Balinese hut on the white sandy Kuta Beach, Lombok, Indoneasia
In search of relaxation? You're bound to find it on Lombok. Lounge on the sugar-sand beaches of Senggigi, a laid-back beach town with plenty of restaurants and shops near its waterfront. For adventure, head to Lombok's southern beaches like Tanjung Aan for turquoise waters, Selong Belanak for surf lessons and Mawi for off-grid isolation.
Air Terjun Tiu Kelep waterfall near Rinjani, Senaru, Lombok, Indonesia, Southeast Asia
The landscape around the base of Mount Rinjani ranges from wide-open grasslands to lush forests where streams trickle and waterfalls tumble off moss-covered cliffs. Lace-up your hiking shoes to trek along spectacular trails to cascades like Benang Stokel and Belang Kelambu. On the northern coast, waterfalls like Sendang Gile keep roaring long after the wet season.
In villages like Sade, Ende and Pringgasela, residents live in traditional thatched-roof homes built from bamboo, host stick fighting competitions, and create pottery and textiles. In Mataram, discover why Lombok is often called the "land of a thousand Mosques" and see the dazzling gold and emerald dome of the Islamic Center Mosque.
The name Lombok means chili in Bahasa Indonesia, so it's no surprise that sambal, a spicy sauce made from chilies, is served with almost every meal. Ayam Taliwang, chicken marinated in sambal and shrimp paste and then grilled is what the island is known for. Boiled spinach topped with a sauce made from tomatoes, chilies and garlic is another crowd-pleaser.
In traditional villages like Sade, Pringgasela and Sakarara, watch as artists intricately craft a sarong on a large wooden loom. Then, give it a try yourself. Vibrant threads of cotton are usually dyed with natural materials and used to create geometric patterns. Textiles range from formal pieces with threads of gold and silver to cozy cotton sarongs.
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