5 things you need to know before visiting Lombok

The surrounding of Gunung Rinjiani in Lombok

The surrounding of Gunung Rinjiani in Lombok @Trekking Rinjani/Flick

The Island of Lombok has a little drier climate than Bali, tourists can visit the island throughout the year. The temperatures are very pleasant and the rainfall rate is not very high. The best time to visit the Island of Lombok is after the Ramadan celebration because then begins the Eid ul -Fitr Festival, a unique opportunity for tourists to have fun and learn some of the local customs.

We present you 5 things you need to know before visiting Lombok, so you can spend some unforgettable days or even a whole holiday in this beautiful place. These the visa, payments, accommodation, transport and shopping.

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Tourist Visa

To visit the Indonesian Island of Lombok, you must have a passport that is valid for at least six more months and also a tourist visa, which you can obtain when you enter this country.

Payments

The official currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah. Unlike other Asian countries, where are accepted other currencies as well, such as Euros or Dollars, in Indonesia you have to find an exchange or a bank to be able to use foreign currency. This is the same in Lombok as well.

The surrounding of Gunung Rinjiani in Lombok

The surrounding of Gunung Rinjiani in Lombok @Trekking Rinjani/Flick

Transport options

To reach the Island of Lombok, it is recommended to do it via the International Airport with the same name. From here, you can take a taxi and in a few minutes you can reach the island where you will spend a dream vacation.

Inside the island, there are several car rental companies and taxis, bicycles or motorcycles. However, nothing compares with a bemo, a specially converted van to trasport the tourists from one place to another.

Accommodation facilities

Because the number of tourists visiting Lombak began to increase in the last years, started to appear different hotels and hostels. However, now there are only a few hotels, all of them located along the Senggigi Strait, so many tourists choose to stay in local houses, where prices are also much more acceptable and sometimes offer better conditions as well.

The Gili trawangan island seen from Lombok

The Gili trawangan island seen from Lombok @andeshita/Flick

Shopping opportunities

Maybe one of the most interesting of the 5 things you need to know before visiting Lombok is that it is known as the best producer of pearls in the world. Tourists love especially the pearls of gold, that Lombok has made ​​a name in the industry.

There are no large shopping centers, only some small markets where locals sell various handicrafts. However, they are often of high quality and unique, so it is worth to visit these places, even only for a few minutes.

The Island of Lombok in Indonesia

The Island of Lombok in Indonesia @yeowatzup/Flick

 

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