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Chapter 5

[UPDATED] Leap To Lombok For Wesak Day

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This year’s Wesak Day coincides with Nuzul al-Quran to give you the possibility of stretching your weekend up to five days.

So you are looking to take a vacation with at least a five-day trip – all you have to do is take a day off on Tuesday, 21st May. You can also opt for a four-day trip so you have a rest day (Wednesday). In that case, you can come back and get settled before going back to work on Thursday.

If you have the budget, then the Maldives or Boracay are might be on your list of places to visit; but for a family-friendly destination that’s easier on the wallet, Lombok in Indonesia might be a better choice.

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Lombok, long overshadowed by its more popular neighbour, Bali.

Lombok, Indonesia

Lombok offers exquisite white-sand beaches, epic surf, a lush forested interior and hiking trails through tobacco and rice fields. Everything it’s more popular neighbour Bali has, but with fewer people around to spoil your fun.

The island retreat is also home to Gunung Rinjani, the second-tallest volcano in Indonesia. Its summit complete with hot springs and a dazzling crater lake.

Adding to the attractions are a series of smaller islands surrounding Lombok, collectively known as the Gili Islands. There’s no reason you shouldn’t spend a day island hopping across the seas and experience the region as a whole.

Country facts
CapitalJakarta
AirportSoekarno–Hatta International Airport,
Lombok International Airport
VisaNo visa required
CurrencyIndonesian rupiah (IDR 3,383.12 = RM 1)**
Official languageBahasa Indonesia
ElectricityElectricity in Indonesia is 230V, with a frequency of 50hz.
Malaysian embassy contactAddress: Jl. H.R. Rasuna Said, Kav. X/6 No. 1-3, RT.7/RW.4,
Karet Kuningan, Kota Jakarta Selatan, Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 12950, Indonesia

Phone : +62 21 5224947
**Exchange rate as of April 2019
Five-day Itinerary
Air ticket (roundtrip) to LombokRM1,262* (without baggage)
Intercity transportRM800
LodgingFour nights @ Pool Villa Club Senggigi Beach Lombok= RM2,555 (breakfast included)
Food, recreational activities, shopping, tours, etc.RM2,000
Overall total spent on tripRM6,617
*Rough estimate for roundtrip flight on AirAsia.

The majestic Mount Rinjani.

Lombok in five days

It is a challenge to truly immerse yourself in Lombok and what the island has to offer, but here are some options you could consider:

Pasar Mandalika. Located in the neighbourhood of Bertais, this is Lombok’s most prominent market. It is also conveniently located near the main bus terminal. The place is constantly bustling with people stocking up on fruits, meat, fish, spices and such. Aside from that, the place is also packed with cheap handicrafts – which makes it the perfect place for you to load up on souvenirs!

Batu Bolong Temple. There are plenty of temples to visit in Lombok, but this Hindu temple stands out the most as it is situated at the edge of a cliff. It’s naturally picture perfect, and tourists love this place because it has a beautiful view overlooking the Bolong coastline. The architecture dates back to 1533, and you can still see devout Hindus performing rituals here every now and then. It is also conveniently located within 5 minutes from the center of Senggigi beach.

Pasar Malam. If you are on the island of Gili Trawangan, this night market offers a smorgasbord of local food including fried treats, tangy noodle soup and scrumptious fried chicken. A seafood-lover? Then indulge in a grilled fresh catch.

Senggigi Beach. A popular choice among tourists who have visited Lombok. It is well known for its soft sand and crystal clear waters. It’s also well known for its iconic view of the volcano Agung in Bali during sunset. There are also plenty of hawkers around the beach. While this can provide you with plenty of options, some tourists have also complained that the hawkers can be relentless and annoying.

Spice, Lounge Bar & Restaurant. This addition to the Senggigi dining scene consists of airy quarters in the back of the “Art Market”. You’ll find tables on the sandy beach making it perfect for sunset drinks. There are also upscale pub snacks and a stylish dining room featuring global island and beach flavours. Tourists describe this place as calm and peaceful with attractive happy hour deals!

Lombok Handicraft Centre. Look for the arched sign over the narrow road which reads “Handy Craft”, some 2km north of Cakra. Here you’ll find crafts, including masks, textiles and ceramics from across Nusa Tenggara. Also, a great place to stroll.

Gunung Rinjani. Indonesia’s second-tallest volcano boasts an astonishing peak and is sacred to Hindus and Sasaks who make pilgrimages to the summit and lake to leave offerings for the gods and spirits. It attracts many trekkers, in fact, the number of annual trekkers has more than doubled to more than 60,000 a year since 2013. The climb to the top is not easy – but absolutely worth it.

 

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