LOMBOK TRAVEL TIPS
Lombok Island being known as one of most favorite tourist
destination in the world now is getting better in terms of
hygiene and medical facilities. There are a lot of hospital
as well as emergency clinic with an international standard
service which can handle medical emergency with bilingual
But we hope your traveling to Lombok Island memorable. It is
advised to have medical insurance before traveling to Lombok
Island. Best to have insurance that will evacuate you if you
get terribly sick or have a serious injury and need
airlifted to Singapore or home. Here are a couple of other
common sense points that should keep you in good shape and
enjoying your visit in Lombok.
Since Lombok Island has tropical climate, please drink
plenty of fluids (water and fruit juices) to avoid
dehydration. Drink bottled water ONLY - ice in drinks,
however, is not a problem. Use common sense when choosing a
place to eat. Eat in established restaurants that are clean
and well patronized.
It is advised to bring along your a sufficient medication
supply if you are using prescription drugs. Pharmacies (
outlet in Indonesia called Apotik ) often can fill a
prescription but the dosage may not be quite the same as
your doctor has prescribed. (Also, while traveling keep your
vital medication with you or in your carry on - in case your
luggage is lost).
The temperature and humidity is high in Indonesia as well as
in Lombok Island. Take prompt care of any cuts or burns - do
not risk infection in this heat and humidity. If you are
sleeping in the open air, use mosquito repellent and a
mosquito net. Malaria is not a problem in Lombok Island. Do
not forget to use sun block to protect your skin from sun
If you are traveling to Lombok Island for a week or so, you
might be tempted to rent a car and go out driving yourself
around to explore Lombok Island and itís unique. Our advice:
Don't - especially if you are coming from a country where
driving on the right is the norm. When you put together
pedestrians, bicycles, tour buses, trucks, livestock and
assorted immovable objects in the middle of roads that are
not well marked with traffic controls are often ignored and
little - if any - enforcement of rules that may exist - you
have yourself one of the most creative driving environments
First, forget about getting lost - that's the least of your
concerns. If you have an accident and there is an injury to
a local person you will not be able to leave until the
matter is cleared up. Better to hire a car with a driver,
enjoy the scenery and arrive at your favorite destination
relaxed. It usually costs only about US$ 10.00 more per day
to hire a driver with your rental vehicle than without - so
you are the judge, where you want to go the driver will
escort to your destination safely.
Entering Temple and Ceremony
Lombok Island is well known as island with thousand Mosque
and also lot of temples as well around the island since
Lombok island is eks colonial Balinese Kingdom from
karangasem Bali from 1727 Century, that way in Lombok island
also has many temple ( You can see Bali in Lombok but you
can not see Lombok in Bali is our semboyan tourism ). You
can find elaborate carved temple throughout the island which
interesting to explore inside. Hindus in Lombok Island apply
strict rules regarding temples and ceremonies. These rules
mainly concern dress requirement and conditions of Ďcuntakaí
(taboo) such as menstruation or open wounds, bringing food
into the temple, being physically or mentally ill, being in
a state of mourning (for the Balinese this last 42 days),
and having given birth within the past 42 days. Other rules
need to be observed or asked for, especially during
The Lombokness has a reputation as extremely honest people.
If you lose the way when rent car for self drive, you can
ask anybody in the street politely. Because of Lombok Island
live on tourism, so most of Lombokness can speak a little
bit English, so they will gladly show to you the way.
Unfortunately, not everyone on Lombok is Lomboknese and
there has been an increase in petty crimes - especially in
Kuta beach Lombok. Nonetheless Lombok is still far, far
safer than most large cities in this world.
Pickpockets, car break-ins and drive by bag snatching seem
to be the most common complaints. To reduce your risk, use
plain common sense and take the same basic precautions you
would if you were visiting any big city. So, keep a tight
grip on your purse or camera, Never leave any bags (whether
valuable or not) unattended in your car, on the beach or by
the pool, use the hotel safety deposit box, donít go down
dark deserted gangs (alleys) and donít count money in the
open. Not so hard...
On the flip side don't even think of committing a crime in
Indonesia. You are a long way from home with far fewer
rights than you think. Behave yourself and be a gracious and
If you would like to enjoy your time out of hotel, please
keep a little extra money handy. Money changer can be found
in the airport or in the hotel as well as tourist
destination. However the exchange rates in the hotel lower
than the others but more secure. All tourists leaving
Indonesia from Selaparang Lombok International Airport have
to pay an airport tax of Rp.100, 000. That said be advised
that it is against the law to leave Indonesia with more than
Rp.10,000,000. Departure for domestic travel is also taxed
(Rp.20, 000) though most of the time this has already been
included in the ticket price - but every so often you are
surprised... (And even if you're not you can always make a
donation to the local Red Cross or charity due jour).
