The island of Lombok is located in the province of West Nusa Tenggara in Indonesia and is separated from Bali by the Lombok Strait and is home to about a population of 2.5 million. Although its size is almost as big as Bali, much of Lombok still remains undiscovered but still has many destinations to suit a variety of tastes. In fact many refer to it as ‘an unspoiled Bali’. It has gorgeous beaches, waterfalls and the large volcano Mount Rinjani. What is special about Lombok is that its natural landscape and traditional way of life have not changed for hundreds of years making it possible for visitors to experience exactly this when they visit here. Many of the businesses here are run by local families and sell anything from food to hardware and toys. There are some five star hotels but not as many as other islands like Bali. The Mataram Mall in the main city of Lombok has two global fast food franchises that are easy to find as they are well sign posted.
One reason why Lombok may not be as popular as some other Indonesian islands when it comes to shopping, cuisine and nightlife is because of the dominant Sasak culture and the restrained, quiet nature of the locals. Although it is now gradually starting to become a popular holiday choice especially with honeymooners who are looking for lots of privacy and an inexpensive and un-crowded atmosphere. The slow pace here makes it a great place to unwind from a stressful daily life. Contrary to fears held by many about travel to Lombok, it is a relatively safe and peaceful destination for travellers.
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