"Exotic Island -- Lombok -- More Natural Than Bali" Indonesia Favorite Tip by aquila7
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Favorite thing: Lombok is an island of uncrowded beaches and tranquil countryside, dominated by the spectacular volcano of Mt. Rinjani. The people are mostly Muslim (the Sasaks), though there are isolated groups of Balinese Hindus. The Sasak culture is noteworthy for weaving, its brilliant and dramatic dances, and its ritualized pageantry and contests. Balinese culture still survives in Lombok ? a remnant of the time when Balinese princes once controlled the island ? and Lombok's tourist businesses are largely run by Balinese. Less developed than Bali, Lombok also has better beaches, a bigger volcano and a greater variety of landscapes. Tourism is less intrusive than it is on Bali, but the flip side is that the people of Lombok are less blasť about tourists: in some places you might find the residents quite resentful of the new wave of tourism. All of this is set to change, however, as the growing hordes of those who've 'done Bali' strike out for fresh fields. Lombok remained calm in 1998 while many islands in the Indonesian archipelago expressed their anger at the country's economic and political situation. But the political situation remains uncertain and the economic situation dire. If you are considering traveling to Lombok in the near future, you are advised to contact your embassy and get the latest update on the security situation.
Fondest memory: Once you arrive in Lombok, you'll think you've stepped back to the more pleasant, leisurely time of beautiful tropical villages and horse drawn carts. Here in Lombok, people live as they always have in a bustling cultural mix. The crafts of Lombok are steeped in local tradition, and the fabric weaving and ceramics are famous around the world
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