Trip of Wonders: Lombok

Tuesday, 20th December 2016

lombok

Fresh off from Yogyakarta, there was definitely a dramatic change in temperature and scenery the moment we landed in the Lombok airport. From that point onwards it would just be the sand, sun, and water.

El Bazaar Lombok

Upon landing, we went straight to a Moroccan restaurant called El Bazaar for lunch. Aside from the good food, the interiors was definitely ace too! Afterwards, we wasted no time in getting acquainted with Lombok and headed off to our first destination on our list, the Sasak Sade Village.

Sasak Sade Village Lombok

The Sasak Sade Village is where the native people of Lombok, the Sasak, reside. It was so amazing to see their unique culture and traditions still being preserved and practiced in this little village. They are also pretty well-known for their traditional weaving. I even bought this cute straw hat from there! Perfect since the sun was really scorching that day.

Sasak Sade Village Lombok

Sasak Sade Village Lombok

Golden Tulip Hotel View

After arriving at our hotel, I was so surprised to open my room curtains to find this gorgeous view just right outside my window!

Golden Tulip Hotel View

Golden Tulip Hotel View

Golden Tulip Hotel View

Lombok

Early next day, we set off for the Gili Islands!

Lombok

Rainbow in the sea

After riding a bus to Teluk Nare port, we transferred to a boat that took us to Villa Ombak in Gili Trawangan where we got our snorkelling gear and got ourselves ready. Then, we transferred to another smaller boat and went on our way to find a snorkelling spot.

Villa Ombak Gili Trawangan

We then went back to Villa Ombak hotel to have lunch after our snorkelling session and spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the area on our own. Gili Trawangan is pretty huge and since we didn’t have that much time to see everything on foot, we rented a horse carriage to take us around the area and stopped by interesting spots. We then topped off the afternoon by taking a dip in one of the pools and just cooled off until it was time to say goodbye to the beautiful Gili Islands.

Gili Trawangan Lombok

Gili Trawangan Lombok

Gili Trawangan Lombok

Gili Trawangan Lombok

Next up: Labuan Bajo! Everyone’s favourite!

Previously: Yogyakarta

In collaboration with Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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