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21
Jun

The Old City of Ampenan

Ampenan is the suburb of the city of Mataram. It is situated on Lombok Island which is known as the old town. According to historians, the name Ampenan was taken from the local word “Amben” means heaven. Used to be, Ampenan was a city that was used by the Dutch colonial as a port. Because of that, the area was full of various ethnics. Read more

5
Nov

Get Around The Gilis

Gili Trawangan

Bicycles are available for rent and the main tracks are good enough for riding. Expect to pay about Rp 60,000 per day, and for two hours about Rp 25,000. A ride around the island is less than an hour, but you need to walk your bike at a few points due to the sandy nature of the track. A bike is also great for exploring the inland areas, where you can see a lot of cows, goats and chicken as well as local homes. Unsurprisingly though on a tiny island, walking is the preferred and most appropriate way of getting around. If you have heavy bags and are staying well away from the departure area, you will need a cidomo (horse cart) to get to and from the boat. A short trip should cost about Rp 50,000. Read more