3 Things You Should See In Lombok

What to See in Lombok offers many vacant and often isolated dream beaches, friendly and intriguing people, tasty food and fantastic character. This year, following a stay of over two months, Lombok and the Gili islands became my personal favorites — at least thus far.

In this article, you’ll discover a couple of must-sees on Lombok.

Waterfalls

Lombok got many waterfalls, mostly in the northern part of the island. Among others, there will be Tiu Teja, Tiu Kelep or Sendang Gile. In the Middle of Lombok, you’ll find a few decent ones as well, for Example, the Benang Kelambu, Benang Stokel or Jeruk Manis near Tetebatu.

 

There’s no more water than this! Drink it, swim or allow the cold water hail down your back — excellent!

Sasak culture

The Sasak are the indigenous people of this island, which today make about 85 percent of the total population of Lombok. Their culture is fascinating, and as a visitor, you certainly need to experience it.

Their food is known for its spiciness, their handicraft, their music and dances, the typical Sasak houses or some Sasak wedding with (extremely loud) street parade with “Gendang Beleq” musicians you need to experience. There are plenty of wedding parades on Lombok, especially on the weekends. Must-see!

By the way, a great deal of the Lombok natives still speaks the Sasak language, especially the older. But everybody speaks and knows the official language Bahasa Indonesia. English only aids in tourist places that make a guided tour with an excellent option to get at understanding the Sasak culture.

Traditional markets

The markets are typical Asian with new vegetarianism, fish, spices and far more.

I suggest the traditional market in Ampenan. Once in a while, locals look in astonishment in a “Bule” (westerner) because they don’t often encounter over here.  There’s no cheaper or fresher place to do food shopping even though as a “Bule” you should think about paying more than a local. It is of advantage to speak a little Indonesian.

For things like clothes, jewelry or other souvenirs you should visit the Cakranegara Market (Pasar Cakranegara) at Mataram.