"The dilema of underdevelopment" Tanjungkarang-Telukbetung Off The Beaten Path Tip by Assenczo


There are not very many options for entertainment outside of pool lounging in Bandar Lampung area. The three things to do (that is all) include surfing (100km away), Krakatau climbing (150km away) and a safari (100km away). The distances do not sound like much but they are time consuming and expensive because of the road conditions and their private character due to the lack of foreigners visitors. I will let the surf junkies go on about the best surf in the world as the local one apparently comes straight from Antarctica. The safari is actually an extra to the visit of the elephant center where you are exposed to some elephant show ? not exactly what safari means. The catch is that if you want you will be granted the permission for extra moneys to go on the real thing chasing some wild elephants and other fauna but you have to be lucky in order to see anything!? After a safari in Africa where the word comes from and the animals are abundant and you have to be very unlucky not to see multitudes of them, this is a misunderstanding to say the least. The third option is the infamous Krakatau itself but again involves at least 12 hours of travel on rickety roads with the added thrill of being on a boat that most probably is hard to be called sea-worthy. That is why you get to pay insurance but guess what; the insured people are the transport guys, not the passengers, ha-ha. So if you want adventure and an expensive one embark on one of the three described above and there will be no room for disappointment.

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  • Updated Sep 13, 2011
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