Shopping and Bargaining
All items in Lombok Island are cheap compare with other
country, so that way, most of people would like to spend
their holiday in Lombok. But for high class quality service
and product have reasonable price.
Difficult for many first timers but once you get the hang of
it youíll never pay retail again! However, not everybody
wants to bargain anymore. Many of Lombok's finer retailers
now refuse (price tags generally signify a fixed price) but
bargaining is still the norm in the art markets, trinket and
T-shirt shops. But donít get cheesy. Nothing is more
irritating nowadays than watching a well clad tourist trying
to squeeze the last 1,000 Rupiah (about 10 US cents) out of
a shopkeeper. Just remember how much it cost to get to
Lombok Island. So what is the value in not taking home that
beautiful wood statue? Negotiate a good price and take home
a good story.
Service and Tipping
Tipping is normal in tourism or service industry. Most large
hotels and restaurants will automatically add a service
charge of between 5 & 10 percent to your bill which is quite
sufficient. Smaller restaurants generally don't add anything
extra but considering that the waiter's wage may well is
less than $1.00 a day - a tip of 10 percent is very much
Other, Bellmen generally get Rp.5,000 - Rp.10.000 for a
small to medium sized luggage and at least Rp.2,000 for
those house trailers some people carry around. For taxi
drivers, rounding up to the nearest Rp.5,000 or depending on
the length of trip is the norm. If you hire a car for an
entire day it is good form to give the driver Rp.5,000 -
10,000 for each meal and tips, (say Rp.50,000) at the end of
the day. With tour guides (split between the guide and
driver will be more acceptable) up to you. Salaries are low
in Lombok and tips are an important means of earning a
living. In Lombok, tourism workers live on tipping.
Telecommunication in Indonesia as well as in Lombok rapidly
growth well over the last few years but patience is the
keyword when trying to dial overseas from Indonesia -
especially during office hours. Most better to use hotelís
International Direct Dialing (IDD) and Home Country Direct (HCD)
services. Overseas calls can also be made at state-run
telephone offices known as a wartel (warung telephone).
All telephone numbers listed herein are local numbers. To
reach any number in Bali dial: International access code +62
+ 370 + (local number). Wherein "62" is Indonesia country
code and "370" is the most common area code for Lombok
Island. Be advised most Lombok telephone numbers are 6
digits some are still 5. Cellular service in Indonesia is
GSM and CDMA. If you bring your own hand phone you may
purchase a prepaid calling chip from any telephone
operatorís distributor (cheaper than using your home country
Need to get online? Both AT&T Global net & AOL have local
access numbers on Lombok. AT&T is 256-737 / AOL is 289-652.
If you plan to be on Lombok for a while and need to be
connected there are several ISPs. The local phone company
allows anyone access to its network without having to
establish a user account or pay any set fees (the
telecommunication operator makes its money by adding a 50%
surcharge to its normal per minute tariff) making it easy to
check your internet email (i.e.; Yahoo mail) on your laptop.
To access dial 0809-89999 / username: telkomnet@instan /
password : telkom.
But now a lot of hotel provides their service with Wifi
which can be connected from your room. Check with your hotel
staff for inquiry and assistance.
Indonesia applies GM (global Service for Mobiles) and CDMA.
You can purchase prepaid calling cards at lower cost than
calling on your home card. Major services are Telkomsel,
Indosat, Pro XL. Look for outlet signs or banners with
product variants and brand markings.
Rice is the staple food in Lombok as well as the other part
of Indonesia. It is often included in accompanying dishes
and sometimes in soups. Chicken, beef and seafood are either
steamed, braised stir and deep fried and even grilled over
coconut husks. Chilly, coconut, garlic, ginger, saffron,
lemon grass and several kinds of shrimp paste are just some
of the ingredients that give Indonesian food its unique
flavor. Lunch and dinner are served with a choice of main
courses and vegetables, usually well spiced and aromatic,
but do not too hot.
If you want to have an experience to enjoy Lomboknese food,
please try a little bit until your stomach used to. Most of
Lomboknese foods are spicy and hot.
Holidays, like everything else in life, occasionally take a
wrong turn. It is highly recommended that all visitors
ensure that they are covered in terms of travel insurance.
We shall under no circumstances have any liability to hirer,
any other occupier, licensee, or guest on the property for
any loss of or damage to the personal belongings, car and
its contents of the hirer or any member of the party during
Have a plan and solution for yourself, your family and
youíre traveling companions in case you get sick in Lombok.
Know how and who to call for help and Basic First Aid. Make
yourself aware of the local medical facilities, i.e.: which
are appropriate, how to get there and when to get there.
If you are required medical evacuation knows how to activate
this, who call, what to say and what to expect. Always
travel with valid Travel Insurance and bring along your
travel insurance representative office detail contact.