The royal complex is set in parklands with an avenue of mangosteen trees leading to old Dutch cannons. These fascinating ruins include a floating meeting hall, in the middle of an artificial lake, which served as a court of justice, part of the Royal Palace
At the township of Cakranegara, adjoining the capital Mataram ,explore the remains of the Water Palace built in 1744 to serve the Balinese court.
The royal complex is set in parklands with an avenue of mangosteen trees leading to old Dutch cannons. These fascinating ruins include a floating meeting hall which served as a court of justice
A new Pura was built in the Mayura Water Palace. While the older temples are built in sandstone, the newer ones are built in red bricks. It looks a lot like some Bali temples we've seen during our stay on this island.
Those strange animals are a fragment of the Mayura Water Palace.
The largest Balinese temple on Lombok is just across the main road from Mayura. It was constructed in 1720, under the orders of Anak Agung Made Karang of Singosari. The complex is made up of three courtyards and hold more than thirty shrines. The temple is the site of one of Lombok's biggest Balinese rituals. Sorry, but my battery was out of order, so no picture available
This is the easiest way to transport goods from, to and around Lombok. No impressive commercial ports or sophisticated machines to bring the goods on board. Everything is carried on the shoulders of those hardworking men, who go on and off until the hard job is done. Did you notice how many kilo they carry ?
In opposition to the north-east side of Lombok, which is quite dry, the east part of the island has some woods. Here you can find some of the highest trees in Lombok at the feet of the Mount Rinjani.
Who can help me finding the name of this big guy ? I quite forgot its name, though I saw them also in Senegal.
meiyergani Thu Jan 19, 2006 18:03 CET
The name of the trees is Fiscus Benjamina, in Indonesian Language POHON BERINGIN,
Many thanks to meiyergani
there are three little Gilis (island) in Lombok which our trip wouldn't be complete if we dont see them:
They're located close to each other. In Gili Trawangan there are plenty of restaurants, motels, shops.
You can also meet Freddy the Giant Turtle while snorkeling in Gili Meno
As you pass through any village the children will come out to wave and shout hello. If you are going on a tour take some sweets along for them or get your driver to stop at a market so you can buy some along the way. The smiles and appreciation are so worth it.
Sengiggi is the main town on Lombok. There are lots of restaurants and internet cafes, a small store and a lovely beach. you can book all your tours to surrounding areas through Perama in the village.
The sasak architecture (see the pitch of the roofs) is unique to Lombok.
Tetebatu is a village at the foot of Gunung Rinjani, the highest volcano on Lomok (and in Indonesia I think). It is rare to see the top of it as it is usually cloaked in mist / cloud. The picture is from Senaru village which marks the start of the 3 day trek to the top of Mt Rinjani.
When you are in this small island, there is one thing you might want to do - watch the sun set.
Go to the west beach and enjoy the view. The beach might be in very low tide that you can see rocks/corals on the ground and some small sea creatures. But stay close to the land as the tide is coming as the sun set.
Your taxi service will be in the form of a donkey cart! There were so few tourists in Sengiggi when we were there that these young boys would wait outside our hotel to take us wherever we wanted to go. They would even wait outside the restaurant to take us home afterwards.
Well, you're here for the beach folks, but folks looking for sandy white beaches - you'll be disappointed. You'll only find those across the strait at the Gilis (Trawangan, Meno & Air).
The beach of Senggigi is not bad truthfully. It's quite soft and not at all coarse but for folks, like me, who love white beaches, it's just well, a tad disappointing.
It is also a local beach - meaning you share the beach with everyone else staying in Senggigi. The locals work off it, they play off it and they certainly have fun on it. The stretch of beach north of the town centre literally belonged to the hordes of families who came picnicking and camping on the weekends, turning the beach into an open-air barbecue pit cum picnic table. You'll see families having fun in the sea, with the adults fully-clothed (See Customs tips on Local sensibilities), loud radio music blaring away and folks strumming the guitars and launching into songs of merriment. This makes for a great mingling experience with the locals, after they were more or less done staring (or gaping) at you, the stranger among them, but it certainly perish any hope of stripping down to your trunks and taking a tip in the sea. Let alone ladies trying to sunbathe in bikinis!!
Stick to the hotel pool if you have one...or go to the Gilis!
The 3 most well-known small islands (gili) northwest from main Lombok island (Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan) have beautiful corals. People say that nowadays the corals are already damaged and less beautiful than they used to be. But when I saw the view under the water, it's beautiful.
You can rent snorkel and fin, very cheap. Then find a snorkelling spot for yourself. The water is so clear you can see what's under even before you get your head down.
For diving, of course you should take a boat a little off shore.
Additionally, rent a bicycle (very cheap) and ride to the west side of the island to see the sunset. Or you can just walk if you like.
Kuta beach in Lombok is very beautiful and there is ALMOST no one there except yourself....... and some locals.
The locals could become annoying when they start to offer you to buy some stuff. They would follow you around. They could even call you stingy when you refuse all their offers. But when you finally buy something from one of them, the others would protest if you don't buy from them also... It's up to you because you come there to enjoy yourself.