rows of rack. You can buy what you like for a very competitive price.

    Kendi Maling

    The typical drinking jar is called kendi maling, literally means 'thief jar'. It is named so because the jar's top is not a cap that can be opened. So how do they pour the water in? It is from the bottom of the jar! The bottom has a hole that is formed like a small elephant's nose going inside the jar. You hold the jar upside-down, pour the water inside through the hole, then turn it to the normal position fast. Now you have the water inside it. Pour the water out like you usually do.

    A woman making pottery
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    Traditional Village of Sasak Tribe

    by traveldream Written Feb 13, 2005

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    Sasak tribe is Lombok's local tribe. You can visit one of the villages. I think there are one or two villages that are open for 'outsider' to visit. You can see the traditional silo where they keep harvested rice inside, traditional handycrafts such as hair accessories, necklaces, bracelets, belts

    Sasak house

    A Sasak house has no window. It is because of the local tradition of kidnapping young women to be married. To avoid a daughter from being kidnapped by a man, the house has no window.

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    Gili islands

    by cadzand Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Gili Air, Gili Meno and Trawangan Islands:
    A short ride north of Senggigi, a cluster of tiny coral islands offer the perfect destination for snorkeling, scuba diving or picnics on pristine stretches of white sand beaches. Hire a boat to take you out to discover a magical marine world of blue coral, brightly coloured fish and delicate shells, Good dive locations.

    Gili Islands
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    Singang Gila Waterfall

    by cadzand Written Nov 16, 2004

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    Lombok is dominated by Gunung Rinjani, Indonesia's highest volcano and the second highest point in the archipelago. Mt.Rinjani is 3,726 meters high and dominates the north-central section of the island. The volcano is used as a focal point for worship. Trekking through this area is both challenging and rewarding. Guides are recommended

    On our way to Mount Rinjani, we had a leisurely walk to Singang Gila waterfall. Nice place to cool down after climbing the many stairs up and down the hills.

    Singang Gila waterfall
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    diving in the coral

    by mrdreameruk Updated May 28, 2004

    Gilli -Air
    To reach this island from Lombok, you have to travel in small boats with out-riggers and you get ferried from the dark sands of Lombok to the Desert Islands of the Gilli Isles, where we stayed was wonderful with shady palm trees ,sandy beachs, and no mechanisation, there are no cars, and no roads! The only way to get around is by Horse and Buggy.
    The only noise is the jangling of the horses chains on the buggies.
    The place is wonderful and it has the only blue coral, which I have seen, it is endangered, but it really is blue!
    I can recommend this place to you, in the hope that you will continue to respect this wonderful place- The beaches are out of this world, white broken coral just helps to highlight the whiteness of the sand. One thing you must do if you don't get the chance to dive is to travel in a glass-bottom boat, it costs very little and is well worth the trip. My only disappointment is that I was only there for a week!

    it really is that blue
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    Monkey forest between Lombok...

    by ubiq Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Monkey forest between Lombok airport and Bangsal

    Technically speakin not Off the Beaten Path, because Monkey forest actually spreads onto the asphalt road. Monkeys block your way, and in most cases you will eventually get pretty good close-up photos or videop clips of monkeys. You might get some close-up picture of the jungle into your camera too, if you let a monkey to get your camera.

    Monkeys are so accustomed to the tourists, that they might touch you and even steal something you're wearing on. Older male monkeys can even be irritated of your presence and start their fighting rituals. In that point you should immediately get back on your vehicle or start to orienting to get rabies from scratching or biting.

    This is not a joke. Take care your valuables and avoid physical contact - monkeys are smarter than you in close encounter.

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    Gili islands at LombokOn the...

    by ubiq Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Gili islands at Lombok

    On the northwest of Lombok island, there is 3-island formation nearby the coastal line. These gilis (gili means island) – Gili Air, Gili Meno and Trawangan - will fulfill much of the classic concept of so-called paradise island.

    Lombok itself is not so-well-known satellite island of Bali, only 25-minutes flight or somewhat longer and possible much more hazardous boat trip. Lombok is basically yet-another-nice-place, and it has been touristed during the last couple years. But muslim stronghood still makes it sometimes difficult to travel to female tourists, specially alone.

    Much of the relaxed feeling at Gili Meno comes from the fact that there are - or were - no motorized vehicles on the island.

    We visited at Gili Meno, which is described as the most tranquil of these three. On the other hand, it is said that Gili Trawangan would be for the party animals.

    We located at Gazebo Meno , which is one of the best accommodation we have ever had. The place has only ten well separated wooden cottages or bungalows. The atmosphere was timestopping, very relaxing lazyness. The cottage itself was made of dark wood with stylish Bali decoration. It even did not matter, that the electricity was on only from six to eleven o'clock in the evening and the washing water was half-salty.

    Getting to Gili Meno:

    We consider it easier to get transportation from Lombok airport to Gili Meno than the local public buses. Driver was easy to hire from the travel service booths at airport. The decision of transfer service was actually wise idea, since we met hordes of far-too-eager young helpers at the harbour of Bangsal. For some moments I took it granted, I will never see my backback, wallet or shoes when we were aided to the boat. Still after boarding there were dozens and dozens quick but demanding hands waiting for some inflated bills for helping us. After the harbour experience, some twenty touts at the pier of Gili Meno were just a piece of old fruit cake before getting to the hotel Gazebo.

    Around Gili Meno

    Like the many other 'isolated' island, there is not much to do or see in Gili Meno. We went there just to get out from the lousy beaches of Sanura of Bali, so the place quite ideally fulfilled our needs.

    There is, as always in Asia, possibilities to dive. The laskuvesi is so heavy, that on the afternoons the coastline falls back over one hundred meters and it will take a lot time even to wet your feet.

    It is told - in brochures - that the sundown of Gili Meno is the most beautiful in the world. Ever heard that before?

    Actually, the sundown was quite impressive in the north end of the island. Back to the hotel with horse ride, it was stunning exprience to travel in the darkness through the light jungle and occasional native villages back to the majoitukseen.

    There were no real restaurants at Gili Meno, or we did not recognize them. We ate at hotel restaurant at Gazebo. Dinners were very cheap, nearly free I like to say, and stable quality including satays and various sea food grilled. Other hotels offers also similar hotel kitchens, but as we heard, Gazebo was top end and one couple got midrange food poison from their hotel.

    Image is a courtesy of baliwww.com; will be replaced.

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    LOMBOK. - Kuta beach. - The...

    by jose_a_juan Written Sep 16, 2002

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    LOMBOK. - Kuta beach. - The fist time I was in Kuta it was full moon. Kuta is a fishermen village and when is full moon people go to fish at night with special lamps. At about 7,00 in the evening everybody is at the beach: Men preparing the lamps and going to fish, children swimming and playing and women watching their men going to work.

    Fisherman

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    Clay

    by black_mimi99 Updated Feb 9, 2007

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    This is the original material of pottery. From this clay it can be change to be a beautiful pottery by the hand of potter without machine, just use hand only.

    mi's

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    Best beach in Kuta

    by zafilm Written Apr 3, 2006

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    Im not sure where the place is but, its widely favourite spot for surfers. Very peacefull and quite. Its remote from Kuta area in lombok . The sea water a clear and with baby white sand powder.

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